Stiegl Radler Grapefruit tallboys have been flying off our shelves like Batman off of Gotham City skyscrapers. So we figured it was time to do a little taste test of a brew genre we like to call “beer soda.”
This radler pours a pale, hazy yellow and smells straight up like grapefruit soda — there’s nothing remotely beer related about its aroma. And seeing that the blend is 60 percent soda and 40 percent beer, this doesn’t come as a complete surprise. It’s also no shocker that what little head there is dissipates quickly.
As to the flavor, well, it’s definitely sugary sweet. It mostly tastes like grapefruit soda with an ever-so-slight touch of bready grain on the finish. While it tastes very little like anything resembling beer, we’d actually prefer to drink this over an actual fruit soda, like San Pellegrino Pompelmo, any time. Comparatively, the sweetness factor less intense in the shandy (though we’d be curious to know how much sugar is actually in the Stiegl compared to San Pellegrino’s 35 grams).
The carbonation is medium to high, while the mouthfeel is very light. Overall, this is a wonderfully refreshing, low ABV (not more than 3.2%) beverage that’s far superior to most fruit sodas. If you’re looking for something that actually tastes like beer, though, don’t get your hopes up. We’d love to try a version with the opposite ratios (60 percent beer and 40 percent soda) to see how it compares.
Have you tried this or other Radlers you love? Tell us in the comments!