Japanese Name: サントリー ラドラー
Release: Mar. 24, 2015
Purchase Price: ￥151 @Aeon
Named after the German word for “cyclist,” Suntory’s Beer Style Radler has its roots in the German drink sold to cyclists. A 5:5 mix of lemonade and beer has provided German cyclists a refreshing roadside beverage for over 80 years. While it is illegal to drink and ride a bike in Japan, there’s nothing holding you back from drinking while watching Giro d’Italia.
The scent from the lemon lightly drifts off the head and adds a refreshing touch. The first gulp also contains an ample amount of sweet lemon flavor, much sweeter than I was expecting, but remains palatable. However, much of the flavor of the hops and malt gets masked.
Suntory’s Radler provides an enjoyable beverage for those looking for something in a sweeter carbonated form. While it has a decent flavor, it does have a striking resemblance to the Japanese soft drink C.C. Lemon, and you might find your money going further by trying to create a C.C. Chuhai.