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7 Best Grapefruit Beers to Drink

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Discover the fascinating world of grapefruit-infused drinks as we delve into the lively world of artisan beer. We present a carefully selected selection of the top grapefruit beers that dance on your taste like a zesty symphony during your bubbly adventure. Every drink is a flash of sunshine, combining the crisp bitterness of hops with the juicy sweetness of grapefruit, whether it’s a feisty IPA or a refreshing wheat lager. Learn how skilled brewers combine ingredients to create a pleasing union of citrus and malt. Regardless of your level of experience with beer, this book aims to tantalise your palate and expose you to the zesty concoctions that are redefining the craft of brewing. Raise a glass to a cool investigation of the Best Grapefruit Beers Available!


Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
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The Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin beer is an award-winning IPA with a delightful level of hops while maintaining a light and refreshing feel, perfect for summertime afternoons or evenings. IPAs are great on their own, but they become even more flavorful and enjoyable when they have a tangy, citrus touch. The grapefruit in this beer doesn’t make it too sweet but complements the hops perfectly. But be careful — with 7% alcohol, this isn’t the type of beer you want to drink too quickly or too much in one sitting. I love sipping it slowly, which helps me enjoy the taste anyway!


Stiegl Grapefruit Radler

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
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A Radler is a beer that’s mixed with fruit juice, similar to a shandy, and the Stiegl Grapefruit Radler is one of the best I’ve ever had. It’s made with real grapefruit juice, and you can taste it. I appreciate that it’s made with 100% natural ingredients, including water, barley malt, hops, yeast, multi-fruit soda, and natural grapefruit juice. It also has no artificial sweeteners or coloring. The grapefruit juice’s sweetness helps offset the bitterness of the beer, making for a well-rounded and flavorful drink. At 2.0% alcohol, it’s also a very light beer, perfect for days when you want to enjoy the taste of beer without becoming too full or feeling too buzzed too quickly.


Grapefruit Sculpin Summer IPA

Grapefruit Sculpin Summer IPA
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This seasonal beer is an excellent IPA in which the grapefruit complements the hops swimmingly. It turns an otherwise heavy IPA into an easy drinking ale that’s ready for the summer. I love drinking this beer at summertime barbecues, birthdays, festivals, and other outside events. However, I love drinking it alongside food if I’m in the mood to have it at more sit-down events. It pairs perfectly with cheeses like mozzarella and feta because the grapefruit cuts through the rich, salty flavors of the cheese. In other words, forget pairing the cheese on your charcuterie board with a fruit jam, and just drink this Grapefruit Summer IPA instead!

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Schlafly Grapefruit IPA

Schlafly Grapefruit IPA
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This Schlafly beer is a bit more bitter than some of the other grapefruit beers on this list. It contains a grapefruit puree with fermented sugar mixed with various hops, including American Chinook, Cascade, and Citra, that give it a citrus and floral kick. It’s still refreshing, but the grapefruit is more of an aftertaste than a primary flavor. If you’re looking for something more IPA than grapefruit, this beer is for you. It’s perfect for summer days spent outside, whether you’re hiking, biking, swimming, or just lounging in the sun. However, it’s also great for indoor events like game nights or dinner parties. Since it’s a bit heavier, I don’t like to drink it at dinner. I’ll either drink it with light bites or after a meal.


Shiner Ruby Redbird

Shiner Ruby Redbird
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A grapefruit beer I love eating with meals is the Shiner Ruby Redbird. Shiner sources the grapefruit for this beer directly from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. This light, bright beer has only 95 calories inside, so you don’t feel overly full or heavy, even if you drink it with dinner or lunch. I also love that they add a slight ginger flavor to the mix, which creates a dynamic flavor profile with the citrusy grapefruit that is so lovely on the tongue. Although people tend to enjoy this beer the most during the summer or spring months, I personally enjoy it any time of the year. I think the ginger flavor makes it the perfect fall and winter beer as well.


Schöfferhofer Grapefruit

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit
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If you can’t decide whether you prefer the beer flavor over the grapefruit flavor or vice versa, why not try a beer that promises a 50/50 split? The Schöfferhofer Grapefruit is the world’s first Hefeweizen grapefruit beer, and it’s a perfect marriage of the two flavors. The beer is light and effervescent, with just the right amount of sweetness from the grapefruit. It’s perfect for days when you want to enjoy a beer but don’t want the heavy feelings that come along with it. Because it’s quite light, zesty, and carbonated, it’s also a great beer to include in cocktails. My favorite is a ginger stinger.


Great Divide Roadie Grapefruit Radler

Great Divide Roadie Grapefruit Radler
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The Great Divide Brewing Company presumably named this grapefruit beer the Roadie Grapefruit Radler because it’s perfect for bringing along with you on adventures. It’s one of the best grapefruit beers for after a hiking or cycling trip because of how revitalizing it is. I love the tart grapefruit flavor that makes my mouth pucker a little bit, and it’s perfect for enjoying on hot days. However, you surely don’t have to be a sports enthusiast to like this beer. Just crack it open at a beer garden with your friends and enjoy!

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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