Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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3.45/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
05-13-2011 22:13:30 | More by Sammy
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
10-19-2012 16:12:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
02-02-2014 21:28:32 | More by metter98
3.25/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
07-07-2014 20:46:39 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
Fruit and beer has a marriage that's as long lived as beer itself. Raspberries, cherries, lemons have all had their turn, but now it's the grapefruit's stage.
Looking just like red grapefruit juice, the beer's hazy golden hue carries mild shades of pink or mauve. Zest carbonation explodes with carbonation of the fizzy kind that doesn't yield much head character neither in formation, retention, or lace.
Grapefruit, grapefruit, and grapefruit is what the nose is all about. Delicious acidity with impressions of underlying sweetness seems powdered sugar- almost. Any pilsner or wheat support remains timid and never charges the olfactories. No hops, no herbal components, this beer celebrates the fruit like no other has.
Flavors are just as much grapefruity as is promised by the nose. And not the hop oriented "notes of grapefruit" kinda taste- this is absolute with the taste of the freshest, brightest, and ripest of all ruby reds. Unlike the aroma, the taste of barley malt and wheat play lightly on the palate and prevent the sharp acidity of the fruit from a full on assault of the taste buds. Mild breads, wheat, and crackers provide the carriage for taste and returns for only last beery hurrah in aftertaste.
Zesty, light bodied, and an absolute palate cleanser, this beer is build for summer with its buffered acidity on the sides of the tongue with bitterness, light sour acidity, and mild pithy astringency that all come together in a very snappy and pleasant march across the palate. Finishing with moderate acidic pang and fruit sugars, the beer is as refreshing and inviting as they come.
But to tell the truth, I absolutely love a well-balanced shandy or radler, but I love them for slightly different reasons than I love traditional beers.
06-25-2012 17:40:32 | More by BEERchitect
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
Served in a tumbler.
I knew I wouldn't turn down a free pour of this (hell, I'm one of the apparent few that actually likes the lemon version), but I didn't think I'd actually be offered said pour. Fair enough. This stuff pours a lightly hazy golden-straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose is a dead ringer for a can of Squirt or something, though faint hints of barley and grass sorta try to get themselves implied as well (with varying degrees of success). The taste brings in more of the same, though the grapefruit actually is tempered by a general sense of malted grain, keeping things less sweet than they could otherwise have been. The body is a very light medium, with a fairly active carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, it is what it is: a grapefruit-flavored pre-mixed radler. Yeah, it's sweet and carbonated like a soda, but it somehow doesn't overdo things too much (it definitely makes you rethink where the brink is/was/will be). I can say with some confidence that I (somewhat surprisingly) enjoyed this stuff.
10-22-2012 20:35:15 | More by TMoney2591
4.14/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
10-09-2013 22:49:19 | More by emerge077
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
A - Poured out a hazy, bubbly golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of grapefruit and not much else. Nice.
T - It tasted of grapefruit and a soda-like flavor. Slightly tart, too.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.
O - This is a good radler. I don't really like grapefruit juice, but this was good.
12-07-2012 22:08:19 | More by zeff80
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
04-12-2011 21:27:17 | More by biboergosum
3.69/5 rDev -2.9%
I picked this up at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, enjoyed chilled in a stemless wine glass.
the color is like a lemondrop -golden hazed with quick falling snow white head that becomes a ring of beads. The smell is a mix of sweet grapefruit -tropical and floral odors with slight citrus element like grapefruit soda. The feel is vibrant with moderate carbonation and light body with citrus tanginess and light wheat creaminess in the middle with moderately dry finish
The taste has a sweet citrus flavor which is tangy but not bitter with some light wheat flavor adding to the sweetness of the grapefruit and presenting some malt in the flavor with a more lemony flavor middle to finish with slight efferscent spice in the background. Overall a very well balanced radler - nice mix of wheat with citrus fruit not going overboard it starts like citrus/grapefruit soda and finished more like lemon/wheat -enjoyable.
12-15-2013 15:41:32 | More by Slatetank
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
07-22-2012 00:19:37 | More by jlindros
3.74/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours very clouded grapefruit colored. A white fizzy head leaves a thin ring and some vanishing lace.
The smell is of a pleasant "gourmet" grapefruit soda with a touch of grain.
The taste of a nicely made grapefruit soda has a sweet malt backbone. Finishes crisp and refreshing.
Incredibly smooth, the carbonation is more beer-like and fizzy soda-like. Crisp. Grapefruit hangs on in the aftertaste.
Compared to some other radlers and shandies I've had, this is much better. If you like grapefruit, this is a solid choice for a low-alcohol thirst-quencher!
05-21-2014 18:12:08 | More by jwc215
Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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