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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

Radeberger PilsnerRadeberger Pilsner

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661 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%

Brewed by:
Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-11-2001)
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Photo of tone77


3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The creator of the canquest, woodychandler, comes through with yet another canned beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is a bit of malts, some sweetness. Taste is light and mild, some malts, thirst quenching but not overly flavorful. Feels light in the mouth and overall would make a good hot weather beer, but lacking a bit of punch.

Serving type: can

09-21-2013 03:33:22 | More by tone77
Photo of woodychandler


3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A recent stop at Binney's (South Loop) garnered a long-standing Want for The CANQuest (TM). If anyone else wants this in the CAN, let me know.

From the CAN: "Imported from Germany"; "Radeberger Pilsner is brewed with only the choicest hops, pale malt and pure spring water"; "104 Years Brewed in Radeberg, Germany"; "The Master Brewers of Radeberger Pilsner have been dedicated to crafting nothing but this unparalleled well balanced German Pilsner ever since it was first brewed in the town of Radeberg in 1872. A tradition handed down over the generations to the present day. Its elegant texture has made Radeberger Pilsner one of the finest and most distinguished Premium Pilsners around the world."

I got a good Crack followed by an inverted Glug, resulting in two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head that resembled the top of a soft-serve ice cream cone before it began to settle. Color was a bright sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a smell like field grain, light for a German Pils, and kind of cereal-like with no discernible hop presence. Mouthfeel was soft, light, very smooth. The taste had that same cereal-like quality that I noted on the nose, and maybe a light grassiness of hops. Finish was still cereal-like, prevalently, and the grassiness lingered lightly in the background after the finish. I feel like the style should be slightly sweeter and exhibit more Noble hops character, but YMMV.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 18:32:04 | More by woodychandler
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Clear golden starw colored beer with a very effervescent appearance. 2.5 fingers of white head are yielded from an aggressive poor. Moderate retention time on the white head and no lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Grassy aromas with a slight floral nose. Also some barley grain specifically identifiable. Very clean smelling pilsener.

Taste - Clean taste, again the grassy flavors before transitioning into a bitter but not too bitter conclusion. There isn't much separating this and many of the other pilseners out there on the market, but Radeberger just seems to taste a touch clean, have slightly more flavor and just be executed a little better. These little things add up.

Mouthfeel - Moderately high carbonation, with a great wet feel while it is in your mouth, then becomes dry in the finish. Eminently drinkable.

Overall - One of my favorite pilseners. I like most of them but this one always seemed just a bit better than many of the others in the style.

Serving type: can

08-08-2013 23:04:46 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard 500mL can purchased from my store this evening. It's one of our best selling Euro beers, so I don't know why it has taken so long to review it.

It pours a light yellow colour with a tremendous, fluffy head. It pours like how I expect a German pilsner to pour - good start. The aroma is subtle with some slight bitterness. It doesn't reek of hops - which is a good thing, because I tend to reserve that sort of trait with IPAs. The taste is perfectly hoppy for a pilsner with a subtle backing of malt. The feel is good - a thick feel on the tongue with a solid rush of carbonation.

This is a very good example of a German Pilsner. There are better ones, sure, but this one is inexpensive and made very well.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 04:55:33 | More by Olek4374
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radeberger-Pilsner @ 4.8% , served from a 500 ml can purchased for $3

A-pour is a pale yellow gold with a small off white head leaving a spotty lace along the pilsner glass

S-mild smelling , grassy hops , bread

T-mild pleasant tasting pilsner

MF-ok carbonation , medium body

Ov-yes I'd buy again , 1rst out of 3 German beers sampled(DAB - Export & Original)

prost LampertLand

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 18:32:04 | More by LampertLand
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear, golden yellow color with a very nice head on top of it. Quite white clear color foam too. Sticks excessively to the glass, nice. Very nice looking beer, some haziness would make this perfect.

On the nose, the beer is floral... mainly floral, but light. Refreshing in the aroma. Taste is thin and light. Malty with somewhat of a bitterness but nothing to call your mom. Similar as Bitburger. Nice summer beer, nice pilsner but not aggressive at all. Thin bodied. Refreshing. Overall a good pilsner but it is missing some punch to be great. I like it for thirsty and hot summer days.

Serving type: can

02-25-2012 20:04:08 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of WoodBrew


3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought a can of Radeberger home from Europe. I forgot I had tried this beer while at the German village in Epcot Disney amusement park. Anyway, I will review the can since it traveled so far!!! The beer from the can was a clear golden beer with decent carbonation that provided a decent head. The smell was mostly of grain, standard for pilsners. The taste was nicely balanced that the grain came off the pallete clean. Very easy drinking and highly recommended! Much like its draft sibling, the can is not too shabby.

Serving type: can

10-29-2011 13:55:55 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An aggressive pour produces a bright golden-yellow lager, topped with a generous two fingers of white head. It gradually dissipates over a few minutes, leaving behind tons of stringy lacing on the sides and finally a thin, creamy cap of foam. Lots of bubbles. Aroma is of fresh barley malt and grassy hops; nothing fancy but spot on for the style.

The flavour follows a similar mantra; simple but solid. Pale, clean-tasting grainy malts and doughy bread with some hay-like, earthy and spicy noble hops underneath. Not especially bitter, but not exactly sweet either. Clean finish with little aftertaste. Thin-bodied with good carbonation for the style. As easy to throw back as any macro, but much cleaner.

A well-crafted German pilsener, one I would certainly recommend to any fan of the style, and an absolute bargain at its Ontario price. Cheers!

[Updated Oct. 17 2013]

I've had plenty of pints of Radeberger over the last year or so, and in my eyes it has one of the best value-to-tastiness ratios you can find in Ontario, as far as lagers go. This isn't an especially outstanding brew, but it has enough of a noble hop bite and pilsner malt backbone to satisfy most fans of the style - any lager drinker would be remiss if they skipped this absurdly affordable import.

Final Grade: 3.70, a B.

Serving type: can

08-27-2011 07:17:49 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of DrJay


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL can purchased at the LCBO. Best before 13.04.12.
Crystal clear and bright yellow with a white, foamy cap. Looks nice. A bit of lacing clung to the glass. Floral and grassy aroma, a hint of hop spiciness, malt and grain. Moderate bitterness that was never aggressive, but ever present -- it also lingered in the finish along with some herbal and spicy hop flavour and a faint mineral character. Mild malty sweetness up front, followed by lemony and grassy hop notes. A little more than light bodied with crisp carbonation, off-dry, nice texture overall. This was really easy drinking. It's no hop-bomb, but there is plenty of hop character and it's well balanced. I enjoyed it and would happily purchase it again.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 16:20:47 | More by DrJay
Photo of uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a 50CL can from an LCBO in Kingston. I normally don't buy canned euro pils but it was on sale for $2.00 and I've heard it was a decent one.

Served fridge temp cold, into a nonic.

A: Exceptionally clear with a few tiny bubbles feeding a thin whispy bright white head. Lacing is pretty good.

S: Clean malt profile. A little eggy or cooked veggie in there, but also some decent hop presence. almost like a czech pils.

T: Very clean tasting throughout - grassy hops come very late in the finish and are quite bitter however. no real off flavors at all.

M: laid back carbonation for a canned lager. still get the burps though.

D: Very easy to drink german pils with no outstanding qualities other than it's very neutral. Would be a great choice with any meal - even breakfast :D

Seems like something that would be much better in Germany, rather than canned, pasteurized and flown here for it to sit on the shelf god knows how long before someone purchases it. Not bad though for $2 a pint.

Serving type: can

03-13-2011 01:12:33 | More by uno99
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. A huge bubbly white head on a pale gold. Modest carbonation.Pretty good head retenton, although not ass much as you would think from the big start. Lots of rocky foam lacing.

Bready yeast smells. Grassy grains. A very crisp mouthfeel. Very smooth. Much better than your garden variety pilsner.A very mild bitter hop finish that lingers long.

Light body and carbonation. Very drinkable. An excellent go to pilsner.

Serving type: can

02-04-2011 23:32:19 | More by scott451
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a rounded pilsner glass.

Bright golden in colour, initially leaves behind an inch of foamy head, which dissolves after a few sips into a ring. Good little flecks of lacing, lots of big bubbles on the sides of the glass.

Nose is earthy, herbal, grassy. A bit of bread and biscuit as well, but generally the hops are at the fore. Nothing artificial, nothing tinny.

A solid, easy drinking pilsner. The bitterness creeps in at the finish, leaving a lovely tart lemon/earthy taste. Grassy, decent malt profile. Actually, I'm very much enjoying this.

Carbonation is just slightly under the level I like, but is just enough to make the brew easy to drink. The can was in the fridge for a while because of the holidays, so I factored that into my rating. A touch watery, but a great brew to knock back.

Well-made, incredibly easy to drink, cheap as all get out at the LCBO, making this along with Urquell my standard pilsner pickups. At maybe 20 cents a can more than Canadian and Budweiser, this one is one well-worth stocking up for the summer!

Serving type: can

12-27-2010 00:09:05 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A perfect golden look in the glass. Looks great.

S- Clean malt and hops smell, sort of faint.

T- More of a malt taste than in most pilsners. The malt taste is the primary one. Some subtle hop tastes. More of a sweet lead and a bitter finish. I can't taste too much as I drink it. More of the taste comes after it's been downed.

M- A tad on the light side, a fair amount of carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink, could drink a few in no time.

Serving type: can

08-15-2010 22:29:50 | More by BBP
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - golden yellow, lots of carbonation, decent size foamy/fizzy white head. Average lacing.

Smell - Slight pilsner skunk, malts, yeast, breads and grains

Taste & Mouth - slight hops up front, refreshing average body, not watery. Average amount of carbonation, dry finish. Floral and citrus zest notes.

Drink - I think this is a fantastic pilsner, definitely sessionable.

Serving type: can

08-09-2010 01:58:24 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear gold colour with a bubbly white head. Head slowly dissipated to a thin cap. Pretty good lacing is produced.

S - Typical Pilsner aroma of malts and hops but on the lighter side.

T - Some malt followed by the bitter hops. The hops are felt pretty evenly throughout the drink with a lasting aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation and a crisp finish.

D - This one goes down easy. Another good example of a Pilsner.

Serving type: can

08-01-2010 01:15:35 | More by decimator
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beer this clear and golden should be appealing to just about anyone who's ever enjoyed a beer. Indeed, this is likely the image that comes to mind for most people when they think of beer; I bet you could sell a lot of cases with this picture on it. Anything that looks this seemingly thirst-quenching is likely to draw people to it like a flame does moths.

The aroma leaves much to be desired. Whether the issue is that the brewer didn't use enough aromatic hops or that the ones he did use simply lack in that notoriously floral and spicy feature, I can't say for certain. What is known for sure is that this light grainy element is terribly characterless and cannot (and should not) be carrying the load itself.

And it's equally as lifeless in the taste, too. Granted, its high attenuation results in a desirably clean and refreshing beer with only a minimum of perceivable graininess, but without the crisp, clipping, bitter hop profile it lacks that added component that animates the beer and transposes a two-dimensional taste into a three-dimensional sensation.

A larger breath from the hops would result not only in more flavour and a better texture, but also an overall less indistinct beer. Although that part is likely intentional on the brewery's part, I still insist a snippet more of that tangy noble hop brightness would really improve on what is without it an inappreciable and numbingly boring beer.

There must have been a miscommunication between the brewery and its brewer. They asked him to brew an authentic German pilsner and he brewed a plain-old Euro lager. Although it was a confident, very drinkable effort, a beer this bland and toneless frankly does not speak to the distinguished and esteemed tradition of German pilsners.

Serving type: can

06-13-2010 22:29:33 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear golden straw with one finger of paper white head that sports decent retention and leaves a good amount of sticky lace.

A good balance between buttered malts and biscuit with light floral hops and fresh grass with a wet citrus zest in the middle. A bit more malt than other German pilsners I've had, but that doesn't take away from the beer.

Zesty orange zestyness is the first thing that hits the palate and is followed by a pleasantly bitter floral hop presence. The buttery and biscuit malts play as more of a backbone, adding a nice balance to the beer.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. That carbonated/hoppy bite that I associate with the style is very, very subdued, making for quite the quaffer.

Overall, a good, clean German pilsner. I think it's one that I needed to sit down and review to appreciate its qualities, because I could see myself thinking this is just another beer if I was drinking from a can with friends.

Serving type: can

03-20-2010 23:51:45 | More by ludachris
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Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen this. Bought at Atwater SAQ.

A- Very pale yellow topped with a cute white 1/4 inch head. Lacing is present. Very small bubbles.
S- Smells like a good number of german pilsners. Lacks personality. Smell is weak compared to some others. Looks refreshing can't wait to taste.
T- Very watery. Tastes like a quality light beer. Think any other basic german pils and add water. Grainy bitter water. EDIT: After cleansing my palate with some fried fish! and allowing it to warm a bit: I taste some very good hops. Subtle but worth mentioning. I am changing my 2.5 taste rating accordingly. Much better. Reminds me (I'm not exaggerating it just reminds me) of an IPA type hopping.
M- Thin but a bit viscous. Medium carbonation.
D- Very high just because you don't feel satisfied. You have to take very big sips to really taste it.

Probably never buying this again. At least not as long as Wernesgruner, Bitburger or Konig are around.
Not much fun to drink. I like something with more character. Boring. I am disappointed though I didn't expect much. Nice looking can though. EDIT: After cleansing my palate with some fried fish! and allowing it to warm a bit: This beer is okay and if I find it at a reasonable price similar to Wernesgruner, Bitburger and Konig Pilsen I will buy it again.
This just goes to show you (or me...) just how different a beer can taste and feel depending on what you've had beforehand.

Serving type: can

01-28-2010 23:44:25 | More by Yoonisaykul
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL tall can into a pint glass. Clear golden color with a foamy white head. Grainy, hoppy aroma. Bitter taste with some spicy hops. Decent mouthfeel and well carbonated. Dry finish. Not a bad pilsner, I'd enjoy this on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

11-17-2009 03:37:41 | More by chickenm
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml ca poured into pint glass aug 10 2009

A crystal clear straw yellow, with a big fluffy head that left some good lacing

S strong floral hops with a yeasty bread background a little grassy

T hops are there with grass and sweet grains

M/D sharp, crisp and very nice drinking how a pilsner should be

Serving type: can

08-11-2009 06:50:50 | More by wordemupg
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Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can. Another of the similar-looking German lager offerings gracing the shelves everywhere around here, seemingly now and forever.

This beer pours a clear, somewhat pale golden straw hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which dissipates rather slowly, leaving a few instances of sea plume lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of toasty, crackery, grainy cereal malt, a subtle black pepper essence, and meekly bitter floral, leafy noble hops. The taste is fairly crisp, saltine cracker cereal malts, warm, indistinct citrus, and a spicy flourish of sassy, kind of spicy native German hops - not quite Saaz, but close.

The carbonation is on the low side, sure, but hardly out of the game entirely, the body a decent medium weight, with a concurrent, generally unadulterated smoothness. It finishes a tad off-dry, with the malty cereal character persisting among a further bit of lingering green, spicy hops.

A fairly drinkable, well balanced German Pils. Like its brethren, there is only so much you can say about these offerings. I could see myself enjoying more than a few of these, in a tied house, Oktoberfest-related or not.

Serving type: can

05-08-2009 20:09:10 | More by biboergosum
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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 500-ml can into a draft glass.

Appearance - brilliant yellow brew with virtually no head. Thin lacin around the edge.

Smell - lots of corn aromas and baked bread.

Taste - well rounded grainy flavour and a little sweet. Minimal bitterness and in fact a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - quite carbonated but not offensive. It is a clean crisp effect and refreshing.

Drinkability - very drinkable. I would definitely pour another of these.

Serving type: can

01-31-2009 00:24:13 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite pilsners, one of the best in my opinion. I poured this one out of the can into a pilsner glass, nice head after a medium pour. You can really smell the hops in this one, nice and inviting. This is truly a delicious beer, goes down with good hop bitterness up front, and finishes hoppy and crisp. Delicious. Drinkability on this one is perfect, I can knock these back all night. Truly a nice beer! Highly recommended!

Serving type: can

11-13-2008 05:12:23 | More by steeler
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold colour, with a big puffy head that expands quickly and shrinks down just as quick.

Slightly sweet malt nose with a twinge of can and some low-level hop and citrus presence.

Taste somewhat...industrialized...perhaps over-processed is a better word. Almost a burnt, metallic quality. Underneath this lies a citrus-bread mix of hops and malt. This part is nice if I can just get past the overdone quality.

A bit heavy handed on the carbonation and, combined with the hops, this numbs the tongue a bit. Not bad, but I can find better examples of a German pils.

Serving type: can

05-10-2008 05:55:05 | More by BDTyre
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at a Kingston, Ontario LCBO. 4.80% abv, 500mL can. Best before 10/25/2008. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Very light colour, surprising. Very pale yellow, holy **** carbonation, huge foamy white head billows out even poured cold. Small bubbles. Leaves some half-lace on the glass.

Fairly sharp hop bite nose, floral and grassy, mint, grainy, some light fruitiness (apples).

Palate is fairly spicy, hints of yeast, lemon rind, apples, soap, moderate maltiness. Medium body with nice carbonation. Well balanced with hints of malty sweetness. Finish is subdued but present, with lots of spice. Very refreshing.

This is a very easy-drinking German pilsener, most of these lighter lagers are very underrated on BA (and certainly aren't as good as some beers with more flavour and edginess) but as representatives of their styles they are very tasty.

Serving type: can

03-08-2008 23:34:51 | More by Antilochus
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Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
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