Radegast Premium | Pivovar Radegast a.s.

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Pivovar Radegast a.s.
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-18-2001

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of IceAce
4.35/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of bufleraj
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of DrewBeechum
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.07/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

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Photo of CyborgX_CZ
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of pappetros
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of ernie
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.81/5  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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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...

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Photo of marc77
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of mattmaples
3.76/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of herrburgess
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of LordChesterfield
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of pweis909
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.62/5  rDev +4%
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.

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