In honor of Germany throwing down at the World Cup and picking up their fourth championship, let’s drink German. As it’s hot outside, there’s only one drink for me: the Radler! You take some lemonade, you mix it with some beer and you enjoy. It’s almost too easy.

pouring in the lemonade for the radler

While researching cocktails for the Germans, the general consensus I found was that if it wasn’t beer, it wasn’t worth drinking. Who am I to argue with a culture who’s been making beer since the 11th century? With that in mind, I wanted to go with the oldest German beer I could find.

topping off the radler with hefeweizen

Enter The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan. They’ve been making beer (officially) since 1040. By now, I’m relatively confident they know what they’re doing. I grabbed one of their hefe’s, as they always enjoy some citrus and are great on a summer day. Mix that one-to-one with lemonade and you’re golden!

A note on that lemonade — typical German lemonade is fizzy (think lemon lime soda), but the stuff I could find locally is a bit sweet for my taste. I went for a good store-bought lemonade. Though making your own wouldn’t go too far amiss to making this an extra special drink.

Here’s to you Germans!

the hefeweizen from The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan and lemonade for the radler

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Serves: 1
  • 1 part beer
  • 1 part lemonade
  • Glass type: Pilsner
  1. Pour in the lemonade.
  2. Pour in the beer.
  3. Drink.
  4. Enjoy.
  5. Repeat.

german hefeweizen radler