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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
Austria | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 gillagorilla
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Pale straw color that is hazy and cloudy.

S: Fruity and tart, smells like a freshly squeezed grapefruit where when you squeeze the pith there is a slight aerosol spray.

T: Nice balance here that is just slightly tipped in favor of a grapefruit tartness. The beer base here is a bit more present, and the fruit here is definitely more of the labeled fruit soda than fruit juice. This is present in the carbonation and lighter flavor of the fruit, compared to those that use straight juice since that is unadulterated unlike fruit sodas.

M: Carbonated with bubbles that aren't very rough, just odd clumsy bubbles that move along the palate.

O: This is excellent and I was surprised to find a six-pack of this. I've been wanting to try this for a while, but even more so after having Sixpoint's RAD.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) has a very thick, fizzy, white head, a milky yellow, opaque appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of grapefruit, and the flavor is of grapefruit, with some background malt. No bitterness detected. Mouthfeel is medium, and Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) finishes sweet & tart and easy drinking.


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Photo of Jonada
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz can served in a tumbler

Appearance: Pours pale yellow color with 1 finger of a white soapy head that dissipates almost instantly. Body is extremely cloudy and only slightly translucent. Looks like a glass of carbonated white grapefruit juice.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, slight sweetness. Pretty one dimensional, but that's not surprising.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit and citrus with a light to medium accompanying tartness. Some mild crackery malt is discernible as well.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Somewhat watery mouthfeel. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: Tough to rate as a beer, but for what it is it works really well. The grapefruit soda plays a large roll in the overall flavor, but it's enjoyable and there's enough there to remind you that you are actually drinking a beer.

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Photo of beerme343
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours hazy with the color of light straw similar to a American NW hefeweizen

The smell is strong on citrus and of course grapefruit is the most prominent aroma

Grapefruit is the prominent taste as well

Some moderate effervescence and this low alcohol brew goes down easy, really an ideal session beer during summertime afternoons at just 2.5% as long as you don't mind the in your face grapefruit

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Photo of Shindoverse
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This is more like a beer cocktail or the equivalent to a wine cooler. If I were to think of it as a soda, it is better than Fanta or Fresca. As far as beers, it wasn't really present in the taste. I found it as cloying as ciders and framboises, two styles I'm not too fond of.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a glass

Opaque light yellow pours a frothy white head.

Aroma is. ... grapefruit ! Hint of floral.

Taste is like a grapefruit / lemonade. Refreshing but sweet - tart.

Nice , light mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

After spending countless hours in Bavarian beer gardens in the summer drinking Radlers and Russ'ns, this brings me back. If you are looking for a "real beer " taste, then this is now what you want. If , you want a summer Radler, then this is a fine example and definitely repeatable for the style. Very referencing and low alcohol. I will purchase more as this plus Schofferhofer's grapefruit hefewiesse and Sam Adams Porch Rocker have all become summer staples in my beer fridge.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy lemon with a frothy white head. Aroma is grapefruit dominant, with notes of floral hops and crackery malt. Flavor is like lemonade, but with grapefruit tartness, slightly sweet, s touch bready, and somewhat refreshing. Not your typical beer, per se, but it has its place.

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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 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 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 Auraan
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a cloudy, opaque yellow with a thin ring of white lacing and abundant carbonation bubbles. It looks like fresh squeezed juice or a headless hefeweizen. Scents of grapefruit flesh, with just the slightest hint of sweet malt. Not much to the aroma, but it isn't bad, I do love grapefruit. Taste begins with a big hit of sweet grapefruit soda, still slightly sour as one would expect, but sweetness balances it. This prevails throughout, with a little bit of a bitter grapefruit flavor on the finish, though extremely faint. Aftertaste is sweet and faintly bitter grapefruit flesh. A good flavor for a radler, very fruity, full of grapefruit flavor and refreshing, though lacking in the beer flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a slightly tart, puckering feel. The after swallow feel is like after eating grapefruit flesh. Quite nice and very refreshing. Overall this is a good beer for what it is, a radler. It is refreshing, fruity and crisp and does its job well. Not bad.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Lemonade yellow with a tint of pink, maybe, or perhaps it's in my head. Super cloudy. Fizzy, from pouring with vigor, then dries up to nearly nothing; just like a soda pop.

Crispy lite grapefruit aroma with zesty intensity. Bright, sweet, and a little acidic; like a good grapefruit soda, but with mucky wheat malts to bring it some extra spank and notes of grain and nuts. Smells wonderful, like a perfume of grapefruit, but not very much like beer.

A tangy radler with a lot of grapefruit soda sweetness and base beer wheatiness. Earthy weisse yeast has a touch of bubblegum, but this beer is grapefruit-dominant. Truly, what it's intended to be... two-fifths beer and three-fifths summery non-beer drinker's delight. Notes of lemon flesh and green apple fight to be tasted. Very refreshing. I'm drinking it on a warm, muggy evening; but I think the beer would look and taste better if it had a golden stream of sunlight shining through it. My only complaints are that it's a tad too carbonically acidic, it lacks much depth of flavor, and it's a bit of a burpy nightmare. For a radler/shandy, we're hitting the nail on the head.

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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 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 buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours straw yellow in color and is slightly hazy. It is topped with an inch of white head.

S - It smells like really sweet grapefruit soda.

T - It tastes like the soda "Squirt" with sugar in it.

M - Moderate and creamy.

O - This beer would probably be more refreshing in the summer than on a 5° winter day. It is a little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Florida9
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very light pastel straw or hay in color. Cloudy, but still quite transparent. Barely forms any head. No lacing.

S: Aroma is of grapefruit soda, which I guess isn't overly surprising. Citrus zest and maybe a little hay, but in reality it's just grapefruit soda.

T: Well the taste is of grapefruit soda also, which I guess shouldn't be surprising either. Moderately sweet, but not cloying. Lightly tart, like an effervescent lemonade made with grapefruit juice instead of lemon juice and sparkling water. Almost candy-like, but in a good way.

M: Lighter bodied. Medium carbonation. Light tartness.

O: I remember my first Radler in Germany and have been enjoying them since. Typically I make up a batch of my own to enjoy over the hot summer months. However, with that said I hesitate to call this a beer. More like a bottled beer cocktail. Never-the-less, its still a pleasant drink. Light, refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of valianes
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Looks yellow... kind of like Fresca. Yeah, this looks like Fresca for sure.

SMELL: Smells quite like grapefruits, if I had to compare the smell to anything I'd say it smelled a lot like Fresca.

TASTE: Taste is very grapefruit heavy, very much like Fresca. Are we sure this isn't Fresca?

MOUTHFEEL: feels like a soda... a certain soda...

OVERALL: This beer is literally Fresca. Someone put Fresca in a bottle and told me its beer. You're saying this isn't Fresca? Bullshit, its Fresca. That's not a bad thing though because Fresca is great.

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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 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 homebrew311
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml can. Pours a cloudy and fizzy yellowish color with no head. Nose is full of grapefruit with some lemon, notes of Sprite, and not much else. The taste is even brighter with nice grapefruit notes. The grapefruit has a bit of pucker but is sweetened up by the soda. I really don't detect any notes of the beer that is somewhere hidden in here, but I guess that's okay because this is incredibly tasty and refreshing. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light. Overall, this is my first Radler and it is quite delicious. This drinks much more like a soda than a beer.

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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 StoutHunter
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Stiegl Grapefruit Radler a couple weeks ago for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. I've never had a Grapefruit Radler before, but I've always wanted to try one, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty nice, it's got some nice bright color and a good design. it's pretty eye catching. It poured a very hazy yellow color that took on more of pastel yellow color when held to the light with two fingers worth of bubbly head that quickly faded to nothing and it left pretty much no lacing behind. This beer looks decent for the style, but it's not an overall attractive looking beer.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by a huge grapefruit aroma that completely dominates this beer and it does smell like a freshly cut grapefruit. There's a slight wheat aroma in the background that's hardly noticeable. The aroma is nice and it's just as advertised.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness followed by a huge grapefruit aroma that dominates this beer again imparting that same freshly cut grapefruit aspect with a little more citrus flavors in the background. Up next comes a very slight wheat flavor that is barley noticeable. On the finish there's no bitterness with some lighter tart flavors taking it's place and it had a very sweet and grapefruit like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Radler and it really showcased the Grapefruit.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, refreshing, not filling, on the fuller side of being light bodied with a slightly higher medium carbonation that was slightly prickly. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a nice example of a Radler, it really highlighted those fresh grapefruit flavors and I could see how this would be a nice and refreshing after doing yard work in the summer time. This beer, had great drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, clean, refreshing, not filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these, but hopefully it doesn't trigger any heartburn. What I liked the most about this beer was the fresh grapefruit flavor and the true to style mouthfeel they both worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, I think it would be a little better if the sweetness was toned down a little and let more of that grapefruit tartness shine through. I would buy this beer again, but I think I would mainly get it in the summer since I think it's very fitting for the season. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fruit beers, shandys, or grapefruits. All in all I was happy with this beer, it had all the makings of a good radler and besides the higher sweetness I thought it was pretty sessionable. This be made for a decent first impression of this brewery and I'll have to keep an eye out for more beers from them, nice work guys.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was surprised to see this and snagged a single yesterday afternoon. I had the lemon shandy some time ago and was pleased with it. Not blown away but remembered it to be interesting enough. Also, this is the second grapefruit radler I have seen in person.

Appearance is okay, fizzes up and blows off fast leaving no trace of head. Has a light dusty straw appearance.

Smells pretty sweet and pretty lemonadey. Hints of grapefruit rind and a slight lager beer like smell... but the beer smell is pretty overwhelmed by the sweetness which has a soda like quality to it.

Hits pretty hard with the sweetness. Pretty soda-pop like and not very well balanced with the beer. The sweetness flows through a balanced lemonade into a soda pop candy sweetness and then drops into a sweet white wine sort of sweetness. There is a lot of lemonade to me for this. The grapefruit is there, it comes in closer to the end but if someone hadn't told me it may have taken me a little bit to pick up on the grapefruit. I wish there would have been a bit more beer to this as well. The beer is pretty well muted and covered over. You can find it. But it all is pretty unbalanced. Not like I remember the lemon radler being.

Mouthfeel is okay, A bit on the sticky side with the sweetness but goes through a bit of a tartness and a dryness with the citrus. A bit grainy with the carbonation... and again... yes, soda-pop like.

In the end, I had hoped for a bit more of a potent grapefruit and not this sort of lemonade sort of thing. The sweetness was a bit too punchy as well. The balance between beer and fruit juice is pretty heavily on one side. But it is pretty clean and drinkable. I could imagine on a hot day next to a lake this may be a pretty favorable choice and a good crowd pleaser especially when there are people who may not drink a lot of beer around. Also the low ABV is nice, you can have one or two and feel good. Continue about your day without feeling sluggish. I won't go to grab more, I was satisfied enough to try it though. Not bad, but nothing crazy.

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Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.
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