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Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Orange ShandyLeinenkugel's Orange Shandy

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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 23.05%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tectactoe on 04-10-2013)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, orange candy, and orange juice aromas. Taste is much the same with watery orange soda and orange chewable vitamin flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is quite drinkable for what it is, but it has a somewhat artificial quality in the aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 07:33:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 23:18:55 | More by metter98
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 23:26:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.73/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 21:14:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded orange with a thin head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is of sugar-coated orange peel with a pale malt backing.

The taste is of sugar-coated orange. It has a mild pale malt backing. It is sweet, but not overly so.

It is creamy and pretty smooth. Nice carbonation level.

As far as fruity shandies go, this isn't great, but it is above average. A nice fruity, something different drink to have on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:45:59 | More by jwc215
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a recreation of their famous lemon shandy, this orange brew lacks the refreshment and easy of consumption that the lemon one has, and seems a little out of season in the winter now, but still isn't a bad brew. it just looks like a light wheat beer, with a pretty decent head on it that doesn't last. the nose is orange heavy, not artificial either, but fresh and pulpy. the fruit part smells nice, but in combination with beer ingredients, it gets a little funny and smells like the base of a barbeque sauce or something. it taste also very orange forward, like carbonated fresh orange juice. I like the freshness of the fruit, but it overpowers any grain or hops and results in a beverage that may refresh some, but falls short of tasting like beer to me, and that's a problem. again, no off flavors here, just too much fruit to still be beer. I really do like the lemon shandy, I think the lemon flavors blend better with the lager, but this one is out of balance. light bodied and well carbonated, a drinkable brew, perhaps better suited for hot weather than pre-thanksgiving frost. maybe I will revisit this in the summer, maybe not.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 19:08:51 | More by StonedTrippin
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kojevergas

Texas

2.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Oh boy. 33cl aluminum can acquired as part of a variety box at a Ralph's grocery in Santa Monica. Reviewed live. Expectations are low. Served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a heavy head of almost entirely foam which recedes to a six finger wide head. Beige colour. Soft complexion. Nice creaminess. Decent thickness.

Colour is a murky hazy yellow-copper with orange hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

A mediocre appearance at best.

Sm: Orange juice. zest. Very artificial and simple. That's all there is. Moderately to notably strong.

T: Orange juice, pilsner malts, minimal floral hp character. That's about it. Very simple. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There's not much to say about it. Underwhelming. Tangy. A bit doughy.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thickness is off. Overcarbonated. Subpar presence on the palate. Not all that soft. Not oily, harsh, or biting. Largely unrefreshing. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. I wouldn't get this again. A patronizing summer beer from Leinenkugel. Hides its modest ABV well. I don't really understand the appeal.

C-

Serving type: can

06-29-2013 22:47:32 | More by kojevergas
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

1.65/5  rDev -46.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 11:47:47 | More by Rifugium
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Zorro

California

2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second flavor out of the Leinenkugel Summer Shandy variety pack.

Cloudy pale orange colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells strongly or oranges. Mild soda cracker malt aroma, but mostly it smells like oranges.

Starts out tasting of oranges and soda cracker. Faint sourness and maybe a little vanilla. Reminds me a little of the taste of a dreamsicle. Not a traditional beer but it is kind of tasty.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall tastes better than the lemonade version.

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 00:00:35 | More by Zorro
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought this CAN during a recent visit to Al's of Hampden in Enola and got the pic approved fairly quickly. Now all that remains is a review in support of The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "The pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin since 1867."; "A zesty and refreshing Shandy-style beer perfect for sharing". I have no one to share it with! Boo hoo.

My Crack and inverted Glug produced but a momentary head of fizzy, eggshell-white head with decidedly low retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow, much like freshly-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice. Nose smelled artificially of orange and when I closed my eyes, I thought back to Tang, which is what the astronauts drank once upon a time. In the here and now, it had a thin mouthfeel, but quite effervescent. It tasted like a liquified Dreamsicle and I felt like a little kid again. I used to love both Tang and Dreamsicles, but now it seemed cloyingly sweet. Finish was likewise very sweet and I began to wonder who I would share this with. It would not be my current Old Lady as she would laugh at me for drinking such a beverage. It should be shared, though, as it is too sweet for me by myself.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 20:19:32 | More by woodychandler
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 14:52:09 | More by Slatetank
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 00:02:05 | More by twiggamortis420
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: can

11-09-2013 14:18:21 | More by tone77
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Brenden

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 00:54:32 | More by Brenden
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-29-2013 14:24:41 | More by tigg924
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy orange-straw like color with a two finger foamy head. The head fades fast initially but soon settles to a one half finger of somewhat dense white foam. The head then fades rather slowly, leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather strong of a sweet orange smell with some more bitter orange peel smells mixed with some lighter lemon aromas as well. Along with these smells is a little bit of a wheat smell as well as a tiny amount of grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth sweeter orange and wheaty taste. As the taste advances some lemon and more bitter orange peel flavors come to the tongue. With a little bit of herb coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, as well as more bitter citrus and sweet citrus as well, a rather orange citrus sweet and wheaty flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both the thinner body and the higher carbonation are very appropriate for the orange citrus and lighter abv of the brew, making it a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – A sweeter and rather refreshing summer brew. It kind of tastes like a blend of lemonade, orange juice and beer. While not quite appropriate for winter style drinking (at least not up north) it is a decent sweet summer style refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:19:38 | More by Darkmagus82
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You know, I don't hate this, and I thought that I might.
Sweet orangeade aroma with hints of OJ. Noisy, cloudy orange and foamy white head.
Had bee like qualities. A bit of hoppy bitterness and a little dryness at the end. The orange is more like OJ in the flavor and there is some soft malt character.
Fizzy feel and great fullness from great levels of carbonation (making it closer to soda).
This did have a winter feel somehow, as it seemed to go well with the holidays when I was looking for something lighter and more refreshing.
Thanks Spunky.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 21:46:54 | More by garymuchow
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Pegasus

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite hazy light orange in color, with almost a resemblance to orange juice. The thick, cloud-top head retains rather well, an abundance of thick, unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet orange rind is very prominent in the aroma, as well as a sturdy wheat malt presence.

Taste: Opens with rather prominent sweet orange rind flavors, a touch sweet; these dominate the taste from start to finish. A solid wheat malt backbone supports the orange flavors, ever present, but never dominant. Towards the close, there are some mild hops, which give the effect of bitter orange, and draw the taste to a pleasing close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, pleasant, with a little stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Rather drinkable, actually, better suited to summer than late fall, but still nice.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 12:40:59 | More by Pegasus
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.39/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

RJT

Serving type: can

09-12-2013 13:50:41 | More by RonaldTheriot
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hardy008

Minnesota

1.63/5  rDev -47.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-27-2013 03:37:23 | More by hardy008
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StoutHunter

Michigan

2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 21:42:52 | More by StoutHunter
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

1.73/5  rDev -43.8%
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?

Serving type: can

10-29-2013 18:47:04 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Amalak

New York

1.79/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:17:49 | More by Amalak
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RickS95

Indiana

2.23/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:25:11 | More by RickS95
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 04:06:43 | More by tectactoe
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Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.