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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

Radeberger PilsnerRadeberger Pilsner

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659 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 659
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 imprezawrxsti


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

Found in Denver, CO in a sixer of 12 oz. bottles.

Looks a clear, strong golden colour. Smells fresh, hints of hay and...wet grass? Subtle malty notes as well.

Tastes very malty, much more is present than hides behind the faint smell. Strong carbonation the whole way through, but strangely little head remains on top. Overall, this beer makes itself known in your mouth, and that's not a bad thing. I'd definitely drink this again, though I'm not sure I'd seek it out especially.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:49:07 | More by imprezawrxsti
Photo of FosterJM


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

1036th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner

Best by 8/12

This was a white elephant from my boss at Xmas. Part of a Cost Plus World Market Beers of the World.

App- A very clear medium yellow with a lot of bubble activity. A good one finger semi-fast receding head with some good retention and cling.

Smell- A good malt presence and slightly thick. A bit of wet corn and a bit of earthy grass behind it. Something just didnt sit right on the nose.

Taste- I am not one to be excited by Pils. This was fairly good and a slight notch above some others I have had. A nice grainy malt note with some of that vegetal corn coming in. Slightly dry with a touch of wheaty spice.

Mouth- A prevailing medium bodied beer that finished rather dry much like the taste. A fairly solid medium carbonation. Left a bit of grain, damp and bitter.

Drink- Again, not a style I would normally seek out but didnt want to waste 10 beers, so what the hell. The next few beers should prove enlightening.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 05:27:18 | More by FosterJM
Photo of vancurly


2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a) Profuse, big bubbles, forming a rocky white head. Bright yellow straw. Looks the part.

s) Firm noble hop profile, slightly metallic. Good grain & pale malt.

t) Well rounded combination of flavours. Firm bitterness. I don't get a sense of freshness in the hop profile, which reminds me of certain Aussie macros. Finishes a bit harsh.

m) Initially light medium, but falls away quickly leaving only bitterness. No mid to back palate.

d) Quaffable, but not all that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 00:32:38 | More by vancurly
Photo of HighballurRollby


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this beer out at random while looking for something to supplement my 6- pack of Longboard and chose this Pils. I think I picked it because it had fancy gold foil wrapped around the neck and it was cheap, sold me. On to the beer..

A- standard golden straw you'd expect from a german pilsner. Head wasn't really there, but no big deal here.

S- I like the way this beer smelled. Had a subtle cereal malt smell to it, so I knew it would probably taste sweet and malty. I would be right.

T- Strong malt profile that is quite sweet most of the way through. Reminds me very much of the Scrimshaw Pils of North Coast. About 2/3 through the I get a very vibrant hop bitterness just as flavorful as the sweet cereal taste. This beer has alot of character to it IMO. The flavors transition just at the right moment when you feel like it might be too sweet. No real lingering aftertaste, it finishes fairly dry.

M- When I go to take a swig I get a nosefull of malt which I think makes this enjoyable to drink. It has medium bubbles. I can definetly feel bubbles on my tongue the whole time. Maybe just a TAD too bubbly but I wouldn't complain openly about it, just keep it as a low priority thought.

O- This is a good example of a vibrant pilsner out of Germany. I had alot of fun swishing this beer around and getting the full extent of it. I would not chug this beer, it does great taking medium mouthfulls and taking in the character of the beer. As a fan of pilsner beers, I will chaulk this up as a "buy again" brand.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 07:03:13 | More by HighballurRollby
Photo of industrialswill


4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this 25 oz bottle for $2.89 at Fred Meyer
Lovely looking beer with the golden glow and really attractive packaging.
It smells like a beer of this style should...faint, subdued, no real clue as to what is in store for your taste buds.
The taste brings me back to my years living in Germany. This is the freshest German pilsner I've had since moving back to the USA.
Flavors are non-distinct, nothing jumps out at you. The overall experience is what I love about this beer. Mildly bitter with the taste of fermented barley. It doesn't get any simpler or cleaner than this.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 19:55:45 | More by industrialswill
Photo of scruffwhor


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick head after the pour. No residual foam. Standard bubbling and pale yellow, straw color.

Crisp, cut grass and dry, cooked cereal grain, and uncooked barley aroma. Classic pils aroma.

Lightly baked pilsner malt, some water cracker malt combined grassy hops. This is a classic, clan, mineraly pilsner that can be drank, and drunk, and so on till the cows come home.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 20:01:46 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

The color is a clear dark yellow with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is fruity and quit crisp even in the nose. There is a nice pilsner malt aroma that is present even with the nose three inches away from the beer. There is sweet biscuit like aroma that is making me hungry from this beer.

The taste is has some interesting floral hop flavor with some nice pilsner malt flavor coming out in the taste and is very lively. There is some apple and pear flavor that is sweet and also balanced by a bitter hop flavor that is toward the back.

The feel of this beer is crisp but smooth and goes down easy as it has a medium sized body. There is a nice drinkable feel and is easy going down.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 04:39:02 | More by Duhast500
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 GossageBrewery


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this German Pilsner from a bottle into a pint glass. This beer poured a nice clear straw color, produced a nice thick head that had excellent retention. Lacing was average. The aroma was grain, and smelled much like white wine. (Grapes). The body of this brew is light, has a malted grain base, bitter, earthy herbal hops that gives way to the taste and finish of cauliflower. Nice example of a traditional German Pilsner, easy to drink, good session beer and great buy at 1.99 for a 22 oz bottle. Prefer this to many mass produced German Pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 21:47:21 | More by GossageBrewery
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get this beer on tap at El Charro in Livermore, CA. I can't remember seeing it on tapp anywhere else. It is $2.50 for 22oz mug, so hey burn through a lot of this beer. It is always very fresh.

The appearance is typical of a German lager. Light yellow. Good lacing. Nothing special.

It smells good. Slightly more aroma than the more commonly found Ferman lagers (Spaten, St Pauli, Becks). Grassy and a little sharp.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Taste is what sets this beer apart. A little malt. A little bit of delicious hops. Great balance. It is not a lot of flavor, but the flavor it has is great.

I really like this beer. It goes great with Mexican food, and I crave it every now and then even though I'm a registered hop-head.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 01:40:23 | More by
Photo of pixieskid


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a filtered golden color with a standard white head, pretty good retention.

In the nose, as expected; a bit of grains and grassy hops.

Taste is the same as the nose, but this thing is crisp and clean as hell with a nice dry/herbal bitterness like it should be.

Simple, solid, what do you really expect from a German Pils...

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 20:45:04 | More by pixieskid
Photo of tobelerone


2.13/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This clear, pale yellow beer has a nice big white head but not a ton of lace. Poured by a bored and obnoxious cocktail party bartender. You can tell it’s gonna be watery and it is. Very weak aroma, maybe a little malty but that’s it. Taste isn’t any better, very generic and bland. Hops are barely noticed, not bitter at all. Lacks the bite of a better Pils. Grainy, malty notes are pretty subdued as well. Honestly I don’t get much flavor at all here. Very much on the light side of the Pils spectrum, drinks that way too, with crisp carbonation, perhaps a little bit creamy mouthfeel that’s a small plus…extremely easy to drink, dry, with a vaguely bitter aftertaste. Overall a waste of time I’d say…just too bland for me to enjoy.

Gotta differ with the Alstrom’s on this one…yeah you could session this but there are SO many better, more interesting sessionable beers on the market I’d have to wonder why anyone with interesting in flavorful craft beer would choose to do so.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 14:31:03 | More by tobelerone
Photo of horshack7


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very pale straw and clear. On top is a light foamy head about two fingers thick. Some decent lacing is left behind after the head thins out.

Aroma: Spice is presented from the hops. Grain from the malts add a brediness. Yeast notes and floral hop in the back.

Taste: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation and a buttery texture. Good graininess from the malts and the yeast. Hops are very much on the floral side with a spice note.

Notes: A very good year round Pilsner. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 23:07:37 | More by horshack7
Photo of sfprint


2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow with almost a tinge of green. decent head, and ok rising carbonation. Metalic hops, dirty/gritty malt smell. Grassy hops, relatively rich in flavor. Almost mildly metallic. Approaching a medium body. Nothing outstanding, but perfectly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:28:45 | More by sfprint
Photo of scootny

New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great clarity to a pale golden brew. Moderate head that fades rather quickly. Smell has lots of light bready malt and a peppery spiciness. Some fresh cut grass and a bit of citrus. Taste is again malty with a zingy hop spice and firm bitterness. Dry finish with bits of lemon and grass. Light crisp feel is refreshing and thirst quenching. A good representative of the style that you can session with ease.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:51:42 | More by scootny
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours with less head than I'd expect from a German Pils, but its fairly normal-looking otherwise. Earthy hops and mineral notes comprise the mainstay of the nose, with bready-doughy notes underlying. The flavor is along the same lines with clean finish. As the brew airs out a bit, it gains a modicum of floral honey sweetness. The various elements at play make for less crispness than the style calls for, as it has a bit of a soft sweetness that is more befitting, say, a Dortmunder. All-around, the beer is pretty good, but I'd reach for a Jever or Flensburger over this one if at all possible.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 15:09:49 | More by ktrillionaire
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 UCLABrewN84


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

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a clear gold color with a small 1/2 inch puffy head that fades to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grains and grassy herbal aromas. Taste is of sweet grains, grass, and an herbal/zest hop finish. Mild hop bitterness sticks around on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation making for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good German pilsener. I am glad I got to try this beer as I have never seen it anywhere else for sale.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 05:06:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
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New York

2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass at low altitude. I was enticed to buy a six-pack by a convenience store promotion offering the beers plus the tulip glass for $8.99.

A: Pours a very transparent yellow hue with a stark-white two finger head. Minimal if any lacing.

S: Musty hops and a bit of yeast, with some metallic notes in the background. Not a very strong smell altogether.

T: The flavors here feel a bit watered-down like the smell. Light hops up front with some very faint floral notes. There's a light bitterness that comes through at the end and hangs around. Unfortunately there's also a distinctive metallic quality to the finish.

M: Light-bodied with a wet start and a dry finish. Spot on in this respect.

D: The smells and flavors of this beer are mostly on the mark, but they really don't come through very strongly. The metallic taste brings this one down a few notches in my book.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:41:34 | More by schlimenhaumer
Photo of jmvecchio1


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a very light yellow in color, with a very small pure white head and light lacing. The smell on our pour was really light, but it's slightly hopped and somewhat grassy. The beer is crisp, smooth, and on the lighter side for mouthfeel. The taste is slightly hoppy, somewhat herbally, and finishes dry. Overall it's an unimposing beer on the palate and drinks extremely easily.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 20:32:19 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of dbaker61


3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500mL bottle. 11.4 degrees Plato. Brew date March 8, 20011; Best by date March 31, 2012.

Appearance: More than two fingers of dense, creamy white foam which had excellent retention. Left a ring of lacing at the top of the glass, then small bits here and there down the glass. Straw color, very clear, with a profusion of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Grassy, hoppy, sweet.

Taste: Well-balanced pilsener flavors. Pale malts and tasty hops, but not an abundance of hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Not a heavy beer. Very refreshing. Slight metallic aftertaste. Dry finish. Good level of carbonation.

Overall: I like this pilsener very much. Nice levels of malt and hops, but not a complex beer. Good on a hot day. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 12:17:12 | More by dbaker61
Photo of zlackoff


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer was a small bit up from your average German pilsner.

Once I did pour this in a glass and it left some nice ring lacing and had a decent couple fingers of head to it. The color is pretty standard, maybe a hair darker for a pilsner.

Smells of grainy beery goodness, not too strong of a smell. Almost even smells like hay. Tastes better than it smells, not the most bitter pilsner I've had but solid hoppy flavors are present no doubt. I like that it wasn't too carbonated, one serving was with a meal and this beer was an excellent choice for that.

Overall a solid choice to go with a meal but nothing so special that I would particularly choose it on any other occasion.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 21:39:56 | More by zlackoff
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New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An authentic German Pilsener. It pours a light golden--i.e. Pilsener-- color with a dimpled cap of white foam. The smell of pale malt and a touch of earthiness conjure up thoughts of German beery goodness. The flavor starts with biscuit malt and just a hint of husk. The beer clears the palate and dashes off with a touch of grassiness. You are left wanting another sip.

This is good German brew. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 23:41:38 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of DoubleJ


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It seems every time that I go to BevMo, Radeberger is starting at me to buy it. I finally took the plunge and got the 500 ml bottle for $2.19. Comes with a best before date of 1/2012. On to the beer:

Bright godlen straw color with lots of bubbles running through. The head is very billowy on top and retains itself well and leaves some fair lacing to the glass. It smells like a German import....ok, let me elaborate. There is some stink in this one, and there are some big notes of hay.

It becomes better in the mouth. Sure, it does have some astringency, but drinking it with lunch, the food seems to bring out some sweetness out of this pilsner. Lots of hay and a thin layer of sweetness. There is light crispness in the light body, and drinkable despite the slightly astringent aftertaste.

Solid pils to come out of Eastern Germany. An adequate pick to wash down lunch.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 23:07:54 | More by DoubleJ
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