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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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84
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
850
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
36.9%
 
 
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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Austria | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 850
Photo of W_Des
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of robgutie
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of safaricook
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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!

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Photo of JustSomeSkank
4.93/5  rDev +31.8%
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

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Svingjo
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%
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

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Photo of joesi
1.6/5  rDev -57.2%
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.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

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Photo of hophugger
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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 !

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
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

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Photo of gonzo000
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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).

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
84 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.