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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 25
Gots: 62 | 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 mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap with one other beer the entire trip. just too sick the rest of the time and so on this last day i had these two on tap in germany at epcot.

light golden hay color with loads of carbonation and a fizzy white head that capped out at three inches and then settled down to nothing, not thrilled with that. aroma is very light and clean. bready and cereal grains, light touches of grassy and floral notes and a touch of light hay. very light and clean with a semi smooth and clean finish.

overall it was alright, above average barely and not really worth a revisit.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheaper then Yuengling these days & so much cleaner, so why not?

BB: 1.20.11 Chilled & shielded in cardboard rest assured.

Carlsberg Pils glass. Last bottle of a couple cases left over from Christmas. Now if I could only put away my decorations.

Bubbly, fragile head. Golden, worn-in color. Patagonia-like lace.

Smell is clean, with light herbage & dry malt. Freshness lends it a green edge, but otherwise, it's just adequate.

Watery, dry cereal. Barely any caramelization. Sturdy, balancing earthy/steel hops. Dry grain/leafy finish. A light pils, with an interesting enough bitter quality.

Carbonation is great. It's dry throughout. Alcohol is in-check.

Clean, quality budget brew. Needs a touch more flavor, but I can easily swallow a gallon of this.

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

A: traslucent, pale yellow beer, with huge carb and constant, generates a rich, white, creamy, foamy, persistent head and leaves some waste behind

S: some fruit, honey touches very sweet smell kind of ester smell not sure if intented or related to a flaw

T: very light body, bitter taste sort of metalic, not sweet notes not a very clean beer

Photo of fsimcox
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, transparent straw color. Two-finer bubbly head dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smell is just hints of hop, grass, and just a bit of sweet malt and bread. Not overpowering, very subtle and mild.

Tastes of sweet malt and some hints of hops, a little bitter hop and citrus in the finish. A mild, slightly bitter hop after taste.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with some carbonation. A clean, dry finish.

Another easy drinking Pils. A good example of this style.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
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!

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured crystal clear yellow in color. It has a thin white head and a moderate amount of carbonation.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with notes of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is rather malty but this is nicely balanced by the hops. The finish has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and slightly crisp on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, quite refreshing and goes down very quickly. It really opens up your palate so it is a good choice to start out with.

Photo of Zimbo
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like the Saxons themselves, this beer has suffered from misunderstanding and prejudice. And if Saxony can produce the likes of Bach, Wagner, Neitzsche and Luther then it stands to reason that they shouldn't have much trouble making a quality pilsner. And they don't because this is it. The first German brewery to exlusively make pilsners, Radeberger continues to make pure unchanged archetypical pilsner to this day. I've had it numerous times over the past twenty years and I remain struck by its consistentcy.

Foamy from the first pour there is no need to give the beer any force as the head, supported by a cornucopia of fine beading everywhere, gives nothing less than a 2 inch head throughout every sip. Not exactly sparkling in its pale straw yellow colour and the nose hides the drinker from what awaits them but...
Some slight bitter fizziness to start followed immediately by a firm medium solid body where the malt supports and allows the hops to dominate giving it a long involving chewy lingering bitterness. This firmness is especially noticable in the middle and although its intensity diminishes by the time you swallow it is persistent and builds with every drink. There's no doubt in my mind that this is one of Germany's finest pilsners.

Too bad so many here just don't get it. I'd like to believe it has something to do with the condition and age of bottles once people in the US finally get this beer but to be honest its probably because most BAers can't tell the difference between a quality pilsner and a quart of Olde English 800.
Watch out. This is a werewolf in sheep's clothing.

Photo of dasenebler
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, Germany, best by 5/11.

Nice light-gold hue, with high effervescence and great clarity. Head is short-lived, however, and the lacing is below average.

Aroma is more grainy and biscuity than Noble-hoppy.

Flavor is pretty well-balanced, but definitely leans towards the sweeter end of the spectrum for German Pils. Hop flavor is poor. Musty graininess prevails. At least it's relatively clean, with a smooth, above-average mouthfeel and decent finish. Appropriate medium carbonation.

Kind of reminds me of Kölsch, which is not good for a German Pils. Though it's definitely not the best out there, it's also not the worst.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into 400mL Radeberger seidel.

Appearance: Bright, pale golden color with a fairly large white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Sweet buttery aromas backed up by herbal hints and a touch of citrus/apple.

Taste: Begins with bready sweetness, finishing with a very nice bitter, slightly spicy hop flavor and hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with stimulating carbonation and a very refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This is a top-class pils.This is an easy-drinking refresher that doesn't compromise on flavor.

Photo of epicness
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear yellow color similar to corn. A one finger soapy style head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S - Bready malts with sugary citrus. There's also a hint of yeast and some bitter hops.

T - Bitter front that gives way to sweet citrus and sweet malts. The finish is dry and grainy.

M - Light bodied beer with medium carbonation, which is ideally how a pilsner should be.

D - It's an average tasting beer, but when you combine that with it being light bodied and a <5% ABV it leaves it pretty drinkable. I'd find it more desirable if it didn't have a grainy finish/aftertaste.

Photo of u2carew
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At tap at Rebate in Dumbo
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Settles slightly. Thin lacing. Transparent body.
S) Sugary aroma. Subtle grain notes.
T) Sweet malt flavor up front. Grassy tones. Grainy finish.
M) Light body. Dry finish. Fairly smooth.
D) An alright pilsener. Not a standout.

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

Poured into Radeberger tall mug.

A - Poured cleared yellow color with medium head that dissipated fairly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Yeast, slightly bready malts and citrus.

T - Bitter to start with citrus and slightly sweet malts and a dry finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very good pilsener that is easy going. Would definitely recommend it.

Photo of philbertk
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Radeburger ExportBierBrauerei Gmbh. Radeburg, Germany--Radeburger Pilsner--2007 16.9 oz. Bottle. 4.80% ABV. 25 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) 3 @ $1.99 Each. Foamy thin mild lace head. Clear thin bright straw color. Soft hop front. Crisp refreshing mild Pils thin malt body. Mild tangy bitter clean hop spice citrus hint end. Bland thin refreshing Pils. Sampled 12/21/2007.

Radeburger ExportBierBrauerei Gmbh. Radeburg, Germany--Radeburger Pilsner--Tafelgetrank S.M. Konig Friedrich August Von Sachsen--Koniglich Sachsische Braukunst--2009 11.2 oz. Bottle. 4.80% ABV. 25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Rich mild lace dense white head. Clear thin bright straw yellow color. Crisp mild Pils hop not Saaz aroma front. Zesty mild butter caramel butterscotch crisp refreshing mild citrus body. Clean mild hop spice smooth Pils end. Nice German Pilsner. Sampled 3/14/2009. 6-Pack $9.29.

Photo of jhtipton
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden colour with about 2 inches of light white foam in my Pilsner glass. Smell is about average for a Pilsner, maybe some grassy overtones.Taste is a little bitter and malty with some sweetness. Nothing too special but tastes okay. Mouthfeel is good but not great. The effervescence from the foam is there; it is a relatively light tasting/feeling quaff. I am happy I tried this but it didn't really impress me. Maybe a good session beer after a long bike ride. That is when it tastes best!

Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light yellow in color with a 1" head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: little grass and hint of lemon is all you can pull from the glass.

Taste: grainy malt profile with a hint of lemon zest and grass. Bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp throughout that creates a nice refreshing feeling. Aftertaste is clean.

Drinkability: very easy to drink but it down a notch as the flavor profile is a bit weak in flavor overall.

Photo of IndolentReader
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I agree with the reviewer who said that this would be good with spicy food. I drank it alone and found it to be pretty pleasing - not overwhelmingly good, but a pretty solid pilsner nonetheless. I would recommend it (and would be curious to try it on tap).

Photo of jiggahertz
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Maize yellow, slightly cloudy translucent with a nice 3 finger head dissipating slowly. Good lacing.

S: Corn, yeast touch of alcohol, some citrus.

T: Bitter up front, followed by light sweetness and a dry hops finish. Not a lot going on in this beer but good for what it is.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Very long finish.

D: Drinkability slightly hurt by the finish, but a decent beer. Seems like it could cut spicy foods well.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden clear pour with a medium large white head. Dissipation is slow, only little lacings.

S: Dry malts a little bit sweet. Citric notes and bitter hops.

T: Grainy malt, a little sweet and bready. Bitter hops and citric notes.

M: Creamy medium body. Rich carbonation, smooth. Aftertaste is medium long and holds nice bitterness.

D: A pretty nice German Pilsener.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Finally, the traditional 500mL bottle has arrived. This is the same bottle size that a German would get, yet it comes in a reusable plastic carrier that holds 20 bottles. Now if we could only convince the US consumer this is more practical.

The lacing from a hard pour leaves a lively crest on the glass--right-to-style clarity shows its bright golden yellow color. Fragrant hop aroma of earthy, minty wild herbs and fresh cut grass, clean through and through. Crispness rides on top with a big refreshing character, smoothness rolls over the palate and cleans house with a fluffy moderately-sized body. Bitterness is drawn out and does not simply hit the taste buds with one whack. Within that it throws a smattering of lemon, herbal, faint mint and spicy flavor. The dry malt backbone sustains and holds this beer together very well. Crusty baguettes come to mind as it wraps up.

Looking for a straight up, everyday Pils? Here it is.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Quite sweet on the nose, one feels a little alcohol and sweet fruity white wine with a fairly dry. On the palate, it is little appreciated. There is also a bitter and unsavory side where the resin, represented by white grapes, or even hides them, displace a hop unappetizing. Not really good in the mouth, this beer is even still in the niche for pure thirst.

Photo of jarmby1711
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finds the mark well when it comes to appearance.
Clear light straw in colour with persistent carbonation feeding a snow white frothy head that laces impressively.
The smell speaks of European malts and hops , but offers nothing distinctive.
The smell is not carried through to the palate .It takes a goodly amount of mouth swishing to draw something out and even then it is a very understated version of the smell.
It is thin and watery in the mouth and does finish with a rounded sharpness.
One of umpteen beers that are drinkable but offers nothing to seperate itself from the pack

Photo of keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - crisp pale golden colour, frothy white head

smell - malts, wheat, slight citrus in the aroma

taste - some hops upfront, grassy wheat flavor in the middle, slightly sweet malts in the back

mouthfeel - light bodied, crisp and clean finish

drinkability - the on-tap version of this beer I remember being so much better than the bottled version, I'd love to have this fresh. Overall, an easy drinking beverage that I wouldn't mind keeping in my fridge

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the local beers and I am probably a little biased but really the best Pilsner ever! One can drink all night and wake up early for work. So pure and delicious like bread on the tongue and a great slight barley malt aftertaste that demands futher drinking. When poured properly in the proper glass, this beer forms an amazing rocky head that sticks around for a while and leaves beautiful lacing. It's rare to find a Pils with such a great head. The smell is a very mild, yet spicy hops and bread dough tickle the nose hairs. Carbonation is perfect! Delicate bitterness that again demans further drinking as it teases the senses and one must have more. This beer is a must for all Pilsner fans! I suggest anyone who visits Dresden or Radeberg try the Zwickelbier on tap as well. It's more bitter with an unfiltered thickness that remains me of Franziskaner, like a Pilsner/Weissbier mix.

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. A dull golden color, clarity isn't great and the head drops off fairly fast. The aroma is grassy, herbal, mildly sweet with floral and honey undertones. Initially malty and bready on the palate, this is a bit sweet for a pils, and the hop flavors are delicate, floral, lightly grassy in the finish. There's very little bitterness or bite, and it doesn't dry up as much as I'd like. Decent overall, but I prefer the more crisp and hoppy pilsners.

Photo of BBP
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.

Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
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