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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Austria | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by biboergosum on 04-12-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
871
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
36.9%
 
 
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before 1/5/2014. Listed at 2%, this is probably the closest thing to 'near beer' I've ever bothered reviewing - but even still, I've heard mostly good things about this radler, so I figured I'd give it a shot while the last of this year's hot weather is in the process of winding down. Served well-chilled.

Pours a sunny lemonade-yellow colour, opaque with haze and topped with over two fingers of fizzy, white head. It wilts quickly over the next minute, with a thin, soapy film at the surface being its only remnant. I love the aroma on this one - juicy pink grapefruit is the most dominant contributor by far, with hints of lime soda and sugar. Not very beer-like, and pretty one-dimensional, but as a grapefruit fan it's definitely got my mouth watering - what more do you want from a light fruit beer?

Pretty damn tasty, although the caveat of 'not being very beer-like' still applies. Some light lemon-lime notes come through upon the initial sip, followed soon after by a fruity sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by grapefruit citrus, which stays strong into the finish. Some mild pale malts show up briefly toward the tail end, but citrus is obviously the focus here. The aftertaste is fairly acidic, with a mild grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers briefly. The body is light (as one should probably expect from a 2% fruit beer), with soda pop carbonation that provides the palate with a modest bite. Easily one of the most drinkable fruit beers I've ever had - very crisp and refreshing; the perfect pairing for a hot summer's day (or even a warm summer evening).

Final Grade: 4.00, just barely eking out an A-. Stiegl Grapefruit Radler isn't the sort of beer that is going to be knocking many BA's socks off, but it's still a fine radler that stands strong when compared to most other light, sessionable fruit beers. With its aerated, spritzy mouthfeel, miniscule alcohol content and a flavour that reminds me of a good (non-aspartame-sweetened) version of Fresca, this stuff barely even qualifies as beer - but it's still delicious, and I must therefore give it some well-deserved props. People buy light fruit beers because it's hot as hell out and they want something tasty to quench their thirst - not to experience the complex range of malt or hop flavours/aromas typically found in beer. This particular brew is a very solid choice for anyone in the aforementioned situation, and if you handed me one after a day of sweaty, exhausting work, I'd be one happy panda, that's for sure.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Fizzy head, hazy yellow straw

SMELL: Fresh grapefruit juice, zest, faint graininess, soda, clean

TASTE: Crisp, slick, lighter body, tart, grapefruit zest, juicy, sweet, hint of alcohol, cereal, faint bitterness, almonds; tart, dry finish

Imagine working outside on a blistering hot day ... you want something that is going to quench your thirst, but also something sweet, not so alcoholic and still beer-ish. It’s as simple as cutting a beer with soda. Stiegl opted for grapefruit rather than the traditional lemon here. Surprised this style has not caught on in the US yet—good drinking for what it is.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Love the design of the can...very lively looking! The beer itself is pale yellow in color....think lemonade, but more hazy than normal! The head is white, and starts about one finger thick but it quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass...to be expected with this style I suppose. The lacing is actually quite impressive with many small patches of foam that sticks to the glass...carbonation is normal in appearance!

S- Heavy grapefruit, orange and really a medley of any given citrus...due to the 50% fruit juice in the mix...perhaps like a pamplemousse soda....slightly sugary but nothing to be offended about....slightly beer like and of juice!

T- Heavy grapefruit and orange zest flavors! Much like a spritzer and/or pop....nothing much more to say here....super fruity...perhaps sweetened up a bit but nice balance between sweet and tart.

M/O- Light and crisp on the palate and plenty of champagne like carbonation! Very highly drinkable and a perfect hot summer refresher.....I haven't had a lot of Radlers to date but this one is super enjoyable and I can see myself on the beach with this...and getting a tan too of course! Recommended!

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Photo of Lokes
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I believe this to be a radler to compare all other radlers to.

Appearance - cloudy light coloured with a citrus juice consistency.

Smell - After pouring into a glass you get a distinct citrusy scent with a light fruity undertone from the light ale base.

Taste - The first sip is a citrus assault on your senses with a very well balanced relationship between the grapefruit and light ale. The second sip is smoother on the palate with a clean grapefruit flavour going down with a light ale taste left behind.

Mouthfeel - Heavy carbonation counters some of the bitterness of the grapefruit and provides a crisp finish with every sip without any lasting residue in your mouth.

Overall - This Radler is a go-to for this style. It's 2.5abv is perfect for someone enjoying a day in the outdoors without the elevated risk of impairment and dehydration. I find that one radler usually leads to a few more over the day as they seem to go well lunches and dinners. Perfectly paired with a watermelon salad, salmon dinner, or just burgers on the bbq. Cheers!

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy this beer, but as a kid I admit to being a squirt and donald duck grapefruit fan. I do not consider this even beer. It is a radler. Look- very very light beer with a a high level of carbonation like a soda. Smell- skunky grapefruit which the two brands I listed above being in that flavor classification. Taste- light carbonated grapefruit pop with the the ultra lite beer essence to it. Feel- like drinking a cola or sparkling beverage that is a grapefruit soda with some beer nod. Enjoyed from a 16 oz can and overall very good for a hot day fruit radler. Not a true beer at all.

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Photo of FBarber
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look, its a radler, its supposed to be a 50:50 beer to sparkling fruit juice ratio. Similar to a shandy, but of German origin. So no, it doesn't taste like a beer, its not supposed to. That being said, this is a very tasty refreshing and crisp radler. Great example of the style and after a long bike ride its amazing. Try it for what it is and you won't be disappointed.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.02/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful summer brew that always tastes great, very refreshing. Enjoy the citrus grapefruit taste. It blends seamlessly with the beer enhancing the overall taste and experience. Very crisp! Also enjoy the Lemon Radler from Stiegl, but the grapefruit is my favorite!

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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