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Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,554
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 23.25%
Wants: 28
Gots: 246 | FT: 0
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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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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

03-04-2012 04:51:22 | More by RDW
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is brewed in the style of a Shandy beer, roughly half lemonade, half ale, traditionally a shandy uses mild British ales, whereas the German equivalent is a Radler. While there is no label information, this beer is arguably one of Leinenkugel's biggest recent successes, creating several spin-off shandy flavor options (and likely even more to come). Available as a Summer release seasonal in bottles, cans and on draft.

Poured into a Leinenkugel's Pint glass. Served at 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy clean cream white head over a very hazy and murky pale yellow body. Head retention is slightly above average- a fair bit better than average for Leinenkugel. Lacing is medium-light and patchy. Carbonation is busy and plentiful through the heavy haze. I can see where it comes closest to a Weissbier by appearance but still doesn't quite match the visual grandeur of purely wheat-based ales. 3.75

(Smell) There's no doubting lemonade comes into serious play in this drink, although it's more of a sweeter country-style lemonade, not the tart, sunny and light heavy drinking lemonade you can make from scratch. I did not find the lemon aroma harsh enough to compare to Lysol or Pledge, but I can understand the resemblance. It doesn't balance out fantastically in the aroma, a mild malty base is thoroughly overshadowed, and any hop bitterness or body is tough to find. Very much a hybrid drink of a beer- any subtleties of a weissbier are far overshadowed by the lemonade, and the end result isn't far from smelling of a Mike's Hard Lemonade or your choice lemon-based wine cooler. 3

(Taste) Mild pale wheat malt background with a substantial amount of light, tart lemonade character. Like the aroma suggested, the drink is only half a beer at the very most, and the wheat base is overshadowed, although quite easier to discern than in the aroma. The balance isn't ideal, but the style wouldn't suggest any higher expectations. If you can't decide between a lemonade and a wheat beer, but like lemonade ever-so-slightly more, this may be a fair option. Although this is my only Shandy review to date, I really can't knock it much as it is quite drinkable and enjoyable for what it is. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Light malt, moderately acidic lemon juice and a slick, soft body. Carbonation does add some zest to the tongue. The body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low, concealed well by the lemons and the acidity. Overall it's a bit light on the body and texture for the weissbier crowd but lemonade isn't usually carbonated and does quite fine this time around, so I suppose it's a fair balance. 3.5

(Overall) I'd prefer a weiss bier that's wheat-malt forward with lemon subtleties any day over a Lemon Shandy, but I'm not too likely to overly criticize this for what it is. If you've never dabbled in the style before it might be worth seeking out but otherwise know that this is a fairly average choice amongst Shandy beer, and doesn't stand out in the craft beer crowd regardless of the style. 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Summer Shandy
3.41/5.00

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:21:42 | More by Jadjunk
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videofrog

Texas

1/5  rDev -68.2%

11-18-2011 18:01:57 | More by videofrog
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

06-20-2012 21:56:45 | More by fdig23
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy deep yellow color with a small white foam head. There is some lacing left behind.

S: Was quite clean on the nose. Ample amounts of vibrant lemon zest, oranges, limes, wheat and white bread.

T: A step below the smell, but starts off with a tart lemon taste. In the middle there is some more lemon, but the white bread, wheat and oranges come through. On the back end the lemonade taste comes back to the forefront.

M: Very clean and refreshing. Leaves a tart lemon taste on the palate. Could use a little more carbonation.

O: I was a little surprised by this brew. A 'lemonade' beer is not something I normally would drink but found this quite refreshing. Not sure how many I could have in a sitting, but on a hot humid day doing yard work, this would be a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:36:32 | More by IronCitySteve
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -4.5%

11-28-2011 18:15:29 | More by fuzzcherry
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

07-13-2013 01:44:25 | More by ScaryEd
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

08-19-2012 20:15:35 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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Smurf2055

Washington

3/5  rDev -4.5%

08-07-2013 05:50:07 | More by Smurf2055
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -4.5%

05-04-2013 23:49:37 | More by Lanstrum
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dsauter

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

06-22-2012 23:24:58 | More by dsauter
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +27.4%

11-19-2011 14:36:48 | More by richbrew
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -4.5%

02-17-2013 22:34:30 | More by JohnQVD
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.19/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into a shaker pint glass. Best before Jun1013. Batch stamp F01140030

Appearance: Very cloudy / translucent light yellow beer with a bone white head that died down slowly over time to leave just a thick ring at the edge. Some initial lacing, but gone by about halfway through the beer.

Smell: Grainy, with a hint of lemonade to it.

Taste: Light, crisp. Very much like a light beer mixed with lemonade. Crisp and clean malt up front, then that lemonade sweetness in the middle, and a mild lemon tart finish. Tasty enough.

Mouthfeel: Lightly fizzy, with some of the stickiness and juiciness you would expect from a lemonade mixed with a beer.

Overall / Drinkability: I think this is pretty close to being a real shandy - just wish the beer had more backbone to it and then I think it would be a more interesting beer rather than just an average one. However, I will give it high marks for being quite drinkable and refreshing. Otherwise nothing special.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 22:59:19 | More by damndirtyape
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Beer21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

05-30-2013 03:17:13 | More by Beer21
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whynot44

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strange brew! Lemonade with a head! Cloudy pale straw yellow color with a decent, although short-lived, foamy white head, even managed a little lace.

The aroma is almost straight lemon zest.

The taste is also mostly tart lemon, just hints of wheat and cloves and some mild hops at the end. The finish is tart with a lingering lemon zest tang. No excessive sweetness.

Light bodied, drinkable, especially ice cold. Worth trying as a summer cooler. Not much like beer. but it's not bad, and is refreshing on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 07:25:46 | More by whynot44
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a fizzy white head on top of a lemon yellow body. The smell is of fresh lemons. It taste nice of lemons, no hops to speak of. The mouth feel is nice and crisp. The beer overall i think is good for a nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:56:02 | More by chefhatt
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mwar

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

12-02-2012 20:29:04 | More by mwar
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fishguyac

Virginia

4/5  rDev +27.4%

12-10-2012 19:15:55 | More by fishguyac
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jeonseh

Indiana

2.4/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

color looks like lemonade mixed with ice tea; sort of a golden hue with a brown tint to it..not particularly appetizing; has a nice crisp and fresh lemony smell but more like a lemonade smell than something i would associate with a beer; sort of tastes like a mike's lemonade but with less carbonation; yet i still think that is over carbonated; because of the carbonation it also has an odd feel in the mouth; very acidic and can really feel the bubbles on your tongue; almost like if you were to drink a soda...overall not too bad yet nothing special; i could see this as a beer to bring out at a summer party as it is not too complex, would probably be appeasing to most people and a little different than the normal macro brews

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 16:31:42 | More by jeonseh
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.5%

08-07-2012 02:59:12 | More by OldhouseRecs
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

08-05-2012 03:25:58 | More by mattparsons
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from a 6-pack with 07218 mark (best by July, 21, 2008)

A- Looks like a very sweet lemonade. Transluscent, but I can't see through it. Fizzy head with soda bubbles.

S- Smells like a hard lemonade. I was expecting beer, but all liquor is good.

T- Not enough lemon flavor to be hard lemonade and not enough beer flavor to be a beer. Nothing offensive, but nothing impressive.

M&D- Feels light bodied and watery which is what I like. Easy to pound down when well refrigerated. Goes down like a nice glass of mineral water.

Overall- I will drink this when I want a light, refreshing, non-filling alcoholic beverage. Which is not often.

P.S.- This does not taste like other American Pale Wheat Ales. More like a Fruit/Vegetable beer if even a beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 04:15:29 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

01-23-2014 22:45:32 | More by Hendrick24
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My father-in-law gave me this to see what I thought. Sampled from a bottle best by 10/10/11. Bright, hazy yellow color with a fizzy white head that leaves a decent white cap. That was the best part. Surprisingly medium bodied with assertive carbonation. Smell and taste was lemons with orange zest. The aftertaste basically left you feeling as though you were drinking lemon concentrate. This is a beer that would be enjoyed by non-drinkers or Coors Light lovers.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 19:23:10 | More by IronLover
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,554 ratings.