Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 740
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 33
Gots: 157 | FT: 1
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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 voirinm
4.98/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Unusually strong fresh, light taste of grapefruit with a sweet, non-bitter finish. Very refreshing on a summer day. Beer is light and presents in a slightly frosted clarity--reminds me a little of Fresca when it wasn't a diet drink. Golden Amber color with a citrus smell. Served ice cold. (289 characters)

Photo of JustSomeSkank
4.93/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is phenomenal out of the tall boy cans! In the glass bottles the taste is different and carbonation seems less preserved.
In a bottle I'd rate it about a 3.0
In a can: 5.0 (181 characters)

Photo of jgurley
4.86/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at my local Wine World PCB. Hung around the store while they cleaned the line and set it up, then had the first one from the keg. It's a hazy yellow with a snowy white, soap sudzy head. I'm rating this for what it is, and it is EXACTLY what it's meant to be, a cold, fruity refresher. The first thing to hit you is the fresh grapefruit smell. Just like slicing a grapefruit in half and sticking your nose right in. It's summertime in a glass. I got the sensation I get when I bring a gin and grapefruit to my nose. It's amazing how much this smells like real grapefruit. The taste is light, sweet, very intense grapefruit (without the sourness) and a nice, extremely light beer finish. The aftertaste is light and short and leaves you wanting more. I'm just sorry that this stuff is rarely available here. It would be GREAT for a day at the beach. (865 characters)

Photo of GreggT
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
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! (268 characters)

Photo of rallyr32
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Haters gonna hate, though this is barely a beer, you must be a communist if you don't agree that it is absolutely the most delicious beach beverage ever. (153 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden with a short white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: slice a pink grapefruit, smell it, that is all

T: sweet and sour grapefruit flavors up front, finish has a malty wheat beer quality

M: thin and refreshing

O: love it, totally different take on a fruit beer (339 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lager Mill $ 3.19/16.9 oz can
Can marked 19.04.2014 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Massive aroma of grapefruit
Head average (3.5 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 1 – 2 mm broken layer
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, opaque
Flavor of grapefruit soda with slightly less carbonation; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation lively

A very flavorful Radler – incredibly refreshing. Makes me want to mow the yard just to have an excuse to drink a couple more (514 characters)

Photo of TerryW
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I liked pretty much everything about this one. A good quality fruit beer, nice and light, easy to drink, flavourful and aromatic.

Big white head on a hazy soft looking pale yellow brew, like a yellow hefe. Lots of grapefruit in the nose, some sweetness, but all very clean and natural, not artificial. Appetizing.

Good clean fruit taste, followed by nice grainy beer. The combination works and I can see seriously enjoying this on a summer day. Not overly sweet, a hint of tartness. Just a nice balance of good things happening. Carbonation just right, not aggressive like a pop.

Worth a drink or two. Or three. Wish I could get this regularly in my neck of the woods. (671 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the most pleasantly surprising beer I've ever had. In the past I've had shandys disliked them all. I love grapefruit, and grapefruit hops notes, but the few grapefruit juice infused beers I've had have been terrible. Here, the light, almost airy beer married very well with the grapefruit. Exceptionally hazy, like a super-yeasty hefeweizen. Clean grapefruit juice aroma. Moderately sweet, balanced nicely by the grapefruit bitterness and slight acidity. A nice example of a low alcohol German quaffer - it cries out for a hot, lazy day. (545 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle into my Innis & Gunn tulip.

So I got to try a sip of this at a liquor store and was impressed. Very impressed. Especially when told that it was under 2.5% abv! I have always wanted to find a super low abv beer that was enjoyable and refreshing...

Anyway, my initial reaction to that first sip was to rate this beer a 4.75 as a "had," but now in reviewing it I have realized that it is a little too much like soda--- and there is no trace of beer underneath. The sparkling sweetened grapefruit soda is still quite refreshing anyway.

It looks like a slightly carbonated lemonade-- little hazy, yellowish pale color, small white head of loose lazy bubbles that fizzled away quickly and left no sign of ever existing.

Smells like hard lemon candy-- maybe lemonheads? with some big grapefruit notes. Really sweet... Sugary sweet. The crisp citrus flavors are refreshing and tasty, but there is no bitterness. There is no beer flavor at all. This really is a grapefruit soda blended with beer, but it tastes like something make by Mike's hard Lemonade.

The body is thin and light, the low carbonation is actually pretty nice because it doesn't leave me feeling bloated and gassy.

Overall--- a little more beer, a little less soda, this could be wonderful! As it is, unless I find this in cans (most unlikely!), I won't be grabbing it very often. For what this is: a low ABV refreshing summertime beer/soda, it is quite tasty.

This is classified as a fruit beer, which I suppose might be where it belongs, but in comparing this to other Radlers I've had, I must say that this is EASILY the best one.... So my numbers represent a rating compared to other Radlers, and not necessarily to fruit beers in general. (1,717 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very hazy and pale straw in color. A sizable head forms but isn't around too long, reducing to a small film on the top of the beer.Lacing is minimal, but this beer's looks compare to the best looking hefe's (minus the head).

S- Very light wheaat beer scents up front before the all out sweet and fruity assault on the nose. Grapefruit is not only prominent, but dominating and sweet in the smell. Not much else to this scent, and it borderlines being a straight soda scent.

T- Sweet and fruity flavor of the grapefruit right up front that dominates throughout the drink. Sweet grapefruit flavor presides over the entire drink, with just the slightest wheat beer profile going on in the background. Towards the end of the drink, the grapefruit turns a little more tart, but is still sweet on the whole.

M- Light, crisp, sweet, and refreshing, there isn't much more to say than this is how a radler is supposed to feel.

Overall, a delicious and thirst quenching radler. If it's hot as hell out, drink this; at the beach, on the lawn mower, or just sweating your ass off it will do the trick. (1,104 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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 ! (369 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Not much head develops, but there is a thin, bubbly lacing and decent ring around the edge. The color is cloudy, light straw.

Smell: Strong and invigorating citrus — much like a freshly sliced grapefruit! The lemonade or lemon soda is also noticeable and becomes much more prominent as the pint warms. It definitely has a much more soda-like aroma.

Taste: Much like Squirt (or at least from what I can remember). The citrus is strong and very tasty. The lemonade/lemon soda quality takes over and grapefruit is almost nowhere to be seen except for hints in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is exactly what I would expect from a lemonade and 7-Up/Sprite mix.

Drinkability: Call me crazy, but I really like this stuff. It is very simple and straightforward, but it packs a powerful punch in terms of aromatics and flavor. (908 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Svingjo
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beverage is 50% beer and 50% grapefruit juice and had people turning their nose up at it in the beginning of a recent tasting I held but this tasty treat converted a lot of the people by the end. It's mild beer and pink grapefruit taste changed a few minds. Like I said to the crowd, I'd rather drink this than a fake fruit cider or cooler and obviously the majority agreed. (379 characters)

Photo of Bmaximus
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells strongly of grapefruit and the taste is very light. It is one of the few beers my girlfriend would drink because it is basically like drinking juice. Love the smell and love the taste but it doesn't seem like much of a beer at a low 2.5% ABV. (249 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 21 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a very pale straw yellow. Clear, with one fizzy finger of head. Loads of visible carbonation, looking like a soda, no surprise.

Smells like grapefruit soda. Tart, with only a little of that nasty bitterness that some grapefruits (and grapefruit beverages) have.

This tastes like amazing grapefruit soda, with a faint hint of beer. I really like this, but is it reasonable to call it beer? The only beer flavor I get is a mild malty sweet bend in the back.

Feel is nice, but again it's more soda than beer. Thin, fizzy prickly carbonation. Pleasant, even if it's heavily soda-like.

I don't know what to do with this stuff. Other than drink it. As for reviewing it, it's delicious, but it feels like a stretch to call it beer. But I will definitely call it yummy. (814 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a glass

Opaque light yellow pours a frothy white head.

Aroma is. ... grapefruit ! Hint of floral.

Taste is like a grapefruit / lemonade. Refreshing but sweet - tart.

Nice , light mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

After spending countless hours in Bavarian beer gardens in the summer drinking Radlers and Russ'ns, this brings me back. If you are looking for a "real beer " taste, then this is now what you want. If , you want a summer Radler, then this is a fine example and definitely repeatable for the style. Very referencing and low alcohol. I will purchase more as this plus Schofferhofer's grapefruit hefewiesse and Sam Adams Porch Rocker have all become summer staples in my beer fridge. (713 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of grapefruit juice, pale malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of lightly tart grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Light earthy bitterness and fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, cracker, bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of grapefruit juice, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 2.5%. Overall this is an excellent radler style. All around great robustness and balance of grapefruit juice, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,403 characters)

Photo of beerme343
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours hazy with the color of light straw similar to a American NW hefeweizen

The smell is strong on citrus and of course grapefruit is the most prominent aroma

Grapefruit is the prominent taste as well

Some moderate effervescence and this low alcohol brew goes down easy, really an ideal session beer during summertime afternoons at just 2.5% as long as you don't mind the in your face grapefruit (411 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml can. Pours a cloudy and fizzy yellowish color with no head. Nose is full of grapefruit with some lemon, notes of Sprite, and not much else. The taste is even brighter with nice grapefruit notes. The grapefruit has a bit of pucker but is sweetened up by the soda. I really don't detect any notes of the beer that is somewhere hidden in here, but I guess that's okay because this is incredibly tasty and refreshing. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light. Overall, this is my first Radler and it is quite delicious. This drinks much more like a soda than a beer. (577 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before 1/5/2014. Listed at 2%, this is probably the closest thing to 'near beer' I've ever bothered reviewing - but even still, I've heard mostly good things about this radler, so I figured I'd give it a shot while the last of this year's hot weather is in the process of winding down. Served well-chilled.

Pours a sunny lemonade-yellow colour, opaque with haze and topped with over two fingers of fizzy, white head. It wilts quickly over the next minute, with a thin, soapy film at the surface being its only remnant. I love the aroma on this one - juicy pink grapefruit is the most dominant contributor by far, with hints of lime soda and sugar. Not very beer-like, and pretty one-dimensional, but as a grapefruit fan it's definitely got my mouth watering - what more do you want from a light fruit beer?

Pretty damn tasty, although the caveat of 'not being very beer-like' still applies. Some light lemon-lime notes come through upon the initial sip, followed soon after by a fruity sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by grapefruit citrus, which stays strong into the finish. Some mild pale malts show up briefly toward the tail end, but citrus is obviously the focus here. The aftertaste is fairly acidic, with a mild grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers briefly. The body is light (as one should probably expect from a 2% fruit beer), with soda pop carbonation that provides the palate with a modest bite. Easily one of the most drinkable fruit beers I've ever had - very crisp and refreshing; the perfect pairing for a hot summer's day (or even a warm summer evening).

Final Grade: 4.00, just barely eking out an A-. Stiegl Grapefruit Radler isn't the sort of beer that is going to be knocking many BA's socks off, but it's still a fine radler that stands strong when compared to most other light, sessionable fruit beers. With its aerated, spritzy mouthfeel, miniscule alcohol content and a flavour that reminds me of a good (non-aspartame-sweetened) version of Fresca, this stuff barely even qualifies as beer - but it's still delicious, and I must therefore give it some well-deserved props. People buy light fruit beers because it's hot as hell out and they want something tasty to quench their thirst - not to experience the complex range of malt or hop flavours/aromas typically found in beer. This particular brew is a very solid choice for anyone in the aforementioned situation, and if you handed me one after a day of sweaty, exhausting work, I'd be one happy panda, that's for sure. (2,541 characters)

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bubbly, clean & light. Lots of grapefruit aroma and flavour. It doesn't have the sweetness of an alco-pop, but the beer-like flavour is certainly watered down. The grapefruit is a nice twist on the classic Radler. Really drinkable thirst-quencher. (252 characters)

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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