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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy this beer, but as a kid I admit to being a squirt and donald duck grapefruit fan. I do not consider this even beer. It is a radler. Look- very very light beer with a a high level of carbonation like a soda. Smell- skunky grapefruit which the two brands I listed above being in that flavor classification. Taste- light carbonated grapefruit pop with the the ultra lite beer essence to it. Feel- like drinking a cola or sparkling beverage that is a grapefruit soda with some beer nod. Enjoyed from a 16 oz can and overall very good for a hot day fruit radler. Not a true beer at all.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is not something I could drink very often, but it's nice for a hot day outside. It drinks like grapefruit juice and is way too sweet, but that is to be expected.

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Photo of FBarber
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look, its a radler, its supposed to be a 50:50 beer to sparkling fruit juice ratio. Similar to a shandy, but of German origin. So no, it doesn't taste like a beer, its not supposed to. That being said, this is a very tasty refreshing and crisp radler. Great example of the style and after a long bike ride its amazing. Try it for what it is and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - if we're being honest here, it looks like slightly dehydrated urine. You know, a dark clear gold with the slightest bit of milky haziness to it. Tons of bubbles too. Sticking to a completely clean glass like crazy.

S - a deep sweet ruby red grapefruit aroma. Smells like that grapefruit appetizer dish with the crunchy melted brown sugar on top and loads of sugar.

T - more of the same, but the grapefruit bitterness is a little more pronounced. Now it just feels like a ruby red without the brown sugar. Still some regular sugar. Definitely getting the candied soda taste. Feels unnatural, but I guess that's what it is so I can't really complain!

F - not as bubbly as it appears, but has a pleasantly aggressive sharp carbonation. Much like, dare I say it... soda!

O - not as bad as I was expecting. Extremely refreshing! As much as I hate to admit it, these fruity sugary wine cooler type drinks are a weakness of mine. Sometimes they just hit the spot, especially on a hot day. Just can't be too sweet! Probably why I like the grapefruit flavor.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There is a season and a time for this beer: summer, humid and after playing two hours of tennis.
My doubles partner got me started on this, so I probably had ten last summer.
However, I would have to be afraid of Lake Michigan water to have two of these in one day.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy straw color producing a small head which dissipates quickly. Smells of grapefruit and citrus with a hint of grain from the beer. Taste is crisp, smooth and refreshing with a good fruity taste, however the lack of alcohol is a turn off, it tastes like a San Pellegrino. Aftertaste is full of citrus flavor. Carbonation is at a good level.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy medium straw producing less than a finger of rapidly diminishing, slightly off-white, champagne-like head that leaves no lacing & only a thin collar ring. Aroma is remarkably reminiscent of citrus cola like briney Mountain Dew or Ski with hints of grain. There are some more subtle notes that I can make out but can't quite place. Taste is overwhelmingly grapefruit & salt with hints of lemon-lime, mineral water & grain. The drying finish is briney & lemon-lime citrusy with a peppery spiciness. Aftertaste is ginger, low level citrus, salt & mineral. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, ginger ale dryness, spicy & prickly. I have checked online but can't discover if this is brewed with salt but it damn sure tastes salty! In fact more salty than a Gose. Perhaps I have a screwed up pallet. Very drinkable and quite refreshing it is very reminiscent of some Shandy's but more favorable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Sample pour. Poured a hazy orange color. Aroma is quite sweet. Sweetened grapefruit juice. Light wheat smell, too. Flavor is entirely the same. Sweet, sugary grapefruit juice. Wheaty finish. Slightly artificial. Feel has a sort of sugary texture to it. Such a low dosage of alcohol. A lot like the grapefruit Sanpellegrino. Not really my speed.

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Photo of BigBry
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Wurst in Calgary
Slightly hazy, straw yellow, bright white fizzy head. Decent retention, thinnest of lace lines.
Smell is quite refreshing, grapefruit dominates, faint grain or wheat.
Taste has a bit of grain, lots of grapefruit, nice mix of sweet and tart, dry finish.
Mouth feel is crisp, light body, refreshing, easy to drink.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Love the design of the can...very lively looking! The beer itself is pale yellow in color....think lemonade, but more hazy than normal! The head is white, and starts about one finger thick but it quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass...to be expected with this style I suppose. The lacing is actually quite impressive with many small patches of foam that sticks to the glass...carbonation is normal in appearance!

S- Heavy grapefruit, orange and really a medley of any given citrus...due to the 50% fruit juice in the mix...perhaps like a pamplemousse soda....slightly sugary but nothing to be offended about....slightly beer like and of juice!

T- Heavy grapefruit and orange zest flavors! Much like a spritzer and/or pop....nothing much more to say here....super fruity...perhaps sweetened up a bit but nice balance between sweet and tart.

M/O- Light and crisp on the palate and plenty of champagne like carbonation! Very highly drinkable and a perfect hot summer refresher.....I haven't had a lot of Radlers to date but this one is super enjoyable and I can see myself on the beach with this...and getting a tan too of course! Recommended!

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not hard to see why this has taken over so many tap handles here. Pure grapefruit, light lager in the background, just as it should be. Pure refreshnent!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a hazy amber with a small head, quickly dissipating. Smell is definitely of grapefruit. Somewhat sweet in taste, as expected, it goes down easily. Refreshing!

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Photo of crisis1290
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good not great. As soon as the bottle is opened you are hot with a killer grape fruit smell. This would be a great summertime drink while cutting the grass. It is basically a hyped up Gatorade. Very hazy appearance. Heavy on the carbonation side. No bad after taste. I could see slamming more than one of these on a very hot day.

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Photo of Michael_H
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like Will Smith said, Summer, Summer, Summer Time...

This is often referred to as German Gatorade(even though its from Austria). In Europe this is a big day drink, you can bike around town, kick some back and not be bothered. Perfect alternative to beer for a long day of tailgating. At 2.5 percent ABV, you can see how this can be a functional day drink.

It's light, refreshing and just the right amount of sweet.
Smells like grapefruit. Goes down best on a hot summer day.

As far as Radlers go, this one is my favorite. Followed by Schöfferhoffer(though this one is much more sweet, and I think the Stiegl has a better balance). Not a fan of the UFO one at all. The Grapefruit Sculpin I could give or take as well.

All in all, it is what it is, a low alc bevvie that goes down easy. Enjoy!

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Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip. The brew appears a very pale yellow with a fizzy head that dies fast.

This smells like floral grapefruit juice. All sugary sweetness and juicy zested grapefruit.

This tastes sweet like cereal grain and then grapefruit soda? I never tasted grapefruit before without any perceived bitterness. I guess this is what its like when you dominate it with sugar. Not much more to say, this is all grapefruit zest and juicy sweetness.

Its light bodied and moderately carbonated. Effortlessly poundable and so refreshing. This is a beer with a purpose and specific time/place where it seems most appropriate but not something id drink on the reg. If this style/beer blend is your jam you should check it out.

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Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of jahatty
4.9/5  rDev +31%
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Jeff_Dylan
4.83/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

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Photo of stonesean
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Lokes
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of rallyr32
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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