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Aug 26, 2014 05:48 PM

What is the worst item you bought at the LCBO in 2014?

Often my wife and I will buy new products at the LCBO that we have not read about, just to try them out. Very rarely have we ever had something we just didn't like until last week. We we picked up many cans of various beers, some that we had not tried, and since we like Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, I picked up a few cans of "Wernesgruner Radler". You can find it's description and picture here:

I had one sip and thought it was nasty, so told Mrs fD she could have the rest of the can. Well, the whole can went down the sink 2 minutes after it was opened! It has zero body and is very sweet, with not even a hint of hops. I also realised after tasting it that it has sucralose in it! WTF? I never buy anything with artificial sweeteners as I can't handle the weird taste. I didn't think to check the ingredients as I would not have expected that in a German product.

Has anyone else tried this product and if so, what did you think?

What is the worst thing you bought at the LCBO this year?

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  1. Ewwww. I do like Waterloo's Radler quite a bit, I've switched from Stiegl. No real fails to report - I don't get very experimental.

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    1. re: julesrules

      You like the Waterloo one better than Stiegl? I'll have to try it out then. I wonder if anyone regularly buys the Wernesgruner Radler as it is terrible. I would not buy it if it was 10 cans for $1 !

      1. re: foodyDudey

        Yeah I do like Waterloo. They taste pretty similar. I think Waterloo has slightly more alcohol than Stiegl, and slightly more grapefruit flavour. But I did not do a side-by-side tasting and I do have a bias for local. I believe Stiegl includes other citrus juices and Waterloo is just grapefruit.
        Maybe the Wernesgruner is a diet thing for Germans? Sounds nasty. You won't catch me trying Skinny Girl cocktails either!

        1. re: julesrules

          I like the Waterloo one too but it has high fructose corn syrup listed as an ingredient which is putting me off buying it again.

          1. re: mariecollins

            I guess I selectively chose not to notice that!

      2. re: julesrules

        Ha, I clicked on this thread just to post about the Wernesgruner Radler! My husband and I took one sip each and agreed that it resembled sweetened bathroom cleanser. We poured it down the sink and hoped it might clean out the pipes. Blech!

        1. re: betsy

          Hi betsy,

          I haven't tried the products that the others have mentioned, but I highly doubt they are anywhere near as bad as the Radler! I really have to wonder what the people at the LCBO were thinking when they decided to stock this one.

      3. Since I have a basement full of wine, I never buy anything on spec, but if I do it is usually white wine. Over the past few years my clunkers (in single digits) have always been VQA whites. But there has been nothing physically wrong with them, so I don't return them...

        1. I bought a Sue Ann Staff Baco Noir which was vile - I don't remember what was so bad about it, I think it was very jammy and not much else, but we threw it away and I made a strong mental note not to buy again. I think it was about $9.95 so I probably brought it on myself.

          We had a delicious Baco Noir at Peller's restaurant (the first time we had ever heard of the grape, I've never seen it sold in the UK) but none of the LCBO's offerings have matched up.

          1. Unquestionably the Clamato Bacon Caesar that they sell in cans. It was just so potently vile, with the strongest fake bacon taste you could ever imagine. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever had -- not just the worst alcoholic beverage I’ve had, or the worst drink I’ve had, but the worst thing I’ve ever ingested.

            Unspeakably bad.

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            1. re: Michael N

              That almost makes the 14 year old boy in me want to try it. Kinda like smelling bad farts, ya know?

              1. re: LexiFirefly

                Ha! I get the impulse. And it’s almost worth trying if only to marvel at how a product so blatantly terrible was able to make its way through the development process and onto the shelves. Almost.