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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 26
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-11-2001

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Photo of SFRider
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful for a Pilsner. Very clearly gold.
Smell: Classic Pilsner smell. Musky. Slightly sour. Didn't pick up any hops.
Taste: Ooooh baby. THAT'S a good Pilsner! Taste, slight hints of yeasty citrus.
Drinkability: Very light - water like consistency. Easy to drink. Medium carbonation.

First thought after first sip "Oh geez - now THAT'S a good Pilsner!" Loved it. Classic German Pils. Drink it cold. This beer does fine on it's own but would really make a great accompaniment to any good meal. It's like water - but better! Not that they really compare, (and just in case you're not a BA person - and don't know what a Pilsner is) a very classic American Pilsner is Budweiser (which - I happen to enjoy, but would take the Radeberger in a heart beat). So, where you may happen to enjoy a good Bud - consider switching to a Radeberger. If you can find it, you won't regret it...

Photo of BDIMike
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright and clear golden color. It is very fizzy and all the fiz creates a big white head that has very good retention.
Smell is very faint of cereal malts. There is a strong European hop smell also, with a nice floral smell.
Taste is much like the smell. There is a faint light cereal grains followed by a sharp tinge of floral hop.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and sharp. It is slightly dry and refreshing.
Drinkability is good for a warm day. It is light, crisp, and refreshing, but there is not a ton of crazy flavor or taste to this beer. Fairly average...

Photo of fitzy84
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Atwood's. The drink had a darkened gold look with some great lacing on the side. Awesome aromas with some good, yeasty tones and a herby, sweet aroma. Very tasty with a light, yeasty and bready balance. The mouthfeel, I must say, was excellent and perfect. Wickedly crisp and refreshing, was really a treat drinking. Overall, a really, really good pilsener.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a fluffy,foamy head and great retention.
The aroma was of hops and grains.
The taste starts with hops,malt hints and some light citric tones.
The feel was clean,creamy and had medium carbonation. This is a light bodied beer with a bit of bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Really enjoyed this one and as a plus it was very well balanced.
Next summer Prima Pils will have to share some space with this one.I am not saying the two are on the same level,just that this was good enough to get a shot in the rotation.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brown bottle says best before 11/06/09. wow that's over a year from now...what's up with that? also says contains water, barley malt, hop extract, and hops. hop extract--sounds like they may be cutting some corners.

clear golden straw. very light for a pils. cap remains, leaving sparse lace.
faint grassy hops and some untoasted grain in the smell
light malt backbone, but about balances the hops. slightly sour. mild grassy bitter finish with a touch of residual sweetness.
light body, ample carbonation. the carbonation is of good quality.

pretty much has good quality macro lager written all over it. not all that unlike a cross between bud and canned heineken, and perhaps slightly better.

Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Brewhouse Cafe in Atlanta.

Pours a very clear gold color with a half-finger white head that dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. There's some lacing but it doesn't stick too long.

Smells good. Mostly noble hops, but there's some pilsener malt in there as well.

Tastes pretty good. Not as sweet as I would have hoped, but it's got a good pilsener taste with a solid hop presence. Slightly spicy with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. I was surprised how thick it was. Carbonation is just right and it goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It goes down easily, and the taste is solid enough that I could have a few of these.

Overall I was impressed by this beer. The thickness is the biggest thing, very solid for a pilsener. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Radeberger Pils...

Appearance-Light golden color, huge white head that settles well and has a lot of lace.

Smell-piney hop, spiciness, some malts, and a little grain, actually potent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Smooth mouthfeel well balanced profile of light hops and malt that hit at the same time noticable pleasant flavor.. Light but not watery feel, refreshing and finishes well.

Drinkability-Refreshing beer, a good pilsner that fits well in a big glass and you can also drink a lot of them.

Overall-very well made German pilsner, a highlight of the style, nice flavor, nice balance, and nice drinkability, a great job. American brewers should take notice.

Photo of nige4958
4.76/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WTF is earth shattering?? This is a lovely beer regardless of its lack of earth shattering potential. It's highly drinkable, with a wonderful German maltiness, covered up nicely by firm bitterness. Bitterness is definitely in the mouth feel as well. A masterpiece in the brewing arts.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, bright, brass-gold with a thin, frothy bright white topping. Visible carbonation was light-medium, while the head receded without leaving much lacing.

S: moderate in strength, with fresh grains, lemons and a spicy hopping.

T: spicy and zesty with a fresh lemon hopping and a nice fresh husky grain presence. There was a light touch of sourness on the finish of the beer but was the fresh grains, that really defined the palate and making it stand out with a crisp nature. Some hay, and a dry herbal hopping also contributed to the bright nature of this beer before finishing with a dry grassy-hay finish that is sure to please. A good german pilsner with a husky grain palate and nice lemony and dry hopping makes this a sure treat and true to style.

M: a nice buttery slick consistency, with a light-medium fullness and a dry herbay and hay fade on the swallow. Carbonation was moderate with a touch of fizziness every now and then. Good marks here.

D: Good drinkability, good to style, and very nice to consume. Goes down nicely and one that is enjoyable.

Photo of birchstick
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice looking in the glass, with a gorgeous head and a very clear yellow. The bottle in which this came also looked pretty sweet.

S - smells pretty good for a pilsner. Much more sweet than what I am used to from this style. A lot of malt and grain, as well as a candy-ish scent I can't put my finger on.

T - pretty good for a pilsner. There is nice malt with some grain and faint hops. There is also a dry finish with this.

MF - very full, creamy, and smooth with a tad bit of carbonation. Went down very well.

D - this is probably my favorite pilsner I have tried thus far.

Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a real big fan of pilsners but this is a decent representation of the style. It pours a fairly light pale color with a nice white efforvescent head, some retention around the rim. The aroma is very typical of the style. There is a crisp, light sulfer smell, some husky grains, some grassiness, a bit of mustiness too.

The taste is quite crisp, a bit grassy, there is some spiciness to the beer in the finish, and a bit of a floral taste, almost perfumey, in the mid section. The spicey florals hang on into the finish and beyond. The beer is quite carbonated, light bodied, refreshing, but I'm knocking the mouthfeel down a few notches because of the florals that linger way too long.

Photo of maddogruss
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a light, straw yellow body with a small white head with no retention and minimal lacing.

S: A fairly sweet and malty smell.

T: A sweet, malty taste with some honey undertones and honey evident in the aftertaste.

M: A light a crisp mouthfeel that was fairly refreshing.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. Fairly good example of a pilsner. A nice, summer beer as well as a decent session beer.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This sunny lemon yellow brew is clear and vibrant, and supports a four finger fluff-monster of a head. This big foamy beauty gets rocky as it slowly settles, and leaves a lot of really crusty and dry lace on the glass. Swirling turns the head into a round mound of an ice cream scoop, and builds up four fingers again

S - Caramel candy on the nose...like Worther's Originals that come in those little gold wrappers. There are hints of some peppercorn studded beef from the saaz hops, but this leans toward the malty side of the pils spectrum.

T - Sweet and toffee-loaded at first sip, this gets hoppy and spicy mid-palate before finishing bone dry and salty as wind whipped sea air. Outstanding example of the style.

M - Sweet and very slightly syrupy on the tip of the tongue before finishing EXTREMELY dry. If people ask you what "dry" means in a beer, give them this lighter-side-of-medium-bodied brew and they will see exactly what you are talking about. Nice!

D - This is a killer pils! It does everything right for the style and nothing wrong in any department. This well rounded pils is one of the best out there honestly. It may not stun anyone with outlandish hops or spice, but it's just a damn good beer.

Photo of Seanibus
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, if not world shattering, German pilsner. Pours a beautiful yellow with a large fluffy head. The aroma is sprightly and lemony with a little sweetness. The flavor is smooth and surprisingly complex, though distinctively pilsner, with a slight hop bitterness and a little lemony character. The mouthfeel is light and has a nice carbonation bite. Delicious and refreshing.

Photo of billybob
4.63/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a clear light straw yellow with a huge fluffy white head that holds very well with lots of lace. smells of corn and husk and earth. taste is clean and fresh with a good hop balance and a dry finish. light and refreshing keeps you wanting the next one, will be looking for it again.

Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. Best Before 07.02.09 printed on the label. It is July in Florida and extremely hot and humid, so I have been craving some low ABV sessionable beers. Nothing much is better than a well crafted Pilsner on a warm day. We shall see how this one stacks up.

Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that leaves a good amount of retention. The aroma is grainy malt with some grassy hops. The taste is extremely crisp and refreshing. The taste starts off with some malt and finishes with a quick spicy hop finish leaving you craving the next sip. This beer accomplished everything I was looking for, it is highly drinkable and packs enough flavor to keep me from getting bored. Very sessionable in the warmer summer months. Overall, this is a pretty solid German Pilsner that is recommended.

Photo of dsa7783
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 11.2 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours an ultra-clear, see-through, bright-golden hue with a minimal head and very minor lacing with slight carbonation...
Mild, corn-laden and grain-filled aroma with hints of vanilla...
Excellent, crisp, clean, refreshing, inviting taste... A true-to-the-style German Pilsener with hints of honey on the tongue and a touch of vanilla and slight caramel...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a superb level of drinkability...
An all-around great depiction of the style...

Photo of fank2788
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Old Heidelberg in Bethel
Bright clear yellow with a huge sticky pure white head. The smell is faint light grain and soft floral hops, very nice. The taste is again light grain bittered with floral hoppiness light and pretty clean. Finish is pretty dry with just a hint of lingering grain and spicy hop bite maybe a bit too sticky in the finish, just not clean enough for my taste. Overall quite good hard to beat on a bright sunny day after long day at work, I'd have it again.

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the Horsehoe Pub in Hudson, MA

It was served in a tall Radeberger mug that accentuated the carbonation and aroma.

It was served with a 2 finger head foamy white that vanished almost immediately.

In the same session I also had a Veltins and found this to be a little bit sweeter but not too sweet.

Not much lacing as it was consumed and there was a subtle spicy aroma as you drank the beer.

Flavor was Biscuity with subtle hop finish that lingers.

A very nice Pilsner.

But I would have a Victory Prima, Stoudt's or Veltin's before ordering this.

If this is the only choice for Pilsner, it's still a good one.

Photo of animal69
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a brilliant pale yellow w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing in my pilsn glass ; not a strong smell, cereal grains and some herbal hop ; a crisp taste, bready malts well balanced w/ spicy noble hop bitterness, nice clean finish ; a fairly dry, light-bodied brew w/ a decent level of co2 ; a very drinkable beer and an excellent pilsner, i'll be sure to pick up more of this one...

Photo of meatmallet
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear golden color with a thick head with major lacing.
Smells grassy and a bit sour. Nothing overly impressive.
Grassy taste to start turns to hopp bitterness.
I guessed it to be light but it had a good body to it with light carbonation.
Not a bad beer but I wont be looking for it again.

Photo of bark
2.14/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is pale yellow, the two finger head is white, compact with a small crater. Looks like an ordinary German Pilsener...

The smell is neutral. Some malt. Wooden hints. Weak.

The taste got notes of fresh wood, some malt, and bitter hints. Boring. The aftertaste got flavours of bread, alcohol and some sour bitterness. I noted "artificial and stale" in my pad.

The carbonation is mild to medium. The liquid light.


Photo of morimech
4.64/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a straw yellow with an attractive white head that has good retention. Carbonation bubbles are abundant at first but slowly die down.

Has a wonderful Noble hop aroma. No mistaken the aroma of this beer.

The hops are on display in the flavor. Has a nice spicy flavor with a mild malt backbone. More heavily hopped than other Pilsners.

The body is a little thin but the carbonation is on the fizzy side so it balances out well. Drinks clean and crisp.

Very easy drinking and great tasting. This beer lends itself to drinking with a low ABV and a light body. If you can get this fresh definately try one. The beer has a best before date on the back label.

Photo of gwood
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow and very clear with a nice light bright white head. Carbonation is assertive but on point for style. Smells of husky grains and noble hops. This is a well above average German pils that is clean and crisp with just the right bitterness to grain sweetness balance. Dry and drinkable, as it should be.

Photo of BDTyre
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold colour, with a big puffy head that expands quickly and shrinks down just as quick.

Slightly sweet malt nose with a twinge of can and some low-level hop and citrus presence.

Taste somewhat...industrialized...perhaps over-processed is a better word. Almost a burnt, metallic quality. Underneath this lies a citrus-bread mix of hops and malt. This part is nice if I can just get past the overdone quality.

A bit heavy handed on the carbonation and, combined with the hops, this numbs the tongue a bit. Not bad, but I can find better examples of a German pils.

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