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Pittinger Grapefruit

Rating: 2.05

This one is a bit of an unusual one to categorise, it’s an Austrian branded beer that is from the Fritz Egger brewery but the beer itself appears to be brewed under license by Pivovarna Laško in Slovenia, specifically for Spar supermarkets in Slovenia. Since the beer is from an Austrian brewery originally I’ll count it as a beer from that country and it makes the beer my second to fall under the Pittinger brand that I’ve tried, following on from their enjoyable Hefe-Weissbier that I reviewed here previously. This one is actually a beer that I sampled on a bus leaving Ljubljana for Trieste in Italy having grabbed the can earlier on my visit to Ljubljana but not getting round to opening it, the main reason I grabbed it in the first place was because it was cheaper than buying a bottle of water and I thought it might be more refreshing too. The price of the beer worked out at roughly £0.39 for a 500ml can, granted it’s a relatively low alcohol drink but you can’t really argue with pricing like that.

Pittinger Grapefruit

Appearance (3/5): A cloudy, lemon coloured yellow with a thin, bubbly white head on top that starts to break up after a minute or so.
Aroma (3/10): Really bitter lemon and grapefruit notes on the nose initally, there was some strong artificial smells with a huge amount of citrus but the nose felt a little basic. The grapefruit definitely dominated and beyond that there wasn’t really much going on.
Taste (4/10): Mirroring the nose, this one kicked off with some strong bitterness and quite an artifical tast that had some lemons and grapefruit running through it, although neither was quite as overpowering as the nose. There was an artificial sweetness and very basic malts coming through around the middle before some hay and further bitterness closed things out.
Palate (2/5): Light bodied and artificial feeling with quite a thin, almost watery feel that had too much bitterness for me and not enough variety. There was the odd sticky-sweet patch in there but it was definitely a basic beer overall.

Overall (7/20): This one turned out to be quite a poor radler and was nowhere near as good as the Union Radler Grapefruit that I reviewed here previously. The taste and smell both seemed artifical and forced with far too much bitterness showing and taking away the refreshing aspect of the beer before you had a chance to enjoy it. Disappointing and not one I’d go back to which is a shame given how much I enjoyed the Pittinger Hefe-Weissbier that I also tried whilst in Slovenia.

Brewed In: Unterradlberg, Austria
Brewery: Privatbrauerei Fritz Egger
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Radler (Fruit Beer)
Abv: 2.5%
Serving: Can (500ml)
Purchased: Spar supermarket (Ljubljana)
Price: €0.53 (approx. £0.39)

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