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Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,514
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 23.25%
Wants: 28
Gots: 227 | 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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gillagorilla

Maryland

2/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 03:14:31 | More by gillagorilla
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer screams summer to me, a lemon shandy.. the best appearance for a beer on a very hot summer day in my opinion.

S: Lemons, lemons and more lemons. faint lemon rind smell.

T: Tart at first, then mellows out almost like a lemonhead candy. wonderfully tasty and quenching when its miserable hot out.

M: Thin and crisp, yep.

O: Session friendly. Kicked many of these back in college.. great beer for chilling around the house/pool/lake on a nice Michigan summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 02:45:50 | More by Drk93TT
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GFD400

New York

2/5  rDev -36.3%

08-30-2012 18:28:09 | More by GFD400
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aquazr1

California

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

08-11-2013 03:02:37 | More by aquazr1
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gpawned

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

03-20-2013 13:55:21 | More by gpawned
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

08-03-2013 19:12:55 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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ccozzi

Illinois

2/5  rDev -36.3%

06-05-2012 00:53:46 | More by ccozzi
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -4.5%

11-15-2011 22:32:39 | More by millelacsmark
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -36.3%

01-17-2013 05:33:48 | More by BrownAleMale
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NODAK

Tennessee

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

Definitely has a lemonade smell to it, and not sweet lemons either...pretty tart stuff. I approve of that, as I prefer tart lemonade versus too sweet.

Taste of the beer is certainly dominated by the lemon, but it isn't something I'd necessarily characterize as sweet or overally tart. It's really somewhere in the middle, leaning more towards tart. There's quite a high wheat presence in the finish of the beer, as well as a little sweetness that peeks through, which I will assume is the honey. Rightly so, it plays a backseat role to the lemon and wheat.

It isn't bad...pretty refreshing, though I was hoping for a bit more of a tart drink (I'm glad it wasn't really sweet, though). I'm not sure how often I'd drink this if I had a lot of good craft available, because there are other summer seasonals which I generally enjoy more than this.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:07:35 | More by NODAK
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Tschnab

New York

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

06-12-2013 01:59:57 | More by Tschnab
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JoeMans

New York

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

05-11-2014 03:39:12 | More by JoeMans
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drbenderdo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +27.4%

06-25-2013 22:18:02 | More by drbenderdo
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a hazy light yellow with 1 and a half fingers of foamy white head that has average retention and some good lacing. Smells of lemonade, wheat, and lemon candy. Tastes of sweet lemonade at first with some wheaty bread coming in behind the lemon sweetness. Finishes with a little extra punch of lemon zest. Light in body with medium carbonation, really sweet and lemon filled. Refreshing and extremely easy to drink, good on those hot summer days, but a little too much like lemonade not enough like beer for me to want to session. Wouldn't mind having one after mowing the grass though.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 21:41:03 | More by HopDerek
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

I didn't have any specific interest in trying this beer, but when the sixers dropped to 3.99, I figured it'd be party beer for a week or two.

Based on some quick "research" regarding a shandy, I'm going to try to be as fair as possible.

A - Cloudy, bright yellow. Definitely the color of lemonade. A finger or two of white head rises quickly, like soda pop, and subsides just as quickly, leaving a thick collar. Some lacing.

S - Lemonade. A little on the artificial side. There's also the very distinct earthy, typical American wheat aroma in the background. The two actually make for a pleasant, albeit simple, aroma.

T - Lemon takes hold at first, but it's more like "lemon flavor" and a bit weak at that. No sourness at all, but definitely semi-sweet. The actual wheat character tries to pull through despite the assumed dilution, but it never translates into much more than simple cereal grain. Finish is clean.

M - Moderate carbonation, and a horribly light and watery body.

D - This stuff couldn't be much easier to put back. It's very unoffensive, but the problem is none of the flavors are strong enough. Everything about the beer is weak, and all I can take away is a vague lemon flavor over a weird light-beer graininess.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 09:31:16 | More by PatrickJR
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3/4" white head. Hazy lemonade yellow colored body. Smells like lemonade. Taste is pretty much as to be expected half weiss beer and half lemonade. Although there is some lemonade sweetness I don't personally think it was even a fraction as sweet as a typical off the shelf lemonade. Plus if it had instead been predominately beer with just a little lemonade spike it would be been more like one of those BMC's with lemon or lime twist. So all in all I thought this delivered exactly what the label indicated. And yes, it's refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 11:55:04 | More by MoreThanWine
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bnes09

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy lemon yellow brew. Pours about a finger of white foam which is gone pretty quickly. Weak lace which quickly returns to liquid.

Bright citrus and wheat aroma.

Solid wheat backbone, bread-like and smooth. Then the lemon comes in and dominates the rest of the drink. I can't really detect any hops over the lemon flavor. Not terrible just too much.

Light to medium body. Lively bubbles. Smooth mid-drink and crisp from the lemon. Easy drinking.

This stuff is ok. Too much emphasis on the lemon. Would make a good summer session beer though.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 18:29:51 | More by bnes09
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ralerwen

Illinois

3/5  rDev -4.5%

04-21-2014 16:05:34 | More by ralerwen
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

09-27-2013 20:49:14 | More by BigMike
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

11-16-2013 23:59:19 | More by brandonld23
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, light yellow color with very thin fluffy head that dissipates quickly.

It has a very strong lemon hopp scent.

Also a strong lemony taste, tastes more like lemonade than beer. Slightly bitter finish, pretty refreshing.

Very light-bodied, crisp mouthfeel with fizzy carbonation.

Very drinkable beer. This is a very refreshing beer and very light, so it would be easy to drink quite a few.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 20:52:12 | More by BeerCon5
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justinm4bama

Alabama

3/5  rDev -4.5%

03-22-2012 22:35:33 | More by justinm4bama
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Dirtinabottle

New York

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

10-23-2012 00:43:23 | More by Dirtinabottle
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ONUMello

Ohio

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

12oz can poured into a pint glass.
A: Cloudy lemonade yellow. Short head that dissipates quickly.
S: Smells like dried lemonade mix.
T: Tastes more like lemonade than beer. I haven't had a Mike's in a while but would be curious to drink one side by side with this. A bit of caramel malt on the finish.
M: Nice, light, crispy.
O: Overall it's better than the sum of its parts. Not a complex or traditional beer, but a tasty summer drink.

Serving type: can

06-20-2011 12:29:24 | More by ONUMello
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Nerudamann

Oregon

2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - very light straw color, cloudy, lemonaide-looking. Good foam, about two finger's worth. Good carbonation, but hard to see due to cloudiness.

Smell - definite lemon smell. More hoppy than malty, but not extremely hoppy.

Taste - very strong lemon taste. Tastes like it should have an entire lemon floating in it...I can't get too far past it in the taste to find anything else.

Mouthfeel - medium..somewhat light, somewhat creamy.

Drinkability - probably not the greatest beer, but in terms of repeat drinkability, with the lower abv and not-very-beer-like taste, you could come back to this type of beer a few times.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 03:34:36 | More by Nerudamann
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,514 ratings.