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Radegast Premium - Pivovar Radegast a.s.

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.08/5  rDev -11%
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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emerge077

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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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zeff80

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.6%
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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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 22:18:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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kojevergas

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Low B-

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2014 10:57:21 | More by kojevergas
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Zorro

California

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-29-2013 21:22:23 | More by BillRoth
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

07-06-2014 20:55:13 | More by Latarnik
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon further samples of this beer I’ve 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 23:20:03 | More by Gusler
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bark

Sweden

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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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WoodBrew

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.3%
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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cokes

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +15.6%
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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mynie

Indiana

4/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Reidrover

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 21:36:45 | More by Reidrover
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 11:34:52 | More by ADR
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bditty187

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 14:52:03 | More by bditty187
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matjack85

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

01-28-2013 11:25:40 | More by matjack85
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.3%

06-08-2012 17:58:46 | More by sholland119
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Globetrotter

Virginia

2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
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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marc77

California

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2002 19:24:56 | More by marc77
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nothing too special here. pours out light copper color with no head. nice euro hop smell. mouthfeel is pretty smooth with an above average amount of malt fullness. taste is pretty malty with some hop balance. within it's style, probably just average, but i wish american macros could come up with something similar to this, i'd drink it all the time. like a becks with more body and umph. very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2002 16:17:44 | More by budgood1
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Drew966

Florida

2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
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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PorterLambic

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Radegast Premium from Pivovar Radegast a.s.
80 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.