Cap: 4-9 cm across, young hemispherical, later flattened, dented in the center, often wavy, smooth, in dry dull, in wet greasy-shiny, brick red, orange red or gold yellow, with yellow parts, margin is sharp, smooth, some serrated, cup skin peelable to one third.
Hymenophore: lamellae are first light cream, later ocher yellow, narrow, many forked, with gold yellow edges.
Spore print: yellow, IVa-b
Spore: subglobose, 6,5-9,4 x 5,6-7,5 μm, ornament, from individual warts and broad ribs.
Stem: 3-8 x 1,5-3 cm, cylindrical, base often tapered, full to hollow, longitudinal veined, first white, later yellow stained.
Flesh: white, yellowish under the cup skin, odor uncharacteristic, taste mild to nutty. Chemical reactions on cup flesh: FeSO4- light pink, Guaiac- green, Phenol- wine brown.
Habitat: solitary to gregarious in hardwood and mixed forests, by beech, on fresh, alkaline to neutral, well-supplied with bases, nutrient-poor soils, grows from summer to fall.
Remarks: similar with Russula romelli, Russula rubroalba, Russula risigallina var. risigallina, which all have different Spore ornaments.