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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 26
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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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 Reaper16
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.77/5  rDev +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
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
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
2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of alankwak
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Medium bright gold. Very clear. Nice dense head with good retention and lacing. Head is of tell-tale high quality fine, fluffy and lasting bubbles. Well carbonated. Great.

S: Husky with moderate hoppiness.

T: Awesome. Light desirable grassiness and moderate hop bitterness. Clean finish. High quality grain flavor with no fruity notes. Saaz hops to finish I believe.

M: Moderate, full but not heavy. Opposite of a "light" beer. A full flavor no holds barred German pils.

D: High drinkability. Awesome overall quality far over shadows any heaviness.

This is an awesome beer. I think we have a high quality brewing process coupled with great ingredients here. In my opinion this is a fine pils up there with Starkenberger pils or Schweiger pils and in the highest German tradition of a Pilsener.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good pilsner. Nice bright yellow with a small head. Aroma of grass and hay fields with a touch of dry biscuits. Flavor is again dry and grassy with a great bitterness. This is a great clean drinking pilsner. A good pilsner needs to clean your palate everytime and make you crave that bittnerness. This one does just that. This is a beer that needs to be in your fridge year-round.

Photo of goalie33
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into pilsner glass.
A) Clear, straw in color, lots of carbonation. 3 finger, sudsy, stark white head. Leaves nice lacing in the glass.
S) Lager yeast, grassy hops.
T) Crisp, grassy hop beginning. Finish is malty with a bready aftertaste. There is an underlying bitterness throughout.
M/D) Medium body. Does not leave the mouth feeling overly dry. Seltzer-like prickle of carbonation in the back of the mouth. Very easy drinking beer. Highly sessionable. Pairs well with many food varieties.

Photo of scott451
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. A huge bubbly white head on a pale gold. Modest carbonation.Pretty good head retenton, although not ass much as you would think from the big start. Lots of rocky foam lacing.

Bready yeast smells. Grassy grains. A very crisp mouthfeel. Very smooth. Much better than your garden variety pilsner.A very mild bitter hop finish that lingers long.

Light body and carbonation. Very drinkable. An excellent go to pilsner.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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 -3.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
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 -12.3%
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
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
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 -10.9%
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.

Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
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