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Radegast Premium

Rating: 3.75

The first of many reviews of Czech beers now, and in particular Czech pilseners with this one being the first beer that I tried after arriving in Prague at the tail end of last weekend. Although not a beer that I had ever heard of, I was excited to try a new beer in the country after wandering into one of the breweries seemingly few pubs in the city. This was the first place we walked into and it was the only time over the weekend that I spotted any Radegast beers for sale, that included in supermarkets as well. The beer is brewed in the town of Nošovice in the Moravian-Silesian Region to the far east of the country and has the slogan “Life is bitter: Thank God”. As it turns out, the beer was a fairly good one and a nice introduction to Czech beers in the country.
Radegast Premium

Appearance (4/5): Medium to light amber and quite clear with a large, foamy white head on top that settles as a one-centimetre tall, head with a lot of lacing left on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (7/10):
 Light and sweet malts with some vanilla and fainter butter along with some bitterness and light hops. Some grassy notes and a little straw come through as well.
Taste (7/10): Sweet on the taste buds with some light bitterness and a few earthy hops coming through initially. There is a touch of sweetness and faint caramel malts as well as some butter from the nose. The beer has a good, solid lager taste with some grassy hops rounding things off.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied with carbonation levels about the same and a moderately sweet beer with a dry finish and light bitterness towards the end as well.

Overall (15/20): This one was definitely a good start to my beer drinking in Prague and a fairly enjoyable offering to begin with. The beer is by no means a classic or the best that the Czech Republic has to offer but it was a very nice beer with the butter and light sweetness that came through being a highlight, particularly on the nose. While perhaps not a beer worth going out of your way to seek out, it was very easy to drink and would make a good session beer if it was available in the UK.

Brewed In: Nošovice, Czech Republoc
Brewery: Pivovar Radegast
First Brewed: Brewery since 1970
Type: Czech Pilsener
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Draught (500ml)
Purchased: A Radegast pub, Prague, Czech Republic
Price: 39Czk (£1.17 approx.)

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  1. April 28, 2014 at 09:32

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