Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit)

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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovely palate cleanser. Real grapefruit flavour, on tap and served in a skinny glass. Carbonation right there. Reminded me of orangina, graperuit edition - yes there was such a thing. Grapefruit aroma. Some lace and head. Significant aspartame in this "soft drink" cuts calories cut also taste. Little in way of a beer, BTW.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace slolwy drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit juice, sugared grapefruit, and some slight malt aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight sourness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite refreshing but not too beer like in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is somewhat hazy light pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: The beer mostly tastes like grapefruit soda, but isn't tangy like grapefruit juice. A very slight amount of sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This doesn't taste much like a beer but is very easy to drink and would make for a refreshing drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fruit and beer has a marriage that's as long lived as beer itself. Raspberries, cherries, lemons have all had their turn, but now it's the grapefruit's stage.

Looking just like red grapefruit juice, the beer's hazy golden hue carries mild shades of pink or mauve. Zest carbonation explodes with carbonation of the fizzy kind that doesn't yield much head character neither in formation, retention, or lace.

Grapefruit, grapefruit, and grapefruit is what the nose is all about. Delicious acidity with impressions of underlying sweetness seems powdered sugar- almost. Any pilsner or wheat support remains timid and never charges the olfactories. No hops, no herbal components, this beer celebrates the fruit like no other has.

Flavors are just as much grapefruity as is promised by the nose. And not the hop oriented "notes of grapefruit" kinda taste- this is absolute with the taste of the freshest, brightest, and ripest of all ruby reds. Unlike the aroma, the taste of barley malt and wheat play lightly on the palate and prevent the sharp acidity of the fruit from a full on assault of the taste buds. Mild breads, wheat, and crackers provide the carriage for taste and returns for only last beery hurrah in aftertaste.

Zesty, light bodied, and an absolute palate cleanser, this beer is build for summer with its buffered acidity on the sides of the tongue with bitterness, light sour acidity, and mild pithy astringency that all come together in a very snappy and pleasant march across the palate. Finishing with moderate acidic pang and fruit sugars, the beer is as refreshing and inviting as they come.

But to tell the truth, I absolutely love a well-balanced shandy or radler, but I love them for slightly different reasons than I love traditional beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz glass at the Sugar Bowl, an interesting find on-tap. A blend of the Goldbrau lager, and grapefruit soda, served in an elegant tapering sail-like Stiegl glass.

This beer appears a pale cloudy whitish-yellow colour, with one thin finger of wispy, broadly bubbly off-white head, which evaporates rather quickly, leaving but a few specks of random soap spot 'lace' around the narrow glass in the process.

It smells strongly, and simply, of tart grapefruit pith, and sweet pale malt. The taste starts off still fairly sweet, the pale grain jumping out ahead, before being overtaken by the sugary, pink grapefruit cocktail-like fruitiness. I also seem to get a bit of menthol warming, sans any alcohol quotient.

The carbonation is moderately, and temporarily fizzy, which aids in the fruit juice perception, as does the light, soda-like body. It finishes smooth and somewhat crisp, the tart fruitiness gamely lingering.

A rather refreshing beer mix, the tart and sweet generally well balanced. The waitress proclaimed up front that it tastes like Orangina - I have to agree, but with the caveat of a citrus shift from orange to grapefruit. I can well see why this would be popular in a sweltering, humid summer climate - here, though, hard to say - time will tell.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon juice color with a fizzy head that lasts for a bit before fading away

Smell: Grapefruit juice and lemon pith

Taste: Grapefruit juice and sugary sweetness , up front, with the lemon pith taking hold in the middle; sweet, but puckery, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied; more juice-like than beer-like

Overall: Fun to drink on a hot summer day; wish it wasn't quite so sweet

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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a small bubbly head. Aroma of fresh grapefruit juice with some residual sugar is as far remove to beer as possible. Taste is also dominated by loads of grapefruit notes with some residual sugar notes and some light wheat malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. So much sugar and grapefruit juice that it does not resemble beer anymore but enjoyable on a hot summer day nonetheless.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, bubbly golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and not much else. Nice.

T - It tasted of grapefruit and a soda-like flavor. Slightly tart, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a good radler. I don't really like grapefruit juice, but this was good.

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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 jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pete and Anne for bringing this back from Austria for me.

Hazy light lemony color, light fizzy head

Nose tons of grapefruit juice, hint of wheat golden malt, citrusy rind.

Taste bitter rind, tons of grapefruit juice, light wheat and touch spices like and long bitter rind finish. Light dry.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad. Very refreshing and fairly tasty but very little beer left. Not anything like I expected.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can. 40% beer and 60% fruit soda. Hmmm.

A: Pours a cloudy grapefruit juice color (pale straw yellow) under 2-fingers of white head which fades quickly to the rim and leaves just a few spots.

N: Grapefruit and just a slight bit of malt.

T: Follows nose with a mildly sweet soda note.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Finishes fruity and spritzy, zesty.

O: Surprised with the crisp refreshment and easy drinking.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some light amounts of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit (almost like grapefruit juice) are present over the top of very light grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet ruby red grapefruit juice without much tanginess. Hints of grainy malts.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very similar to a grapefruit soda - super easy to drink and refreshing. I can see why these were originally for cyclist refreshment, it is great on a very hot early summer day here in NC (hottest day of the year so far).

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, enjoyed chilled in a stemless wine glass.

the color is like a lemondrop -golden hazed with quick falling snow white head that becomes a ring of beads. The smell is a mix of sweet grapefruit -tropical and floral odors with slight citrus element like grapefruit soda. The feel is vibrant with moderate carbonation and light body with citrus tanginess and light wheat creaminess in the middle with moderately dry finish

The taste has a sweet citrus flavor which is tangy but not bitter with some light wheat flavor adding to the sweetness of the grapefruit and presenting some malt in the flavor with a more lemony flavor middle to finish with slight efferscent spice in the background. Overall a very well balanced radler - nice mix of wheat with citrus fruit not going overboard it starts like citrus/grapefruit soda and finished more like lemon/wheat -enjoyable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

I knew I wouldn't turn down a free pour of this (hell, I'm one of the apparent few that actually likes the lemon version), but I didn't think I'd actually be offered said pour. Fair enough. This stuff pours a lightly hazy golden-straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose is a dead ringer for a can of Squirt or something, though faint hints of barley and grass sorta try to get themselves implied as well (with varying degrees of success). The taste brings in more of the same, though the grapefruit actually is tempered by a general sense of malted grain, keeping things less sweet than they could otherwise have been. The body is a very light medium, with a fairly active carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, it is what it is: a grapefruit-flavored pre-mixed radler. Yeah, it's sweet and carbonated like a soda, but it somehow doesn't overdo things too much (it definitely makes you rethink where the brink is/was/will be). I can say with some confidence that I (somewhat surprisingly) enjoyed this stuff.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was another big score recently at Binney's (South Loop) in Chicago on my way to the Great Taste of the Midwest (GTMW) as The CANQUEST (TM) CANtinues on its merry way!

From the CAN: "Beer With Fruit Soda Malt Beverage Specialty"; "40% Steigl-Goldbrau and 60% fruit soda from purely natural ingredients for an outstanding malt beverage specialty. Cloudy appearance."

A nice Crack followed by a decent Glug and I had a finger of fizzy, bone-white head that was really closer to soda pop than to a beer's head. Nose was fully grapefruit and my mouth was watering. I am more partial to pink grapefruit where this was a cloudy grapefruit-yellow color. Mouthfeel was thin, not watery, but very effervescent on the tongue. The taste was more sweet than tart, which was a negative for me because I like tart and not sweet. Finish was closer to tart, but I was still left with a sugary sweetness. I would CANsider this more of a novelty than a beer, but on a hot summer's day, it could be quite refreshing. I feel like now, I am ready for a beer.

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

Enthusiastically shared by Darrrell recently.

The beer appears yellow with a mild haze and a small, fizzy head. The aroma offers grapefruit juice, a touch of lemon rind. Interesting...the beer drinks like a grapefruit spritzer. Nice and light on the palate. Refreshing and crisp. This is a tough beverage to review. On one hand, it's simple, easy, lacking depth. Almost like a soda. Mediocre. On the other hand, it's highly drinkable with a tasty grapefruit quality and it's especially suitable for the summer months. I could definitely make my way through several of these while playing bags, darts, watching football, or doing some equally distracting. I would certainly have this again.

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Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip. The brew appears a very pale yellow with a fizzy head that dies fast.

This smells like floral grapefruit juice. All sugary sweetness and juicy zested grapefruit.

This tastes sweet like cereal grain and then grapefruit soda? I never tasted grapefruit before without any perceived bitterness. I guess this is what its like when you dominate it with sugar. Not much more to say, this is all grapefruit zest and juicy sweetness.

Its light bodied and moderately carbonated. Effortlessly poundable and so refreshing. This is a beer with a purpose and specific time/place where it seems most appropriate but not something id drink on the reg. If this style/beer blend is your jam you should check it out.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Pale and opaque straw lemon body. A sudsy and snapping white head, not too bright in color, at about a solid three fingers. Dissolves somewhat quickly to a soap like thinned collar and minimal puck. Aside from the head this could pass for a nearly turbid IPA.

Smells like grapefruit juice in the supermarket. Light, a little bitter oil, and very sticky smelling with some decent sweetness. Not much beer sense but also keeps the soda quality on the nose to a minimum.

On the palate. Well, you just can't fault this for what it is. Soda wet but also thick enough to just be a little larger. Tangy grapefruit, light sugars and a nice zip without the gaseous carbonation. Light pops of grapefruit and zest, sugar sweet as if dusted right on the fruit. Not much beer character but there isn't really supposed to be.

Tastes like fruit juice made better, and stays away from sugary soda qualities. A real simple refresher.

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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours very clouded grapefruit colored. A white fizzy head leaves a thin ring and some vanishing lace.

The smell is of a pleasant "gourmet" grapefruit soda with a touch of grain.

The taste of a nicely made grapefruit soda has a sweet malt backbone. Finishes crisp and refreshing.

Incredibly smooth, the carbonation is more beer-like and fizzy soda-like. Crisp. Grapefruit hangs on in the aftertaste.

Compared to some other radlers and shandies I've had, this is much better. If you like grapefruit, this is a solid choice for a low-alcohol thirst-quencher!

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not hard to see why this has taken over so many tap handles here. Pure grapefruit, light lager in the background, just as it should be. Pure refreshnent!

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a whiteish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very strong of grapefruit, some sweetness. Taste is soda like, grapefruit, sweet, some sour notes, tasty but not very beer like. Feels light and highly carbonated in the mouth and overall was pretty good, but I wouldn't want a steady diet of it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light silvery-golden hue with a touch of haze; rather a lot like the appearance of a witbier, although without any kind of head at all. It's OK.

Smell: a very pleasant grapefruity aroma with a hint of chalky malt underneath. Pretty nice; the beer is as advertised.

Taste: grapefruit and malt work together much better in the aroma than in the flavor. At first the grapefruit is at the fore, but as the beer component edges in there's a bit of a dirty, wet-grainy, murky character that just isn't great. Not terrible, but not particularly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decently prickly carbonation. Not too bad.

Overall: not exactly my bag, this radler. The aroma is pretty enticing, but once you get into the flavor it kind of falls apart. Perhaps it would be better on a really hot day or something.

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Town Crier Pub / Halfway Beer House, in Toronto.

Served in what appears to be a Stiegl-branded test tube or beaker, this Radler does indeed look like some kind of science experiment on lease from the lab. Its head is bubbly and fizzing and its cloudy, lemon-juice body couldn't be made any paler even with all the skin-bleaching creams in India. It is quite an odd, unique looking concoction!

The aroma is remarkably like that of a white wine spritzer; it is pleasant although far more aesthetic than elegant. It boasts candid citrus and faint herbals, with a heavy residual sugary dryness. Beer is hardly detectable but is, I suspect, what's responsible for cutting out the acidity that would otherwise be sensed where grapefruit juice has been added.

The beer tastes as straightforward as it sounds: grapefruit, soda, herbs, sugar, Stiegl lager. I initially thought I was tasting lemon - the specific flavour of citrus isn't as perceptible as the general sourness and acidity. It also tastes a lot like soda water, however, clean, wholesome, bready malts secure the satisfaction of drinking a beer (not a soda or fruit cooler).

The beer's light acidity is balanced by a rich and bready continental maltiness and its light sourness is balanced by a liberal amount of sugar. But it's not something a child would like, there's too much beer flavour for that. It is light, however, and at only two and half percent alcohol, I had no reservations about ordering a second glass, err test tube.

Stiegl Radler was a tremendously refreshing, enjoyable patio drink the hot afternoon in June I skipped work to have it. And water is wet. Shocking, right? In all honesty though, I can't understand why more bars don't offer them. They're hugely agreeable and yet calling them a fruit beer is almost out of context: this one was every bit as gratifying as a 'real' lager.

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

Very bubbly, clean & light. Lots of grapefruit aroma and flavour. It doesn't have the sweetness of an alco-pop, but the beer-like flavour is certainly watered down. The grapefruit is a nice twist on the classic Radler. Really drinkable thirst-quencher.

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