REVIEW: Death & Taxes Raspberry Radler by Sawdust City Brewery


From Sawdust City Brewery;

Summer’s here and the time is right for biking in the street. It;s also time to cool off with a cold drink. And what better way to cool off after a leisurely bike ride or a long walk on the beach, then with our Raspberry Radler. We’ve taken a light, refreshing golden ale and added mounds of deliciously sweet raspberries to create a wonderfully invigorating brew.  A Canadian twist on the classic German blended red radler is packed with flavour but with a low ABV.

Congratulations to the town of Hunstville for winning the Griffin Session Muskoka beer creation contest!

The Label

Other than the beer, Sawdust City does something else really, really, really, well.  The label consists of two creatures, a Eagle against Snake.  Just take a look at it.  It’s quite brilliant.


Hazy rose colour that is in no way filtered with a lovely white head.


I didn’t pick up any aroma of raspberries at all, it “smell” more like a radler, well, more beer than radler.


Big notes of raspberries, grains, malts.   However, refreshingly light and delicious.


When I first saw the picture of this Raspberry Radler on Sawdust City’s Facebook feed, I quickly got a hold of the local LCBO and got them to order a case or two in.   Before you know it, they got it in and I got six of these beauties!  Good thing that I did, because the entire case was gone in less than 24 hours!  Back to the radler,

This was a result of a contest that was won by the town of Huntsville, Ontario at Griffin SESSION Muskoka.  That’s pretty cool.   As for the be…radler, out of the beautifully designed tallboy pours this lovely rose red colour with a white head.   There isn’t much of a aroma that I’m picking up.   But with one sip, changed everything.   The punch of sweet raspberries flows through the palate, quite balanced with the golden ale.  There’s some grains, some malts, but really this is a light and refreshing radler that can be enjoyed in great weather.

That being said, this is a great Summer Radler and one of the best ones on the market, really.   So if you find it in your local LCBO, you best pick some up, because this one, well, I like to think of it as one of the best Summer radlers you can get!   Great bang for the price too!

The Quick Notes

  • The Beer: Death & Taxes
  • The Brewery: Sawdust City Brewing Co.
  • The Style:  Radler
  • The ABV: 4.8%
  • The IBU:  
  • The Format: 473ml Tallboy
  • The Cost: $2.80
  • Purchased: LCBO Gordon and Wellington (Guelph, Ontario)