Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)

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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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Photo of joesi
1.6/5  rDev -57.4%
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. (1,381 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy pale yellow appearance with bubbly head that quickly disappears leaving no lacing, similar to pop. Smell consists of lemon, grapefruit, malt and sweetness.

Taste is similar to the smell, citrus and grapefruit with a sweet malty taste. Picked up a hint of grain as well. Light bodied with high carbonation. Very sour and dry finish, this is less of a beer and more of a fruit soft drink.

As stated before, this tastes nothing like a beer and more like a light grapefruit flavored pop. Overall; this is a simple and refreshing fruit beer, but the tartiness ruins it for me. (580 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16.9 oz can into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color. The head sucks - it's a finger high (white shade), and it fades as quickly as your average internet meme. No lacing, either. Yeah...this isn't a pretty offering.

S: Pure fuckin' grapefruit juice. It's tart as hell, and just a bit sweet. This honestly smells like a GOOD grapefruit juice, rather than some artificial crap. If there's anything that deserves a demerit or two, it's the fact I pick up very little in the way of beer. Maybe - maaaybe - a touch of malt comes through, but other than that, it's basically glorified grapefruit juice.

T: A bit sweeter than what the nose indicated. Again, the opening flavors are almost purely grapefruit soda. What makes this weird is how the back end seems a bit weird - maybe it's the way the beer and the soda are interacting (maybe my ass, that's exactly what's going on), but I'm getting tones of black pepper, grilled chicken, and lemon. A strange offering, this one.

M: Infinitely, endlessly crushable. Sure, it's VERY sweet by beer standards, and very gassy, but they're both spot-on for a soda. The body is light, which compensates somewhat for the sugary stickiness I'm getting. Oh well, radler.

O: I don't think I've gotten used to radlers after having this. It isn't bad, it just isn't very beer-y to me. To its credit, the fact it's far closer flavor wise to a soda means that beer haters could easily enjoy putting a few of these down.

2.7/5: More soda than beer; there will definitely be fans of this, though (1,533 characters)

Photo of Shindoverse
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This is more like a beer cocktail or the equivalent to a wine cooler. If I were to think of it as a soda, it is better than Fanta or Fresca. As far as beers, it wasn't really present in the taste. I found it as cloying as ciders and framboises, two styles I'm not too fond of. (276 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$8 for 12oz? Ouch! Served in tulip. Poured a cloudy and opaque yellow with about 1/4 inch of white head that had no retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was dominated by the grapefruit pop, without any real beer aspects showing through. On the tongue, a slight bit of grain was apparent, but still, this mostly pop flavored. The body was nice, light and crisp, with a finish that was drier than I expected. Drinkability was very good, you could easily drink several of these. Overall, a very pleasant brew, one that's worth trying if you see it. I just hope you get a better price.

Side note: I often make these using Squirt and the Pilsener from one of my local breweries, Chuckanut. They kick ass, and I suggest you try it with one of your local brews. (762 characters)

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was surprised to see this and snagged a single yesterday afternoon. I had the lemon shandy some time ago and was pleased with it. Not blown away but remembered it to be interesting enough. Also, this is the second grapefruit radler I have seen in person.

Appearance is okay, fizzes up and blows off fast leaving no trace of head. Has a light dusty straw appearance.

Smells pretty sweet and pretty lemonadey. Hints of grapefruit rind and a slight lager beer like smell... but the beer smell is pretty overwhelmed by the sweetness which has a soda like quality to it.

Hits pretty hard with the sweetness. Pretty soda-pop like and not very well balanced with the beer. The sweetness flows through a balanced lemonade into a soda pop candy sweetness and then drops into a sweet white wine sort of sweetness. There is a lot of lemonade to me for this. The grapefruit is there, it comes in closer to the end but if someone hadn't told me it may have taken me a little bit to pick up on the grapefruit. I wish there would have been a bit more beer to this as well. The beer is pretty well muted and covered over. You can find it. But it all is pretty unbalanced. Not like I remember the lemon radler being.

Mouthfeel is okay, A bit on the sticky side with the sweetness but goes through a bit of a tartness and a dryness with the citrus. A bit grainy with the carbonation... and again... yes, soda-pop like.

In the end, I had hoped for a bit more of a potent grapefruit and not this sort of lemonade sort of thing. The sweetness was a bit too punchy as well. The balance between beer and fruit juice is pretty heavily on one side. But it is pretty clean and drinkable. I could imagine on a hot day next to a lake this may be a pretty favorable choice and a good crowd pleaser especially when there are people who may not drink a lot of beer around. Also the low ABV is nice, you can have one or two and feel good. Continue about your day without feeling sluggish. I won't go to grab more, I was satisfied enough to try it though. Not bad, but nothing crazy. (2,057 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light silvery-golden hue with a touch of haze; rather a lot like the appearance of a witbier, although without any kind of head at all. It's OK.

Smell: a very pleasant grapefruity aroma with a hint of chalky malt underneath. Pretty nice; the beer is as advertised.

Taste: grapefruit and malt work together much better in the aroma than in the flavor. At first the grapefruit is at the fore, but as the beer component edges in there's a bit of a dirty, wet-grainy, murky character that just isn't great. Not terrible, but not particularly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decently prickly carbonation. Not too bad.

Overall: not exactly my bag, this radler. The aroma is pretty enticing, but once you get into the flavor it kind of falls apart. Perhaps it would be better on a really hot day or something. (870 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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? (762 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Poured from a half liter can into a shaker pint. An aggressive pour produces a short-lived head that reduces to a ring and island of lace. The beer is a hazy pale golden with high carbonation.

Surprisingly, the aroma smells mostly of light malt, with of course some grapefruit. The flavor is quite sweet and soda-like, and tastes very much like a Squirt soda, with the malt characters subdued.

This is a pretty tasty and refreshing beverage. It's not very beer-like, but does hit the spot on a hot day. (508 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

11.2oz green bottle, pours a fizzy, hazy yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates as quickly as a soda - maybe because it is half soda. Aroma is actually pretty good with a zing of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Tastes are tart and refreshing with grapefruit juice being the dominant flavor. Some biscuity notes come through from the lager with some lager yeast present on the finish. Mouth-feel is thin and fizzy, overly carbonated. Overall, not my favorite by any means, but it is definitely refreshing. It is a summer staple in our house as it is one of my wife's go-to's. (590 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange/grapefruit/lime smell. Very strong, almost overpowering aroma. Cloudy yellow color. Little to no head that fades quickly. Tastes like Orange Gatorade. That's the best comparison I can give. It doesn't blow me away. It's very sweet and easy to drink. Would be a good beer for people who don't like the taste of beer. With that said, it's not bad. (352 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a. White/yellow cloudy with a .5 finger white head that disappears in seconds.

s. Grapefruit and white wine. Smell goes funky quickly.

t. Reminds me of a Bartles and James wine cooler circa 1985. Sweet, some grapefruit without a lot of bite.

m. Very watery. Goes down easy, almost too easy.

O. Good beer. (309 characters)

Photo of WandaMarie
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This makes a delightful gelato.. nothing added just pour it into the ice cream machine and let it turn into a light fluffy refreshing low alcohol sorbet.

I can only review it in a frozen state so far since I accidentally froze the first one and just finished freezing the next two I bought into a delicious sorbet.

As a sorbet it is well balanced, light, fruity, not overly flavorful with an after taste that leaves you with just the thought of a light lager.

In my '80s Simac IL Gealtiao Magnum it goes from the bottle to a fluffy grapefruit snow with a perfect balance of bitter and sweet in under half an hour. (618 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace slolwy drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit juice, sugared grapefruit, and some slight malt aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight sourness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite refreshing but not too beer like in my opinion. (544 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is somewhat hazy light pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: The beer mostly tastes like grapefruit soda, but isn't tangy like grapefruit juice. A very slight amount of sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This doesn't taste much like a beer but is very easy to drink and would make for a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. (643 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of this because it is on sale at my store currently. All the ladies love this one, and understandably so because this does not really resemble beer at all. Not to sound sexist or anything. It's true though.

Anyway, I poured it from the can into a hefeweizen glass. In hindsight I should have just drunk it out of the can, but I kind of wanted to see what it looks like. It looks exactly like pineapple, but obviously not pulpy.

The smell is sweet and rich with grapefruit. Grapefruit is one of my favourite fruits to pair with beer, and there are so many great ones in my region (Alley Kat Grapefruit, Whistler Grapefruit ale for example) that settling for this seems a little odd. Regardless, it smells nice.

The taste is okay and certainly palatable, although it is really sweet, something I am not fond of with fruit beers. The grapefruit flavour is decent though, and the base beer they use is pretty good, which makes a huuuge difference.

Feel is good, mild carbonation makes this a real patio beer. There's nothing bad about this beer when you really look at it (except that it is a stretch to call it beer), but it's overrated. Still, if you can't stomach beer, this is something to try. (1,217 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pete and Anne for bringing this back from Austria for me.

Hazy light lemony color, light fizzy head

Nose tons of grapefruit juice, hint of wheat golden malt, citrusy rind.

Taste bitter rind, tons of grapefruit juice, light wheat and touch spices like and long bitter rind finish. Light dry.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad. Very refreshing and fairly tasty but very little beer left. Not anything like I expected. (450 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Stiegl Grapefruit Radler a couple weeks ago for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. I've never had a Grapefruit Radler before, but I've always wanted to try one, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty nice, it's got some nice bright color and a good design. it's pretty eye catching. It poured a very hazy yellow color that took on more of pastel yellow color when held to the light with two fingers worth of bubbly head that quickly faded to nothing and it left pretty much no lacing behind. This beer looks decent for the style, but it's not an overall attractive looking beer.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by a huge grapefruit aroma that completely dominates this beer and it does smell like a freshly cut grapefruit. There's a slight wheat aroma in the background that's hardly noticeable. The aroma is nice and it's just as advertised.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness followed by a huge grapefruit aroma that dominates this beer again imparting that same freshly cut grapefruit aspect with a little more citrus flavors in the background. Up next comes a very slight wheat flavor that is barley noticeable. On the finish there's no bitterness with some lighter tart flavors taking it's place and it had a very sweet and grapefruit like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Radler and it really showcased the Grapefruit.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, refreshing, not filling, on the fuller side of being light bodied with a slightly higher medium carbonation that was slightly prickly. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a nice example of a Radler, it really highlighted those fresh grapefruit flavors and I could see how this would be a nice and refreshing after doing yard work in the summer time. This beer, had great drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, clean, refreshing, not filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these, but hopefully it doesn't trigger any heartburn. What I liked the most about this beer was the fresh grapefruit flavor and the true to style mouthfeel they both worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, I think it would be a little better if the sweetness was toned down a little and let more of that grapefruit tartness shine through. I would buy this beer again, but I think I would mainly get it in the summer since I think it's very fitting for the season. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fruit beers, shandys, or grapefruits. All in all I was happy with this beer, it had all the makings of a good radler and besides the higher sweetness I thought it was pretty sessionable. This be made for a decent first impression of this brewery and I'll have to keep an eye out for more beers from them, nice work guys. (3,079 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz can served in a tumbler

Appearance: Pours pale yellow color with 1 finger of a white soapy head that dissipates almost instantly. Body is extremely cloudy and only slightly translucent. Looks like a glass of carbonated white grapefruit juice.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, slight sweetness. Pretty one dimensional, but that's not surprising.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit and citrus with a light to medium accompanying tartness. Some mild crackery malt is discernible as well.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Somewhat watery mouthfeel. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: Tough to rate as a beer, but for what it is it works really well. The grapefruit soda plays a large roll in the overall flavor, but it's enjoyable and there's enough there to remind you that you are actually drinking a beer. (798 characters)

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