Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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2.94/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
04-10-2013 04:06:43 | More by tectactoe
3.36/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
07-29-2013 14:24:41 | More by tigg924
3.88/5 rDev +25.6%
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.
02-02-2014 23:17:22 | More by Michael_Squires
3/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
11-24-2013 06:44:47 | More by BenHesk12
3/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
10-03-2013 01:33:05 | More by tyleeis
2.85/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
07-09-2013 00:54:32 | More by Brenden
Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.