Thursday, September 26, 2013

Stiegl Radler Grapefruit Review

Name: Stiegl Radler Grapefruit
Style: Fruit Beer
ABV: 2.5%

The Stiegl Brewery based out of Salzburg, Austria is one of the more popular makers of craft beer is Europe though it's status as a craft brewery could come into question depending on who you ask.

In my review of Leinie's Summer Shandy, I mentioned that the beer was an American interpretation of the Radler, which is lemon/grapefruit soda mixed with beer. Well this is an actual European Radler I have here from an Austrian Brewery. I also learned that the term "Radler" is a German word which means "Cyclist" and the beer is meant to be a thirst-quencher of sorts not unlike a sports drink. This could also help explain the very low ABV content of this beer, coming in at just 2.5%

Stiegl Radler pours a pale hazy yellow color with a fizzy head that vanishes very quickly. The carbonation activity is also fairly high.

The aroma has a sweet grapefruit and lemonade scent, along with some barley & what I can only describe as an "earthy hay" smell.

Much like the nose, the flavor is mostly lemonade, grapefruit, with some minor barley & hay notes. Doesn't really taste like a beer.

The body is light and the carbonation is moderate. Strangely enough, it fits the flavor quite well and t feels rather refreshing.

Stiegl Radler aims to quench thirst and give flavor to those who wish to drink it and it accomplishes that quite well. Though you can pick up Summer Shandy for cheaper, this has a lot more flavor to it and I feel that you get more of your moneys worth here. This also isn't a beer that you're gonna catch a buzz from thanks to the very low ABV content, but unlike Session Ales, this one has alot more flavor to it.

So would I recommend this? Yeah, but only if you're outside on a hot day. Otherwise, you're better off with something else.

Stiegl Radler Grapefruit - 7.25/10

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