This radler from Kichesippi Beer Co. In Ottawa, Ontario is a hazy goldenrod colour and pours with a loose white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a small chain link of bubbles behind as a collar. Kichesippi Radler is anchored by lightly toasted German malts that emanate sweet and warm caramel and honey tones. The expected grapefruit aroma is far more subtle than other radlers and is complimented nicely by grassy hop notes (no, really).
The taste of Kichesippi Radler is more grapefruit forward and though the citrus fruit flavour is far from dominant, it does provide a refreshingly sharp bite. The well-crafted malt base reminds you that you’re drinking an honest-to-goodness beer and leaves sweet and toasty characteristics in the aftertaste along with dry notes of citrus peel and pith. The beer has a medium body and a modest level of carbonation along with a mildly grainy and surprisingly un-syrupy mouthfeel.
Kichesippi Radler comes in a parchment-coloured can with lettering and accents. There’s a small image of a man riding a penny-farthing bicycle and this is the first packaging to feature the brewery’s updated logo and wordmark. A description of the radler’s inception and that of the Ottawa Bicycle Club is found on the side along with a list of ingredients. You’ll spot a packaging date stamped on the bottom.
The brewers at Kichesippi Beer Co. are no strangers to using German malts effectively and their soda-making expertise shines through in the flavour of Kichesippi Radler, which is one of the very best around for my money. I’ve enjoyed this beer with creamy cheeses, strawberries, greens like spinach, beans and asparagus, a variety of dry sausage and soft pretzel.
Kichesippi Radler is available on tap at select licensees, in cans both at the brewery on Campbell Avenue and about 50 Ottawa-area LCBO stores and for home delivery via Brew Donkey.
Region: Ontario, Ottawa
Brewery: Kichesippi Beer Co.
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 3.0%