Lemon Ginger Radler
Karbach Brewing Co.

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
ABV:
3.5%
Score:
81
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 22.69%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
55
From:
Karbach Brewing Co.
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  21
SCORE
81
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Featherman_78 from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

When rating a Radler, you’ve got to grade it as a Radler, not a beer. And if you’ve stayed or lived in Germany long enough, you’re going to have and eventually like Radlers. Sometimes nothing else will do - especially on a HOT day. A Radler (cyclist in German) is a mix of citrus soda and beer, and they are hugely popular throughout Germany and Austria in the summer. The idea is to provide cyclists and hikers with something of lower alcohol (for safe riding) and higher sugar for refreshment after high exertion.

So how is this one? It would be just OKAY in Germany - middle of the Bahn. It tastes a little artificial and a tiny bit over sweet. And German Radlers usually use a Weißbier as a base, so the “beer flavor” comes through stronger. But this is the US of A - you can’t just go find a Radler anywhere and a shandy IS NOT THE SAME, so we’re grading on a curve. If you NEED a Radler in the US, this is probably the best you’ll find!

May 25, 2019
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a small carbonated head with very minimal retention and mild lacing. Artificial lemon aroma with definite ginger. Not much else. Taste follows the same way. Tastes more like ginger ale with lemon added. Drinkable and may be refreshing on a very hot day but not what I would call a beer. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Mar 23, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very light yellow color with a large bubbly cap that rapidly diminishes.

Aroma primarily of lemon and ginger.

Tastes like a very mild light beer that has been flavored with lemon and ginger along with some sort of sweetening agent. If that was the goal they succeeded. It actually works very well in that regard.

Light texture with balancing carbonation.

I honestly believe that those who don't like any beer at all would find this palatable.

Jan 10, 2019
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too gingery for my tastes but the lemon does do a good job at blending them together so it's not as an intense ginger flavor like some other beers out there.

Jul 05, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

2/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out semi cloudy golden in color. Head is white and soda pop like and is gone in just a few seconds. No lacing.
The nose has ginger and lemon as advertised but not much else.
The taste is sweet like a ginger ale with lemon.
The mouthfeel is that of a well carbonated ginger ale. Is this a pop?

"No sir I don't like it" -Mr. Horse-

May 21, 2018
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ryan_kg from Texas

1.64/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I gave this beer a low rating for one simple reason...it does not even taste or feel like drinking a beer. Im very open to every beer and beer style. This is pretty much not a beer...its rather a lemonade soda.

Dec 12, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.54/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Quick rating from a can:

Artificial lemon. Pleasant ginger.

Very simplistic fare. A decent summer sipper, but it won't dazzle discerning drinkers.

C- (2.54) / BELOW AVERAGE

Dec 06, 2017
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.65/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Karbach Lemon and Ginger Radler has a thick, quickly-dissipating, white head, a hazy, yellow-gold, appearance, bubble streams, and no glass lacing. The aroma is of yeasty cracker malt, subtle lemon & ginger, and a seawater note, oddly. Taste is the same, with lots of sugary sweetness. And, there is the odd seawater note, again. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Karbach Lemon and Ginger Radler finishes crisp, refreshing, easy going, and interesting. Unique.

RJT

Nov 09, 2017
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Actually a decent beer, white head, gold/yellow toned ale. Smells like.. Ginger, citrus.. just like the name suggests. Quite similar to a soda with the carbonation. A thick, syrupy kind of flavor and consistency. Hint of tropical flavor. Not a bad beer.

Nov 04, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a Radler so it is somewhat soda like. I wouldn't recommend it with dinner or for slow sipping in front of the TV, but it is good for fast chugging in the Texas heat. As such it does its job.

Look: cloudy light yellow hue with a thick bubbly snow-white head.

Aroma: ginger and lemon

Taste: It is pretty much ginger ale with some lemon and some wheat beer character. However, it is a radler. The ginger blends in very nicely, not too much and not too little.

Feel: light body, significant carbonation

Sep 12, 2017
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subafly from Washington

4.74/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

If you're buying a radler you should know what you're getting - a half beer, half soda concoction. It's going to be sweet, high calorie and low alcohol. I've seen more and more on the market but this is the best I've found that can match the standard that's set by Schöfferhofer. A lot of radlers made by US breweries taste like a beer with a splash of flavoring. Karbach did it right and this is a nice, sweet beer with good lemon flavor. I don't notice the ginger as much but overall the taste is well balanced. The smell is right on. Great radler.

Jul 07, 2017
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Texter from Texas

1.83/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Bought this beer after seeing it's score on BA, I don't know what "beer" those other reviews drank but this concoction is terrible, way too lemony and sweet. I can't even call it a beer. Figured it would be a sessionable float in the pool beer but it pales in comparison to the Shandy line from Leinenkugels.

Will never buy this again.

Jun 12, 2017
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ZeroTX from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a "fruit beer" guy, but we saw this at the local Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball game and my wife thought she might like it. Indeed she did and I did as well. Very refreshing, nice zesty lemon flavor, but not overly sweet, e.g. this is not a Mike's Hard Lemonade or something like that, it's much more complex in flavor than that, but still cool and refreshing. I could drink 5 of these outside on a hot summer day or sitting on the beach. Available at the local H-E-B grocery store in 6-pack cans. Same price as other non-premium Karbach brews. Yes, Karbach is now owned by AB-InBev, but I have to admit, they are still making a great product.

May 09, 2017
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Dello from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smooth and refreshing, like a beer soda. Reminds me of Shiner Ruby Redbird with the noticeable yet not burning ginger flavor, but it has lemon instead of grapefruit.

The somewhat strong ginger flavor brings a crisp, biting sensation offset by a heavy punch of sweet lemon.
-slight lemon aftertaste that lingers briefly
-potentially sessionable

After a few tastings on different days, I preferred letting the beer warm slightly after refrigeration to lessen the intensity of the lemon. One experience with near-freezing temperature made the lemon taste quite overbearing, almost like a Lemon Head candy.

Worth a try!

Mar 07, 2017
Lemon Ginger Radler from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 55 ratings