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Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Orange ShandyLeinenkugel's Orange Shandy

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BA SCORE
73
okay

610 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 119 | 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:
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(Beer added by: tectactoe on 04-10-2013)
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Reviews by chefhatt:
Photo of chefhatt
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a hazy orange color body with a small fizzy head. The smell has a orange juice smell to it. The taste is like the summer shandy juice with orange flavor. The flavor has a light orange flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall a good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
2.94/5  rDev -5.8%
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 ThisWangsChung
1.73/5  rDev -44.6%
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?

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +60.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
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 -3.8%
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 -3.8%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Brenden
2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.