A Radler time of the year

Travel Tips — By Mike Richardson on June 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

During the warmer months, especially if the sun comes out, many people in and around Munich decide to go for a mixed drink instead of straight beer.  As I previously wrote on this blog a month ago, there are a variety of mixed drinks that are rather common in Bavaria.  None are as popular in the summer time as the standard “Radler.”  Radler literally means bicyclist and is meant to be a drink that isn’t too heavy on the alcohol so you can keep going during the day.

A Radler is half Helles (normal golden lager beer, it literally means “bright”) and half lemon soda (usually sprite).  It is a refreshing drink often drank instead of beer during the day time and might offer those used to light beer (or even no beer) a reasonable alternative while in Munich.  There are also dark radlers which are simply using a dark lager beer rather than a helles, giving a slightly different flavor.

Literally every beer garden, beer hall, restaurant, and even many fast food places offer radlers so you have no excuse for never trying one out.

That’s all for now folks, it’s time to hit those beer gardens!

Tags: Bavaria, beer, lager, lemonade, Munich, Radler, soda, summer