Commerzienrat Riegele Privat
Brauhaus Riegele

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European Export / Dortmunder
Ranked #6
Ranked #16,452
3.9 | pDev: 13.08%
Brauhaus Riegele
Very Good
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Notes: From Germany’s most awarded brewery comes Riegele’s most awarded beer, Privat. Winner of the “Beer of the Decade,” “Beer of the Year,” World Beer Cup," 9-time DLG Gold and the 6-Time European Gold Star, Privat sets the benchmark for craft festival lagers. Crisp, elegant, and complex in character, Privat is perfectly balanced with a clean and remarkably smooth finish thanks to the Riegele husk separation process.
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear golden yellow color, with a small fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like hay, honey, grassy hops, and biscuity breadiness.

I'd want a bit more of a crisp snap here, but the malt character feels pretty spot on - just lightly sweet, biscuity, and chewy. There are light feelings of spicy hops and some lemon, maybe.

This is light bodied, and very clean, with a very high level of drinkability.

I'm always down to try some traditional German lagers. This is solid stuff, but I've had better.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint pale golden yellow + pale bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense fizzy foamy bright white head that quickly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit + bready + lightly toasted malts with minimal amounts of grainy + light fruit (green grape) sweetness. Light aromas of floral + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit + bready + lightly toasted malts with minimal amounts of grainy + light fruit (green grape) sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral + spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away fairly slowly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a touch of dryness in the otherwise relatively clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pleasantly light and crisp mouthfeel. Enjoyable and well balanced between the malt & hops flavors without too much sweetness or bitterness. Pairs nicely with food.

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Photo of jkblr
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Label says Best before: see top. 211118 printed on the gold neck foil. So best by November 2018 although it showed up in my local shop a couple weeks ago. Pours bright straw yellow with nearly white head that recedes to a thin ring and leaves no lacing. The aroma is malty with pils malt intermingled with floral and grassy hops. The taste is suffering from age. Pils malt, cardboard and more grassy hops. No pop at all from the malt. Medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, ok as it sits in my glass. I've had it before, presumably fresher, and it was great. Rated to the current average with hops of finding a fresher example.

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Photo of hman43
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden with a white head that has tight beading and is pillowed. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has grainy sweet aromas with spicy notes.

Taste: It has grainy sweetness in the flavor with a slight bit of bread and spicy hops. It is clean.

Feel: It has a light body.

Overall, it is a very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of KooVee
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle.

Clear pilsner gold, head a bit weak, but adequate.

Nose is very much as expected: grain and grassy hops, nothing out of place, nothing more.

Taste is sweetish with proper medium mouthfeel and slight smooth bitterness at the end, with a bit of lingering graininess. Some spiciness.

Solid, professionally executed. Just wanted a bit more inspiration but that is not the beer's fault.

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Photo of Nass
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's well balanced, smooth bready malts, well carbonated, slight grass, slight herbal note, & it's clean & refreshing. I highly recommend this euro export lager if you can get this in your area. This beer is worthy of it's gold foil. Cheers! A-

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light to medium golden with a decent size one finger bone white crown that leaves multiple broken rings of lace as it settles.A bit of toasted crushed grain and a metallic note in the nose,as it warms slightly I do get a bit of spicy/leafy hops but it's more faint in nature.Grainy flavors with some honey tinged bread dough giving off a fair amount of sweetness,the spicy hops are more pronounced in the finish than in the nose.A more delicate lager with a well rounded flavor profile.

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Photo of aleigator
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a big, stable white head.

Smells of coppery, dried garden herbs with a note of dough, toffee and fresh hay.

Has a surprisingly full and well balanced, smooth mouthfeel with a nice, sparkly finish. A light, crisp and refreshing beer.

Tastes of grain bread dough, caramel with a light mineralic note, grassy hops and a whiff of wheat. Turns a little sweeter then, with the hops developing a soothing blueberry quality among their herbal foundation. Finishes light and clean with prevailing herbal hops and lighter turning bread dough.

Another winner from this brewery. Traditional hop profile meets rustic, mellow malts and bread dough, blending together to a very refreshing, tasty flavor profile.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass; no bottle dating, but was just released locally this week. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is an excellent Dortmunder lager style. All around great robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Clean pils malts and perfectly balanced noble hops. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. No complaints.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sprightly, beautiful pale straw. Not much in the form aroma. May be a little bit of bohemian yeast on the nose? It's super light, clean, crispy. I prefer a bit more body on my pilsners, but this is one that I don't see very often and would be great on a sunny day, which it is definitely not today.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Foamy capped, and pretty tall at three solid fingers and off white topped head. Body color is a good pale brass brown, touches with chestnut and dirty brass with little streams of nice linear carbonation. Neat looking beer.

Refreshing clean aroma, hints a little fruity, but gives excellent doughy mix and even a touch of toast. Chewy white bread with a nice piece of crust on the nose. Flirts with lemon and hints at a thick malt body than usual, very nice.

Clean palate and a simple flavor makes the mark. Chewy with a nice simple malt forward and flirts with caramel by a hair. Not as crisp quality, but with a good rich malt and just the nicest amount of sweetness mixing in the mid palate. Hints a little thicker than average, giving a bigger body push on the flavors which is a real nice feeling.

A very neat take on a lager, lighter marzen bock? Dortmunder? Hard to say, kind of in it's own realm. Very nice and simple brew.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is graham crackers, honey, and straw. Light bodied, high carbonation, clean and sweet. Makes for a good and sweet sessionable lager. Would get a six of this again.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden in color. Clear in appearance. Lightly toasted grain, hay, grass and earthy noble hops. Light bodied, highly carbed. Nice lingering bitterness. Super refreshing. Solid beer.

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Photo of mantlebeer
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Light gold, yellow in color. Higher clarity. Straw, harvest grains. More mid-bodied, yet still refreshing. Perfect beer for a warm autumn afternoon.

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Photo of FatBrando
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Gold in color, little bread and crackers on the nose, maybe a touch of sweetness. Really nice. I brought this into my bar for a few regulars to try and they loved it. Highly recommend this beer!

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Photo of Jasman4
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite German import. Privat has a wonderful, clean, classic helles flavor. It’s well bodied without being heavy with white latticed head and a malty aroma.

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Photo of Dasmead
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Straw
Smell: Grass notes
Taste: Clean touch of malt and some of those grassy notes
Feel: Medium body and carbonation. Clean finish
Overall: Balanced, smooth, does the trick. Prost!

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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Stunning pale yellow clarity with a good looking head on top. Very clean with only a hint of cooked veggies, grassy throughout with a very mild herbal hop character. Hop bitterness is modest but is more than enough to balance. An exceptional showing of this style of beer, could easily knock back mugs of this.

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Photo of DirtyFox
4.81/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is really smooth beer.
Look: Pale Golden color.
Smell: Notes of grassy hops.
Taste: Bready and light with a slight malty sweetness and smooth finish.
Feel: Light to medium body with clean finish.
Overall: Subtle, clean, smooth lager that goes great with food.

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Photo of Davidklass
4.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The smoothest and cleanest Helles/Festbier Iv'e ever tasted.
Look: Straw colored
Smell: Floral with grassy notes,
Taste: Very clean, balanced with hints of grass and a touch of malt
Feel: Medium mouthfeel with very clean finish
Overall: Beautiful beer. Balanced, nuanced and clean.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nearly clear with a light golden color. Modest head but it leaves a lattice of lace.

Palest of malt smells with a slight aroma of unmalted barley grain.

Round mouthfeel with a subdued effervescence. Lightly sweet with the aforementioned graininess showing up strongest. The hop is nearly missing with just enough to prevent the brew from being completely one sided. Short and clean aftertaste.

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Photo of OlaB
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a clear straw yellow color, gives a medium top of creamy white head that disolves slowly.

A: bread,grass,grains,citrus and herbal hops

T: has a flavour of breaded malts, grass ,herbal hops and some spices . Nice balance between sweetness and bitterness inn the finish, with a decent lenght inn the aftertaste,

M: medium bodied with medium carbonation. smooth and clean mouthfeel. very refreshing, and goes down super easy .

O: A interesting beer to try, It had all the things i wanted inn a beer for this hot summerday, so yes i ejnoyed it.

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Photo of bark
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pale yellow; the liquid clear. The two finger head is white and compact and it sinks to a thick lid leaving no lacing on the glass.

The smell is fresh with bitter hops, sweet cereals and a hint of butter in the background.

The taste is quite bitter with very clean notes of pilsner malt, noble bitter hops, sweet müsli cereals and a touch of minerals. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is clean with sweet dough/French loaf, and floral hops. The finish is mild with sweetness and bitter hops (clean like hop extract).

The carbonation is strong; the many small bubbles tickles the tongue. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A solid lager. Bitterer than the average München helles, but not as caramel-malty as the standard Dortmunder Export.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine dortmunder pours a clear golden color with a nice head of white dissipating foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of pilsner malts, apples, subtle honey, and light grains. Flavors follow the nose with honey and subtle yeast notes on the front and middle of the taste, subtle grain notes hit on the rear with a touch of apple and finish off with a subtle herbal hop. Balanced and delicious. Nice mouth feel, refreshing and well rounded with a lightly sweet subtly bitter aftertaste. Excellence from Germany.


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Photo of justintcoons
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz foil capped bottle poured into a pub-style pint.

Pale straw with 1 finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation and subtle yeast sediment dancing about.

Golden apple and sweet Pilsner malts.

Follows the nose. Golden apple and Pilsner malts offering a soft graininess. Well balanced floral hoppiness.

Medium-light bodied, clean, smooth, and refreshing with a light bitterness.

Delicate while keeping a modest bitterness. A nice Dortmunder that is mighty quaffable.

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Commerzienrat Riegele Privat from Brauhaus Riegele
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 98 ratings