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Big Island Shandy - Tonka Beer Company

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Big Island Shandy
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 11.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tonka Beer Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Chaz on 09-14-2012)
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jjanega08:
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

No freshness dating but bottle of can is stamped 13 185 12 whatever that means

A= Pours a bright hazy golden sunshine color with a thin head that rises to a half finger and falls back down to a ring around the glass at an average pace. No lacing is left behind.

S= The smell of lemons comes from the glass quite aggressively even from a few feet away. Upon further investigation I get a nice light "beer" smell from it. Typical light grains like you would expect from a cheap beer.

T= The taste isn't as bad as I thought it may be. Light lemony citrus notes as well as some simple light beer. There is still an overbearing sweetness to this beer that I got from the IPA as well. It's not as bad here but it's still weird.

M= Bright active carbonation.

O= This beer is much much better than the IPA but it still isn't quite worthy of a second purchase from me. As big of an abomination as the IPA was I wrote this brewery off for now but ended up getting this from a mystery grab box kinda thing. Not a total bust.

07-04-2013 22:01:32 | More by jjanega08
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10-09-2013 19:08:19 | More by LXIXME
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12-15-2012 18:31:22 | More by ebenicr
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.19/5  rDev +1.9%

Review from tasting notes. Poured from a can, light color with an open foam that wasn't persistent. Smells lightly lemon, lemon grass would be a fancy term and stretching it, with no real malt presence. Taste was almost entirely reminescent of very watery, sugar-free lemonade. Not any malt presence. This is a one dimensional borderline non-beer. I did note that it was thirst quenching but even on sale at my local store, way too pricy at that task.

03-14-2013 19:32:40 | More by JackieTH
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3.44/5  rDev +9.9%

You know this isn't all that bad. It is a solid ale, that with the initial aroma I took as a lager with a slightly grainy and doughy aroma with a slight yeast presence. Short lived head caps a cloudy yellow body. Light, but solid malt flavors and a soft fruit presence that is never too sweet (in fact, not that sweet at all) or too syrupy. It blends pretty well. There is a yeasty character that blends in a manner that makes me imagine belgian ales. Holds some body for a lighter ale and drinks easily for the summer. Working quite well after mowing the lawn.

08-10-2013 00:45:55 | More by garymuchow
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3.56/5  rDev +13.7%

16oz can with no date. sold in a 4-pack for around $9. review from notes.

This would make a great party beer. Light wheat beer and lemon juice make for a great drink on a hot summer's day. The feel can be a bit astringent, but otherwise it is a great shandy. The big problem with this brew is the expensive price. It's tough to support local breweries on a bare bones budget.

If this was the price of liney's, it would be a staple of my fridge. As it is, it's basically a one-buy for me.

02-07-2013 08:25:33 | More by jimmah120
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

03-15-2014 18:57:35 | More by Hopstout
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3.35/5  rDev +7%

Appearance: great golden yellow with quite a bit of haze. Thick white head that dissipates quickly.

smell: very fruity, almost no malt fragrance. Lots of apricot, orange and lemon with no hop aroma, which is expected with a shandy. Smells very good but almost on the verge of wine cooler instead of beer.

taste: Not a ton of taste besides the fruit intense fruitiness. Little to no malt flavors. Again a lot of apricot flavor and lemon . A little too fruity for me but It would definitely be great on a hot summer day. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Sort of thick, but nothing like a porter. You can tell there is wheat in the beer. Coats your mouth nicely and keeps you wanting more.

Overall: Great beer for relaxing on a hot summer day. I wouldn't hesitate buying this beer for a vacation that I would just be sitting an enjoying the sun. I tried this beer during the middle of a Minnesota so it didn't really hit the spot, but it has potential. A little too fruity for me and is on the verge of a wine cooler. It reminds me of a lot of Pyramid's apricot ale.

11-28-2012 02:51:22 | More by liesea
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

08-25-2013 01:48:41 | More by ChopsMeister
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

11-02-2013 18:41:52 | More by bscalt
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3.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a hazy-golden in color -quite hazy in fact*- topped with a nice, two-fingered frothy off-white head. Nice lacing.

Nose is lemony and vegetal, but also with a hint of pale and perhaps specialty malts. I had expected a "Lemon Pledge" / 'soapy' and artificially-fruity beer at first, and some fruit beers (and especially such beers from big, contract-breweries) can be this way, but this one is practically subtle... lemon and almost a bit of tangy raspberry here in the nose...

Lightly-sweet and fruity/vegetal/oily on the first sip, and slightly tangy as well. Seems very well balanced -- seems altogether pleasant!

The lemon (extract?) seems genuine, and is barely there against the pale and (wheat) malt background, just floating atop it. The aroma carries-through, and the subtler, berry-like notes emerge in the aromatic portion of the palate.

5% isn't big, but somehow this feels "weightier"; perhaps it's due to the easy-drinking nature of this brand which is fairly true-to-style.

Sweetness emerges about half-way through the drink, not cloying, but enough to balance any tangy and sour aspects present here, most of which are in the form of a lemon-rind character -- quite nice, actually.

Seems heavier-bodied than it should be, but maybe that's to its advantage due to its easy-drinking nature: it'd be a cinch to pound a 4-pack of these!

Altogether it's not "GREAT!", but it's not bad, either. I can see myself enjoying a few next summer as I tube down the river and hit the hiking/biking trails.

Note: My significant other is picky, but she really likes this one, so it's been a summertime staple. And while it's not a very "DUDE!" thing to do, I might just stash a few of these in my 'Emergency 'Fridge' (e.g. dankest part of the cellar) for when I want one, and also to compare with other shandies -- as a style, it's really catching on.

*Haze is more prominent than I remembered from my first few go-rounds. It's not unpleasant, but makes me think there's some pale wheat malt in here give it that character, and this actually brings this beer around to its above average rating.

09-14-2012 22:59:42 | More by Chaz
Big Island Shandy from Tonka Beer Company
77 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.