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Turbo Shandy - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Beejay on 06-26-2010)
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1.25/5  rDev -63.5%

Queenw19, May 20, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

Mark5252, Jun 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

brealbg, May 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

kjrod20, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of adamette
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few days ago for $6.99 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date but this was just released so I am sure that it is fine.

A Straw yellow, lemonade appearance with very little and short lived head with an initial effervensence of carbonation rising up and bursting at the surface. Not that impressive, even for the style since it looks like a soft drink. 2.0

S Smells a lot like that lemonade mixed with alka seltzer. I do not smell any alcohol, incidentally. I am not impressed with the smell of this beer, though. 2.0

T Well the taste springs right from the suggestion of the smell for me. It tastes like a mix of a strong (concentrated) lemonade, alka seltzer and Bartles & James cooler. I am really sorry but I do not like the taste of this beer. 2.0

M Really off putting. The effervesence noted in the smell and the active carbonation make the beer dance across your tongue but it reminds me too much of the alka seltzer and Bartles & James mentioned above. 2.0

D Good I guess on the hottest of days but then again I would really prefer a Country Time Lemonade over this. 2.0

Notes: A surprisingly dissapointing beer from a favorite local brewer who I really believe, outside of this particular beer, have created some excellent brews. I suppose I will simply have to purchase the other Hoppin Frog beers because this one I will likely avoid.

adamette, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
2.23/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a snifter, I like this brewery so I got it without looking at the reviews, oops. beer is yellow with a mild haze, lots of carbonation but no head, no lacing, no retention...odd.

Smell like Pledge, the furniture cleaning / polish pledge. This makes me read the label "Natural flavors added" and the sun is a lemon on the label. Oh god no.

This a Radler...so now my ignorance is showing. After a little bit (very little) internet research I realize that "Shandy" is the Italian term for the German term "Radler" which is a beer mixed with a soda, citrus soda. Ugh....this light, way super sweet, dominating lemon...what's that sink? You're thirsty? Here you go.

drabmuh, Mar 26, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

stevolb19, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of RickS95
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks pretty bad, even for a fruit beer. It's mostly straw gold with an ever so slight reddish orange mixed in. Think 5 parts gold to 1 part reddish orange. There is no head. Maybe a few bubbles early on, but they're gone in no time. It resembles a watered down orange Kook Aid.

The smell isn't much better. Has a slight lemon ginger scent, but that's it. Plus, it's almost an artificial smell.

Getting better, but still not good. Finally, at least I can taste some beer ingredients...a little malt. A lot of lemon citrus notes, some carbonation, a lot of sugar.

Believe it or not, it's got a heavy, thick syrupy feel to it. Some carbonation and sweetness, a lot of sweetness. Kind of a twang, but it's overpowered by the sweetness. Tartness in the finish.

Thank God it's a high ABV shandy or this would be worthless. It's simply not a good beer and it's difficult to drink. Too syrupy and lacks good flavors. Not something I'll ever have again.

RickS95, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass. Almost flourescent yellow in color, with a very thin "now you see it, now you don't" head of foam.
Aroma-Sunkist orange soft drink
Taste-Sunkist with some malt thrown in. Cloyingly sweet and just about undrinkable to my hop-head tastes, even on a 90 degree day. Maybe over ice or with a shot of rum. Not for everyone.
Especially me. I do enjoy other Hoppin' Frog brews however, just not this one.

hosehead83, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of tedsox31
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The color is a pale yellow with a thin head of foam, which quickly dissipates.

The aroma is somewhat of sweet malt, and then an overwhelming sense of lemon(ade).

The taste is weird. The lemonade is very present up front, with a little bit of grain mixed in as well. I think the weird thing about it is that the grain and the lemon taste do not seem to go well together.

The mouthfeel is effervescent and a bit thin. The lemon taste lingers on my tongue.

For me, this beer was not very drinkable. I found the lemon and grain taste to be slightly off-putting, and there wasn't enough else going on to keep my interest.

tedsox31, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a 1/4 inch white head that went away pretty quickly. No lacing whatsoever. The brew smells like lemon/limeade made with some kind of sugar substitute. It tastes the same way to me, mostly like some kind of lemonade with lime flavor and sugar substitute, maybe like a diet lemonade drink. It sure doesn't taste like good lemonade. After a while it just gets harder and harder to finish this bottle. Mouthfeel/body is light, and it has decent carbonation. Overall, I just don't care for this brew. I've had worse but I certainly won't buy this again, especially for $6.99 a bomber.

bluejacket74, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of jampics2
2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cracked a bunch of 22oz bottles of this at a tasting I had this weekend. Sounded like a refreshing choice, plus it's fun to pimp the home team to beer newbies :)

Straw colored fizzy beer. At least I think it's beer, it may not be.

Smell is lemonaide and some sweetness that smells like 50/50 soda or Squirt soda.

Taste is really, really bad. Not offensive, but just misses the boat completely. There was a 40oz malt beverage I used to drink in high school called "White Mountain". Apparently Fred and the frogs bought the rights and decided to name it Turbo Shandy. At least White Mountain was just $3.99 a 40oz. Lemon and sweet malt but there's an artificial character. Just an abomination of a "beer". Or, maybe it's not a beer after all.

Mouthfeel is light body and fizzy. OK, I guess. Overall, this was drinkable but not enjoyable. Some people loved it. I was not one of them. This was a total miss for me.

jampics2, Jul 12, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

dailyminefield, May 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Razonulzer, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of LeRose
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle, poured into pint glass. 2013 vintage, did not note the date.

Aroma was lemony but not overly fresh, some faint malt in the background. Nothing overly enticing here.

Appearance - slightly cloudy golden cooler, a few bubbles but no real head. Some small bubbles appeared throughout the consumption.

Taste - very sweet, some lemon up front, a little acidity, but mostly sweet. The malt character wasn't really present either.

Mouthfeel - cloying sweetness and definitely coating. Bordering on syrupy. To me, lacking in carbonation. A strange aftertaste that is not bitter or citrusy - almost an oily character.

For me, this was a weak offering from Hoppin' Frog. I look for this style to be refreshing and lively, but this one was overly sweet and dead heavy. It didn't have the lemonade brightness I was looking for and the brew behind the flavor lacked character.

LeRose, Jun 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

whitenads, Jul 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

crobinso, Aug 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

mjw1200, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of stakem
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber split with the family during a cookout and poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a hazed color of lemonade but with a dark yellow to orange coloration. There is no head formation despite lots of fizz and rising bubbles of carbonation to the surface. A swirl does nothing for the appearance.

The smell of this brew is very fruity with hints of lemon zest and pulp. Tons of fruity sweet indications fill the nose. There is a minor fruity malt or alcohol inclusion through the middle but the lemon remains dominating. As it warms, a light amount of sulfur is evident which mixes with a smell that gets somewhat more like grain but that is stretching it.

The taste of this brew is like lemony candy. It is very sweet with some zest, rinds and pulp addition but without the expected bitterness associated with that arrangement of ingredients. Very candy-like across the board like lemon and a bit of limes and a touch of orange. Despite the brew warming up, it doesn't have any more depth of flavor beyond that which has already been described.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light to modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking initially but it goes downhill fast. This is just overly sweet candy alcohol with almost an oily feel to it. The stage was set perfectly for this brew to be enjoyed. Chilled down appropriately on a hot summer day along the pool, even shared with people who don't necessarily like beer that tastes like beer... Finishing a bomber of this by yourself would be a real task. 4 people had but 4 or 5 ounces and each one struggled to finish off their share. While initially it was an interesting citrus beverage, the drinkability here is among the worst I have had.

stakem, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of spitInTheOcean
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

yellow. hazy. not much head retention. white head. very effervescent.

aroma is all lemon. no hops, unless if there are any they're very citrusy. no malt aroma. thin alcohol aroma.

initially sweet, but i dont think its malt sweet. then in the middle when the initial sweetness meets the citrus sourness it is a strange dissonant pairing. huge lemon flavor. sour finish. no hop flavor. there may be some hop bitterness which is what is clashing with the sourness. no malt flavor. cant really taste the alcohol, but you can feel its heat.

thin mouth feel. very effervescent. crisp. light. refreshing.

aroma is pretty one-dimensional. i picked this up because i love boris, and i have not like other shandies(leninkugels) but i was excited to see what they could do with this style. bitterness and sourness are notorious clashers. i think there is too much hop bitterness here. this beer is to the tongue what nails on chalkboard is the the ears.

spitInTheOcean, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This was not good. It's not that it tasted bad, it's that it tasted wrong for a beer. It didn't taste like beer. It tasted like an artificially flavored children's soda pop, and a really overdone one at that. It was cloying and fake tasting. I gave it a couple tries but just couldn't motivate to keep on sipping. One sip and sniff was enough to know things weren't looking good. Another couple was enough to not want any more of it.

BrownNut, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Florida9
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazed out dull lemon yellow. Absolutely no head, not even the slightest inference of a possible head. Just some extra fizzy effervescence while pouring the beer. No lacing.

S: Sweet lemon, like lemonade, but not quite as fresh or citrusy as actual lemonade. There is a metallic ting as well.

T: Slightly sweet light malt base. Artificial lemon flavor and the metallic aroma makes a presence in the flavor as well. Odd, metal aftertaste. There is a little yeast as well.

M: Thin and fizzy

D: Overall this is an easy drinker: Sweet, lemony, thin. I would say it is refreshing, but it really just isn't. From my standpoint, this one resembles a flavored malt beverage more than a beer.

Florida9, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of becktone
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Eye: Cloudy lemon in color. Carbonation looks active but not much of a head forms when poured and retention is nonexistent. All I end up with is a ring of lace with some spotty looking "islands" of very thin, very very thin foam over the top of the beer. Better head would give this one a much more appealing appearance.

Nose: Lemony aroma supported by light malt tones. Wheat aroma as well. Very light lemonade or lemon-lime soda aroma as compared to other shandies. Smells much more beer forward comparatively speaking.

Tongue: Weird kinda lemon taste up front. Almost kinda like a Honey-lemon cough drop-Halls with some menthol in there too. I mean its almost akin to the flavor of one of those cough drops. It just doesn't sit quite right. The honey type of flavor mixed with the lemon shandy flavor is a bit cloying and overpowering. It just tastes too much like one of those cough drops. Not really doing it for me. Body is medium and it feels like a wheat beer on the palate. Carbonation is low, but for something that is cloying like this I think a little more spritz would help to kill the cloying syrupy lemon-honey vibe I'm getting from this.

Drinkability: Unfortunately this is one that I'll not be picking up again. On a hot day I love a shandy, but not one that makes me even thirstier by turning my saliva into thick syrup. Go for something lighter and less syrupy. This one almost reminds me of winter when I have a cold and get relief from cough drops, I don't want to be reminded of being sick....

becktone, Jul 15, 2013
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Turbo Shandy from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.