As I was shopping for my latest beer for The Brew Club’s last beer exchange, I happened upon in interesting beer from Austria called Stiegl Radler. Its something like a ‘Shandy’ I suppose in that it’s ‘50% Stiegl-Goldbraü Premium Lager & 50% Lemon Soda”. Or so says the label.
Reading up on this beer, as I do for you, our dear readers, it seems that this is a very female oriented drink. At least that’s the message I get from looking at the website! That’s not to say tough dudes like myself can’t let our hair down and enjoy the massive 2.5% ABV lemony goodness from Austria now and again. Right?
The beer itself pours into my lager glass looking much like (I’m guessing) the vaunted Goldbraü Premium Lager should. Actually, it looks like any regular lager to me, but I do notice a more fizzy head than usual which I will attribute to the 50% lemon soda.
Nice and clear, this beer loses its big white fizzy head in the matter of seconds and demonstrates no lacing.
The aroma is interesting. To me, its very easy to explain. Imagine what a regular lager smells like, and then overlay lemon onto that. That’s this. Or something like that.
Taste is similar, but I’d give the edge to the lemon over the typical beeriness flavors of a lager. The lemon flavors do come across as natural, but as I’m drinking this shandy-ish beer, I can’t help but have thoughts of lemon pledge pop into my head. I feel the need to dust.
Moving along, initially I thought that this beer was crisp and refreshing, but I’m thinking this lemon beer hybrid is a little more sweet, and a little more sticky feeling in my mouth than I’d usually like. I realize this is something of a novelty beer – sweet, lemony, and light, I suppose it makes a nice treat for Summer.
I will say that the lemon flavors really seemed to come out nicely in the aftertaste – It was like there was a party in my mouth, but they were all speaking German so I didn’t really pick up on what was going on.
Wrapping up, I’d say that I enjoyed this Stiegl Radler Lemon beer, but I’d pass on it in the future. Its really low ABV means that you really could enjoy this beer on a hot day without your brain shutting down, but its really too sweet for my tastes to have it again.
Referring back to their website, it seems they make this style beer in lemon, raspberry, and grapefruit flavors. While I expect to have similar feelings toward the grapefruit and raspberry versions as I did with the lemon reviewed today, I’ll still pick them up to try if I see them.
What about you? Ever try a shandy, either with lemonade or with lemon soda like the Stiegl here? What did you think?