It’s Wednesday, people and it’s time for The Midweek Drink! I know, I know, the Midweek Drink should be on a Wednesday, but this lad never had the chance to crack open one of our non-alcoholic beers that has been chilling nicely in the fridge. But now, I have some downtime to crack it open and begin reviewing for you a Raspberry & Citrus Radler that comes all the way from the Latvian brewery, Aldaris.
A brief history of Aldaris
The journey began in 1865 in Latvia’s capital, Riga. A Bavarian German by the name of Joachim Dauder designed the Waldschlösschen, also known as a Forest Castle where the brewery continues to produce to this day. It is here where the first modern brewery of Europe, and of the 20th century, brewed their first six beers, with their most popular being Porter’s and Exports.
In 1937, the brewery became a State-owned joint stock company; and with new owners, came major changes to the brewery itself. Over the years, the brewery grew as the largest and most advanced brewery of Northern Europe. In 2008, Aldaris became part of the Carlsberg Group and was seen as the future of opening up production lines across Europe.
Three senses and a beverage
This non-alcoholic Radler has a hazy, raspberry colour that looks very similar to a fruity cider with a thin, white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind white laces on the side of the glass.
When it comes to the aroma, the raspberry remains very much to the last drop, overpowering the lemon and hops.
With the taste, you get a sweet, crisp fruitiness from the raspberries, again similar to a fruit cider, which finishes off with a dry aftertaste that has a shandy taste to it.