Radegast Premium | Pivovar Radegast a.s.

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BEER INFO

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

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 AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bufleraj
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of CyborgX_CZ
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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 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 BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of herrburgess
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of matjack85
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of pappetros
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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 leinie13
2/5  rDev -42.5%

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 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 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 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 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 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 xdant
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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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 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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