Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 25
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-11-2001)
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Photo of scootny
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.55/5  rDev -29%
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.

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of dbaker61
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of zlackoff
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head. As I drank the glass gradually successive rings of foam stayed stuck to the glass in a pretty cool effect. Clear straw yellow body. Smell and taste are both pretty much BMC style with a little extra edge. Minimal finish. Certainly a nice pilsner but not sure if it's among the elite.

Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a flared flute glass at Bauer's Brauhaus.

My second brew during my first visit to the Brauhaus. It pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, and rice. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strong undercurrent of mineral-rich water, which somehow helps things a bit here. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather crisp finish. Overall, despite the great pilsner feel, this thing just was too meek and sappy to be taken seriously as a pils. Shame, really.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (best by 11/20/11) into a pilsner glass.
Pours a healthy straw/gold, small head, minimal lace and large bubbles of carbonation coming off the sides of the glass.

Smells like pale malts, grass and dried grain.

Grass and pale malts lead the taste off, nice aftertaste, slightly bitter, but dry. Pretty standard German Pilsner taste. Goes down smooth with nice carbonation.

Good, crisp warm weather beer. I've had way too many better pilsners to grab this often, glad I got a sixer though.

Photo of Reaper16
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ Beer Kitchen, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

Pours a pilsner-like yellow color. It's pretty pilsnery. Light. Yellow. Maybe a smidge darker than the average macro pilsner. Less than a finger of sterling white lace (though that's on the bartender). Adequate lacing. This is a fine looking pils. Average isn't always a pejorative.

The nose strikes me immediately as more fruity than a lot of German Pilsners I come across. Sure there's the soft, busicuty pilsner malt aromas. But the hops aren't so much the steely, grassy, minerally quality from Saaz as they are soft, floral, sweet fruit juice-like in quality. Nice apple and pear aromas being thrown off by the yeast. I'd like a bit more sharpness from the hops (but then I prefer Czech pilsners to German ones), but this is a nice change of pace.

The taste follows the nose almost exactly. Soft floral flavors and apple juice and pear skin show more strongly than the underlying malt profile. The apple flavors are bright and vibrant; not at all like the bad apple flavors from bad lagers; more golden delicious than apple core. There's a bit of a hoppy bitterness that comes across on the midpalate before fading to floral notes on the finish.

The carbonation is not as sharp as it is on most good pilsners. I don't find it to be a detriment here because the softer mouthfeel (in addition to the flavor profile) makes this beer very food friendly. Overall, that food friendliness and vibrant fruit character makes this a good change of pace from other pilsners. I'd happily drink this again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Radeberger Pilsner half liter stein on draft at Stubbies and Steins in Gainesville FL. Beer is clear, yellow, heavily carbonated, nice white head, some lacing, looks like beer.

Aroma is mildly sweet with a little yeast character, light in aroma but smells like a pilsner.

Beer is awesome, overall it is quite good. Very drinkable. Wet up front with a mild malt sweetness, mild yeastiness in the midpalate clean finish, awesome beer, truly great. One of the greats.

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a 0.4L stange. Pours with average body for a Pils. Moderately thin, white two fingered head that dissipates at an medium rate to a decent white top foam. Leaves a bit of lacing. Brilliantly golden clear. Not a touch of haze; filtered. Plenty of bubbles in solution.

Aroma of corn and lagered pilsener. Pleasant aroma. Little to no hop aroma - some nobleness Clean aroma. No diacetyl

Taste of clean lagered malt and dms which is appropriate is adjunt is used. Slight bitterness that is well balanced across malt.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Served cold and finishes clean. Well constructed yet the corn notes are a bit too prevalent. Give it a try.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, quite clear, big ole fluffy head. Some toasted malt, earthy, grassy, and citrus hops. Pretty solid bitterness, well-balanced with the maltiness. A very easy drinking beer, too. Good flavor, the grassy hops start becoming really evident halfway through the beer with the toasty malt. Quality.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml (11.2 oz) into a snifter...large head with ok retention and lacing on top of a pale pils body, appropriate for the style. Good funk in the nose, not the whiffiest pils I've ever had, but nothing objectionable and a respectable hop and malt profile for the style. Clean refreshing taste with yeast characteristics coming through well. It's not mind blowing or anything, but it is a good session pilsener that I wouldn't have a problem drinking anytime.

Photo of kekasper
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice easy drinking pils. Dry, clean finish, not a lot of head retention, compared to other German Pilsners. Very refreshing, with just enough bitterness. I do agree with others reviewers who say it could have a little more oomph, but nonetheless, a good beer.

Photo of GRPunk
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.
Bottle (best by 10,2011) poured into a pilsener glass.

A- 1-1/2 finger, white head sustains at 1/2-finger and leaves really good stick. Clean, straw body with heavy carbonation. Quite light.

S- Crackers and spicy hops are just as you might expect. A little lacking though. All the right aromas, just not bold enough.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. Lots of cracker-like malts up front. Cleaned up and balanced with spicy hops. A bit to the malt side of the spectrum.

M- Quite clean. Lots of carbonation that creates a bit of a bite.

D- Solid German Pils. Like most, you can put back a bunch. Could use a little more "umph" to set itself apart.

Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle best by 082011

A- clear sunshine yellow brew with just a film of a white head

S- was floral noble hops with a grassy hay smell with a citrus and malt then a baked bread finish
T-noble floral hops greet the palate,with a grassy/hop addition.it finishes with a sweet kiss of baked bread very nice

M- is a crisp pils with low carbonation but it packs some nice flavor

D-very drinkable and a tasty pils low abv is a plus

Photo of uno99
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on draught into a Radeberger Pilsner .3L glass in Berlin, Germany.

As a note before my review, I'd like to say that this is maybe my eighth beer in Berlin, as well as my first time on the continent after many months living in Ireland, and every beer I've been served in Berlin whether draught or bottled has been served in the beer's own specific labelled glass. One Berlin barmaid was happy to get into a friendly argument over the proper way to pour a yeasty beer into a glass. Germans (or maybe just Berliners) seem to really care about beer. This is refreshing after watching some of the lads in Galway quaff budweiser when a Guinness wouldn't have cost more than 80 cent more.

A: Pours a clear blonde with a tinge of gold. A one finger creamy head of fair retention.

Sm: A clean aroma of musty barley. In my experience, good pilseners have simple, light scents. So far, so good, lads.

T: A bit of cream on the otherwise empty open gives way to a simple barley note with a small hoppy boost followed by a mundane fizzy finish. I'm disappointed. I still prefer Czech pilseners to German ones.

Mf: Coarse - in a nice way, but far too dry for a proper pilsener. Did they use crystal malt/hops? I hope not.

Dr: Highly priced by Berlin standards and not particularly good. Stick to the Czechs for your pilseners, lads, and leave this tap untouched.

Photo of chefelf
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a decent and drinkable beer. Not big on flavor. I think I would pair this with a very flavorful food like curry or, more appropriately, a selection of German sausages. It's decent enough but I'm not excited about drinking the remaining 4 left in the six pack. I suspect they'll be floating around the fridge for a while.

Mmmm. I could go for some German sausages now.

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