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If you’re looking for a low-alcohol beer on a hot day, reach for a radler. It’s a blend of lager or wheat beer with lemonade or grapefruit juice that’s wonderfully effervescent and quenching yet malty. This golden sipper is a definite must-have light beer.

Made with a mix of beer and lemonade, Radler is the German equivalent of the British shandy. Enterprising innkeeper, Franz Kugler, invented the "radlermass," or cyclist's litre, in 1922 after he had a bike trail built from Munich to his forested inn. On the first day the trail opened, he had more thirsty cyclists than beer, so he mixed it with lemonade. Its low alcohol (between 2-4% ABV) makes it an ideal after-sport thirst quencher. At last, this beer-and-juice combination has hit the North American radar, with many craft brewers creating their own unique versions with lager or wheat-beer bases.

Grapefruit, lemon, citrus zest, orange, pineapple, Sprite or Wink, soft hops, cereal or bready malts. Clove or banana in the wheat beer versions. Spritzy mouthfeel on a soft, creamy body. A perfect balance of sweet, sour and a whisper of bitterness.

Salads with citrus or bright fruit flavours: fruit salad with mint, watermelon, basil and feta. Beer-poached chicken. Fruity gelato and ice cream. Light, salty snacks like pretzels, popcorn or potato chips.

Pour straight out of the fridge or cooler into tall, slim glasses that will trap the delicate foam and aromatics of the beer.

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