During his summer gallivanting in Croatia, Chris had waxed ever so slightly rhapsodic about radlers. He kindly brought one back (a grapefruit one! I love grapefruit!) for me to sample and tonight, over dinner, sample I did!
Now, I’d never had a radler before, but I have tried a lemonade shandy… and it was not a good experience. In light of this, I admit I was a little wary when I set out try this beverage. (Possibly that’s why it lingered in my fridge for nearly a month? Shameful, I know.) Happily, I was completely surprised!
Taste-wise, the radler is bright and tangy: the citrus definitely adds refreshing acidity, though not overpoweringly so. I was mostly worried that the bright, fruity flavour would be marred by a heavy beer-y aftertaste, but no! As the drink warms up, the beer taste does become more prominent, but at no point does it spoil the overall effect. If anything, I’d say that the beer flavour helps to ground your tastebuds, so the next mouthful is full of zingy high notes again.
(Note: This is why I will never work as a food or drinks reviewer. Seriously, how do people describe tastes or smells without sounding completely ridiculous? I know I’ve never managed it.)
If I had to compare it to something, I’d say this radler is sort of like a grown-up version of 5-Alive, but less cloying, less sweet, more fizzy, and way more delicious. I would go so far as to say that this is my new favourite summer booze. (That’s right frozen margarita, you are officially too high-maintenance. There’s a new kid in town, and it’s a cyclist.)
I would recommend drinking this with absolutely anything (except chocolate or chocolate ice cream) on a hot day. Sunshine preferable, but not mandatory.