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Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Summer ShandyLeinenkugel's Summer Shandy
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 619 | Ratings: 3,445
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy piss yellow colour that essentially looks like, well, a bit darker version of your typical lemonade. Eh.

The aroma is overpowered by an abundance of lemon. It's all lemon all the time. I got nothing else.

The flavour is more of the same: it's basically like drinking a glass of lemonade. I don't detect any hops, malt, wheat, etc. Just a lot of lemonade. This is a beer, isn't it? Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, but not very beer-like.

If I wanted a damn lemonade I'd drink one. I wanted and was expecting a beer, and that's not what I got. I assume this is what those Hard Lemonade things taste like, and if so I don't know how people can consistently drink them. I enjoy the Leine Sunset Wheat. I was not at all happy with this one. Don't bother.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.44/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks like equal parts lemonade and beer, which I guess is where they're going with this. No head even though frothy formation, just nil for retention. Aroma was lemon. Nothing beer wise.

Taste, so much candy sugar lemon drop. No hops, not really bitter, just sweet and lemony. Not even tart enough even though lemon is the predominate flavor.

My kid would prolly like this.

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Photo of slee196
2.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

To start with some good things, this beer does its job at quenching your thirst If you grab a cold one on a hot summer day. It's pretty refreshing too.
Did I enjoy it? -Not really.
It's too citrusy, just too much lemon flavor and nothing else. It tastes like a cheap drink to get a sorority girl drunk.
I couldn't even finish the entire bottle because it was too carbonated to the point it was almost harsh. I didn't feel like I was drinking a beer; it felt like I was drinking a soda. It was sugary and the aftertaste was somewhat perfume-like and gross.
Overall, it was a mediocre drink with faint grainy/ wheat taste. Nothing but lemons, lemons, and lemons. I'm not drinking this again.

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Photo of Groucho75
2.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Since the beer selection at the renaissance festival was limited to Coors products, and I was not in the mood for mead, I pretty much stuck with this for an afternoon.

Poured a murky brown-ish gold with some carbonation. What little head was there evaporated within a few minutes.

Aroma was slightly spicy with some citrus hints, but I"m also giving that edge to the lime wedge they gave me. Guess they were short of lemons that day...

As far as taste goes, a crisp start gives was to some malt flavor. Sugar (honey) was abundant throughout.

Mouthfeel was fine as this was the paramount reason to have a beer in the hot sun at a festival. Since the ABV was relatively mild, you could knock this back most of an afternoon and be fine.

For what it's worth, this isn't the worst beer in the world. Is it great? Heavens no. But if it's sunny, you're outside for a couple of hours and have to quench that thirst, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a hazy, chalky, burnt yellow with a very fizzy bright white head that quickly faded into a thin film.
S: Huge sweet notes of lemonade and Sprit. Faint notes of wheat and chalky bready yeast poke through, but for the most part this is an onslaught of sugar and lemon syrup.
T: Thankfully way more of the base beer comes through in the taste. Run of the mill witbier flavors of wheat, dry grains, chalk, and bread come through next to synthetic flavors of sugary lemon candy and mineral water. Very light flavors all-around. Juicy lemon finish but a medicinal kind of syrupy lemoness lingers after the swallow.
M: Ultra frothy carbonation foams up in my mouth and takes away from this beers drinkability. Medium-light body but a foamy, soft and airy mouthfeel.
O: Could be worse but just too synthetic and soda-like for me to love. Really does taste like sprit lemon aid. Carbonation is distracting.

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Photo of rye726
2.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pale wheat ale is a cloudy yellow color and has a beige head. Poor retention. The nose has a mixture of grainy malt and wheat. The taste is light and has a decent amount of mild malts. A middling body is heavy on carbonation. Not the most drinkable in my book. Just too light.

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Photo of Serick507
2.42/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed from a bottle

A: Hazy, pale, yellow. Some streaming bubbles, two fingers of a white head.

S: Lemon, some white bread

T: Lemon up front, bready, with the slightest hint of booze and bitter, the finish is kind of boring yet refreshing.

M: light, dry, low carbonation

O: Not big on flavored beers. To much lemon, not enough depth. Kind of boring and bland. Not terrible, it's drinkable and solid for what it is. For a hot summer day it'd be nice. I mostly drink it in summer on the boat. If your new to beers and don't necessarily like beer all that much TRY IT!

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Photo of nickthetick
2.41/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: pours a cloudy straw yellow with a huge pure white head that doesn't hang around too long and only leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S: ok, it smells like crystal light lemonade sweetened with honey. Its a nice smell but not for a beer.

T: taste is a lot like the nose but not as much, to say I didn't get as much on the tongue as the nose would fit well.

MF: heavy carbonation and watered down.

O: not a good beer, throw a slice of lemon in it and I could easily confuse it with crystal light with some sprite mixed in.

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Photo of JDV
2.4/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells like the bottled lemon juice that comes in the yellow bottles in the grocery store, or in other words, kind of artificial, and not like beer at all. It also looks pale and sickly, like watery lemonade. Taste is very much lemonade like, and more so than beer. Granted this is not a good beer, nor , but it is easy to drink and summery.

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Photo of jonnydas
2.4/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It tastes like a lemony beer-like beverage. My friend brought his leftovers after his stay here in Phoenix. Will never buy this on my own. Ever. But you might like it.

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Photo of Bagman007
2.39/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very pale yellow color with a slight head.

S- Very strong, overpowering lemon scent. Honestly it kind of smells like Pine-Sol.

T- Entirely too much lemon in here. Very bitter beer. Way too much citrus in this beer.

M- Very bitter. The overpowering lemon flavor really hurts this beer.

D- Not a great taste so I wouldn't drink many of these. The citrus is too overpowering to have a lot of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Brunite
2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of CMUbrew
2.37/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured with almost a finger of white foam for a head, which disappated quickly. Pale light yellow in color and cloudy enough that you can't see through it. It certainly resembles a mix of lemonade and beer.

S: I mostly get lemonhead candy in the nose. Not much else.

T: The taste is initially a small burst of watery subpar lemonade flavor that is followed quickly by a longer wash of a BMC-esque beer taste. The aftertaste holds a slight bit of that artificial lemon detected in the smell.

M: Light bodied and pretty watery. Carbonation makes it feel far too foamy.

O: Many people like this and find it to be a super refreshing summer beer, but frankly I don't think it is good enough to drink any time of the year. The lemon in it just tastes artificial and the beer flavor behind it is watery and not pleasing in any way to me.

Note: This beer is not brewed with lemons as some people might suggest. It is "beer with natural lemonade flavor." Says so right on the label.

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Photo of claminat420
2.36/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- cloudy like a wheat beer. poured into a weizen glass. great head at first then disappeared quickly.

S- definitely note the lemon

T- reminds me of some household cleaner found under the sink that has some lemon/fruity "hint"

M- not to carbonated. very light

D- very easy to drink. would be considered a "slam" beer if you like the fruitiness.

Overall- I would have to say it still beats a bud light:) this beer fits the "woman beer" category with the low alcohol factor and the watery taste. I guess it would be a decent starter beer to get the ol' gf or wife slowly into the field of better beers.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.35/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a light bright yellow color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of light sweet malt with sweet lemonade notes. Taste is also a mix between some sweet lemonade notes with sweet malt. Body is light with average carbonation. Refreshing drink though it is almost alien to beer.

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Photo of
2.35/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Yellow with a smallish white head. Vaguely hazy.

Smell - Lemonade and not much else. A little faint bread, no hops to speak of.

Taste - Tastes like someone dumped a can of Country Time lemonade into a pint of Stella. A little bit of malt and a lot of very sweet lemon flavour.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
2.35/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow--it looks like cloudy lemonade. The head starts out large and frothy, eventually settling down to a thin lace. It actually leaves a decent bit of lacing on the way down.

S: Strong lemon-zest aroma--tart and sweet. I can get some of the wheat malt mixed in, as well. This is a zesty, fruity smelling beer. Since it's a shandy, I think the smell is right on.

T: Ugh. It's got a lemony flavor, but like it's mixed with Coors Light or something. The pale, mildly bitter wheat flavors emerge mid-way through and subdue what little lemon flavor actually makes it to the beer. This really isn't any good at all. There ought to be some more lemon sweetness and the underlying beer ought to be better, too.

M&D: It's got a very light body and a watery mouthfeel, appropriate for the style they're going for. There's a good bit of carbonation, as well. As far as drinkability goes, the beer is light and summery, but it tastes pretty bad. I won't be getting another bottle ever again, and I would probably drink an American macro over this if I was just chilling on the porch.

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Photo of jwc215
2.33/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours lemon-drop yellow with a thin white head that vanishes.

Smells like lemon merangue pie with a powered "artificial" lemonade mix. Interesting - where's the beer?

The taste is of powered lemonade - ala from a mix- slight lemon merangue. Sweet. I guess this is what they were going for...Again - any "beer" flavor is hardly detectable - some maltiness at most. Hardly, though.

Light-bodied, weak, a bit watery, with a lemonade dryness.

The concept is fine - but, this is hardly a "shandy". Regardless, this will be suited to the people who like lemonade from a powder mix with just a tad of undetectable alcohol. Too sweet, in an "artificial" way, for me, though lemonade dryness almost makes up for it - almost.

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Photo of HosP
2.33/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my wife who ordered this and made me finish it!

A- A cloudy orange color. White head that left very fast.

S- Not a lot of nose to it. Mostly lemony, citrus smell.

T- Wow, lots of lemon up front. Not much taste to it once you get past the heavy citrus. Tasted like a spiked ade drink.

M- Moderate carbonation. Light body. Very crisp taste to it.

D- Well it's better than coors light. I drank this after an Alpha King on tap so the flavors were very subdued to me. I really have no desire to ever drink another one of these.... unless stale yellow beer is the only other alternative.

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Photo of champ103
2.33/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: A very odd, cloudy yellow with almost no head and no lace.
S: Take lemonade and add some beer. That is just what this beer smells like.
T: There is not much here but a lemonade zest and alcohol.
M/D: Light, watery and over carbonated. Easy drinking summer beer.

This is an odd beer. It is more like Mikes Hard Lemonade than a beer. Not something I will ever get again.

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Photo of genog
2.31/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This 12 oz bottle pours a cloudy yellow color that is clear visibility through it. Smell is weak in every aroma. I can smell a bit of lemon, and a small bit of the weiss part of spices. Taste is at first a carbonated weiss beer with lemon, and spices but then the faint, watered down taste of lemonade pops into the senses. Not really a very welcome taste when I am trying to drink a hefeweizen. I will say the crisp carbonation is refreshing on a hot day, but the beer is not my favorite. Weak in all aspects except the crisp refreshing carbonation.

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Photo of DeFaz
2.3/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

With their cheesy commercials, Leinenkugel's presents a beer that we're supposed to find refreshing and that we're supposed to find fun. It is refreshing but it's not very fun. Mainly, it's just cheap beer flavored with lemons. I asked the bartender to take it back, and he did, understanding that he was only setting me up for disappointment when he gave it to me in the first place.

And that's pretty much it. Don't expect complexity. It will quench your thirst, sure, but at around $8.99/six pack, you're essentially getting a Mike's Hard Lemonade.

It's sweet, it has overpowering lemon flavor, and it kind of tastes like beer. It's a beer for people who don't like beer, and Leinenkugel's will try to make you feel good about drinking it.

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Photo of mothman
2.3/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of franksnbeans
2.27/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to genog for this gem of a bonus. Pours a cloudy and murky light urine color with a slight head that dies quick and doesnt lace. Smells of a lemon cough lozenge. Tastes like the powdered vitamin pack Emergen-C in tap water. Tangy, highly carbonated but doesnt hide a thing. Light in the mouth. Tastes between lemonade and theraflu. Had to choke this down but should have poured it out. If you like lemon jolly ranchers in zima, this is your brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.27/5  rDev -27%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.