Lately I find that those who have visited Germany, looking for a beer Radler in Greece. Radler is nothing different from what the British call Shandy. Both of them are the same beer with a different name. Substantially are Lager beers produced by breweries, adding lemonade-lemon or Sprite/7Up. In our country we are none of the Greek breweries are producing something like that, but we are importing the Veltins Lemon which is very close to the taste. In Germany fits into the category Biermischgetränk. The word means something like Beer refreshment, as the term can’t be exactly translate.
The name Radler, as we said is German. It comes from the word Rad which means bicycle and it has its origins to the Bavaria. Its first appearance was made in 1912 but as it said, it was presented to the public just in 1922 by the gastronome Mr. Franz Xaver Kugler from Munich. For that reason we can’t be sure, but we believe the rumors from the Bavarian traditions.
The cyclists beer as Radler can be attributed, offers especially in the summer a highly refreshing, low alcohol beer. It’s been consumed in Germany as well as in all over the world as it has been spread to many countries in between them Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia and recently our country.
We can even make Radler in our home or ask in our favorite bar to mix beer with Sprite/7Up, it’s not something difficult. In a glass we mix in a percentage of 50-50% or 60-40% lemonade or Sprite/7Up and without shaking or hitting. In order to have the taste that we like we can experiment.
Don’t hesitate to try it. Don’t use other beers apart from Lager and Pills. You don’t need to add ice just like ciders.
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