Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler
Brewed by: Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Lager
- Variation: Radler
- Seasonal: April – August
- ABV: 4.1%
- IBU: 12
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Sunshine Season calls for a uniquely refreshing brew with added zing. Ginger Lemon Radler is our take on the classic German “cyclist” — bright and easy drinking, with tangy citrus and a touch of spice.
Additional: Lemon and ginger
More Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler Images
Artwork: Yellow spiral pattern with large red cursive “Radler.”
Color: Cloudy pale yellow, yet it glows.
Aroma: Ginger over mild citrus.
Arrived in: 12oz. Can
Served in: Tall Pilsner
Between the hot weather, and the style of beer, this review of Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler could not have been timed any better. It was an uncharacteristically warm San Diego day, and we took the kids to the zoo. When we got home, this is what we went with, and it was a perfect quencher.
Actually, we never thought we’d get to review this beer. Boulevard announced Ginger Lemon Radler on Twitter months ago, and we were never able to find it during that time. They confirmed their Radler would make it to California, but we waited, and waited, and waited. Patiently — like a lifelong Royals fan, hoping for the chance to ever see playoff baseball again after 1985. Well, not that long, but you get the idea…
After pouring, Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler was so effervescent it crackled like drying sea foam on the shore. Its short 1-2 finger head died off immediately, leaving no residual suds atop its glowing straw body. Huge colonies of carbonation stuck to the side of the glass, while an endless stream of bubbles flowed up into the center of the glass.
With the eruptive carbonation, you would think this radler was going to be quite sharp, but the effervescence moved completely out of the way for an incredibly soft mouthfeel. Ginger Lemon Radler barely crispened up in the finish, when all of its flavor kicked in.
At first, lemon washed over for a gradual tartness that coated our palates. Just as the sour started to come on stronger, it was cut down by the gentle spiciness of ginger in the finish, which kept it from becoming too acidic. Ginger Lemon Radler’s dual flavor profiles appeared perfectly, right after the other to build a refreshment factor like none we’ve ever witnessed. Both the ginger and lemon tasted natural — not too sweet or artificial.
We enjoy citrus, and always eat ginger off the plate at sushi, so maybe we appreciate those flavors more than most people. But we thought Ginger Lemon Radler was pretty damn tasty.
FYI: Not like you need encouragement to drink this delicious treat of a beer faster, but its definitely better cold. So bottoms up, and take advantage of that super sessionable 4.1% ABV, or serve it a bit below that ideal 40° lager/pilsner serving temperature.
Final Score: 3.5/5
Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler was a fantastic heat beater, and we cannot stress enough how refreshing it was. With the introduction of the unique ginger ingredient, it was like an artisan beer-mosa you’d find on a menu at Sunday brunch.