Great Western Brewhouse Radler

Reviewed by on July 6, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Great Western Brewing

  • Origin: Saskatoon, SK, CA

  • Rated On: July 6, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 2.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Radler

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Saskatoon’s Great Western Brewing now produces this late-adopter 12-pack that they sell in Western Canada. Made with ‘light beer’, sugar, and grapefruit juice, primarily. What, the marketing department couldn’t spring for a stylized bicycle on the label?

This 355ml can pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather fizzy off-white head, which leaves a few instances of coral atoll lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of tart grapefruit, orange, and lemon juice, cotton candy, some hard water flintiness, and the faintest of plain-ass graininess. The taste is sweet orange and red grapefruit flesh (either overripe or dusted with berry sugar), a slight earthy mustiness, simple syrup, and a still pretty hard to differentiate thin grainy maltiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its swirling and palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and fairly smooth, with a pleasant creaminess taking hold from the get-go. It finishes sweet, but moderated somewhat by a fading sense of citrus tartness.

Overall, this pretty much gets the whole radler thing down pat – real-seeming fruit juice, and a sweetness that generally obfuscates any base malt character. Refreshing, to say the least, and you could drink this stuff all day, that is until your bladder gives out on you.

Brady White

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