Schöfferhofer Grapefruit is Back!

June 25th, 2013 by in Walt Disney World Beer Reviews

I was walking through World Showcase after dinner at Via Napoli Monday night (more on that later) and wandered into the Germany pavilion next door.

Once inside the Germany pavilion I briefly looked over at the stand with the best name in all of Walt Disney World. Seriously, it’s called Bier. It’s so obvious that it’s awesome.

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I took a glance at the menu. Radeberger PilsnerAltenmünster Oktoberfest

WHAT?!?

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It was none other than the fabled grapefruit beer from the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Schöfferhofer Grapefruit! This beer was so popular that the Brewer’s Collection booth ran out of stock long before the festival ended and Jenn and Pat didn’t get the opportunity to try it.

I had already tried two beers at Via Napoli, but I had to try it! It comes in a clear bottle, which I found a little surprising especially for a German beer. Unfortunately, my picture of it is so blurry it’s unusable. However, here’s the beer!

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As you can see, it’s quite orange. It was poured with very little head, but the cup it was poured into couldn’t really hold much of a head anyway. It’s a hefeweizen, but it certainly delivers the grapefruit. The wheat and usual hefeweizen flavors are very subdued in order to bring the grapefruit. It’s a fairly light beer with medium carbonation.

Doing some research on this one, I found the Gold Coast Beverage Distributors website, an alcoholic beverage distributor in Florida. According to their site (and there’s a picture of the bottle on that link), Schöfferhofer Grapefruit is 50% Schöfferhofer hefeweizen and 50% grapefruit juice. Well no wonder it tastes like grapefruit! This also means, however, that this is only half of a beer and 2.5% alcohol by volume.

Even though it’s really only half beer, Schöfferhofer Grapefruit is a refreshing beverage for walking around World Showcase in the summer heat! Both the aformentioned Bier and the Trinken cart on the lagoon side of the Germany pavilion are serving it.

After wandering World Showcase, we got in a few more rides and then were back near the Germany pavilion for IllumiNations. Here’s one photo from the show; the sun hadn’t even set at 9:00 pm when the show started.

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  • Shane P

    This is a pretty good very refreshing beer to me!

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    • Holley

      I just returned from the food and wine festival. They have this beer there now! It is wonderful and they were selling it quickly. The day we were at Epcot it was hot and the beer carts had long lines. Loved this beer. Perfect for a hot day.

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  • BierUberAlles

    Found your site Aug 2013 WDW vaca, spent good amount of time exploring site, inc revelation re this beer. That night, waiting for Illum. Online at “Bier”, bs’ing w/ guy next to me, his wife pushing stroller comes up ” I want something, but all they have are those heavy beers…..”. I politely butt in, try the grapefruit, hear its great/what you’re looking for..Scott, you nailed it, very happy Mom after first sip. Great site, thanks for all the hard work in the “test lab”!

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  • Steve

    I tried this “beer” based on your recommendation. Really one of the worst “beers” I have ever tried. Not really a beer…some kind of fruit juice. Just the thing for non-beer drinkers.

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    • Scott Post author

      Feel free to complain, but right above in the article it says:

      “Doing some research on this one, I found the Gold Coast Beverage Distributors website, an alcoholic beverage distributor in Florida. According to their site (and there’s a picture of the bottle on that link), Schöfferhofer Grapefruit is 50% Schöfferhofer hefeweizen and 50% grapefruit juice. Well no wonder it tastes like grapefruit! This also means, however, that this is only half of a beer and 2.5% alcohol by volume.”

      We’ve also written this on the Schöfferhofer Grapefruit beer page (which shows up in the app as well), so it’s certainly noted here and has been for some time.

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