1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry ShandyLeinenkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
71
okay

416 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 416
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 23.1%


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)
View: Beers (34) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 416 | Reviews: 64 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of punky796
punky796

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clean pinkish-amber, not clear, like a wheat beer. About two fingers of head that actually stayed for awhile. Wasn't expecting that.

S - Pink lemonade. Treading carefully at this stage in the game.

T - Primarily tastes of pink lemonade, with just a TOUCH of malt. It's in there to remind you it's a beer, because you might not know otherwise. But it works.

M - Slightly watery, but in a good way. Mostly because compared to Summer Shandy, it's much more mellow and the sweetness isn't thrown in your face. You won't involuntarily pucker from a cup of sugar in each beer like you probably do with Summer Shandy. Fair amount of fizz.

O - They made some efforts to remind you it's beer, because other than alcohol content and carbonation, it might not fit the bill. But that being said, it's nice...a bit of a novelty but I'd have one again. And smoother and less offensive than Summer Shandy.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 05:56:35 | More by punky796
Photo of eb003
eb003

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eh, not bad.

I don't know how much this resembles a "beer", but it's an interesting consumption. The appearance is a pinkish-purpley color that is somewhat cloudy like wheat beers. The smell is right on with berries and lemon. Another reviewer said it smelled like household cleaner...and I don't get that aroma myself, but it has a lemon undertone. It surely doesn't smell like a beer. The taste is very light and refreshing. It starts off very sweet and ends lightly on the palate. The mouthfeel is crisp. It has about the same amount of carbonation on the tongue as some draft ciders.

Overall it's not too bad. I got a 12 pack on sale and I'm glad I tried it. I won't say it's one of my favorites, but it's pretty good. If you like "lighter" beers and enjoy fruity beers, then this one is for you. If you're a hard core "beer guy", then I'd say not so much.

It tastes more like berry-lemonade than beer...

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:47:42 | More by eb003
Photo of vette2006c5r
vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lemon Berry Shandy pours an almost pink color, with a small disappearing head. There was a sweet sugary aroma, but not very pronounced. There was a very sweet taste, profound raspberry flavors, that blended with lemonade flavors, tasted like a raspberry lemonade, and also very carbonated, a yeasty taste mixed in throughout. Pronounced flavors, very carbonated, and pretty sweet. Overall I found this very interesting. Tasted more like a raspberry lemonade soda opposed to a beer, so might not be for everyone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 03:58:15 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of RoamingGnome
RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 9/22/12 Tasting Notes

Sampled this with my brother. (Spoiler Alert) Thank the Lord, because I would not want a whole bottle. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a 8 oz glass. This was served well chilled.

A) This is a pinkish brew, fairly similar in color to their Berry Weiss. There was about a finger of foam, that appeared to have a pinkish tint to it. No lacing noted...

S) The aroma was more like their Shandy, which is kind of a lemon household cleaner. The berries were noted, but pretty faint compared to the lemon.

T) This is pretty sweet and artificial. The berries are more prominent in the flavor than on the nose. There was something medicinal, it was a little like my kid's berry flavored ibuprofen. I mean, this definitely is beer, or at least kind of beer, but the flavor didn't work for me.

M) Light and quite a bit of carbonation, but that is what this beer calls for.

O) I know my ratings for the Shandy and Berry Weiss are slightly higher than average, but this combo does not work for me personally. Having said that, I can also see how this offering may be quite appealing to others. As for mixing Leinenkugel's beers, I much prefer the Berry and Honey Weiss combo. Nothing wrong with a refreshing honey bear on the patio.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 17:17:21 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of flagmantho
flagmantho

Washington

3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: pale pink hue, clearly a mixing of a golden wheat body with blackberry juice. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam. I can't imagine what else this beer would look like with its ingredients, but the overall picture is somewhat sickly.

Smell: light wheaty aroma with a tart, fresh lemon scent. The berry is minimal. I guess it's not bad, but I'm not a huge fan of it.

Taste: lemon, berry and wheat beer characteristics. Really, it is pretty refreshing, and while it may not be my favorite beer in the world, it is definitely as-advertised.

Mouthfeel: surprising! Light body but a good level of carbonation which is actually quite creamy, yet appropriate to the style. I like it.

Overall: this beer just falls a little flat for me. Sure, it is refreshing, but I don't want to drink any more of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 17:22:04 | More by flagmantho
Photo of shand
shand

Florida

4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Leinie's Lemon Berry Shandy pours a hazy peach color with a surprisingly nice head. The aroma is ... you guessed it ... berries and lemon! The taste is also surprisingly good, I wasn't expecting to like this nearly as much as I do. It's got a tart berry flavor at first, and finishes with the trademark lemon and sweet wheat aftertaste. Refreshing and tasty, although relatively far removed from beer. The mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, and slightly drying, and the drinkability is great. I could almost feel my credibility dropping as I started reviewing this beer. I'm a sucker for shandys, and a sucker for fruit beers. This one jumped right into my weak point. It's just a tasty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 04:00:08 | More by shand
Photo of bluejacket74
bluejacket74

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can, best before 11/26/2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. It smells like blackberries and lemonade. It's not a bad smelling brew at all. It tastes like lemonade, blackberries and some grainy malt. Nice mix of sweet and tart flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's refreshing and very easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a decent enough brew, it would be nice to drink on a hot day. $6.99 a 4-pack.

Serving type: can

09-16-2012 00:03:55 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of BrownAleMale
BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- It is a hazy peach in color with cloudy 1 finger head that dissipates into a very tiny lining.

Smell- Pink lemonade.

Taste- Basically watered down pink lemonade.

Mouthfeel- Very watery and light.

Overall- Not as bad tasting as the summer shandy, also not as good as the Berry Weiss. Very watered down sweet beer. If it was summer this would be an ok option to quench my thirst, but nothing great when it comes to beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 21:29:34 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of JimboHD2005
JimboHD2005

Illinois

1.53/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Picked up a 4 pack to try. Summer isn't technically over and it's been in the 80's this week so was thinking would work well with the warmer weather. (Why they are releasing this beer this later in the year is beyond me but anyway....)

Heavy pour into a SA perfect pint glass left a 2 in head that dissipated quickly. What was left as color goes was as as close to what resembles a watered down pink lemonade as it could get and exactly what to be expected.

First sip impressions immediately made me imagine what carbonated watery cool-aid would taste like. Slight lemon with a mix of artificial "berry" flavor. Taste left the mouth quickly and mouthfeel was light, almost dry with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall, I am a lenie's fan, like a fruit beer once in a while and like most of what they have been releasing which includes the Big Eddy series. This beer however falls off the grid and can't imagine how this made it past the test batch phase.

Serving type: can

09-12-2012 20:04:03 | More by JimboHD2005
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, peach-color with pink highlights. It had a small, short-lived head that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled fruity - lemon and black berry. Not much else.

T - Sweet and fruity with some zestiness. Nice blackberry and lemon flavors. Slightly tart.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. It had the high carbonation I expect in a shandy. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice shandy. Refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 02:01:11 | More by zeff80
Photo of tectactoe
tectactoe

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a really strange, yellow-ish, grapefruit tinted color, moderate haze and cloudiness; white foamy head sizzles like crazy and dissipates before almost quicker than it forms. The nose is a combination of sugary-sweet lemonade and a berry mix - I'm thinking raspberry or maybe blackberry (or maybe even both). Sweet and fruity, it smells like some kind of Kool-Aid mix that you had when you were a kid. Carbonation and crispiness is apparent on the nose, but not much in terms of malt or hops. I will say that this smells much better than Leinie's Summer Shandy, in which the lemon is too forced and artifical. Here, the lemon is more believable, probably because it's toned down and balanced by some other scents.

The beer has a wheat and grain base, very apparent from the first sip. It hits the palate thin and with great carbonation, leaving that crispy snap on your tongue. Some sweet lemon, raspberry, blackberry, some other berries I'm sure, touches of sugar. The fruity flavors don't exactly taste what I'd call "authentic", but at least they don't taste awful like other fruit beers with artificial flavoring. Many times, over-zealous fruit beers will have a medicial, chalky, and over-the-top forced flavor profile, but it's not so much the case here. The fruit is definitely the forefront (and almost the ONLY front), but it's not gagging me, which is a good start. The biggest complain here is obviously the fact that there isn't much else besides the fruit. A little bit of wheat and grain, but it's minimal, and the hops are no where to be found. At this point, why not just have a wine cooler?

Not exactly my style of beer. Lemon Berry Shandy doesn't have that authentic fruity finish like the top-notch fruit beers, but it's far from gross or off-putting. More so, it really just doesn't deliver what I'm looking for. It's not bad, and I could imagine it being ever better on a hot summer day after an afternoon of yardwork. But other than that, it doesn't have too much to offer. Lots better than the Summer Shandy, however.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 17:24:16 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Brewnah
Brewnah


3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-An amber blush with a fall like color pallet. Almost the color of roasted apples with a hint of pink. Nice head accompanied by descent pearling

S-Very fruity almost with a stronger blackberry smell and a subtle citrusy accent

T-Defiantly a wheat beer with a bright fruity favor.  There is a reasonable balance between the blackberry and the wheat flavor of the beer and the lemon seems a bit like an after though trying to pokes its head out. Not what I expected for a "Fall Shandy"

M-Very bubbly almost sparkling and very drinkable. Given the carbonation and fruity flavor it seems to me like a beer FMB hybrid. 

O-It's a good beer but it's not something I would spend time savoring. This is one of those beers that is perfect to crack open after mowing the yard. I also find this to be a good gateway in to beer for those that think it is too bitter or that craft beers are unapproachable. Good for beginners! 

I am glad that they are starting a seasonal shandy line and I can't wait for the next one.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 23:53:06 | More by Brewnah
Photo of aasher
aasher

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whale.

This new shandy from Leinenkugels pours a light bodied, very effervescent light and cloudy pink on color that turns to a hazy, pinkish orange as it pools with a one finger off white head. The nose is Country Time lemonade with a raspberry/blueberry type berry aroma. It's what I expected. The flavors are light and spritzy. It tastes like one of the craft sodas that you would find at World Market. It's light and lemony, decent flavor for a shandy. I would say the berry is an upgrade over the original. It's interesting that Leinenkugels saved this for fall. I'm sure they don't want the two to compete for affection but why not have two Shandys out on the market when the first sells very well.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 23:26:41 | More by aasher
Photo of BeerFMAndy
BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off sample bottle poured into a Leinenkugel's imperial pint.
No info.

A - Pouring a hazy dried peach color, it's neither pink nor orange, but meeting somewhere in the middle. A tall crown of white foam caps the beer and, in thick layers, leaves lace clutching the pint as it sinks down.

S - Lemon Berry Shandy has the aroma of a mixed fruit drink, a wine cooler, something you'd crush, relaxing on the beach; blended lemonade, reminiscent of the "Olde Lemonade" stands at festivals with fresh lemons and chunky granules of sugar, and a touch of mixed berry kool-ade. It's got a blend of tart and sweet through the aroma, but definitely like it'll lean to the sweet side in flavor.

T - With total simplicity, Lemon Berry Shandy merges Berry Weiss with Summer Shandy, abandoning aggressive sweetness for a more balanced and drinkable flavor; artificial mixed berry flavors with a more realistic lemonade bite on the finish. Soft wheat and almost forgettable pale malt are barely touched on, begging the question, "is this even beer"?

M - Moderately high carbonation dances on the tongue as this light bodied beer smoothly slides from mouth to stomach. Crisp and refreshing, a lingering sweetness trails, followed by a subtle dry saltiness, begging for another sip.

O - Is this something I'd reach for often? Not so much, but when I'm in the liquor store on hot days, I get strange cravings for carbonated, alcoholic fruity drinks, and this fits the bill. This is the beer I'd be crushing, can after can of, at my uncle's lake house while relaxing under the hot sun. It's tasty, refreshing, and drinkable, but most importantly, mindless; I don't have to feel guilty about putting them back with total disregard. It's only there to fulfill my first three adjectives, nothing more, nothing less. If Leinie's Lemon Berry Shandy was a rock star, it would be the rock star getting all the ladies, all the time.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 00:07:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.