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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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746 Ratings
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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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 Denali


2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

On tap at Toronado.

Presentation: 23 oz. mug.

Appearance: Clear light gold body with thick white head. Lots of effervescence. Laces very nicely.

Smell: Overpowering very sweet grain aroma. Where are the hops?

Taste: Extremely sweet grain and corn flakes flavor. Not well balanced at all. Can hardly detect any hops. No sharpness. Where are the German malt flavors? Where are the hops?

Mouthfeel: Nice refreshing crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Way too sweet to be very drinkable.

Comments: Very disappointing. A pilsner can be so much more than this.

12-28-2005 04:06:14 | More by Denali
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

A good refreshing, mellow tasting Pilsner. The taste is also refreshingly malty with an impressive smell. It is a bit bitter which suits very well with the rest of the taste.

I have also noticed that there is very smooth and little aftertaste with this beer. Impressivly low carbonation.

I would recommend this, not to light and not to strong. A good example for a German Pilsner.

12-21-2005 08:12:30 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of therica


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

A bit over-carbonated, for my tastes. I'd ordered it at dinner one night here in Koln/Cologne, since I'd tried all of the limited selection of kolsches they were offering. Wrong choice for a meal, in my experience. It's nicely carbonated, the type with lots of tingly little bubbles, but I didn't enjoy it with the meal (a good bar-cooked hamburger, fries, salad). The bubbly experience was kind of fun-- but not my style. It's still better than any of the US-carbonated-populist beers, however.

It reminded me of a good Heineken-- if you can find good Heineken in bottles that haven't gotten skunked. I think I'd take the Radeberger over the Heineken, actually.

Taste-- a nice but not overdone hops, a traditional Pilsner but not quite up to ones that I enjoy, otherwise an average experience at best. I was actually trying to avoid a hoppish-taste with my meal, and chose this Radeberger over the Sion Kolsch which was also on-tap. I love the Sion, which seems to have an unusually high hop-pilsner taste for a kolsch. I wish I'd had the Sion instead, however.

I've also had it in a bottle, with the same experience, except that one had a slight bottle-iron taste.

12-07-2005 12:16:00 | More by therica
Photo of joecast


2.85/5  rDev -20.6%

500ml black can.
light clear gold color. low-medium carbonation.forms an enormous white frothy head.

interesting aroma. first hit seemed to be alcohol. almost nail polish remover. fairly strong sweet aroma. sort of like something you would get from a euro strong lager, certainly not a german pils.

taste is a bit better. pretty mellow, but balanced. mostly lacking in bitterness to give it that sharp pilsener edge.

well, kind of disappointing. where are the hops?? these guys should know better shouldnt they?

10-24-2005 10:06:54 | More by joecast
Photo of twelvsies


4.4/5  rDev +22.6%

This is a beer that deserves way more credit. And as a whole, pilsners seem to be overlooked but they are really becoming one of my favorite styles more and more these days. But back to this particular pils. It's very well made and true to style, with out being too textbook. Appears a perfect pale color, straw like, with excellent clarity. A decent dense head lasts for a while. Once again, this style seems to be overlooked, and if you're looking for a beer that's going to smack you in the face with flavor, go to the west coast and drink some IPAs. This beer has a lot of subtleties to it that all seem to work together. A sturdy base of pale malts and light honey tastes combine with a really spicy and herbal hop profile. Nice black pepper hints and general zestyness. A bit of lemony zang in there as well. One of the smoothest beers I've ever drank, and perfect for when you want to drink more than a few in an evening. Definately do yourself a favor and check out some pilsners, it'll make you rethink a few things about beer in general. Well I guess I'm just speaking for myself when I say that, but regardless, this beer is great.

10-01-2005 17:02:45 | More by twelvsies
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

A solid German Pilsner. Poured out to a clear mellowed blonde color with a respectable 1/2 inch head. Some minor lacing around the glass. Odors of grass, grain and dough are prominent. Taste is mild and enjoyable; flavors of hops, malt and grain, all the while remaining light and fresh. Lighter mouthfeel leads me to believe that this could be a good session beer. Probably even better on tap. Worth a try.

09-25-2005 22:17:14 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Pale corn silk yellow, not quite light enough to be called straw. The impressive looking head of bleached bone white is more substantive than most of this style. Its moonscape surface is rugged and pleasing to the eye, while a fair amount of lace manages to affix itself to the glass. A classic pils look.

The nose is a little less impressive, but is still enjoyable if you like noble hops. It's floral and grassy with nicely rounded edges. The hop pungency may have been somewhat blunted by time (I can't decipher the code on the rear label), or it may be just as the brewers intended.

My feelings about the flavor mirror my feelings about the nose. Good, but nothing special. The malt content is sufficient, no more than that. Noble hops have free rein even though they don't do as much with that freedom as they might (or, more accurately, as much as I might like). Unfortunately, the bitter and grassy aspects of the hops are more prevalent than the floral aspects. I might be picking up a hint of citrus peel, it's hard to say.

The flavor profile is straightforward rather than complex. If you're a pils fan, you'll probably like it just fine. The finish doesn't bring anything new to the table, just a gradual lessening of the flavor until it disappears completely. There's nothing overly special about the mouthfeel; it's light-medium and adequately carbonated.

Radeberger Pilsner is a generic pilsener. To be fair, though, it's a decent, drinkable generic pilsener. Having said that, I doubt that I'll remember it past the point when I click the 'review' button.

07-08-2005 13:43:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

I just back from fishing and opened a can of Radeberger (bought at the local LCBO) to compensate for the lack of fish I brought home.

There was a slight metallic twinge and a degree of hoppiness to the initial taste; the aftertaste is sweeter. I guess that means it has a nice balance. There was something slightly lemony-soapy about the aroma.

It feels pleasant enough on the palate. It is definitely quaffable and goes down easily. It has effectively quenched my thirst.

I'd drink it again... And again...

06-21-2005 01:43:40 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of rousee


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

Gold straw color forms a nice 3mm head of big bubbled white foam which holds very well--beautiful carbonation and lace with concentric rings on the side of the glass.

The scent is of wheatina or some grainy breakfast porridge with some bready-biscuity maltiness. There is the slightest hint of hops biting through.

Slight spicy (peppery) hop bite followed by a smooth malty finish. Very smooth mouthfeel --the carbonation is tickly and pleasant. It does have some stickiness but it is in a velvety way. Extremely quaffable golden pilsener.

05-23-2005 23:15:04 | More by rousee
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -15%

Clear pale straw yellow with a moderate chunky white head. Decent looking pilsner.

Flowery, almost fruity aroma. Lots of hops and a little spiciness. Some boiled egg sulphurousness lurking in the background strikes a bit of an off-note in what is otherwise a quite pleasant nose.

Sweet upfront from malt, gently bitter down the middle and finishes up with a subtle lingering sweetness. Somewhat fruity overall.

Nice and crisp on the palate.

Won't blow you away, but all-in-all, pleasant and easy to drink.

05-12-2005 18:53:21 | More by TerryW
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -19.2%

Canned. Poured out a clear pale straw pilsner with an impressive fluffy white cap that laces the glass well... very light nose; gentle grassy aromas with diminutive wisps of sweet grains. Starts malty and citrusy then the hop bittering takes over the malt spine ( which is too thin IMHO) and it ends in a dry bitter finish. I can take or leave this one...with more substantially malted, distinctive German beers like Konig, Wernesgruner and Gosser on the LCBO shleves for the same coin why would they offer this marginally premiun beer?

05-02-2005 23:19:58 | More by pootz
Photo of whynot44


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Light bodied, Pale straw color with a fluffy but short-lived white head.

The aroma is bready and slightly grassy.

The taste is sweet bready malt with a slight metallic note and a crisply dry, floral, herbal hops finish and aftertaste.

A very decent German pilsner.

04-12-2005 04:48:38 | More by whynot44
Photo of merlin48


4/5  rDev +11.4%

Quite the pleasant change of pace after sampling some high quality stouts, Belgians, and old ales. This pours a pale straw yellow body that is clear as a pristine mountain stream. Fluffy white head quickly diminishes into film and patchy lace. Aroma is grainy malt and spicy German hops, with a grassy hops component. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Light medium body. Taste is just right for a well constructed German Pilsener. Grainy and bready malt is happily married to the grassy and herbal hops. Aftertaste is dry and mildly bitter and astringent. Very clean and crisp. I would love to have a case of this one in the "Fridge". Ideal lawnmower beer, with elegant German class.

02-23-2005 03:07:02 | More by merlin48
Photo of Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

I try and stay away from cans, but there are certain exceptions, most of them Germans. A classy black and gold can, definitely not your run of the mill type. This lager is a very pale straw colour, with great clarity. The head gives it an above average appearance; creamy, extremely consistent: it poured with only about 1 finger of head, but it simply did not seem to move. Bright white, ice cream, velvety look to it. It actually looks much like milk from the top, that is how tight and creamy it is. Some large bubble lacing, better than many bottled lagers. The aroma is typical of a German pilsener, but it is appetising and has all the smells I was expecting: subdued fruitiness, pale malt, hop grassiness. The aroma is well balanced between the three. Fresh, adjunct free aroma. Typical taste too, but well brewed. All the regular suspects here: grainy malt in the front and middle, and a very respectable dryness, grassy and even oily. I taste some good caramel, wheat cereal, and hard water. The hops leave some earthy notes and metallic ironlike ones. A balanced taste, with the hops slightly more dominant in the finish. Toned down carbonation compared to many canned pilseners, which is a nice change. Mouthfeel is dry, but not overly, and medium bodied. Just full and just watery enough to make it highly drinkable. Radeberger is a typical, unexciting but well done lager in the German tradition. This is worth a try on a summer day.

01-12-2005 11:34:13 | More by Cwrw
Photo of sachsich

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +31.5%

What a remarkable pils. Nothing tastes better than a hard day a work and coming home to a golden CRISP taste of Radeberger. I believe it comes from this region of Germany where the pils taste like heaven. The best beer from Saxony and the best German pils hands down.

12-30-2004 02:14:02 | More by sachsich
Photo of chunkylover53

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Well. This was... OK. I guess.

I used to like Pilsners, but after trying King Pilsner, I think I'm ruined for all other brands. This one included.

It's a nice golden colour with a big foamy head.

The smell and taste are both of hops. Lots of hops. That is, after all, the nature of a pilsner.

Not the best pilsner I've had, but not bad. I wouldn't kick it out of the fridge for eating crackers.

12-07-2004 16:22:00 | More by chunkylover53
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -24.8%

OK pils with tons of creamy foam. Can metallic influence, but the only choice at LCBO. Light mouthfeel. Points as not sticky dry finish, rather nice bit of clean and somewhat sweet aftertaste. Herbal character and would go with smoked foods in meal. A beer to be had on the colder side.

11-19-2004 04:56:49 | More by Sammy
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a light gold color. The head is frothy and big with average retention and a patchwork of lace left behind. The aroma is of barley, some grassy saaz hops and a sulfury note. The taste is a great mix of robust bready malts, and sea air saaz hops. The mouthfeel is light but very smooth and pleasant. An above average pilsner, very tasty and full.

11-16-2004 18:13:02 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of steinlifter


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

appearance: Poured golden,sudsy head that didn't retain well.
Smell:sweet smelling, a bit of a hop nose
taste:bit of tangy hops, slight dry finish,a bit of malty sweetness as well, somewhat well balanced.Hint of a floral taste also.
mouthfeel: I may have gotten a flat bottle, because there wasn't much carbonation in this and the mouthfeel was slightly flat
drinkability: is not bad, a fairly good pilsener, that I wouldn't mind trying again, but nothing to get excited about.

10-25-2004 22:41:56 | More by steinlifter
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Came in a black 500 ml can. Pours out a clear, crisp straw colour, capped by a large billowy head of white foam, excellent retention, with thick chunky lacing. The nose is faint, with metallic grains and light floral hops. The flavour is a decent balance of sweet bready malt, moving towards metallic grains in the middle, which blends seemlessly into the floral, slightly herbal hop finish, and carries through the aftertaste. Excellent quenching mouthfeel across the palate that turns on a dime into a dry, crisp finish. The hops are contained and do not turn astringent. A very impressive pilsener, it's not overwhelmingly unique or flavourful, but has everything in the right place and stands on its own as a good standard for the style.

09-24-2004 01:46:53 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of 2roosters

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Just made available in B.C. this is a pretty solid "Euro-Pils".

Nice light gold/green colour with a light lacy head which dissapates quickly.

Sweetish bread and light spice nose is a bit muted.

Nice acidic bite - not overdone just a nice hoppy note, finishes a bit sweet and malty with a touch of spice.

Good mouthfeel and medium long finish has you reaching for the second one before the first is gone.

Solid session beer, good with Asian/Indian foods and definitely a cut above many German Pils.


09-13-2004 23:56:02 | More by 2roosters
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Crisp, autumn leaf colour that reminds me of fishing at sunset. Big, fluffy head pours straight outta the can, but slowly subsides to about one lasting finger. Lace sticks to the glass at random intervals. Hard to describe, but basically a chaotic pattern of lacy foam. Bakery bread smell, with not much hops. The nose is almost fooled into thinking this is a solid food, not a liquid; the bread smell is so convincing. Taste is more balanced than the scent. Their is that malty flavour upfront. It's like drinking fresh white bread. Tasty, and settles great in the stomach. Yet the aftertaste has a bittering dryness, a quick slap letting you know hops are used in this pilzner. Mouthfeel is a bit thick. Pretty drinkable as a session beer, and something most people would at least like.

09-06-2004 05:30:30 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of clvand0


1.8/5  rDev -49.9%

This beer pours a standard yellow color with a small head that quickly fades away. Skunky aroma - not even slightly interesting. Maybe it was a bad bottle, maybe it was a standard pilsner from that area. The taste was not interesting to me. Crisp and slightly clean, but still skunky in the taste. Didn't care for this one.

09-05-2004 05:45:56 | More by clvand0
Photo of SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Another decent pilsener shows up at the L.C.
Pours a pale straw colour and has a nice floral smell. The taste is decent but it does not have as crisp a finish as i like in my Pils. The finish fades away but this is a very drinkable beer - great for sessions but a little pricey compared with other Pilseners that i prefer.

09-02-2004 01:57:03 | More by SaunaKing
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +10%

BC has a lot of Euro lagers in 500ml cans which is good because they can be purchased individually and are never light struck. Radeberger is the newest available German lager and it is pretty decent all round. The colour is pale gold with a hoppy nose. The profile is fresh and full bodied with a hoppy finish. This is much better than any BC lager due its balance and big flavour. At $2.10 a can this is a great deal and well worth buying.

08-08-2004 05:24:31 | More by canucklehead
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