Schell's Shocked Radler | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Shocked RadlerSchell's Shocked Radler
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Schell's Shocked RadlerSchell's Shocked Radler

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

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Added by mothman on 08-01-2012

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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this was a miss for me, intended as a grapefruit radler, its definitely a little syrupy and artificial tasting on the grapefruit, but for me what hurt it the most is the residual sugar in combination with the lack of effervescent carbonation, its just not as refreshing as the style is supposed to be, even with the low abv and minimal "beer" qualities. it tastes like a dosed version of the normal grain belt, far from what i was looking for in this one, and miles away from the best radlers in the game. the grapefruit flavor isnt bad, its proportion is right, but its a little sweet to say the least, it just loses its refreshment value because of it. i always find it hard to believe these guys can be responsible for that amazing series of berliner variants, and then still put out a beer that borders on not even being craft like this one, its just beyond me. still, i see value in this for folks new to beer, or drinkers of adjunct lager looks to expand their horizons a bit. we still need those kinds of beers out there, and for that purpose this is as good as any, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of zeff80
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Poured out a very clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit soda. It had a very strong grapefruit taste with a little tartness.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't know too much about this other than it is a massive grapefruit beer. I heard rumors that they are trying to get the abv up and put it in bottles.

Pint at old Chicago

Little white head with little retention. Color is a clear light pale yellow. Very clear!

This beer is hardcore grapefruit. It is hard to tell if this is a beer or some kind of wine cooler or mikes. It honesty tastes like ruby red squirt.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this beer was really ligt and easy to drink, especially after a long run. I don't know how much of it I would normally want, but on a hot day a bottle or two would be refreshing.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin head.

The smell is of musty grapefruit soda.

The taste is of grain and grapefruit juice/soda.

Maybe more of a malty base would help this? Not much too it, on the fizzy side with a musty character that doesn't blend so well with the grapefruit character.

To be honest, I prefer Stiegl's version.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: brilliant straw permeated with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a thin white foam cap with fair to poor retention.

S: fruit and uncooked flour with a faint scent of spicy hops.

T: Grapefruit dominates the flavors but it still allows a mild to medium hop accent to show through. The malt stays in the background. It finishes citrusy with grapefruit and a mild bitterness.

F: The beer is light and highly carbonated.

O: It comes close to straddling the boundary between beer and not beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Coming out with a Radler other than just with lemonade to me is just genius. This beer pours rather good bright yellow with no haze. Smells mostly of sweet grapefruit (not as sour as I hoped) with mild malt base and residual sugars.

Taste is smooth and it goes down easy but it doesn't have much of a beer taste. More of a sweet alcoholic grapefruit soda. Body was super light and easy to chug.

Overall these guys make some pretty good beers and even though it was less bitter than Harpoon's version I kind of longed for more actual bitter grapefruit juice taste. Just average

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Photo of ovaltine
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jzlyo
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of MattyG85
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden straw yellow with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very spritzy grapefruit forward aroma with some grainy pale malt. Big scent of grapefruit leaps out. Also some fruit hints of orange, apple, and berry. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, straw, and crackers. Some sugar adds to the sweetness. Very crisp smelling. Decent for what its going for.

Taste: Like it smells, a very crisp and spritzy grapefruit forward taste with some grainy malt notes. Big taste of grapefruit juice throughout along with some subtle notes of orange, berry, and apple. Sugary sweetness and mild tartness. Pale malt with notes of wheat, cereal grains, straw, and crackers. Light, very crisp, and decent tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Very crisp and fairly tart and juicy. Starts sweet and finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A decent summer quencher. Nice grapefruit flavor although there isn't much there besides the fruit and grain. First "Radler" I've had.

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Photo of jera1350
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a BMC light beer- pale fizzy yellow beer.

Grainy BMC light beer nose with a light yet syrupy grapefruit undertone. Pretty light smell.

The taste is like a light lager mixed with a grapefruit syrup. I know they did use real grapefruit juice and it does come through more in the end, but the sweetness is just too much for me and is presenting itself as artificial flavored syrup. Grapefruit peel on the finish with a little lingering bitterness.

Light, fizzy, dry finish from all of the grapefruit.

This is my first radler and probably my last. Like a Mike's Hard Lemonade really. My ratings reflect my thoughts, but taking into account style also which gives it a higher bump than if I just rated it on straight up opinion. I'm glad Schell's used real grapefruit instead of artificial, but it still has a fake corn syrup sweetness to it. Definitely not my style and if you're a radler fan, I would suggest it. If not, move along.

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Photo of mynie
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%

I've written a bunch of dumb crap lately about how surprisingly difficult it is to brew a good pre-made radler/sandy. To make my point, I will point to some badly made ones, and then hold them in contrast to the okay-to-good one I am reviewing. This will allow me to justify giving it a score higher than it's average, I figure, since all you plebs ain't approaching the beer from the same enlightened vantage point as me.

Trouble is, every goddamn brewer in the country released a radler this summer, and more than half of them were good. Even Coors Light's Summer Brew was totally okay.

So... I don't know. I just do not know. There might be some kind of artistry to these. Maybe it's just cheating. Don't know, don't care.

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Ristaccia
4.75/5  rDev +43.1%

Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very pale straw color with just under a finger of head that settled quickly to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is all grapefruit. Very similar to the aroma after cutting a grapefruit in half. Impressive natural aroma.

Mothman said it tasted like Ruby Red Squirt. That is spot on. Very little beer flavor left but there is some malt flavor that sneaks in the finish that lets the drinker know he is not drinking soda or some malt beverage concoction. Even leaves a grapefruit aftertaste.

I think this beer could of benefitted from a higher level of carbonation. Low for even a more conventional German lager. The body is light but does not finish really crisp.

Impressive Radler. Schell's produced a beer that is refreshing and not too sweet. I would not get tired of drinking this after a couple. I would like a little more beer flavor and more lively carbonation to put this solidly in the outstanding level.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Finally! Got my hands on this one!

Appearance (3.75) : pours a 2 finger fluffy white head that recedes slowly and leaves lace. The head is stable and shave foam-like in its appearance. The body is a pale pear juice color with depth and opacity. I'm reminded of a quality Hefe when I look at it. Slightly hazy with a tad of sediment.

Aroma (3.75) : Grapefruit, 7up, wheat (upon deeper inhalation). The grapefruit is dead on with the sour and sweet mixture. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3.75) : good. Kind of like a seasonal 7up or Sierra Mist, but its beer. The taste is sweet at first and then quickly turns tart as it drifts to the back of your tongue. It starts out light and seems to swell or bloom up into a fuller, creamier mouthfeel upon impact. It is tasty but is a sipper, as the taste is quite strong. A little bitter grapefruit hop appears at the end.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Fizzy, slightly creamy. Ends fully creamy. Light bodied and swells or blooms into a medium body. Interesting.

Overall (3.75) : A good radler, worth a try.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of garymuchow
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Veigel's Kaiserhoff in New Ulm.
Had a flat appearance with little head and looking mostly like an Am. lager. Golden body and mostly clear.
Grapefruit aroma with only a hint of the base lager.
A nice grapefruit flavor that wasn't too tart or too sweet, but more on the sweet than tart. Again the lager base was foundation and background. No real hop quality to discern.
Light body, but certainly with more of a lager quality than water. Smooth and on flatter side of carbonation.
I was surprised with how much I liked this. A nice easy drinking beverage that's soft on the beer qualities, but not without them. It went nice with the meal and was nice for a hot day. Good for lawn mowing and enjoying outdoors in hot weather when looking for the thirst quenching aspects of drinking.

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Photo of Chucker17
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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Schell's Shocked Radler from August Schell Brewing Company
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