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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Radeberger PilsnerRadeberger Pilsner

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BA SCORE
82
good

774 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei visit their website
Germany

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 Murchmac
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ze classic german pilzner. Listen to me know but hear me later.

Pours a frothy white head with ze bubbling clouds leftover. Clear yellow with lots of little tiny bubbles bubbling busily.

Smells like.... a pilsner. Like most pilsners, but more pilsnery.

Tastes a bit breadier and with a bigger mouthfeel than the average bear. Crisp.

Pretty good for a beer with a lot of words on the bottle I can't read.

Murchmac, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of david18
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite pilsners in the world, this was better on tap in Berlin germany than in the bottle in the United States, where i usually have it. Had a half-liter and it was bright, clear, perfectly carbonated and perfectly bitter. I could drink 100 of these.

david18, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of julian1117
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Visual Appeal: poured a beautiful head, but the color was a little reminiscent of yank macrolagers; the multilayered streaking on the glass was very attractive

Smell: even with the glass a couple of feet away, I could smell that characteristic Pilsener smell--a delightful aroma

Taste: crisp and clean, mildly strong hop flavor but I could do with a bit more uniqueness

Mouthfeel: I poured too vigorously so I got the nice head at the expense of the carbonation, but it was pleasant enough

Drinkability: average abv and pleasant taste makes this highly drinkable for me

julian1117, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of dbmcrorie
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation:
12 oz brown long-neck bottle. White label with an impressive selection of medals/awards. No decipherable bottling/freshness date. Poured into a mug.

Visual:
Straw gold with a thick-looking body to it. Foamy white/cream head offers decent retention. Average lacing and caps left behind.

Aroma:
Very earthy/herbal spiciness from the hops in the nose. Very husky grain follows with a subtle sweetness to contrast. Hints of pomace sneak in at the end.

Taste:
Plenty of zest/pepper and light hop bitterness; contrasted by grainy malt and underlying sweet notes. There is a baked bread-like profile that reminds me of Neapolitan style pizza crust (blackened - but not burnt - and bready).
Very smooth mouthfeel and decent carbonation that really opens up the profile. Powdery finish with a nice clean bite. Hints of lemon peel and light malt/grain in the aftertaste.

Overall:
Very well done pilsner. Would be a great session beer in that it is not overwhelming in any regards, and is highly dinkable. Because of it's grainy/bready profile with zesty/peppery hints, this would go great with crusty bread such as baguettes or sourdough. To compliment this, goat's milk cheese (or anything similar with a light and soft body) would pair greatly. This pils would also go great with a tomato/oil based seafood dish such as clams, shrimp, etc.

Cheers!

dbmcrorie, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Phillyduke
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz NR with a "Best By" date of 11.06.09 stamped on the back label. Served into my Victory Prima Pils glass. Pale, clear, and a golden straw yellow color with loads of active carbonation. A pillowy 3 finger head of dense white foam caps the glass. Head shows great retention and leaves some soapy lacing as it slowly recedes.

S: Grainy, husky and clean, with a faint herbal hop character and the familiar twinge of light lager yeast.

T/M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied with a crisp, clean, slightly "chalky" mouthfeel. Light malt body really lets the graininess show through. Spicy hop finish and the tight carbonation leave a sharp, lingering tingle on the palate. Not a hint of the sweetness you find in domestic American-style pilseners--this one's grainy and pleasingly bitter from start to finish.

D/O: An easy-to-drink German Pilsener that's much better than most of the popular imports, but not quite as good as the best German and American interpretations of the style. Regardless, this is still a fine alternative to Heineken, Beck's, Amstel, etc., and has more complexity than a domestic macro. It's light, refreshing, crisp, clean, and quite sessionable. It also should appeal to most domestic and mainstream import drinkers.

Phillyduke, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - golden yellow with a decent 2" head that laced nicely in a pint glass

S - sweet grains and floral hoppiness

T - well balanced sweetness and cereal grains with a lightly bitter hops. Quite a standard for a pils.

M - bright and mellow, yet crisp and refreshing. Pretty good feel with full character.

D - extremely drinkable, medium carbonation enough for a bite but not as much as soda. Excellent sessioning beer.

Review from notes. Highly recommended.

DmanGTR, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light gold with an even lighter green tinge. One and a half finger head with good lacing.

S- Dominate spicy/floral noble hop aroma with an underlying grainy scent. Green bottle skunk is fairly minimal.

T- Mildly sweet grainy malt flavor makes up the first taste. The noble hops come in quickly to provide flavor and a drying bitterness. The finish is dry, crisp, and very balanced.

M- Light with good carbonation that's not too agressive.

D- I prolly won't seek it out, but I'd grab it if I saw it on tap.

A pretty rock solid German Pilsner. Unless you completely dispise the style, I'd suggest giving it a try.

Pauly2X, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this beer at a local Publix in Florida.

A- Very nice pour of golder liquid with a wonderfully fluffed head that falls to a well balanced quarter inch top. Nice lacing sticks to the glass. Beautiful beer.

S- Smell is so-so with hints of malt upfront on the nose with mild followings of hops and yeast.

T- Small bitter front with good notes of yeasty malty flavors. This is a well balanced pilsener. Has the mild hop bitterness with a stable amount of malty kick to all and all make a good taste.

M-D- Mouthfeel is easy and has a mild astringent feel from the hops. Yeasty on the end with nothing foul. Very drinkable, but not for the price. (8.49 6pk)

wesbrownyeah, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of Bierfreund
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found at our local beer store for a ridiculous price (1.75), and since we knew this was one of Germany's major brands, we took it home.

Poured light yellow into glasses, and the head stood thick and white. It stayed for quite some time, and then turned into a nice lacing.

The nose was already promising a very fresh aroma.

The taste was a hit in the face - so fresh! Hops was immediately present, but not too much. The carbonation was adding to the freshness, but it did not cover up the tart taste. This is a Pils like it is supposed to be.

The mouthfeel was prickly, due to the strong carbonation.

This is a really good session beer, you could easily drink several of them (if you wanted to). You don't feel the alcohol.

Bierfreund, May 18, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can. Another of the similar-looking German lager offerings gracing the shelves everywhere around here, seemingly now and forever.

This beer pours a clear, somewhat pale golden straw hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which dissipates rather slowly, leaving a few instances of sea plume lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of toasty, crackery, grainy cereal malt, a subtle black pepper essence, and meekly bitter floral, leafy noble hops. The taste is fairly crisp, saltine cracker cereal malts, warm, indistinct citrus, and a spicy flourish of sassy, kind of spicy native German hops - not quite Saaz, but close.

The carbonation is on the low side, sure, but hardly out of the game entirely, the body a decent medium weight, with a concurrent, generally unadulterated smoothness. It finishes a tad off-dry, with the malty cereal character persisting among a further bit of lingering green, spicy hops.

A fairly drinkable, well balanced German Pils. Like its brethren, there is only so much you can say about these offerings. I could see myself enjoying more than a few of these, in a tied house, Oktoberfest-related or not.

biboergosum, May 08, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is golden with a tight head a first. bubble expand and become rather soap like in a few minutes. mild lace. smell of apples, mild earth, some hop. taste is rather mild. everything comes through light hop, light apple, a moment of earthy straw. rather neutral. the carbonation is a bit... much. the beer seems to be a bit better as it get warmer though.

rtepiak, May 01, 2009
Photo of Bcaulin
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in NYC -- served in the proper Radeberger mug.

Typical Pilsner appearance -- nice light fluffy white head that hung around for a while. Light golden in color.

Definitely a step up from the average pils I get over here. Nice crisp, fresh tastes without the bitter aftertaste that dooms so many weaker pilsners. Very refreshing beer after walking around on a hot day in the city. Not a bad beer to keep in the fridge as the fall back for a warm summer day.

Could definitely see myself throwing back a couple of these (and I did) on a regular basis when I'm not trying to get a strong buzz.

Bcaulin, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of TrinkGermanBier
4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looking for an excellent German Pils, try this one. Drank this one on draft in NYC at Lederhosen. Very tasty light brew with a nice aroma. Decent head that lasts. Left minor lacing. Very drinkable. I wish we could get this one in upstate New York in draft. I'd have it on in my house.

TrinkGermanBier, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with soapy pure white head that slowly settled. The aroma is a bit grainy and grassy. A dry cracker like malt and grassy hops. The taste is of a grassy stale hop, very light lemon, a metallic twang and a barely there malt presence. The feel is light with prickly carbonation, has a bitter presence and finish. Could be a little crisper. Drinks very easy, good beer to drink on a nice spring day. Could use more of a grassy flavor and malt presence but still is good. Nice clean flavors.

Gmann, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pils glass.

Appears a crystal clear golden yellow color with a two inch high white head. Falls to a skim and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma has a very nice balance between malt and hops. The malt character is mildly sweet with some slight toastiness to it. The hops are spicy and herbal in character.

Taste is grainy and sweet up front with a light toasted malt character in the middle and some breadiness. The noble hops come in with a mild bitterness and a spiciness with some herbal edge to it.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, good carbonation makes for a pretty creamy texture. Very drinkable.

I enjoyed this Pils very much. Could easily be an all night session beer.

roadhouse, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, tasty pilsner, bitter and hoppy but with nice maltiness to carry the hops and with well-rounded character, complexity, and feel.

Golden, it has a large, lon-lasting white head that shrinks slowly and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is yeasty dough grain, herbs, pine and citrus, mostly lemon.

The taste is nice malty grain, yeasty dough, with strong malty sweetness balanced by nice pine-herb-lemon bitterness. It's smooth and rather full-bodied yet lively and zesty, with the feel and taste leaving a crisp, lightly bitter herbal finish.

Offa, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this, Bitburger, and Paulaner Pils side by side and this was the winner with my wife and I.

Pours a sparkling gold with a big white head. There was a bit of lacing and retension but nothing like an ale.

Aromas are mild but pleasant. Earthy pale malt reminds of country biscuits, slight lemony citrus, and herbal hops.

Taste is dry and clean with hints of honey, citrus and bread.

Mouthfeel is watery and refreshing. Nothing out of the ordinary but no apparent flaws either.

Great german pils.

gonzo46and2, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a clear golden color that pours a pillowy pure white head that sticks around for a while, though it doesn't leave a lot of lacing. The smell is more than I expected: some light fruit notes with a mix of grains and hops and a light spicy herbal aroma as well. The taste is a good blend of lightly spicy, herbal and earthy hops with light malt and a balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is typical pilsner: light to medium body, crisp and clean. This one is pleasantly more balanced and complex than I expected going in and generally quite drinkable.

Brenden, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of interesting. Got this bottle at the nearby Supermercado Disco here in Recoleta, Buenos Aires. 2nd bottle in on the shelf. Served it chilled, but not cold. Poured with a nice white head that went down to a light partial cover and some lace. Clear gold color. Aroma is beery, a faint whiff of skunk when first poured, some malt, grass, grain, hop, and light fresh sawdust. Flavor had the barest hint of skunk that disappeared right away. Not too bad bitter sweet thing but the sweetness is without character. Good body and carbonation. Drinkable. Better nearer to the brewery and fresher no doubt. I'd have another.

drpimento, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Tyical yellow, fizzy. Great puffy white head, lasting a long time. OK lacing.

S: Eh, bad skunk. Grains. Not liking this.

T: First sip revealed a bit of skunk, but totally disappeared after the 2nd quaff. Nice balance of malts/grains, and hops.

M: Very clean, slightly bitter after taste.

D: Nice German Pils. Low ABV is a bonus. I normally would not buy a bottle so far out of date - was 07/08, it is now 03/09, but, for 2 bucks, what the heck. The beer didn't seem tired at all, but, maybe a bit light struck.

KI9A, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pale yellow gold color with a modest white fizz of cover and similar lacing. The aroma is a fairly typical clean wheat with just a kiss of citrus and plenty of pumpernickel bread goodness. The flavor kicks in as solid pilsner deep bready goodness. Delicately carbonated, a chewy body feel for the style but still maintains the crisp refreshing drinkability. This is a simple tastey treat, another excellent German pilsner, definitely worth a try.

Durge, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of lkdrinker
4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When seeking out exports, I look for the "good before" dates. This batch I tried was about 7 months out from that date etched on the bottle's wrapper. This is the best German pilsner I think I've ever had. The appearance and smell are very nice, and the taste did not let me down. Overall, a very fresh, hopsy taste, not too bitter or sweet. A fine body. I can't wait to try this excellent German pilsner again.

lkdrinker, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking, better than average pilsner. It's a light golden beer with a big creamy white head. It smells and tastes fairly fresh and clean. The malt is light and easy to drink. The bitter finish is spicy and crisp. My only real criticism is that it doesn't quite stand out, but then I'm not the most refined connoisseur of European lagers. There are some floral and citric hops with some light vegetable tone. It's a very solid beer, but it doesn't really stand out. At any rate, it's a good beer.

popery, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow with a big fat sudsy head that leaves globs of lace on the glass. Grassy, noble hops dominate the nose with some bread dough and lemon. Tastes much like the nose would indicate grassy hop bitterness balanced nicely with a light citrusy graininess. Light on the palate and easy drinking. Finishes dry. Refreshing.

biggred1, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Maybe it was a bad batch, but here goes review. On tap from rattle and Hum NY. pours a clear light golden yellow. no head, no carbonation, no lacing. No discernable smell to note except a little bitterness .

Not my taste. very hard to be fair. I was told that this is typical of German Pilsners. Almost tasted stale and skunky to me. Might me my noobish taste buds. Please go to other reviews for the time being.

Nascartailgatefa, Feb 14, 2009
Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
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