Schofferhofer: The World’s first hefeweizen grapefruit beer

Venturing into the world of beer, one can get scared by the variety of names, styles and flavors. Depending on one’s palette it’s hard to gauge what beers are bitter or fruitier or pour a beautiful golden hue. While the thought of being adventurous is tempting, it can often lead to unwanted effects and poor experiences if research isn’t done.

Luckily, Binding-Brauerei AG has introduced Germany and the world to the first hefeweizen grapefruit beer and it is certainly worth a try.

Brewed by Binding-Brauerei AG in Frankfurt, this landmark has been around for over 140 years and the Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Grapefruit beer is just one of many of their creations.

Made from a blend of Schofferhofer Hefeweizen, carbonated juices, and other natural ingredients, the Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Grapefruit Beer sports a delicious mix of hefeweizen (a southern German style of wheat beer) with a grapefruit mix that is not only easy on the tongue, but also has a nice and relaxing 2.5 percent alcohol content, making it the best thing to serve cold during those hot summer months for a refreshing taste.

It is a Radler beer, which mixes the German-style hefeweizen with a tangy grapefruit mix. The pouring color is a crisp golden brown that manages to match up perfectly with the taste. The grapefruit flavor is subtle enough to enjoy while not becoming too overwhelming.

For someone looking to scout what qualities in a beer they are interested in, this is an easy drink to start off with because it has a low percentage of alcohol and the high fruity flavor of a traditional shandy.  However, while many shandies tend to have a lingering alcoholic wheaty aftertaste, this one is smooth all the way from start to finish.

The beer is great by itself, but for an extra zip one can use it in mixed drinks, too. The company’s site boasts the French Ruby cocktail which is a new take on the classic brunch champagne cocktail. Mixing together 1 oz. of gin with 0.5 St. Germain, 0.75 oz. of fresh limes, 0.5 oz. of simple syrup and topping it off with 3 oz. of Schofferhofer Hefeweizen grapefruit gives it a refreshing and fruity quality that is complimented by the limes and pairs well with the gin. Other known cocktails include Paloma Aleman and Hemmingway.

Schofferhofer Hefeweizen grapefruit beer comes in either a pack of six bottles, four cans or draft and is available across the country at liquor stores for an average price of $9.