Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 658
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 22.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 190 | FT: 1
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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 Sungal
5/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far more smooth than most shandys. First I liked Blue moon because you have the orange to offset the taste. Then I progressed to Shock top & now this is the ultimate orange beer. No orange needed and no harshness like with Blue moon. This is a must try seasonal beer that is perfect for the beach or anytime! (311 characters)

Photo of JoLight
4.88/5  rDev +54.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Completely unfiltered, orange-ish-yellow, but more towards yellow. Slightly off-white head; frothy at the top.

Aroma: Orange juice, with a slight note of grain. But really, if I didn't know it was beer, I'd probably just say orange juice.

Taste: Mainly oranges. But, towards the end of the middle of the taste, I get some mild grain and bread, with some white wheati-ness on the back of my tongue--in that order. Some bitterness from the carbonation is present, but no bitterness from the hops.

Finish: Semi-dry. Crisp, refreshing.

Overall: I approve. (571 characters)

Photo of Lomein
4.63/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I enjoyed this bear from a tap at a hotel restaurant in Shartelsville, PA. I had first requested a sample, since I didn't even know Leinenkugel even made an Orange Shandy. While I feel it's more of a late-spring or mid-summer drink, It has an appealing aroma and a strong taste of oranges. The color was more or less what I was expecting, given the only other beer with orange hints in it that I've had (and could taste) was Blue Moon. Whoever was in charge of the tap didn't leave a lot of room for a head, so I can't really go into detail on that.

It is a very smooth and surprisingly crisp beer for one released in the Fall, and I really enjoy beers like this. The hazy color seemed to blend perfectly into the spirit of fall, but the flavor seems out of place for the season. It's something- that if it really is only available this time of year- that I would advise hanging on to until spring. Other than that, it's a fantastic drink, and one I know I'll be having plenty more of. (986 characters)

Photo of Jimmycubs
4.22/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Think creamy head. Good taste. Would of expected more of an orange taste then what there was. We play a lot of yard games in my neighborhood and beer often gets real warm while outside. No matter. I've drank this beer almost tepid in temp and it still tasted good and went down smooth. Perfect summer beer when it's really hot outside. Extremely refreshing. (357 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a 12-bottle Autumn Variety Pack that just came out on 8/1. Sampled 8/2/13 after chilling in my beer cooler to 36 degrees. Pours a hazy orange/yellow in color with a 2-finger white head. Some lacing is seen but not much. The aroma is pleasant with orange and grains with a hint of spice. The taste was really good and is the same as the smell. Perfect carbonation and goes down very easy. No bad aftertaste and was refreshing. Great summer brew. Overall, really liked this one. (486 characters)

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.05/5  rDev +28.2%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of SteveJeremy
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy is an extremely creamy, thick offering that doesn't provide the occasionally pungent harshness of a Blue Moon or the sourness and high alcohol content that the Bud Light Lime Ritas offer. It's refreshing as can be, goes down easy, and feels more satisfying and fulfilling than Leinenkugel's famous Summer Shandy (although don't sleep on that one either).

Appearance is a hazy orange - appealing enough.

Smell is strong of orange and citrus, with the indication of some mild grains.

Taste is zesty and a wee bit tart that never descends into being too sharp or too strong. Easily compliments those eighty degree and humid nights that we see so often in the summers of Connecticut.

The mouthfeel boasts his carbonation and thick creaminess. No complaints because both practically cancel each other out.

Leinenkugel consistently amazes me. For being a mainstream brewer, they release ample amounts of unique and often complex beers. Even if I'm not a big fan of some of their offers (IE: Canoe Paddler, which I'm looking to retry next season), the fact that they can throw out multiple different shandies, season offerings, and unique looking beers such as Creamy Dark and Red Lager year after year is nothing short of amazing. Orange Shandy is definitely my current favorite of their offerings. (1,326 characters)

Photo of CR19845
3.96/5  rDev +25.3%
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!!!! :) (236 characters)

Photo of kfawku123
3.9/5  rDev +23.4%

I had pretty low expectations for this brew. It surprised me. While it was artificially sweet, I actually enjoyed the orange shandy. It can be overpowering with orange flavoring but overall, not bad. (199 characters)

Photo of Clockwork420
3.89/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy gold, with wispy light 3 finger head.

Immediately I smell fruit. Oranges and citrus. A bit of grain. Mostly it smells like Summer. Like juice almost.

Taste is sweet and citrusy on the front. Recedes to a wheat, and grainy middle but the after taste is mostly grains and grass. And afterwards leaves a tangy taste along with the typical wheat finish.

Thin and slightly carbonated, but doesnt make me burp either. Very nice on a hot day I can imagine.

I think this shandy is fantastic. On a super hot day nothing would be better than coming in and getting a cold one of these or any other Leinenkugel's Summer brews. And I know some people cannot stand the thought of "fruit" in mah beer. This just works though. I really enjoyed it, and even more than I anticipated.

Highly recommend it. (810 characters)

Photo of Michael_Squires
3.87/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.76/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (0.355 L) can
Jun 0115
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my dad for hooking me up with a bunch of the beers from Leinenkugel's Shandy Sampler Beer Variety Pack.

Super opaque, pale straw yellow appearance. This looked striking similar to orange juice. The liquid was topped by a small frothy cap that quickly dropped to a medium sized ring of foam. A few streaks of lacing trickled along the glass.

The nose reminded me a lot of an Orange Julius or an orange creamsicle. Orange soda also came to mind. Some artificial vanilla or sweet cream notes were detectible. Subtle spices came through as well. Hint of tart wheatiness in the background.

The orange was much more subtle than in the aroma. Again, orange soda came to mind. Somewhat spicy. Clove and coriander were noticeable. A bit zesty. Tart, wheaty, lemony notes were detectible in the center. Although the orange played a much smaller role here, the wheat beer characteristics were much stronger. Like the other beers in the Shandy Sampler Beer Variety Pack, this one finished with a strange, somewhat off-putting, grainy quality.

The mouthfeel was light, frothy and fluffy. Highly effervescent. The beer turned pillowy soft on the palate.

Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy definitely pales in comparison to their original and grapefruit offerings, as the orange flavor in this beer seemed rather artificial. Nevertheless, this is a surprisingly tasty and extremely drinkable beer that would be crushable on a hot day. (1,497 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%

Appearance (4.25) : A hazy, richly opaque pineapple-orange colored body. Almost 100% opacity. Impressive. The head is a tightly woven three fingered creamy, creamy head with thick licks of lacing remaining, as it recedes at a slow pace.

Aroma (3.25) : This is basically what I'd smell if I mixed orange juice and beer. Very orange-y, but with a slight malt skunk behind it. The malt and grains are definitely present, but are a bit odious. Some whiffs of lemon come out too as the head recedes. I don't know if I can attribute that to hops or just added citrus rinds in the vat.

Taste (3.25) : Smooth, mildly offensive, but overall easily drinkable. It's got malt character up front, mixed with orange flesh. Halfway through, the frothy orange juice sets in and makes its presence known as it exits the back of your throat. What ultimately ruins the taste is the presence of the malty skunk. It's faint, but it's there.

Mouthfeel (4) : Like a whipped, frothy orange julius. I think the mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It's creamy, very accessible, and easy to drink. I'd have this one on a hot day, no problem.

Overall (3.64) : Much better than their Summer Shandy. All in all it's a capable beer and worthy of a try. I wouldn't have a problem grabbing more of these for a hot day in the sun or in the shade. (1,324 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of lph0911
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its what you would expect from the shandy line. Very drinkable goes down smooth. On a hot summer day I couldnt ask for much more.
That being said is it a craft brew that we should pick apart and take down.... nope it fits a solid niche and it fits it well. (257 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Another bizarre concoction from Jake and the crew. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice waft of orange very similar to a tequila sunrise. Pours into the only glass I have handy with a thin but fine bubble creamy head topping a cloudy orange mimosa-like appearance. On the taste the tartness of the orange hits first followed by classic sweeter orange flavor then all followed by a slightly bitter hoppiness that clears out the orange. Unique indeed, for what it is it is spot on. This would be a great brew on a hot day ice cold or good on a cold winter day at room temperature. Do I dare say it may even make a good hot toddy? Maybe have to try it and see. Was hesitant to try this due to bad experiences with lambrics but orange seems to compliment this brew well. (781 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a small white head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of orange very strongly, almost like orange dreamscile, however with a slight hint of cereal grain. Tastes of orange, much more natural than the smell, and grain, not much different than other shandys. Beer is sessionable, light bodied, going down smooth, carbonated perfectly. Overall, a slightly above average beer. (458 characters)

Photo of dtm_sub
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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 (453 characters)

Photo of psugrad98
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours golden orange with creamy head. Aroma is of oranges of spice and reminds of of Christmas. Though not a Christmas beer this is something that would go well with rich holiday meals like ham and keilbasa.

First taste is of rich lightly sweet oranges with hints of vanilla and clove. Finishes crisp and clean and ever so slightly bitter.

Had this on draft at a local restaurant and on bottle. This is good in the bottle but much much better on draft. Good on a cold snowy night with friends. A fun quaffable winter beer. (526 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this one. Its like an orangeade got together with a beer. Some may not like the fact that it doesn't have a very strong hoppy flavor but I think its just right for a relaxing day. (196 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little out of season, as this was hiding in my fridge since mid-summer, but a welcome break from the robust stouts and spiced creations of the holidays. Frothy, white, meringue-like head forms after an assertive pour in to a tall weizen glass. The 2 finger crest settles in to a thin layer of foam with little to no lacing. This brew could pass for fresh squeezed oranges, with its hazy, unfiltered appearance and juice-like color. The aroma reminds me of half time at youth soccer matches, with freshly sliced oranges taking center stage against the backdrop of a grassy pitch. The flavor is not altogether different than what is achieved by dropping a slice of orange in to (insert random American Pale Wheat Ale), although with little other pronounced flavor. The wheaty mouthfeel gives it some body, and helps add a little depth with a grain-like finish. Pleasantly refreshing. I am detecting some sour citrus notes. Lemon, pith, and sweet candied oranges. The carbonation is lively, and helps create a thirst-quenching quaff. If you are an aficianado of orange soda, then this is your beer. I'm not sure if this can really be called beer actually. But whatever you choose to call it, it's delicious and easy to drink. I am in to my second pour as I finish this review. The low ABV only adds to the refreshment. I'll be looking forward to this one each summer, and will gladly drink this over the abhorrent lemon shandy varieties that I've tried. Unlike their recipe of dumping country-time lemonade in to a cheap wheat beer, this one seems more natural and palatable. It's a one-trick pony with a pretty nice trick. (1,623 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Buffalo Wild wings served chilled in a pint.

The color is very hazed like a hefeweizen or other unfiltered wheat with thin white cap w/ fine bead. The smell is like a mix of orange and vanilla cream soda, very fragrant citrus smell of fresh peeled orange. The feel is light as expected with mild body and carbonation is medium with sligtht creamy and it dries toward the finish.

The taste is like a mix of orange soda and light beer, pretty much what you see is what you get...not a bad flavor actually it is refreshing and could serve as a palate refresher if sampling heavy or high gravity beers perhaps. I would say give it a try. (658 characters)

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