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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 25
Gots: 44 | 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 GrimmReaper
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. can,Pours a clear golden yellow color with a good size white rocky head and some nice sticky lacing.
Light spice and mild herbs and pine come at you thru the nose on this one all going down refreshinly crisp,with some bitterness hitting your tongue quite well,a hint of fermentation as it goes down your throat,quite easily consumed,not a bad beer at all easy to drink and would be quite enjoyable on hot summer days.Well worth a try.

GrimmReaper, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of Sleestak
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radeberger Pilsner. Saw it on sale for $6.99 a six pack and thought "what could I lose?". Straw yellow with a nice soapy head, lots of carbonation. Smells pretty clean like a good German pilsner, just a hint of skunk. Crackery malt with a gentle hoppy bite. No skunkiness detected on the taste. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Clean and simple overall. I'm impressed with the lasting head and lacing as I work my way down. A good imported pilsner and at $6.99 a six pack it's deffinately worth a try. But... what's up with the 11.2 ounce bottles?!

Sleestak, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.Another beer on the Old Chicago Oktoberfest tour.

A: Pours a crisp golden yellow with a nice bubbly head

S: Nice clean aromas with a nice malty nose.

T: Taste is as crisp as the appearance. There is a nice balance between biscuity malt and spicy hops. Nice Pils.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: Nice drinking beer.

Overall: A pretty nice pils. It is good tasting, light and refreshing

tpd975, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pils pours nicely, producing a good amount of head that retains for a good bit of time. The body is light gold and ultra clear.

Aromas I detect are that of lemon and light hay like characteristics.

This tastes very herbal compared to other pils I've tried. There are nodes of a bitter spicyness here too.

Light and body and crisp too. Not bad for a more mainstream pilsner.

TheSarge, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 500ml tall can into a pint glass. BB 23 05 08

A- Light golden yellow in color with a a large with lots of big bubbles which settled down with some lacing. Lots of huge bubbles in this beer.

S- malty with grainy notes. Slightly metallic. Hints of pine.

T- solid pilsner malt up front, followed by nice slightly bitter spicy hops with grassy flavors in the background.

M- Light bodied, crisp and clean,fairly dry and the carbonation is just a little over the top.

D- sure why not.

Overall not my favorite pilsner. Not nearly as flavorfull as Pilsner Urquell but a decent german style pilsner that will easily find its way to porches and patios over the days of summer and fall.

drinkininthewood, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden pilsner with a fading head. Slow carbonation.

Smell is malty and a little green, slightly husky smell.

Taste is pretty bitter, hoppy and has no real yeast taste, like sulfur or anything. The malt is fresh and pilsnerlike. Not the most exciting beer ever, but decent.

Absumaster, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: very clear with a light gold colour. The head is white, large, frothy and presents a good retention.
Aroma: herbal hops and slightly grainy.
Taste: weak. Some sweet malts plus a little bit of hops.
Mouthfeel: dry, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: very, very short bitter aftertaste.

Overall: a boring pilsener. No news, no special characteristic. Don’t deserve a higher grade.

AlexLMS, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, procured at the Hi-Times Wine Celllars, in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Golden yellow, a bit cloudy, with a thick, voluminous, white head, pretty good-looking for a pilsner.

S: Predominately bready malts, with German hops, typical pilsner smell.

T: The taste is more of the same, very bready and sweet, backed with German noble hops, pretty standard, from what I've tasted.

M: Smooth, crisp and refreshing.

D: Another drinkable German pils, nothing to blow you away, just a good drinkable, refreshing lager beer.

Halcyondays, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Penguin Pizza, Boston, MA

Poured a crystal clear, golden yellow with a tight, sticky, foamy, bright white, one-finger head that dropped to a thin film. Thin, short-lived ridges of lacing coated the upper one-third of the glass.

The aroma was subtle initially with noticeable German malts and a hay-like hoppiness. As the beer warmed, the malts turned sweeter and really came forth. A malted milk ball-like aroma dominated the nose along with a touch of damp earth.

The taste was smooth and flavorful, yet quite different from the aroma. A touch of malt creaminess appeared up front before smooth, grassy hops and a citric, lemony twang ran the length of the palate. Punchy German malts appeared mid-palate and faded into the crisp, clean, pilsener hop finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with an average carbonation.

As for drinkability, this was a smooth, flavorful and easy-drinking pilsener. Though it may lack the hop bitterness and lively carbonation that some of its counterparts possess, it is nevertheless a refreshing beer, perfect for summer barbecues.

Damian, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well it's got the bitterness down, but the malt profile and hops flavor leave something to be desired. It did have a little nice lacing and it was a proper light gold. Still, the aroma was too faint, as were the grains and spicy flavors of the hops. Still not a bad beer, I enjoyed it on a hot day.

tempest, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml black can with gold lettering.

Great looking pils, clear deep amber yellow with tons of fine bubbles supporting a very thick, fluffy white head that took forever to recede. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass from top to bottom.

Noted a fairly strong husky grain aroma with some subtle floral, yet spicy hop lingering not far behind in the background.

a rich, almost creamy malt taste followed imediately by some classic pils hop. A hint of metallic taste before the malt/hop partnership come back in perfect harmony. Finish is fairly dry with a bit of tartness.

a creamy and quite smooth mouthfeel on this one.

Will certainly take the time to search this one out again.

Shadman, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a clear gold color. Very heavy carbonation. Nose was clear and slightly malty. Something was of with the flavor. Like wet paper. Tasted like I was licking a stamp. Light mouthfeel. Just a tad sourish. For wahtever reason I could just not wrap myself around this beer. Thebartender told me it was a fresh keg but I was unable to ignore the paper flavor.

MuddyFeet, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3/07/07- Had on tap at the Toronado...review based off previous notes.

Presentation- From the tap into an "official" Radeberger pils glass. Not sure of the exact size, but assuming somewhere around 22oz.

Appearance- Bright golden pour. Large one inch fluffy white head. A good amount of it remains until the end of the beer. Suprising small chunks of lace left behind.

Smell- Typical pils like nose. Grassy hops and a grain like base. Hops are nice and have more to do with the scent than the grain.

Taste- Lemon and grassy combination in the hop flavor. Does that make it lemongrass? Not real fruity, but just enough lemon to catch your attention. Nice grain flavor that melds nicely with the hops.

Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated, but tight knit bubbles that keep the texture nice and crsip.

Drinkability- One of my two go to pils. This and Warsteiner. Can't beat the $2.50 deal at the Toronado either.

GClarkage, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of BeerHonky
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

BeerHonky, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of Doppelmax
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Doppelmax, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Chinon01
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Chinon01, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of olegv40
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

olegv40, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of BeerNutta
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

BeerNutta, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

bashiba, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

Blakaeris, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of JustinBathurst
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
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...

JustinBathurst, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of dedrinker
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

dedrinker, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

NeroFiddled, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

vanrassel, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of Cresant
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Cresant, Oct 10, 2006
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