Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 122 | 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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1.61/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I've generally liked Leinenkugels series of Shandies - they're not exceptional brews, but both Summer and Lemon Berry Shandy were solid choices for a refreshing drink on a warm day. I'd been seeing their new Orange Shandy as part of a variety 12-pack at my local grocery store for the last two months or so, and finally took the plunge on buying one of those today. I figured, hey... it's a rare 80 degree day in early May here in Milwaukee, why not cap the day off with some summer appropriate beers?

Well... the Summer and Lemon Berry brews didn't let me down. As for the Orange, um... it sucks. The taste is very artificial, almost chemical-ly. My first impression was that it was a really pleasant cough syrup. While it may have won rave reviews if it was Robitussin's newest flavor, I felt that as beer it needed to clear a slightly higher bar. Call me picky, if you will.

As I sit here sucking down the last few cans of this monstrosity (the eight Summer and Lemon Berry varieties at least got me buzzed enough to tolerate it), I can only say this... NEVER AGAIN. Eff you Leinenkugels for violating my taste buds in such a horrible way. Bottom line, this beer tastes like failure. Stay away.

Photo of hardy008
1.63/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hazy orange with a large white head which quickly fades. Smells like artificial oranges.

Tastes like artificial oranges too. Maybe like orange soda, carbonated water, and candy? Not appealing, and mostly offensive.

Thin bodied, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Average carbonation. Just a bad beer. I have never liked a beer with artificial flavor, and that's about all this beer has. Avoid.

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1.65/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

First had: can someone brought to a tailgate

Shandies barely count as beer anyway, but this is no champion among them. I only sampled these from the Leinenkugel line when there was nothing left to drink during an extra long tailgate.

Poured into a red Solo cup (wooo!), a somewhat cloudy yellow-orange color with a large fizzy white head that soon died down to a wispy layer of bubbles, with soda-like carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma of orange candy and light stinky grains. Tasted like orange drink and seltzer, with some stale malts in the background. Not that I expected much, but whatever. Consistency of water, but goes down like it too, so at least there's that. Chicks might dig this, but not me. Plenty of other much better summertime quenchers out there.

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1.73/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains oranges, light caramelized malts and some wheat.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a light malt character. Then a nasty synthetic orange flavor comes in and reminds me of baby-aspirin at first. Then as you continue to drink the beer it starts to taste more like a lower-quality orange popsicle. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Not very crisp and not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not tasty at all, does not go down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, not the best representation of style. Even for a shandy, this is not a good beer in any respect.

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1.73/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A big disappointment. the orange is artificial -almost tasted like tang. This was tough to choke down. The overall orange flavor overpowered everything else and it was a poor orange taste at that. Weak head, the almost a dry taste in the mouth. Ended up drinking three; the rest went down the drain.

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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Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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