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Union Radler Grapefruit

Rating: 2.85

Only my second ever Slovenian beer now but I have quite a few other reviews from the country to follow this one which follows on from the bottle of Laško Zlatorog I first tried in Split when I first visited Croatia three years ago. This one will be my first beer from the country’s second biggest brewery, Union but as it would happen both brewery’s from the country that I’ve tried beers from are now owned by and fall under the Heineken banner. This particular beer I’m reviewing now is another radler, a style very common in Croatia and I managed to try this one firstly in Zagreb but I also picked it up a few more times whilst in Croatia as well as Slovenia over the course of my trip.

Union Radler Grapefruit

Appearance (2/5): Cloudy lemon yellow with a foamy, white head on top that was slightly larger than expected but disappeared instantly, leaving quite a still looking beer.
Aroma (6/10): Faint citrus, lemon and grapefruit kick things off with this one but nothing came across too strong and there was no sign of any hops or malts in the beer. It came through with plenty of sweetness and quite a lot of sugar too but it definitely wasn’t your typical beer aroma, it was pleasant enough though.
Taste (6/10): There wasn’t much the taste to differentiate it from the nose, there was a lot of lemon and some strong grapefruit coming through early on. The beer had a bit of citrus and came across quite light a lemonade with plenty of sweetness and quite a tangy taste.
Palate (3/5): Smooth with a sticky sweet feel and very refreshing indeed, helped in part by the low alcohol content and the fact that none was showing with the beer. There wasn’t any sign of bitterness coming through either and it was a very easy beer to drink, particularly in the sun although it was quite light bodied.

Overall (13/20): This one proved to be quite an enjoyable beer and an excellent thirst quencher as I sat out in the sun, I doubt it would prove quite as popular in the UK though. There was some nice lemon and grapefruit flavours but it did seem slightly more like a lemonade than a beer (as is often the case with radlers) but I enjoyed it regardless with it proving to be smooth, refreshing and easy to drink; that’s probably why I picked it up on a few occasions over the course of my holiday.

Brewed In: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brewery: Pivovarna Union
First Brewed: 2010
Type: Radler/Fruit Beer
Abv: 2.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia
Price: 16 kuna (approx. £1.52)

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