Cage Radler
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #578
ABV:
3%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,221
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 13.2%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
129
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: The brewers’ playground. At Victory, we’re an experimental and thirsty bunch, and our limited-release, draft-only specialty series, D’town Drafts, is an outlet for the creativity, ingenuity and passion for which our Brewmasters are known.
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a white cap that recedes almost immediately, no lacing. Aroma is lemonade. Flavor is lemonade with just a hint of a hop bite. Feel is soft and lightly carbonated. I actually like this a lot. Hard to call it a beer though.

Jun 12, 2018
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of lemons and light grain, very nice, but the lemon seems a tad artificial. Tastes of tart lemonade, not really like a beer. Beer is light bodied and extremely easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Oct 15, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy straw with a nice white head. Surprisingly good retention, with a bit of lacing.

S: Sweet sugary lemon, like powdered lemonade mix. A bit of lemon peel zest, and just a touch of crackery malt backbone.

T: Powdered lemonade and lemon candy upfront, followed by a touch of crackery and wheat-like malt. You get some lemon zest and lemon seed near the finish. It finishes very light and clean, despite the initial sugary sweetness.

F: Light, but good for its abv. Slightly crackery and medium-carbonated.

O: A really solid radler. Very refreshing.

Jul 21, 2017
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bradco57 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the Cage Radler today for the 1st time. Was looking for something less alcoholic and refreshing and this was perfect. Had a pint at the Victory Brewpub in Kennett Square. The color is hazy yellow and unfiltered looking with a medium head. The taste is lemony and pleasant. I look forward to my next pint of Cage Radler as its a perfect summer drink.

Jun 19, 2017
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hophugger from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale yellow color with a thin filmy head. Lots of carbonation bubbles and almost no lacing to speak of. Aroma is of citrus soda. Taste is extremely refreshing, lots of lemony carbonated soda and a bit of malt to balance. 3.00% abv makes this very sessionable. Clean lemon finish and hardly any notes of bitterness or anything else.

May 13, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

hazy straw with a dense bright white head. notes of sugary lemon, grain, and grass. mouthfeel is light as expected. overall a decent beer that is pretty drinkable and refreshing, maybe a bit sweet at times.

Aug 29, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Brewers Haven. Light citrus aroma runs the gamut from lemon to grapefruit. Hazy golden pour with small, soft fluffy white head. Taste also reflects the citrus flavors, lemons, pineapples, grapefruit. Light and easy drinker. Nice hot weather beer. Might give Steigl a run for its money.

Aug 27, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It looks like this one made it off of the playground & into CANs! I will forever give Bill Covaleski the needle for his (long-ago) pronouncement to me, "Woody, Victory beers will be CANned at about the same time that Hell freezes over! Go peddle your CANQuest (tm) nonsense to Tom Kehoe, maybe he'll listen." Department of Famous Last Words.

From the CAN: "A refreshing blend of Lager & Citrus"; "Taste Victory Responsibly[-] Please Recycle"; "Life is a Journey, wherever the ride takes you. Our spin on a German classic [CAN]nects Lemon Freshness with Crisp Lager. Pack some Cage Radler and Taste Victory."; "Brewmasters' Approval [undersigned] Bill [&] Ron".

Man, I was pleasantly surprised by the Crack!, since it revealed a brimful CAN. I would have thought that with all of their very impressive engineering, that each CAN would be a precision fill. Is it possible that they calibrated the filler to give people more? More! To me, it is the CANned beer equivalent of a Baker's Dozen. I applaud yinz, even while chuckling at the memory. I used my Pils glass for this one, so the Glug had to be gentle. I got a brief finger of very fizzy, bone-white head with miserable retention. Sorry to see you go, pal! Color was a cloudy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose had a pleasant lemoniness & I could see why this would be a go-to on a hot, humid summer's day. It is not as sweltering as last weekend, but it is still pretty ugly here in LanCANster, PA, about 40 miles west of Downingtown. Mouthfeel was a little thin, kind of spritzy, but still thin. The taste reminded me of my youth, when I would hawk Country Time Lemonade on the corner during the summer. It was more sweet than tart, which may be a result of the lager base. I will not argue that it was refreshing, but I would have preferred that it be a little more tart. Finish was semi-dry, but again, I would have rather it have been drier. I need a dry towel to wick away the sweat. Who turned on the oven? Jeez-O, man.

Aug 20, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a tiny white cap

S: Lots of lemon and wheat up front with a vague citrus fruitiness and bready notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the lemon and wheat and goes into the overall citrusy profile. Bready notes make the lemon almost taste like pine-sol (although somehow not in an off-putting way). Finishes with more wheat and lemon notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the chalky side

O: A solid railer that is extremely crushable and refreshing on a hot day. Really hits the spot if you're not necessarily looking for an full-on beer

Aug 17, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and light amounts of straw yellow + bright yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer surrounded by a thin ring at the edges of the glass. minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of lightly sweet lemon citrus (almost like lemonade or lemon soda) with a very light aroma of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a very light flavor of grainy malts that is quickly followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of lightly sweet lemon citrus (akin to a lemon soda/lemonade) with only the slightest hint of lemon tartness. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fade away almost instantly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially lightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, quite enjoyable on a hot Sunday afternoon.

Aug 14, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For what it is, this beer is pretty good. Poured a cloudy light yellow into a pint glass, good head and lacing. Lemon-lime citrusy smell and taste. Light and refreshing, but not too sweet.

Aug 11, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from Bert's
Pours a hazy light yellow with a good sized white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of Lemons, lemonade, and a light graininess. More grain bready flavor with a light sweetened lemony taste. Smells like lemonade, tastes like light beer with a splash of lemon in it. Not horrible, but not really my thing either.

Aug 05, 2016
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crob3888 from California

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's 101 degrees in Southern California today, and I cracked open one of these before dinner. Bright hazy lemon yellow with an effervescent carbonation leading to a large head. Sweet lemon soda, pale malt, and slightly earthy hop qualities blend together for a refreshingly crushable 3%. I think I'll have another.

Jul 23, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 10/9/2016. Pours hazy pale golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart lemonade, lemon peel, cracker, grain, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of lemonade, pale malt, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lemonade, lemon peel, cracker, grain, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Slight herbal bitterness and fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemonade, lemon peel, cracker, grain, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of lemonade, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and very light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, and slightly grainy mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3%. Overall this is a very solid radler. All around good balance and solid robustness of lemonade, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. The malt had a bit of stale vibe going on as well, which was a little odd; but this was still quite enjoyable and tasty.

Jul 16, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a whitish/yellow color with a 1 inch head, lots of carbonation. Smell is dominated by lemons. Taste is like lemonade, light tartness, very little "beer like" flavors. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is refreshing, but leaving me wanting a beer.

Jul 15, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can from ABV.

A hazy straw yellow with a thin, white head, this looks decent. The nose is very refreshing and not particularly beer like. Like mildly sweetened lemonade with a touch of fizz, this is simple and refreshing. The palate is similar - lemony, a little thin, a mild honey-like sweetness, a nice scrubbing carbonation - not very beer like but darned refreshing.

Jul 14, 2016
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

L: Pours a cloudy light golden yellow color. One finger of white head. No lacing.

S: Lemonade/citrusy.

T/F: Semi sweet lemonade mix... a bit of tartness but not overly so. Not much in the way of beer here. Pretty carbonated and refreshing. Low ABV so you can sit in the sun and drink a few of them.

O: Above average, especially for a canned/bottled radler. The best are hands down fresh and made with a Czech pilsner and sparkling lemonade.... and I've never had a pre-packaged one that could compare. This is probably comparable to a Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. Not really beer... but good enough for what it is. Your beer hating girlfriend/wife will probably love it.

Jun 25, 2016
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mynie from Maryland

3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For a pre-made shandy, this is as boilerplate as you can get. That is, it tastes like a light beer and lemon soda. It's very tasty, as those are two things that go well together, but it's also not the sort of thing that's likely to impress someone on a trend-humping beer forum. You add some organic lemon juice to a galaxy hopped IPA, then we'd be talking. Or maybe lemon isn't fancy enough. Maybe the you need to use mostly apple juice but then say it's juice out of one of those weird hideous fruits they sometimes sell at Meier and I am too scared to buy.

Er... umm... anyways, this pours lightly cloudy. Smells of sweet lemon juice. Tastes of very light beer and sweet lemon juice. I've had some bad pre-packaged shandies, so it's not like there's zero craft here, but this just seems like the sort of beer that would be very hard to fuck up, and that brewers much less competent than Victory should be able to produce.

Had to look up my review of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy to make sure this got a slightly lower score. The two beers are absolutely indistinguishable but at least the Leine's version came out 8 years earlier.

Jun 24, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

two summers ago it was the year of the session ipa, last summer it was the year of the gose, this year, it sure seems like radler/shandy is the way its trending here. this isnt a bad one, but its yet another sweet and artificial tasting one. too much sugar to be refreshing, which i think is the point. if this is really a blend of lemon soda (as a radler should be), im seeing it more as a concentrated flavor syrup than i am real lemons, it lacks the tang and acidity that is supposed to make it so easy drinking. the lager beer base also seems a little light for victory, they obviously used something other than the prima pils, as there are hardly any hops to this. the beer just doesnt quite have the moxie to stand up to the lemon flavoring, and the whole thing seems out of balance. its not just the sugar either, it isnt as well carbonated as a summery beer should be. not flat, but certainly short of lively or active. the flavors arent bad though, and this isnt way off, but it seems to be playing down to the flavored beer market, not way different from the shocktop edition or something. better, but not vastly.

Jun 22, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$ 2.00/12 oz can ($ 0.167/oz) at Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Can marked enjoy by 26 Sep 2016 at 42 degrees into an imperial pint
Aroma – similar to Lemon Pledge, but with less lemon
Head large (Maximum four cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy with large bubbles, diminishing to a three mm ring and layer
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, cloudy
Flavor – lemony; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light, watery, soft carbonation

Not the best Radler I’ve ever had, but still drinkable. And the price is right.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3

Jun 16, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a can of Victory's Cage Radler for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. It's pretty hot today and I thought it was a good time to try this one out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a can glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice look to it and it's eye catching. It poured a very hazy darker golden color that took on more of golden yellow hue when held to the light with one fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This is a nice looking Radler, it's pretty true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the lemon being the first to show up and it imparts a lemonade like aroma that's followed by a little bit of doughy yeast and sweet malts. Up next comes some more malty aromas with some grainy, pale malt and bready aromas coming through. This beer has a nice aroma, it's what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the lemon still being the first to show up, but it's more like a very sweet lemonade with the lemon aspect not coming through as strong as it did in the aroma. Up next comes the doughy malts that leads right into the sweet malts which are stronger than they were in the aroma and are followed by the same malty aspects that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's no bitterness with lots of sweetness taking it's place and it has a sweet cereal like aftertaste. This isn't a great tasting Radler, it's too sweet.

M- Not the smoothest, a little cloying a little sticky, a little crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't that great, it's too sticky.

Overall I thought this wasn't a good beer and it's a below average example of the style, it was going in t he somewhat of the right direction in the aroma, but when I got to the taste there was just way too much sweetness and that held this beer back. This beer didn't have good drinkability, the sweetness makes it that one is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, they were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is sweetness and drinkability, they both weren't good. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend, I would say avoid it. All in all I wasn't happy with this beer, it tasted more like a sweet soda than a beer and the sweetness just killed it for me. It's now my least favorite beer from Victory and it's one of my least favorite Radler's. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work.

Jun 15, 2016
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

DATE: May 28 2016... OCCASION: easing into the second half of a productive yet hot day... perfect for a radler... GLASSWARE: Baltika stange.... APPEARANCE: pours a fervent, bubbling, murky, sallow yellow.... a four-finger head reduces its flourish to two tocky crags of car wash soap... large bubbles pass through the glass... ... AROMA: dish washer citrus impacts immediately, while some pepper is present...... PALATE: sharp, bubbly, impactful but brief... settles its flavor at the tongue... as advertised, easy drinking and heat-quenching... TASTE: lemon, pear and bubblegum make for an interesting mash-up...faint cereal malts keep this from being purely a high-powered lemonade... late bread grains.... OVERALL: this style will never fully appeal to me--save when I am offered the choice between this and Mike's Hard lemonade or any of the other malt/fruit neon light varieties available at backyard barbecues.... still, in the 90-degree heat of the day, after a good workout, I feel bolstered by its light, mostly crisp citrus... slightly muddled by its malts, a reasonable effect...

May 28, 2016
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BrokenEdge from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really enjoyable beer, it's a thirst quencher for sure. Pours a hazy lemonade type color with a very small and fizzy head. Minimal lacing. Smell is lemony, with a little bit of corn-like sweetness. Flavors are similar: a much bigger lemon zest and juice flavor than I expected and truly very citrusy, nearly lemonade. Slight hint of pilsner type malt under all that, and a little bit of lager-y corn sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty average, medium body and carbonation, somewhat sour finish with lingering corn/lemonade sweetness. Overall this isn't overwhelming or in your face brew, but an ice cold one is very refreshing on a hot day

May 22, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy lemonade looking beer with a surprising 1/2 inch of head that doesn't fizz out completely. Smell is intense lemon and citrus like fresh squeezed quality. Good tasting beer but it comes off more as a well crafted soda to me and I am kind of shrugging the 3% ABV.

A beer you could drink all day and never get drunk I guess it's on somebody's list so with this I chug!

May 20, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by: 9/26/16. 3% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky whitish-yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of lemon juice, lemon soda, lemon peel, and lemon candy aromas. Taste is much the same with lemon soda, lemonade, and lemon candy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is super sweet and reminds me more of a soda or lemonade than beer.

Serving type: can.

May 18, 2016
Cage Radler from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 129 ratings