German Radler - Beer and Lemon Soda
The Germany life lessons didn’t end with World War II or the Berlin Wall, the learning applied to beer-drinking too! 

As you know, I’m not a fan of alcohol, so when I learned that Germans, major beer brewers, like to mix theirs with lemon soda in a drink they call a Radler, I knew life would never be the same. Sure, I still don’t love beer, but I now have a much more palatable beer option for the rare moments where drinking the stuff is unavoidable, and I have to say it’s pretty good. The easy recipe for beer lovers and tolerators alike is after the jump. Prost! That’s “cheers” in German.

Radler Ingredients
You’ll need: white beer (a German one if you want to be more authentic), lemon soda (San Pellegrino Limonata is perfect for this), and a lemon for garnishing your glass (I got lazy and ended up skipping the lemon).  I’ve seen other recipes use regular lemonade or lemon-lime soda, so feel free to use whatever you prefer. I went with Limonata because it seemed most German/European, and I’m all about pretending I’m European. 

Radler Prep
The rest of the process is entirely up to you. For obvious reasons, I poured more lemon soda than beer in my glass, and did the reverse for Brian. It’s as simple as that.

Radler - Fortune Goodies
We enjoyed our radlers with a big and buttery pretzel from Auntie Anne’s. I considered making another batch of soft pretzel bites, but for the same reasons I dropped garnishing our glasses with lemons, getting a pretzel from the mall seemed like the best choice. Other great choices: beer with lemon soda, or lemon soda with beer. Drink up!

  1. white beer
  2. lemon soda
  1. Pour beer and lemon soda in a glass. The ratio is entirely up to you.
  2. Mix.
  3. Enjoy!
  1. Substitute lemon soda with lemon-lime soda or regular lemonade.
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3 Responses to radler

  1. Erin says:

    Yum! They call this a “clara” in Barcelona… You go 50/50 with Estrella and Fanta Limon. Basically the same thing. I love it!

  2. Heather in Germany says:

    If you want to try and enjoy a beer again, try using a pilsner to make a Radler. Germans would never use a wheat beer (Weissbier = wheat beer) to make a Radler. I have however, been offered a Bananaweizen, which is a mixture of wheat beer and banana juice. Try at your own risk, as I was not brave enough to try it!

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