Good afternoon and welcome to the 56th edition of The Midweek Drink. Well, that good weather lasted long, but it was nice though to enjoy some warm rays instead of the usual cold and grey weather that February throws at us (like now!).
What’s that you say? Stop talking about the weather and crack on with today’s beverage choice? No problem! Let’s crack on and crack one open!
Today’s Midweek Drink will be an alcohol-alcohol-free beer called Lindeboom Radler 0.0%
A brief history of Lindeboom
In 1864, a man by the name of Willem Geenen began a ‘woortelstroopkokerj’, translated to root syrup cookery (hope that’s correct!), which would become the foundation of Geenen’s beer. William then traveled to Germany to study the art of brewing, such as fermentation, which helped him to establish his very own brewery in Neer, Netherlands in 1870.
In 1895, Willem’s son, Bernard, join his father in the family business to then taking over with his sister after his father’s death in 1903. From 1938, Bernard’s son, Willem, took control of the business, up until 1971, leaving Willem’s son, Ben, to take total control. Unfortunately, Ben died in 1998, leaving the brewery Willem’s other son, Willem Jr. Today, Paul Joosten continues the tradition of producing Lindeboom’s famous fermented beer.
Three senses and a beverage
The ingredients used are: carbonated water, sugar hops, fruit juice from concentrate (4%) Lemon juice (3%), Orange juice (1%) Lemon and Orange extract, Antioxidant: Ascorbic acid, natural aroma, Stabilizer: E4 10 Barley.
Lindeboom Radler 0.0% has a very hazy, pale yellow colour with very highly active carbonation at the beginning to then becoming a stream of smooth bubbles slowly rising to the top. With the aroma, I can definitely pick out the citric smell of oranges. How can I describe the taste? It starts of very sweet like a shandy, zesty (the lemon is strong compared to the orange), to then finishing of very light and refreshing.