Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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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
2.28/5 rDev -27.4%
Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to ring and leaves some lace. Murky pale amber color. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Lemonade nose. Flavor is like slightly fizzy, sweet lemonade with vague hints of hops way in the background not at all like an English shandy. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.
04-23-2008 22:55:48 | More by jdhilt
2.9/5 rDev -7.6%
Cloudy yellow colored beer with a tall white colored head. Looks like wheat beer mixed with lemonade which is pretty much what this is.
Smells strongly of lemonade and less strongly roasted grain and faint herbal hop. Soda cracker malt scent.
Starts out mildly sweet with mainly a lemon flavor and a toasted whet after taste. Tastes like lemonade and beer. Needless to say not really a traditional beer.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall an inoffensive drink. Guess it works as a thirst quencher.
08-31-2013 23:46:51 | More by Zorro
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.25/5 rDev -28.3%
Poured into a pint glass.
This beer is basically lemonade meets beer. It pours a hazy yellow with a head that didn't last very long. It was overpowered with lemons and I barely could tell that I was drinking a beer.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a crisp taste to it.
I personally think that lemonade and beer shouldn't be mixed, but I know of some friends that think the shandy is a great idea. This wasn't too drinkable for me.
08-12-2008 06:50:42 | More by mothman
2.1/5 rDev -33.1%
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy
Beer blended with lemonade, geared towards summer consumption for the unassuming.
Pours like a wheat beer, hazy straw yellow, small head that fizzles away. Aroma is lemony and artificial. Musty lemon like cleaning product and lemon drop candy wrapped into a blanket of grain. Taste is full of lemon syrup, with a wheat malt base. Tangy, but not without a touch of bitterness, like watery lemon candy soda. Fleeting grain reminds you this is a beer. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, crisp carbonation and lingering lemon flavor. Overall, it is lemony.
01-23-2012 07:46:48 | More by Stinkypuss
2.7/5 rDev -14%
Thought I'd try this since it was free. Went to the Coors pre-game party for the Rockies home-opener. I'm shy to pay for any Leiny's after my horrible run-in with Sunset Wheat...
Pours cloudy yellow, hollow foamy head. Not all that big. Actually looks like urine.
Aroma is 99% lemon, without the pucker. The last 1% is stale malt.
Taste is lemonade without the acidic puckering. It's a good thing this one has a ton of lemony-ness because the malt is ugly. It's like burnt cardboard. The lemon covers this up.
Thin feel, some carbonation separates it from unsweetened lemonade. Glad it was free
04-02-2011 01:29:25 | More by Mebuzzard
2.58/5 rDev -17.8%
Pours a cloudy washed out yellow color below a fizzy white head that quickly dies leaving a small white lacing rimming the glass.
An initial whiff tells me I've just poured a piece of lemon meringue pie into my glass, If I was wanting to get drunk off of a pie, my choice would have been apple pie Ala mode, but I guess drinking desert is just one of the reasons I drink.
The taste is all lemon drops, this I think is more like something the wine cooler people or maybe the Smirnoff guys would market.
The light aftertaste is a lingering lemonyness that would have been pretty dang good if I had remember to have some grilled salmon or halibut handy.
I think this would have been better if it has been 100 degrees outside, or maybe at the lakes, who knows.
I rated this beer kind of low for a couple of reason:
1) If I wanted to drink lemonade I would have bought some Country Time.
2) If I wanted to drink a overly lemony alcohol drink I would have bought some Bartle's and Jaymes or those little Jack Daniel's favored drinks.
3) I kind of like trying flavored beers, and seem to rebuy them if the taste is subdued and the taste of beer is still there, not so with this outing from Leinenugel's.
05-13-2010 23:55:51 | More by LXIXME
2.95/5 rDev -6.1%
Brewed with natural Lemonade flavor.
A: Poured a very cloudy, lemony wit color with a foamy 1 finger white head that fell to a slight, fizzy layering quickly after the pour.
S: country time sour lemonade.
T: sour country time lemonade, and oranges. Tastes more like a hard lemonade then a beer. Some sour lemony texture.
M: light, with some fizziness from the carbonation with a tart lemonade fade.
D: A refreshing summer time alternative that looks like a wit but drank like a lemonade cooler.
05-15-2008 00:14:18 | More by beerthulhu
2.6/5 rDev -17.2%
Pours a hazy, cloudy whitish yellow with a thin lacing of crackling white head. It smells like artificial lemonade powder and grassy hops. The flavor is very similar; artificial lemonade, grassy hops, faint grainy notes. The mouthfeel is light bodied, a bit syrupy, sugary, but smooth.
This isn't nearly as bad as some other shandy-style beers I've had, but at the same time it's not good by any means. This is more lemonade than beer and artificial and sugary at that. I'll pass.
04-14-2012 00:03:21 | More by tdm168
2.95/5 rDev -6.1%
Had on tap at some bar in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
A: Served in a pint glass the beer is straw/light yellow in color, slightly hazy, with a one finger white head on top. Decent head retention and moderate lacing.
S: Reminded me of very strong and tart lemonade. It was very sweet and sugary, not much else came through at all.
T: Very similar to the aroma, lots of very sugary lemons. It reminds of cheap lemonade mix that I used to use as a kid, except this tastes like when you add WAY too much of the mix and a ton of the sugar sits at the bottom of your glass.
M: Surprisingly crisp and refreshing, the slightly sour twang is nice actually.
O: Honestly, better than I expected it to be, but still, a bit over the top in terms of sweetness and not very beer-like either.
07-21-2011 17:21:28 | More by mdaschaf
2.45/5 rDev -22%
Cloudy yellow pour, if it had lemon pulp in it, you might be thinking you gots lemonade up in here. Head disappears even though it was large, contributing to that thought.
Lemon aroma, slight yeast like aroma to it. That part was enjoyable.
Taste, is uh, weird. Lemon, but not the way I'm used to, usually its like lemon sour, or lemon citrus hop feel, but no, this is like, lemon candy almost. The beer isn't bitter, yet has lemon as its most defining characteristic. Just doesn't come across like beer, or a fruit beer even, like a hotty totty/boilermaker type of drink, something with lemon and beer in it, but not a 'lemon beer' per se. Anyways, I wouldn't recommend it to someone who likes beer.
05-11-2011 00:03:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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