Lemon Ginger Radler – Mission Springs Brewing

From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Lemon Ginger Radler” a mix of their Trailblazer Pilsner, California Lemons and an organic ginger root infusion.  The Radler pours a very light cloudy yellow colour with a small white head.  The aroma is dominated by lemons, ginger and an overall sweetness that almost reminds me of a craft pop.  The flavour is of lemonade, ginger, candied ginger a hint of Pilsner malts and a very mild crisp bite.  The alcohol content comes in at 3% with an IBU of 17.  I am a huge fan of radlers and this being a non grapefruit radler makes it event better as it is different!  If you can find a six pack of this beer but three of them!

Commercial Description: This is a light and delicious drink based on our famous Trailblazer Pilsner recipe blended with California lemons and organic ginger root infusion.  At 3% alcohol and with a very refreshing lemon finish and light ginger zing, this beverage is perfect summer refreshment and great over ice.


Radler – Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “Radler” a mixture of their Royal City Pale Ale and Lemonade.  This beer can only be enjoyed in the tasting room and is not available for growler fills as they mix it on site and are worried about the lemonade fermenting.  The radler pours a cloudy yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemonade, malts and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of tons of lemonade, some citrus, very mild hops and a mild bready malt finish.  Depending how the radler is mixed the alcohol content should come in between 2.5% and 3% alcohol.  I am a huge fan of Radlers but many people have to avoid the main ingredient in most as grapefruit can react with many medications.  This is a Radler that not only tastes great but it is more accessible to the masses!

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Grapefruit Stiegl Radler – Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

From Austria’s Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH comes their pop… no wait beer…. ummm I mean… Well I don’t know really!  The drink in question is called the “Grapefruit Stiegl Radler” a 50/50 mix of Stiegl Goldbrau lager and pure grapefruit juice.  By definition a Radler is a mixed drink that is either 50/50 or 60/40 beer to softdrink found extensively German speaking regions.   This Radler pours a cloudy yellow colour with a good sized white head.  The aroma consists of grapefruit pop, lemonade, rind and a hint of malts.  The flavour is of lemonade, grapefruit, rind and a mild malt profile provided by the beer although faint.  This beer is a great summer beer and can be consumed in large quantities on hot summer days due to is 2.5% alcohol content and pretty low on the calories also at only 35 calories / 100 ml.  This is the way all session ales or light beers should be doing it.  Do not create a lesser product just to get a lower alcohol content!  This is a brilliant and delicious way to make a drink that you can session for long periods of time in the Summer!  To the purists this may not be a beer but don’t look at it like that.  It is a Grapefruit pop with some malts present and a nice low alcohol content.  Why drink grapefruit pop when you can drink alcoholic grapefruit pop?  This is not a rhetorical question!

Commercial Description:  “Stiegl Grapefruit Radler is the perfect summer beer, it’s light-bodied, clean, crisp and refreshing,” says Guy McClelland, president of McClelland Premium Imports. “And for the health-conscious consumer with an active lifestyle, it’s low in calories and only 2.5 per cent.”  Radler, which means “cyclist” in German, is a beer style invented by Bavarian cyclists.  Seeking a great tasting, low alcoholic beverage they could take on bike rides and picnics, Bavarian cyclists blended a 50/50 mixture of Bavarian lager and fruit juice. The refreshing result is now known as the Radler.

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