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Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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2,791 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,791
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 23.57%
Wants: 37
Gots: 354 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +43.3%

Braz, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

braican, May 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +43.3%

bmjivi221, May 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

cfinch2, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

JimGlonke, May 01, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a cloudy straw color with thick fluffy head. Smells like lemons with a little bit of wheat beer mixed in. Tastes pretty much like it smells, lemonade all the way through until the end where you can detect a wheat beer and citrus bitterness. A lemon overload. Mouthfeel is ok. I do like lemons, so it is definitely drinkable, but on a summer day I would prefer a hefe or something slightly less acidic and citrus tasting.

Kromes, May 02, 2009
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

GFD400, Aug 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Modernrickk, May 08, 2014
Photo of hustlesworth
1.25/5  rDev -60.2%

A- murky lemon yellow. bif foaming white head fizzles down fast with some spots of lace left behind. little bits of yeast float about in the brew.

S- lemon candy and dish soap with no other detectable aromas.

T- artificial and medicinal, lemon soap, some plain white bread in the finish with an unpleasant aftertaste.

MF- thin, fizzy, and starchy feeling. not all that refreshing due to the strange flavor.

D- i've made my own radlers by mixing home made lemonade with a good german beer, but this is undrinkable for me.

hustlesworth, Dec 08, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Kyrojack, Oct 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

hockeyfighter19, Nov 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

jjd315, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of samie85
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%

Pours a hazy dark urine color with two fingers of white head.

Smells of strong lemon pledge and lemon rind.

Wheat and lemon rind with some light bitterness on the finish.

Light-bodied with crisp carbonation and a tart, drying finish.

I can definitely see the appeal of this one, it's just not my thing. I'm not sure how traditional this "shandy" is anyways.

samie85, Apr 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

CWhite, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Drk93TT
3.84/5  rDev +22.3%

A: This beer screams summer to me, a lemon shandy.. the best appearance for a beer on a very hot summer day in my opinion.

S: Lemons, lemons and more lemons. faint lemon rind smell.

T: Tart at first, then mellows out almost like a lemonhead candy. wonderfully tasty and quenching when its miserable hot out.

M: Thin and crisp, yep.

O: Session friendly. Kicked many of these back in college.. great beer for chilling around the house/pool/lake on a nice Michigan summer day.

Drk93TT, May 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Ralphs66, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +27.4%

drbenderdo, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of BeerCon5
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%

Pours a murky, light yellow color with very thin fluffy head that dissipates quickly.

It has a very strong lemon hopp scent.

Also a strong lemony taste, tastes more like lemonade than beer. Slightly bitter finish, pretty refreshing.

Very light-bodied, crisp mouthfeel with fizzy carbonation.

Very drinkable beer. This is a very refreshing beer and very light, so it would be easy to drink quite a few.

BeerCon5, Jun 26, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +26.8%

Appearance: Pale, cloudy yellow. Like Hoegaarden. Not as much foam, but good lacing.

Smell: Lemon with an earthy lemongrass aroma as well. I would like this a bit stronger though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Summer Shandy lives up to its billing as a mixture of lemonade and beer. I know they serve stuff like this in Germany, particularly in the Munich area. I have to say I find the taste quite pleasant and detect an acceptable amount of malt as well in the finish. I worried this would taste like Sprite. I'm glad to be wrong.

Drinkability: Hey, it's lemonade.

Overall: It's not the greatest beer in the planet. But really? Is that the point with Summer Shandy? No. It's meant to be a refreshing SUMMER SHANDY. On those grounds I give this beer a positive review.

tjsdomer2, Jul 04, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

dexterk1, Apr 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Troville1990, Jul 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
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3.03/5  rDev -3.5%

12oz can poured into a pint glass.
A: Cloudy lemonade yellow. Short head that dissipates quickly.
S: Smells like dried lemonade mix.
T: Tastes more like lemonade than beer. I haven't had a Mike's in a while but would be curious to drink one side by side with this. A bit of caramel malt on the finish.
M: Nice, light, crispy.
O: Overall it's better than the sum of its parts. Not a complex or traditional beer, but a tasty summer drink.

ONUMello, Jun 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Tschnab, Jun 12, 2013
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,791 ratings.