Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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4.14/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2013 22:49:19 | More by emerge077
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
500ml can from LCBO for $2.60 CDN into a pint glass
Appearance - weak yellowy color, medium pour yields minimal head and no retention time. Drink is hazy.
Smell - Strong Grapefruit (duh), maybe some soda smell in there for good measure. Faint traces of beer smell once most of it is consumed.
Taste - Grapefruit flavored beer. Beer is barely perceptible here tastes more like a soft drink than anything. Not unpleasant and surely refreshing on a hot summer day, but I can't imagine I will want more than one.
Mouthfeel - Very highly carbonated, nice fizzy feel to it. Nice at first, but after a few sips the carbonation is too much and its too much of one thing. The high carbonation and fizziness remind me of European Fanta only available at Polish delis. That is a good thing.
Overall - No perceptible alcohol but didn't realize until i came here that it was 2.5%. Suddenly everything makes a lot more sense now.A better offering in terms than many of the other flavored beers / shandies of the world, but unless it’s a hot summer day this is not a repeat purchase.
Serving type: can
09-27-2013 23:49:16 | More by DenisKolkin
British Columbia (Canada)
3.18/5 rDev -16.3%
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?
Serving type: can
09-18-2013 00:38:39 | More by souvenirs
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
Serving type: can
09-09-2013 23:49:56 | More by thehyperduck
4.01/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
I usually really hate fruit infused beers, they always miss the mark, that is until I had this Radler. Its fantastic. I would not rush out to buy a six pack for a single sitting, but its a great palet cleanser for a night of beer tastings. Its also extremely refreshing for hot summer nights. One can, or pint will usually do you good for 3-4 other brews. My wife likes beer, and loves this beer, so it is a little girly if you ask me. However I keep grabbing a few cans, when in stock.
Serving type: can
09-09-2013 17:05:47 | More by Maverick25
Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.