Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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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
3/5 rDev -4.5%
12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. Hazy and a lighter, golden yellow color with a thin, frothy white head to it. Decent lacing on the glass as I drank it.
The aroma has a lemon-aid, slightly lemony household cleaner type of flavor to it. Just a hint of a grainy, sweet, beer base to it.
The taste shows a little more of a sweeter, grainy, beer quality to it up front. The finish is all about the lemonaid with a tart, lemony quality to it.
The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is above average. overall, it was a decent beverage but not a very good beer. I think I'd rather just have an actual lemon-aid.
07-22-2011 20:41:45 | More by billab914
3.05/5 rDev -2.9%
12 oz bottle Yellow-gold color: the look of filtered lemonade in lager beer.
Decent head for style.
An obvious lemon aroma and flavor. Better balance in the taste where the malt is also evident. Good sour/sweet balance.
O: a good version of the style. Fuller body and a touch more flavorful than most other radlers I've had.
05-26-2014 14:26:46 | More by chinchill
3.5/5 rDev +11.5%
Poured into 10oz glass. Poured very lively, over 2 inches of fluffy white head that had moderate retention and no lacing. The beer was the cloudy yellow of a Hefe.
There was a solidly noticeable lemon scent at the front of the nose, with some earthy wheat coming in underneath. The lemon didn't come across as boldly on the tongue, it was still solidly present, but blended and balanced sicely with the base wheat beer.
The body was fairly typical for an American Wheat Ale, medium and clean. Drinkability was very good, I could easily see having a sixer of these while hanging out by the Nooksack River during the summer. Overall, a nice little beer. Worth your time.
06-19-2011 19:54:18 | More by beertunes
3.03/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, clouded-yellow coloring that is pale and murky, with a thin, filmy coating of white head along the top. Aromas of roasted wheat are drowned out by a tart, sweet lemon zest bouncing out of the glass. Flavors are very lemon heavy, with a tart, effervescence that hits the sides of the tongue and the roof of the mouth like someone poured a Fresca into a wheat beer. Smooth, roasted wheat backbone that supports the lemondrop sweet main palate. The aftertaste is tangy and syrupy sweet, like you just ate a bag of lemon Jolly Ranchers. The finish is smooth and light, with a slight effervescence to it, as well. All in all, I can see how some people like this, but it is definitely not my mug of beer.
08-24-2012 00:33:11 | More by GarthDanielson
2.4/5 rDev -23.6%
I've got mixed feelings about this.
Color: Whitish, pale color, much like the color of lemonade.
Aroma: Strong but nice lemon wheat aroma. Seems more like carbonated lemonade than beer.
Taste: Lemon upfront that fades to a bitter wheat taste. Very much like bitter, unsweetened lemonade. Light. Somewhat refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Dry and sour at the same time. Unappealing.
Verdict: I really don't like this much. The aroma was nice but it goes downwards after that.
03-02-2008 23:29:48 | More by Brad007
2.83/5 rDev -9.9%
Pours out of the bottle a murky cloudy light yellow color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. It looks a lot like the liquid that comes out of one of those plastic lemons only this has a small head on it for a minute or two. The smell is pretty heavy on the lemon. There's a faint spicy wheat beer aroma deep underneath, but I mostly get lemons. The flavor is and odd mix of beer and lemon juice. It tastes like carbonated lemonade with a hint of macro wheat beer mixed in there. Medium to thin body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet and tart kind of mouthfeel happening. This one didn't really do it for me.
The lemony aspect of this I kind of enjoyed, but I think that the base beer that they used is just south of lackluster.
05-13-2012 00:41:21 | More by johnnnniee
1.9/5 rDev -39.5%
Pours a piss water yellow color with a top of white head.
Fizzy water with lemonade and light biscuit malts.
Lemonade. Plenty of lemons with pithy citrus peel and crystallized sugar. That's pretty much it...basically lemonade and adjunct.
Lighter body, decent carbonation, sticky and sweet on the tongue. Definitely a gimmick and not my style at all, but I can see a market for it during the summertime.
11-11-2012 08:33:55 | More by xnicknj
3.8/5 rDev +21%
12 oz can poured into a Leinie's imperial pint.
4.2% ABV, Jul 18 11 printed on the bottom.
A - Likek cloudy, fresh lemonade, this beer is pale straw yellow and hazed through completely. A billowing white head crowns the beer and descends from three fingers very slowly while leaving lace down the whole pint!
S - Pale malt, soft wheat, and a big, strong aroma of citrusy lemonade give this a seasonally delicious aroma that signals the beginning to summer fun and refreshment.
T - Pale malt, notes of dry straw, and soft but mild wheat make up the base of the brew. A mildly sweetened lemonade citrus comes through at the end.
M - Citrus tang all over, this refreshing beer is crisp and medium-light bodied with a high carbonated, refreshing, semi-sweet but not cloying finish.
O - Hey, it is what it is; a refreshing summer thirst quencher. Would I want more than one or possibly two? No, not really, but it gets the job done and anyone that likes lemonade can't say this isn't good, cause that's basically what it is.
06-21-2011 12:10:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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