Krombacher Radler | Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher Brauerei

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 03-01-2005

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Photo of Miha
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of RickyS
2.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is the best example of a Radler i know, much better than others like Veltins...
However it is a Radler and would only drink it as a BBQ refreshment, and it be one and only one unless i was driving...
Looks smart and simple on the Krombacher bottle, pours just like a Pils, but slightly more carbonated and a little more thicker looking, prehaps because of the sugar content.
Smells like krombacher, slightly hoppy, floral but with the lemonade being the main note, nice and fresh citrus burst ! The taste is just as you'd imagine a Radler/Shandy, the taste of beer is overwhelmed by the sweetness of the lemonade, really crisp and refreshing but too sweet for my taste
Overall a great Radler, if you like that kind of thing.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500ml can, the latest radler entrant into the local market, trying to capture some of Stiegl's luster, it would seem.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with a handful of puffy, loosely foamy, and eventually bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some minor cobwebbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of musty, chalky lemonade, again that not-so-saccharine European sort, weak pale grainy malt, and a subtle flinty mineral character. The taste presents as a big uptick in the sweetness realm - more pithy, candy-like lemon fruitiness, a hint of lime (or that may just be my childhood Slurpee associations), and a faint gritty graininess, one hard to ascribe to any particular sort of malt.

The carbonation is quite low and mostly ineffectual, the body on the light side weight-wise, and just a wee bit cloying in its smooth and fruity creaminess. It finishes off-dry, and not really all that sweet, the lemon notes starting to turn towards the stale and expired corner store shelf variety.

For the proto-style, this is actually all right - it's not altogether natural seeming, but neither is it overwrought in its fruity sweetness, and the underlying beer, while not exactly making waves, does provide a certain gravitas that others in this category usually lack. I could enjoy a few of these on a patio in the summertime, if ABV was ever a concern - otherwise, what's the point?

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Photo of KMcG
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of mishi_d
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of imbibehour
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.46/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, bottled 05/21/15, best by 05/21/16. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into clear tulip-ish stemware.

A - A golden honey colored body, crisp lager-ish appearance, a bit darker than other radlers I've encountered. This one has the consistency of actual 'beer'. One big finger of frothy white head, good scattered lacing. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks nice.

S - Some crisp honeyed malt, a bit of an odd swampy funkiness. Mostly a pronounced honey sweetness. No overt notes of white sugar, lemon, or citrus.

T - Taste follows the nose: honey sweetness & bready malt. Sweet & sugary, but not lemony or citric.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, lightly sweet & honeyed. Light & easy drinking stuff.

Overall, different than other examples of the style I've had, but far from the best. Worth a try.

Krombacher Radler -----3.5/5

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before 04/03/2016 and served ice cold. I guess this means that lime beers are finally old news, and radlers are the new hotness? Because I am sure seeing a hell of a lot of previously never-seen radlers popping up in this market. Let's keep our fingers crossed, I suppose.

Pours a crystal-clear pale golden-yellow colour, topped off with just over one finger's width of soapy, frothy white head. Retention is decent for a radler; it remains in place for three or four minutes, soon fading into a filmy cap and modest-sized collar, along with a nice, continuous curtain of lacing wrapped around the edge. Looks as good as your average imported pils. The nose is nothing to get too excited about - grainy, pale malts, sugary sweetness, and a mixture of lemonade and lemon oil. This is how an authentic, unadulterated lemon radler is supposed to smell.

The flavour starts off with a mix of pale, grainy barley malt and sugary lemonade sweetness. Flavours of citrusy lemon zest crop up near the finish, though they do not come across as especially 'natural'-tasting (note: there are no artificial sweeteners or flavours used in this radler, according to the ingredients list). A touch of grainy barley malt leaks through in the aftertaste, while the lemonade sweetness is busy fading from the palate. Light-bodied, with crisp carbonation levels and a very thirst-quenching feel. Easy to drink and very refreshing - I could see myself enjoying this one again, outside on a hot summer's day, but in the end this is just a relatively unremarkable beer.

Final Grade: 3.4, a B-. Like most of the German-made radlers I've tried over the years, Krombacher Radler is a relatively well-constructed, very simple beverage that won't rustle too many jimmies. It should appeal to those seeking out something very light and citrusy, with a moderated sweetness that does not come anywhere close to approaching the cloying saccharinity of your typical 'malternative'. As far as lemon radlers in Ontario go, this one is somewhere in the middle - I like it marginally more than Lowenbrau's/Labatt's, so I'm sure a few cans will make their way into my fridge this summer.

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Photo of Beate
4.54/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I can really taste the lemon. /Kjenner friskheten og sødmen fra sitronen.

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Photo of JimNeedsBrew
4/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crossovert
2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle. Mindestens haltbar bis: 05.05.12.

It is a clear gold.

It smells like lemon.

The flavor is a mix of sweet malts and lemonade. There is a bit of hop flavor that also comes through.

It is easy to drink, half beer half lemonade. It isn’t awful, especially for such an industrial-type brewer.

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Photo of rale
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for a reasonable $2.45 CDN from the LCBO. Let's see how yet another European pilsner maker (Stiegl, Wernesgruner, etc.) mixes their signature beer with fruit juices.

Appearance - Very pale golden color, crystal clear with two plus fingers of smooth white head. Plenty of bubbles and a surprising swath of white lacing left behind after the impressive head completes its descent.

Smell - Lemon, ginger and beer gives this a spiked ginger ale aroma.

Taste - A little bit sugary sweet like ginger ale but the lemon does show up here and then a very grainy and smooth flavor rolls through the station. Interesting, although not that interesting and not too sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel - Smooth light and well carbonated, but not gassy.

Overall - Is this a great beer? well... no, but for what it is and considering it doesn't have the ally that really can make a very good radler (grapefruit), this is pretty good. Interesting blend, you can taste the beer with the grain bill, it looks pretty decent and is affordable. What's not to like about this summer quencher.

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Photo of Everydayoff
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass with freshness date on back label.

Clear dull gold, rather small white head with short retention and left with small lacing. Carbonation is low.

Only lemon note stand with subtle grain. Malt and hop are hardly detectable.

Lemonade upfront feel like synthetic lemonade follow and backing by grain, bread malt and hop. All those backing notes are in mild touch.

The body is light with pricky mouthfeel.

The mix between pilsener and lemon give a not too bad result. It reminds me of lemonade soda but with alcohol additive.

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Photo of ShawnL
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mmutantl
4/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of Gregwa
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of JosefBerger
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of josanguapo
1.78/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

From Carrefour San Juan. In Teku glass. At lunch, with plaices + macaroni bolognesa. More metallic than lemony. Not easy to finish. There are much better and cheaper alternatives, like a simple mahou mixta

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Photo of Bendurgin
1.52/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

My landlord went to Germany and came back with some beers for me. This was one of them. Poured into a pint glass. Very clear golden straw color with about a finger of fluffy white head. A bit of sticky lace.

Smells really sweet. It reminds me of lemon pez or a cheap store bought marangue. Not pleasing at all. This taste bad. It's sweet like a lemon cough drop with honey. It actually reminds me of what my mom used to give me when I had a cough; hot water with honey and lemon. I know I may be being redundant but that's what I get.

The body is light and still somehow sticky. Nothing wrong with the carbonation but I hate the way the flavor lingers.

Well, it was nice of my landlord to think of me but I could have gone without this one. Just pass gang. Even if it's free.

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.44/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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