1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

Not Rated.
Radeberger PilsnerRadeberger Pilsner

Educational use only; do not reuse.

846 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 846
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 26
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-11-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Radeberger Pilsner Alström Bros
Ratings: 846 | Reviews: 371 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

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

Pours a perfectly clear golden straw with one finger of paper white head that sports decent retention and leaves a good amount of sticky lace.

A good balance between buttered malts and biscuit with light floral hops and fresh grass with a wet citrus zest in the middle. A bit more malt than other German pilsners I've had, but that doesn't take away from the beer.

Zesty orange zestyness is the first thing that hits the palate and is followed by a pleasantly bitter floral hop presence. The buttery and biscuit malts play as more of a backbone, adding a nice balance to the beer.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. That carbonated/hoppy bite that I associate with the style is very, very subdued, making for quite the quaffer.

Overall, a good, clean German pilsner. I think it's one that I needed to sit down and review to appreciate its qualities, because I could see myself thinking this is just another beer if I was drinking from a can with friends.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of the three pilseners I've had tonight, this one looks the best, with the fairest golden color, the tallest and most structured white head, and the best head retention. Nice aroma as well, with some really pleasant, almost rye-like whole grain notes, graham crackery sweetness, and subtle cress-ish hops. Nicely fresh and grainy flavour as well, kinda like chewing on a kernel of barley malt and all the sweetness and tang that ensues. Sharp but not too sharp hops, with a flavor of hay and lemon rind, balance things out and contribute to an overall refreshing character emphasised by a dry finish and full carbonation. A very nice, robust German pilsener that could just about be called exemplary.

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours straw gold with a fluffy 2-finger white head which slowly receeds to a thick ring. Generous lacing throughout.

S: Grassy hops, bread malts.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

T: Hops are readily apparent. Barley malt nicely balances the spicy hops. Clean and crisp. Aftertaste lingers and invites another sip from the drinker.

D: Very drinkable. Nothing really stands out, but this is a really high quality beer that relies on the ingredients and brewing art, just as it should be.

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

Radeberger Pilsner has a very clear, gold body that has some moderate sized carbonation bubbles moving upwards toward about two fingers of white foamy head. The head settles down to a ring on top of the beer, and it looks like frothed milk. Retention is pretty good and the lacing isn't bad either.

The aroma is filled with noble hops, but it isn't very powerful.

Radeberger tastes like it is packed with noble hops too, but the flavor delivers the strength that the aroma is lacing. A pale, cracker-like malt sits beneath spicy, earthy, skunky noble hops.

The mouthfeel is very light and very highly carbonated, with a quick, dry finish.

I'm not sure what caused me to pick up Radeberger Pilsner for the first time, but I'm glad I did. Very refreshing.

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

This is a good pils and definitely can be a good session beer. i've got a cold so rating the smell is a bit tough but the flavor is there, sharp and crisp with a very good golden color. Pours a good thick head and the lacing is pretty good. Definitely would buy again as many Pils I've had lately miss the mark.

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

Pours very pale gold, no haze, and a large white creamy head that retains nicely at first but recedes to a thin layer. Laces well too. Nose has some light skunk, faint herbal hops, and a cereal-malty component. The clean malty component comes through on the palate with lightly herbal hops near the end and onto the finish.

Photo of Schmidts
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow from the bottle with a small head that goes quick.
Earthy smell with some hops and malt
Taste wise This is a very refreshing German beer with a mild mix of Hops and malt balanced perfectly.
It is very Pleasing in your mouth and it is a very drinkable beer this one was given me by my friends at the Beer Distributor I will be getting some more of this some time in the future.
All in all a beer you can sit down and enjoy a few for sure. Give it a try if you want something that is smooth and tasty!

Photo of tjd112
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Pils glass

Appearance - White head that doesn't last very long, but has decent lacing, a golden somewhat transparent color

Smell - Somewhat grassy

Taste - Not too complicated, some earthy hops and malts blended in balance

Mouthfeel - Very light and refreshing

Drinkability - A good session beer

Overall - An OK German pils

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen this. Bought at Atwater SAQ.

A- Very pale yellow topped with a cute white 1/4 inch head. Lacing is present. Very small bubbles.
S- Smells like a good number of german pilsners. Lacks personality. Smell is weak compared to some others. Looks refreshing can't wait to taste.
T- Very watery. Tastes like a quality light beer. Think any other basic german pils and add water. Grainy bitter water. EDIT: After cleansing my palate with some fried fish! and allowing it to warm a bit: I taste some very good hops. Subtle but worth mentioning. I am changing my 2.5 taste rating accordingly. Much better. Reminds me (I'm not exaggerating it just reminds me) of an IPA type hopping.
M- Thin but a bit viscous. Medium carbonation.
D- Very high just because you don't feel satisfied. You have to take very big sips to really taste it.

Probably never buying this again. At least not as long as Wernesgruner, Bitburger or Konig are around.
Not much fun to drink. I like something with more character. Boring. I am disappointed though I didn't expect much. Nice looking can though. EDIT: After cleansing my palate with some fried fish! and allowing it to warm a bit: This beer is okay and if I find it at a reasonable price similar to Wernesgruner, Bitburger and Konig Pilsen I will buy it again.
This just goes to show you (or me...) just how different a beer can taste and feel depending on what you've had beforehand.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - standard golden-clear pilsner color, although this may be richer in color than most, substantial head that lasts a while and leaves a good bit of lacing
S - bitter hops, but not overbearingly so, bread malts, maybe a tiny bit of floral notes
T - Bitter hops on the earthier side of grassy, light bready malt backing, no skunkiness to speak of
M - light/medium bodied and refreshing feel, creamy head gives it a smooth finish
D - very drinkable. I could toss more than a few of these back. great with some beer battered chicken mmmm

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good German Pilsner beer. It is light in color and in light in body but is very refreshing and tasty. Excellent served chilled, this beer is a good companion to German foods, and I have found it to be very well paired with Japanese Sushi. I enjoyed this beer very much. It is hard to find a good Pilsner.

Photo of RoyalT
2.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a piss yellow in color with little of the head that other reviewers mentioned.

Smell - The delicate hope aroma that I've come to expect from the style was overbearing and heavy-handed in this example. The grain was rough and unpleasing.

Taste - The hops came through better at the taste but the grain left a nasty, almost rotten aftertaste that ruined the drinking experience.

Mouthfeel - This was light-bodied but felt heavy on the tongue due to the lack of quality carbonation.

Sinkability - I've got much better things to do in my life than finish this dud.

Photo of lstokes
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good generic German pilsner. It's very pale with an impressive head and lots of lace, moderate carbonation, and the smell is pretty grassy.

The taste is of distinctly bitter and earthly hops and a grain flavor the whole way through, with a bit of citrus Mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated, adds up to a decent session beer (especially .65 cents plus Pfand for half a liter!) but nothing too memorable.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle.

Appearance: Clear golden color, long-lasting creamy white head, leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Mild malt and hops aroma, with some fresh lemon nose.

Taste: Light malt flavor, followed by hop bitterness. Good balance.

Mouthfeel/Drink: Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, a very drinkable beer and a nice pilsner.

Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Little Pub in Ridgefield CT. Served in an authentic Radeberger pils glass.

Pours very nice golden yellow with a minimal amount of white foam. Smells clean, with just a hint of hop.

Taste is clean, crisp, everything a German pils should be. Absolutely delicious. Goes down smooth and fast, but still has plenty of taste. Just the right amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Could drink barrels of this stuff. Nothing out of the ordinary, just an extremely well made German pils.

Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
81 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.