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Turbo Shandy - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beejay on 06-26-2010)
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Photo of ncketchum


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a hazy straw yellow with two fingers of pure white head. Good amount of lacing, a rim of retention

S - loads of lemonade up front, almost too sweet, followed by a bit of malt. no alcohol on the nose

T - mostly lemonade as in the nose, a fair malt backbone, bordering on the edge of too sweet

M - not too thin, good amount of carbonation, no alcohol to speak of, even at 7%abv

O - if the sweetness was toned down just a touch, this would be a phenomenal shandy. As it is, it is still a very refreshing drink for a hot summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 03:51:35 | More by ncketchum
Photo of oldvines


3/5  rDev -12.8%

07-01-2012 22:40:55 | More by oldvines
Photo of Mark5252


1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

06-30-2012 01:26:52 | More by Mark5252
Photo of 1mrbeer


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

06-18-2012 11:01:34 | More by 1mrbeer
Photo of xdefeatsy


4/5  rDev +16.3%

06-09-2012 17:59:23 | More by xdefeatsy
Photo of atone315


4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

06-02-2012 12:32:28 | More by atone315
Photo of ucsbmullet


4/5  rDev +16.3%

05-29-2012 16:11:51 | More by ucsbmullet
Photo of csustar001

New York

5/5  rDev +45.3%

05-26-2012 11:29:05 | More by csustar001
Photo of BEERchitect


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fruit and beer has a commingling history although many staunch beer aficionados frown upon the combinations today. Lemonade infused beers have fallen in and out of favor in Germany in radlers or the tropics as shandy, but they rarely exhibit the fortified strength of seven percent alcohol.

Hazy golden in color, the "dirty" yellow hue sheads its early carbonation and goes quickly still. Terse head character, carbonation, and no real lacing gives the beer a slightly dull appearance throughout.

Where it's kind of an ugly duckling to the eye, the nose is very perfumy with lemons, wheat, cookie dough, and powdered sugar. Light fruity-spicy interplay lies squarely on the lemons but is also timidly supported with orange zest, corriander, and peppery alcohol.

Sweet lemons are again the dominant flavor, and by a long shot. The sugar and fruit juice thwart the flimsy wheat malt, doughy yeast, or herbal hop character. The simplified palate that's all-about-lemon offers little complexity, balance, or interest to celebrate otherwise- but boy is it still tasty!

The sugary-sweet mouth feel coats the palate with soda-pop residually sweet tact and mild lemon acidity. The sweetness gives the blend an extended finish with zesty fruit closure with nary a suggestion of alcohol anywhere.

Comparisons to actual non-blended beers aren't quite fair as the fruit doesn't participate in the brewing or fermentation processes. Rather, as a blend of two beverages it's more of a cocktail of ale and lemonade. Although I find the blend very refreshing, absolutely tasty, and delightful, I like it for very different reasons than I like beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 17:05:35 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Queenw19

District of Columbia

1.25/5  rDev -63.7%

05-20-2012 03:03:48 | More by Queenw19
Photo of jjanega08


3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a half finger of fizzy soda like head that falls at a decent rate to a ring around the glass. Not too much lacing.

S= The smell lemony like a shandy. I'm not sure if shandys are allowed on beeradvocate but for a shandy this doesn't smell bad. Big bright in your face lemonade aroma with a secondary wheat smell you can pick up pretty easily.

T= The taste is just like the smell lemonade and a wheat beer mixed together. The lemon character may be a little too sweet for my liking but not too over the top. The wheat flavor comes through in the end and finishes nicely. Nice bit of tartness to the lemonade but again just a little too sweet for me.

M= Nice bubbly carbonation keeps the tongue happy.

O= A decent shandy. It's a little overly sweet but the wheat character and the lemon are well done. Nice carbonation and a good sipper on a hot day like today. I'm happy a craft brewer decided to make a shandy and make it pretty well. Tone the sweetness down a bit and this would be a most excellent beverage.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:59:26 | More by jjanega08
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, much like a wheat ale. Light white fizzy head and minor lacing.

Smell - Citric lemon and orange soon as bottle is open. Some wheat and maybe a little wheat/malt mix with some added sugars and spices.

Taste - Very cirtic carbinated sweet sting of orange and lemon. Some added sugars really send this over the top. Mix of spices and a little yeastly feel. As with all hoppin frog brews, flavor heavy and strong. Theres a malt backbone thats hidden behind the fruits. Alcohol is none present, no way id think this was more then 4% until a mild warmth comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel - Very light and easy to drink. Tounge and palate get the orange and lemon with sugars and malts. Aftertaste is dry, sweet and spicy.

Overall - Once you get over the fact that this doesnt taste like a beer then you can enjoy it. Its what its says it is, a citrus ale. Its super easy to drink and really citric sweet. Nice beer for a change up, or perfect for a wine cooler or none beer female drinker. This is spot on for the style and worth a drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 20:39:16 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of ChrisKuhns


3/5  rDev -12.8%

05-17-2012 03:34:50 | More by ChrisKuhns
Photo of ONUMello


3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a pale hazy yellow with a one-finger head that settles very quickly. Quite a bit of carbonation.
S: Lots of lemon, a bit Sprite-like with sweet malt underneath.
T: Pretty much tastes like Sprite that's going flat. Sweet lemon-lime.
M: Light-bodied, lots of nice carbonation, just not much depth.
O: All things considered this does taste good and goes down way too easy, but I can buy a can of Sprite and drop in a shot of vodka for far less than $7/bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 23:46:27 | More by ONUMello
Photo of brealbg


2/5  rDev -41.9%

05-04-2012 12:19:28 | More by brealbg
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

04-24-2012 00:57:26 | More by jaidenjb
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

04-18-2012 13:48:36 | More by yergermeister
Photo of spitInTheOcean


2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:29:30 | More by spitInTheOcean
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2.23/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 02:39:59 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Tyrawlings


3/5  rDev -12.8%

02-12-2012 00:58:36 | More by Tyrawlings
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

01-09-2012 17:12:53 | More by WestSideAmish
Photo of Sooch222


4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

01-09-2012 02:06:41 | More by Sooch222
Photo of IdrinkGas


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-05-2012 02:20:26 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of THECPJ


4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-14-2011 03:31:50 | More by THECPJ
Photo of jstewart1130


5/5  rDev +45.3%

12-10-2011 02:24:58 | More by jstewart1130
Turbo Shandy from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.