Ciuc Radler Raspberry and Lemon "Beer" - Taste testing
This is another taste testing ... entry!
Today we're taste testing the Ciuc Radler Beer Raspberry and Lemon "beer." Here we have a beer with no alcohol content, but with raspberry and lemon flavor!
We went out searching for a small decoration that was supposed to be 50% off. The store did have the item, but not this promotion. They had a promotion of buy 3 themed items, pay just for 2 of them.
On our way back, we stopped by the grocery store and i suddenly wanted some beer, but nothing serious. And now you understand why this "beer" came home and onto my site.
Ciuc is a popular beer brand over here. I'm not a beer drinker, mostly because it's bitter and it seems to mostly come in large quantities. A bit too large containers for me to drink all of it.
Ok, you might say that <beer can only be enjoyed in large quantities> ... and i would agree with you if i were a fan of it.
So, speaking of the quantity of product, in this can we have 0.33 liters. Regular beer cans are usually 0.5 liters. This means my can is smaller.
Below you can see the ingredients:
As you can tell, it is 60% lemonade and 40% blond beer with no alcohol. Despite this, on the can it is (more or less) clearly mentioned that this should be consumed by people over the age of 18. You can see the warning in the image above, cut-off.
For those who don't know, in Romania, we're allowed to drive, vote, and drink, when we turn 18. And we can drink whatever alcohol we want. We're also supposed to only buy cigarettes starting at 18, but i'm pretty sure kids under 18 do smoke.
Also, please don't drink alcohol and drive. And please don't drink too much either!
If you were to read the ingredients, you'll see the lemonade is a piece of crap, there's also carrot (=morcov) in there. On top of it, the percentage of lemon and raspberry (=zmeura) are very, very low.
How does it taste?
Let's open it up before!
OOOh, it's pink! And there's a rather strong smell of what i expect actual raspberry lemonade to smell like.
The smell is close enough to fresh raspberries, and i cannot sense any beer smell. Not a bad thing.
So, the taste is also very close to that of raspberry. In fact this flavor is overpowering. I can't tell i'm drinking a beer, i can't tell i'm drinking a lemonade either, let alone a mix of the two.
It is also pretty sweet. But not very much so. I get the need of swallowing a few times more after ingesting it, as i feel something is stuck in my throat.
And this is what it looks like, in a transparent glass!
The color is darker than what the package and the few drops on the can suggest.
It is very blurry, as you can see, it's not just the angle or position or bad lighting.
The drink itself is quite fizzy. I'd compare the level of fizzyness to 7up i guess? (i didn't have it in some time). Definitely not as much bubbles as in Cola or Pepsi.
The fizziness went pretty fast. After the fizzy effect is gone, the beer taste can be felt a bit more. Especially if you drink it fast. -I kept a bit in the glass so i can properly write this taste review.
At the same time, the raspberry flavor felt more fake and was definitely not overpowering anymore. I couldn't feel any carrot and any lemon before or after the fizz.
Hmm, i'm not sure. Maybe 3 glasses out of 5 glasses with the fizz? LOL
Without fizz, i'd say 2.5 glasses out of 5 glasses.
I'd say this drink is a summery or "girly" drink. I don't think many men would reach for this beer in a supermarket r even when going out to drink.
You should get it if you want to drink some beer, but you don't really like the beer taste. Or if you like lemonades and/or raspberry.
You can also skip it and choose something else.
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