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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Radeberger PilsnerRadeberger Pilsner

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793 Ratings
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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 25
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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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 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
Photo of Osiris9588
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date. It's a pale golden color. The head is white and fluffy, sticking around a bit, hordes of bubbles coursing to the surface.

The smell is of pure grain, with just a whisper of hops. The flavor is of grain, the smallest glint of fruit, and some hops, but the blend seems a bit off to me.

The mouth is light and crisp, with a touch of buttery-ness at the end. Not a whole lot of complexity happening here. The drinkablity is high, but the flavor is somewhat lacking. I truly like a good pils, but this one is average at best.

Osiris9588, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of stephendr
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Gold color , clear – minimal white head –nose is sour , grassy , cereal , melon , hopps , and detergent - taste of sour / bitter , grassy , hops , and wet hay – dry harsh mouth feel for a light beer – sour , cereal , and grass aftertaste nothing special for a pilsner

stephendr, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of BeerManDan
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everything about this pilsner was sort of average. The color was an average yellow and with some foam and very little lace of the glass. The smell was pleasant and not over powering. The taste was pleasant with just enough of bitterness as to not overpower the average hop taste. Great quincher on a hot day and cold day too. Little better than average taste than other pilsners!

BeerManDan, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color with a towering and firm white head. It’s an attractive and impressive Pilsner appearance. The aroma is a little weak, but presents an initial shot of floral and slightly herbal hops, backed with a hint of grain. The beer could have used a dose of malt aroma, and certainly more intensity in the hops. The flavor is pretty tasty, with a little sweetness up front. The centerpiece of the beer is certainly the hops, which are a little more pronounced in the taste. The finish is a little bitter, and pretty clean. Fairly high carbonation, and light-to-medium body. All in all, this is a drinkable and respectable German beer.

Suds, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of beakerboy
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew- July '06- German Lagers

A: Poured a golden yellow with about 1 1/2 fingers of white head

S: Good hoppy aroma

T: Medium malt charateristics with heavier citrusy hop flavor

M: Medium-light mouthfeel with light carbonation

D: A very drinkable beer

beakerboy, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 500ml bottle served in a 400ml Warsteiner Pokal

Appearance - Golden clear straw in colour with full thick 1 inch head after pour reducing to a minimal layer. Good beading.

Smell - Sweet malt and slightly earthy hops

Taste - Sweet malt with a full body and earthy hop flavour on the finish. Nice dry finish - nice example of a german pils.

Mouthfeel - Slightly salty with a firm body, medium carbonation

Drinkability - Appealing to look at like most german pils. Rather good head retention i felt as i find some pils to retain no head at all from the bottle. Hoppy taste does not linger too long in the mouth which may make if forgetable however the medium level of carbonation is easy on the stomach making this pils a nice example of the german style and easy enough to have a few.

seanyfo, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard and typical of German Pilsners. Perhaps a bit of a standout, is a heaping helping of saaz, earthy hops. Though the malt profile is moderate, more grain flavors than malt sweetness persists in the aroma and flavor. The look is a very clear moderately carbonated and retented foamstand. Feels fairly smooth, but not with the pilsner creamy texture that I wanted, leaving the grain profile to come across a bit astringent (grain hulls). Finishes pretty clean overall with a light grain and hop lingering. Undoubtedly a good beer to pair with a weinerschnitzel dinner.

BEERchitect, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a Pilsener glass.

Impressive pour with a generous frothy head and medium carbonation. Light straw colour, minimal lacing. Smell is malty with a sulfuric cheapness perhaps?. A slight noble hop presence, but not much exciting here.

First taste is a bit muddled. A slight metallic twang presides, which is a bit offputting. A nutty maltiness and a lot of alcohol for a 4.8% beer. Strong hop presence that becomes very prevalent as the beer warms. Slight sourness that is very refreshing. This is a good refresher beer, sticky in the mouth, good bite on the tongue. Drinkable, and better if it isn't ice-cold. A good summer pilsener.

trevorwideman, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of horndecker
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always liked the bottle and label. Classic, nothing fancy, but evokes a time past. Had this first in Berlin 15 years ago. Still holds up. They haven't messed around with it I suppose.

Pale straw color with a bright white dense head leaving lots of clingy foam. The nose is bright and fresh, with only a hint of sulfur and something vegetal, cabbagey. The taste starts with plenty of hop bitterness, plenty of carbonation, decent malt and an interesting aftertaste, apples and Earl Grey. Very refreshing, ultra drinkable. The flavors are quick but true. It doesn't get sickly sweet as it warms, remains quaffable all the way.

horndecker, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of ernie
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic pilsner from Saxony. Lighter than most its German counterparts but tastier. Malty sweetness gives way to hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nice complex aroma, too, pleasant aftertaste, impeccable appearance. Good honest beer, much loved in Germany.

ernie, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally found a fresh sixer of this brew and picked it up for a reasonable price at the local BevMo. Pours an easily managed solid inch head that has surprisingly decent retention, although eventually it falls to nothing. Typical pale yellow to light copper with active carbonation.

I get a touch of grain and herbal spicey hops in the nose.

Translats well to the taste as the hop profile is not just "in charge" but is almost the entire makeup of this gem in the rough. Starts out with a subtle sweet grain, then breaks into a sharpened carbonation and large drying hop profile that is beautifully placed and well put together. This is not a beer I would reccomend letting warm up "too" much. I experimented with this sixer and found that as it approached being "warm" it started to be too sweet for my liking.

Notes: Overall this is a damn fine example of a German pilsner and one I'll go back to when I see it fresh.

DogFood11, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of shamus
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A very pale yellow with nice head retention. Not overly carbonated. Unfortunately it has a detergent smell to it and is far too sweet in the aftertast. It says it's just water, malt, hops and yeast but it actually tastes corn syrup to me. Not the worst beer ever but i will pass it by the next time.

shamus, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head that thins to a persistent layer.

Smell: There's a sweet smell and that's about it.

Taste: Slight sweetness upfront with a decent hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink.

Overall: Drinkable, but not a lot of flavor that makes you want to drink it.

EPICAC, May 30, 2006
Photo of clickpush
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Pours w/ about a finger of white foamy head over a honey colored beer. Lots of small bubble trails throughout the glass lend to excellent lacings/head retention, allowing almost no gap on the surface of the beer until broken by the first sip.

Nose: I'm not sure what to compare it to - it smells like a pilsner. Very grainy overtones allow just a bit of orange aroma to shine through.

Mouth: Nicely balanced flavor touching all parts of the tongue. It enters with a sweetish flavor of grains/bread. As it moves back there are notes of kitchen spices, predominantly of coriander. All the way in the back the bitter, metallic hop flavors dominate the mouth. This is a refreshing beer but the over-carbonation piques the nerves a bit too much. I recommend a violent pour to loosen the beer up a bit.

clickpush, May 09, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another good German beer. Had this on tap at the Red Lion Tavern in LA.

Had a slightly cloudy golden appearance with a little white head. Nothing stood out in the smell department. Had a slightly sweet, wheaty taste. Little bubbly, but generally a smooth pour down the back of the throat. Great beer to drink on a sunny afternoon or a hot afternoon or a cold night or a windy day or a...you get the idea.

JayTheFinn, May 01, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Sweeney's in Garden Ciy, NY. Served in the offical Radeberger tall pilsner mug.

Poured a nice straw color, well carbonated with a frothy two finger head. Good retention and lacing.

The smell was crisp with nice hop notes.

The flavorwas crisp and a tad spicy, which took me by suprise. It had a nice crisp hopped finish. The beer was served at around 40 degrees, which was ideal.

The mouthfeel was clean. Not a full mouthfeel, but by no means thin.

Very drinkable on tap.

plaid75, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of BigBry
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black 500 ml can with gold writing, BB date stamped on the bottom. Bought a 4 pack and got a free logoed glass. Pours out a clear, straw yellow color, topped off with a large billowy head of white foam, very good retention, with thick chunky lacing. The smell is quite light, with light floral hops and some graininess. The flavor is a nice balance of sweet bready malt which blends into a lightly floral hop finish. There was a bit of a metallic twinge. Light and crisp mouthfeel across the palate, that leaves a dry, crisp finish. A good pilsner, it's not really unique or overly flavorful, but fits the style well.

BigBry, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured in a pilsner glass. This can looks a little different from the picture as instead of a white background, this background is black with gold writing. Definitely the same beer though. Best before date on the bottom of the can (10.08.06).

Clear, straw yellow in colour with lots of carbonation streams. Big foamy white head (more than 1.5 inches) overtops the glass on the pour. Recedes to a tight 1/8 inch cap leaving big globs of lacing behind.

Aroma is pretty mild. Just a faint whiff of herbal and floral hops with grains.

Grainy with noble hops off the start, grassy and floral with hints of sweetness and spices. Nicely balanced until the carbonation rush comes in. After the rush, it tips towards the skunky hops side of things finishing moderately bitter with a metallic twang. Aftertaste is all hops floral and skunky. Pretty decent for a German Pilsner, but the metallic twang at the end grows with intensity as the beer warms and rather puts me off.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Nice crisp feel in the aftertaste.

A decent German Pilsner that I'd be interested in trying in a bottle to see if that metallic quality is still present. I'm not a big fan of floral hops either and that combined with the metallic twang lowers the taste quite a bit. Looks fantastic, could be a bit more golden, but the mouthfeel, drinkability and weak aroma don't stand out in any way. Worth a try.

Noxious26, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow with a large, billowing white head that is slow to dissipate and leaves some lacing as it recedes. A floral hoppiness overlays the nose, with spices, yeast, and some malts as well. Taste is sweet with some fruits and malts in the mix, and a hoppy tone throughout which becomes more noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, light and well carbonated. Drinkability is solid. A very acceptable example of the style.

Mandrake, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear cold with lots of tiny bubbles rising and a big chunky head. Looks very good.

Clean and crisp with herbal hop smells. Understated.

A flash of citrus and some sweetness. Bitterness kicks is quickly and lingers on for a good time after the drink is done.

A little hard on the carbonation, but light and refreshing.

Better than average. I'd say it's a "milder pilsner" that's easy to take.

allergictomacros, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark yellow to a thick foamy head, lots of little bubbles. pretty much like any good pilsener. Smell is grassy and delicate. Taste is smooth, with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel has a slight carbonation with a smoothness not typical of this style of beer, Which makes this a very very drinkable brew.

Excellent session beer. good beer to keep in the cooler at a barbecue.

funkengruven, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of Denali
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Denali, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of CrazyMike
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CrazyMike, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

therica, Dec 07, 2005
Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
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