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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 26
Gots: 78 | 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 keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.85/5  rDev +35.1%
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 -16.4%
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
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of philphilphil
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was good, nice colour without excessive head .

Smell was typical of a pilsner, similar to König and Bitburger.

Taste, I'm not a huge german pilsner fan (like them but not excessively so) and it tasted like a pretty standard pilsener macro, which isn't bad, just not special.

Mouthfeel was good.

Drinkability, inexpensive and not bad, would buy again:)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at the Atlantic Beer Garden in Boston, Mass.

A: Poured a clear, pale golden yellow color with a slightly chilled haze and a thin, creamy head of white foam which lingered in a fine lace.

S: Smells grainy, zesty and clean with hint of herbal hops and milled malts.

T: Flavor is a super dry, snappy combination of grainy, milled cereal malts up front with a drying, herbal, slightly floral and snappy hop finish. Clean, smooth and adequate for the hot weather.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, dry and pretty clean.

D: A German pilsener for the ages, at just under 5% ABV, this pils has the integrity of a classic example of this style, and is perfectly boring. It's not bad, and if you love a good pils, this is as good as you'll get. Great balance, light body and ample flavor.

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - golden yellow, lots of carbonation, decent size foamy/fizzy white head. Average lacing.

Smell - Slight pilsner skunk, malts, yeast, breads and grains

Taste & Mouth - slight hops up front, refreshing average body, not watery. Average amount of carbonation, dry finish. Floral and citrus zest notes.

Drink - I think this is a fantastic pilsner, definitely sessionable.

Photo of decimator
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear gold colour with a bubbly white head. Head slowly dissipated to a thin cap. Pretty good lacing is produced.

S - Typical Pilsner aroma of malts and hops but on the lighter side.

T - Some malt followed by the bitter hops. The hops are felt pretty evenly throughout the drink with a lasting aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation and a crisp finish.

D - This one goes down easy. Another good example of a Pilsner.

Photo of timmytootimes
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-=Presented in a .5 liter mug, poured crystal clear light golden and yellow with a thick white lace that clung lightly to the mug leaving a lovely delicate lace reminding me of lovely scantily clad lady.

S=smells of delicious white grape juice/golden raisons with a nice grain aroma complimenting along the way, all under a light and lovely hop aroma.

T=light bodied crisp mouth feel with a moderate malt flavor start to finish. Hoppy like a good pilz should, starting off sharply lingering to herbal tea/vegetable background(awl frome da hopes)finishes crisp and dry with a solid malt backbone and a well balanced hop presence

M=goes down easy crisp and breezy

D=Could drink this all day on a hot summer day very drinkable and can hold its own against any beer in this category, so if you are looking for a true German Pilz here ya go. PROST!!!

Photo of bigrzman
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this some years back and I found it again at the Class 6 store on Fort Drum. This time i can do a good review on it. It is a mass produced German Pils but this is a good one.

A: Straw colored much like a Budweiser. However this has an awesome head a good retention. Lacing is throughout. Very tight bubbles that flow upwards in my pilsner glass.

S: Crisp and clean. A light bouquet of light malt and floral Saaz hops is present.

T: This is crisp and clean to the tongue. A nice spicy hop aftertaste and a bready grassy malt taste comes in later as you swallow the beer.

M: A little drying and airy. It has a heavier body than most German Pilsners which are generally light.

D: Yes I will grab another. This is highly drinkable and pleasant. I would gladly give it to friends that are used to pilsners and to my Dad and Uncle who love them too.

Photo of LarryV
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a light fluffy head. Aroma is mostly grain with a good mix of hops, I didn't detect any sulfur odors.
Taste is crisp and clean with a nice hop presence that offsets the sweetness resulting in a wonderfully balanced pilsner. Finishes clean with a lingering light hoppiness. I really liked this pilsner a lot, one of the best I've had. I'll definitely buy more of this one.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of soft pale malts with some floral hops.

Tastes of the floral hops with a malt underpinning. Hops are floral and grassy with a bit of brightness and some bitter. Malt is in the background and offers little sweetness, but does give a bit of graininess. A bit on the hoppy side for what I assumed was a traditional German Pilsener.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light, clear golden color with plenty of bubbles, nice white head

S: Sweetness, grains and a dash of hops

T: Sweet grains, nice hops up front, has a nice grain feel and slight hop bite

M Sweet, has nice crispness at the end, well carbonated and dry, crisp hop flavor on end

D: Very easy to drink indeed!

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks really good. Clear golden with a fluffy white head that sticks all the way down the glass. Smell is aromatic herbs and bitters. A decent wallop of dryness for the taste, it stays upper palette and lasts for quite a while, turning even more bitter at the end. But a hint of base sweetness adds some needed balance.. but it needs more. Carbonated well. Glad I tried it, but I'd rather select another brand of German Pils.

Photo of EStreet20
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, tall pils glass.

A - Nice clear golden color. Lots of visible bubbles. Nice white head.

S - Pils malts. Grains and a little touch of hops.

T - Hop bitterness is present. The graininess comes through and lets a little sweet tinge in there.

M - Light in body. Lower carbonation than expected.

D - A pretty easy drinking pils. Nothing earth shattering. A touch more carbonation might give it a bit more bite.

Note: Had this on tap a month ago and remembered it having more hop character. Still not a bad session pilsner.

Photo of speter
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark translucent gold with very little head and no lacing.

S: Biscuit malt and noble hops are present in the aroma.

T: A solid north-German Pils. Bitter start and center with a bracing hoppy finish and a good hoppy aftertaste with no metalic flavors.

M: Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

D: A classic example of a north-German pils.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - darker golden color, with a good two finger's worth of foam. Maybe a little low on the carbonation.

Smell - kind of an earthy smell, pretty typical for German Pilsners. Mix of a sweet smell with a stronger spicy smell.

Taste - better German pilsner taste than you would find from Heineken. Hopier taste, which loses the sweet smell that it had. Maybe just a hint of a hint of citrus. Aftertaste lingers on the top of the palate.

Mouthfeel - slight creaminess, good mouthfeel for a beer.

Drinkability - Probably a decent German Pils, but I'm just not used to the better ones. Maybe a little too prevalent of an aftertaste for repeated trips to the fridge, but a decent German Pils.

Photo of kflorence
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale, straw color with a fair amount of white head. Not much lacing around the glass as you drink. Head retention is low, as it subsides to a thin layer of film around the top of the brew. It looks refreshing.

S: Pretty light on the nose, overall. A somewhat sweet aroma, lots of malts and grains. The classic pilsener smell, though somewhat subdued.

T: Like the smell, the taste is also pretty light. Lots of sweet malts up front and a crisp, dry bitterness on the finish. Overall, a bit more subtle than I'm used to in a pilsener. Nothing really shines in this one, it's not bad at all, but the flavor is pretty subdued.

M: This is a very smooth beer. Carbonation is on the low side, but still plays a bit on the tongue. Obviously, this beer is on the light side, but it does have a slight chewiness to it. I would prefer a bit more carbonation, but overall it's got a pretty good feel.

D: Super easy to drink. This would be a pretty sessionable beer, if not for the price. Definitely not the best pilsener out there, but it is more than decent. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this beer again, but I wouldn't avoid it either.

Photo of biegaman
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beer this clear and golden should be appealing to just about anyone who's ever enjoyed a beer. Indeed, this is likely the image that comes to mind for most people when they think of beer; I bet you could sell a lot of cases with this picture on it. Anything that looks this seemingly thirst-quenching is likely to draw people to it like a flame does moths.

The aroma leaves much to be desired. Whether the issue is that the brewer didn't use enough aromatic hops or that the ones he did use simply lack in that notoriously floral and spicy feature, I can't say for certain. What is known for sure is that this light grainy element is terribly characterless and cannot (and should not) be carrying the load itself.

And it's equally as lifeless in the taste, too. Granted, its high attenuation results in a desirably clean and refreshing beer with only a minimum of perceivable graininess, but without the crisp, clipping, bitter hop profile it lacks that added component that animates the beer and transposes a two-dimensional taste into a three-dimensional sensation.

A larger breath from the hops would result not only in more flavour and a better texture, but also an overall less indistinct beer. Although that part is likely intentional on the brewery's part, I still insist a snippet more of that tangy noble hop brightness would really improve on what is without it an inappreciable and numbingly boring beer.

There must have been a miscommunication between the brewery and its brewer. They asked him to brew an authentic German pilsner and he brewed a plain-old Euro lager. Although it was a confident, very drinkable effort, a beer this bland and toneless frankly does not speak to the distinguished and esteemed tradition of German pilsners.

Photo of olmatty
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystalline, golden yellow and a one inch bright white, foamy head.

S- Clean, light, German malts predominate and a light whiff of herbal hop.

T- Crisp wash of light hop bitterness, middle of clean pils malts and a slight lingering bitterness at the finish.

M- Crisply carbonated, light bodied

D- Easy drinking and tasty, I've enjoyed some pilsners more

Photo of appenzeller
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Good to excellent clarity and carbonation, pours a thin head that retains for a while.

Smell: Slight floral aroma overwhelmed by an unpleasant acridness. Very unfresh, if not skunked.

Taste: Unbalanced, overly bitter, tastes unfresh but also notes beyond that I'm not crazy about. This is far off the mark from what a good German pilsner should be.

Mouth: Can't tell, need to swallow since the taste is, well, meh.

Drinkability-see below.

Disappointing. Clearly an unfresh or somewhat "skunked" bottle but also seems to lack the right floral notes and balance. Would like to taste a good fresh one to see if the shipping is to blame, but this bottled sample was a bummer.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 0.5L lovely tall Radeburger glass mug (seidel).

After hearing about this time and time again on the Beer School podcast, I couldn't help but seek it out. Thanks to Brauhaus Schmitz in Philly, I'm lucky enough to easily get much German beer that isn't normally found on store shelves around here. Und on tap, to boot.

Light, glowing, grassy yellow with a generous 2-finger width white head.

Wonderfully rich aroma - cereal, biscuit-like, lightly hoppy. Maybe the loudest scent statement in a pilsner I've experienced.

While this great smell carried over consistently into the flavor, when beefed up with its hefty, malty body, it bordered on cloying (if that term can be applied to body). I would offer that it straddled the flavor characteristics of each pilsner, maibock, and, to a lesser extent, marzen.

A little too hearty to drown yourself in. Still, its perfect amount of carbonation lightened the body enough to support its uniquely bold flavor.

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pils glass:

Pours bright translucent golden with a rich, foamy white head that thins and stays, leaving patchy lacing.

The smell is floral and grassy with slight sulfur.

The taste is floral and grassy with some sulfur and a touch of salt. A honey-like sweet kiss balances it out. Finishes very dry.

It has a crisp, light-body. It's a refreshingly dry, classic northern German pilsner.

Photo of beerguru15
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just got done drinking a Radeberger and noticed the following:

The beer is a light golden color with a white head that quickly depreciates

When smelling the beer you notice a slightly hoppy smell

Initial tasting you have a strong tasting of the hops and a small bite that follows with the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel isn't too bad, kind of smooth.

Overall it's a drinkable beer though I didn't realize it was going to be this hoppy before purchasing it (just saw it on the shelf and noticed that I haven't had that one yet). Don't think I would drink more than one at one sitting though. Prost

Photo of Ryan011235
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 4/5/10

Best before the end of Aug 2010

Very clear, uniform light-yellow. Pours a one finger head that dissipates quickly to a modest skim. Not much in the way of lacing so far; this sets the standard for the duration.

The aroma is pretty good; very earthy, grainy & floral. Notes of hay, fresh cut grass, toasted malt & hops. Hints of airy floral sweetness. Not particularly murky.

The taste isn't bad though it seems more jumbled than the nose. A subtle hop bitterness is noticeable upfront & melds into a spiciness that makes me think white pepper. There are grassy & grainy notes, too but they are not nearly as inviting as with the aroma. Toasty malts remain in the back but are no less sturdy.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation; it's reasonably zesty but far from the sharp crispness one might expect. I think it suits the beer well enough. The finish is essentially clean, with just a few grassy notes lingering.

Drinkability is pretty decent. My only complaint is that is gets more muddled as it warms which causes it to seem a little bland. Other than that, it's around average.

Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
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