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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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729 Ratings
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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei visit their website

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 BeerHonky

New York

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a pint glass. Flimsy white head sits on top of a nice, clear golden straw pils. No head retention whatsoever. Smells of spicy hops and somewhat fresh grains. Medium body with a crisp hop flavor at first. Hop flavor rolls into a nice bitter stage and then finishes off with a bit of sweet, malty gain flavor...almost biscuity. Not quite as herbal or fresh tasting as I would like, but certainly not bad by any means. Very drinkable as well. A few of these soothed my stomach just fine after a very large meal.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2007 17:59:43 | More by BeerHonky
Photo of Doppelmax

New Hampshire

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

A buddy brought over a few cans for me to try.
Very carbonated with decent head head retention. Slightly stronger yellow than most pilsners I've seen. Nothing remarkable about the aroma, taste or mouthfeel, just better than most American pilsners I've tried. I didn't have any problem getting it down, but then again pilsner is not my favorite style of beer.

Serving type: can

01-26-2007 18:49:44 | More by Doppelmax
Photo of Chinon01


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draught at club Smoke in nyc.

A - Served on draught in a Radeberger glass. Good head retention with slightlty less then furious carbonation activity.

S - Grassy nose is predominant. Typical Pils nose though.

T - Nice German style Pilsner. Dry with fthe taste of fresh cut grass and steel. Faint biscuity malt flavor also. This is what Germans do best.

Both the mouthfeel and the drinkability were typical of German Pils which is crisp, drying but refreshing.

Edit (8-17-08) mouthfeel and drinkability better than recollection upon recent tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2007 09:01:53 | More by Chinon01
Photo of olegv40


2.2/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sickly yellow, I was actually amazed at how clear light this beer was. The head was nice and long lasting. It had good carbonation, very balanced. The taste was another story though, amazingly bitter for pilsner, yet didn't have any outstanding flavor profiles to speak of that could make up for it. There are hundreds of German pilsners, no reason to settle for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 01:40:16 | More by olegv40
Photo of BeerNutta


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Radeberger Pilsner

A = Pours a pale straw colour with a thin foam head that quickly dissapates to form a fine lace on the surface of the beer.

S = Slight grassy smell followed by a fine hoppiness.

T = Initial grassy taste. You can taste the herbal residue as the soft dry hops come into play. Good.

M = Moderately carbonated. I think this would have benefitted with a little more carbonation.

D = Drinkable. I just don't like pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 08:35:15 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of bashiba


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice Golden Yellow with a thin white head.

Smelled of fresh light grassy hops.

Taste had a light bit of grainy malt flavor with a bit of green grassy hops.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp.

An easy to drink good German Pils, but nothing good enough to really seperate itself from an already crowded pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 21:48:30 | More by bashiba
Photo of Blakaeris


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

Pours clear pale golden. Head is a slight ring.

Smell is very sweet with a slight touch of grain.

Taste is very sweet and grainy. No malt to speak of. Finish has a bit of sourness and a crisp mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Not bad. Nice bit of bitterness for a pilsner. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 04:10:22 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a sickly yellow (ever-so-slightly green). White foamy head and big suds.

The smell is barely there... I had to strain to detect a bit of grainy malt, some apple cider, and an unsual solvent aroma.

The mouthfeel is on par with carbonated water. Nothing to write home about, nothing to get upset about.

The taste is astringent and bitter, a pilsner through and through, with the bitterness overpowering initial attempts to decipher the taste. A bit of honey can be noticed, along with a citrus tang in the aftertaste. Other than that, hops and bitter, baby, hops and bitter.

In general, not a good German Pils. Poor King Frederick August III of Saxony, I hope he had better drinks than this to console his abdicating soul...

Serving type: can

12-02-2006 01:49:18 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of dedrinker


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why scored so high? My Radegerger was delivered to me by my roomate's house-guest who just flew in from Berlin two days ago. Eight hours on a plane sure beats 2 weeks on a boat followed by uncounted weeks on various loading docks, warehouses, and a retail shelf. This the classic taste of German pilsner that I remember from my first trip there 14 years ago. It is crisp, dry, a little soft, and has a firm, light malt character that whispers toast or crackers beneath a delicate minty hop flavor and aroma. Balance and finesse are the watchwords of the style as these beers go down way too easily, and recall fond memories of my excursions in Germany where I intentionally allowed the beers to follow one after the other in rapid succession. The golden color and malty aroma beg to remind me of the long walks I took through vast wheat fields; in love with the beer that soothed the hurt for the German girl I was in love with. After all those years, it was the beer that stayed true.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 05:40:59 | More by dedrinker
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I was quite impressed with this German pilsner! It's bright and fresh and remarkably well-balanced. It's softer than some examples, namely in its bitterness, but it has great finesse! It's almost as if it straddles the fence between the harder German version of the pilsner style, and the softer, more malt-based Czech original.

It pours the expected bright, pale gold body and firm, bright white head. The retention is good, and it leaves some rings and partial walls of lace, as well as some initial splashy "fingers" that reach upwards around the glass.

In the nose, grassy, herbal, floral, and mildly spicy hops sway atop a delicate, subtly sweet, and grainy maltiness. It's medium bodied and gently crisp in the mouth, leaving it to lightly tingle the tastebuds before it warms to become almost creamy smooth. The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, but remains the same with the addition of a light touch of lemon amidst the grassy, gently herbal, and floral hops. Again, it's remarkably well-balanced... polished even! An excellent, gently crisp and refreshing pilsner of the highest caliber!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 22:43:57 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't the best German pilsener I've ever had, but it's certainly a cut above many others out there. I'd buy it again.

A bubbly two-finger head topped a golden body that gave off a nicely-balanced aroma of spicy hops and bready malt. The head had good staying power, and left sheets of lace down the side of my glass.

The taste started bitter and hoppy before yielding to a malty middle. It ended with a distinct spiciness and I was impressed with how harmoniously the different flavours worked together. The carbonation was high in keeping with the style, but the mouthfeel was a bit sticky for my liking.

Serving type: can

10-14-2006 20:02:53 | More by vanrassel
Photo of Cresant


3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pils glass. Coded 2 08 5. Achieved two finger of lumpy white head. Rich yellow straw colored body. Steady lazy beads of carbonation rise. Nice appearance.

Smelled lemony. Slightly earthy aroma. A sweet malty graininess emerges as it warmes a bit. Rich mellow odor.

Tastes a little tart, crisp. Full grassy, zesty hops and moderate to mild malty sweet grains. Clean.

Mouthfeel is perhaps the highlight of the beer. This one glides around the mouth smoothly yet has a crunchy texture on the swallow. Thin to medium bodied. Tiny needles of ETOH and carbonation in the finish.

I would gladly order/buy this pilsner again. Subtle and fine.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 14:48:05 | More by Cresant
Photo of Osiris9588


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date. It's a pale golden color. The head is white and fluffy, sticking around a bit, hordes of bubbles coursing to the surface.

The smell is of pure grain, with just a whisper of hops. The flavor is of grain, the smallest glint of fruit, and some hops, but the blend seems a bit off to me.

The mouth is light and crisp, with a touch of buttery-ness at the end. Not a whole lot of complexity happening here. The drinkablity is high, but the flavor is somewhat lacking. I truly like a good pils, but this one is average at best.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 18:43:20 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of stephendr


2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Gold color , clear – minimal white head –nose is sour , grassy , cereal , melon , hopps , and detergent - taste of sour / bitter , grassy , hops , and wet hay – dry harsh mouth feel for a light beer – sour , cereal , and grass aftertaste nothing special for a pilsner

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 05:42:35 | More by stephendr
Photo of BeerManDan


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

Everything about this pilsner was sort of average. The color was an average yellow and with some foam and very little lace of the glass. The smell was pleasant and not over powering. The taste was pleasant with just enough of bitterness as to not overpower the average hop taste. Great quincher on a hot day and cold day too. Little better than average taste than other pilsners!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 03:04:03 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of Suds


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

Pours a clear yellow color with a towering and firm white head. It’s an attractive and impressive Pilsner appearance. The aroma is a little weak, but presents an initial shot of floral and slightly herbal hops, backed with a hint of grain. The beer could have used a dose of malt aroma, and certainly more intensity in the hops. The flavor is pretty tasty, with a little sweetness up front. The centerpiece of the beer is certainly the hops, which are a little more pronounced in the taste. The finish is a little bitter, and pretty clean. Fairly high carbonation, and light-to-medium body. All in all, this is a drinkable and respectable German beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 10:09:42 | More by Suds
Photo of beakerboy


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew- July '06- German Lagers

A: Poured a golden yellow with about 1 1/2 fingers of white head

S: Good hoppy aroma

T: Medium malt charateristics with heavier citrusy hop flavor

M: Medium-light mouthfeel with light carbonation

D: A very drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 22:52:13 | More by beakerboy
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Chilled 500ml bottle served in a 400ml Warsteiner Pokal

Appearance - Golden clear straw in colour with full thick 1 inch head after pour reducing to a minimal layer. Good beading.

Smell - Sweet malt and slightly earthy hops

Taste - Sweet malt with a full body and earthy hop flavour on the finish. Nice dry finish - nice example of a german pils.

Mouthfeel - Slightly salty with a firm body, medium carbonation

Drinkability - Appealing to look at like most german pils. Rather good head retention i felt as i find some pils to retain no head at all from the bottle. Hoppy taste does not linger too long in the mouth which may make if forgetable however the medium level of carbonation is easy on the stomach making this pils a nice example of the german style and easy enough to have a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 22:57:06 | More by seanyfo
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard and typical of German Pilsners. Perhaps a bit of a standout, is a heaping helping of saaz, earthy hops. Though the malt profile is moderate, more grain flavors than malt sweetness persists in the aroma and flavor. The look is a very clear moderately carbonated and retented foamstand. Feels fairly smooth, but not with the pilsner creamy texture that I wanted, leaving the grain profile to come across a bit astringent (grain hulls). Finishes pretty clean overall with a light grain and hop lingering. Undoubtedly a good beer to pair with a weinerschnitzel dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 12:00:04 | More by BEERchitect
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a Pilsener glass.

Impressive pour with a generous frothy head and medium carbonation. Light straw colour, minimal lacing. Smell is malty with a sulfuric cheapness perhaps?. A slight noble hop presence, but not much exciting here.

First taste is a bit muddled. A slight metallic twang presides, which is a bit offputting. A nutty maltiness and a lot of alcohol for a 4.8% beer. Strong hop presence that becomes very prevalent as the beer warms. Slight sourness that is very refreshing. This is a good refresher beer, sticky in the mouth, good bite on the tongue. Drinkable, and better if it isn't ice-cold. A good summer pilsener.

Serving type: can

07-12-2006 21:26:17 | More by trevorwideman
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always liked the bottle and label. Classic, nothing fancy, but evokes a time past. Had this first in Berlin 15 years ago. Still holds up. They haven't messed around with it I suppose.

Pale straw color with a bright white dense head leaving lots of clingy foam. The nose is bright and fresh, with only a hint of sulfur and something vegetal, cabbagey. The taste starts with plenty of hop bitterness, plenty of carbonation, decent malt and an interesting aftertaste, apples and Earl Grey. Very refreshing, ultra drinkable. The flavors are quick but true. It doesn't get sickly sweet as it warms, remains quaffable all the way.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 01:41:09 | More by horndecker
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Russian Federation

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic pilsner from Saxony. Lighter than most its German counterparts but tastier. Malty sweetness gives way to hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nice complex aroma, too, pleasant aftertaste, impeccable appearance. Good honest beer, much loved in Germany.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 06:58:57 | More by ernie
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally found a fresh sixer of this brew and picked it up for a reasonable price at the local BevMo. Pours an easily managed solid inch head that has surprisingly decent retention, although eventually it falls to nothing. Typical pale yellow to light copper with active carbonation.

I get a touch of grain and herbal spicey hops in the nose.

Translats well to the taste as the hop profile is not just "in charge" but is almost the entire makeup of this gem in the rough. Starts out with a subtle sweet grain, then breaks into a sharpened carbonation and large drying hop profile that is beautifully placed and well put together. This is not a beer I would reccomend letting warm up "too" much. I experimented with this sixer and found that as it approached being "warm" it started to be too sweet for my liking.

Notes: Overall this is a damn fine example of a German pilsner and one I'll go back to when I see it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 02:11:10 | More by DogFood11
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A very pale yellow with nice head retention. Not overly carbonated. Unfortunately it has a detergent smell to it and is far too sweet in the aftertast. It says it's just water, malt, hops and yeast but it actually tastes corn syrup to me. Not the worst beer ever but i will pass it by the next time.

Serving type: can

06-01-2006 00:46:55 | More by shamus
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2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head that thins to a persistent layer.

Smell: There's a sweet smell and that's about it.

Taste: Slight sweetness upfront with a decent hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink.

Overall: Drinkable, but not a lot of flavor that makes you want to drink it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2006 22:59:44 | More by EPICAC
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