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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
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 774
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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Photo of archyquaffer
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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 hophugger
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting. The ABV is very low and it is hard to classify this as a beer.....but...ITS DELICIOUS !!!. Just a hint of beer flavor that is immediately covered up by a wonderful natural grapefruit flavor. This is one of the most refreshing drinks I have had in awhile. I would have preferred a little more beer presence, but for what it is, Excellent, will drink again ! (369 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very hazy and pale straw in color. A sizable head forms but isn't around too long, reducing to a small film on the top of the beer.Lacing is minimal, but this beer's looks compare to the best looking hefe's (minus the head).

S- Very light wheaat beer scents up front before the all out sweet and fruity assault on the nose. Grapefruit is not only prominent, but dominating and sweet in the smell. Not much else to this scent, and it borderlines being a straight soda scent.

T- Sweet and fruity flavor of the grapefruit right up front that dominates throughout the drink. Sweet grapefruit flavor presides over the entire drink, with just the slightest wheat beer profile going on in the background. Towards the end of the drink, the grapefruit turns a little more tart, but is still sweet on the whole.

M- Light, crisp, sweet, and refreshing, there isn't much more to say than this is how a radler is supposed to feel.

Overall, a delicious and thirst quenching radler. If it's hot as hell out, drink this; at the beach, on the lawn mower, or just sweating your ass off it will do the trick. (1,104 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
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 gonzo000
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
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 wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can. 40% beer and 60% fruit soda. Hmmm.

A: Pours a cloudy grapefruit juice color (pale straw yellow) under 2-fingers of white head which fades quickly to the rim and leaves just a few spots.

N: Grapefruit and just a slight bit of malt.

T: Follows nose with a mildly sweet soda note.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Finishes fruity and spritzy, zesty.

O: Surprised with the crisp refreshment and easy drinking. (427 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It looks like grapefruit juice, a murky orange-pink. The head is somewhat on the fizzier side but shows a modicum of substance, though its fall is quick and its lacing between minimal and moderate.
It's a little dusty in the nose off fresh ruby red, somewhat acidic but with a certain accompanying sweetness. The malt forming the base is light but noticeable.
More than just a grapefruit soda, the malts give a supporting backbone of dryness and cracker as well as bigger, more robust barley notes, but just enough to let one know they're still drinking a beer with all the fresh sweet/tart/sour grapefruit going on.
With lots of acidity but without being too harsh on the palate, one can't ask for a whole lot more than the light but not shallow body, zest, and crispness this beer brings. (790 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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 gillagorilla
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Pale straw color that is hazy and cloudy.

S: Fruity and tart, smells like a freshly squeezed grapefruit where when you squeeze the pith there is a slight aerosol spray.

T: Nice balance here that is just slightly tipped in favor of a grapefruit tartness. The beer base here is a bit more present, and the fruit here is definitely more of the labeled fruit soda than fruit juice. This is present in the carbonation and lighter flavor of the fruit, compared to those that use straight juice since that is unadulterated unlike fruit sodas.

M: Carbonated with bubbles that aren't very rough, just odd clumsy bubbles that move along the palate.

O: This is excellent and I was surprised to find a six-pack of this. I've been wanting to try this for a while, but even more so after having Sixpoint's RAD. (853 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some light amounts of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit (almost like grapefruit juice) are present over the top of very light grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet ruby red grapefruit juice without much tanginess. Hints of grainy malts.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very similar to a grapefruit soda - super easy to drink and refreshing. I can see why these were originally for cyclist refreshment, it is great on a very hot early summer day here in NC (hottest day of the year so far). (929 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) has a very thick, fizzy, white head, a milky yellow, opaque appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of grapefruit, and the flavor is of grapefruit, with some background malt. No bitterness detected. Mouthfeel is medium, and Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) finishes sweet & tart and easy drinking.

RJT (336 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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)

Photo of beerme343
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours hazy with the color of light straw similar to a American NW hefeweizen

The smell is strong on citrus and of course grapefruit is the most prominent aroma

Grapefruit is the prominent taste as well

Some moderate effervescence and this low alcohol brew goes down easy, really an ideal session beer during summertime afternoons at just 2.5% as long as you don't mind the in your face grapefruit (411 characters)

Photo of Shindoverse
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
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 WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a glass

Opaque light yellow pours a frothy white head.

Aroma is. ... grapefruit ! Hint of floral.

Taste is like a grapefruit / lemonade. Refreshing but sweet - tart.

Nice , light mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

After spending countless hours in Bavarian beer gardens in the summer drinking Radlers and Russ'ns, this brings me back. If you are looking for a "real beer " taste, then this is now what you want. If , you want a summer Radler, then this is a fine example and definitely repeatable for the style. Very referencing and low alcohol. I will purchase more as this plus Schofferhofer's grapefruit hefewiesse and Sam Adams Porch Rocker have all become summer staples in my beer fridge. (713 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy lemon with a frothy white head. Aroma is grapefruit dominant, with notes of floral hops and crackery malt. Flavor is like lemonade, but with grapefruit tartness, slightly sweet, s touch bready, and somewhat refreshing. Not your typical beer, per se, but it has its place. (278 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour into a proper Stiegl flute. Hazy rich yellow pour and fizzy.

Aroma of club soda and grapefruit.

Taste is grapefruit with a touch of lager which is more noticeable at the end.

Mouthfeel is tingly and refreshing. Meant to be drank pretty cold.

I've been putting down a lot of DIPAs lately and needed a break tonight. I've always seen this and never pulled the trigger, until I seen it at a bar tonight. I love grapefruit and find this just plain delicious. Not something I could session though but a nice break. If you love grapefruit you will not be disappointed. (572 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lager Mill $ 3.19/16.9 oz can
Can marked 19.04.2014 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Massive aroma of grapefruit
Head average (3.5 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 1 – 2 mm broken layer
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, opaque
Flavor of grapefruit soda with slightly less carbonation; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation lively

A very flavorful Radler – incredibly refreshing. Makes me want to mow the yard just to have an excuse to drink a couple more (514 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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! (559 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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 thecheapies
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Lemonade yellow with a tint of pink, maybe, or perhaps it's in my head. Super cloudy. Fizzy, from pouring with vigor, then dries up to nearly nothing; just like a soda pop.

Crispy lite grapefruit aroma with zesty intensity. Bright, sweet, and a little acidic; like a good grapefruit soda, but with mucky wheat malts to bring it some extra spank and notes of grain and nuts. Smells wonderful, like a perfume of grapefruit, but not very much like beer.

A tangy radler with a lot of grapefruit soda sweetness and base beer wheatiness. Earthy weisse yeast has a touch of bubblegum, but this beer is grapefruit-dominant. Truly, what it's intended to be... two-fifths beer and three-fifths summery non-beer drinker's delight. Notes of lemon flesh and green apple fight to be tasted. Very refreshing. I'm drinking it on a warm, muggy evening; but I think the beer would look and taste better if it had a golden stream of sunlight shining through it. My only complaints are that it's a tad too carbonically acidic, it lacks much depth of flavor, and it's a bit of a burpy nightmare. For a radler/shandy, we're hitting the nail on the head. (1,133 characters)

Photo of Bmaximus
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells strongly of grapefruit and the taste is very light. It is one of the few beers my girlfriend would drink because it is basically like drinking juice. Love the smell and love the taste but it doesn't seem like much of a beer at a low 2.5% ABV. (249 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
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 buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours straw yellow in color and is slightly hazy. It is topped with an inch of white head.

S - It smells like really sweet grapefruit soda.

T - It tastes like the soda "Squirt" with sugar in it.

M - Moderate and creamy.

O - This beer would probably be more refreshing in the summer than on a 5° winter day. It is a little too sweet for my liking. (413 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very light pastel straw or hay in color. Cloudy, but still quite transparent. Barely forms any head. No lacing.

S: Aroma is of grapefruit soda, which I guess isn't overly surprising. Citrus zest and maybe a little hay, but in reality it's just grapefruit soda.

T: Well the taste is of grapefruit soda also, which I guess shouldn't be surprising either. Moderately sweet, but not cloying. Lightly tart, like an effervescent lemonade made with grapefruit juice instead of lemon juice and sparkling water. Almost candy-like, but in a good way.

M: Lighter bodied. Medium carbonation. Light tartness.

O: I remember my first Radler in Germany and have been enjoying them since. Typically I make up a batch of my own to enjoy over the hot summer months. However, with that said I hesitate to call this a beer. More like a bottled beer cocktail. Never-the-less, its still a pleasant drink. Light, refreshing and enjoyable. (924 characters)

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