Radegast Premium - Pivovar Radegast a.s.

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of WMBierguy
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having drunk this lager many times on tap at my local pub, I was surprised to note that I haven't reviewed it. Since the pub doesn't have it on tap, I have to "resort" to buying a bottle.

It's got a great golden color with a foamy super-white head that reduces to about half an inch in my glass after a few moments. The smell is good, too. I smell malt and hops, just like other Czech golden lagers.

The taste is subtle and good. The first flavor I note is grain, followed by light hop bitterness and just a bit of sweetness. An aftertaste of grain lingers in my mouth after swallowing. The body is light but still has notable substance.

Overall this is one of the better Czech lagers I've had. If you're looking for a nice golden lager to combat tasteless mainstream American lagers, give Radegast a try.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of AudioGilz
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pleasant golden colored fluid pours from the brown bottle. The head is fizzy and doesn't last very long. A surprising aroma to me....buttery, and crisp with some hops too. I enjoy it much. The malt flavors in this beer are vaguely similar to an English Ale in a way....buttery and a crisp/zingy mouthfeel. The aftertaste is weird to me though. It's a lingering and unpleasant bitterness that isn't my preferred bitter character flavor. Damn, it's disappointing to have this happen after enjoying the aroma and malts.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an unusual bitterness to it. It's not bad, really, it just has a peculiar taste to it. It poured a darker orange-like yellow with a white, frothy head that stuck around for about 3 minutes and dissipated to a thin haze atop the surface. Light to medium consistent lacing of the glass. For those who enjoy beer with food, (I typically cannot do that), this would accompany quite well something really salty. Not a terrible lot of carbonation makes this stuff go down pretty well. Not a bad Czech brew.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of marcobrau
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not an impressive beer. A fairly ordinary lager/pils, with a skunky smell and taste. Relatively clean and refreshing, but compared to better examples (I followed it with a Konig, which was far more enjoyable) there is nothing to recommend this over a wealth of better lagers and pils (get a Weihenstephan lager instead).

Photo of drewbage
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Beer Appreciation Night at BJ's Woodland Hills

Pale golden beer with a tight and heavy white head.

The aroma has a strong continential malt aroma with a flowery hop character with a spiciness driven by the CO2. This sample had a strong metallic aroma that blows off with the initial CO2.

Flavor is grainy and grassy with a long emphasis on the malt. Hops begin appearing in mid palate before finally cutting the malt at the finish.

Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of marc77
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of mattmaples
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not too sure about the Dortmunder style but I didn't see it fitting in any other one better. It is very malty a bit sweet with a light floral hop flavor. definately one for those who like their lager on the malty side.

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