Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.1/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a light yellow, mostly opaque, with a skim of white head on top. Nose is strong on lemon, a touch of wheat. Taste is likewise - this one's nearly lemonade it's so overwhelmingly lemon. Less wheat than the flavor. I guess a hint of spice, although that might be being generous. Body is medium, solid carbonation. This one's about what you'd expect; a simple, overwhelming flavor. I guess I could throw back a bunch if I needed to.
09-12-2007 04:33:45 | More by soupyman10
2.73/5 rDev -13.1%
A - The pour from the bottle actually looks like lemonade. Once in the pint it has a yellow haze and a nice glow. The head is white and loudly fades away fast.
S - The aroma is filled with malt and lemon. The scent begs to be consumed.
T - The flavor starts with a kick of lemon. It moves on to a malty middle and finishes with an odd mix of the two.
M - The feel is coarse and abrasive. Partially because of the temperature and also because of the high carbonation in the brew. I don't think the feel adds much to the beer other than a refreshment factor because it is quenching my thirst.
~ In my humble opinion I'm not to impressed with the Summer Shandy. I will say though, I think the brewers succeeding in what they were attempting to accomplish. This is a beer and not a wine cooler. It does a good job satisfying thirst and can likely be consumed in large quantities. It is not something I'd purchase necessarily but it does have it's place among beers.
05-11-2008 02:49:02 | More by cdkrenz
3.43/5 rDev +9.2%
I tried this on-tap at a small local bar in Janesville, WI. This summer seasonal pours a hazy pale yellow color with a foamy white head. Mild scent of lemons and straw. Smooth lemony flavor with cheap straw grains. A little too watery but still a great refreshing drink for a hot summer day.
08-02-2012 20:01:37 | More by Lemke10
3.73/5 rDev +18.8%
Tasted On: 06-30-2012
Freshness: Best by 10-01-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger
Appearance is cloudy yellow - it looks like lemonade. The head is 3 fingers, white, with a creamy consistency. The lacing and head retention are both good.
Aromas are big on lemons and citrus - it smells like lemonade, with a slight beery presence.
The taste features more lemon and citrus. It is tart, but not overly so. Its like a lemonade mixed with a light beer, which I think is the goal since it is modeled on a German radler. No bitterness. The flavor is good, but lacks depth.
Mouthfeel is somewhat prickly with high carbonation and the citrus notes. Body is light and the aftertaste is mainly of lemons.
Overall I found this to be an enjoyable and easy drinking summer beer. It does taste less beer-like than many brews, but if the radler is a part-beer and part-lemonade mix, then I think this may be spot-on.
06-30-2012 23:02:20 | More by sommersb
2/5 rDev -36.3%
12oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet
A: A hazy blonde, that is quite cloudy. Not a very pleasing color.
S: Just kind of like a yeasty, sweet smelling "beer", but that is it. It is a very flat smell.
T: Slightly sweet with just a tinge of lemon in there. There is the standard beer taste in there but it is very flat and mild.
M: Almost no carbonation, with a barely perceptible bit of it at the end in the form of a few light tiny bubbles that seems to just brush your tongue like a feather.
O: I got this after trying Fentiman's Shandy, which I got because I had heard of this Shandy and looked up the style. Fentiman's is sweet and tastes almost like a cola, but this is more towards the beer and lemon side of it.
06-03-2013 03:14:31 | More by gillagorilla
3.8/5 rDev +21%
12oz bottle best by Jul 08 12
Pours looking like lemonade, cloudy yellow with a weak sudsy head. Smell is pure lemonade, the only other scent I pick up is watery grain. Tastes is mild wheat/corn with a lot of lemon flavor. The lemon has bite and zest to it, but is in balance with the beer flavor. This isn't too sweet, which I appreciated. Mouthfeel is a little thin, like all leineys.
This beer gets ragged on unnecessarily I think, because it's sweet and not very beer-y. Kind of a gateway beer. It's not something I would drink all the time, but I might keep some around for the less beer-inclined among us.
04-21-2012 12:44:56 | More by jimmah120
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,698 ratings.