Blueberry Lemonade Shandy | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Blueberry Lemonade ShandyBlueberry Lemonade Shandy
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
saugatuckbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 05-06-2017

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#29,236
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
23
pDev:
15.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I had been wanting to inCANporate Saugatuck BC with New Holland BC for last week's New Beer Sunday (Week 698), but my selections got the best of me & I had to stop. This will be my opening beer in New Against the Saugatuck Grain Beer Sunday (Week 699)!

From the CAN: "Summer on the Brain All Year Long"; "Refreshing*Crisp*Flavorful"; "Here's to Happy (tm)"; "Tastes Like Summer."; "You're craving something light bodied, refreshing and unique. That's why we created our tasty version of a Radler with an added twist of blueberry flavor. The tart citrus of lemonade and the tangy freshness of blueberry flavors combine to create a perfectly delightful beer."

I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a slow, gentle Glug but when it seemed like clarity was not going to be an option, I let loose with a heavy hand. This led to the formation of just under tow fingers of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head that quickly fell to wisps, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled like lemon zest and blueberry pancakes! Truth in advertising. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, not quite watery, but not much past it. I tasted the blueberry quite prevalently & the lemonade acCANponied it nicely. Neither flavor seemed artificial and the lemonade was not overly sweet as it has been in some that I have tried recently. I really dunned one for tasting like Country Time & this was nothing like that, thank goodness! It was at the extreme end of Sessionable (4.9% is the accepted high end), but it was really crushable, going down very easily on a hot, humid Summer's day. Finish was fruity, but only semi-sweet on the edge of semi-dry. This CAN easily go into the cooler when headed to the beach. Mmm.

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Photo of TheGent
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can - time to get summer on the brain, yo! Aren't radlers supposed to be less than the normal 5% ABV?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some random streaky cloud form lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of blueberry tarts, fresh real lemonade, bready and doughy cereal malt, candied lemon, and very subtle earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready pale malt, blueberry ice cream, lemon squares, aged lemon juice, simple syrup, and more ethereal leafy, herbal, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly sedate in its palate-disappointing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the sugary malt and lingering frooty notes carrying on in the longer daylight hours.

Overall - this is indeed a flavourful version of the style, with both fruity essences blended into an enjoyable tipple. It may come off as too sweet to some, but not this happy camper, as I'm just glad to have had a chance to take a crack at it. Good, good stuff!

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Photo of Chilmer
2.04/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of c014572
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has a slight lemon aroma. No real blueberry presence, albeit blueberries don't smell much. To the point, this is not like a lot of lemon shandy's where they throw lemon aid on top of crap beer. The beer base here has a nice malt backbone and an almost non-present hop character. Very smooth and drinkable --- as a beer. The lemon flavor is in no way overpowering and I can definitely taste the blueberry in this beer, but it's all subtle. I've found my go-to summer beer for sitting out on a hot day..... And I'm not a huge fan of Shandy's.....

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Photo of DougT
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shivtim
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raime
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a wheaty golden color with a fuzzy head of 1 finger in my mini snifter.

Aromas of lemon, wheat, lemon bars, lemon icing, cereal, faint blueberry.

Flavor is more bitter than I expected for a shandy. It starts off with some mild pilsner-like hop bitterness, and segues into lemon rind and white bread, with a faint cake sweetness floating off somewhere in the distance. Blueberries can be sampled at the finish.

Feel is crisp, somewhat clean, slightly starchy.

Overall, this is much more in line with a Pale Wheat Ale than a Shandy. Still delicious, not sweet at all.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice shandy. Lemon leads the nose with slight wheat and blueberry following. Taste is like a yeasty blueberry lemonade. Very drinkable and light. Not overly sweet too which is surprising and appreciated.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 3/7/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy blueberries, fruit skin, lemon juice/peels, wheat, cracker and white bread; with light notes of vanilla, cream, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of fruit, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy blueberries, fruit skin, lemon juice/peels, wheat, cracker and white bread; with light notes of vanilla, cream, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy blueberries, fruit skin, lemon juice/peels, wheat, cracker, white bread, light vanilla/cream, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of fruit, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/tart/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/sticky/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a delicious shandy! All around nice robustness and balance of fruit, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. This tastes like a cream ale base with added fruit. Feels much more robust than a traditional radler/shandy. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LloydDobler
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Way better than the draft I had last year. Perfect for a shandy. Not too sweet, but refreshing as hell! Blueberry isn’t in the forefront as much as it creeps in for the finish. Love the label. Probably wouldn’t have grabbed it if it wasn’t a blast from the past screaming at me from a damn lemonhead!

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Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tommy5
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergorrilla
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.54/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Taste: big lemon, semi sweet, but kind artificial lemonade taste, only a hint of blueberries, fizzy mouthfeel. Zesty lemon nose. Gold, clear, with a delicate lace. Medium/lite body. Wish it was more ale than lemonade like a Radler. 10 IBUs

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blueberry Lemonade Shandy from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 23 ratings