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Judge's Review: 82 Rating - Grapefruit Radler by Stiegl

November, 2019
Judges Rating: 
18 / 24
6 / 6
34 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

While presented as a fruit beer, upon learning what the beer was, it really doesn't qualify under any BJCP category. That being said, I am judging based on overall enjoyability and representation of this outsider category.

The nose is big and fully about the grapefruit soda. The beer is entirely lost here due to the aromatic grapefruit. It does smell lovely and fresh and natural, it just does not smell of beer. At tasting, it again is lacking in beer character until the finish. Light malt comes into the finish. It is intensely sweet and seems to be an obvious product for American palates, given how sweet it is. More beer would make this more drinkable and more fun to drink. It is clean and somewhat drinkable, but is it a beer? I'd question that aspect. A great summer tipple, perhaps with some gin.