August Schell Brewing Company
Schell's Shocked Radler
August Schell Brewing Company Schell's Shocked Radler is a Radler mixed with grapefruit juice. The term is German and it means "cyclist's beer". It originated in the 1920's after a cycling event when the number of cyclists overwhelmed a tavern owner's beer supply so he began mixing beer half and half with lemon soda. Most of the German versions have around 2.5% alcohol by volume. Schell's Shocked Radler at 4.6% alcohol by volume is a bit more potent. It pours brilliant straw permeated with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a thin white foam cap with fair to poor retention. It smells like fruit and uncooked flour with a faint scent of spicy hops. Grapefruit dominates the flavors but it still allows a mild to medium hop accent to show through. The malt stays in the background. It finishes citrusy with grapefruit and a mild bitterness. The beer is light and highly carbonated. It comes close to straddling the boundary between beer and not beer. It is flavorful and refreshing but not something I would grab when I wanted a beer. I rate it 75.
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