Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Radeberger Pilsner

The number of beer bottles in my fridge is dwindling, mostly because I want to clean out my fridge of all the beer I received and picked up before the wedding. I'm down to seven beers, and this is number 7: Radeberger Pilsner. I originally picked it up in one of those "beers of the world" multipacks from the BevMo! store in Sacrament three months ago. Since then, it's been relegated to the back of the fridge, waiting for it's day to shine. Well, today's the day, little pilsner.

The Radeberger Brewery started out in 1870 as the Aktienbrauerei Zum Bierkeller in Radeberg, a small town outside of Dresden in the Saxony region of Germany, by Conrad Brüne. In 1872, they became the first brewery in Germany to produce a pilsner, a style born 30 year prior in the town Plzeň in what is now the Czech Republic; in fact, it was the first beer they produced. In 1907, word of the brewery's success reached Saxony's king, King Friedrich August von Sachsen, who requested to visit the brewery. He must have been impressed, because in 1911 Brüne was designated as a Königlichen Kommerzienrat, or a "royal counsellor of commerce" (my 80+ year old German-English dictionary says that it was an honorary title bestowed upon merchants). The Radeberger Gruppe now owns many German breweries and brews many beers, including Clausthaler (non-alcoholic) and the aforementioned Henninger beers. It even controls a Czech brewery, the Královský Pivovar Krušovice (the Royal Brewery of Krušovice). (Radeberger Brewery Information (in German), Radeberger Gruppe AG Information, Geneaology of the Junod de Neuchâtel, German Beer Institute: Pils)

As a side note, if I were the President of the United States, I would visit breweries on a goodwill tour of our nation's brewing tradition. Microbreweries only, no big three macros. I would give brewers I particularly enjoyed some sort of Presidential commendation. And I would denounce any temperance/prohibition movements publicly.

Mini-rant over, here are the facts:

Radeberger Pilsner
BREWERY: Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei GmbH, Radeberger, Germany
CALORIES/SERVING: per 12 oz. bottle
ABV: 4.8%
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 11.8° Plato (1047.74)

The first brewed, ABV, original gravity, and serving temperature came from the Radeberger Pilsner website. I may contact the importer for more.

Once I poured the beer into the glass, the head seemed to explode skyward, with lots of foamy white bubbles filling up the entire space inside the glass. Once the bubbles reduced significantly, a cloudy golden beer was revealed. The aroma that emanated from the thick head that remained was grainy with a hint of metal. That metallic hint carried over into the beer, but it was largely muted by the hoppiness of the beer, making it a fair shake better than most pilsners. It's finish left a slight aftertaste, mostly grainy in nature.

Like I said, it tastes better than most pilsners that I've had, so if that's your style, try the one endorsed by a former King of Saxony.


SITE UPDATE: I've updated the Deschutes Black Butte Porter page with additional info I received after placing a phone call to the brewery today. I'd like to thank Jimmy Seifrit, a brewer at Deschutes, for taking the time to answer questions from a tiny little blogger from Reno. Check it out!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm really impressed with this beer. I'm having a litre as I write this. I normally like bitter (I'm English btw) but if they had/have this on draught in the uk I'd change! I'm in Bucharest so options are limited, but I'm so glad I've found this one. Shame I have to work in the morning!