Stiegl Radler Zitrone | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Brewed by:
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Austria
stiegl.co.at

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Stiegl Gaudi Radler Shandy (Lemon)

Added by moulefrite on 07-30-2003

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pDev:
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9 fl. oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours an extremely light extremely clear yellow color with a soda pop head that disappears after a few moments. There is actually some lacing on this beer.

S - Smells like a light beer mixed with watered down lemonade.

T - The taste is actually quite good to me. A very refreshing and dry beer. There is a crisp lemonade taste up front and a light beer maltiness at the end. I also am getting a honey essence as the beer warms up.

M - When this beer is poured it sounds very fizzy like soda, but oddly enough the carbonation is somewhat flat. However, this is a clean and dry tasting beer that refreshes the palate.

D - This beer is very drinkable and refreshing. With a 2.5% ABV you can keep at these with no problem.

Ok, so overall this beer is kind of like Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde. The appearance, smell, and mouthfeel are not too good but the taste and drinkability are good. For what it is, this is a good overall offering for the summer months ahead.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sort of a pleasant surprise. Very un-beer-like up front with a sweeter than usual lemon aroma and fizzy carbonations. head retention is null, but I didn't mind after I began to understand the brew. Lightly wheat-beer like in the aroma and never gained boldness. Instead a lemon drop (like the candies that we ate as a kid; and maybe still do) flavor with a selzer water texture, made for a very efforvescent, light, flavorful, sweet, summertime drink. The malt (wheat or barley) never really came through, neither did the esters, yeast, or bread characters. As I finished the bottle, I began to describe this beer as a German-ish san gria. A mix of a German Kristal Weiss and a lemon Shandy. Tasty, but not really what I look for in a beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold with fizzy carbonation. Foam looks a little like soap bubbles, and dwindles to nothing.

Faint grain aroma, not much lemon or soda to speak of.

Sweet spritzy lemon soda similar to Italian Limonciata soda. There was a hint of pilsner malt in the back. Low acidity from the soda, sweet aftertaste. Well carbonated, light bodied. Ok to try on a summer's afternoon, but ultimately too boring to return to. The base beer lacked flavor. I actually preferred the hefe wheat base of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy.

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Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This is the palest of pale yellows that I've ever seen. Small, fizzy white head with no lacing to speak of.

S - It smells like lemon. Some overall sweetness, too.

T - It tastes like lemon soda with some beer like bite. Very refreshing on a hot day. Sweet with a touch of tart.

M - It was crisp and sharp. Very light bodied with a hint of pucker to it.

O - This is good for what it is. I enjoyed it. I'm surprised by the relatively low score. I didn't expect this to be very beer-like and that may be why I enjoyed it more than others.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.03/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear pale lemon yellow; looks more like a soda than a beer and acts like one too

Smell: Lemon soda with a slight yeasty aspect

Taste: Tastes more like a watered down soda; lemony and sweet, with a honey aspect

Mouthfeel: Light and watery

Drinkability: I had a radler on draft once in Munich so I should have known what I was in for; didn't like it then and don't like it now

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a moderate aroma of sweet lemons with some lighter notes of malts and a slight amount of tartness. Also, I can detect a light presence of floral hops as well.

T: Upfront the flavor of the lemon soda is most present with a light to moderate amount of sweetness but then the flavors of the beer start to come through... There is a light amount of malt with a hint of some graininess and just a touch of floral hop presence.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp, slightly thin/watery, and with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Not really a beer per se but it is quite easy to drink and very enjoyable. This is extremely refreshing and would go down super easily on a hot summer day. I could easily have quite a few of these in a session, especially considering the low ABV.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first radler,I should have bought this during the summer it would have been much more fitting.Poured into a pilsner glass a clear sprtizy lemon yellow with large fizzy white head that was gone quickly.Lemon lime pop and toasted cereal grain aromas wich really didn't amount to much.Tasted like 7UP with lighter lager toasted grain flavors in the back end,to me more pop than beer tasting.Fizzy in the mouth wich is a turn off but I could drink a few of these while out grilling in the summer,my wife loved it.

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Photo of dcmchew
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BEER88
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Having had the grapefruit version, I decided to grab this when I saw it at the store.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white head on top, which reduces to a thin ring on top.

S: Mostly lemon and some sprite on the aroma.

T: Pretty similar to how it smells. Growing on me as at warms up a little bit.

M: Light to medium bodied, pretty easy drinking.

O: Its not bad, but I much prefer the grapefruit version. Probably won't grab this one again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Exceedingly light straw yellow--reminiscent of cider/perry--but with a more beer-like head. The head is simple white. Not bright enough to be cotton white, not dark enough to be off-white. It persists for a good bit and results in a decent amount of scattered, scrappy lace.

The nose is weak and grain-like with the barest suggestion of lemon. As one who loves all things lemon, I'm disappointed. There are plenty of beers that use nothing more than the four basic ingredients that smell much more lemony than this. There's some resemblance to lemon soda, but seriously watered-down lemon soda by my nose.

Gaudi Radler Shandy tastes like what it is, namely an equal mixture of rather pedestrian lager (I assume) and soda. The fizzy sweetness of the soda is dominant and, as in the nose, the lemon flavor isn't nearly strong enough. On the plus side, the soda doesn't cover up the beerness. On the minus side, the beer could do with some covering up.

Short, tart, puckery finish. The body is light despite the fact that the sweetness gives the illusion of a slight syrupiness. While fizzy at first, the mouthfeel becomes almost flat by mid-bottle, as a shooting star burns brightly and then fades to darkness (yeah... right).

I had no idea when I bought this bottle that it was 50% beer and 50% lemon soda. I had hoped that it was a fruit beer that, against all odds, would wow me with a perfect combination of lemon and beer. It can only be termed a failure though, as a beer and as a beverage. Perhaps the best way to get that lemony snap that I crave is with hops after all.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear pale honey colored body. Efferfescent, champagne bubbles rising. No head.

S - Tart, sweet lemonade nose. Mild bitter pilsner/kolsch hop aroma. Light and acidic.

T - Delicious. Sweet and mellow, light and lemony. Very pale beer flavor comprable to kolschbier, and the lemon soda is sweet and tangy but not overpowering. A nice blend of the two.

M - Very light and drinkable, this "beer" is like drinking Italian soda. Effervescent, clean, sweet, crisp.

O - Ok so you can't really rate this among beers. I know it is technically in the beer category, and is mixed with soda but it's still a tasty drink. Still enjoyable for what it's worth. Pizza from major pizza chains isn't authentic pizza, but it's still satisfying to eat.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Another entry in the fishing weekend beer fun. This one, bringing back memories of Germany and Austria from a decade ago, pours a pale jaundice topped by a half-finger of quickly-dying white foam. The nose is a simple combination of corn syrup, very light floral hops, and lemon zest. The taste closely resembles that of Lemonheads, though a small bit o' flowery greens is in there as well. Clearly, the limo (as the Germans call the lemon-lime-ish soda added to radler) overpowers the light lager it's mixed with, but it still tastes great to me. The body is very light, with a moderate carbonation and a ridiculously smooth and easy-going feel. Honestly, you've gotta like radler in order to enjoy this beer. I do, and I subsequently have never encountered a more drinkable beer. I suggest more people learn about what radler is and ought to be...maybe more would like it as much as I (and others in the German-speaking world) do.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of aasher
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's not everyday that you find a shandy on the shelves. The label says "Beer with Lemon Soda Malt Beverage Specialty". This one pours the faintest of yellow, watery in body with a one finger frothy bright white head. It is both one of the clearest and palest beers you'll ever see. The aromas consist of in your face, almost chalky lemonade powder. It's relatively sweet but not as overpowering as the Country Time lemonade that you get from Leine's shandy. The flavor consists of a surprisingly nice light lemon soda with a sprinkle of pale malt dashed in for good measure. The finish is more on the side of the sweet soda which makes this one very refreshing and drinkable. It's very light and drinks very clean. It isn't as artificial as Leine's so I give this one good marks. It's a perfect drink for a hot day, and today was a hot day.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Label reads:"50% Steigl-bier, 50% Lemon Soda" Sounds like what I do pretty often in the summertime, mixing a lager, weizen or pale ale with a fruit soda for increased refreshment and lengthening the drink, cutting down on my alcohol intake. An especially helpful technique for improving a boring or nasty-tastng lager.
As for Steigl's version: Color, a clear, bright yellow, fully transparent at the foot. Poured into an Aventinus glass, it gives a prodigious, albeit short-lived, snow-white head.
Aroma: fizzy, citric, sweet & sour, but a bit too little.
Taste: firmly on the blase side of things. I can taste the soda and the lemon, but not the beer. It must be a pale lager base they use here, for there's nothing in the way of flavor, beyond the lemon. No finish, the faintest body, texture is nil, nothing to recommend it at all.
The notion can be appreciated, but consider that this 17 oz bottle ran me $2.50, and then check out my version: 1 12oz bottle of Summit Hefe Weizen at $.85 + 1 12 oz can of Orange/Mango soda= significant savings, superior satisfaction! Skip this beer and build your own!

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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