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Review of Radeberger Beer

Posted by Otto on 11/3/2014 to Beer Reviews

Review of Radeberger

The pilsner is a much maligned and misunderstood style of lager. Uninitiated beer snobs turn their noses at the mere sight of a light beer that isn’t crammed full of hops. Or even worse, the style is associated with the American pilsner; known worldwide for being short on flavor but big in marketing efforts. In fact, the American pilsner isn’t worthy to even rinse the glass of a fine Czech or German pilsner.

In order to review a beer you must understand the style. You and only honeslty compare beers to the standards of their style. Comparing beers across different styles is like comparing motorcycles to automobiles. With that in mind, let’s begin with a little background on the Pilsner style of beer.

Before there was a Budweiser, Coors or Miler, there was the pilsner. Named after the Bohemian city Pilsen (Plzen, Czech Republic), the style was born in the 1839. Prior to this light, bottom fermented beer’s birth, most lagers in the area were top-fermented, dark and cloudy. The style has since evolved to exhibit following characteristics:
  • Light Straw to golden in color.
  • Alcohol by Volume should be between 4.0 - 5.5%
  • Well-hopped using only Noble hops
  • Hops should lend a slightly spicy and floral aroma and be about 30-40 IBUs.
  • Yeast strains tend to have slight estery (fruity) or faint diacetyl (buttery) character.
This all adds up to an easy to drink beer that is clean, light in color, refreshing and has enough malt flavor and a bite of hop spice to both keep you interested and coming back for more. This background should give us enough back-story to understand and appreciate the style and have something to compare the beer at hand: Radeberger Pilsner. Radeberger was first brewed in 1872 in the German city of Radeberg. This Saxon city is on the outskirts of Dresden and less than an hour from Pilsen. This purely German pilsner is marked by its white head and bright gold color. As you raise the glass to your lips, you’ll notice the wonderfully floral bouquet of German noble hops. The malt flavors are well balanced bursts into the hop finish. The head retention is strong and carbonation produces a steady stream of Champaign-like tiny bubbles.

In short, Radeberger meets all the expectations of a pilsner and puts a uniquely German take on the style. Radeberger is the acclaimed beer of the king of Saxony Friedrich August during the early 1900’s. This beer was served on his table for all royal events and banquets. Sample on fresh bottle and you’ll soon share the king’s love of this beer.

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