not a huge fan of shandies and radlers since they taste so much like
alcopops (flavored malt beverages) that I don’t really consider them to
be real, true beer. That’s not usually a problem since most of these
beverages I don’t particularly like because they’re overly sweet or just
faux-tasting. But in the case of Stiegl Radler I’m torn because it
actually is really tasty and fun to drink. I guess I can make an
exception for this one.
I poured a 500ml can into a large mug. A four-pack cost $8.99 ($2.25 per
can or $0.13 per ounce). The fresh code was indecipherable (what does
Appearance: Nearly identical to lemonade: pale yellow hue with extreme
cloudiness. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which evaporates quickly
and leaves no lacing. No carbonation visible.
Smell: Akin to real grapefruit, this seems totally authentic. Perhaps a
little sweeter than the real fruit, though (it’s made with grapefruit
soda, after all, not fresh-squeezed juice).
Taste: I’ve never had grapefruit soda, but from what I can tell, this
beer is comprised 40% of lager and 60% of grapefruit soda. It seems
closer to a 10/90 ratio since I get next to no lager character or other
“beer” flavor here. The grapefruit taste completely dominates the
palette, but it’s remarkably tasty and in no way cloying. Light tartness
up fruit with real grapefruit taste which becomes stronger throughout
the swig. There’s a taste of real juiciness as it finishes and a
pleasant dry tart sensation in the finish. It would be easy to fool
someone and tell them this isn’t even alcoholic at all. Certainly
there’s no malt or hop presence that I can find. That’s okay, because
this is delicious and refreshing and doesn’t carry the douchiness of an
Drinkability: There must be an export version of Stiegl Radler that we
get in the USA since the can mentions a 3.2% alcohol by weight (or 4%
alcohol by volume). Most websites indicate a 2% ABV, but this is clearly
stronger than that. Although I will say it certainly drinks that easy.
The mouthfeel is light and crisp and the beer is refreshing every time
it crosses the tongue. It leaves a clean aftertaste. I could easily
throw back several of these on a hot summer’s day – especially at this