1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

Not Rated.
Radeberger PilsnerRadeberger Pilsner

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

733 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 733
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei visit their website
Germany

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)
View: Beers (3) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Radeberger Pilsner Alström Bros
Ratings: 733 | Reviews: 358 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Cwrw
Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: can

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

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

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.

Recommended

Serving type: can

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

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
Photo of clvand0
clvand0

Kentucky

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
Photo of SaunaKing
SaunaKing

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
Photo of canucklehead
canucklehead

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
Photo of Ardon
Ardon

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
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

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
Photo of Globetrotter
Globetrotter

Virginia

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
Photo of ybnorml
ybnorml

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
Photo of jsolack
jsolack

Michigan

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

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

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

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

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

Drinkability:
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
Photo of genaro
genaro

Massachusetts

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
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

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
Photo of ngandhi
ngandhi

Illinois

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.
ng

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2003 22:27:30 | More by ngandhi
Photo of kaszeta
kaszeta

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
Photo of UncleFrank
UncleFrank

Connecticut

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
Photo of vitesse
vitesse

Georgia

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
Photo of fattyre
fattyre

Georgia

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
Photo of stoutman
stoutman

Michigan

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
Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
82 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.