From Binding-Brauerei in Germany comes their “Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Raddler”. The radler pours an orange colour with a white fluffy head. The aroma is wholly of grapefruit juice. The flavour is of grapefruit juice, sweetness with only a hint of grain and wheat from the 50% Hefeweizen. The alcohol content comes in at 2.5% the standard for the style. You are not going to go wrong with a good radler in the summer and the summer is on the way!
Commercial Description: As you might’ve guessed we’re from Germany, but what might surprise you is that we’re the world’s first Hefeweizen (wheat beer) grapefruit beer. Best served cold, it’s the perfect casual brew to cool you off during the summer, but it can be enjoyed all year round any time of the day. It’s a true 50/50 blend of total refreshment made from 50% Schofferhofer Hefeweizen blended with 50% carbonated juice of 100% natural ingredients.
Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster did a collaboration with Freigeist Bierkultur of Germany called the “Steinbier Lager”. A Steinbier is a style of beer where you super heat grainte rocks then run the hot wort over the rocks causing the wort to caramelize. The beer pours an amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of lots of malts, caramel and a fruity finish. The flavour is of caramel, sweet toffee, mild resin, earth and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30. This is one of two or three of this style I have been able to try and I am a big fan. Running the beer over the hot rocks helps build a large caramel flavour without a huge alcohol content.
From Kreuztal Germany’s Krombacher Brauerei comes their “Krombacher Non-Alcoholic Pils”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head and lots of carbonation. The aroma consists of citrus, grassiness, sweetness and a biscuity malt finish. The flavour is of citrus, grassy, bready and biscuit malts, with a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at a minuscule 0.3%. I am not one to drink non-alcoholic beer but this one is worth checking out if you want a good pilsner without the alcohol.
Commercial Description: In Krombacher taste is the one and only benchmark in the production of our beers. Whenever we commence on the journey of innovation within our product range the number one priority is to produce a brew that tantalises the taste buds. During the production of our non-alcoholic drinks the focus was to produce a product that had the full bodied characteristics of Krombacher Pils minus the alcohol content. The non-alcoholic beer is brewed in the same way, with the same fresh Felsquellwasser® (mountain spring water) and malt content. It then goes through a process of de-alcoholisation developed especially in Krombach, which enables the beer to retain the unique aroma which originates during the brewing process. It is no wonder therefore, with these credentials, that this isotonic thirst quencher is the most popular non-alcoholic Pils in Germany!
From Erding Germany’s Erdinger Weissbräu comes their “Erdinger Weissbier” a Hefeweizen. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grassy hops, citrus and wheat. The flavour is of grassy hops, citrus, malts and wheat. The alcohol content of this Hefe is 5.3%. This beer has a really fresh refreshing flavour and would be good for any summer day!
Commercial Description: Erdinger Weissbier is not only the undisputed classic in the Erdinger product range, it is also quite simply the wheat beer par excellence. It is brewed using fine yeast according to a traditional recipe and, of course, in strict accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law. Even today, the beer is still bottle-fermented in the traditional way; it takes three to four weeks for Erdinger Weissbier ‘with fine yeast’ to mature. Only the finest ingredients are used in its production. Years of experience and constant quality checks guarantee the beer’s unmistakable flavor.
From Germany comes the “Weisse” from “Hacker-Pschorr”. This wheat beer has a very mild taste with a hint of banana as an aftertaste. At 5.5% alcohol it is your average wheat beer. This would be a good beer to drink on a hot day. This is a beer most beer drinkers could apriciate even if they do not have a open mind when it comes to what beer should be.