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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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403 Reviews
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Reviews: 403
Hads: 973
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 21.88%
Wants: 33
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
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Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
Germany | website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener | 4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-11-2001

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pilsener glass. A moderate straw yellow color with an impressive thick white head collapsing inward from the middle, this lager has a nice sulfur and cereal grain nose, laced with herb and grass hops (including some light lavender, chamomile, and seed spice notes). Smells clean, brisk, and green with pronounced noble hopping. Palate is a fine synergy of pale malts (maybe a hint of sweetish corn) and minty green hops, along with subtle lemon, cashew, dried vegetable, licorice, hay, and sour grape, with a vegetal celery-like bitterness slowly building over time. Robust and flavorsome but no one element goes berserk on the palate. Moderate body for a German pilsener, with the carbonation restrained for the style and a dry, grassy, faintly nutty finish. A kindler, gentler pils (looking at you Krombacher) but nevetheless full of flavor and body. Fantastic.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright yellow with foamy white head that settles into persistent cap. Nice lacing runs down glass but does not stick. Lots of carb.

Clean sulphur with noble hops. Light corn.

Nice, crisp malt with mild earthy hops.

Moderately dry with good carbonation.

Overall - a very tasty and well made pilsner that is comfortble in its skin. A keeper.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of light bitter hops.

Overall: Good German brew. Got a mug to take home with it too.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am generally not a fan of pilsners, and this one is no exception. This beer is very thin and bright-ish yellow, with no head to speak of. And it tastes thin, and very flat, and bland. The lack of flavor only accentuates the flatness, and vice versa. I've had this beer before and disliked it then too. Will definitely avoid in the future.

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Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a clear yellow color.

The aroma has traditional lager yeast, a sweet breadiness, a nice grassy hop character.

The flavor follows with grassy hops, then onto a light crackery malt, and then a slight grainy quality. A clean drinking beer.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel, but still very crisp. The flavors aren't very exciting, but it's still clean drinking and good for the style.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one at a local beer pusher for $6.99 a sixer and figured it was worth a try... Generic look/color, average foam, good carbonation/mouthfeel... Crisp, clean flavor... Yeah, I could pound back a boat-load of these... While Nothing spectacular, there's also nothing offensive or heavy--a good drinking beer with friends. Worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of Mavigo
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 48 pack of these from Costco. Served in a pilsner.

A: Pours a transparent yellow with a very thin white head leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, grass, malts

T: Has a mellow and sweet profile to it. Tastes of wheat, grass, grains, malts, tinge of hops

M: Very carbonated, has a light body to it. Very crisp and refreshing

O: Overall, at $0.75 per bottle, this was an excellent deal. A refreshing pilsner with an excellent flavor palate and great mouth feel, I'd recommend this though it is not ground shaking, it's still good.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Very light golden color with a beautiful head that forms and dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Grainy, Fresh cut grass

T: Grassy, biscuity, tiniest hint of a metal taste but doesn't ruin the beer, just a tiny turn off.

M: Light bodied with a very nice spicy mouthfeel.

O:Extremely drinkable pilsener I could drink this like water on a hot summer day - and I plan to. For a widely available pilsener, this is very good.

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Photo of valdisus
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer, simple bottle.
Pours golden clear with small but dense head
Smells lightly of hops, sweet
Taste is light, watery base lightly sweet with distinctive bitter hops lead, simple
Excellent drinkability, light in mouth
Overall good beer choice for a party, especially if you plan to drink much

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Photo of rtrasr
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap in NYC at three different bars/restaurants. Ryan Maguires Ale House, The Heidleberg, and Fraunces Tavern. The beer was consistent (says a lot about these places barmanship/cellarmanship), it also say a lot about Radeberger. Pours a nice light gold, tartness, green apples taste perfectly balanced by bitterness from the hops at the end. Perfect beer on a hot summer day. This is the consummate German Pilsner in my humble opinion.

The Brewery dates to the previous century in Radeberg near Dresden. The communists took over E. Germany but kept the brewery open. In fact, it was the favorite of the Dresden KGB chief Vladimir Putin. Interesting story. Thank goodness this brewery survived long enough to see the fall of the iron curtain. It is thriving now that it is free.

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Photo of darko_bertovic
4.86/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer, crisp, sharp, excellent taste, excellent aftertaste, well balanced bitterness, fresh, nicely colored and transparent with 'beer-ish' hue. One of the best beers. Was served in bottle, properly cooled and consumed late night among several others.

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Photo of DIM
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Chill hazed pale golden; served with a small fizzy.

s: Muddled grains, biscuits, and faint medicinal, leafy hops.

t: Dirty lines or age, this just was not a clean pils. Vaguely sweet, murky tasty, biscuity grains and a kind of medicinal finish.

m: Light with fizzy carbonation.

o: Plenty of better domestic pils to choose from. I need to try a fresh German pils someday.

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Photo of tone77
3.27/5  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.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful pale gold with a nice and long-lasting fizzy-ish white head. Lots of visible carbonation.

S- Bready/malty with a nice backing of noble hops.

T- A really nice balance of the malt notes and the hops. Both sort of tumble in and out of each sip, never over-powering each other.

M- A little thinner, but great the way it is. Crisp, with only just a hint of the visible carbonation. In no way fizzy.

O- A really good pilsner. Tasty on a hot day.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355 ml bottle. Pours a pale lemon yellow which belies its bold flavour. Nose is classic pilsner: crackery/grainy malt with with crisp grassy hops in the background. Taste is also well-balanced. A little sweetness up front with nutty/crackery malt notes and a decent dry, bitter finish. Ample carbonation offers a refreshing mouthfeel. Very solid.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.39/5  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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is clear and bubbly with brilliant golden sunshine color. The aroma had a nice sutle spicy smell maybe that's saaz hops. The beer drinks well with a spicy hop character and peppery malts but also had an off flavor at the finish.
Good and easy to drink but with a funky offness at the finish.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a two finger head with low retention. Traditional aroma of pale malt and a touch of grassy hops. Again, balanced flavor of sweet malt and grassy hops. Notes of pepper and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Light body with good carbonation. I was positively surprised with this beer. Good drinkability, flavorful, plain though assertive. Great German Pilsner option from a macro brewery.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Arrived in a tall pilsner glass with about an inch of head that receded quickly, but left a light trail of lacing on the glass. The beer is a light straw color and quite clear with a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - Very mild malty smell. I'm not sure what to relate it to, but it smells like other German pilsners I've tried.

T - Really nice. Light hop bitterness that is overcome by the malty sweetness with a hint of honey. It's hot out, and this is quite pleasant to drink.

M - Nice, but nothing stands out. Medium body with a slight touch of carbonation.

O - I can see how people could sit around and drink a beer like this all day. I would be very comfortable plopping a barrel of this on a table for a summer BBQ or pool party. Or any event where people should be drinking for a considerable amount of time.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pokal glass. Freshness date is "01/20/14," so pretty good.

Pours a light yet shiny golden yellow color with amber streaks. Carbonation is especially plentiful on this thing for the average German pilsner under 5%, although head retention is relatively low, in spite of the initial fluffy, creamy white head with yeasty residue to boot. Leaves behind streaks of sugar with further consumption. Bubbles seem to rush upwards, and never lose any heat. Well presentable.

The aroma is particularly pungent on this one, and I can't exactly put my finger on it as to why. The pungency starts with a skunky, slightly yeasty white grape delight that is strong but envelops with the crisp, grainy cereal sensations, sugar cane, peaches, and a grassy, slightly earthy hop backbone. Floral aromas soon follow, as if you're stepping out in a meadow filled with grass, barley, and haystacks. Actually pretty vivid in that sense, and definitely filled with the right amount of flavor that it is designed to deliver. No off aromas - the "skunkiness" here is definitely intentional, and it delivers a robust flavor.

The flavor is a little bit more straightforward, and despite it being simple, it is very flavorful and pleasant. The initial flavor is a creamy, slightly carbonated dash of breadiness, sugar, and honey, only then to transition to a crisp grainy cereal profile containing subtle aspects of peaches and apricots, as well as a generous amount of grassy hops right at the finish. In fact, the bitterness caught me by surprise. It may be small given the style and beer at hand, but it is flavorful, slightly dry, and adds character to the otherwise straightforward grain flavor. Refreshing, but thickened and lively. No thinness to speak of, although carbonation does seem to die down the more it warms up. Best served chilled and consumed as quickly as possible.

What a surprisingly good macro pilsner option out of Germany! I really enjoyed drinking this. Very simple, but gets to the point of what it's trying to be: gently flavored, well seasoned, refreshing, and super quaffable. I paired this with fish and chips and it worked well with me. Far more interesting than Warsteiner, Paulaner, and Spaten in the realm of macro pilsners. Why are people buying stuff like Beck's?? This is super affordable, crowd pleasing, and easy to drink, and a far better example of this style. Great stuff!

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Photo of hackmann
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Two interesting things on this bottle: 1) on the ingredients – hop extract; 2) Puerto Rico, Please Don’t Litter. So, Puerto Rico must have a problem with throwing German Beer bottles out their car windows and littering the road sides. And, dealing with #1 – ‘hop extract’ – this is Germany brewing the beer not some third world country that can’t grow any plant life on their soil and would have to buy hop extract to make a beer.

Appearance: crystal yellow with plenty of bubbles rising to the top with a ½ finger pure white head that lays on top during the drinking experience; spot lacing

Aroma: dry grass clippings, light must, light grain, not much else

Flavors: should have named this beer ‘not much else,’ dusty grains, very faint hop bittering, water, and not much else

Mouthfeel: thin, watery, decent fizzy carbonation, refreshing on a hot summer day if it is ice cold, as this beer warms the flavors diminish;

To the Point: just lacks character; as far as pilsners go – it’s only decent;

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Photo of Olek4374
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

Pours a solid three finger foam cap which slowly settles into an effervescent lid leaving the frothy lacings grabbing the side of the glass. Crystal clear golden yellow with faint carbonation.

Grassy hop aroma.

Light mouthfeel. Light pilsener flavor. Faint hop after taste.

Looks better than it tasted.I expected more from a German pilsner.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
82 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.