Radegast Premium - Pivovar Radegast a.s.
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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
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.66/5 rDev +5.8%
On-tap, 500ml in a Radegast pub in Prague Old Town (39Czk - approx £1.17):
Medium to light amber and quite clear with a large, foamy white head on top that settles as a one-centimetre tall, head with good lacing on the sides.
Light & sweet malts with some vanilla & fainter butter along with some bitterness and light hops. Some grassy notes and a little straw come through too.
Sweet on the taste buds with some light bitterness and a few earthy hops coming through initially. There is a touch of sweetness & faint caramel malts as well as some butter from the nose. The beer has a good, solid lager taste with some grassy hops too.
Medium bodied with carbonation levels about the same & a moderately sweet beer with a dry finish & light bitterness towards the end.
Definitely a good start to my beer drinking in Prague and a fairly enjoyable offering to begin with. The beer is by no means a classic or the best that the Czech Republic has to offer but it was a very nice beer with the butter and light sweetness that came through being a highlight.
04-23-2014 14:39:29 | More by flyingpig
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
3.35/5 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
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
3.03/5 rDev -12.4%
From a 500ml bottle dated 6/12/06, consumed 7/3/07. Into a crystal mug, a hard pour yields a golden clear body with no bubbles. Thick pillowy solid head of off-white, fades slowly leaving good lacing. Nose is a bit sour/skunked with tea-like hops, sweet malt, and a touch of citrus. Tastes again slightly skunked/sour, with light citrusy hops and sweet malt in good balance. Light bitter finish. Mouth is a bit thin, wet, and as expected by the pour, low in carbonation. Drinkability is just ho-hum; its inoffensive but unremarkable.
Overall: This sample probably aged poorly. Worth a second try on a fresh sample. As sampled, a mediocre pils.
07-05-2007 23:42:54 | More by jettjon
4.33/5 rDev +25.1%
Pours a deep golden body with a thick, creamy off-white collar of foam. Clarity is superb and lacing is about 35%.
Nose is sweetly malty and well balanced with spicy Saaz. Entry is sassy carbonation followed by a midtaste dominated by caramel notes.
The finish is bitter and crisp.
This is probably the very best Czech Pils I've had in the past five years...and I'm going to the store to pick up all the remaining stock of this beautiful beer.
02-20-2007 04:45:06 | More by IceAce
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
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
1.3/5 rDev -62.4%
Served in a pub glass. Pours a dark straw yellow with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Light bodied, large amounts of tight carbonation throughout drinking.
Smells of corn, gelatin, and a strong metallic, astrigent smell.
Very brief taste of corn sweetness. Very astrigent; mouth puckering. Taste worse than original listerine and seabreeze skin cleanser with a karo syrup taste/coating. I kept drinking it hoping it would get better or I was missing something, but it didn't.
Mouthfeel/drinkability: I was watery feeling in the mouthfeel and left such a horrible astrigent taste in your mouth I couldn't consider this drinkable. I was looking for a toad to lick to get the terrible taste out of my mouth.
08-16-2006 10:30:29 | More by laintringulis
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
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
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
2.65/5 rDev -23.4%
This beer pours a light copper color with a fluffy white head that dissipated fairly quickly from a brown 16.9 ounce bottle. Picking up a little malt aroma in this one. Light mouthfeel, a bit of caramel in the taste, hops are definitely present, but not overwhelming. Quite a light beer. Not bad, no off flavors, I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't go in search of one either. Worth a try.
04-16-2006 00:54:37 | More by Drew966
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
3.8/5 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
3.08/5 rDev -11%
Brilliant gold with just enough fine particles to indicate its unfiltered nature. The dense cap resembles an off-white sponge perched atop the beer. Lazily popping bubbles on the upper surface eventually lead to its slow descent, although it doesn't fade completely. The amount of lace can only be described as pathetic.
There isn't much in the nose to distinguish it from hundreds of other pilseners or Euro pale lagers. Actually, because of the unimpressive nature of the hops (both in amount and character), the beer smells more like a garden variety EPL than it does a pilsener. Low on power, sweetish grain, lightly floral hoppiness... you know the drill.
Czech Lager doesn't taste much like a Czech pils either; at least not a very good one. While there's a fair amount of hop bitterness fighting the pale malt, there's very little hop flavor. The hop flavor that can be appreciated is minimally floral with a stale, vegetal character; as if the stem and leaves of the 'flower' were utilized rather than the more appealing petals.
This really is an uninteresting, uni-dimensional beer that screams Euro pale lager to me. The finish might be a slight improvement since the bitterness provides something to grab onto. The light mouthfeel makes a partially effective bid for medium and the carbonation is lively enough to keep things hopping.
Pivovar Radegast uses the dreaded word 'premium' on the label. Usually that word is reserved for those nasty low-carb or low alcohol beers that are anything but. Czech Lager isn't as gotta-spit-it-out awful as those abominations of the brewing world, but it's still not in the same area code as truly premium beer. Forgettable.
08-22-2005 13:40:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
A pilsner in a brown bottle? I had to try it. Usually the green bottle Euro pilsners have skunked by the time I drink them. Therefore, I don't have a very good impression of pilsners. This beer poured out a little darker than expected, more yellow-brown than the golden yellow of Pilsner-Urquell. Had a modest head, and retained the head for a few minutes. Had a pleasant pilsner taste, and the after taste had a hint of honey. A pretty good beer, much better than the usual pilsner skunk taste with which I'm regrettably familiar. I recommend that you try this if you see it; it probably won't be skunked, and it has a cool label.
08-16-2005 00:20:25 | More by WMBierguy
Radegast Premium from Pivovar Radegast a.s.
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