I have another assortment of beers sent to be by the brewer’s American rep for my comment.
Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei was founded in 1872 in the city of Radeberg, near Dresden, Germany. This put it in the former East Germany, so it did not see much distribution in the West until after reunification. Its flagship Pilsner was apparently a favorite beer of Vladimir Putin when he was station in Dresden with the KGB. It was also preferred by Charlie Harper, Charlie Sheen’s character in “Two and a Half Men.”
But the Pilsner will be discussed later in this article. Radeberger first wanted to talk up one of their first major line extensions, their Zwickelbier. A Zwickel (also called a Kellerbier or Landbier) is a German lager served directly from cask without filtration. The base beer is generally a helles or other German light lager, so in this case, we have an unfiltered version of their Pilsner. It has previously been available only in their taproom, and at their Radegast Beer Hall in Brooklyn. Now it’s available in cans… perhaps in this market.
The beer pours a straw color, similar to the usual German import. There’s a slight cloudiness in the center, with a nice white beery head.
The smell has peppery noble hop overtones, light toasty malts, and maybe a bit of sweetness. Same again in the palate. Crispy toasted lager malts, although there is some sugar to it. A bit filling, though I’m not catching any yeast dregs or other unfiltered bits. I can’t connect it to the soft water profile of a Pilsner, but perhaps that’s the “Geman Pilsner” speaking to me, It manages quite well as a light “import shelf” beer.
I’ll be adding to this article with the other beers I was sent very soon!