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Brewed by:
Pivovar Radegast a.s.
Czech Republic
radegast.cz

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
16.38%
 
 
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of laintringulis
1.36/5  rDev -60.9%
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.

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Photo of leinie13
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of matjack85
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Globetrotter
2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
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).

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jettjon
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of der_meister
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AudioGilz
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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-

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Photo of marcobrau
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of bark
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of WMBierguy
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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