Stiegl Radler Zitrone | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stiegl Radler ZitroneStiegl Radler Zitrone

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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pale straw, clear, fizzy white head quickly diminishes, this being 1/2 lemon-lime soda.
S: smells like steigl pils mixed with lemon-lime soda.
T: tastes like steigl pils mixed with lemon-lime soda. surprisingly, it's not too cloyingly sweet as i expected-the carbonation and artificial lemony sourness help in this regard. not too lemonad-ey like leinie summer shandy.
M: light-bodied, effervescent, fizzy. some residual sugars linger but not too much.
D: anything this low in alcohol gets a bump on this from me. also, it kinda hit the spot on a hot summer day at the pool.

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Photo of ATPete
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle

Pours a light yellow with a small white head. A light nose of lemon and a mild grassyness. Light, refreshing and very easy to put down, a little sweet but by no means cloying. One of the best bottled versions of the style ive come across. Worth a try.

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Photo of Treath
4.77/5  rDev +42%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- It looks like a light yellow color bubbly liquid in a glass

S- Smells like fresh lemon soda and a little beer-ish

T- Tastes like beer lemonade, very light taste. There is a pleasant sweet lemon soda aftertaste.

M- Light mouthfeel

D- Very good drinkability

I really like this Radler a lot.
Great to enjoy it on a summer night or day.
I will buy more of this.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.4/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a frothy white head.

Very crisp and clean with nice carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouth feel.

Really not much to say about the taste of the beer, other than awesome (if you like lemonade/lemon soda).

Very simple and flavorful; a nice German pilsner brewed with lemon soda; it is what it is.

Very refreshing and drinkable, especially on a hot day here in the desert.

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Photo of mmckee82
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mild to minimum lacing. Color is almost a faded bright fellow with a light popping head.

S - Smells like sweat citrus, lacks the bitter abrasive smell of many shandies.

T - The taste is very sweet and refreshing. Surprisingly, there isn't the same tartness you get when mixing a homemade shandy with lemonade.

M - This beer is a bit smoother then a light beer, very clean, with an every so slight creaminess.

D - Extremely Drinkable. Because of its low ABV and refreshing sweat taste, you are able to drink this beer without worrying about overconsumption or it wearing on your taste buds.

Over all I really enjoy this beer and make sure it's available at my summer parties. It is equally great on a relaxing day of nothing or after an afternoon of hard work.

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Photo of cudmud
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very pale yellow with very little head and poor lace.

Smell: A very nice hint of lemon and is followed by malt and hops. Overall, I enjoy the smell.

Taste: Lemon and hop-like up front and is followed by a powerful lemon aftertaste. I also taste fresh grass. This beer kind of has a diet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Custer-like.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I can see drinking a few of these on a hot day. Refreshing.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and pale straw into a wine glass from a 500 ml. bottle. Offers decent retention of a half inch of white foam and keeps a light ring.

Smell is light and of lemon and a touch of grain. Taste is overwhelmed by the lemon factor as lemon trumps beer in this case. Feel is smooth and light and quite befitting of the concept yet the concept is a bit odd. Drinks easily and is quite refreshing and offers a relatively full feel given the robust carbonation. Interesting and refreshing....Great lunch beer with a salad and when a workout is in order..Otherwise a bit odd.

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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 RomaniIteDomum
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours like watery lemonade. Some laz carbonation and a loosely associated group of bubbles at the top. Head, perhaps? Although it's not nice to look at, it's what I expected from a 1/2 beer and 1/2 lemon soda concoction. More carbonation would be nice.

Smells like "Euro Light Lager" with lemons. Skunk, lemons, corn, more lemons. I quite enjoy the lemons, though.

Ok, it's not bad. It's not great, but it's not bad. It tastes like a generic Euro macro lager as evidenced by the smell, but with a great lemony kick. I must admit that I am a huge fan of lemon soda to begin with and it seems like a great way to make a beer I'm not fond of quite drinkable and, dare I say?, refreshing.

Ok, not much going on in the mouth. Feels like watery lemonade. It could use more carbonation.

In the end this is actually pretty drinkable, but only as either a substitute for actual soda water or salvation from inferior alternatives. I would very happily take this over most BMC beers.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, .9 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head signature glass (March 11, 2010). No freshness date I can find.

Eyes: Pours a crystal clear yellow straw color. Largish white dish-soap style bubbles fills the glass and receded quickly. Low retention and lacing.

Nose: Not surprising it smells a bit like lemon juice. Some grain in there also, but both smells are somewhat muted. Unfortunately it all smells a bit unnatural, like a drink mix.

Tongue: Tastes fairly good, but I'd bet money the lager is a lower quality adjunct lager. The lemon juice is clearly a drink mix quality beverage.

Mouth: It seems that they over carbonated the lemon soda and it smothers the beer.

Libation: The lager isn't great, and the lemon soda seems to be made from just add water drink mix and it doesn't do enough to assist the lager taste. That said I like the Shandy/Radler style, and this is a much better alternative than a regular macro adjunct lager for refreshment. Despite all the negative things I've said it manages to be pretty refreshing, and easy drinking. I'd absolutely love to make my own version of this with a decent lager and quality lemon soda.

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Photo of adamette
1.68/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Live review. Poured from the 16.9 oz. brown vertically oriented bottle that I received as a Christmas gift (along with many others) from Mat & Christine. I believe that this is my first Austrian beer. Perhaps the Von Trap family enjoyed beer from this brewery? Poured into my Samuel Adams Summer Ale goblet.

A If it were any more clear it would be water. Only a slight hint of yellow tint to the body which is devoid of even carbonation rising up. The head which was initially a nice 3 inches dissapeared within 30 seconds and is now just a trace across the top of the body. 2.0

S Well...Lemon Soda. I know that this is "beer brewed with lemon soda" since it says so on the label but really, I expected to smell something other than that. I smell nothing but a light lemon soda. 1.5

T A very, very light beer with what could be about 50% lemon soda included. This beer might represent the biggest swing in tastes from one beer to the next that I have ever experienced since I just tasted and rated Bear Republic's Big Bear Black Stout last night. This might be the absolute polar opposite beer. Anyway, back to this beer here. There is a trace of barley husk tasteable upon repeated sips. I actually like the lemony taste but not in a beer. I would rather just reach for a good lemonade. 2.0

M Very thin. The Lemon Soda adds a trace amount of syrupy thickness but not much. The feel is too watery for me. 2.0

D Only on the hottest of summer days and only if this is really, really cold. Again, I would rather just grab a country time lemonade to meet the same purpose (to refresh with a taste of lemon). Because Country Time Lemonade is an acceptable replacement for this beer I am forced to give it the lowest drinkability rating. 1.0

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite Sunday morning pre-football beverages, especially if I am going to be out in the sun getting dehydrated.

A - Looks like pale lager, but appears less carbonated.

S - Smells like lemon soda, but not Sprite or 7up, with a hint of grain.

T - Tastes fantastic. Not very beer-like, but it's only half beer, so what would you expect? It has a flavor more like a Stewart's, Jarritos, or Jones lemon-lime soda, coupled with a dry, clean pilsener.

M - Sharply effervescent and thirst-quenchingly refreshing.

D - Awesome. Unless you want to get drunk.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
1.81/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

500 mL bottle without a freshness date. Pours an uber-light yellow color like a witbier with clarity. Frothy head recedes slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Nose is disappointingly only of lemonade. I cannot detect even the slightest hint of malts, hops or yeast. More akin to a lemon meringue pie.

Wow, much sweeter than I was expecting. I was thinking maybe a lighter lager with some of the nice puckering sourness of a fresh lemon. Nice tangy berlinerweiss it is not! Instead, this tastes like the bastard offspring of a drunken affair between Natural Light and a box of Lemonhead candies. I do not like this in a box, or with a fox. Rarely do I leave a beer behind, but this wounded soldier needs to be put to rest.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
1.79/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A: This beer, when poured, looks very light and pale, almost a sun-washed gold. Head, once poured was fairly large, about an inch to an inch in a half on a straight pour, however, it settled incredibly fast.

S: Smells just like it should, with an overwhelming amount of lemon.

T: I do not drink soda, I drink beer, I was intrigued by the introduction to lemon soda, in hopes that it would brighten, without over-sweetening my beer, this wasn't the case. The beer, if I could taste any in there was more of a side note than the main character, and the lemon stole the show.

M: Since this is brewed with lemon soda and is "50% Stiegl-Beer and 50% Lemon-Soda" made the drink overly syrupy in my mouth and reminded me of a bad cough medicine. The carbonation at the beginning of the taste was slightly overwhelming.

D: This beer is not something that I'd suggest to my friends, nor is it something that I'd buy again.

Overall, interesting attempt at something slightly different, but overall a failure in my mind. I guess I'll just stick to good old regular Stiegl next time I'm in the mood for an Austrian brewed beer. Cheers.

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Photo of tempest
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sue and Meg for sharing their case of Shandy. This is an old sub-style (lemonade+beer) I've wanted to try for a while. This one however, is more just an ultra-light lager with lemon syrup added. Instead of juice, the lemon tastes more like Lemon Drops and candy. The light lager is pleasant and clean, but this beer is too sweet. However, if you dig the thicker, sweeter fruit lambics, this might be up your alley.

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Photo of alkemy
1.53/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Very pale straw yellow color. Effervescent...kinda reminds me of dropping a lemon/lime Alka-Seltzer into a glass of water in both scent and appearance. I wasn't sure what to expect as far as taste, but no way did I expect the utter foulness that washed over my palate. Virtually no beer taste. I was overwhelmed with sweet lemon. I really wanted to go dump this in the yard, but I gathered all my strength and powered through the bottle. Different strokes for different folks...this one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of head that was gone rather quickly. It is very pale and crystal clear. It smells sweet with a hint of beer fragrance. It tastes better than it smells although it is pretty sweet. It's like a Coors Light with sugar and lemon added. It is refreshing.

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Photo of morimech
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale straw color with a thin white head that settles quickly to a thin skin of suds. Virtually zero lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is a combination of a grainy pilsner with a touch of lemon. Actually has an interesting aroma. Very light beer flavor with a sweet lemon finish. A bit cloying in the finish but thankfully does not last long. One bottle is refreshing but more than that and it would get old quick. Light body with fizzy carbonation. I would drink this over Leinenkugels's fruity beers.

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Photo of Brenden
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

THis is a 50/50 mix of pilsener and lemon soda. It might not be something you'd think of as a beer, but for what it is it's certainly done correctly.

It's a clear amber color with a light head that leaves minimal lacing.
The smell is all lemon soda with some wheat and a hops and malt profile that is more detectable than most seem to think.
The taste follows suit. It's sweet and very much like a soda, but the pilsener character and hops/malt profiles are there. Anyone who says they can't detect them may need to try again or work on developing that palate some more. Anyway, it's not that difficult to detect. I think people just don't like their beer mixed.
The mouthfeel is good and crisp, though in a beer I don't enjoy soda-like carbonation.
It's great for what it is: a beer mixed with lemon soda. Of course it's more like soda that you'd like in a beer. The pilsener malt, hops and wheat are clean, fresh and natural. That being said, it is more of a beer for people who don't like beer.

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Photo of bigbelcher
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much more like a 7 up than a beer. Color was a bright opacque yellow. Very small white head. Aroma was lemon lime with no real beer charecter. Flavor was much like the aroma. All 7UPish, no real beer flavor. Of course the beer is a mix of soda and beer but it is way too much soda and not enough beer. Mouthfeel was medium. OK to quench the thirst but not one to drink too many of. My girlfriend even thought it was too much like soda.

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Photo of Offa
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an interesting, overall enjoyable but rather schizophrenic beer with a character that can be both off-putting and pleasant. I like it but have to be in the right mood and normally wouldn't want to drink too much.

It is pale gold, it has a large, somewhat fizzy white head dissipating slowly to nothing.

The aroma is a mild lager aroma with grain and hints of honey, along with a light lemon-7-up quality.

The taste is rather like a lager mixed with 7-up, making it interesting and rather complex, but also very light and refreshing. It has a definite grainy lager taste mixed with 7-up/lemon soda, both at the ame time, but the beer-grain quality dominates the finish. I like it but it's not something I'd drink often and I can see why someone might hate it.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stiegl's Radler pours a big stiff white head over a clear yellow brew. Carbonation is very active and spritzy. The nose is light lager malt and a bit of lemon. The flavor is about the same- mild light malt and mildly sweet lemonaid, with a shadow of an herbal hop backing it up. Mouthfeel is clean, light, and crisp. Very refreshing without being cloying- this is not a particularly complicated brew, but it does what it's supposed to. It refreshes and doesn't make you stupid. Gorgeous label artwork too!

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Photo of papat444
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at Knightly Spirits in Orlando on our vacation in September.

Me and my wife shared a bottle and paired it with a homemade garden quiche with pancetta.

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pale, yellow gold with an average white head.

Smell: Pale citrus and lemon.

Taste: A bit zesty, light and definitely different. My wife tastes some buckwheat honey in it. Me? A bit of sweet lemon but more soda-like than anything.

Mouthfeel: A bit lacking after the lemon not much else. A little bit of honey in the background. Pretty much a one note beverage.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. I would have another from time to time but not too often.

Overall: Definitely a change of pace and i kind of liked it though i wouldn't rush to go out to buy more. It went really well with the quiche.

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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 gpogo
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear pale gold, small white head dissipating to almost nothing. No lacing

A- Lemony

T- Woah! Starts out with a crazy lemon taste and follows up with a malty taste. No alcohol taste(especially at 2.5%) are you sure this isn't a soda?

M- Light with low carbonation

D- If the taste was better I could easily pack these away, but I've had better radlers than this. I'd recommend at least giving it a try once, good on hot days...especially if you are biking.

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Stiegl Radler Zitrone from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 207 ratings