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Old 04-15-2009, 02:49 AM   #1
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Last summer I was in Munich for a few days so naturally I went to the beer gardens. Everywhere I went had this stuff called "Radler" which was basically a beer with lemonade mixed into it if I am not mistaken (at least thats what it tasted like and what some people explained to me). It was so good I had two 1L steins before 11:30am Good times. Also gotta love being able to drink on the streets.

Anyone have a good extract recipe for this, rather than just making an ale and adding lemon juice or extract?
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:57 AM   #2
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You'd have to make a really light beer if you didn't want to mix with the lemonade. Radler is usually low ABV I think.

Paper City Brewing of MA makes a radler which, IMO, is dreadful. Maybe a fresh blend of lemonade (and i'd guess that would be fizzy Euro lemonade) and beer is better.

 
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:10 AM   #3
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A Radler is beer and lemonade, it's not like a smirnoff or a Mike's hard. Something like a Pilsner Urquell mixes great because it has a good hop bite that sticks around even with the lemonade addition. So I'd go with that and if you can't be bothered with mixing at drinking time, I suppose you could keg half lemonade half beer and then carbonate.

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Old 04-15-2009, 04:04 AM   #4
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Something like a German Pilsner mixed 50/50 with lemonade (sprite, 7-Up, etc.) at serving time would work wonderfully, and was probably pretty much what you were drinking in Munich.

As for a recipe you'd want something like:
OG of 1.048
Mostly Pils extract (95% or so) with some steeped Carapils (say 4%), and maybe a tiny touch of Caramunich (1%). And, say 35 IBUs of Hallertauer including good sized 15 min and flameout additions.
Ideally you'd use a liquid Pilsner lager yeast, but failing that S-05 fermented cool (say 16C) would get you close.

Interestingly there's been a bit of a fuss about Radler here in NZ recently. Dominion Breweries, one of the big two here was recently granted a trademark for the name "Radler," and used the threat of a lawsuit to stop a small craft brewery from calling their radler "Radler."

Check the debate out here.
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:38 AM   #5
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Thanks for the information guys!
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:03 PM   #6
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At Sudwerk, in Davis, CA, a radler is half lemonade with half hefeweizen. It is delicious! Especially on a nice 110 degree day out on the patio. Highly recommended!

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Old 03-24-2012, 01:56 AM   #7
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I vividly remember having Radler while in Germany; SOOOOO refreshing on a hot summer day.

But it looks as if the only way to make it, would be to brew a pils, and then add the lemonade/sprite at serving time. Is there anyways you can add something to it at bottling time, so when you pop open the cap, you get something ready to go without the mixing?

I am new to brewing, but one of my original intentions once I started was to create a Radler since you can't find a good one state-side.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:07 AM   #8
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Raddler is 50/50 light pilsner or lager and 7-up or Sprite

I am pretty sure they do not use lemonade! My family is German and they have several beers they mix with various soda's. My uncle calls them "***** drinks" but I love 'em.

Here's another to try:

ColaWeiss - 50/50 hefeweissen and coke (or pepsi but they use coke)

Even better is colaweiss made with dunkleweiss instead of regular hefeweissen.

50/50 is negotiable - could lean one way or the other.

 
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:09 AM   #9
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PS - this is great to drink whist brewing. Low ABV keeps your mind sharp and thirst quenched.

 
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:16 AM   #10
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PS - this is great to drink whist brewing. Low ABV keeps your mind sharp and thirst quenched.
So true!! Great summer drink period! Same with the other mixes! All low ABV and thirst quenching! I thought Radler was the ****! Until I had a dunkle-colaweiss! All time favorite! Try it out sometime!

 
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