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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Radeberger PilsnerRadeberger Pilsner

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726 Ratings
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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 26 | 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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British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.


Serving type: can

09-13-2004 23:56:02 | More by 2roosters
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Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: can

09-06-2004 05:30:30 | More by slitherySOB
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1.8/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 05:45:56 | More by clvand0
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

09-02-2004 01:57:03 | More by SaunaKing
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

08-08-2004 05:24:31 | More by canucklehead
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Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is just another run of the mill German lager. Boring, boring, boring. The beer pours typical lager, except it has quite a large dense head. Smells faintly of earthy hops. Flavour comes through the same: crisp, clean with a strong earthy hop character. Not bad, but not something I will return to.

Serving type: can

07-18-2004 03:17:03 | More by Ardon
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2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Okay, I've found the Budweiser of Germany. Decent head that dies completely, light straw color, crystal clear, no lace

The aroma is 90% malt, but that's after eliminating the skunkiness. The taste is a bare step upward, but only because the hop was waved over the wort at some point during the boil. Thin and over carbonated. Very short aftertaste

This is a disappointing beer; I was expecting something similar to a Czech Pilsner (German style). This was a very distant in-bred cousin. Thumbs down.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 23:50:48 | More by smcolw
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3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Radeberger will always have a fond place in my heart. In the bad old days of the Berlin Wall, when Westerners went to the East for the day, they had to buy 25 GDR Marks upon entry, and were not allowed to take them with them when they left, nor convert them back into real money. Well, what to do with the 25 Marks in a place that had nothing to buy. Radeberger was the only beer available in East Berlin those days, and it cost 1/2 mark for a half liter mug. OK, everybody drink 50 mugs of Radeberger...

Found this in my favorite Moscow supermarket, a black and gold half liter can with the oh-so-familiar "Radeberger" script with the tail of the R encircling the rest of the word. Purity law, of course. Best before 4/11/04, I opened it on 5/29/04.

Pours a clear greenish gold under a one finger white head that fades quickly but musters a few spots of lace. The nose is sweet malt. The mouth is light and prickly. There is a decent malt base taste, overlayed with a light hoppy bite. The hops are neither flowery nor metallic, just crisp and clean. This bite lingers a bit into the aftertaste, but is mild and short-lived. Radeberger is better now than when it was the flagship brew of the GDR, but it still ain't no great shakes.

Serving type: can

05-29-2004 18:05:51 | More by Globetrotter
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Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a clean yellow body. There is a nice foamy head that leaves a little lace. There is a distinct fruity aroma ( grapes), a wine like aroma. The flavor starts out with a light sweet graininess and finishes with a smooth bitterness at the back off your tongue. A mildly refreshing easy drinking Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 21:56:06 | More by ybnorml
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4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Head is light and lacey... light yellow color with a slight haze.

Slight grass with sweet onion smell. Pretty unusual, but smells very nice.

Great smooth flavor, good balance of sweet and bitter. It's a little dry in the finish which makes it very refreshing.

Light and crisp... clears from the tounge quickly which increases the anticipation for the next drink!

A very drinkable beer... pretty much sums up all the things that are good about a pilsner. Overall a great drink!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 23:41:33 | More by jsolack
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pilsner was a clear gold color with a nice creamy head.There was also a bit of lace. It had a pleasant earthy/herbal aroma. The taste was a bit metallic, citrusy, and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel was crisp and sharp with decent hop bite. Overall a well-balanced and refreshing beer.
I am not a pilsner fan but I did like this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 14:32:32 | More by genaro
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Radeberger pils is firm-bodied and flowery, a nice crisp clean beer with no hint of diacetyl as a proper German pils should be. It has a nice balancing bitterness to it, which leaves a lingering tingle on my tongue requiring another imbibation. If my taste buds were not so adulterated by homebrewing with excessive hop levels I might even say it was bit bitter. Radeberger is a fairly dry beer, which helps to accentuate the hop bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 22:14:54 | More by Gueuzedude
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2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at The Bread Company in Urbana, Ill. 4.00/pint (special Radeberger mug).

This is a very dirty, unrefreshing pilsener. The smell is akin to Budweiser as is the taste. It's very grainy and adjuncty, yet it isn't because of German purity laws (I guess). It has almost a wheat taste to it. The hops are less flavorful or bitter and more metallic and twangy. It reminds me, the hop influence, of the modern Pilsner Urquell; a bit harsh. The finish is lightly sweet. Even for a pilsener, there's nothing much going on here. And though I'd always pick a micro or import over a domestic macro, I'd probably take Bud over this for the money.

The relatively thick, medium body and perfect head retention is, perhaps, this beer's only redeeming quality.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2003 22:27:30 | More by ngandhi
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New Hampshire

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

Sampled at the 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch.

First of all, I don't usually like pilseners, but that's probably because the American Swill-Beer[tm] market is full of bad examples. But, if you're going to drink German beers, you occasionally have to try a Pilsener, and I'm glad I did...

The beer pours with a very clear straw color and a frothy white head, like you expect from a pilsener. The beer itself has a nice earthy and grassy smell, with some nice malt notes. The mouthfeel is rather light, but not watery. Tastewise, this is a very good pilsener, with nice malt flavors and a bit of hops for kick. Enjoyable, and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2003 19:53:08 | More by kaszeta
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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not my favorite style at all, but for an example of the style I think it is great. Winner of the 2002 GIBF.

The aroma is light and does not have the rice and sulfur that I am used to from a Pilsner. A very clear straw color beer sits beneath a fluffy white head that leaves a nice lace. The taste is sweet and grainy with a light Saaz hop taste all the way through. Not bitter at all. The finish has some flowery flavor with a dry, clean, grain aftertaste. There is no evidence of adjuncts, as there shouldn't be.

A nice break away from the other light colored beers. Since not a lot of people know about here at the local beverage store the price is a measly 4 bucks! An even better deal for a great Pils. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 21:56:05 | More by UncleFrank
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2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

served in 12 oz. bottle.

i bought a six-pack of this one for a measly 5 bucks (and got a dope free glass with it.)
the first bottle had way way too much skunky flavors in it. i could barely finish it. i considered dumping the rest but cracked open another bottle and it was much better.
anyway...pours a beautiful super super clear straw gold color. great pilsner head. looked amazing in its tall fluted radeberger pilsener glass.
smell was saaz-like. nice. but then the acidic bite just swooped in. tasted medicinal and astringent in the aftertaste. just a bit too harsh on the tongue.
i still prefer the czech versions better (czechvar and rebel especially), but i might revisit this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 23:08:07 | More by vitesse
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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light strawlike yellow color with a very large white rocky head. The smell is breadlike malt, spicey and earthy. The taste is mild pleasant breadlike malt with ascending spicey hops. The mouthfeel is moderate with a rounded quality to it. Overall a very pleasing smooth bodied beer with a nice bitterness.

Serving type: can

08-07-2003 04:13:47 | More by fattyre
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4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright light golden color with a nice pillowy head. Nose is somewhat malty with light grassy hops. Fresh hoppy aroma. Body is spritzy with crispy, leafy hops and a touch of malt. Not a bad pils, although it could stand for a little more malt flavor. Good clean and crisp flavors with a nice hoppy bite in the finish. Better than I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2003 17:48:19 | More by stoutman
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New Hampshire

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

One of my first Pils in quite some time....since perhaps last September while in Deutschland... Enjoyed on tap at the Sunset Cantina with the Bros and BA gang.... Normally goes for $3.99 for a pint; got a 22oz serving and got to keep a nice Radeberger glass for $5.99. Bonus!

The Rad had a clear, medium-light golden color, with a bright, pillowy, white head. Lacing in the glass was A-1.

The aroma was a grassy, mildly herbal one. A slight bit of sharp, spicy hop notes kept things honest.

Across the tongue and down the hatch, it had a medium body, with just a slight bit of carbonation-induced prickliness. Good, overall.

The flavor consisted of a light, bready malt component, which segued into a crisp, sharp hoppiness. This aspect was the more dominant flavor, and showed some grassy, herbal notes, with a dry, slightly floral finish.

Quite pleasing overall... Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2003 15:34:31 | More by Bierman9
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4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap...lovely clear yellow pilsner, small bubbles cascading up the glass.

This was a very decent pilsner, pretty crisp mouthfeel like I dig. I thought the taste was very good, slight grassy/herbal flavor at first finishing very slightly sweet.

I gave this a 4.5 for mouthfeel, and a 4.5 for drinkability, would definitely get again.


Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2003 06:47:24 | More by PatandDavid
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4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This crisp Pilsner is shiny straw in color. Though light in malt body, it maintains a refreshing herbal malt flavor. The aroma is lightly malty sweet with hops being the dominant smell. The sharp metallic and citrus hops blend in nicely with the malt which reveals itself further throughout the glass. A hint of herbs and lemon can be detected. Nice white head lasts awhile and leaves behind a nice lace. Bright and clean finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2003 15:44:19 | More by BeerResearcher
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A well rounded bier. Head comes up slow and goes quick, and leaves just a rim hugging lacy trail ontop of a golden yellow main body bier. Carbonation is easily seen but not over bearing. Smell is as to be expected from a German pils...lol, smells just like one with no outstanding different smells. The taste is light and not very long lasting with a slight lemony after taste. As I sit here this bier actually goes fairly well with a PBJ sandwich.....interesting..

Good beer, worthy of atleast 2 a night..

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 14:56:35 | More by schrist275
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very impressive brew, colour is a very light golden hue, almost clear....This pilsner starts with a hoppy bitterness then switches to a minor malty sweetness that sticks around. Well carbonated, with a nice crown. After taste is very pleasant, a little to sweet, but not by much.....This 3 pack came with a mini mug....Bonus....

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 16:42:42 | More by Shiloh
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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radeberger: A Pilsner from Germany. A yellow beer, with a pure white head. The aroma is a little unusual for the style, as it seems to have a prominent aroma of caramel malts, with a hint of skunk. It seems as if the hops are initially present, and then the beer rounds out with very nice and favorable malts. Very smooth, and easy to drink with a clean aftertaste that leaves a hint of the malts. To top it off, it was on sale, and the nice sample lady gave me a free pilsner glass to enjoy it with.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 19:54:59 | More by jackndan
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle with a white a gold label, “Enjoy the best taste before” date and a blurb about the beer in the back label.

Appearance: Mild haze amongst the stiff straw colour and topped with a white fluffy and creamy head that leaves a web like lace down the glass.

Smell: Faint white grape and a noticeable spicy herbal hop in the clean aroma, fresh husked grain in the nose too.

Taste: Light to medium in body and powdery crisp mouth feel. Light but sturdy malt flavour, grain flavour start to finish. Sharp bitterness that hits as soon as the carbonation peaks, assertive spicy flavours with herbal, tea and dried veggie undertones are complexities the hop profile lends. Hop leaf / herbal flavour lingers further than the spiciness with a very clean grain after taste.

Notes: An easy to drink traditional German Pils, clean and quick. A very refreshing light session beer. Surely a step or two above St. Pauli Girl and Beck’s. Could make for a most excellent fall back beer to have in the fridge year round.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2002 11:30:29 | More by Jason
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