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Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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2,801 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,801
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 23.57%
Wants: 37
Gots: 360 | FT: 0
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jj21 on 03-23-2007)
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

durwood64, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jordanmiller
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

jordanmiller, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of BRD14
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

BRD14, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Trevormcraig
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

Trevormcraig, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of mhewes
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A : Pours a hazy golden yellow color with good head

S : Mainly lemon and wheat. Not much really going on

T : Extremely sour lemon. So much that it was just undrinkable.

M : Good carbonation, light bodied

D : I don't plan on getting this one again. Couldn't finish the glass.

mhewes, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of chasmandocharles
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

chasmandocharles, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of plab
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

plab, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of KelseyBeth
1.52/5  rDev -51.6%

KelseyBeth, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of twincano
1.52/5  rDev -51.6%

twincano, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of lionking
1.53/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance. Cloudy lemonade like appearance in the glass. Some head in the glass, about one finger.

Smell. Smells like lemon, not lemonade, more like Real Lemon lemon juice concentrate.

Taste. Dry taste. Obviously lots of lemons.

Mouthfeel. Carbonated. Reminds me of a wine cooler or sparkling wine. This reminds of the a malt based wine cooler rather than a beer. In PA malt coolers are solid at beer distributors while wine based coolers are sold at the state stores. At least that was the case back in the mid 80s when these types of drinsks were popular. I try never to refuse a beer, but i dont think this was a beer. I gave it to my wife and she enjoyed it.

lionking, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of MbpBugeye
1.53/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A little gift from above, left on my doorstep. Thoroughly chilled and poured into a Perfect Pint. Split with a friend, we didn't want to get too drunk.

Appearance
I had to stop for a hearty laugh at this beer's flaccid expense. The appearance is easily among the least beer-looking beers out there. Its really hazy, which is fine, but the color is so extremely unnatural its disturbing. The yellow is so bright it makes one think of a cheap can of CountryTime Lemonade. The white head fizzes up aggressively and loudly. Blink and you'll miss it; there's no retention. So far it has me thinking soft drink more than beer. But I think that's the goal here.

Aroma
Lemon Heads.

Taste
The lemon flavorings are very strong. They even impart a sturdy tartness, despite being very candy oriented. The beer is highly sweetened and there is only a few hidden signs of anything actually beer. There might be a little bit of a wheat base here. No hops.

Mouthfeel
Very sharp and very thin. It amazes me how beers like this, with such fervent carbonation, still manage to have no head. A sweetness builds a layer of sugars on the palate while the lemon tartness stabs at it.

Overall
A beer for people who think they won't like any beer. The trouble is, drinking this will really turn you off of beer.

MbpBugeye, May 15, 2011
Photo of buyBinboaVodka
1.6/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer on tap served with a flight of beers - 5oz pour.

A - It was served in a 5oz flight glass, a cloudy golden apperance. By the time it got to me there was no head left and no lacing around the glass. This was evident by the size of the rest of the pours.

S - Smells like lemonade, and uhh medicinal smell? Kind of like Emergen C or Airborne. Not much going on here except that powerful citrus aroma.

T - It tastes way worse then it smells. Like straight up medicine that you do not want to drink anymore. Just plain bad. Its not even sweet! I just taste chalky powdered airborne in there.

M - Very thin with high carbonation...like fizzy bubbles everywhere.

O - I would never buy this beer, nor will I drink it even on a hot summer day. I just feel like I am taking medication rather than drinking a beer. Worth a try just to say you had it.

buyBinboaVodka, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of brdc
1.63/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Yellowish in color, white head with near zero retention.
Very faint taste or aroma, it just feels like their Leinenkugel Red was watered down. It is hard to even comment about this very poor offering, the worse from Leinenkugel I ever had.
Do not waste your time.

brdc, Sep 01, 2008
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1.64/5  rDev -47.8%

misternebbie, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of yesyouam
1.65/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is a cloudy, bright yellow brew with a thin, white head that fades to a blotch. It has an aroma of lemonade and beer breath. Lemon zest is detected. It's very light bodied, lively and gritty. It leaves the mouth feeling like it's covered in sand. It has a stale, generic beer flavor with a dose of lemon zest. There's a little sweetness, bitterness and sourness. This isn't pleasant. I drank one of these after mowing the lawn and it did not quench my thirst. This displeases me.

yesyouam, May 25, 2011
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1.68/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Unfortunately, in spite of my love for Leine's Sunset Wheat, I have yet to enjoy any of their other varieties. Although not as sickening as the Berry Weiss, this beer is no exception. It smells and tastes exactly like watered down lemonade. It reminds of Mike's Hard Lemonade, which I dislike, as it tastes nothing like beer. I imagine Leinenkugel is attempting to copy Radler (A combination of beer and Sprite), as this made me think of the Radler I drank in Germany. However, there is not enough beer flavor to this brew to make it enjoyable. I couldn't finish even one bottle.

jenbys2001, May 05, 2008
Photo of Tenzin
1.7/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Although there us a little maltiness detectable in this product, the predominant taste is much like cheap lemonade manufactured with reconstituted lemon juice. The alcohol content is so low, you can get much tastier summer refreshment by drinking good lemonade and adding alcohol of your choice. Dion't waste your money on this product.

Tenzin, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of jsprain1
1.73/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Pale yellow, fizzy white head lasts only for a little while.
S- A bit worried here. It smells overwhelmingly of lemon. There is very little beer aroma. Maybe just a touch of wheat characteristics. The thing about it is, I like lemonade well enough, but the artificial aroma on this one just lingers.
T- Yeah... It immediately is lemon. Lemon beginning, middle, and end. Which is cool and all, but there is not much beer to it. I mean beside the slightest bit of a grainy/wheat flavor, there is nothing but artificial lemon.
M- I guess the body is substantial enough considering a pretty significant portion of the bevarage is lemonade. Fizzy at first, but flattens out quickly.
O- I recognize that there is potential for a shandy. That said, the beer aspects are absent here, and the lemonade charactersitics taste strongly artificial. Thus, this one didn't work on almost any level for me.

jsprain1, Jun 29, 2011
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

Dcunicelli, May 14, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

DanMolony, Jun 24, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

ScaryEd, Jul 13, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

VictorWisc, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of thydarkprevails
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On draft at a ball game. Cloudy light yellow with little head. Aroma is lemonade, sugar, light bread, and very mild hops. Taste is lemon, sugar, and mild beer flavors. It’s like 4.2% abv kool aid. Thin mouthfeel. Meh. Way more of a lemonade than a beer for sure.

thydarkprevails, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of mgironta
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

mgironta, Sep 13, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

KornWallace, Jun 10, 2012
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,801 ratings.