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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

611 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 120 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tectactoe on 04-10-2013)
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3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Muddled and foggy, nearly opaque. Light orange in color, like diluted Tang. A small white head that ended in a ring around the top.

S: Smells like muddled oranges and sugar. Malt is present as well.

T: Crisp with an almost obnoxious orange flavor. Absolutely no hop flavor at all, which makes sense considering the style

M: Light and effervescent.

O: Having never had a shandy, I didn't really know what to expect. I have had fruity beers and enjoyed them so this seemed like a perfect choice for a hot, unautumnlike October night. The smell and the taste don't match: it tastes much less orangey than it smells. I enjoyed this beer tonight, but can't say I'd get it again because I rarely crave beer like this.

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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.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - cloudy orangey body, creamy off-white head fades to a foam
S - orange and more orange on the nose, almost smells like orange pop, but unfortunately not like beer
T - orange again here, orange pop mixed with some orange rind, mild biscuity malt, but the orange overpowers everything
M - creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation, refreshing and light
O - not terrible, but definitely all orange and not much else going on here.

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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.

Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.