Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stiegl Radler Grapefruit

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1409) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2015
I’m 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 03735 mean?).

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 alcopop.

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 price!

Score: 8/10