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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)

Brewed by:
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of joshuawilcox99
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great summer time beer. Has a really great grapefruit flavor to it. Goes down easy. One of my favorites. My wife hates beer but she loves this one.

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Photo of voirinm
4.98/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Unusually strong fresh, light taste of grapefruit with a sweet, non-bitter finish. Very refreshing on a summer day. Beer is light and presents in a slightly frosted clarity--reminds me a little of Fresca when it wasn't a diet drink. Golden Amber color with a citrus smell. Served ice cold.

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Photo of JustSomeSkank
4.93/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is phenomenal out of the tall boy cans! In the glass bottles the taste is different and carbonation seems less preserved.
In a bottle I'd rate it about a 3.0
In a can: 5.0

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Photo of jahatty
4.9/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Grapefruit! Grapefruit! Grapefruit! That's all you smell. That's it.
Much hazier than I would have anticipated, but that's probably from all of the GRAPEFRUIT!
This drinks less like a beer with grapefruit soda, and more like a soda with a touch of beer in it. It's very much like a grapefruit's version of a mimosa. A previous reviewer mentioned San Pellegrino, and I mostly agree, except to pin it down even more: It's almost exactly like an Aranciata, but with a slight touch of alcohol. Ever so slight. And that's OK. There's a time and a place for that sort of thing. And I am into those times and places. Sometimes.
If high school girls find out about this, Stiegl's stock will soar.

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Photo of jgurley
4.86/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at my local Wine World PCB. Hung around the store while they cleaned the line and set it up, then had the first one from the keg. It's a hazy yellow with a snowy white, soap sudzy head. I'm rating this for what it is, and it is EXACTLY what it's meant to be, a cold, fruity refresher. The first thing to hit you is the fresh grapefruit smell. Just like slicing a grapefruit in half and sticking your nose right in. It's summertime in a glass. I got the sensation I get when I bring a gin and grapefruit to my nose. It's amazing how much this smells like real grapefruit. The taste is light, sweet, very intense grapefruit (without the sourness) and a nice, extremely light beer finish. The aftertaste is light and short and leaves you wanting more. I'm just sorry that this stuff is rarely available here. It would be GREAT for a day at the beach.

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Photo of Jeff_Dylan
4.83/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It is a really good beer if your looking for a refreshing drink on a warm summers night. The grapefruit smell was pleasing, was bubbly and refreshing like a true grapefruit soda. Im not a avid drinker and i was able to just enjoy it and time with some friends on a slow night.

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Photo of GreggT
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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Photo of rallyr32
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Haters gonna hate, though this is barely a beer, you must be a communist if you don't agree that it is absolutely the most delicious beach beverage ever.

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Photo of Michael_H
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like Will Smith said, Summer, Summer, Summer Time...

This is often referred to as German Gatorade(even though its from Austria). In Europe this is a big day drink, you can bike around town, kick some back and not be bothered. Perfect alternative to beer for a long day of tailgating. At 2.5 percent ABV, you can see how this can be a functional day drink.

It's light, refreshing and just the right amount of sweet.
Smells like grapefruit. Goes down best on a hot summer day.

As far as Radlers go, this one is my favorite. Followed by Schöfferhoffer(though this one is much more sweet, and I think the Stiegl has a better balance). Not a fan of the UFO one at all. The Grapefruit Sculpin I could give or take as well.

All in all, it is what it is, a low alc bevvie that goes down easy. Enjoy!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden with a short white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: slice a pink grapefruit, smell it, that is all

T: sweet and sour grapefruit flavors up front, finish has a malty wheat beer quality

M: thin and refreshing

O: love it, totally different take on a fruit beer

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lager Mill $ 3.19/16.9 oz can
Can marked 19.04.2014 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Massive aroma of grapefruit
Head average (3.5 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 1 – 2 mm broken layer
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, opaque
Flavor of grapefruit soda with slightly less carbonation; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation lively

A very flavorful Radler – incredibly refreshing. Makes me want to mow the yard just to have an excuse to drink a couple more

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Photo of TerryW
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I liked pretty much everything about this one. A good quality fruit beer, nice and light, easy to drink, flavourful and aromatic.

Big white head on a hazy soft looking pale yellow brew, like a yellow hefe. Lots of grapefruit in the nose, some sweetness, but all very clean and natural, not artificial. Appetizing.

Good clean fruit taste, followed by nice grainy beer. The combination works and I can see seriously enjoying this on a summer day. Not overly sweet, a hint of tartness. Just a nice balance of good things happening. Carbonation just right, not aggressive like a pop.

Worth a drink or two. Or three. Wish I could get this regularly in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of boisehack
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is not a beer, it is a concoction, a shandy. Beer with fruit soda. So I will rate it as for the style. Poured into a pint glass from a can. No foam, no lacing, just a thin ring of bubbles at the meniscus. It smells like an orange soda, except grapefruit. Squirt Ⓡ ? It is cloudy, like there is juice in there. In the mouth, not sticky, just the right sweetness. Grapefruit, rock candy, and a fine fizz. In German, radler means cyclists, as in riding bicycles, and this is made for them. It cuts the scum in the mouth without much alcohol, about half what a lager would be. So you can ride and be refreshed without much of a buzz. Perfect!
Edit: Poured another into the same glass, got a little foam this time. That's all.

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the most pleasantly surprising beer I've ever had. In the past I've had shandys disliked them all. I love grapefruit, and grapefruit hops notes, but the few grapefruit juice infused beers I've had have been terrible. Here, the light, almost airy beer married very well with the grapefruit. Exceptionally hazy, like a super-yeasty hefeweizen. Clean grapefruit juice aroma. Moderately sweet, balanced nicely by the grapefruit bitterness and slight acidity. A nice example of a low alcohol German quaffer - it cries out for a hot, lazy day.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle into my Innis & Gunn tulip.

So I got to try a sip of this at a liquor store and was impressed. Very impressed. Especially when told that it was under 2.5% abv! I have always wanted to find a super low abv beer that was enjoyable and refreshing...

Anyway, my initial reaction to that first sip was to rate this beer a 4.75 as a "had," but now in reviewing it I have realized that it is a little too much like soda--- and there is no trace of beer underneath. The sparkling sweetened grapefruit soda is still quite refreshing anyway.

It looks like a slightly carbonated lemonade-- little hazy, yellowish pale color, small white head of loose lazy bubbles that fizzled away quickly and left no sign of ever existing.

Smells like hard lemon candy-- maybe lemonheads? with some big grapefruit notes. Really sweet... Sugary sweet. The crisp citrus flavors are refreshing and tasty, but there is no bitterness. There is no beer flavor at all. This really is a grapefruit soda blended with beer, but it tastes like something make by Mike's hard Lemonade.

The body is thin and light, the low carbonation is actually pretty nice because it doesn't leave me feeling bloated and gassy.

Overall--- a little more beer, a little less soda, this could be wonderful! As it is, unless I find this in cans (most unlikely!), I won't be grabbing it very often. For what this is: a low ABV refreshing summertime beer/soda, it is quite tasty.

This is classified as a fruit beer, which I suppose might be where it belongs, but in comparing this to other Radlers I've had, I must say that this is EASILY the best one.... So my numbers represent a rating compared to other Radlers, and not necessarily to fruit beers in general.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very hazy and pale straw in color. A sizable head forms but isn't around too long, reducing to a small film on the top of the beer.Lacing is minimal, but this beer's looks compare to the best looking hefe's (minus the head).

S- Very light wheaat beer scents up front before the all out sweet and fruity assault on the nose. Grapefruit is not only prominent, but dominating and sweet in the smell. Not much else to this scent, and it borderlines being a straight soda scent.

T- Sweet and fruity flavor of the grapefruit right up front that dominates throughout the drink. Sweet grapefruit flavor presides over the entire drink, with just the slightest wheat beer profile going on in the background. Towards the end of the drink, the grapefruit turns a little more tart, but is still sweet on the whole.

M- Light, crisp, sweet, and refreshing, there isn't much more to say than this is how a radler is supposed to feel.

Overall, a delicious and thirst quenching radler. If it's hot as hell out, drink this; at the beach, on the lawn mower, or just sweating your ass off it will do the trick.

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Photo of hophugger
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting. The ABV is very low and it is hard to classify this as a beer.....but...ITS DELICIOUS !!!. Just a hint of beer flavor that is immediately covered up by a wonderful natural grapefruit flavor. This is one of the most refreshing drinks I have had in awhile. I would have preferred a little more beer presence, but for what it is, Excellent, will drink again !

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Not much head develops, but there is a thin, bubbly lacing and decent ring around the edge. The color is cloudy, light straw.

Smell: Strong and invigorating citrus — much like a freshly sliced grapefruit! The lemonade or lemon soda is also noticeable and becomes much more prominent as the pint warms. It definitely has a much more soda-like aroma.

Taste: Much like Squirt (or at least from what I can remember). The citrus is strong and very tasty. The lemonade/lemon soda quality takes over and grapefruit is almost nowhere to be seen except for hints in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is exactly what I would expect from a lemonade and 7-Up/Sprite mix.

Drinkability: Call me crazy, but I really like this stuff. It is very simple and straightforward, but it packs a powerful punch in terms of aromatics and flavor.

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

Pour into a proper Stiegl flute. Hazy rich yellow pour and fizzy.

Aroma of club soda and grapefruit.

Taste is grapefruit with a touch of lager which is more noticeable at the end.

Mouthfeel is tingly and refreshing. Meant to be drank pretty cold.

I've been putting down a lot of DIPAs lately and needed a break tonight. I've always seen this and never pulled the trigger, until I seen it at a bar tonight. I love grapefruit and find this just plain delicious. Not something I could session though but a nice break. If you love grapefruit you will not be disappointed.

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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 superspak
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of grapefruit juice, pale malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of lightly tart grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Light earthy bitterness and fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, cracker, bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of grapefruit juice, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 2.5%. Overall this is an excellent radler style. All around great robustness and balance of grapefruit juice, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Svingjo
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beverage is 50% beer and 50% grapefruit juice and had people turning their nose up at it in the beginning of a recent tasting I held but this tasty treat converted a lot of the people by the end. It's mild beer and pink grapefruit taste changed a few minds. Like I said to the crowd, I'd rather drink this than a fake fruit cider or cooler and obviously the majority agreed.

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Photo of Bmaximus
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells strongly of grapefruit and the taste is very light. It is one of the few beers my girlfriend would drink because it is basically like drinking juice. Love the smell and love the taste but it doesn't seem like much of a beer at a low 2.5% ABV.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 21 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a very pale straw yellow. Clear, with one fizzy finger of head. Loads of visible carbonation, looking like a soda, no surprise.

Smells like grapefruit soda. Tart, with only a little of that nasty bitterness that some grapefruits (and grapefruit beverages) have.

This tastes like amazing grapefruit soda, with a faint hint of beer. I really like this, but is it reasonable to call it beer? The only beer flavor I get is a mild malty sweet bend in the back.

Feel is nice, but again it's more soda than beer. Thin, fizzy prickly carbonation. Pleasant, even if it's heavily soda-like.

I don't know what to do with this stuff. Other than drink it. As for reviewing it, it's delicious, but it feels like a stretch to call it beer. But I will definitely call it yummy.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Most shandies/radlers suck. I'll just come right out and say it. Saccharine sweet, candy tasting junk.
Not this one though, it's tart and refreshing, definitely not as sweet as most.
Makes a great mixer as well with gin and a twist of lime.

Cloudy golden yellow, thin fizzy head that audibly fizzles and fades out. Looks like lemonade, sans pulp. In the light there are stray bubbles here and there.

Moderately tart verging on sour grapefruit, similar to an Aranciata or Orangina. Unsweetened fruity citrus at first, though a hint of sweetness is there towards the middle. As it warms there's a faint hint of graininess from the 40% lager. Ample carbonation, dry through the teeth and gums. Drank one and wanted another, it's extremely quenching. A good low-alcohol alternative, especially if you like sour beers.

After a strenuous bike ride with 20 lbs. on my back, this was the perfect thing to cool down with... which is it's precise intended purpose. It's not an IPA, "not beer", whatever. More for me, because it's a delicious beverage.

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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