1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Leinenkugel's Summer ShandyLeinenkugel's Summer Shandy

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,880 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,880
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 23.57%
Wants: 37
Gots: 408 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,880 | Reviews: 566 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -4.5%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3/5  rDev -4.5%

ItsBeer4Me, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev +27.4%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Cooker_stp
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Cooker_stp, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of jroberts8811
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

jroberts8811, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of ccozzi
2/5  rDev -36.3%

ccozzi, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of user785335
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

user785335, May 27, 2014
Photo of gpawned
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

gpawned, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of TubaDan
2/5  rDev -36.3%

TubaDan, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Hohnbaum
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Hohnbaum, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of NODAK
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.

NODAK, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Pens1967
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Pens1967, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of polopaul20
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

polopaul20, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Inglewood
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Inglewood, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of HopDerek
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.

HopDerek, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of closisinthehouse
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

closisinthehouse, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

briandaube, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of costanzo_mike
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

costanzo_mike, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of PatrickJR
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.

PatrickJR, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
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.

MoreThanWine, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Strix
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darkish cloudy yellow, which doesn't look that appealing, with decent head

Smells pretty much exactly like Country Time Lemonade

Tastes predominately like Country Time Lemonade as well, then kind of fades to a Honey Weiss-like vague beer flavor. Lacking complexity.

Mouthfeel is incredibly light. Which is all right, considering what this beer is trying to be I guess.

I guess I have mixed feelings about this one. This is drinkable, but not very beerlike. More like Smirnoff Ice or Mike's Hard Lemonade. I think this succeeds in being what it is, although I can see how many people here could be turned off. A glass of half lemonade and half Honey Weiss could quite probably produce a similar product.

In the Leine's fruity beer category, I still prefer the Sunset Wheat.

Strix, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Nerudamann
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.

Nerudamann, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of MaddDogg84
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

MaddDogg84, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of MattSharpless
3/5  rDev -4.5%

MattSharpless, Aug 10, 2012
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 2,880 ratings.