Commerzienrat Riegele Privat
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Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
Ranked #7
Ranked #17,370
3.9 | pDev: 12.82%
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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BubbleBobble from New York

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with the slightest bit of haze; one-inch head that settles to a thick ring, some islands of foam on the surface. Nose is light - noble hops, earth, lemon, yeast, biscuit - all very pleasant. Earth and hops up front, but there is a bit of honey sweetness as well, even a faint trace of lemon zest. Feel is great - crisp and refreshing, inviting another big gulp. Overall, a very enjoyable lager.

Sep 20, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

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

Can't say I've ever had a dortmunder before, nor do I really know how it differs from a traditional Euro lager, but I'm sure it'll be good nonetheless

Pours a clear golden yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that slowly reduces to a cap and leaves no lacing

The nose here is standard lager fare, but everything is a bit stronger. I get biscuity malt, light piney hops, honey, and fruity esters from the yeast. Simple, but it smells delicious

The taste is a bit hoppy right on the front, earthy noble hops but is balanced out by delicate malt. On the swallow, this trends light and fruity, with a heavy dose of honey to sweeten up the mild grain

The light body combined with gentle carbonation results in a creamy drink that finishes mostly dry and sweet

This was really solid stuff! A good a lager as any, perfectly balanced and crisp. I'll have to get more of this

Sep 03, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

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

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into one of my pokal glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface along with a fluffy looking white head that's well over an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 2/3 of an inch thick with good retention and nice lacing. Aromas of some bready, biscuity, grainy, grassy malts and some floral, slightly spicy, and just slightly citrusy, hops. A very pleasant aroma indeed. The taste follows suit, with the bready and biscuity malt right upfront that gives way to an herbal graininess and just a very slight hint of green apple. This gives way to the floral, slightly spicy, and just slightly citrusy hops. Has a very crisp, also smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. has a clean finish, with a bready, grainy, slightly sweet aftertaste. An excellent beer. Glad I picked this one up!


Apr 20, 2020
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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: bright gold, very fine bubbles, about a one-inch head when poured
S: rich malt, vanilla, and toasted bread
T: creamy, dry, faint hops, and molasses
F: good carbonation and mouthfeel

A pleasantly mild beer with sufficiently interesting flavor and smell. Well-rounded. Balanced. Creamy yet dry. An overall nice beer that goes well with a meal or by itself.

Apr 11, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Feb 02, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.

Dec 31, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

Jul 15, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

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.

Jun 21, 2019
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KooVee from Finland

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.

Apr 19, 2019
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Nass from Florida

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-

Mar 26, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

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.

Mar 25, 2019
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aleigator from Germany

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.

Sep 19, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

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.

Mar 24, 2018
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Sheppard from Virginia

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.

Jan 04, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Nov 18, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 23, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 16, 2017
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mantlebeer from Ohio

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.

Oct 08, 2017
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FatBrando from New York

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!

Oct 08, 2017
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Jasman4 from Indiana

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.

Oct 05, 2017
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Dasmead from Ohio

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!

Oct 05, 2017
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Jason from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 05, 2017
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DirtyFox from Indiana

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.

Sep 27, 2017
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Davidklass from Ohio

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.

Sep 27, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 26, 2017
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