On the eve of Summer: Shandys and Radlers are calling, do you answer?

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Of all the styles of beer these guys seems to have the biggest polarity of opinions.  Some people love them, some hate them with a passion, some say they are not even beers.

Personally I am a fan of them for what they are,  light easy drinking beers perfect for a picnic or after working outside.  Lawn Mower beers for the most part.  Something you can pull out of the fridge and drink from the can or bottle and unwind.  Sure there are other beers that will fill this role, but these are just a few more choices for you.

Blends of juices or flavors running the gamut from lemons to oranges to grapefruits you do get a nice range of flavors depending on your mood or preferences.

A Leinenkugel Summer Shandy was the first non Macro beer that I gave my father that he actually liked.  In fact he actually asked for a glass of it with lunch, and then the next day went out and bought a 6 pack for himself.  Say what you want about them but its loads better than the Michelob Ultra he had in the fridge the last time we were down there.

It was probably pressing my luck to have him try a Six Point RAD.  Far too tart for them, but just perfect for me.  The label says that it is a blend of juices, but for the most part i really pick up on the grapefruit.  It is tart, maybe a hit of sweetness, but at 3.2 ABV this is something that you could drink 2 pints of and be none the worse for wear.

 

In the end regardless of what style it is, or who makes it: If it tastes good, drink it.

 

What is everyone else’s thoughts? Are you teamshandy, teamradler or against both of them?

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6 thoughts on “On the eve of Summer: Shandys and Radlers are calling, do you answer?

    G-LO said:
    June 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I’m fine with a Shandy as long as we’re not talking about the Leinenkugel version. That stuff is awful. What you need to do is make on your own. It’s ridiculously easy. Grab a Prima Pils and a can of San Pellegrino Lemon Soda. I bet that would be terrific!

    simonbroderick said:
    June 20, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I liked the Anchor Saison but it’s a bit strong to fit into either category though! Mmm citrussy…

      Bierbattered responded:
      June 20, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Saison’s, wheat beers, and Berliners are my usual go to warm weather beers. Maybe a Pils here or there.

        simonbroderick said:
        June 20, 2014 at 1:55 pm

        Sounds like a good mix to me…

          Bierbattered responded:
          June 20, 2014 at 1:57 pm

          indeed, it is pretty much my year round choices honestly 🙂

            simonbroderick said:
            June 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm

            Ha, maybe a couple of stouts or porters in the Winter?

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