Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Reviews: 390
Hads: 919
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 27
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 delta490
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (1,436 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (2,425 characters)

Photo of hackmann
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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; (1,027 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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 (381 characters)

Photo of jesseejames
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was at the brewery on a tour from the Dresden Dampflok Treffen and after the brewery tour was given a tase. It is a very old beer brewery and produces a quality pilsner. I feel it too like most really good beers in Germany they have suffered from success and if they are producing enough beer to keep 60,000 bottles an hour bottling machines busy the beer is being mass produced and is suffering from its success. I have tasted the bottled beer and it is not as tasty as that at the brewery also. (498 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden color with bright white head that recedes to a thin lace quickly. Sweet grainy breads and herbal hops on the nose.

Very nice, no astringency or off putting skunk flavors I normally find in the style. On the heavier side of being light bodied, creamy carbonation. Initial bready sweetness. Sweetness through off by nice brisk carbonated bite and a spicy and earthy hop character. Bitterness is moderate and the beer is more balanced then anything. Flavorful and very drinkable. (498 characters)

Photo of kilustration
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear gold with a close to perfect head

S: Nice mild aroma with hoppy hint.

T: Light with a grainy sweetness and a hoppy bite.

M: Above average, nothing to brag about.

O: This is one of my favorites, can drink it everytime; seems to be the beer of choice for "Two and a half men" (meaningless fact) (310 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Radeberger is one of my favorites in the German Pils category. Having originally tasted it while traveling overseas in 2003, I am glad it has hit American shores. I can't believe I am just now reviewing it...

Radeberger pours a brilliant, crystal clear gold, with plenty of carbonation. A pure while head rests on top. While big and billowy at first, it quickly descends and leaves just a 1/8" covering. We do see some nice lacing, though.

The aroma is soft and floral, consisting of juicy pears, white pepper, and sugary malts.
Upon tasting, I am also picking up apple, and a very slight herbal hint, (perhaps rosemary). 'Bready' is a very apt descriptor here, and the hopds are almost lemony. The mouth feel is light and crisp. Overall, very refreshing and refined! (770 characters)

Photo of smokinyodas
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appealing brown bottle with white and gold labels with a freshness date that is most welcome. It has that perfect herbal hop aroma smell that projects a fresh crispness. The mouth feel is light and clean with some pleasant spicy bitterness and fair amount of carbonation. Yet another example of a quality German Pilsner. So what are you reading this for, go get some! ;) (370 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $1.79. According to the rear label, this is good until June 20, 2013. I may have consumed this in Germany in the late 90s, but I’m not certain.

Poured a crystal clear shade of gold. An inch or so of sudsy, bone white foam perched atop the beer and left a surprising amount of lace.

Soft, grassy and slightly herbal hop scents mingle with a mild biscuity aroma. Seems pretty spot-on for a pilsner.

The taste starts off with grassy and floral hop flavors, a slight lemony flavor, and a very slight taste of honey. Then there’s a mild bready malt flavor that comes in to provide some depth. In the background is a more bitter, herbal hop taste that is most noticeable just before the swallow.

Light bodied and refreshing, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A very tasty German pilsner, one that I’ll be adding to my favorites of the style. I would very much like to return to this in the spring or summer, as it would be an outstanding “backyard” beer. (1,017 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden colour, large foamy head, moderate retention, had some lacing, clear. Aroma was nutty, mushroomy, and hoppy. I also picked up some booze which was surprising given the moderate ABV. Tasted a malty rather than hoppy bitterness, notes of grain and grass, a bit bready. Finish was sour dough like. Medium body, well carbonated, fairly coarse edge. I remember liking this beer better in the past, fairly average. (424 characters)

Photo of 1234Jack
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle, gold aluminum wrap. Decent deal compared to the other specialty beers at the store.

Smells of straw and sweet mixed with very subtle hops out of bottle.

Nice straw-golden color in glass. Nice micro-bubble head that is easy to draw and persists.

Smells directly from glass are dominated with malt.

Nice flavor! For a pilsener, this is surprising! Nothing like the American domestics and adjuncts. This has real character.

You think you may just get a boring pilsener flavor, but this has serious floral notes. Hops sweetness comes through without the sickening aftertaste of an adjunct.

Healthy bitterness sits on the tongue afterwards.

The hoppyness is different from American - more fruity, less citrusy/grassy.

A little smokiness on the aftertaste, as well.

Feel is also nice - the carbonation is frothy. And, despite its look at style, there's actually a rich, creamy feel to this. (906 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A: Crystal clear light golden color. A decent amount of bubbles rise to the top of the glass. Not much of a foam head. Perhaps it was a bad pour but the weak foam head gave away fairly quick.

S: Grainy and Hoppy. Nothing overwhelming.

T: Matly at first. The hops kick in and give off a very mild floral taste. Perfect transition to a bitter ending.

M: Light body. A pleasantly bitter, dry finish.

Overall: I cannot say many things bad about this beer. I am a big fan of Pilsner beers and this brew is definitely a more appealing brand than others. A case was available for a very reasonable price at a wholesale store. Considering this was my first time drinking this brand, it was a bit of a gamble to commit to such a large quantity of beer. It proved to be worth-while and I would definitely drink this again. (866 characters)

Photo of Ethanol4one
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, clean, well balanced malty flavor with hops that give it a dry white wine afterglow in the mouth. Very nice to wash back moderate to heavy meals containing meats, cheese, and oils.

The color is a perfect pils gold, and the head has those fine bubbles that tell you they know what they are doing. I told a friend "it tastes like Miller, but with double the flavor and kick".

I bought a 6 pack at Whole Fools on sale, and would buy it again. (449 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy bready malts with some floral/grassy hops.

T: The beer starts out with relatively strong flavors of bready malts with a touch of grainy sweetness which is followed by the flavors of floral and grassy hops which lend a light amount of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable - refreshing and it pairs nicely with just about any food as it feels like it cleanses the palate. Also, the beer is well balanced between the flavors of the malts and the hops - not overly bitter or sweet. (962 characters)

Photo of Tomais
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours nicely, pale pils yellow, good head. Head doesnt hold that long, no lacing here.

Smell mailty, bread-yeasty. Can smell a touch of lemony hops as it goes down the glass. As it goes down the glass, it doesnt smell great - concentrated stale-ish.

Strongish carbonation initially, but this settles to a nicely fine grained carbonation - almost like a bottle conditioned beer.

Taste: the hops hit straight away, slightly bitter at the top and back of the mouth; nice malty fullness to balance. Prickly citrus-marmalade on the tongue, a little bready at the end, with a nice slightly bitter finish.

This is a good 'everyday' pils. [edit] I made the mistake of drinking this after drinking an Augustiner Helles. Made me realise my ratings here were overly generous - reduced accordingly. [/edit]

Note: this one was cellar temp - I've noticed with some pils at that temp, that I get this not-so-nice rising-bread-yeast taste towards the finish. Colder temperature helps reduce that I find. Too cold (fridge temp) and I loose the citrusy hops though...

EDIT// been drinking this a share lately; it's nicely balanced - and very drinkable.

Brown long neck half-litre bottle -- six months before the sell-by date. (1,215 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.74/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden color with two fingers of head. Lots of bubbles visible.
It had a metallic and dry grain smell. A bit off-putting.
Taste is tongue gripping bitter and metallic, state to finish.
Crisp texture with high carbonation.
It's a good German pils but the bitterness is too much on my scale. (296 characters)

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