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Radegast Premium - Pivovar Radegast a.s.

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.29%


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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-18-2001)
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

12-11-2011 16:12:03 | More by WoodBrew
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 14:39:29 | More by flyingpig
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bark

Sweden

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 15:25:34 | More by bark
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zeff80

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 23:41:26 | More by zeff80
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jettjon

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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; it’s inoffensive but unremarkable.

Overall: This sample probably aged poorly. Worth a second try on a fresh sample. As sampled, a mediocre pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 23:42:54 | More by jettjon
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IceAce

California

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 04:45:06 | More by IceAce
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LordChesterfield

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 03:41:23 | More by LordChesterfield
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emerge077

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Johnnie's Lounge (3425 N Lincoln) in Chicago.
See: http://www.chicagobarproject.com/Reviews/Johnnie's/Johnnie's.htm

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...

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 20:45:44 | More by emerge077
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laintringulis

Ohio

1.3/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 10:30:29 | More by laintringulis
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xdant

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 02:51:42 | More by xdant
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ernie

Russian Federation

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 04:56:59 | More by ernie
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 14:42:11 | More by Cresant
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Drew966

Florida

2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 00:54:37 | More by Drew966
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 16:06:14 | More by pweis909
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ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 22:55:24 | More by ncbrewerbun
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 13:40:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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WMBierguy

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 00:20:25 | More by WMBierguy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 23:54:30 | More by NeroFiddled
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light copper. Thin off white head. Lace is more than adequate with stringy patterns developing. Thick european malts on the nose. A little moravian perhaps??? Also some peppery, spicy hops. Solid aroma. Big, full body. Lightly carbonated, but not really creamy in that sense. This beers got some substantial malt backing to it. And the spicy noble hops to counter it as well. Pretty good balance in this taste. And there's a dry, somewhat woody finish. Good brew to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 03:36:06 | More by Bighuge
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mynie

Indiana

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one pretty pilsner. Dark gold bordering on orange with a huge, retentive head. So many of the Czech Pilsners I've drank were white/yellow with those fake-looking Bud heads. This is a welcome change.

Lots of malt and flowers in the nose. Hops come more into play as it warms up. Fantastically complex, for a pilsner.

Taste is a bit of a let down. Malt and grain upfront, dry in the tip and getting sweeter as it goes along. Just as it's getting to taste a bit like caramel the hops kick in. This is all great, but followed by watery finish and an adjuncty metal aftertaste.

The body is a little on the thin side, but this would make a good session ale. Goes down like water. Easily the best Czech Pilsner I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 03:32:46 | More by mynie
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with good head. Smell is hops, some malt and a little spice. A nice balance. Taste is the same, hops, malt and slight spice. Not the most complex beer but that's generally true throughout the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pleasantly less effervescence than expected (like Bud/Coors/Miller et al). Drinkability is quite good for a lager though I must admit this is not my style of beer. That said, this is a pretty good lager but nowhere near as good as the Kazbegi lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2005 05:08:11 | More by PorterLambic
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat deeper gold color, big creamy white head on the top. Bubbles rising constantly. Sweet malt aromas punctuated with bitter hops. Sweet malt, some carbonation, bitter hop response. Fairly wet mouthfeel. Pretty good, refreshing drink, this style is starting to grow on me a bit; not too complex, but sure hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 00:25:11 | More by Tballz420
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cokes

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 16:39:27 | More by cokes
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Globetrotter

Virginia

2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 18:44:04 | More by Globetrotter
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Zorro

California

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 02:41:19 | More by Zorro
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