Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Hads: 658
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 22.47%
Wants: 10
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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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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 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 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 garymuchow
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.44/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange Shandy is brewed in the style of a Shandy Beer, part lemonade, part malt liquor. This is the latest release in Leinenkugel's rapidly growing Shandy series, first released in Fall 2013. Available in 6 packs, 12 packs, can and bottled variety packs as well as on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of an eggshell white complexion over a very hazy and dense dull yellow-amber body. Retention is average at best and lacing is spotty to none. The appearance is reminiscent of an unfiltered wheat beer, although denser in appearance. 3.5

(Smell) From opening the bottle, one can easily pick up orange aromas, very sweet oranges, almost orange-syrup like in their delivery, they are easily the dominant aroma of the beer and very potent without being sharp or harsh. The lemonade component pales by comparison, mildly tart but still sweet in its own. The grain bill is too passive and clean to be noteworthy, but some mild wheat malt and cereal grain soften the aroma and give it some beer profile. The balance overall is very much in favor of sweet over bitter or even tart, the latter of which would have been a great balancing counterpart to the aroma, but is not surprisingly absent. Potency is mild. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor is more of the same that the aroma suggested, although a bit more variety from the orange makes up for the syrup notes predicted. Some light orange syrup with a moderate tartness blends seamlessly amongst a subtle wheat malt base for a smooth, drinkable ale, not too much unlike a witbier, just minus the coriander and carbonation. I'm not too sure if the liquid in this beer is more of an orangeade, but the end result is a less harsh acidity and a cleaner, even more drinkable beer with just a nod of juicy, genuine orange. I dare say it's my favorite of the shandy bunch thus far. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is soft, light and very mildly tart. Carbonation adds some froth and smoothness to the beer, some soft crispness is also notable. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Alcohol presence is very light to none, fairly well hidden. Balance is slightly in favor of sweet over tart and bitter, although Orange Shandy does a finer job of keeping the imbalance in check. 3.5

(Overall) It was only a matter of time before I found a Shandy beer by Leinenkugel that would do a decent job. Keep in mind that this is half beer at best, those who shy from fruity, juice-infused beer may want to approach with caution if not entirely go with something else. From my perspective, I found not as much to criticize. The orange does a fine job of keeping some orange flavor variety and naturally pairs very well with the light wheat base. While I usually prefer oranges over lemons and more acidic citruses, I do think that this is overall a better-rounded drink. And just when I thought they should stop playing with lemonade... 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy
3.45/5.00 (3,033 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Looks like orange juice poured into a glass. Average, 2 finger head forms and retains very well. Lacing is ok. Body of the beer is so hazy and bright yellow-orange that it really just looks like orange juice.

S- Juicy, ripe oranges right up front. Effervescent quality makes this one smell like an orange soda in the middle. On the back end of the scent it is mostly more orange, but just a touch of wheat.

T- Starts with some dry wheat malt that is fairly light and just a little grassy. Orange kicks in a bit after the wheat and is a little sweet before turning towards a slight tangy juiciness. Ends with more dry, grainy wheat.

M- Medium in carbonation and fairly thick across the tongue. This one is very smooth with the amount of wheat in it. Rather easy to drink.

Overall, it wasn't as sweet and juicy as I expected a mass produced shandy to be. Orange is noticeable, but not too dominant. This one tastes basically like a Blue Moon that they put an orange slice in. (980 characters)

Photo of Amalak
1.79/5  rDev -43.4%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- pours with a big foamy white head that has good retention and reduces to a small sudsy layer on top

S- this has the same fruity pebble smell as their Sunset Wheat beer, with just a little bit more emphasis on the orange

T- oranges, tart orange juice with some flowery sweetness. A bit of toasted malt backbone on the finish

M- light body with medium carbonation, foamy and crisp mouthfeel and finish

O- orange juice with a malty finish. It not had and is pretty refreshing but it doesn't really taste like beer. I also find it strange that this is in the fall variety pack, as opposed to spring or summer (614 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 Goosehunter75
2.39/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A - Pours a dirty pale orange with 1/2 finger white head with very little retention

S - Smells like orange juice and tang

T - Basically tastes like carbonated orange juice and tang

M - Very very light. No body and watery

O - Not a good beer. I enjoy the Summer Shandy from time to time, but this isnt working. (313 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,137 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of AllForAugust
2.94/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I don't know what it is with Leinenkugel and shandy. Don't they have like five of them by now? What the hell is the difference between shandy and radler? Just looked it up. There isn't one. Move on.

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass, just so you know.

A: Looks like orange juice mixed with wheat beer. Probably because that's what it is. Given the style, I would expect the head to disappear quickly, but not that fast. The color is dull and a little too murky, but that's expected for wheat beer. Saturation? Hue? I don't know what it is I'm looking for exactly, but the color is missing something.

S: When I sniffed it, I smelled a smell that I expected to smell, so it's got that going for it. Other than that, I would like to have caught a slight floral hop aroma. The orange smell, while overpowering, is quite fresh smelling and adds to the refreshing quality of the beer.

T: Again, the senses stay true to the initial perception that the appearance provided. Unfiltered wheat and orange is exactly what it looks, smells, and tastes like. It's an average, no frills wheat beer base with average, no frills orange juice flavor. Heads up, though, it does kinda taste like how I imagine citrus wood polish would.

M: Slight citrusy sting, but not aggressive in the least. Plenty of carbonation. Light enough to be refreshing, but weighty enough to go with a meal, as long as that meal is a salad. There's also a bit of a waxy post-drink mouthfeel going on here, but fuck, it feels good.

O: If you're trying to watch your figure and need something light to go with a low calorie snack, this beer works. Other than that, it's pretty average on all accounts. (1,672 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)

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 BenHesk12
3/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - a hazy light orange color, with no head at all.

Smell - As the name implies, it smells like oranges.

Taste - a great orange juice taste that is not to sweet or sour - just perfect; with the wheat coming in at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied; and good carbonation for a fruit beer.

Overall - This is what I expect out of a fruit beer, since a lot of fruit beers are just regular beers with fruit flavor. While I am more of a hops guy, I enjoyed this beer. (474 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 Pegasus
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (959 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 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 dcall384
2.15/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this in the winter sampler pack. Not sure what this is doing in the winter sampler. Seems more like a summer beer. Drank out of the bottle didn't have a glass available. Looked kinda hazy orange when I looked in the bottle. Smell was very strong of orange. When I took my first drink, I thought I was drinking a generic orange soda. Way to strong on the orange taste. The mouthfeel was odd. I felt like I had coated my mouth with sugar. Overall, just not a beer for me. Maybe if it was 100 degrees outside and I was craving something orange, but I think I would just go with a soda instead. (594 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.77/5  rDev -44%
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? (986 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.77/5  rDev -44%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of hardy008
1.64/5  rDev -48.1%
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. (388 characters)

Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.