Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Waterloo Grapefruit Radler

From Kitchener, Ontario comes the Waterloo Grapefruit Radler, built by the Waterloo Brewing Co. It contains a slight 3.1% alcohol and comes in a 473mL can that looks more like an "alco-pop" than a beer.

The Grapefruit Radler is a pale golden brew with an almost whitish tint and a hazy look. It poured with a fluffy white head that faded to practically nothing before I had time to snap a photo. The can indicates that this stuff contains concentrated grapefruit juice as well as concentrated grape juice and high fructose corn syrup.  Yum.

There's a hefty grapefruit aroma that walks the line between sweet and tart, but frequently stumbles over to the sweet side. As it smells, so does it taste: juicy. There aren't many "beer" elements in this drink. I suspect that a very pale, light lager is the base, but it provides little more than a carbonation platform.

Radlers have been big this summer, so I've tried a few and made a couple of my own. This one proved rather disappointing. Thin and light with little beer bounce. Waterloo also has a Lemonade Lager, that I liked much better.

Rating: 5.5 out of 10.

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