What type of beer is Flensburger?
Flensburger is a non alcoholic radler.
A radler is a German version of a shandy or panache. It is usually equal parts hoppy beer like a pilsner and a citrus lemonade, either lemon or lemon and lime.
Radler comes form the German word Radlermass (Cycle later) and was invented by Innkeeper Franz Kugler. During the big cycling boom in the 1920, he created a path that lead directly to his Inn. However when thousands turned up he had to water down his beer with lemonade to ensure there was enough. The Radler was born.
A radler will have 2 sets of ingredients usually, one for the beer and one for the lemonade.
The non alcoholic beer part contains…
- carbon dioxide
The lemonade side is basically just lemonade, there is a few more ingredients in German but that is the gist of it.
Ordinarily you would not be surprised to see a radler with quite a high level of sugar and calories, it is half lemonade after all.
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Those stats are pretty solid. Low in calories, carbs and very interestingly, low in added sugar. Usually i am hoping a beer won’t be sweet but for once i am wondering if this willl be sweet enough.
To read more about what isotonic is and how it affects beers, you can read about that here
A typical German beer can looks a bit crowded, probably the ease at reading, or not reading German doesn’t help. The big splash of yellow in the middle lets you know what flavour to expect.
The beer itself is very pale yellow which is what you would expect from a 50% lemonade
There is a nice light lemony smell on the nose but you also get some slight malt from the beer. In a fruit beer the lemon would overpower but in the radler there is more equality.
This is a very refreshing and light drink. You clearly get a nice lemon/lemonade type lightness and feel but it certainly is not too sweet which can be a big drawback in a poor radler.
The lemonade is nicely mixed with just enough malty beer so you know it is there but not enough for you to think it is a full beer.
I think this would make a great hot summers day drink and the calories and carbs are actually very good for a radler.
A light and refreshing lemon radler. Not too sweet and low in calorie, this is a very good summer beer
7.5/10 – As radlers go, this is very good. It isn’t overly beer like given it is 50% lemonade but you know that buying a radler
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
Where to buy?
You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer
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Is Flensburger Alkoholfrei Radler gluten free?
No, it would appear this beer is not gluten free
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Flensburger Alkoholfrei Radler vegan?
No, i am unable to confirm if it is vegan so i would assume it is not.
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
As radlers go, this is very good. It isn’t overly beer like given it is 50% lemonade but you know that buying a radler