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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

691 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 29
Gots: 128 | FT: 1
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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: biboergosum on 04-12-2011

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Fizzy head, hazy yellow straw

SMELL: Fresh grapefruit juice, zest, faint graininess, soda, clean

TASTE: Crisp, slick, lighter body, tart, grapefruit zest, juicy, sweet, hint of alcohol, cereal, faint bitterness, almonds; tart, dry finish

Imagine working outside on a blistering hot day ... you want something that is going to quench your thirst, but also something sweet, not so alcoholic and still beer-ish. It’s as simple as cutting a beer with soda. Stiegl opted for grapefruit rather than the traditional lemon here. Surprised this style has not caught on in the US yet—good drinking for what it is.

Photo of GreggT
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful summer brew that always tastes great, very refreshing. Enjoy the citrus grapefruit taste. It blends seamlessly with the beer enhancing the overall taste and experience. Very crisp! Also enjoy the Lemon Radler from Stiegl, but the grapefruit is my favorite!

Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Faintly yellow and extremely hazy in appearance. No head but vigorous carbonation bubbles up to the top. Aroma is strong and could be described as similar to lemon lime soda. I take another sniff and I can see that being more grapefruit in nature. The taste is very similar to soda and is very sweet in character. The carbonation and citrus nature is so abundant in taste and in scent that each sip cleanses my sinuses. It's very refreshing and would be nice on a blistering hot day. It's. Bit sweet for my taste.

Photo of Auraan
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a cloudy, opaque yellow with a thin ring of white lacing and abundant carbonation bubbles. It looks like fresh squeezed juice or a headless hefeweizen. Scents of grapefruit flesh, with just the slightest hint of sweet malt. Not much to the aroma, but it isn't bad, I do love grapefruit. Taste begins with a big hit of sweet grapefruit soda, still slightly sour as one would expect, but sweetness balances it. This prevails throughout, with a little bit of a bitter grapefruit flavor on the finish, though extremely faint. Aftertaste is sweet and faintly bitter grapefruit flesh. A good flavor for a radler, very fruity, full of grapefruit flavor and refreshing, though lacking in the beer flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a slightly tart, puckering feel. The after swallow feel is like after eating grapefruit flesh. Quite nice and very refreshing. Overall this is a good beer for what it is, a radler. It is refreshing, fruity and crisp and does its job well. Not bad.

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It looks like grapefruit juice, a murky orange-pink. The head is somewhat on the fizzier side but shows a modicum of substance, though its fall is quick and its lacing between minimal and moderate.
It's a little dusty in the nose off fresh ruby red, somewhat acidic but with a certain accompanying sweetness. The malt forming the base is light but noticeable.
More than just a grapefruit soda, the malts give a supporting backbone of dryness and cracker as well as bigger, more robust barley notes, but just enough to let one know they're still drinking a beer with all the fresh sweet/tart/sour grapefruit going on.
With lots of acidity but without being too harsh on the palate, one can't ask for a whole lot more than the light but not shallow body, zest, and crispness this beer brings.

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz glass at the Sugar Bowl, an interesting find on-tap. A blend of the Goldbrau lager, and grapefruit soda, served in an elegant tapering sail-like Stiegl glass.

This beer appears a pale cloudy whitish-yellow colour, with one thin finger of wispy, broadly bubbly off-white head, which evaporates rather quickly, leaving but a few specks of random soap spot 'lace' around the narrow glass in the process.

It smells strongly, and simply, of tart grapefruit pith, and sweet pale malt. The taste starts off still fairly sweet, the pale grain jumping out ahead, before being overtaken by the sugary, pink grapefruit cocktail-like fruitiness. I also seem to get a bit of menthol warming, sans any alcohol quotient.

The carbonation is moderately, and temporarily fizzy, which aids in the fruit juice perception, as does the light, soda-like body. It finishes smooth and somewhat crisp, the tart fruitiness gamely lingering.

A rather refreshing beer mix, the tart and sweet generally well balanced. The waitress proclaimed up front that it tastes like Orangina - I have to agree, but with the caveat of a citrus shift from orange to grapefruit. I can well see why this would be popular in a sweltering, humid summer climate - here, though, hard to say - time will tell.

Photo of joeseppy
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour into a proper Stiegl flute. Hazy rich yellow pour and fizzy.

Aroma of club soda and grapefruit.

Taste is grapefruit with a touch of lager which is more noticeable at the end.

Mouthfeel is tingly and refreshing. Meant to be drank pretty cold.

I've been putting down a lot of DIPAs lately and needed a break tonight. I've always seen this and never pulled the trigger, until I seen it at a bar tonight. I love grapefruit and find this just plain delicious. Not something I could session though but a nice break. If you love grapefruit you will not be disappointed.

Photo of OliviaMcKee
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great on warm/hot evenings!

Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovely palate cleanser. Real grapefruit flavour, on tap and served in a skinny glass. Carbonation right there. Reminded me of orangina, graperuit edition - yes there was such a thing. Grapefruit aroma. Some lace and head. Significant aspartame in this "soft drink" cuts calories cut also taste. Little in way of a beer, BTW.

Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Initially it's not bad looking as it resembles a regular hefe. Very cloudy, milky golden yellow with a thick haze. The head is thick and white. However, there's no retention, despite a couple fingers of head and once the bubbles are gone, it just looks like grapefruit juice.

Spicy, citrusy smell. Strong grapefruit scent as you might imagine. There is a wheaty smell to it.

The taste isn't bad at all. It's a bit strong in the grapefruit department, but I guess that's the point. Kind of hard for me to call it a beer.

I like the feel. It's sweet and tart at the same time before a carbonated, spicy, crisp bite develops. Lots of citrus and acid, with a tangy sweetness that never leaves. Light bodied. No hop or alcohol presence...again, sort of hard to call it a beer.

It is what it is, a hybrid more than anything. Great for a warm day. Pleasant taste, maybe a bit sweet. Is it a beer?

Photo of hophugger
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Interesting. The ABV is very low and it is hard to classify this as a beer.....but...ITS DELICIOUS !!!. Just a hint of beer flavor that is immediately covered up by a wonderful natural grapefruit flavor. This is one of the most refreshing drinks I have had in awhile. I would have preferred a little more beer presence, but for what it is, Excellent, will drink again !

Photo of souvenirs
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After trying Whistler's Grapefruit Ale earlier this year, I was ready to write off all grapefruit beers forever. Someone pointed out this one to me in a top five summer beers list, and then when I saw cans at the BCLS for 2.99, I figured, why not give it a try?

A: Yellow and hazy. Minimal head, very little retention. Kind of looks like pop, but hazy.
S: It actually smells like grapefruit! I'm picking up nothing beer-related at all, though.
T: Initial taste is pretty similar to grapefruit San Pellegrino. It's only in the after taste that I notice it's beer.
F: Like pop, but flatter.

Would I buy it again? Probably not. It's enjoyable, but it's closer to grapefruit San Pellegrino than it is to beer. Why drink beer that lacks the characteristics of beer?

Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I love the color as its rather unorthodox; cloudy, grapefruit yellow with a bright lemons shade. The head was simply fizz that bubbled and popped as it poured.

The scent is grapefruit...as would be guessed, but it's like BAM, grapefruit. Strong citrus grapefruit nose hits quickly.

The taste is grapefruit...as would be guessed, but it's likE BAM, grapefruit. The grapefruit is sour and tangy with a pulpy authentic taste.

Here's the issue; is this a beer or a soda. The label reads 60pct soda 40pct beer and the feel is all soda. Brash harsh carbonation hits the throat and makes it seem less a beer-like experience.

I don't feel like rating this on BA is all that appropriate as it is more soda but it's pretty darn good.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Pale straw color that is hazy and cloudy.

S: Fruity and tart, smells like a freshly squeezed grapefruit where when you squeeze the pith there is a slight aerosol spray.

T: Nice balance here that is just slightly tipped in favor of a grapefruit tartness. The beer base here is a bit more present, and the fruit here is definitely more of the labeled fruit soda than fruit juice. This is present in the carbonation and lighter flavor of the fruit, compared to those that use straight juice since that is unadulterated unlike fruit sodas.

M: Carbonated with bubbles that aren't very rough, just odd clumsy bubbles that move along the palate.

O: This is excellent and I was surprised to find a six-pack of this. I've been wanting to try this for a while, but even more so after having Sixpoint's RAD.

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a whiteish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very strong of grapefruit, some sweetness. Taste is soda like, grapefruit, sweet, some sour notes, tasty but not very beer like. Feels light and highly carbonated in the mouth and overall was pretty good, but I wouldn't want a steady diet of it.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Most shandies suck. I'll just come right out and say it. Saccharine sweet, candy tasting junk.
Not this one though, it's tart and refreshing, definitely not as sweet as most.

Cloudy golden yellow, thin fizzy head that audibly fizzles and fades out. Looks like lemonade, sans pulp. In the light there are stray bubbles here and there.

Moderately tart verging on sour grapefruit, similar to an Aranciata or Orangina. Unsweetened fruity citrus at first, though a hint of sweetness is there towards the middle. As it warms there's a hint of graininess from the 40% lager. Ample carbonation, dry through the teeth and gums. Drank one and wanted another, it's extremely quenching. A good low-alcohol alternative, especially if you like sour beers.

After a strenuous bike ride with 20 lbs. on my back, this was the perfect thing to cool down with... which is it's precise intended purpose. It's not an IPA, "not beer", whatever. More for me, because it's a fucking delicious beverage.

Photo of Rutager
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow with just a ring of white head (and a couple small islands).

Smell. Wow! Fresh yellow grapefruit juice! Not getting much in the way of beer aromas, but the grapefruit is there in full force.

Taste. Lightly sweet and tangy yellow grapefruit juice. Again, not much going on for beer flavours, and a little watery. Not bad.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Like one of those fancy, expensive grapefruit soda-water drinks. My wife said "Tastes like one of my drinks!" That's not a good thing.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a small bubbly head. Aroma of fresh grapefruit juice with some residual sugar is as far remove to beer as possible. Taste is also dominated by loads of grapefruit notes with some residual sugar notes and some light wheat malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. So much sugar and grapefruit juice that it does not resemble beer anymore but enjoyable on a hot summer day nonetheless.

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light pale yellow, very cloudy with a nice white head.

S: Grapefruit juice with a nice orange peel sweetness. Sweet, and packed with grapefruit character...

T: Sweet grapefruit juice, but very bright and sweet. Lots of citrus with a nice champagne character as well. Flavorful, and easy drinking.

M: very light body, high active carbonation, and a light freshness in the finish.

O: Overall, this is just damn tasty, basically alcoholic grapefruit juice. It's light, refreshing, and easy drinking. This would do very well on a summer day.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

4/2/15 (Can) - Murky blond pour, minimal head and carbonation. Citrus and grapefruit aroma and pleasant taste. Feel smooth, light taste, ABV and kick. Nice relaxing summer radler offering.

Photo of yamar68
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love grapefruit more than most things in this world. So keep that in mind.

Dirty, cloudy pear colored body with a head that pours like a grapefruit soda - quick, fizzy, minimal lacing. There is a bit of juicy sweetness though that clings to the sides of the glass, almost looks like alcohol legging. What do you expect though from a beer that is actually mostly comprised of grapefruit soda?

Huge grapefruit aromas run the show. A bit of lemonade type citrus as well. Some faint but distinct bready malt qualities.

Again, it's all about the fruit soda. But those delicate pils type flavors still manage to maintain a presence. Tart, sweet, mildly bitter... I could literally drink this all day.

Photo of joesi
1.6/5  rDev -58%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm normally not such a pessimist about beers, but this one pissed me off.
Sure, radlers aren't entirely beer, but this went beyond that. Aside from a small aftertaste of beer, this tasted entirely like grapefruit soda.

I was extremely disappointed.
Between the carbonation (a bit thinner than soda), the sweetness (about as sweet as soda), and the flavor (hardly any beer taste. Grapefruit taste was good but not worth getting over a soda), everything was just grapefruit soda.

This is a beer review site, so I'm reviewing it as a beer. I dislike sodas because they're too sweet, and this is just as sweet. Hardly any noticeable beer taste either.

Not recommended.
Recommend to try Schöfferhofer Grapefruit. Even Waterloo radler was better in my opinion (but still not recommended).

If you just buy some grapefruit soda, or even grapefruit juice and mix it with a cheap or pricey beer, you'll be saving a bunch of cash and probably getting the same or better flavor if you're into this.
(I added this last paragraph because it's worth noting. Had to add rating for things like look and smell though, which are lower than they should be to get my desired rating)

Please seriously consider this review. I may be an outlier from the rest, but i sincerely suggest you consider an alternative to this particular radler if you want something that tastes even remotely like a beer.

Photo of yetijosie
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this thing is perfect, its a high quality soda with some beer in it. The grapefruit and the beer blend to create the perfect summer drink.

Photo of buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours straw yellow in color and is slightly hazy. It is topped with an inch of white head.

S - It smells like really sweet grapefruit soda.

T - It tastes like the soda "Squirt" with sugar in it.

M - Moderate and creamy.

O - This beer would probably be more refreshing in the summer than on a 5° winter day. It is a little too sweet for my liking.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fine, refreshing beer with lots of fruity taste and crispness. This is excellent for the summer, for cookouts, or for just relaxing in the lounge room. Fun and tasty, easy going down. If you want something light and refreshing, give this a try. Or two.

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.