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Schell's Shocked Radler - August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's Shocked Radler
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 20.72%

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mothman on 08-01-2012)
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4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light straw-yellow that is almost completely clear. Small, 1 finger head forms and retains very well. Lacing is ok.

S- Light and fruity. Plenty of grapefruit is displayed in the smell along with a little lemony flavor.

T- Light and fruity, just like the scent. Starts with a big dose of grapefruit and moves toward a slightly grassy, lighter beer flavor at the end. Grapefruit is sweet, almost like a soda. The beer flavors on the back end shows just a little bit of grain and the tiniest bit of hops.

M- Light, highly carbonated, and very refreshing. This is my definition of a summer beer. Incredibly easy drinking; I could have a sixer of this while mowing the lawn.

Overall, a very refreshing, somewhat sweet, and pretty much delicious beer. The style is one that lends itself to refreshing summer drinking.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 21:49:54 | More by boilermakerbrew
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2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - A clear straw color. A normal pour yielded a 2 finger head which stuck around for awhile. Decent lacing.

Smell - Sweet Grapefruit. That is all I'm getting

Taste - This is very one dimensional. Puckering grapefruit. Very sweet. A hint of pale malt but I really have to search for it.

Mouthfeel - Thin body and low to medium carbonation.

Overall - The grapefruit is really overpowering in this beer. I like grapefruit, but this is hard to finish. If it had higher carbonation and less grape fruit / more malt - it could be good. Disappointing for something I had been looking forward to trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 04:02:04 | More by shadetree67
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2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Shocked Radler pours a bright straw color with a small non lacing head. There is a mellow grapefruit aroma. The taste is sweet, and fruity, lots of grapefruit, as it warms up the grapefruit gets overpowering. Very light flavors, yet the grapefruit still gets overpowering. refreshing, decent carbonation. Overall its a funky beer, light fruity, very refreshing, however its nearly undrinkable.

Serving type: can

11-06-2013 02:13:21 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of BeerNutz324


3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16 oz can into a pint glass

Ap- pours a slightly hazy, very light yellow color with 1/2 inch head that doesn't stick around long

Ar- grapefruit definitely and maybe some other citrus notes, but really all I'm getting is grapefruit

T- very, very sweet, almost tastes like a wine cooler more than a beer, the grapefruit really only comes through at the end

M- sticky, very light bodied with decent carbonation

O- hmmm, not sure about this one. It would be super, super good on a really hot day on the lake, but I'm not really sure if I would want this any other time. Just too sweet and too much like a wine cooler for me. That being said it is very refreshing!

Serving type: can

10-15-2013 17:48:24 | More by BeerNutz324
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2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

16-oz can into craft pint glass

A - 4-finger white head, transparent (slightly cloudy) body of straw yellow, moderate amount of carbonation

S - sweet pink grapefruit

T - sickly-sweet pink grapefruit, strongly resembles a soft drink

M - thick medium body, high carbonation

O - The cloying sweetness is a major drawback. I'd prefer a citrus soda to this.

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 00:28:03 | More by lwillitz
Photo of woosterbill


3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can into a Gandhi-Bot tulip; thanks to mnbearsfan for this extra.

A: Clear pale straw body under a half-inch of frothy white head that settles quickly into a ring and leaves light, spotty lace. Average.

S: Quite sweet, with grapefruit essence minus the bitterness. Simple, to the point, and quite enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose - clean, sweet grapefruit dominates, along with some even sweeter citrus notes and some peach. The finish has a bit of citrus rind and bitterness, which is a pleasant counterpoint to the sweetness. Refreshing and enjoyable.

M: Light and frothy, verging into creamy as it progresses. Really nice.

O: Definitely not my favorite style, but this was quite good. The grapefruit is flavorful and well-balanced. Tasty stuff.


Serving type: can

09-28-2013 00:44:00 | More by woosterbill
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North Dakota

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a good local burger joint and was a little disappointed. Was a light gold with terrific lacing. Smelled very sweet and citrusy. Taste was too sweet with no bite whatsoever.

Overall I wasn't impressed. Expected something more like Deschutes Chainbreaker and this doesn't touch that.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 01:09:40 | More by Walletsworth
Photo of Santanax


3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer... kind if a letdown was expecting the crisp sour notes similar to stiegels radler...but then again this is higher % and uses natural fruit juice...the tastes is crisp and refreshing grapefruit aromas and flavs but its at the "almost" too sweet level.... definitely cant drink more than 3 myself...

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 22:45:31 | More by Santanax
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3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden straw yellow with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very spritzy grapefruit forward aroma with some grainy pale malt. Big scent of grapefruit leaps out. Also some fruit hints of orange, apple, and berry. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, straw, and crackers. Some sugar adds to the sweetness. Very crisp smelling. Decent for what its going for.

Taste: Like it smells, a very crisp and spritzy grapefruit forward taste with some grainy malt notes. Big taste of grapefruit juice throughout along with some subtle notes of orange, berry, and apple. Sugary sweetness and mild tartness. Pale malt with notes of wheat, cereal grains, straw, and crackers. Light, very crisp, and decent tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Very crisp and fairly tart and juicy. Starts sweet and finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A decent summer quencher. Nice grapefruit flavor although there isn't much there besides the fruit and grain. First "Radler" I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 07:07:53 | More by MattyG85
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3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty tasty warm weather beer. You can tell it is pretty light bodied from the pour. Looks like a light lager.

Smells grainy. Sweet. Some grapefruit.

Starts off like a light beer and finishes with sweet grapefruit.

Thin on the palate. Fairly refreshing but perhaps just a bit on the sweet side. It makes it a bit of challange for me to finish.

Serving type: can

07-28-2013 22:55:42 | More by Powderhornphil
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3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from can into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Pale straw color with impressive foamy head, at least at first. The head disappears rather quickly, leaving little behind.

Smell: Apple, grapefruit, straw and pepper. Dry aroma.

Taste: The taste is much sweeter, borderline cloying. It tastes like a sweet apple cider with just a touch of grapefruit. Some pepper, straw and bitter grapefruit on the finish, but it is hard to escape the sweetness.

Feel: Light bodied with a finish that could use a serious dosage of dryness.

Overall: I was prepared to hate this beer, but still gve it a decent score because I have a bias against grapefruit. However, this isn't nearly as grapefruity as expected, as it veers off into sweet cider territory. It would have been better if I had hated it for tasting like grapefruit juice, as I would have accepted it as my own bias. Instead, I found sweet apple cider. If I was a big grapefruit fan, I would be pissed.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 05:14:54 | More by bsp77
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3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 16oz pint can into a pint glass

Appearance: Pale, yellow, light. Slightly fizzy.

Smell: Reminds me of a Ruby Red squirt mixed with alcohol. Grapefruit and sugar.

Taste: Sweet and sugary. Once again reminds me of a ruby red squirt.

Mouth feel: Much less carbonation than I was expecting. Slightly watery and mild carbonation.

Overall: I appreciate the attempt at creating a Stiegl style radler that actually contains sufficient alcohol (unlike Stiegl) but this is just average. Not too bad, but nothing special... Just like everything else Schell has to offer.

Serving type: can

07-18-2013 16:21:03 | More by brock146
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2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a BMC light beer- pale fizzy yellow beer.

Grainy BMC light beer nose with a light yet syrupy grapefruit undertone. Pretty light smell.

The taste is like a light lager mixed with a grapefruit syrup. I know they did use real grapefruit juice and it does come through more in the end, but the sweetness is just too much for me and is presenting itself as artificial flavored syrup. Grapefruit peel on the finish with a little lingering bitterness.

Light, fizzy, dry finish from all of the grapefruit.

This is my first radler and probably my last. Like a Mike's Hard Lemonade really. My ratings reflect my thoughts, but taking into account style also which gives it a higher bump than if I just rated it on straight up opinion. I'm glad Schell's used real grapefruit instead of artificial, but it still has a fake corn syrup sweetness to it. Definitely not my style and if you're a radler fan, I would suggest it. If not, move along.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:21:57 | More by jera1350
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3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very pale straw color with just under a finger of head that settled quickly to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is all grapefruit. Very similar to the aroma after cutting a grapefruit in half. Impressive natural aroma.

Mothman said it tasted like Ruby Red Squirt. That is spot on. Very little beer flavor left but there is some malt flavor that sneaks in the finish that lets the drinker know he is not drinking soda or some malt beverage concoction. Even leaves a grapefruit aftertaste.

I think this beer could of benefitted from a higher level of carbonation. Low for even a more conventional German lager. The body is light but does not finish really crisp.

Impressive Radler. Schell's produced a beer that is refreshing and not too sweet. I would not get tired of drinking this after a couple. I would like a little more beer flavor and more lively carbonation to put this solidly in the outstanding level.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 17:47:22 | More by morimech
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4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear pale gold, with a two finger white head, which slowly fades to one finger. Lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. The aroma has sweet grapefruit. It smells like a grapefruit soda such as Squirt or Fresca.

It tastes sweet like sweetened grapefruit juice. This might actually be sweeter than a soda. This is a nice beer for a warm summer's day.

Light bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Has a sweet grapefruit aftertaste. I had a good idea what to suspect when I bought this, so I am not surprised or disappointed. I like this for what it is. It's different, but I also think it's quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 20:59:04 | More by hardy008
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2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a clear beer mug.

Appearance: Very pale yellow with light carbonation that leaves little or no white fizzy foam on top. No retention or lacing at all. Leaves a slight cap of white fizzy carbonation throughout.

Smell: Faintly sweet and malty. Not much grapefruit or hops going on in the aroma.

Taste: Very sweet and fruity with slight malty beer beneath it. No crisp grapefruit hops aroma or flavor at all. Not what I was expecting, it's far too tame and watered down.

Mouth feel: Watery, thin and just lightly carbonated.

Overall: I have had quite a few Austrian Radler's by Stiegl Brewing over the years, and I was really hoping Schell's was trying to duplicate that, or maybe even go a bit bolder with flavors...but this rendition is far too sweet, watery and lacking in grapefruit bite to compare. This one just leaves me wanting to go get some Stiegl Radler instead.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 22:33:19 | More by ChopperSmith
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3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First tried this beer at the minnesota state fair. Instantly became on of my favorite beers i have tried... been looking all over for this beer but found out it is only available on tap.

Pours light in color, some lace

Taste delicous, you get a mouth full of the grapefruit flavoring along with other characteristics that balance it out nicely.

Smells Sweet

Overall this beer is at the top of my list and i hope thye release in bottle/cans soon

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 17:30:55 | More by imthaschmidt
Photo of garymuchow


3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Veigel's Kaiserhoff in New Ulm.
Had a flat appearance with little head and looking mostly like an Am. lager. Golden body and mostly clear.
Grapefruit aroma with only a hint of the base lager.
A nice grapefruit flavor that wasn't too tart or too sweet, but more on the sweet than tart. Again the lager base was foundation and background. No real hop quality to discern.
Light body, but certainly with more of a lager quality than water. Smooth and on flatter side of carbonation.
I was surprised with how much I liked this. A nice easy drinking beverage that's soft on the beer qualities, but not without them. It went nice with the meal and was nice for a hot day. Good for lawn mowing and enjoying outdoors in hot weather when looking for the thirst quenching aspects of drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 01:40:10 | More by garymuchow
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't know too much about this other than it is a massive grapefruit beer. I heard rumors that they are trying to get the abv up and put it in bottles.

Pint at old Chicago

Little white head with little retention. Color is a clear light pale yellow. Very clear!

This beer is hardcore grapefruit. It is hard to tell if this is a beer or some kind of wine cooler or mikes. It honesty tastes like ruby red squirt.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this beer was really ligt and easy to drink, especially after a long run. I don't know how much of it I would normally want, but on a hot day a bottle or two would be refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 04:30:07 | More by mothman
Schell's Shocked Radler from August Schell Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.