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Stiegl Gaudi Radler Shandy (Lemon) - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: moulefrite on 07-30-2003)
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Photo of xav33
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stiegl Gaudi-Radler Zitrone
Half liter bottle
Medium pour in a stein
Recent brewing, squeezed out 02/07

Poured a clear yellow with a fizzy mostly diminishing white head.

Smell was moderate lemon candy.

Taste was upfront strong sweet lemon soda and moderate bitter perfume hops followed by a strong cloying sweet lemon finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, lively carbonated, watery to oily.

Overall, this is mostly a lemon soda with a slight German gold lager taste upfront. The majority of l the girls on this particular night who sampled it loved it. Interesting, but not a fruit beer, hardly even a beer. Fun for the girls though (hence bonus point).

xav33, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of jettjon
2.23/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presented in a 500ml bottle with no freshness date. Poured into the pilsner, it’s a transparent yellow-gold color with light carbonation. Thick white Champaign-like head of fine white bubbles fades at a quick pace leaving a spotty cap and no lace. I suppose this is to be expected from a shandy, but it looks a whole lot like your garden variety macro lager. Nose of sweet lemon soda and orange juice; no malt, no hops, just fruit juice. Again, in style maybe this is acceptable. Tastes very sweet, like carbonated fruit juice, light fruit flavor like lemon-orange juice. Mouth is very thin and watery, and sticky-sugary. Drinkability is pretty good despite all this; it’s definitely an easy going “beer” and is enjoyable, though it really has no substance. At 2.5% ABV, don’t expect a buzz. Could I drink more than one? Sure, and I’ve enjoyed a “session” of shandies in the past. But what’s the point?

Overall: Textbook bitch beer. Looks like a nice import beer, drinks like a seltzer. Much like a black and tan, this style is hugely better on tap than in a bottle. Worth a try if you haven’t had the style.

jettjon, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
1.58/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I will try just about anything once and this falls into that category. A shopping trip with my wife produced this offspring as she is a lemon/citrus fan so in the basket it goes. Poured into a pils glass it is very macro lagerish looking. Pale and yellow with tons of fast moving carbonation below a white head that falls to nothing very quickly.

Certainly lemon is the theme. There is a grainy husk type backdrop that is annoying and the lemon is more like sweet lemonade. There really is nothing all that Citrusy or sour or biting about it. Green grapes creep into the picture only to be squashed again by the over sweet lemons.

Notes: 1 and done. I suppose Radlers are technically beer but if your looking for any lager characteristics about all you'll get is some husk. Pass.

DogFood11, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an albino straw hue, with pristine clarity. Fizzy one and a half finger head with very poor retention and almost no lacing. Effvervescent zesty-lemon and citrus nose, but that is about the extent of the aroma. Highly sweet pale malt and tropical fruit sweetness at first; this is followed by an assertive fresh squeezed lemony tart flavor. Semi-dry and clean aftertaste, not much hop character, but the acidic citrus charcter balances the ample sweetness fairly well. It tastes like a Euro pale/Weizen hybrid with plenty of lemon rinds. Light in body with a soda-pop carbonation that accents the sharpness of the fruit for a very crisp, fruity mouthfeel. Hints of wheat malt in the minimally residual finish. This is a succesful attempt at a light but interesting beer meant to quench the thirst without inebriating.

PBRstreetgang, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sort of a pleasant surprise. Very un-beer-like up front with a sweeter than usual lemon aroma and fizzy carbonations. head retention is null, but I didn't mind after I began to understand the brew. Lightly wheat-beer like in the aroma and never gained boldness. Instead a lemon drop (like the candies that we ate as a kid; and maybe still do) flavor with a selzer water texture, made for a very efforvescent, light, flavorful, sweet, summertime drink. The malt (wheat or barley) never really came through, neither did the esters, yeast, or bread characters. As I finished the bottle, I began to describe this beer as a German-ish san gria. A mix of a German Kristal Weiss and a lemon Shandy. Tasty, but not really what I look for in a beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$2.10 17 oz. 2.50% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a ridiculously clear pale yellow with a very faint thin white head on top.

Aroma:

This is billed as 50% beer and 50% lemon soda, and the lemon soda shines through here with fresh citrus notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Sweet lemon flavor shines through. Reminiscent of a summer tea with lots of lemon. This is quite refreshing, though not beer like.

cbl2, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pale straw color, rather light, and a white fizzy head of soda bubbles that dies rapidly. An occasional dot of lace here or there.

Aroma - very brief grain aroma, which quickly evaporates. A teasing lemony scent that is not overdone. Pleasant and interesting.

Taste - a faint hint of malt/grain, followed by a sweet lemony, candy-like flavor. It's very basic as far as flavor and the soda is more prominent and flavorful than the beer. I suppose that's to be expected when mixing a standard beer with sweet soda. I can't tell much about the beer component, but the lemon is tasty.

Mouthfeel - crisply carbonated, light on the palate.

Drinkability - light on the abv but not on the wallet. This would be great during summer if it weren't so expensive (2.50-something for a 17-ounce bottle). It's a novelty, probably worth having on location in Austria, but not imported. I can make my own approximate radler if I experiment. Still, as a first sample of the radler style, it was a positive experience.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

17 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a very pale yellow color with a large, white head. Lots of rising carbonation is visible well after the pour. The aroma is lemony with some faint grassy hops. Sugary lemon flavor. Some grainy maltiness is noticable too, as well as some hops. The beeriness is kept to a minimum. The lemon flavor is much more noticable. There is also a pronounced ginger flavor. This beer is just like I expected. It probably won't appeal to most beer lovers, but I thought it was pretty good.

beveragecaptain, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

17 ounce brown bottle- No freshness date (not required :-)

Pours into the tumbler a crystal clear pale golden color. The head is a fizzy white with no retention. You can really hear this one. It fizzes like a 7-Up.

Smell is sweet and lemony. Taste is much the same. Very little evidence of beer being an ingredient or flavor.

This is probably one that Stiegl put out when Zima was a big deal. It is very drinkable and quite refreshing. I suppose that was the intent of the brewer.

EvilKeith, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of mynie
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

White like a macro with a big neonwhite head that dies quickly.

Smells like club soda, lemon juice, and Bud Lite.

Tastes like club soda, lmeon juice, and full flavor Bud. The lemon hits you up front, tart and sweet, and gives way to a creamy middle of very mild macro beeriness--light grain and hints of floral--and ends on dry, club soda carbonation. Meh.

This is a neat novelty, but it doesn't have much in the way of substance. It'd be cheaper to mix a Miller Light with 7Up.

mynie, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this. Poured out to a light yellow color with no traces of lace or much of a head. Lower carbonation. Floral notes were the most obvious odor, as was a touch of hops. Not too much to speak of it appearance or smell, but the flavor and drinkability is where it's at for this brew. Exceptionally refreshing, with notes of the obvious lemon soda adding sweetness, but the beer is still in the mix, with some light malt and hops making it in on the finish. Very thirst quenching. Smooth, light and easy mouthfeel. This is for sure my new summer beer. Recommeded.

Frozensoul327, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Whole Foods, Chicago. Well, what did I expect? It’s Sprite with beer in it. I’m told the mixture is popular in the Germanic areas, where it’s sometimes called "bicyclist’s beer." The lemon soda flavor pretty much overwhelmed any substantial beer flavor. There is definitely beer in the aroma, though, but it's hard to tell just what kind. It also has a bit of a saccharine taste that’s off putting. Mixing in soda would make this a low-alcohol brew, I suppose, so it certainly does the job it’s advertised for.

DrunkMcDermott, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of Beervis
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold with a fluffy white head. Smell is quite musty and citric at first, then a thin sweetness replaces the mustiness and adds to the citrus smell.

Taste is very sweet and syropy, with a kind of candyish tang. The carbonation is a little odd, it's there, but it's muted by the lemon. This actually tastes how I would expect soda poured into a beer to taste. The beer flavor is definitely there in spirit, but is overtaken by the syropy sweetness of the soda. Mouthfeel is light, yet thick with a mouth coating sugar. It left sugar on my teeth like having a lemon drop.

Finish is sweet and lingering.

I am not a big fan of this brew. I usually like fruity tasting beer, but this one was neither refreshing, nor drinkable in my opinion. I have to give it decent marks because it is in fact a 50-50 mix of beer and soda, and I think they've accomplished what they set out to do for this style. Not my favorite, but definitely worth a try if you can manage to get a single bottle as I did.

Beervis, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a weizen glass)

A-This beer pours a very light pale yellow clear body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is a rocky active white head on top.

S- The soft smell of lemons is balanced with the nose of German hop bitterness and a hint of pale malt.

T- This beer has a very light taste with a sweet lemon finish. There is definitely some soda pop sweetness in the finish. There is a faint hint of German hops in the finish but it is a compliment to the lemon not the other way around.

M- The mouthfeel is medium with a fizz from the strong carbonation

D-This beer has a nice balanced nose but the taste is really one sided. It’s all lemon soda. If I want to drink pop this would be my choice but if I want to drink a light refreshing beer this would not be it. The sweetness of the soda doesn't really quench my thirst and it hides the flavor of any malt and barely lets the hop thru.

rhoadsrage, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow color with a moderate head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Very active carbonation. The aroma is mostly of lemons with the faintest hint of malt in the back. Very sweet. The flavor is pretty sweet as well with lots of carbonation. Lots of lemon and slight spice. Very crisp and very clean. Easy to drink. This isn't really a beer, but I think it's pretty tasty.

clvand0, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear yellow color with a 2 finger head that falls to a slight coat over the beer. The nose is very lemoney with a slight vegetable-like aroma in there as well. Its a fairly odd smelling beer if you ask me. The flavor is okay. The lemon is very apparent. There is also a very sugary sweetness present as well ontop of a slightly grainey brew. Its almost too sweet. The feel is moderate with a nice active carbonation, as is needed for this beer. Overall, this is an interesting drink. Would be very nice on a very warm day. I can't do big drinks of it.

kmpitz2, May 15, 2005
Photo of Skidz
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out the sickliest, most pale straw color imaginable and sits crystal clear, tinted a slight beige-yellow in the glass. Good sized white head forms and fades to a decent skim, nice lacings.

Smells lemony, with bits of ginger here and there. Mild vegetal aroma. Very light malt background, fairly sugary presence.

Tastes quite sweet up front and comes out with a mild lemon zest flavor. Smooths out into some light malts, somewhat doughy. Hints of ginger, orange peel and dry, grassy hops. Finish is medium dry, with little noticeable bitterness.

Quite light and fizzy in the mouth with a sugary syrup kick to it. Exactly what you'd expect, a very light, refreshing beer, blended with a citrusy soda.

While not everyone's cup of tea, it makes for a nice early afternoon beer, or just something to sip on instead of a soda.

Skidz, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear golden color with just a ring for head. Very little carbonation in this one. The aroma is pretty much just lemon soda, with just a bit of malt in the back. The flavor is malty and lemony, very refreshing with a kinda bready german malt taste. An unusual, refreshing brew.

BeerBuilder, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Exceedingly light straw yellow--reminiscent of cider/perry--but with a more beer-like head. The head is simple white. Not bright enough to be cotton white, not dark enough to be off-white. It persists for a good bit and results in a decent amount of scattered, scrappy lace.

The nose is weak and grain-like with the barest suggestion of lemon. As one who loves all things lemon, I'm disappointed. There are plenty of beers that use nothing more than the four basic ingredients that smell much more lemony than this. There's some resemblance to lemon soda, but seriously watered-down lemon soda by my nose.

Gaudi Radler Shandy tastes like what it is, namely an equal mixture of rather pedestrian lager (I assume) and soda. The fizzy sweetness of the soda is dominant and, as in the nose, the lemon flavor isn't nearly strong enough. On the plus side, the soda doesn't cover up the beerness. On the minus side, the beer could do with some covering up.

Short, tart, puckery finish. The body is light despite the fact that the sweetness gives the illusion of a slight syrupiness. While fizzy at first, the mouthfeel becomes almost flat by mid-bottle, as a shooting star burns brightly and then fades to darkness (yeah... right).

I had no idea when I bought this bottle that it was 50% beer and 50% lemon soda. I had hoped that it was a fruit beer that, against all odds, would wow me with a perfect combination of lemon and beer. It can only be termed a failure though, as a beer and as a beverage. Perhaps the best way to get that lemony snap that I crave is with hops after all.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of necoadam
2.15/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Half beer and half lemon soda? What was I thinking?

Poured out a pale yellow color with some head that stays with you for a little bit.

Smell consisted of some wheat aromas with some slight lemon in there, but it was all too light. No hops or malts can be detected.

Taste wasn't all to great as well. They dumped a good amount of lemons in this thing, but hardly and beer elements are in here. Mouthfeel was quite carbonated as well. What it boils down to is just a plain carbonated lemonade. Pass on this one!

necoadam, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an almost clear color with a hint of yellow along with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light and refreshing lemon zest scent, but no sign of malts or hops. The taste is good. It has an unique flavor that is very refreshing and very smooth. It tastes nothing like beer, but it goes down easy anyway. The mouthfeel is good also. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine lemon brew. It has average appearance and aroma, but the taste makes up for it.

WesWes, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of daledeee
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know what I was buying. Got this home and I realize that this is a mixture of beer and lemon soda. Is this a beer purist beer?

Pours the brightest golden yellow I have ever seen. Crystal clear. Has a decent head that goes away quickly. The nose is unremarkable. Taste is very lemony. Has the sourness of lemonade. I don't think this has much alchohol in it. The best time to drink this would be on a hot summer day. Drink it cold

daledeee, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17 oz bottle. Served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellow, akin to ginger ale in color and effervescence. Ephemeral white head. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell: Smells of lemon soda, to say the least. Faint "beer" smell. No hops or precise malt profile. Interesting.

Taste: A heckuva lot like lemonade, but carbonated. Just a hint of macro beer aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, very carbonated. Quite similar to a soda, not surprising given that 50% of it is soda.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, but it's more of a malternative than it is a beer. However, this is the BAer's malternative, if such a thing exists. For $2.50 a pop, worth a try, but I think I'll go with feloniousmonk's recipe in the future.

ManekiNeko, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Label reads:"50% Steigl-bier, 50% Lemon Soda" Sounds like what I do pretty often in the summertime, mixing a lager, weizen or pale ale with a fruit soda for increased refreshment and lengthening the drink, cutting down on my alcohol intake. An especially helpful technique for improving a boring or nasty-tastng lager.
As for Steigl's version: Color, a clear, bright yellow, fully transparent at the foot. Poured into an Aventinus glass, it gives a prodigious, albeit short-lived, snow-white head.
Aroma: fizzy, citric, sweet & sour, but a bit too little.
Taste: firmly on the blase side of things. I can taste the soda and the lemon, but not the beer. It must be a pale lager base they use here, for there's nothing in the way of flavor, beyond the lemon. No finish, the faintest body, texture is nil, nothing to recommend it at all.
The notion can be appreciated, but consider that this 17 oz bottle ran me $2.50, and then check out my version: 1 12oz bottle of Summit Hefe Weizen at $.85 + 1 12 oz can of Orange/Mango soda= significant savings, superior satisfaction! Skip this beer and build your own!

feloniousmonk, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First things first when approacing this beverage, DO NOT ask it to be beer, as it is NOT beer!! Instead it is beer brewed with lemon soda. the beer pours a summery pale golden, with an average head. The smell and taste are distinctly of lemon. The beer attacks straight off with a refreshing, rather carbonated (here's where the soda part comes in) lemon soda flavor then fades into a finish of...you got it-Beer! This a a great, low alcohol, summer sipper that offers superior refreshment and won't bog you down. It is also awesome with sausages off the grill or even a roasted chicken stuffed with perhaps-Lemon!

moulefrite, Jul 30, 2003
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Stiegl Gaudi Radler Shandy (Lemon) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
76 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.