Review of RadebergerThe 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.
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.