Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,215
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 23.42%
Wants: 60
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: jj21 on 03-23-2007

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Photo of StonewallSipper
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice summertime beer with a slice of orange.

Photo of pjkelley82
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was very surprised by this beer. Thought the lemon would be overpowering but only had hints of it. I mean you can smell and taste that it's there but it's not too overpowering for me. Had a good wheat appearance, decent head, nothing to brag about. Only downer for me was it was about average on the beer end of it. I think it would be allot better in the heat of the summer bit if there was nothing else I'd get it again..

Photo of JonB1958
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is strangely a little better than the sum of its parts.

Poured into a wet pilsner glass using the "Hacker Pschorr" pour video from that website. A cloudy, pale straw color with a nice thick head that stuck around much longer than I expected.

The aroma is a little overpowering; sort of like a lemon-scented cleaner mixed with beer.

The taste is thin for a wheat, and a little overpowered by the lemon.

But surprisingly, both my neighbors and I agreed it was very drinkable, in the end. Suffice it to say that this is not the highest testament to the art of brewing one will find in stores this summer. But it's an interesting attempt, and a quite acceptable offering for a hot night out on the dec.

Photo of Bierwolf
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker style glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy, hazy dull yellow. So cloudy you can not see through it. White foam with a disappearing head however leaving nice lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Vanilla, lemon, lime and citrusy.

Taste: Citrusy. With me it was mostly lime on top with lemon in the background.

Palate: Smooth, creamy and medium bodied. Has a nice lingering sweet bite.

Over all: I am not a fan of these fruity summer beers. To be fair I had a 6 pack of these over a few days to give a review. The first one to me was horrible. The next not so bad. After finishing the pack this is really a refreshing summer drink. If you are looking for something with bold hops or really malty do not expect that with this beer. But it is definitely worth a try and you will enjoy it on a hot summer day.

Photo of MikeMess99
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a good summer beer. Outside on a porch great, crisp beer to have. Otherwise, nothing special but not a bad beer at all.

Photo of Redrover
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After a surprisingly warm (+70 degree) April day spent fishing for walleyes, I was talked into trying this beer. It greatly exceeded my expectations.

It is a slightly hazy gold/yellow with a fluffy but quickly collapsing white head.

He aroma is of lemons backed with some grains.

The taste tracks very close to the smell. Lots of lemon, but is held in check by underlying beer. The malts are more prominent as you work through the beer and the lemon favor recedes slightly.

The mouth is a bit slick and seems to have low carbonation. Not a bad summer beer. I could see myself having this about three times a year, but some folks may really like it.

Oh and yes, we caught walleyes while fishing on the Fox River just south of the Buffalo Lake Dam.

Photo of TomFromtheSwamp
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Being a huge fan of wheat beers and my German mother telling me stories of her mixing weisbier with lemon or sprite as a teen, I was excited to try this brew.

Appearance - Surprising head: bout two fingers, but slightly fizzy. Understandable considering the lemonade aspect. Very white. Lacing slight and spotty. A hazy acidic yellow in color.

Smell - Lemons and lemon peel, slight yeast and maybe the tiniest hint of acetone?? Lol. Overall the lemon shines through

Taste - Bam, lemons. Was waiting for the beer taste to come, but it never did. Very light tasting. Perfect for someone who likes to get drunk, but doesn't like beer. Tasted like creamy lemonade. It was very refreshing, though. Wouldn't be bad to add a sixer to a cooler of beer for variety. Nice for the eve of a hard days work. Or maybe while mowing the lawn. Definitely a summer choice.

Mouthfeel - Light, fizzy and slightly lingering creamy.

Overall - was kind of let down. Should focus more on the BEER aspect.

Photo of SamN
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A- Super hazy and fizzy. Looks like carbonated lemonade from 7-11. Pale and hazier than a Cypress Hill concert. Fine fizzy head of bout 1/4". Sticks around for longer than I thought it would. Fizzy and yellow. Makes my teeth hurt just looking at it. Could easily be mistaken for a wheat beer.

S- Lemonade, with something of a malt backbone, if one takes a more liberal approach to the definition of "backbone". Like good lemonade made in the heartland. Thicker than Country Time, let's say. Fizzy and yellow smelling.

T- Interesting. It's like Hard Mike's First Beer. Sweet with a big lemon zest, but unlike hard lemonades, the tart lemon flavors don't get lost in sugars. Instead they swell with pale malts and fade out into cloying sweetness. Even some nuances of apricots and oranges, too. Fruity and girlie for sure, but actually pretty tasty. Juvenile and lacking in quality for sure, this is not a high point in beer brewing. Also, a sort of funky lemon-rind lingering aftertaste.

A shandy is apparently a beer mixed with citrus or ginger soda or lemonades. I don't suppose this is brewed with lemons or lemonade, rather, bottled with half and half. And little less romantic than lemonade brewing, but still the end result is a surprisingly tasty concoction.

M- Very spritzy and carbonated, like fizzy soda. Very light body and thin consistency. Adjunct lager mixed with juice of some sort. Not great.

D- Damn near perfect. I could drink this on a hot day all day, with it's ultra light body and low alcohol. Great fishing beer. Could also be the one beer that the girl who" hates beer" will willingly drink. Light and breezy and cold and mindless.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is ok. I don't think it's as bad as others say. It is probably a little too sweet, but I think that's just the style. It tastes a lot like Beer-Minade. It's not a traditional beer, but it's still nice for a hot summer day.

Photo of BrewThru_29
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a good summer beer. Complex? No. It basically tastes like lemonade. But, there is just enough beer flavor to balance it out and it is very refreshing in the summer heat. Great for cookouts or working in the yard.

Photo of MDekker
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I went into this just hoping that the Summer Shandy would be better than the disastrous Sunset Wheat. Here goes:

The appearance of this one is so different from everything else - it's incredibly opaque and pale colored, like a butterscotch lollipop. The head is white and foamy. In the nose you can easily notice wheat, and the zesty, sugary lemonade. That's what you taste, too - lots of citrus, and enough lemonade to be pretty refreshing. In the mouth it's OK, a little dry. Overall, it's not what a serious beer drinker wants, but it does the job it's set for, and it goes down really easy. Maybe you wouldn't want more because it's not very interesting.

Photo of ZAP
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have been putting off trying this one for ages and decided to spring for a mixed 12-pack with this in it.

Not a lot to report....american wheat ale meets lemonade....aroma is big on the lemons....taste leans heavier toward the wheat ale...then some lemonade notes and some honey feel to the taste as well....really looks the part in the glass..

In a way it is kind of refreshing. Low ABV....I sweated my ass of in the weight room tonight and this actually kind of hits the spot for me. Might grab one out of a friends cooler on a hot day or something but not thinking I'll be buying much of this.

Photo of CDGoin
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer.. just a bit too strong on the lemon. Best described as an Cream Ale with a strong lemon addition.

Proved to be overly tart lemony and with little sweetness.. Closer to a dry Mikes Hard lemonade than a Lager or an Ale.

I can see it being a good summer beer or a beer for someone that normally doesn't drink beer. For me though I think I will pass next time.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap this beer was a light golden color with a fluffy white head. It reminded me of a lemon meringue pie. The retention was only so-so though it did stick around as a collar and the lacing was scattered.The aroma was of lemons with hints of floral hops behind that. The flavors too were dominated by lemons but as it warmed up I tasted some crystal malt and a light note of bready malt. It started sweet but finished dry helping it to be a highly refreshing beer/shandy. The body was medium/light, the mouthfeel average and the carbonation a bit prickly.

Photo of brownbeer
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This time I had it on tap with sushi.

Cloudy yellow color.

A little banana and wheat with lemony overtones, subtle overall.

Taste is also subtle, the good thing is that the lemonade flavor and wheat beer taste are balanced.

Finishes light and smooth with a slight acidic bite.

Pair with spicy food or a lawnmower and you'll be fine.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazed pale lemon-tinged yellow color with a bubbly white head and sporadic lacing in the tall pilsner glass. The nose is of light wheat grains and lemonade powder. Not bad at all, just unusual for a beer. This smells of summer. The palate is actually considerably better than I anticipated. A solid American wheat beer with lemonade accents that, in my mind, could have easily been overdone. They're not. Subtle lemonade flavors intermingle with the light, palate-friendly wheat beer to create a summer refresher. I'd wager this is what Leinie's had in mind. Mouthfeel is light and unchallenging, as expected of the style, but it's not to a fault. The easy mothfeel and finish, with only a slight citrusy bitterness, add to the clean cool attitude of this beer. Exceedingly drinkable; this beer is made for the summertime. This is one you can drink on the cold side and not lose a lot of flavor, since it's really pretty staightforward in terms of flavor profile. I have to say I've been impressed with a couple of Leinenkugel's beer of late, but none more than this one for it's sheer ease-of-use and originality. Enjoy this one at your next summer party or picnic. If you're looking for a world class beer, this aint really it, but if you want something that is a unique change of pace, you might just dig it.

Photo of elniko
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Very very light, nearly light lager in color. I'm assuming this is due to the lemonade.

S: Lemons of course, a little odd with the lemon and the slight alcohol texture as well.

T & M: I have to admit I was surprised by this beer. Lemon flavor is not overwhelming but is definitely refreshing. Mouthfeel is pleasant with the high carbonation and tartness.

D: Definitely drinkable although I don't think I could stand to drink more than a few at a time. Nice refreshing brew for the summer for sure.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Bright, pale, hazy yellow with a two-finger head of sudsy carbonation which fizzled slowly and left hardly any lacing on the glass.

S: Like a tart lemon zinger, this brew has acidity and metallic hops on the nose. Very light and fruity.

T: Sugary sweet and tart from the get-go, this brew has heartburn written all over it. Lactic, acidic lemon sweetness builds through to a watery, tart and mildly bitter finish.

M: Light bodied and refreshing with some puckering lemon tartness and a slight acidic burn.

O: With a modest 4.2% ABV and bright lemonade flavors, this is a decent heat killer. However, I honestly might have to take a Pepcid or Tums before, during and after, because right now, there's acid churning around my stomach. The hotter the better for this one.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is brewed in the style of a Shandy beer, roughly half lemonade, half ale, traditionally a shandy uses mild British ales, whereas the German equivalent is a Radler. While there is no label information, this beer is arguably one of Leinenkugel's biggest recent successes, creating several spin-off shandy flavor options (and likely even more to come). Available as a Summer release seasonal in bottles, cans and on draft.

Poured into a Leinenkugel's Pint glass. Served at 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy clean cream white head over a very hazy and murky pale yellow body. Head retention is slightly above average- a fair bit better than average for Leinenkugel. Lacing is medium-light and patchy. Carbonation is busy and plentiful through the heavy haze. I can see where it comes closest to a Weissbier by appearance but still doesn't quite match the visual grandeur of purely wheat-based ales. 3.75

(Smell) There's no doubting lemonade comes into serious play in this drink, although it's more of a sweeter country-style lemonade, not the tart, sunny and light heavy drinking lemonade you can make from scratch. I did not find the lemon aroma harsh enough to compare to Lysol or Pledge, but I can understand the resemblance. It doesn't balance out fantastically in the aroma, a mild malty base is thoroughly overshadowed, and any hop bitterness or body is tough to find. Very much a hybrid drink of a beer- any subtleties of a weissbier are far overshadowed by the lemonade, and the end result isn't far from smelling of a Mike's Hard Lemonade or your choice lemon-based wine cooler. 3

(Taste) Mild pale wheat malt background with a substantial amount of light, tart lemonade character. Like the aroma suggested, the drink is only half a beer at the very most, and the wheat base is overshadowed, although quite easier to discern than in the aroma. The balance isn't ideal, but the style wouldn't suggest any higher expectations. If you can't decide between a lemonade and a wheat beer, but like lemonade ever-so-slightly more, this may be a fair option. Although this is my only Shandy review to date, I really can't knock it much as it is quite drinkable and enjoyable for what it is. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Light malt, moderately acidic lemon juice and a slick, soft body. Carbonation does add some zest to the tongue. The body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low, concealed well by the lemons and the acidity. Overall it's a bit light on the body and texture for the weissbier crowd but lemonade isn't usually carbonated and does quite fine this time around, so I suppose it's a fair balance. 3.5

(Overall) I'd prefer a weiss bier that's wheat-malt forward with lemon subtleties any day over a Lemon Shandy, but I'm not too likely to overly criticize this for what it is. If you've never dabbled in the style before it might be worth seeking out but otherwise know that this is a fairly average choice amongst Shandy beer, and doesn't stand out in the craft beer crowd regardless of the style. 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Summer Shandy
3.41/5.00

Photo of eagles22
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I loved this beer ...my favorite summer beers
taste is very good to me ..taste like fresh lemons ...
carbonation is average could of been better but the taste is very unique and its qaulity to me
also the color wasnt bad like a copper color

very good beer after a hard days work!!!

Photo of MTNboy
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-It is a very bright shade of yellow but at the time the body is cloudy. A thin head formed with a lace that was spread out.

Smell- It smelled of lemon soda. As it should if it is to be like a real shandy.

Taste- I personally would have liked a little more beer taste than this shandy had. It still wasn't bad

Mouthfeel- Thin.

Drinkability- A good mixed crowd party beer.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although it's an artificially flavored lemon, it is much better than the shock top shandy and all the rest of the shandys that are artificially flavored.

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright hazy yellow with a foamy white head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Smells like lemonade. I don't have the greatest sense of smell but I'll be damned if anyone else can smell anything but lemonade in this. I like lemonade but I don't want my beer to necessarily smell like that and only that. The lemon flavors are real and pleasant. This kind of beer could easily go the way of Bud Light Lime, where it tastes like candy and not like fruit, but it doesn't. I still have a hard time picking out the beer flavors from it. Near as I can tell the wheat beer this is based on only contributes a foamy head and a bubbly mouthfeel. Clearly, this would be easy to drink on a hot day. But if I wanted beer, I would reach for something else.

Photo of Rjk00
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great summer beer for cookouts or the beach.

Photo of Chiefy770
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A: Pours to a hazy and yellow color. Not much head.

S: A noticeable hit of lemons. A beer smell is lingering behind the lemons but the lemon dominates.

T: I enjoyed the taste. My friends and I joke that this is the Arnold Palmer of beers. It has a straight-forward taste of lemonade and is accompanied by beer. The lemonade dominates the taste.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Fairly carbonated.

Overall this is a beer that I grab on a hot summer day. It goes down easy and really satisfies your thirst. My only complaint is that it is a bit too sweet. Drinkers who do not like flavored beers should avoid this.

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 3,215 ratings.