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Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Summer ShandyLeinenkugel's Summer Shandy

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Reviews: 607
Hads: 3,353
Avg: 3.11
pDev: 55.95%
Wants: 61
Gots: 922 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 607 | Hads: 3,353
Photo of schnoyd
4.72/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Never been a fan of any beer that's been kitchenized or yuppified in any way. As I get older and more open minded, I've been going out of my usual amber lager affinity and trying different things. Never thought in a million years I would enjoy anything like this but I really enjoy it. Perfect on ice sitting on the porch on a hot afternoon, or relaxing on the deck with the pork shoulder in the smoker. Light, refreshing citrus that goes down smooth and is very pleasing on the palate. Very mildly tart but not bitter, and not too sweet. I'd still rather have a Lynchburg Lemonade but this is a fantastic alternative to the high alcohol, heavy beers I usually stick with.

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Photo of FrostyStephen15
2.18/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got in a pint can, poured into a glass.

Look: Orange juice.
Smell: Kinda macro-ish, actually.
Taste: Lager-ish up front, but with a weird lemony aftertaste. Not a fan.

I guess I don't like Shandies. I tried Shock Top's and this one, and neither one appeals to me.

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Photo of mlorfeld
1.06/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is truly atrocious. It pours a watery yellow with a quickly diminishing head. The smell is of skunkerific. The taste is stale and vomitish. Very thin body. Over all... please pass a Keystone Light.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Juicy, light, inoffensive. Tasty and uncomplicated. I always give some extra points to a beer that suits outside activities so well. In this case, a Fourth of July concert and fireworks. Cheers!

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Photo of Jo-Rhajak
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ok so as a beer that wants to be a fruity beer it fails, but it doesn't taste like its advertised. The taste isnt actually bad, just not what you would expect given the packaging. Feels good going down, and I wouldn't rate the taste so low if I wasn't shocked by how different it was. Overall I wouldn't recommend this to someone looking for a fruity beer.

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Photo of bwood06
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- cloudy and gold with a white frothy head that dissipates to no head extremely quickly. 3/5

S - tart lemonade with a slight caramel malt. 3/5

T - tart lemonade. no sweetness at all. no hop profile. 2.75/5

M - medium bodied. medium carbonation. 3/5

O - not my type of beer. will not revisit unless forced. 2.75/5

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Too sweet and the lemon is artificial. I'm not a huge fan of radlers but this one is pretty meh. Very soapy in the flavor, not digging it. Not sure why americans suck at making radlers...

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Photo of Damian
4.12/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (0.355 L) can
Jun 0115
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my dad for hooking me up with a bunch of the beers from Leinenkugel's Shandy Sampler Beer Variety Pack.

Super cloudy, pale straw yellow appearance. The beer was topped by an inch-tall crown that quickly quickly dropped to a thin ringlet.

The aroma was very lemony and pleasant, albeit rather one-dimensional. Fresh squeezed lemonade dominated. The lemon was very authentic and not at all artificial. Touch of crisp wheatiness. Moderately sweet. Bit of lemon rind as well.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but perhaps less sweet. Lemon notes dominated. Somewhat lemonade-like but with only a hint of sugar. Lots of bitter lemon peel. Wheaty and tart. The beer finished even more bitter with copious amounts of lemon rind. A hint of earthy hops appeared after the swallow.

Solid mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a crisp, sprightly effervescence. Smooth, fluffy and pillowy soft on the palate.

Call me a sucker for easy drinking, fruit-infused beers, because I think this one is incredibly tasty and enjoyable (and not too sweet, especially considering the style). As far as shandies go, this one is hard to beat.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.73/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This unfiltered wheat ale, brewed with honey and "natural lemonade flavor", is an attractive beer: its cloudy, pale-straw-colored body could be mistaken for lemonade, except for the giant creamy white head and thick swoops of lacing. Tart, mouth-watering lemonade completely dominates the nose; these citrus notes are the focus on the palate as well, but are less insistent, leaving some room for a nice light wheat backbone to show through. The finish is balanced, with a moderate citrus tartness that lingers awhile. The crisp citrus flavors, light creamy wheat body, lively carbonation and low ABV combine to make this an ace summertime lawn-mowing beer.

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Photo of Foyle
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a 2"+ white pillowy head that drops at a moderate rate leaving faint lacing. Very cloudy yellow color (pretty much like lemonade).

Aroma: strong lemonade aroma with a bready malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: very light and watery with a dry finish.

Flavor: lemon, light barley sweetness maybe a hint of hops in the finish.

Overall: decent for what it is. I would think that Fresca or Mt. Dew fans would enjoy this beer.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.44/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The more I drink it, the more I like it. The sweet lemon is refreshing but doesn't put me in the mind of toilet bowl cleaners. A good mix of lemonade and wheat beer.

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Photo of CMG-PSU
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Obviously it's lemony. Perfect for a hot day - my reward after mowing the lawn! only complaint is the lemon flavor is a little chemically on the palette. Tastes a little like lemon "pledge" smells.
Avoid cans - bottle is noticeably better

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty decent shandy - used to like this way more than I do now. Maybe because I'm more into pale ales and IPAs now. If you're looking for refreshment though this is a solid one to pick up.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.46/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very lemony and wheaty, with soft floral highlights and a grainy malt backbone.

Flavor reveals lemon underlying a wheat and bready malt backbone. Not as tart as lemonade, but more lemon essence focus. The backbone is somewhat watery.

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Photo of BeerConny
4.27/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great summer beer. Superb alternative to bud light lime. Tastes like fresh squeezed lemons mixed with beer. If you like Shandys then you'll like this.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hands down the best shandy I've had. Smooth, easy drinking, refreshing and flavorful. Just fine on a hot afternoon. Ignore the poor ratings this one gets. If Founders or Bells or Sierra Nevada or whomever brewed the same beer people would love it.

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Photo of berkeleymaw
3.99/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had it on a brewery tour while in Wisconsin. Tasted amazing then. But tastes a little bit more pedestrian out of the bottle I bought here in San Francisco. Still pretty good wheat beer, though it does have a slightly bitter aftertaste that reminded me of real barley and hops lager. In my book that's a good thing, but based on the category of beer, I guess that would make it an "adjunct" by witbier standards.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.07/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's like they took a bad beer and tried to pretend that it wasn't by adding in stale Lemonhead flavor. Calling this a beer is to do beer a disservice. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
5/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing summer beer. Tastes extremely sweet and smooth. It gets a little hard to drink after a few beers because of how sweet it is though. I would recommend eating something salty with it to balance the sweetness.

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Photo of EmGM
4.88/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: your basic hazy light yellow color
Smell: deliciously citrusy LEMON
Taste: lemony, citrusy, light, crisp refreshing
Aftertaste: just a crisp SLIGHT pucker from the lemon
Overall: I actually love this beer it's one of my favorite summer time beers. It's light and crisp and refreshing and good either out of the bottle or from the tap.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one many times but needed to do my review on it anyway. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours like a 'unfiltered wheat' that is a hazy yellow with about a 1-finger white head that goes away very fast with very little lacing. The aroma is of lemons (it's made with lemonade) and grain. Very nice but not over powering. The taste is very pleasant and smooth and is a great summer brew. No bitter aftertaste. A great beer that will never let you down. One of my favorite summer brews! Lighter+-medium bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.20% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color, with a nice white head. Summer Shandy is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell of Summer Shandy is, sweet,with grains and malts and some spices. You pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavor and citrus. You also pick up on grains , malts, and spices. There is nothing overpowering about Summer Shandy, it has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel of Summer Shandy is clean smooth, and refreshing. I like how this brew is different form most brews on market. Overall I'm giving Summer Shandy a solid 4 out 5. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.