Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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2.48/5 rDev -21%
A - Poured out a cloudy, pale yellow. Very fizzy with a white, one-finger head. Looked like lemonade especially while pouring it out of the bottle to the glass.
S - Smelled just like lemonade.
T -Tasted like lemonade with some wheat and clove notes.
M - It was soft and smooth. Also, quite fizzy.
D - It was drinkable but it didn't remind me of beer. It certainly makes a nice lemonade.
04-30-2007 23:36:32 | More by zeff80
3.25/5 rDev +3.5%
Well I'm not sure what to say about this one. A shandy is lager and lemonade mixed, and that's what this tastes like. The lemonade might not be the best (it tastes like powdered mix), and I'd like to see a hint more acidity, but I can hardly fault it. It's cloudy like lemonade (and actually has pretty good lacing), it smells like lemonade when you raise the glass to your nose, and it tastes like lemonade mixed with beer. And it's not overly sweet or overly bitter or overly acidic. So, overall it's fairly well done and nicely balanced. I enjoyed it, and I'd have another if I was at a BBQ or other warm-weather outdoor event.
09-04-2008 02:26:05 | More by NeroFiddled
3.05/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is mostly strong lemon along with very light malts, almost no hops.
T: The taste is likewise full of sweetened lemons to the point that it's a bit overdone and not much else. The malt character is very thin and there's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sour.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.
D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, the lemon flavor is so strong and sweet that this beer is the closest thing to a "malternative" beverage that I've seen while still technically being a beer.
09-05-2008 19:41:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.93/5 rDev -6.7%
Hazed lemong glow golden with a bright white creamy head forming thick witha fizzy head, lacing is nice fine and scattered on the sides of my chalice. Aroma heavy with the lemonzest almost like a cleaning supply lemon, it's very zesty. Flavors clear out the nostrils with lemon zest and really hit heavy with the tartness definitely some biscuit/wheat malt characteristics but the lemon zest rolls a bit too hard I couldn't drink many of these even though I really like the can they're packaged in. Very carbonated light bodied mouthfeel that is a bit too much. Drinkability is weak, tasty brew a bit heavy on the lemon zest doesn't work out as a standby regular for me.
05-29-2010 14:26:49 | More by WVbeergeek
3.45/5 rDev +9.9%
I shared this with the mrs. -into a pint chilled.
The color is slightly hazy like lemonade golden yellow with rocky white cap that retains ok and has small beading. The carbonation is visible and lace sticks haphazardly. The smell is kind of lemony, but a little like lemon pledge without much beyond that. the feel is good with slight juicy citric bite and refreshing feel of semi-high carbonation with slightly clean and semi-dry finish with only a slight amount of sweetness throughout. Tangy and somewhat like lemonade in that it starts sweet and the tartness comes later.
The tastes is actually better than I expected with nice lemony and slight citrus peel tinges with slight malt flavor rounding out the flavor with slight astringent in the back of the throat like lemonade but the shandy maintains a balance of mild malt with tart lemon and seems to finish uncannily clean. Overall what can I say - I like this as a summer quencher and could probably enjoy this year round it is really decent if you enjoy arnold palmers or tea coolers depending on what you refer to them as. The malt is mild and the lemony flavor refreshes in a natural way. I consider this pretty decent for what it is.
08-12-2011 22:37:33 | More by Slatetank
3.69/5 rDev +17.5%
this one is probably a bit underrated here on BA. its got a pale hazy yellow glow, with a sudsy white head aver an inch tall. the nose is akin to a decent Berliner Weiss, lactic and tart, while also lemony and light. it feels less like a half lager half lemonade than it does a brewed beer with lemon, its zesty and acidic, refreshing and light, very fresh, and the lemon presence is huge here. its got a nice drinkability, and is very easy down. good bubbles, minimal body, although not soda-like as some can be. I love how real the lemons taste, not artificial at all, and I think the proportions are right. ive been recently appreciating the shandy style, and this one is sort of the original in the united states. I like it much better than many other leiny offerings, and would be happy to have this constantly on deck all summer, especially in the mornings and early afternoons. really this is pretty good.
07-02-2013 22:12:15 | More by StonedTrippin
3.13/5 rDev -0.3%
The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale wheat scent along with a citrusy lemon zest. The taste is average. It has a very light wheat flavor. It's a bit watery and is covered up with a lame lemon essence. The lemon flavor is weak and doesn't lend itself well to the rest of the palate. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is not a very good seasonal at all. It should have more lemon flavor as well as more malt content. This comes across as a weak wheat ale with an even weaker lemon content.
09-15-2007 21:16:10 | More by WesWes
3/5 rDev -4.5%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head The aroma is straight lemonade. The flavor is more of the same. Nothing but lemons and the slightest bit of grain or wheat. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
07-26-2010 04:57:14 | More by Mora2000
2.3/5 rDev -26.8%
Pours lemon-drop yellow with a thin white head that vanishes.
Smells like lemon merangue pie with a powered "artificial" lemonade mix. Interesting - where's the beer?
The taste is of powered lemonade - ala from a mix- slight lemon merangue. Sweet. I guess this is what they were going for...Again - any "beer" flavor is hardly detectable - some maltiness at most. Hardly, though.
Light-bodied, weak, a bit watery, with a lemonade dryness.
The concept is fine - but, this is hardly a "shandy". Regardless, this will be suited to the people who like lemonade from a powder mix with just a tad of undetectable alcohol. Too sweet, in an "artificial" way, for me, though lemonade dryness almost makes up for it - almost.
08-01-2008 16:02:54 | More by jwc215
3.43/5 rDev +9.2%
Nearly no head and definitely no lace. Cloudy, chalky even. Lemon yellow color.
Strong lemon aroma. I've never had a shandy before, but I imagine this what it might smell like.
This tastes like lemonade mixed with a pale ale, which I guess is exactly what it should taste like. Hard to evaluate since the lemon is so dominant--from initial taste through the swallow and aftertaste. I would say that it is refreshing after walking 12 miles, it doesn't necessarily make this a good beer--just easy to drink. Soft drink carbonation but decently bodied.
09-03-2012 18:21:38 | More by smcolw
2.5/5 rDev -20.4%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a long-lasting white head, no lace.
S: Smells like 7-UP.
T: Very light flavour, hint of malt and hops. The lemon comes through in the finish, but overall very mild.
M: Light-bodied, thin and watery.
D: Interesting enough to try once, but the beer got boring fast, not something to come back to.
07-11-2010 23:15:33 | More by Halcyondays
2.51/5 rDev -20.1%
12 fl oz aluminum can acquired as part of a variety box at Von's grocery and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery.
Served cold, straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a five finger wide head of beige colour. Fair creaminess. Nice thickness. Okay frothiness. Retention is good - about 6+ minutes. No real lacing as the head recedes.
Body colour is a murky cloudy dull yellow-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Overall, it's not looking good at all. Kind of crappy, to be honest.
Sm: Fake lemon zest. Artificial fruit esters. Sugary syrupy fruity crap. Clean malts. Just artificial through and through; not really appealing.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. An aroma of moderate to somewhat high strength.
T: Artificial lemon zest. Sugars. Light somewhat complementary floral hops. Pale malts. Clean barley. Imbalanced and overly sweet. Neither complex nor subtle. Feels like generic mass-produced crap.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Duration, intensity, and depth of flavour are lackluster.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Sugary texture leaves it a bit coarse. Overcarbonated. Lacks depth. Poor presence on the palate. Doesn't really suit the flavour all that well. Comes off artificial.
Dr: Drinkable, sure. But poorly executed. I wouldn't pay for it again, but I doubt I'd refrain from grabbing one from the cooler at a summertime party. It's bad, but downable. Best enjoyed without expectations that it'll be a beer. More of a garbage radler that you recognize is bad but drink for vague refreshment and tame inebriation. Meh.
07-11-2013 05:07:52 | More by kojevergas
2.03/5 rDev -35.4%
Pours a very cloudy yellow color... pretty good to hear, decent lacing on the glass as the beer goes down. Smell is of a fresh made glass of lemonade... nice smell, but reminds me way too much a German Radler (had Radler Brau by Clipper City.. one of the worst 'beers' I've ever had). Taste... is very much Radler like, disappointingly. Very dry in the mouth and in the finish, lemonade taste is just way too present here. Leaves your mouth more thirsty after you finish this beer than before you started.. never a good thing for a beer. On the plus side, it is leaps and bounds ahead of the Paper City beer of a similar style, but definitely nothing I'd ever seek out again and would probably turn down one if offered. Stick with the Sunset Wheat.
08-01-2009 19:41:43 | More by oriolesfan4
2.88/5 rDev -8.3%
I CAN tell you that I was not a huge fan of this one last year around this time, bottle give it another try. I CAN't wait to get back on The CANQuest (TM)!
Wow! I have to give it props for presentation. Two fingers of bone-white head above a cloudy banana-yellow colored beer!?! It looked like liquid lemon meringue pie! It smelled like it, too, that or Lemon Pledge. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was a sugary lemonade. I would have preferred it to tend more towards tart and/or dry, but the inherent sweetness was not to my liking. Finish was still too sweet for me to really get behind it. I am a member of Leinie's Lodge, but I am not putting this in my canoe (unless Pocahontas is coming along and she would like to drink it, in which case ...). Nah, this is just too close to kiddie alcopop for my taste.
07-02-2011 00:14:58 | More by woodychandler
3.18/5 rDev +1.3%
I think this one should be filed under fruit beer. There's a big, tart lemonade flavor up front with a bit of wheat flavor following. The aroma has a bit of lemon. It's kind of like they took a very pale wheat beer and dumped Country Time lemonade mix into it. If you love lemons and NEED them in beer, go for this otherwise, its not much more than lawnmower beer.
05-16-2007 04:01:24 | More by tempest
3/5 rDev -4.5%
12 ounce bottle without freshness information.
Pours light, cloudy and lemony. Larger near white head slowly shrinks. Leaves decent tongues of thicker stickage.
Nose of lemon pledge (you know the cleaning product)
Lemon theme is bold and continuing. Lemon note is kinda artificial tasting and off putting.
Only time I could see enjoying this would be on a very hot day and if I was very thirsty. Definitely not something I will likely try again
08-24-2012 17:35:58 | More by Billolick
3.2/5 rDev +1.9%
Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ
A: Pours a rather cloudy pale lemon yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some bright yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of lemon citrus and adjunct grainy malt sweetness. This beer smells like the lemonade that is used in the making of it.
T: The beer is slightly sweet with a fairly moderate flavor of lemonade over a lighter flavor of grainy adjunct malts and just a touch of grassy hops. Minimal amounts of bitterness are noted.
M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.
O: Extremely easy to drink and refreshing, perfect for enjoying out in the sun of a really hot summer day.
04-03-2013 04:38:37 | More by dbrauneis
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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