Stiegl Radler Zitrone (Lemon)
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

Stiegl Radler Zitrone (Lemon)Stiegl Radler Zitrone (Lemon)
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #729
ABV:
2%
Score:
79
Ranked #47,781
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 16.76%
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
247
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Stiegl Radler Zitrone (Lemon)Stiegl Radler Zitrone (Lemon)
Notes: Also known as Stiegl Gaudi Radler Shandy (Lemon)

Best Stiegl-Goldbräu blended with lemonade made with real lemon juice results in a sparkling, invigorating taste that appeals to women and men alike. Its delicate hints of citrus and fresh aroma are the reason why this naturally cloudy Radler is one of Austria's most popular beverages.
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Iamaskier from Idaho

3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Even, thin head and hazy, pale yellow body. Pretty sweet smell, mostly lemon, some bready malt. Not much going on. Taste is simple and clean. Very sweet, lemony, some breadlines, and a bit of cream. No hops. It tastes kinda like a lemon meringue pie, though not quite as tart. Feel is wet, moderate carbonation.
It’s refreshing, it’s simple. Those two things are done well. It could benefit from being a bit more sour, or even from some hoppy bitterness, but hey. Sometimes you need simple.

Jul 14, 2021
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TedHead from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Very pale semi hazy yellow. Smells almost exactly like sprite with a lemonhead dropped in it. Taste is dominated by candied lemon peels and undertones of lemon cleaner. It's very sweet and there's not much malt flavor or hop bitterness that comes through- just enough to balance it. This goes down incredibly easily and it's very refreshing.

Sep 12, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the lemon one is really good, a very natural fruit flavor, seems lighter in feel to me than the grapefruit one, and i love how low alcohol these are, perfect for summer sessions, or firing back up on a hangover. nice pale yellow color to this, insanely fizzy from the can and holding a high white head, looks great, a little cleaner than the grapefruit one. it smells lemon first, with the base beer a bit obscured by the potency of the fruit, but its summery and appealing, a little tart too even, very natural. the flavor is a little bit sweet, and its obviously a soda not a juice thing blended in, and it maybe is sweeter than i want to drink a ton of, but when its good and cold, it doesnt bother me much, and the finish is still on the drier side with some lager yeast, lemon tang, and effervescent carbonation. the malt base is super light on this, there are some earthy minerals crisping it up, and the refreshment factor overall here is very high. really solid overall, maybe kind of a mass appeal thing, but for a flavored beer this is a good one. all around our table enjoyed it this weekend! perhaps my favorite of the ones i have had from these guys...

Aug 10, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

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

16.9oz can poured into a pint glass; softly hazy yellow pour reminiscent of lemonade, with a soft white head that sticks around longer than normal Radlers but not that long overall; big obvious notes of lemon, lemonade, citrus fruit, sugary soda, and sweetness. Tartness is subdued but there. Soft fizzy body is uber-drinkable and brings this brew together as an excellent summer crusher.

Aug 02, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL can
I had this once, 7 years ago and thought it was due for a revisit.
L: cloudy yellow body; fizzy white head
S: lemon zest, sugar, lemonade
T: sweet lemon soda, faint lager and biscuity malt
F: light body, higher carbonation, sweet finish with some lemon zest lingering
O: better than I remember, but I'll stick to the grapefruit radler

Jul 18, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Today is F, 15 Mai 2020 & I am in deep isolation during the COVID-19 crisis, giving me ample time to clear out my backlog. This one will CANtinue a few days of imports for The CANQuest (tm). This one came to me from local, in-person trader @tone77 following a trip of his.

From the CAN: "Stiegl Brewery Salzburg, Austria * Private Since 1492 * Austria's Largest Private Brewing Company"; "40% Stiegl-Goldbräu and 60% fruit soda from purely natural ingredients for an outstanding malt beverage specialty."; "Cloudy appearance."

This last was my green light to do some in-CAN agitation before Crack!ing open the vent. Once this was acCANplished, I went with an aggro C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It responded with the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, pillowy bone-white head with very good retention. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had a slightly artificial-lemon quality, perhaps from its intense sweetness. My first thought was of Country Time Lemonade or Fanta Limon because it did not have the natural tang of ReaLemon. This was problematic since the style centers around the inclusion of fruit, not fruit soda pop. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly removed from it, either. The taste was tangy, but still sweeter than actual lemon juice. I beCAN to relate to @Dewsby WRT using it as a mixer. It was during my first overseas Med Cruise in 1985 that I hit upon Tanqueray & Fanta Limon. I just happen to have a bottle in my pre-sequestration stash! I will give that a whirl once I have my initial review CANpleted. @Hyptochrons mentioned Meyer lemon(s/pie) & I CAN see that. Finish remained sweet, which I think is the big takeaway here. It would probably be highly welcomed on a hot, humid Summer day by a bicyclist, but as a stand-alone, the sweetness became an issue.

It was at this point that I added some Tanqueray gin for old times' sake. The spiciness of the liquor's botanicals beCAN to cut some of the sweetness. At that point, I could REALLY taste everything - the maltiness of the base Pilsner beCAN to emerge, the lemon became a LOT less sweet & the botanicals of the gin were also in evidence. Mmm. This reminded me of a recent discussion re. BudLight Chelada - it is not BAD, per se, but it needs help, generally in the form of liquor. Which kinda reminds me - maybe I'll pick some up today during my visit to the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop. Hmm.

May 15, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Radler Zitrone pours a clear yellow color, with a small, fizzy head. Big fresh lemon aroma. Flavor is sweet, lots of lemon flavors. Flat body. Overall, very refreshening, sweet, and easy to drink.

May 10, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Very similar to champagne. Pale gold with heavier carbonation rising. One finger of thick white head with extremely long retention, leaving a thin layer of foam even 15 minutes after pouring.

Smell: Lemonade with mild floral notes.

Taste: Very similar to lemonade. Only a slight maltiness suggests otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Full body with good carbonation.

Overall: I’m conflicted. While technically a fruit beer, the flavor is more like a flavored malt beverage. It’s tasty, but ambiguously beer.

Mar 13, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau wheat glass from a 16.9 fl oz can on December 24, 2019. Stiegl-Goldbräu blended with lemonade made from real lemons. Naturally cloudy with hints of fresh citrus.

Mar 06, 2020
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like it's cousin the grapefruit radler in a lot of ways. Simple, flavourful, but honestly could stand to be just a bit more lemony. Easy to drink, good sometime stuff. Not quite as good as the grapefruit version.

Jul 03, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

hard to rate this as a beer but just rating it as a beverage in general. overall has some nice grainy sweetness that is complimented by the lemon flavor which brings some tartness as well as some sweeter hits reminiscent of meyer lemon pie. in the end it is just a touch too sweet for me, and i found that when i watered it down with seltzer it was more pleasant, at which point its really closer to a juice or spritzer than a beer. whatever, still pretty enjoyable!

May 08, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 16.9 oz can into glass. Medium head, which quickly reduces to thin rim all around the perimeter. Fizzing sounds. Opaque yellow straw. Smells of tart, real lemon and malt. Taste is lemon and corn syrup-y sweetness with just a hint of malt. Straightforward and drinkable.

Aug 22, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9oz can into glass. '26437' is stamped on can bottom.
Cloudy, straw colored body. Fizzy, white colored head quickly dissipates. Just a few small spots of lacing.
Sweet lemon aroma.
Taste is sweet lemon soda with malt in the background. Just a bit of sting on the tongue.
Fizzy, medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Refreshing and sweet lemon flavored malt beverage. Perfect for warm summer afternoons.

Aug 02, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy whitish yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of lemonade are present in the nose along with hints of sweetness.
T: The taste follows the smell and resembles lemon soda with a touch of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but can be considered one dimensional.

Serving type: can

Jul 15, 2018
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Spikester from Oregon

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light gold with two fingers of white head. Some rings of lace.
Smell is sweet lemon.
Taste is sweet lemon with a bit of the beer malt for support. Maybe some minor hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light with enough carbonation. The finish is sweet and refreshing.
Overall a pretty good radler.

Jun 30, 2018
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is of lemon soda, pours a nearly opaque straw yellow with a dusting of white head. Light body, easy drinking, with a crisp lemon flavor. The low ABV helps make this a great refreshing summer beer.

Jun 21, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.74/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Zitrone has a thick, fluffy, white head, a cloudy, lemon-yellow appearance, with racing bubbles and moderate glass lacing. Aroma is of sugary lemon, with underlying malt, and the flavor is the same. The body is medium, and Zitrone finishes crisp & tart.

RJT

Jun 09, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can into pint glass, canned on 3/18/2017. Pours hazy pale golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart lemonade, lemon/lime zest, citrus peel, cracker, white bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of lemon soda, pale malt, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart lemonade, lemon/lime zest, citrus peel, cracker, white bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/citrus peel bitterness and lemon soda tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemonade, lemon/lime zest, citrus peel, cracker, white bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of lemon soda, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/tartness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, and fairly grainy/sticky/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 2.5%. Overall this is a nice radler style. All around good robustness and balance of lemon soda, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and not watery feeling for the low ABV. Well balanced lemon soda and helles flavors, with solid earthy hop presence. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

Dec 02, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a cloudy, bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, little else. Taste is lemons, grains, neither to sweet or to tart. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is refreshing and highly crushable, but with such a low abv, I guess that should be expected.

Sep 22, 2017
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy yellow color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades super fast leaving a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a lemon smell mixed with a little bit of grain. Other night notes of herb are mixed in there as well.
Taste – The taste begins as one may expect from the nose with a strong lemonade flavor that has a little bit of a malty flavor associated with it. As the taste advances some light herb and grass come to the tongue all while the other flavors persist and leave one with a rather sweet but still sorta refreshing taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thin and light with a carbonation level that is high. It is perfect for the light abv, sweet flavors and refreshing tastes of the brew and makes it super easy drinking.
Overall – Sweet and refreshing and very easy drinking. Nice for a summer day.

Jun 18, 2017
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Dewsby from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At a glance, it seems this beer is rated poorer than it should be based on a distaste for "fruity beers," and not because it is a poor representation of the style.

Appearance: Pours a vibrant yellow hay color with an opaque haze. The head is minimal and doesn't stick around for long as the radler's carbonation eats through it.

Aroma: Smells of fresh lemon and sweet key lime. Reminiscent of homemade lemonade or limeade. An absolute pleasure to sniff.

Taste: Nothing too complex, a lovely carbonated lemon beverage combined with the standard Stiegl pils. The pils by itself isn't anything to call home about, but its slight malt and pleasant breadiness compliments the sweet lemonade and crisp tartness this radler brings to the table. Absolutely lovely, although it can be cloyingly sweet if drank in excess.

Mouthfeel: This radler is very carbonated, some would say too carbonated, but I prefer it this way. As previously stated, the carbonation will eat through the head and lacing, but on a hot summer day, the trade-off is well worth it. Few mass produced radlers are as spritzy and full bodied.

Overall: For my personal tastes, this is my go to lemon radler. The carbonation may be too high for some, and the sweet lemon notes may be too overpowering for some, but to me, it is the ideal ratio I look for. It is a wonderful replacement for soda pop and a very simple building block for beer cocktails (add a shot of gin or vodka to this and you are really cooking). It would be rated higher if people thought of it as a fun summer radler and possible mixed drink ingredient rather than a standalone "fruit/vegetable beer."

Jun 15, 2017
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Getalegup from Texas

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

Refreshing. My first Radler. It is medium sweet lemonade and a light lager. Would be a great hot weather beer if you like lemonade and don't like full flavored beer.

Oct 10, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Stiegl Radler Zitrone
,5l can
€1,05 @ SPAR, Babenbergerstraße 9, Wien

I can't speak for the appearance of this beer as I simply drank it from the can as I wandered the streets of Wien; and I guess not having sampled many radlers, or at least never having sampled any of them side by side, I don't have a lot to compare it to flavor-wise either. My notes read: Interesting. Nice lemon flavor (actually zitrone as lime is limone), authentic. Not too sweet, nor overtly tangy. You can taste that it's lager with lemon rather than lemon-soda with beer added. Refreshing.

Aug 28, 2014
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Colt45 from California

3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An excellent beer... For the ladies. This is not a bad thing, if you have a girlfriend or wife you want to introduce softly into the beer world then this a great example of a Lemon shandy. Nice on the palate well carbonated with a strong lemon presence. Something you expect of a mixed drink, my girlfriend detested microbrews until I had her try this and needless to say every time we beer shop she goes out of her way to grab a few. The appearance of this hybrid is deceiving, seems like a low calibre lager fizzy and yellow.

Apr 05, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

300ml unique arched flute, at the newly opened Craft Beer Market in downtown Edmonton. I'm just going by what they've named it at this location, which apparently has an exclusive on this in Alberta, for now.

This beer appears a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with one hefty finger of loosely foamy, and mostly sudsy eggshell white head, which leaves some decent cannonball splash lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of lemon Slurpee, grainy pale malt, and a certain tame herbal, weedy hop dryness. The taste is more semi-sweet lemon Freezie, some further candy sugar sweetness, very understated bready and crackery pale malt, and a mere echo of weedy, earthy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is light on its feet, what with its gentle frothiness, the body well on the lee side of medium weight, and more or less smooth, with little lemon acerbity or the like putting up a fight. It finishes not as sweet as I had anticipated, but still pretty one-sided.

For the broad style, this is not bad, no off-flavours carrying over from the base lager, though it would have been nice to see a bit more of the zip from the lemonade manifest here. Something to quell the heat on a summer patio, or on the flip-side, lower the booze heat on a winter tour of YEGDT beer bars.

Jan 10, 2014
Stiegl Radler Zitrone (Lemon) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 247 ratings