Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 22.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 182 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: tectactoe on 04-10-2013

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Photo of tectactoe
2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Jeff for tossing me one of these. Figured I'd give it a try - why not? I'll never be "above" anything. Poured from a can into a Lagunita's mason jar. That's got "classy" written all over it. The only thing that would be more perfect would be sitting in an old, rusty canoe out in some stinky ass pond in the middle of nowhere.

It pours kind of cloudy, like muddled orange juice, only with a bit more transparency at the edges which nearly turn to yellow when the light beams through them. The foamy, almost frothy, bone-white head lasts for a minute or two but leaves a bit of lacing as it recedes. The aroma is Orange Kool-Aid. Seriously. Orange Kool-Aid infused with just a little bit of faint grains. And when I say faint, I mean almost completely nonexistent. The smell is not bad at all, just extremely straightforward and boring. Like most Nicholas Cage movies.

It tastes.... like I would expect it to taste. Grainy backbone with more of that "borderline-artificial" orange flavor. It's kind of like an Orange spritzer, thanks to the heavy bouts of carbonation. There is just a little bit of "beer" flavor to this, as the watered down Kool-Aid pretty much masks everything else. Very light bodied with a ton of carbonation - tight, crispy mouth feel and a dry finish.

Eh. What did I expect? Not a lot. And because of that, I wasn't really let down. In fact, I enjoyed this one much more than Summer Shandy and I'm sure this would prove to be extremely quaffable on a hot summer day.

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.05/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an outside-the-box beer produced by a brewery in Wisconsin and sold in bottles at your local brew store or supermarket. It has a very bright orange color, and it smells like orange juice. The taste itself is kind of an orange-juicy type flavor, maybe if you put two fingers of bourbon in a glass of carbonated orange juice. After the first sip, you think, "Is this really beer?" But after the second sip, you're thinking that whatever you want to call it, it's pretty darn good.

The beer's best quality has gotta be its smell. It smells like orange juice. So if you have a nagging wife or if you want to have a bottle at work, just pour it into a glass and tell people you're drinking healthy orange juice. It'll be our little secret.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.77/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

DISCOUNT BIN BEER! 12 oz can into a glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange juice color. The head is shockingly good; it's about two fingers high, with an eggshell shade. It's texture is amazingly thick and creamy, and retains very well. I'll go easy on the score here, because I imagine this is what one of those fabled Hill Farmstead IPAs look like.

S: Ever know what those little sliced orange candies smell like? Pretty much this. It smells mostly like artificial orange sweetness with a (very minute) side of beer. Very little about this aroma is appealing in any way.

T: The flavors are slightly more beer-y, but not enough to redeem it. Way, way, WAY too much of that artificial orange flavoring comes through to start...and to finish for that matter. It's a shitty orange soda mixed with a mediocre macro lager. Enough said.

M: Well...um...it's light and kind of sweet. The sweetness lingers on the tongue unpleasantly, and it's just a chore to drink.

O: Tickers gonna tick, amirite?

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, orange-yellow in color, cloudy

Smell: ginger, lemon, and light berry

Taste: wheat, orange, and cream--like a beer mixed with an Orange Julius--but not as sweet

Mouthfeel: sweet, light body, high carbonation

Overall: I would probably put this in the middle of the three shandy's I have had from Leinies..Not as good as the lemon berry one. Not offensive, but there are other fruit beers I would try first.

Photo of Michael_Squires
3.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a light, orange-y appearance and smell as its name would suggest.

The citrus flavor can be a bit rough on the palate, but overall it is a good taste that is neither too strong nor too weak.

I'd recommend trying it to others, provided they don't mind some fruity-ness in their beers.

Photo of BenHesk12
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pride of Chippewa Falls in a brown bottle. Immediate orange zest syrup bitter flavor accompanies a light body and soft carbonation. Reminds me of a beach barbecue in southern California. Barely detectable hops with a light malt backdrop. 4.2% alcohol makes it very drinkable. A simple beer; I could enjoy one or two on a warm summer afternoon outdoors but overall very average and forgettable.

Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to write a review cause it'd be easy and there weren't many at tho point.

Poured into a glass-it's very hazy can't see through it. A dull light orange color. Has a one finger head that dissipates quickly into just a ring.
Smells lightly of citrus and malt.
Taste is pretty mild. Reminds me off the frozen orange juice you make at home but if you added too much water then added a light beer. Not a lot of taste but it's not terrible. I'm sure I'd be decent in certain conditions-hot weather, out on the boat etc.-
Overall Il admit I'm not into shandys but this is a decent example of one.

Photo of Brenden
2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's not quite straight orange, leaning a little lighter with a bright yellow tint. It's cloudy, which I guess I expected. A sparsely-bubbled off-white head rises quickly and makes a show of it before quickly dropping down. It's a little fizzy, but a bit does stick around for the long haul, particularly around the edges, and it leaves some spotty foam on the glass.
Of all of Leinie's shandies, this one comes off as the most artificial. The main element is sugared orange, not juice but like those candies that are soft and chewy with the sugar crystals coating them. It's a little tangy, more on the nose than the flavor, which goes more the grainy route with sourness sneaking in.
It's light-bodied, sure, but the effervescence gives it something, at least. There's even a crisp feel that isn't simply a compensation. It's not clean by any stretch, but I'm not forcing it down.
The score is what it is. This is a beer. As a drink, it's not great, but better than it is as a beer.

Photo of dtm_sub
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Serving type: bottle
Appearance: orange - yellow, typical wheat beer color
Smell: smells of orange juice with a bit of a wheat/yeast smell
Taste: tastes like I poured orange juice into a beer (fairly straight forward)
Mouth feel: very creamy. Sticks around for a bit
Overall: I liked their summer shandy but this edges it out. Great light flavor for the summer time. Could definitely drink a few of these relaxing outside. Would definitely pick up again

Photo of CR19845
3.96/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my favorite low alcohol beer (under 5% is low to me). It's very "orangey" but the label should give you some hints of that! It's a great flavor and not too strong tasting. Would be one I'd reccommend for new beer drinkers!!!! :)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like pale yet thick apple cider. Rather bright orange with a pulpy lacing.

Smell: Orange sherbet. Nothing really beer-y except maybe a hint of lemon hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Refreshing orange. Seems a bit summery for a fall release but it is very refreshing. Mouthfeel starts nice and zesty but overall is quite watery and leaves a sticky after-feel. Reminds me a bit of Fruity Pebbles Beer (Sunset Wheat).

Overall Drinkability: Like I said, this is a bit summery for a fall release. A little more yeast and body and a little less orange, and this is Blue Moon.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "MAR31 14 A20012305"

Poured into a pint glass, Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy looks very much like a Bavarian hefeweizen. It's quite cloudy, and it's got the same gold-orange color to it. The head is a creamy bright white that holds fairly well, although the lacing is a bit more limited.

In the nose it smells like orange juice, or some orange "drink". It's bright and citrusy.

The flavor follows suit, although it doesn't taste like orange juice - watered-down orange juice, yes, but not the real thing. It's citric, a little bit sweet, and just lightly carbonated. The medium-light body gives it an almost "juice-like" quality. It's very much like an orange "drink", and I say that at least partially because I'm not really finding any "beer" to it. Sure there's some malt, and you sense a bit of alcohol, but considering that orange juice has about a half a percent of alcohol anyway that's not really out of place. It's just 4.2%, by the way. The sweetness is kept in check, and because of the acidity it finishes dry and refreshing.

So to sum up, it's interesting and quite refreshing. If you like shandy's, this has more alcohol than quite a few of the European versions, and it's not as sweet.

Photo of RickS95
2.26/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Looks like a traditional wit with a milky golden, cloudy yellow pour. Huge carbonation up top with a billowing white head. Good retention and a fat lace.

I struggle sometimes to rate shandies simply because they're only partly beer. This is no exception...the smell doesn't resemble beer at all. The nose is completely dominated by immitation orange soda scents.

The taste is not stellar. It doesn't taste as orangey as it smells. There's a faint orange taste that evolves mid-sip and a bit of a zesty orange peel taste as you approach the swallow, but there's just not much happening.

It does little for me with not much more than a tangy, carbonated feel. Not much body, though that's expected. Crisp, dry finish. A fake sweetness throughout.

Not a good beer. Much poorer than their Summer Shandy, which I actually like. Sadly, I've got two more cans of this.

Photo of nicholas2121
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing comapny. This brew has an ABV of 4.2% and pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a nice white head. The smell is oranges and that is about it. The taste is sweet with oranges and a hit of grains. This brew goes nice and smooth. I'm not a big fan of this brew. It puts in a mind set of sunny D or just oj. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3 out of 5.
I may buy this brew again.

Photo of Treyliff
3.31/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- pours with a big foamy white head that has good retention and reduces to a small sudsy layer on top

S- this has the same fruity pebble smell as their Sunset Wheat beer, with just a little bit more emphasis on the orange

T- oranges, tart orange juice with some flowery sweetness. A bit of toasted malt backbone on the finish

M- light body with medium carbonation, foamy and crisp mouthfeel and finish

O- orange juice with a malty finish. It not had and is pretty refreshing but it doesn't really taste like beer. I also find it strange that this is in the fall variety pack, as opposed to spring or summer

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy whiteish/yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by oranges. Taste is a bit tart, lots of oranges, some wheat, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall would be a good beer on a hot summer day.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.49/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a half inch white head that fizzled away quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing. The brew mostly smells like oranges and orange peel, along with a general citrus aroma (reminds me of Tang and other orange like citrus drinks) and some bready/grainy malt. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, it does remind me more of a slightly watered down citrus/orange drink than a fruit beer. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and easy to drink. Overall I like this. I think it's a good choice for a warmer day, it wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these.

Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
4.5/5  rDev +43.8%

Very orange in smell and taste, it doesn't even really taste like beer. It would be perfect for a hot summer day.

Photo of scaliasux
1.91/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Medium light yellow with a hint of orange. Opaque. Short white head - fairly persistent.

Smell - Tang.

Taste - Given the aroma, the flavor is unexpectedly muted. Sweet light malt and faint sweet slightly artificial tasting orange. Might be a little lemon or grapefruity hops in the finish. A little watery.

Mouthfeel - Light.

Overall - Maybe orange and beer just don't go together well? In any event, this one clearly isn't working too well. It comes off as artificial and simply doesn't taste that great.

Photo of Amalak
1.79/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

A. It's hazy with a yellow-orange color. A good deal of bubbles coming up the side. Big white head that dissipates quickly and no real lacing.

S. Very orange and wheaty.

T/M. My god, the orange peel in this is over the top. I can't really taste anything else because it is dominated by the orange. Carbonated and tingly. Some metallic aftertaste. Light bodied. A bit watered down.

O. The overall generic orange taste is just way too overpowering.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Leinenkugel’s Orange Shandy has a thick, creamy, white head, an opaque, milky, yellow-gold appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of a strong orange smell, with citrus acidity, orange peel, and white bread. Taste is of orange, a peppery zest, citric acid, a touch of honey, white wheat bread, white bread crust, sugar, and a slightest bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy and a bit gritty, and Leinenkugel’s Orange Shandy finishes semi-dry, sweet, refreshing, and very easy going. Overall, for a flavored concoction, it’s alright.


Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and has some orange hues along with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange soda are present in the nose along with some notes of wheat. The wheat becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and tastes a lot like orangeade except that there are notes of wheat and no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. I liked how it wasn't sweet and didn't seem watery.

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.97/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best before date of November 11, 2013 printed on the bottleneck. I got this bottle from my neighbors, since I've never seen this beer before. Not the biggest fan of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, but I'm intrigued to see what this variant is all about.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours a murky cloudy pale orange-lemon color with a finger of off-white foam for a head.

S - Smell is about what I expected it would be, also. Some pretty natural orange juice / radler smell in there, but there is a lot of sugary caramel malt and dust in there too.

T - Tastes a lot like the regular version in the taste. Not much legit orange actually comes through, but it is in there. Lemon, carbonation, white sugar, malt.

M - Feel is crisp and clean, with good carbonation.

Overall, this was basically what I already knew it would be. Blurring the line between chic malt beverages and fruit beer, but an easy drinking beer for those hot summer vacation days. I would probably only drink this again if offered in that context.

Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy ---3/5.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle pours an uber-hazed mimosa color with a very small white head. Poor retention and lace.

Nose is orange fruity pebbles. Lemonade-orange juice with a light wheaty tang. Does not smell very inviting.

This is pretty gross really. The lemon shandy has some redeeming qualities, but this one is just too overboard on the artificial citrus juices. Mouthfeel is slick and overcarbed. Just not really refreshing and too much orange zest flavors.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a can of Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy a couple days in a mixed shandy pack for $13.29 at Meijers. Leinenkugels Summer Shandy is one of my go to Disc Golfing beers, so I thought I would try the orange version to see how it stacks up, so lets see how it goes. The variety pack just showed up so it's fairly fresh. Poured from 12oz can into an imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks ok, it's about the same as Summer Shandy, but with oranges instead of lemons. It poured a very hazy golden orange color that took on more of a darker orange color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy white head that died to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of lacing behind. This is a nice looking Shandy, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness, it's super sweet smelling and is followed by loads of oranges that have an artificial aroma to it that reminds me of the tang that i drank a lot when I was a kid. After that I get a really light grainy malt aroma that is overpowered by the oranges. The aroma is ok, but it's little heavy on the tang aromas, I think it would be better with more of an orange juice like aroma, it's not bad, but it's pretty hard to tell that this is beer just from the aroma.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, it starts of with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness followed by a blast of orange tang flavor that quickly fades into that typical Summer Shandy bast of bready and grainy malts with some doughy yeast in the background. Up next comes a little more orange flavors that seems to taste a little more authentic and is followed by pretty much no bitterness with a little more sweetness on the finish with a stale grain and orange like aftertaste. This is an ok tasting beer, it's much more balanced than the aroma, but i'm still not sold on the orange tang flavors.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little refreshing, medium bodied, with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, it seemed to work well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was pretty mediocre and a slightly below average example of the style, the orange tang aspect was just too overpowering and it stuck out a little too much, I would rather have a more natural orange flavor. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth and a little refreshing, but the flavors really didn't hold my attention, so I don't think I would want to session this beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it's a decent looking Shandy. What I like the least about this beer the orange tang aspect, It would be better with a more natural orange flavor. I wouldn't by the beer on it's own, I would rather have Summer Shandy or Lemon Berry Shandy and I wouldn't really recommend this beer. All in all this was my least favorite of Leinenkugel's three Shandys, with Summer Shandy being my favorite, I appreciate the attempt, but this one just didn't work for me, better luck next time guys.

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Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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