If you’ve been at a bar or parties, you’ve probably heard someone ask for a Radler. However, while it is a common beverage, not everyone knows what it is. If you’re a beer enthusiast, you’re probably familiar with this. Even if you aren’t, we’re here to tell you! In this article, we will explain what a Radler is, the source, and our picks for the best Radlers to try.
WHAT IS RADLER?
In simple words, a Radler is a two-parts beer; often a form of light beer combined with lemonade or lemon-lime soda. Radler has become eminent across the world in recent years and many companies have even derived their own forms of beer combined with different beverages, such as grapefruit soda, ginger ale, and other fruit juices.
WHERE DID THE RADLER ORIGINATE FROM?
In German, Radler means “cyclists”. There are many stories as to how Radler was derived. However, they are all theories, and no one’s certain which the correct one is. One of the stories is that In June 1992, thousands of cyclists went to the Kugleralm pub in Germany, which was connected to a new trial. Due to the overwhelming number of cyclists that came to the bar, the owner of the pub didn’t have enough beer for everyone and so, he combined it with lemon juice. Soon after, the beverage became prominent amid other bars across Germany as well. Hence, Radler was born!
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RADLER & SHANDY?
As per many people, Radler and Shandy are two opposite beverages. However, no one’s certain whether they’re the same or different. As mentioned above, Radler is a combination of a form of light beer and lemon juice or any other citrus extract. We can assume that Shandy is a sort of British version of the infamous German Randler since it is a similar combination; of beer and lemonade or ginger ale.
OUR PICKS FOR THE BEST RADLER BEER TO TRY:
#1: BOULEVARD BREWING CO. GINGER LEMON RADLER
The Boulevard Brewing Co. Ginger Lemon Radler is the company’s attempt at a sour and scrumptious Radler, that compliments the conventional zest of the beverage. This refreshing drink is perfect for when you need to escape the heat of the scorching summer sun. There’s nothing more invigorating than this mouth-watering beverage!
#2: WATERLOO GRAPEFRUIT RADLER
The Waterloo Grapefruit Radler combines the conventional lager beer with refreshing grapefruit juice for a sweet blend with a somewhat bitter varnish. On a warm summer afternoon, this beverage will revitalize you! Just open the can and allow the succulent juices to cool you down.
#3: CENTRAL CITY HOPPING MAD CIDER RADLER
Central City brings you Canada’s first-ever Radler combined with cider, Hopping Mad Cider Radler. It’s a combination of hand-brewed apple cider and ruby red grapefruit juice. The result is an uplifting beverage, which is light on the alcohol and gluten-free. It’s a blend of sweetness, bitterness, and sourness, but overall a scrumptious and refreshing beverage.
#4: MOOSEHEAD MOOSE LIGHT RADLER
Moosehead combines its award-winning and much-acclaimed light lager and a hint of grapefruit, grape, and lemon juice in their Moose Light Radler. As a result, you get an exceptional blend of flavors like never before. It is made with 15% real fruit juice and 4% alcohol, which makes it the ideal beverage for parties and communions.
#5: CENTRAL CITY RED RACER RADLER
The Central City Red Racer Radler compliments the traditional Radler, as it is marketed towards cyclists. It is an energizing combination of malt and grapefruit, making it the finest choice for riders.
#6: ROADIE GRAPEFRUIT RADLER
The Roadie Grapefruit Radler is marketed towards cyclists, much like our previous pick. Made with grapefruit puree, this refreshing drink is the best choice to stash in a “bike-pack”, and drink after a thrilling bike-ride.
#7: CAGE RADLER
The Cage Radler is part of the menu at Victory Brewing Company, inspired by German brewing traditions, this refreshing Radler is sure to satisfy your tastebuds with its combination of crisp lager and sparkling lemon soda, with a hint of maltiness.
#8: PEACH BEERLINI RADLER
The Peach Beerlini Radler Beer is a product of Left Hand Brewing Company. It’s made with peach nectar and includes 4.1% ABV with only 8 IBUs. It’s the perfect 8-ounce drink to have on a scorching summer afternoon.
So these are our top picks for the best radlers to try. It depends solely on you, which drink you prefer the most. It pretty much comes down to personal preference in this case. But do let us know which one you liked the most.
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