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Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry ShandyLeinenkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy

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BA SCORE
70
okay

507 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 23.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 08-07-2012)
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Photo of scaliasux
1.55/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Grapefruit juice color. Is that salmon? Cloudy. Tall soapy white head - just a touch of pink. Quickly dissipates.

Smell - Sweet lemon with a hint of berry.

Taste - Quite sweet. More berry in the start transitions to more lemon in the finish. Not clear to me what is the "berry" of the namesake. (Label claims blackberry.) Sweet but unobtrusive to the point of blandness.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Highly carbonated.

Overall - I'm not surprised that there's a market for this. It's refreshing and inoffensive, but the pretension to beer seems unnecessary.

scaliasux, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of kevin34
3/5  rDev -0.3%

kevin34, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Labeorphile
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Labeorphile, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.25/5  rDev +8%

hockeyfighter19, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of livingtodie
3/5  rDev -0.3%

livingtodie, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of hollywood_15063
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

hollywood_15063, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of andrewkgray91
3.25/5  rDev +8%

andrewkgray91, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of vickersspitfire
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a slightly reddish/pinkish color, almost like grapefruit juice. The body looks nice, semi-hazy and topped off with a thick head that’s fluffy and bubbly but thins out and has some good lacing. The aroma is rather light and overwhelmingly lemony in composition, some light grasses come through but not much else. Mouth feel is very light and the flavor is pretty much like that of watered down pink lemonade. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad beer just one of those beers that would be very refreshing on a hot day after working outside.

vickersspitfire, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of jharris0624
2/5  rDev -33.6%

jharris0624, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of BigBarley
3/5  rDev -0.3%

BigBarley, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of menacho1
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

menacho1, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of RelentlessLefty
3/5  rDev -0.3%

RelentlessLefty, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Flonkkertiin
2/5  rDev -33.6%

Flonkkertiin, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Snellgg5
4/5  rDev +32.9%

Snellgg5, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of NorthsideFred
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Vaj's Garage in Bristol, WI. Served by Chynee (not sure of spelling). She is beautiful, and a good cook, and funny.

On to the review:

A: Not great, dirty reddish orange.

S: Not great, artificial berry & lemon.

T: Not bad, refreshing.

M: Not too thin, not too thick.

O: Not my first choice, but if Chynee is serving I'm drinking!

NorthsideFred, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like some grapefruit juice from a cafeteria juice machine, small bubbled white head is gone quickly like the winter snowpack come spring. Lemon head and fruity hard candies hit the nose, it's like driving near the jolly rancher factory in Colorado. Sweet lemon drops and berrys cause the tongue to smile at first, but that fades as the sweetness becomes cloying. No trace of hops, a little bit of plain wheat, and white bread. Light in body with a soda pop style carbonation.

This could be a tagalong to a picknick with the Mrs. or maybea mix in for a beer cocktail of some sort. I feel like the fruit beer I've had lately is aimed at children, I would have loved this in middle school/HS.

JoeAmerican77, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of tito42
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle gifted to me at the Missouri Western @ Northwest Missouri State football game yesterday. Best by 12/24/2012.

A: The color of a Ruby Red grapefruit with a nice, foamy white head. Fruit particulate of some ilk is floating in the glass, and the beer has a bit of a milky hue to it. Intriguing appearance.

S: Wheat, lemongrass, lime, a touch of berry, and a bit of soapiness.

T: Carbonated lemonade up front with blackberry and raspberry juice. A spritz of lime, a bit of wheat, and some rich malt. Very much like a wine cooler.

M: Very spritzy and carbonated, again like a wine cooler. A tangy bite of carbonation lingers on the tongue. No note of hops to speak of.

O: What looks intriguing falls off to what I have come to expect out of a "shandy," a spritzy, lemonade-based wine cooler. My buddy loves fruity wheat beers. I'm not a fan, but hey, it was free.

tito42, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of silversumo
2/5  rDev -33.6%

silversumo, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out of the can capped by a reasonably sized lightly orange-tinted, fluffy head. It settles in the glass a murky orange-mauve sort of color. It actually manages to leaves patchy lacing in moderation and, also to my surprise, something remains of the head the whole way.
I'm not sure what substance there is to this beer because, while there's a light smattering of pale malts, I'm not getting much else besides powdered drink mix in the nose.
I was pretty sure going into it that this beer was just a mix of lemon shandy and berry weiss; now I'm convinced. While there really isn't much substance to it, the flavor does show a bit more in terms of a mildly floral note along with the fruit, with pale malts remaining throughout.
The feel actually isn't bad; it's light-bodied but not more than expected, and not watery. While it flattens out just a little (never entirely), crispness is enforced by a strong carbonation, which also provides a bit of smoothness as well.

Brenden, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In early fall 2012; Leinenkugel’s introduced its newest beer, Lemon Berry Shandy. It is rumored that this was crudely made over the years at Summerfest by combining their Summer Shandy and Berry Weiss. It became fairly popular and even was made in the bars before finally being a beer of its own. Let’s see how it fairs when it comes down to rating.

It pours a murky pink color like grapefruit juice with a light pink head. There is a mild scent of lemons and blackberries in the mix as well as wheat. Overall there is a sweet aroma indicating a sweet flavor. This is fairly inviting.

The taste of Berry Weiss is very evident here with lots of blackberry juice flavor. There is an after taste of lemon that is a little off-putting. The taste is obviously fruity and kind of awkward throughout. It finishes kind of tangy and sour leaving an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Two decently made beers combined sounds like a good idea, but the execution of the plan falls short. This is a great summer beer when you are thirsty after mowing the yard. But as a rate-able fruit beer, there are a lot better beers on the market. Better than average overall, but not by much.

Lemke10, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Eastside151
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Eastside151, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of durwood64
4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

durwood64, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of mcss
1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

mcss, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours hazy amber with a touch of pink, a white 2 finger head with 2 finger head, sub-par retention, but a spotty lace that shows nice stick.

Smell - Strong notes of lemonade and berry. Not much in the way of actual beer character, but I can dig it regardless.

Taste - Hits with strong notes of lemonade and berry, mid-taste a bit of wheat peaks through, then comes 'round more strongly as the finish approaches. Aftertaste is a well balanced affair with the wheat and the fruit flavors. Tangy.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with a fair amount of carbonation, but the sheer tangy quality of the flavor keeps this thing lively by itself.

Overall - I imagine shandys as being the wine coolers of the brewing world, something refreshing that young teenagers would almost assuredly enjoy after snagging from their parents home. In any case, I didn't find it to be bad, just lacking in any real beer sense. Fruity as hell. No hops. Would I drink it again? Probably, but it's not something I'd buy... until I have teenagers in the home.

Just joking, people.

TheSixthRing, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of penguindude
1.88/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Gift from a coworker who heard I "like craft beer" and wanted to share. The thought is what counts.

Appearance: Drinking from the bottle due to Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy) limiting my ability to do dishes. Label indicates wheat, lemon, and TWO colors of berry.

Smell: First wiff made me think of lemon cough drops. The second did nothing to change that impression.

Taste: The name really says it all. Strong elements of sweet berry-candy flavor (think fruit-roll-ups or the like) paired with some tart lemon-candy flavor. The word "candy" is key, because there is almost no hint of real fruit flavors in any way. Same goes with the tastes normally associated with beer itself. I try to pick out something besides the candy flavors, but all I get is a slight bitterness with seemingly no source.

Mouthfeel: Thankfully not over carbonated. Thin and smooth, at least it feels good going down.

Overall: I would not suggest this to anyone. Fruit beer fans will not find anything here, and nor will anyone else I can imagine. That being said, my coworker will get my sincere thanks.

penguindude, Oct 31, 2012
Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.