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Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,501
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 23.25%
Wants: 28
Gots: 223 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jj21 on 03-23-2007)
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treque

Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: looks like a witbier, pale straw in color, thick, the head dissipates quickly, there is not carb at all, not filtered

S: the smell is not bad but is not like a beer should smell, its just a lemonade smell, some esters

T: altough its a mixed beer, its refreshing and tastes good, at least ther is some bitter after taste that is a little bit nice

Serving type: can

11-15-2011 04:30:34 | More by treque
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -36.3%

11-15-2011 02:32:34 | More by Elfastball7
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

11-15-2011 02:29:44 | More by bpfrush
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pure gold with some cloudy. Smell is strong with lemon. Mouthfeel has some lingering to it, with a pleasant sweet tartness. The taste is strong with the lemon-aid. This is a great taste on a good hot 90 degree day here in PA. Overall this is a true seasonal beer, good in the summer. Let us have some burgers and dogs.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 00:31:51 | More by barleyroad
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davewlfpckfan29

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an okay summer beer. I got it towards the end of the summer, probably the last batch (bottled on August 29)

Unfiltered yellow lemonade look.
There is a lace, its small but its there.

There is not a strong smell of lemon here, even when I breathe it through my nose. I was determined to get the smell from this one however, and I could smell that summery lemon smell when I twirled it in the glass.

A very "okay" summer beer, although I am sure I would like it better if I was drinking it on a hot summers night, instead of on a cold october night.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 20:21:59 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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metter98

New York

3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface in the center of the glass and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and sweetness, which smells like a cross between a soda and a lemonade.
T: The beer tastes like lemonade but isn’t as sweet or acidic.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and refreshing; it is a good selection for a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

10-31-2011 23:19:02 | More by metter98
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Three Philosophers snifter.

Appearance - Very cloudy light yellow. Looks strikingly like fresh squeezed lemonade.

Smell - Sweet cane sugar and fresh lemons. Yep, I can already guess what it's going to taste like by now.

Taste - Sweet. Slightly bitter. Basically like lemonade but with less of that cane sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium body. Refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - Great novelty beer. Does well what I'm sure it set out to do (taste like lemonade).

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 18:35:30 | More by ZenAgnostic
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MS22

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll review this beer as it were meant to be tasted . . . on a lake in the summer, in the parking lot of a concert tailgating the day away, etc . . . .

Pours out a pale, slightly cloudy yellow. No heavy carbonation to be noticed.

Smell is straight lemonade. A hint of bread/wheat on the backbone. Enticing when the temps break 90. Extremely enticing when the triple digits come into play.

Taste:
Here is the kicker. I can drink this all day priming up for a concert, at a game, on my boat, etc. At night around a fire, watching football in the fall it falls way short and it would go un-opened. How can one rate a beer a solid B yet a meager D at the same time?!?

Overall I'll give this a C+/B-. Depending on the venue and the atmosphere in which one is drinking, as well as for what purpose one is drinking, this can be a downright good beer or a sadly weak choice.

Drink it when the thermometer breaks 90!

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 14:23:09 | More by MS22
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Chiefy770

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A: Pours to a hazy and yellow color. Not much head.

S: A noticeable hit of lemons. A beer smell is lingering behind the lemons but the lemon dominates.

T: I enjoyed the taste. My friends and I joke that this is the Arnold Palmer of beers. It has a straight-forward taste of lemonade and is accompanied by beer. The lemonade dominates the taste.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Fairly carbonated.

Overall this is a beer that I grab on a hot summer day. It goes down easy and really satisfies your thirst. My only complaint is that it is a bit too sweet. Drinkers who do not like flavored beers should avoid this.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:45:33 | More by Chiefy770
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Duff27

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a two-fingered fizzy. white head on a cloudy pale body. Pour head retention, some lacing.

S- Smells like lemon juice...weird bread?

T- Taste more like a soda than a beer, Squirt comes to mind. Sugary sweet. There's this weird off-putting taste in there somewhere. Refreshing citrus aftertaste.

M- Very carbonated, would hate to puke this up D: Watery mouthfeel.

D/O- Points scored on the drinkability aspect, not the "overall" one...aspects evened out used for my score here. Made me burp a lot due to the high carbonation. If you enjoy this one, seek out the Potosi Steamboat Shandy, I found it to be much more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 03:24:12 | More by Duff27
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womencantsail

California

3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a cloudy bright yellow color with almost no head, just a few white bubbles.

S: Mostly just smells like lemonade. It actually has a nice tartness to it, as if there might be some real lemons in it. Slightly sweet/sugary, though. Not much in the way of the base wheat beer.

T: Not quite as good as it smells. There is a nice lemonade flavor, but it's a bit watery. Somewhat grassy with a bit of straw flavor. Like the aroma, there isn't much in the way of actual "beer".

M: Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Actually didn't mind this one too much. The aroma was much better than the flavor, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 03:42:46 | More by womencantsail
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass: presents very nicely, straw gold color with nice density and bright white head that lingers.

Smell is lemony, nearly lemonadey, almost too much so, but its refreshing; hints of wheat malt are there but feint.

Taste is almost exactly lemondade, tough to call this a beer but there is some malt/wheat flavors there.

Mouthfeel is slightly puckering heavy on the tongue in terms of sweetness, but dries in the finish.

Overall, this a suprisingly decent beer for the style attempt; if you have had shandies they are sweet and slightly malt; this nearly passes for fanta, i'd drink some after a long bike ride or day in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 23:37:41 | More by mvanaskie13
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Brunite

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A hazy gold. Not much head.

S: Watery lemonade...tart...some orange wedge.

T: Lemonade that tastes a bit artificial. Countrytime added to Miller. Yuck. Maybe this is fruit loops as many think??? Light bitterness.

M: Light body...medium carbonation.

D: A lame example of something in between. If I want lemonade...I'll make some. If I want a decent beer...I'll have one. This is neither.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:18:49 | More by Brunite
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pwsoldier

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date NOV0711.

A - Pours cloudy pale gold with a small white head that dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles. Virtually no lacing.

S - Lots of citrus, especially lemon. Some sharp zest notes come through along with the fruit. Some faint biscuity malt aromas linger softly in the background.

T - Clean malt presence is much more apparent on the palate than it was on the nose. Wheat makes itself known with flavors of earthy grain that linger in the background. Bready malt sweetness is balanced by tart lemon flavors. The combination of malt/wheat and lemon is more harmonious than I was expecting. Non-hoppy citrus notes are dominant, making actual hops difficult to detect. The lemon makes a fine substitute, however. The base beer is fairly bland and tough to pick apart past the lemon. I'm mainly getting bready malts and a bit of wheat, and not much else.

M - Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Drinks as much like a lemonade as it does a beer.

O - I haven't been very fond of Leinie products in the past, but this one was actually pretty decent. The base beer seems very one-dimensional, but the addition of lemon makes it a bit more interesting. I love lemonade on a hot South Texas day almost as much as I love a cold beer, and this is a good marriage of the two.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 11:32:55 | More by pwsoldier
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Bright, pale, hazy yellow with a two-finger head of sudsy carbonation which fizzled slowly and left hardly any lacing on the glass.

S: Like a tart lemon zinger, this brew has acidity and metallic hops on the nose. Very light and fruity.

T: Sugary sweet and tart from the get-go, this brew has heartburn written all over it. Lactic, acidic lemon sweetness builds through to a watery, tart and mildly bitter finish.

M: Light bodied and refreshing with some puckering lemon tartness and a slight acidic burn.

O: With a modest 4.2% ABV and bright lemonade flavors, this is a decent heat killer. However, I honestly might have to take a Pepcid or Tums before, during and after, because right now, there's acid churning around my stomach. The hotter the better for this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 20:54:32 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Fulky

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow color, mostly clear.. a little bit cloudy. Soapy white head with little retention.

Smells very good. A lot of lemon, almost smells flatly like lemonade.

Tastes alright. Reminds me more of a soft drink than a beer, really. It's crisp and very lemony, not sour like lemonade and not too sugary. Has an apparent beer aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak, very watery but also very refreshing. Not terrible.

This beer is not terrible. It is definitely a refreshing summer beer and I wouldn't mind drinking a 6-pack. I recommend it as a compliment to a cook out or to cool down after a hot day. Would pair well with any finger food.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 20:18:03 | More by Fulky
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cstrong821

New York

4.78/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Has a very cloudy, pale, yellow color with a foamy head to it.

S- Strong smell of lemons and wheat.

T- When they say brewed with lemonade Leinenkugels means it. Strong lemon start with a wheat beer finish, very enjoyable.

M- Smooth and quite refreshing actually a nice thirst quencher.

O- Easily drinkable, great taste, wish it was available year round. Perfect beer for summer. I've had it tap, bottle, and can equally enjoyable each time.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:56:24 | More by cstrong821
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ferrari29

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a two finger white colored head; looks great; held well; beer body was opaque and had a hazy yellow color to it; some lacing formed but didn't stick very long; well carbonated

S - Strong lemon scents, reminds me a bit of lemonade; not much of a malt scent; can't really get a sense of what else there is in there; very sugary and sweet; fruit; citrus

T - Rinse and soapy lemon taste; not much malt flavor to it; sugary leftover, taste more like a Crystal Light lemonade than a beer; not very impressed with this, could use a better balance of malt flavors

M - Creamy mouth feel; not much bitterness, which is fine in some cases, but since it's made with hops, I would expect some pine, grass or hop notes; lingering sour lemon taste, fads very quickly; effervescent tongue feel

D - Overall, would make a good summer drink; not something I would more than one of, the sour and sugary lemon taste is a little too much

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:50:40 | More by ferrari29
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours the palest, cloudiest I've seen a beer. Ample foamy head that laces pretty nicely even though it doesn't stick around long.

S- Probably the strongest part of this pour. Makes me think "candy beer." I'm not sure what that means, but that's what hit me first.

T- Right off the bat, I thought I would love this beer. Sweet initial taste, but then it kind of goes south. It has the same wheat taste that Leinie's Honey Weiss and Sunset Wheat have, except it doesn't mesh well with the lemon to me. Still, not a terrible taste for a light summer brew, just not my taste.

M- Light as they come. You could pound these for a good while and barely notice.

O- Probably not going to seek this one out often. It could be great after a long, hot day of yard work, but not many other times than that.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 00:33:26 | More by boilermakerbrew
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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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 22:37:33 | More by Slatetank
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isualum12

Idaho

4.65/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer this past weekend at Boise Beer Festival in Boise Idaho. I ended up having several of these over a few hours time. This beer was one of the most popular beers of the 200+ beers at the event. It was hot out so take that in count...

Appearance- hazy foggy yellow.
Smell-Lemon and hops
taste- Lemon and lots of citrus. there is a little hop showing in there as well.
mouthfeel- smooth lite and refreshing. It was creamy on a little level.
Overall- HEAVEN on a hot day. Seriously loved this beer...

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 20:32:04 | More by isualum12
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gopens44

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy as all hell yellow with a stark white foamy head, poured from a can into a more slender glass than what I usually use.

S - All sorts of lemony with just a little bit of malt smell wafting around

T - Big lemon, little honey, not a ton else to reminisce on as far as traditional "beer" tastes go. Their was some tiny bitterness, but not (that I felt) from anything too exciting as far as hops are concerned.

M - A touch dry with not as much aftertaste as I thought at first. This was sweet as well, but not cloyingly so.

O - This one is a near perfect hot summer day beer that you can down several of. Not the best beer for a hearty experience, but hot and outdoors? Bring it on! Just make sure it's good and cold. Kinda goes funky when it warms up.

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 16:05:55 | More by gopens44
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StoutishDan

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow color with a finger thick head that fades relatively quickly.

S - Lemon note is strong. But there are other citrus notes such as orange and even cloves.

T - Lemon peel is strong upfront, and follows you all the way until you swallow. Yeasty finish that would come close to making up for a person's dislike for the lemonness.

O - I can imagine after mowing the lawn or running pouring one of these and enjoying it greatly. Lemons are a little too strong for my liking. It's close to leaving the beer category and entering the fruity fun drink category, which is fine, but this is a BEER.

Depite this I cannot deny that it is a good tasting beer. I liked it and I will no doubt be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 18:22:56 | More by StoutishDan
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Notes from 7/27/11. On tap at the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee.

A - Cloudy medium yellow with half a finger of white head

S - Lemonade. No malts or hops noticeable in the nose.

T - Lemonade at first with no obvious beer flavours. However, the finish has some grainy malt notes. Very sweet.

M - Light body. Somewhat heavily carbonated.

O - An interesting beer but not one that I would ever order again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 13:54:20 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,501 ratings.