Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 25
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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 yelterdow
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 07.04.10, I'll serve this in the brewery's own 0.4L glass at just over fridge temperature with a German Bratwurst.

Appearance- I wasn't prepared for the five finger head that simply explodes from the beer after the pour... the color is pale straw, but it's deliciously appetizing. As the head subsides slowly, it leaves behind enormous patchy lacing in web-like patterns. A soapy puff of foam adorns the top after five minutes.

Smell- Crisp, grassy hops and a husky malt character emanates from the glass. Distinctly German, it's simple but quite clean.

Taste- The crisp, clean spiciness of the hops dominates the flavor profile, while the husky, grain-like malt backbone adds balance and provides a foundation for the lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- As it should be, the texture is active enough to cut through the fat of the bratwurst... on its own, it seems that the enormous head might have taken some wind out from its sails. Definitely a great food pils for any season, emphasizing the simple and real ingredients that Germany has to offer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, some hops and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a light malt sweetness that is followed by bready flavors of lager yeast and grain. There's a mild hops presence and there doesn't seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are several other beers of this kind that I would pick first. Overall, I found this beer to be just mediocre.

Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Pilsener mug. Poured a bright, clean, clear yellow with a bright white head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing.

The aroma was typical pils grainyness with a slight skunk scent. The flavor was also typical for the style. Guess what? The body was as expected for the style as well. The drinkability suffered due to the skunkieness, but I bet having this close to the source would be a treat. Worth trying if you see it, but not worth going out of your way for.

Photo of sbe1
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light gold color with a tight sudsy head that leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: Clean sweetness, faint fruit (grape), floral hops, grain.

Taste: Malty and grainy, sharp herbal hops collaborating with the nice carbonation, clean crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, clean, crisp and refreshing, significant complementary carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent, a wonderful session beer.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a totally clear yellow fizz with a nice fluffy white head that retains very well for the style.

Nose is full of euro hops and slight skunk.

hmmm. A nice, traditional yellow fizzy pilsner. Some euro hops do make themselves known, but aren't incredibly prominent. The malt profile is minimal and tastes a bit dated. A nice crisp dry finish is very complimentary.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be, in the chuggable class. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is strong, a quite slammable brew, and one that would be great after mowing the lawn.

Overall a good representation of the style, and one that i enjoyed consuming, but it can't touch my Bitburger with a 10 foot pole. I might buy it again, but probably not regularly. A good pilsner.

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

Code dates were a little old, 9+ months old but this is what I got;

A - nice golden color, little head that goes away pretty quickly.
S/T/M - smell was a bit cardboardy, probably the age, taste was big and very carbonated. Tasted as good as your better Pilsners, definitely bitter than most but refreshing to see them not lighten it up for the public
D - pretty drinkable, haven't had it on tap in a while but should be pretty tasty.

Photo of PartyBear
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled 500ml bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A - Golden in colour and crystal clear. Heavily carbonated, with a giant fluffy snow white head. Certainly looks the part.

S - Clear scent of grassy hops.

T - Crisp and dry hoppiness, with a hint of fruity malts. Towards the end the hops take full control and round out the taste with a wonderfully bitter finish.

M - Light and lively with a refreshing feel.

D - One of the best pilsners I have tasted (if not the best), really a great beer. I would like to find Radeberger on tap somewhere, and taste it at it freshest. One of the most drinkable beers I have come across, and with a relatively low ABV it can be happily enjoyed as a session beer. I urge people to try this, as I think it is easily one of the best pilsners in the world.

Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml ca poured into pint glass aug 10 2009

A crystal clear straw yellow, with a big fluffy head that left some good lacing

S strong floral hops with a yeasty bread background a little grassy

T hops are there with grass and sweet grains

M/D sharp, crisp and very nice drinking how a pilsner should be

Photo of KenOnBass
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Tavern, Brooklyn, NY

A: Not much of a head, but good lacing. Super light almost see through.

S: Great sweet pilsner smell.

T: Okay, slightly bitter but overall nothing standing out.

M: Super light but there is good carbonation.

D: Alright pilsner.

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blue Ox Bistro...
Appears a pale gold with with small white cap that slowly fades into a mild head of foam. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of floral, spicy hops, grassy, and mild grain with caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a tea like, grainy flavor with a beautiful hoppy zest that comes through as a noble, delicious flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonated on the higher side, spiced with hops.

Photo of morebeergood
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bukowski's Back Bay. Served in a tall pilsener glass. Bright yellow color, with a very clear and clean body. Tons of carbonation. Smell was a bit musty. Taste was a very crisp barley flavor. Slight vegetable-like aftertaste. Very thin beer, but not watery. I would say that it's a very easy beer to drink quickly. Not overly flavorful, but a nice straight forward pils that you can pair with a nice sandwich, or sit and drink a few in one siting. A fine example of a quality German lager.

Photo of Richardberg
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured at the Zeppelin. Clear yellow. Lots of head -- didnt last, but stayed bubbly.

S: bready light malts and lots of hops. Not much else.

T: crisp and quite bitter. Perfect example of a pilsner.

M: nice bubbly zing goes down smooth and finishes dry

D: If you like pils you owe yourself one (or several). Not really my thing but I have to respect the execution and would have no problem drinking them as long as someone felt like serving it to me.

Photo of Murchmac
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of david18
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Photo of julian1117
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
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

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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.

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.

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.


Photo of Phillyduke
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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)

Photo of Bierfreund
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of rtepiak
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Bcaulin
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of TrinkGermanBier
4.88/5  rDev +35.9%
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.

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