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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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Reviews: 79
Hads: 662
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 22.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 194 | 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 tjsdomer2
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like pale yet thick apple cider. Rather bright orange with a pulpy lacing.

Smell: Orange sherbet. Nothing really beer-y except maybe a hint of lemon hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Refreshing orange. Seems a bit summery for a fall release but it is very refreshing. Mouthfeel starts nice and zesty but overall is quite watery and leaves a sticky after-feel. Reminds me a bit of Fruity Pebbles Beer (Sunset Wheat).

Overall Drinkability: Like I said, this is a bit summery for a fall release. A little more yeast and body and a little less orange, and this is Blue Moon. (580 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,470 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of iliotib
3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of RickS95
2.26/5  rDev -28.5%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
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 (551 characters)

Photo of phideltashaggy
3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- A hazy, light orange color that came out of the bottle resembling a light orange Kool-aid. Head quickly dissipated and left almost no lacing.

S- This smells very fun; a little bready and a lot sweet citrus, almost like some cheap, sugary orange drink.

T- Not as sweet as I was expecting from the nose. First sip was very acidic, but after my palate acclimated it was not overwhelming. Some biscuity malt taste in the middle, then stays on the tongue very citrusy, almost just like straight OJ.

MF- Thinner than I was expecting from the syrup-like pour. Feels thin and tingles with acid just slightly.

Overall, this is a fun beer for a warm day, but the acidity could be too much for me to session more than one or two. This could be a nice pallet cleanser in the middle of a session, though. (854 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.97/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best before date of November 11, 2013 printed on the bottleneck. I got this bottle from my neighbors, since I've never seen this beer before. Not the biggest fan of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, but I'm intrigued to see what this variant is all about.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours a murky cloudy pale orange-lemon color with a finger of off-white foam for a head.

S - Smell is about what I expected it would be, also. Some pretty natural orange juice / radler smell in there, but there is a lot of sugary caramel malt and dust in there too.

T - Tastes a lot like the regular version in the taste. Not much legit orange actually comes through, but it is in there. Lemon, carbonation, white sugar, malt.

M - Feel is crisp and clean, with good carbonation.

Overall, this was basically what I already knew it would be. Blurring the line between chic malt beverages and fruit beer, but an easy drinking beer for those hot summer vacation days. I would probably only drink this again if offered in that context.

Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy ---3/5. (1,087 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a cloudy, yellow/orange color with a slight, white head. The aroma has wheat mixed with orange zest. The flavor is pretty much what you would expect, an orange version of Summer Shandy. The texture is a little too thin and the flavor doesn't exactly wow me either. I do like oranges more than lemons though if I had to choose. However Buffalo Bill's Orange Cream is still a better option if they still have it in your area. (434 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev -6%
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. (481 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 tigg924
3.38/5  rDev +7%
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. (451 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 NiceTaps
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden-orange hazy Weiss beer look, dense cloud. The 2-finger pure white head lasts a while and leaves fat rings of lacing.

S- It smells like a combination of orange creamsicle and grainy wheat beer.

T- Orange flavor upfront, wheat on the back end. Slight honey sweetness.

M- Lots of orange-juicy carbonation , cool and fresh. Slightly dry wheat beer finish. No sign of alcohol or bitterness.

O- Orange flavored summer wheat beer, ok at that. (486 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.57/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Orange Shandy pours a hazy yellow/orangeish color with a nice small long lasting lacing head. There is a orange aroma that is similar to orange hand soap. The taste is similar to soap with small orange notes, but has a barely noticeable malty and wheat like backbone. A bit watery, which may be a good thing, if the flavors would be any stronger it would be undrinkable. Overall its a drinkable beer on a hot summers BBQ day, but don't expect anything to great. (461 characters)

Photo of RonKoch
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hey do you like Orange pop? C'mon everyone likes orange pop, right? If you like orange pop then this is the drink for you. But if you like orange pop better than beer, beeradvocate.com might not be the website for you.

I will say, it was refreshing at the lake over July 4th weekend. But I won't buy it again. . . I like beer. (328 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.86/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (986 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -18.7%
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- (1,297 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (3,044 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
1.91/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Medium light yellow with a hint of orange. Opaque. Short white head - fairly persistent.

Smell - Tang.

Taste - Given the aroma, the flavor is unexpectedly muted. Sweet light malt and faint sweet slightly artificial tasting orange. Might be a little lemon or grapefruity hops in the finish. A little watery.

Mouthfeel - Light.

Overall - Maybe orange and beer just don't go together well? In any event, this one clearly isn't working too well. It comes off as artificial and simply doesn't taste that great. (522 characters)

Photo of Trifecta1
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a Three Floyd's pint glass (sorry 3Fs)

A - Murky pale yellowy-orange. Kind of like over-blended watered-down orange juice. Doesn't look very appetizing.

S - Smells like a cross between a wit and a czech pils. Lemony aroma that fades into grain. Not too much orange on the nose, more lemon than orange.

T - Ah, there's the oranges. And grains. Ricey and wheaty grains, but not as pungent or putrid as those found in any of the major adjunct lagers. Starts as orange juice with much less sweetness, and fades to the graininess stated above. You can almost say it tastes like a cross between an Americanized bastard of a wit and a euro pils, with added OJ. Not bad, but you have to take it for what it is.

M - The way I like my fruit beers. Effervescent and light. Adds a crispness. Could be a little less syrupy, but nothing too big.

O - This beer was surprisingly OK. Not bad, not great, just an "as expected" beer from Leinenkugel. I feel like a lot of people rip on this company cause it's a macro, and a lot of people praise it cause they have no palate for beer. If it were cheaper, I'd buy it. Until then, I'll stick to my cheap-ass Steigl Radler for a light fruity brew. If you like grapefruit and fruity beer, check it out, only 89 cents for a pint can at my local craft store! (1,311 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,157 characters)

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