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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
85
very good

106 Reviews
THE BROS
83
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 771
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 35
Gots: 167 | 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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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 771
Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour a large white head, frothy and uneven, close to three fingers on the pour, poor retention as the head dissolves at a swift pace, the lacing looks decent at first but likewise does not stick around. Cloudy liquid, has a sort of washed out golden hue as if you tried to stare at the sun through it, few and random bubbles wander inside the glass. Brisk nose of grapefruit, fresh and in no way overly sweet, almost like citrus blossom, there is just maybe an undercurrent of wheat or some grains but basically all you get is pure grapefruit scents. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is low but it really does not have to do much work anyway since here too it’s totally fresh grapefruit which brings enough pucker to keep it active. Floral with a modicum of apricot or peach flavors and something akin to tonic water or baking soda. There may be a tendency to consider this a gimmicky beer but it is really straightforwardly classy and transcends the hot summer day categorization. (981 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap:
Pours a hazy white-like almost literally white. Cloudy, it looks like someone jammed a white grapefruit into a glass. The smell is very soda like, lemon lime with maybe just a hint of indistinguishable bite (sour?).

Feel isn't quite soda-like, but has a fair level of carbonation. I have to agree with the bartender, it reminds me a bit of A-Treat Grapefruit soda I had as a kid. The grapefruit does come out a little more like the fruit, though, and not a sugary substitute. That isn't to say this beer isn't sweet, which it is, just that the (real-ish?) grapefruit seems added to the sweetness.

Definitely a lawnmower beer that is fun for what it is - which isn't quite what I consider beer. (706 characters)

Photo of jahatty
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Grapefruit! Grapefruit! Grapefruit! That's all you smell. That's it.
Much hazier than I would have anticipated, but that's probably from all of the GRAPEFRUIT!
This drinks less like a beer with grapefruit soda, and more like a soda with a touch of beer in it. It's very much like a grapefruit's version of a mimosa. A previous reviewer mentioned San Pellegrino, and I mostly agree, except to pin it down even more: It's almost exactly like an Aranciata, but with a slight touch of alcohol. Ever so slight. And that's OK. There's a time and a place for that sort of thing. And I am into those times and places. Sometimes.
If high school girls find out about this, Stiegl's stock will soar. (702 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly ominous light brown, reminiscent of many color mixed paint water. However, this is the least flattering thing about this beer. The nose, as is promised on the can, smells of grapefruit soda - not a overly sweet one, think San Pellegrino or a french sparkling lemonade. The flavor is grapefruit. This part works. It is an utterly refreshing summer tipple. The malt taste from the beer comes through after the fruitiness. It is a little harsh, but as the beer warm it becomes a pleasant contrast. I had heard mixed things about this beer, but I was quite happy with how it tasted. For what it is, it is very nice. (638 characters)

Photo of Jeff_Dylan
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It is a really good beer if your looking for a refreshing drink on a warm summers night. The grapefruit smell was pleasing, was bubbly and refreshing like a true grapefruit soda. Im not a avid drinker and i was able to just enjoy it and time with some friends on a slow night. (277 characters)

Photo of stonesean
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Amazed and delighted to find this on tap at my local cigar bar.

Having spent 6 years living in Germany, my wife and I would often take trips to the lovely city of Salzburg, Austria.

In every bar, was the familiar red staircase sign logo on signs and Stiegel lager on tap.

Stiegel Radler was a bit harder to find, but miles ahead of the decent but plain Stiegel lager. I echo the Bros. sentiment. This style should be wildly popular in the States. Drinking this beer makes me happy and makes me think of the lovely town of Salzburg.

It pours a cloudy yellow with a foamy but thin head. Dissipates quickly.

Smells like grapefruit. You know what you're in for.

Sweet, but not cloying grapefruit taste evened out by the usual lager malt mellowness.

Wonderful for the heat, and with food. I can drink this all day on the beach or in the sun, and often have. So, so happy to see it hit the shores of the United States. (930 characters)

Photo of Lokes
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I believe this to be a radler to compare all other radlers to.

Appearance - cloudy light coloured with a citrus juice consistency.

Smell - After pouring into a glass you get a distinct citrusy scent with a light fruity undertone from the light ale base.

Taste - The first sip is a citrus assault on your senses with a very well balanced relationship between the grapefruit and light ale. The second sip is smoother on the palate with a clean grapefruit flavour going down with a light ale taste left behind.

Mouthfeel - Heavy carbonation counters some of the bitterness of the grapefruit and provides a crisp finish with every sip without any lasting residue in your mouth.

Overall - This Radler is a go-to for this style. It's 2.5abv is perfect for someone enjoying a day in the outdoors without the elevated risk of impairment and dehydration. I find that one radler usually leads to a few more over the day as they seem to go well lunches and dinners. Perfectly paired with a watermelon salad, salmon dinner, or just burgers on the bbq. Cheers! (1,053 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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 rallyr32
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
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 brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon juice color with a fizzy head that lasts for a bit before fading away

Smell: Grapefruit juice and lemon pith

Taste: Grapefruit juice and sugary sweetness , up front, with the lemon pith taking hold in the middle; sweet, but puckery, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied; more juice-like than beer-like

Overall: Fun to drink on a hot summer day; wish it wasn't quite so sweet (417 characters)

Photo of W_Des
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a can. Nice grapefruit radler. Not too sweet and just tasty all around. Nice medium carbonation for a soda-like mouth feel. It's refreshing. (151 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy light yellow, airy head, ok lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Lemon citrus pledge. Tastes like lemon drop candy.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing, not too much residual sugar. (183 characters)

Photo of robgutie
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh, light feel with loots of carbonation. Lots of citrus, with a mix of sweetness and bitter grapefruit. Aftertaste maybe a bit to bitter, but thats to be expected with grapefruit. Really refreshing and tasty. (212 characters)

Photo of safaricook
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really refreshing Radler. I like the bitterness and its moderate fruity sweetness. The underlying Pilsener/Austrian Märzen can be found if you know what to look for. However, this is a Radler how it is supposed to be, nothing more. (232 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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 MUTINY
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1/2 liter tallboy can into a solo cup.

A: Pours a truly unenticing hazy straw producing little-to-no head. Retention & lacing don't even apply here.

S: Sweetish grapefruit soda aromas. For what it is, I find it to be fairly appetizing & not terribly artificial-smelling.

T: A nice balance of sweet & tart. Very saccharine up front but as it progresses across the palate, a very bright, tangy grapefruit note takes over. It finishes citrusy & off-sweet with a pronounced sour grapefruit note lingering on the palate. Honestly the flavor profile here is pretty evolved & impressive.

M: Super-carbed & only just slightly syrupy. It drinks light & easy, finishes crisp.

O: Artfully crafted for what it is. Vastly better than any domestic Radler or Shandy to have passed my lips. (791 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (188 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

So my rating of this is based on what it is, not what other beers are (kinda how it should be, right?). What we have here is the perfect summer day beer (which I tried in the winter...). A beer that shandys likely were designed to emulate. My rating is also a little all over the place. First off, the beer looks tragic. Barely fizzy piss. Perhaps drinking straight from the can is a good route to take. Get past the look and take a whiff to find a pleasant fruity fragrance that seems far less contrived than most shandys I have had. Move on to taste and it is light, fruity, refreshing and crisp. All this at 2.5%!!! As for finish, here's another bonus - not cloyingly sweet as the taste may suggest! Look, this isn't something you will crack open and have an intellectual moment over, but if you have a summer drinking marathon in your future, you have GOT to get a few of these. Especially if that marathon starts before noon! (933 characters)

Photo of JustSomeSkank
4.93/5  rDev +30.4%
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 Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy yellow-orange color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades almost instantly, leaving almost no foam or lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a grapefruit citrus smell with some other smells of lemon and orange. Along with the Taste – The taste begins with a very sweet citrus flavor with the citrus being a blend of orange and a little bit of grapefruit. These flavors create a base flavor for the brew remaining throughout to the end. A very light herbal and grassy flavor join these tastes later on, producing in the end a rather sweet and fruity spiked citrus soda like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is quite high. For the fruity soda like nature of the brew the feel is fantastic and makes for a very refreshingly sweet brew.

Overall – While more soda like then beer, it is a good summer beverage that would be fantastic for a hot summer day when doing yard work. (1,098 characters)

Photo of Svingjo
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Immortale25
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says 16934.

A- Pours a lemonade/pineapple juice yellow with a 1/8 inch white head that barely retains at all before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass with minimal wispy surface foam.

S- Grapefruit juice with the faintest bit of malt presence.

T- Moderately tart grapefruit juice flavor with nearly no actual "beer" flavor. I wouldn't even be able to tell you this had alcohol in it if I didn't know prior to drinking it. The sweetness comes through just enough to keep the grapefruit from being too much. Kind of wears on the palate after a while.

M- Has a juicy citrus tang to it with medium carbonation and the lightest of bodies.

O- Not bad, and this is coming from a guy who usually hates the taste of grapefruit. I've been hearing so many different people rave about this stuff I had to give in and buy a can. After half the can, it gets to be too grapefruity but they certainly accomplished what they were going for. (1,012 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
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 joesi
1.6/5  rDev -57.7%
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)

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.