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Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,869
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 23.57%
Wants: 37
Gots: 402 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jj21 on 03-23-2007)
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Photo of Duff27
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.

Duff27, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
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.

mvanaskie13, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Brunite
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.

Brunite, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of pwsoldier
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.

pwsoldier, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
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.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Fulky
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.

Fulky, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of cstrong821
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.

cstrong821, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
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

ferrari29, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of boilermakerbrew
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.

boilermakerbrew, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
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.

IronCitySteve, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
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.

Slatetank, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of isualum12
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...

isualum12, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of gopens44
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.

gopens44, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of StoutishDan
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.

StoutishDan, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of IronLover
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.

IronLover, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Summer Shandy to me is alot like Mike's Hard Lemonade or Smirnov Ice or spikes countrytime lemonade. The appearance is yellow with with head. The nose is very lemony....not much else. The taste is a combonation of lemmon and grains. The mouthfeel is fine....too tart for me and wouldnt drink this stuff very often.

WoodBrew, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of cooch69
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a really murky and pastel colored yellow. It only had traces of a head, but a decent looking bready one at that.

Nose is really lemony and rather tart. Just like smelling a lemon tart desert pie. A little bit of grains and bready malts in the backdrop.

The flavors on this one are as smooth as chalk. Smooth semi creamy mouthfeel. Very lemony and slightly tart. Really thirst quenching and satisfying for a hot, humid summer day. I can't complain with one of these in weather like this. Only a little bit of wheaty malts comes through in the finish which blend rather well with the flavors of lemonade. One would never think that these actually complement each other until it's tried.

Is this a really light and unrefined beverage? Yes but it's damn tasty in the sun.

cooch69, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From can no. Oct1711-A01190620. Sampled on July 29, 2011. The pour is lemon yellow with a bit of a lemon zing haze and a huge puffy head. This reeks of lemon zing to the point that I get little else except a whisper of fresh hops and grain. But I gave it a 3.5 on the aroma because it didn't smell artificial. The body is light and thin which would be perfect for a 90 degree day. The taste is way too overboard with the lemon and a grainy character up back.

puboflyons, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a whitish yellow with a slight green tint in particular light. It’s very cloudy with a foamy head and large bubbles that settle into more tightly packed fizz.

S: Aroma is like lemonade with some spicy fizziness and a sweetness that becomes heavy with excessive sugar immediately after taking the first whiff.

T/M: Has a medium amount of carbonation and is much lighter than anticipated; you’d expect something very similar to a carbonated lemonade but it’s not nearly as sweet or flavorful. Big bubbles perforate the mouth and the slightly sour, slightly sweet citrus soda essence takes shape. There’s a subtle bitterness in the finish.

This is like a fruit beer and saison mixed together and is decently refreshing, but it’s not going to hit the spot for true beer enthusiasts.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So it's really cute that my girlfriend is trying to get into craft beers. She tends to love the sweeter and more fruit based beers. This is one that she absolutely loved and goes out of her way to purchase. I had to give it a shot.

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Hazy golden color. Looks like a dark lemonade. Some lacing and some bubbles on the walls of the glass. Taste is all lemon and malt- carbonated lemonade- tons of citrus flavor. I can see why this is an attractive beer to some. Light bodied. Very carbonated. Not my cup of tea, but it is popular given the fact that it is easy drinking and flavorful.

DavidSeanNJ, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of engagechad
2.17/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Deluxe in Richmond, VA - poured into pint glass

Pours a golden yellow with a fat pillowy head. Smells lemony but kind of nail polishy too. Taste is horrid. It tastes like lemon flavored corn water. Feels slimey and overall this beer was a waste of money.

Don't.

engagechad, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of biglobo8971
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is one of my wife's favorite beers, being the fact I have nothing else left to drink, I had to open it.
A- very pale yellow, maybe pale isnt the word to use. How about urine like?
S - Citrus is the only thing I can smell, lots of citrus
T - citrus rine, some sweetness, lots of citrus bitterness
M - easy to drink, if you like lemonade
O - this is one beer that is constantly in my fridge that I dont like to touch. Not to say its a bad beer, but it leaves me wanting to drink something with more flavor and bite.
good lawnmower beer, or beer to throw through a lawnmower.

biglobo8971, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of mead4me
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a great session beer, sitting out back or by the pool on a hot day. This is by far one of the better summer shandy's out there. I really prefer this on a hot day then my go to paulander heifer. A wheat beer on a hot summer day or night is what I look forward to after a long day at work. If you like wheat beers then this is a good one. Not for everyone but for me it just fine. Going in to get my third one now.

mead4me, Jul 22, 2011
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,869 ratings.