Radegast Premium - Pivovar Radegast a.s.
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Reviews by LordChesterfield:
3.78/5 rDev +9.2%
Different this beer is. Like it I do. It's dark gold with thick head. It smells and tastes like barley and has a superb hop balance. It tastes like a real beer. It 's the first czech pilsner I've ever had and it speaks very well for the style. I'm glad to finally get to taste a beer produced by the consumers of the most beer per capita in the world. This probably the quintessential pilsner. I would get it again.
09-04-2006 03:41:23 | More by LordChesterfield
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3.33/5 rDev -3.8%
I was expecting a Pilsner, but I'm pretty sure, no, in this case. Clear gold color, darker than straw. Head never really works up, a fine-bubbled skim at first and quickly fades to a rim skin. Slight aromas of honey-roasted peanuts, a little hoppiness. The nut theme continues into the flavors, initially sweet, then a sense of walnut oil, and a decent hop bittering that may show signs of Saaz influence. Slightly cardboardy notes. Lighter-bodied and medium crisp, still more aftertaste than many attenuated cold-fermenters. There is some interest here, but not a huge amount of quality.
12-29-2002 11:34:52 | More by ADR
4/5 rDev +15.6%
Appearance: Crystal clear filtered golden lager out of the Czech republic fluffy white head stands high speckled lacing not bad. Aroma: Sweet fragant floral bouquet of Saaz hops a bit peppery entwined with a grainy two row barley very clean crisp and nicely crafted beer. Taste: European hops are blended with a crisp mild sweet malted barley very light in overall flavor but does it so well nobody can possibly hate this beer, simple but there's a sense of handcratedness about it. Mouthfeel: Simple zesty, nice carbonation light body very good session lager that I would proudly hoist when in the mood for a good Czech lager. Drinkability: Effortless, lawnmower, football game watching whatever you wanna say about it, it's good and tasty.
10-06-2003 22:18:09 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +15.6%
Clear brass topped with enduring eggshell suds.
Doughy nose, adorned with a rosemary bitterness and lilacs.
Begins with a malt expression that hits right at the crux between dry and sweet. Sourdough bread and sub-caramel. Even a little toasty, later on. Trickles of minerality, through a brisk lagered flow. End with tamed herbed floral hop notation.
Medium build with steadfast carbonation.
A stately, modest brew here. Not quite a classic pils, but a well done European lager nonetheless.
11-02-2004 16:39:27 | More by cokes
4/5 rDev +15.6%
The Radegast Premium pours a clear, tarnished amber body beneath a full head of frothy white foam that holds quite well and leaves nice walls of lace about the glass. The nose delivers a delicately sweet malt that's peppered with herbal and spicy hops. It's brisk in the mouth with a fine-bubbled, slightly elevated carbonation (@ 2.6 volumes) and medium-light body. The flavor is assertively bitter and hoppy (herbal, grassy, spicy) over its delicately sweet, straw-like malt base. It finishes dry with a residual bitterness and some lingering herbal hops. Overall, a refreshing, dry Pils from the town that invented it!
05-23-2005 23:54:30 | More by NeroFiddled
3/5 rDev -13.3%
Brought home a 500ml can of Radegast from a recent trip to Europe. The beer poured a nice golden clear color with a fluffy white head that dissipated relatively quickly. Smell included typical pilsner hops. The taste was clean and simple, but with a nice medium bodied mouthfeel and good carbonation. Slightly bitter in the finish. Tasty and refreshing... worth a try.
12-11-2011 16:12:03 | More by WoodBrew
3/5 rDev -13.3%
I was in the mood for a Pilsner so I bought this oops!
Light coppery-amber hue, translucent, with a dense white head; the retention was minimal; no lace of note. The nose is buttery, at first, with malt saving it until I noticed the cooked veggies aroma once it warmed. The grassiness of the flavor is mellow; the malt was fair at best. More Saaz hops would have been welcomed. It has a creamy, smooth mouthfeel, small on the carbonation. I wouldn't drink it again.
12-18-2002 14:52:03 | More by bditty187
3.4/5 rDev -1.7%
Pale, clear, golden colored lager that pours with a nice bit of foam that settles to a thin layer leaving some lace. Light aroma of fresh malt mixed with a bit of cooked corn that is not very impressive. Light tasting with light hop spiciness towards the middle and the finish, which is long, and just a touch bitter. Tastes almost like a lighter version of Pilsner Urquell. This is Czech lawnmower beer. The long lightly bitter finish earns this beer some better marks. It is also a good value at $1.29 for a half-liter bottle. It helps that the brewery has the sense to put the beer in brown glass.
09-22-2003 01:13:08 | More by marcobrau
3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
Sampled at Johnnie's Lounge (3425 N Lincoln) in Chicago.
A forgotten place where this is the "house beer" and that's it. It looks like nothing has changed in this place since 1973... John is the proprietor, who is a genial old man who tends the bar in a suit and tie, offering a sympathetic ear at all times.
Served from a 16.9oz bottle into a tiny glass.
Radegast is about as standard as you can get for a Czech Pilsner. Nondescript appearance and smell. A bold, crisp taste, very lightly malty and clean. Hops stick around to give it a nice aftertaste. Somewhat dry, making it easy to put away quite a few.
If you are ever in Chicago, stop by Johnnie's for a genuine 70's bar experience, and to try one of these...
08-31-2006 20:45:44 | More by emerge077
3.8/5 rDev +9.8%
From a brown 0.5L bottle that interestingly enough looks just like the one in the picture above. Best by 1/25/2006. Since I had to keep this one a month or so before trying it, I was happy that it was in a brown bottle.
A very nice looking beer -- brilliant gold with a white creamy head that lasted throughout the drinking experience and formed a lace around the glass. Bubbles just keep coming up giving the beer an inviting nature.
Saaz hops and a nice malt character in the aroma. Some fruitiness to keep it interesting.
A nicely balanced czech lager. Has the characteristic taste of the czech pils, but a bit more body. Very smooth. A rather sweet finish.
I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I had just had a Polish pils that I was not too impressed with and this was more than a step up. Plus I just got through with a 3.5 mile run and it was a great beer for winding down after that.
I'd recommend it...especially after a good workout.
12-19-2005 22:55:24 | More by ncbrewerbun
3/5 rDev -13.3%
Upon further samples of this beer Ive been forced to give it a bit of an upgrade, while lagers/pils will never be high on my list of favorite beers, honest evaluation is a must, so I revisit all beers that get less than an average rating within six months or so to see how I feel about them. Of course some beers are just too bad and will never get another chance, well I should never say never.
The beer evacuates the bottle an unclouded dark gold color with the head bright white in color, the texture spumous, and the size moderate, the lace a thin veil to conceal the glass. Malt dominates the nose, crisp and clean, start is lightly sweet, fair malt profile with the top thin. Finish is prickly in its acidity, hops apropos to the style, aftertaste dry and lingering, drinkable, but just an average Pilsner in my humble opinion.
02-11-2004 23:20:03 | More by Gusler
4.33/5 rDev +25.1%
Poured this into a tall pilsner glass. Dated 22/05/06. The healthy head faded to a tiny ring after a few minutes. Body was a clear, rich golden hue. Sporadic bubbles rose throughout.
Smelled of grains. Earthy. Pleasant like grandpa's beer when I was a kid.
Taste was bright and crisp with hops. Noble hops peppery flavor. Malts made an understated appearance. Long hops aftertaste.
Mildly prickly mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Smooth finish.
Very refreshing and one I will find again.
06-01-2006 14:42:11 | More by Cresant
2.55/5 rDev -26.3%
Had this from a can on the plane from Moscow to Karlovy Vary, but couldn't do a review (two kids climbing over me the whole time). Picked up a bottle in the grocery store to give it another shot. It was slightly better in the bottle, which looked just like the picture here. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 12/7/04, I opened it on 8/8/04.
Pours a clear deep gold under a 1/2 finger white head that fades to film quickly but somehow manages to generate good lacing. The nose is ricey, much to reminiscent of macro swill. The mouth is very prickly, sweet and a bit thin. The opening taste is watery malt, full of adjunct and sugar. A very metallic hoppy bite finishes this off, but there's not much to like here.
08-13-2004 18:44:04 | More by Globetrotter
3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours an attractive clear golden brew.
Smell is a little sweet malt and a toasted grain scent with a bit of grassy hop scent.
Taste is a solid and chewy grain flavor with a bit of malty sweetness and a strong but not sharp bitterness.
Mouthfeel is good.
Nice Pilsner, a bit more complex than most.
08-12-2004 02:41:19 | More by Zorro
3.83/5 rDev +10.7%
Golden hue, w/ well lagered clarity. The initially thick head settles into a dense, thin layer that leaves sparse lace. Buttery, non diacetyl derived maltiness is perceived in aroma initially, then is followed by sweet, white bread pilsner malt notes and hints of a green, chlorophyll like hop nose. It it weren't for the mild but perceptible cooked cabbage dimethyl sulfide, the aroma would be excellent. An initial snap of hop bitterness gives way to a prominent caramel sweetness and bready grain. The light hop bitterness allows malt sweetness to dominate, but not cloyingly so. Hop flavor is muted, but discernably grassy. Moderately bodied and seemlingly lower in carbonation than the norm for style. Finishes w/ slightly husky basemalt notes fading, but is otherwise quite clean. Radegast, although not outstanding, is soft on the palate and flavorful enough to warrant a try. Perhaps fresh from the source and/or fresh on tap this would be excellent.
08-27-2002 19:24:56 | More by marc77
3.53/5 rDev +2%
Served in a 16.9 oz bottle. Poured a nice golden color with a fluffy white head that dissipated relatively quickly. Taste was clean and simple, but with a nice medium bodied mouthfeel and good carbonation. Slightly grassy and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Tasty and refreshing... worth a try.
08-12-2006 02:51:42 | More by xdant
4.1/5 rDev +18.5%
Ok after two rather "tasty beers", i crave something simple.Time to open the Radegast.
For a rather unappealing name the bottle looks very handsome in a simple sort of way.
Now the beer poured a good deep golden color..and it did have a white foamy head until i turned round for a minute and then it was gone leaving a nice enough laceing.
This smells very good for a Czech lager ..almost like some German brews i love..quite surprisingly malty..nice.
Tastes is also quite malty which i love in a lager..mm nice some floral trype hops and its sort of slightly spicy,,very good.
It has a good taste but i think the mouthfeel is too thin.
Overall an excellent drinking lager. best so far from the Czech Republic.
04-16-2003 21:36:45 | More by Reidrover
3.65/5 rDev +5.5%
After pouring this beer from a 0.5L bottle, I noticed it was 6 months past it's expiration date. Twice during the drinking experience, I thought I detected an off-putting, sweaty odor. I'm chalking it up to the expiration date -- either the beer did go a little off, or I just let that expiration date get into my brain and psych me out. Regardless, I'm ignoring that part of the experience in this review. (I'll have to try the beer again another time to decide on this).
A-Deeply gold, transparent, with high foamy head composed of delicate, medium sized bubbles (as opposed to tiny, densley packed ones). Foam did not last long in my glass
S-Saaz hops spicyness. Liking that. (ignoring the weird smell, remember?)
T- delicately sweet malt taste that required little bitter to balance
M-Typical for a pils, just a tad of creminess, making interesting.
01-25-2006 16:06:14 | More by pweis909
3.98/5 rDev +15%
An interesting step from the Czech tradition towards German Export/Dortmunder, Radegast has been widely exported since the 70s and for a long period shared the honors with such classics as Pilsner Urquell and Budwar/Czechvar. Now it has to compete with another beers from its homecountry.
Well, Radegast is well-prepared for a fight. Noble appearance (golden with medium level of carbonation, smooth head, fine lace), hearty smell (malt & grain), complex taste (malts, hops, herbs - all in perfect proportion) make it a potent adversary of any other lager.
This beer is rich, dry, it goes down smooth and leaves you with a jolly hoppy aftertaste. Recommended!
06-18-2006 04:56:59 | More by ernie
3.3/5 rDev -4.6%
Served on-draught into a 33cl stangenglas at a bar in Prague. Reviewed from notes; these are truncated as the environment was not ideal.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: 1 finger white head. Average retention. Okay lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.
BODY: Translucent transparent yellow colour of average vibrance. No yeast particles or hop sediment are/is visible.
Not a unique or special appearance, but it looks decent for the style and is clean.
AROMA: Pilsner malts. Mild sweetness. No yeast, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. It's a pleasant aroma of below average strength.
TASTE: Pilsner malts, barley, and that's about it. No yeast, alcohol, or off-flavours are present. Balance is okay. This is quite simple. There's no real complexity, subtlety, intricacy, or nuance here, but I do like it for what it is. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.
TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, and light on the palate. Decently carbonated. Medium-bodied. Thickness is okay for the style. Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough. This texture suits the taste decently, but doesn't seem custom-tailored to it.
OVERALL: It's quite drinkable, but far from world class. I might get this again, but I have had better. Well worth trying at Prague prices.
06-11-2014 10:57:21 | More by kojevergas
3.4/5 rDev -1.7%
A - Poured out an orange/yellow color with a white, foamy, three-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left minimal amounts of lace.
S - It smelled of grains and corn.
T - Tasted far better than it smelled. It tasted of yeast, spice and caramel malts. It had a good bitter kick.
M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good version of a Czech Pils. More spice and bitter kick than I expected.
08-27-2007 23:41:26 | More by zeff80
3.35/5 rDev -3.2%
The colour is straw yellow. The off-white head is compact; it leaves some lacing.
The smell is discreet. Some fresh hints of butter.
The taste got some bitter flavours, honey and butter. A neutral bitterness in the aftertaste is balanced by some malty sweetness.
The carbonation is medium strong; the liquid is light.
This is just another Czech pilsner... Still quite OK.
05-03-2009 15:25:34 | More by bark
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