Shenanigans Summer Ale | Indeed Brewing Company

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Shenanigans Summer AleShenanigans Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
27 IBU

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

Muted chestnut brown, with nice clarity, even a bit orange amber in color as well. Head is real big at controlled fist size, off tan in color with pill lacing as it settles, and some decent staying power. Quite dark and looking kind of Vienna to Steam beer quality.

Toasty nose with quite a nice sense of dry bread crust. Possibly Munich malts sensing, a bit of biscuit, and minimal caramel. Very clean mineral sense, and an almost zesty citrus note that is a good accent but stays away from IPA blasting. Seems to leave out the wheaty chewy character a bit, and leaves a good sensing Vienna Lager like quality.

Palate takes a real nice turn. Very nice fruity orange character, and the chewy body hits with less toast and dark bread sensations. Mild sensing caramel with citrus tangy quality. Big full finish on the aftertaste like a good juiced pale ale, with complimenting nutty and toasty malt character to match.

Quite a unique beverage, but a real good tasty summer slammer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

lord knows i am a lush for sorachi ace hops, so obviously i am a sucker for this beer too. a little too amber though to really showcase them, not that its a red or anything, but i found this one to be a little too malty to really demonstrate the best of this special hop. good head though on a beer too dark for what its trying to be. awesome aroma and taste though, you cant hide this hop, and even a sturdy grain base cant in this brew. lemons and buttercream and just a little earthy aspect to the malt, nice depth, less summery, but still kind of light considering these aspects. thank goodness the hops come through so well in the taste, these hops alone make this a summer beer, and i need no more of them, but its just a little sweet for the end game. its also fortunate that the carbonation is so high, or this would feel even heavier. i think it would be better packaged than on tap, especially where we had it (not going to name drop, but seriously, take care of your lines up there!). i like the hop profile, but as a summer beer, i think this is a bit much in a number of respects. anything with sorachi ace has my heart though...

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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Clear golden hue, thin white lacing stays around for a while. Lemon rind, grass, & bread crust in the nose. Deep crispness, moderate sized body, and has a little malt chew. Clean and bready, mild hint of lemony herbal hops. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery. Hadn't been in a hurry to try this but it surprised me... pours a bright orange with a little haze and a finger of white foamy head. Nose has a little twang of wheat and some lemon, but it is fairly faint. Once you taste it though, very nice: some bitter bright dandelion, some earthy-flowery daisy, some faint fruity, lemon notes and some spicy yeast, and some honey that isn't too sweet. a little sticky (perhaps from the honey), fairly substantial, average carbonation, and quite refreshing...that little wheaty twang at the end is amped up by the Sorachi hops. a very nice summer beer with a somewhat unique flavor profile.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shenanigans pours a hazy golden color with a small but long lasting head. There is a very weak aroma. The taste is very creamy, nice crisp backbone with some noticeable lemon flavors. A little weak body. Overall its a great summer drinking beer.

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Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy gold, fluffy white head, persistent fine delicate haze S: wheat bread aromas
T: a touch of caramel in the background, hop finish, a touch of grapefruit finishes dry, a little grain. No discernible Hefeweizen spices (coriander, banana, clove).
F: medium to medium high carbonation
O: A good summer beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear honey/golden color with a modest head that leaves some dots of lacing

Smell: Lemon and honey tones backed up by the bready malt

Taste: Bready, up front, with burgeoning lemon elements; slightly spicy and herbal, with surprising bitterness developing for only 14 IBUs; the honey comes through on the finish to add some balancing sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad summer beer as we head into the fall weather; I was surprised by the amount of flavor for what is often a bland style, particularly when I saw that the beer was brewed with honey and a very modest IBU level

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden with a one finger white foam head that fades slowly and leaves some sticky lacing behind.

Aroma: Sweet wheat and citrus on the nose, with some malts and a little grass underneath. Smells pleasant and welcoming.

Taste: A little hops up front but quickly balanced by the sweet wheat and yeast. A little bit of lemon citrus in the mix as well. A great flavof for a lighter summer wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Finishes clean and smooth on the tongue

Overall: A really good summer wheat beer. I like that it has more hops than other lighter wheat beers, and the citrus flavor adds to the summer appeal. This is a great canned beer for summer outings, and tastes great ice a perfect candidate for big coolers or ice buckets in the summertime. Another winner from Indeed.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So indeed tinkered a bit with the recipe to Shenanigans. It is now 5% ABV with 14 IBU's. And of course now they started canning this one as their summer seasonal. Beautiful light golden color. Smells of light whet and a hint of that honey that its brewed with. Taste is a touch more hoppy, more inline with Indeed's other hoppy brews. The honey is there, the wheat is not overpowering and comes packed with a more subtle punch.

It's not mindblowing but I think they took some good attempts to turn this beer around. And Indeed has done a solid job.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes:
A- Pale golden, with a thick white head. The head is impressive and lasts quite a long time. A fair amount of lacing. Rather hazy.
S- Smell is mild. Wheat, a bit of lemon, a bit of earthy hop, a touch of honey. Fairly mild on the nose.
T- It is more hop forward on the tongue. Wheat, lemon, and a bit of citrus. Some honey.
M- More full bodied than many in style. Carbonation is medium-aggressive.
O- A more interesting than average take on the style. Worth drinking.

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Photo of Ridgeback
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a nice light golden color with a healthy white head. The beer remains well carbonated but most of the head disappears rather quickly

S - Slightly sweet with a bit of citrus and mildly bready. Certainly there was nothing here that was a turn off but there wasn't a strong citrus or hoppy scent. This matches the style of beer

T - Refreshing and clean. There wasn't any "oh wow" momoments when I drank this it is enjoyable. This beer wasn't heavily hopped but I do pick up a bit of hop bitterness on the initial taste that dissipates quickly

F - Very refreshing and no lingering unpleasant aftertaste. This would be very nice on a late summer afternoon or evening. I tend to like the way well carbonated beers finish and this didn't disappoint me.

O - I thought this was a good beer. There is nothing to complain about. All the things you would expect in a good beer it has...but at the same time there isn't anything that truly knocks your socks off either.

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Photo of hardy008
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light orange with a small white head. The aroma has lemon, honey, and wheat.

The taste has an unmistakeable wheat beer flavor, with lemon, honey, and bread. Is nicely balanced, with more bitterness than sweetness. Nice for a hot summers day.

Light bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Not much aftertaste. An easy to drink summertime beer, but not as good as most of the other beers made by Indeed.

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Photo of ZAP
4.79/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best summer beer you can buy in my opinion....just a work of art...the Sorachi Ace hops lend a real lemon drop like flavor which combines perfectly with the mild honey notes of this beer....nice wheatiness....low ABV but not watery at all...excellent refresher but just a real tasty beer either of the best new beers to hit this state in recent years...drinks great out of the can but even better from a glass...

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Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow, good head.

Smell: Wheat, seltzer, dry.

Taste: Very wheaty, mild sweetness, slight lemon. Finishes with more wheat.

Overall: Even for a wheat beer, the wheat really comes through strong here. I suppose I was expecting a little more hoppiness from this one. A different take on a pale wheat, instead of letting the yeast shine through or hopping it up, the wheat takes center stage and won't let go.

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Photo of jhawth
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a quickly dissipating, creamy finger-sized head.

Aroma: A little bit of banana, a little bubblegum. Definitely get a lemony/dill note from the sorachi ace hops, almost a little unpleasant.

Taste: Moderate hop bitterness up front, gives way to wheat-y, bread-y malt flavors with just a touch of honey becoming apparent in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, little carbonation. Smooth, very drinkable.

Overall: Did not really think much of this beer when first trying it, but the process of reviewing has made me appreciate it more. Very drinkable and refreshing, but something isn't quite balanced here. A little cloying.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No freshness dating on this can

A= Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick finger of white head that holds steady retention and leaves some solid lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell has a little citrusy hops to it but it's light as well as some malty grainy smell to it. A little poopy wheat in there as well.

T= The taste has more of the poopy wheat coming through as well some cereal grain taste. Almost on oatmeal kinda flavor despite no oats I believe. There is the lightest bit of citrus hop flavor coming through and an overall kind of sweetness.

M= Brightly carbonated.

O= This is a solid summer brew. I will say however this may be my least favorite from Indeed so far. Maybe I'm just not a big fan of summer wheat beers.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale yellow and hazy to the point of opaqueness. Nice frothy one finger white head.

Aroma: Sort of run of the mill wheat aroma but with a nice sweetness from the honey. Not getting much for hops besides a touch of earth.

Taste: A surprisingly complex brew for its low 4.6% ABV. Starts with that average wheat flavor but quickly develops a nice spicy/earthy character from the hops. The Sorachi Ace hops do a good job of being flavorful and bitter while not overpowering the malt. The finish has the hop bitterness decaying while adding in a light honey flavor and some sweetness. Aftertaste is a bit of earth flavor and lingering bitterness. Great example of the style in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and just below medium in body. Very drinkable and I imagine it would be quite thirst quenching outside on a hot summer day.

Final Thoughts: Pleasantly surprised by the depth of flavor and enjoyability of this beer by a new local brewery. Definitely one to check out if you like the style and probably has a decent shelf life. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of morimech
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date of 5-22 on sticker. Pours a very hazy yellow color with one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Not much for an aroma. I definitely pick up the wheat malt but little else. Maybe just a little citrus.

A little more interesting flavor. The wheat is very dominant but I also get some citrus and honey. On the sweeter side with a little hop bitterness. Lingering wheat aftertaste.

Decent body for a lighter beer. Good carbonation.

Not a successful beer to Indeed Brewing standards. They set the bar kind of high and this beer does not live up to the rest of the portfolio. This is the kind of APWA that I would expect to have tasted 5+ years ago, not today. And not from this brewery that likes its hops. I was expecting something along the lines of Halcyon, Gumbalhead, or 80 Acre. I would not even call this beer refreshing as it is not dry, and has a lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy orange color. The head is two inche's of white foam that recedes slowly into lar ge chunks of sticky lacing. The aroma is quite sweet with noticeable wheaty twang. The taste is full of tangy honey with verges on the point of being astringent. This is without a doubt the most flavorful honey wheat beer I have tasted, and I really do not like its flavor. The body is light bodied with high carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is not the beer for me.

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Photo of maximum12
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another season turns, another Indeed beer shows up. Picked up a six pack dated 5/15/13 per the price sticker, so should be plenty fresh. One 12 oz. can for me. one for my wife.

Well, before I can even sit down my wife has a rather violently displeased reaction; yikes. The pour is summery yellow, even the bit that I spilled down the side of the mini-snifter. Smell is nice, citrus, Nebraska wheat fields, flowers.

Shenanigans is like liquified wheat protein. Wheat, wheat, & more wheat, Feather-light touch of citrus & honey does little to leaven the wheat (ha!). Touch of stem rust or streak mosaic, hard to tell which. Easy to drink, I suppose, but, well.

First miss from Indeed for me, this is a wheat beer that wasn't quite combined right. Breaks my heart to shoot it, but this doesn't even break the surface of mediocre.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice, easy drinking summer ale. Nice and sessionable.

Looks nice, white head leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is not too remarkable. Smells nice enough but fairly typical for the style. Wheat malt dominates.

Light bodied, with a mildly sweet honey finish.

Bring on the 90 degree weather, when it comes I probably be drinking this.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Canned on 5/15/13.

Appearance: Pours a pale and somewhat hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head that holds some decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A zesty wheat driven aroma with lots of fruity citrus esters and some spice. Wheat and pale malt upfront with hints of biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Sweet hints of honey. The Sorachi Ace hop scent comes out as well as a big citrus hop presence. Big hints of juicy orange peel and pulp, pineapple, and lemon zest. Also some hints of white peppers and coriander spicing. A very juicy and zesty smell. It literally smells like there is orange juice mixed in here. Very nice.

Taste: Lives up to the good aroma, lots of wheat with zesty citrus fruit notes and some spice. Dry bready wheat and pale malt with notes of biscuit, yeast, and crackers along with some sweet honey taste. Solid hop presence for a wheat ale with good notes of the Sorachi Ace hop. Big citrus fruit notes of oranges and peel along with some pineapple and lemon zest. Some spicy taste as well with notes of white pepper and a little coriander. Zesty and nicely balanced. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat spicy. Very smooth.

Overall: A really good wheat ale. Good balance of sweetness and dryness with really vibrant citrus taste. A great summer beer.

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Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw-gold with decent stark white head.

Smell: Wheat, lemon, orange and white pepper.

Taste: Nice wheat backbone with some serious zest layers of lemon and spiciness. The honey touch is small but noticeable, and helps to round out the flavor profile. I can't believe that this is only 14 IBUs. While not exactly bitter, the finish is quite sharp from the lemon and spice notes.

Feel: Light and effervescent, but also smooth and creamy, which takes a deft hand. Finish is very dry and crisp.

Overall: For a true American Wheat Ale (e.g. not a wheat IPA), this is about as good as it gets. Refreshing and crisp, drinkable yet complex - this is how to make a great summer beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 2012 ABR, from notes.

Poured a hazy yellow-gold with a inch or better of white foam that left heavy lacing. Smell was citrus, honey, lemon and wheat grain and the taste followed right along, although the zesty lemon blast tended to be far forward of any underlying honey and orange notes that were in the background. Lighter body, highly carbonated, a summery beer certainly, refreshing, light on the palate and finished mildly bitter and dry.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's the official description from the brewery: Brewed with Sorachi Ace hops, Glacier County Honey, and locally malted red wheat Shenanigans Summer Ale has a zesty, citrus-filled aroma, refreshingly dry body, and notes of honey that weave in and out of this thirst quenching summer ale. So brave the humidity and enjoy the long days because summer is time for Shenanigans.

And here's what I had to say:

Indeed Shenanigans Summer Honey Wheat Ale, Indeed Brewing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Very hazy, light golden color, prodigious head, fluffy as a cloud, lace-leaving. Looking good.

Aroma: there's the honey, there's the wheat, and here come the hops. Indeed announced itself as a hop-forward brewery, and I'm damn glad there's no exception when it comes to something like a honey wheat ale, which, in some hands, can be a simpering, soporific affair. Plenty of pleasures in this nose.

Taste: first comes the wheaten texture, plenty of it, a good amount of grit, with the right amount of smooth. Along comes the sweetness of honey, just enough deliciousness, just enough delight. Blasts of citrus fruit, as well, pineapple meets lemon meets orange meets grapefruit and mango.
I raise my glass a third time, and the bitterness of the hops is keeping it all in check, while letting the honey seep out it's sweetness, and leaving the wheat to keep it all smooth and mellow. Love this easy-drinking summer ale.

Let's seeā€¦the State Fair is over, Labor Day has come and gone, leaves are starting to fall, and there's less heat and more chill, but you know what? The calendar says it's still summer, and we have this beer around. Yeah, if only they debuted in June, but there's always next year, when they'll probably can it.

I like honey in a beer, and I love a wheat, but when there's this much hoppiness at play, we're all good in the neighborhood. Props to Indeed for not selling out on a concept that would be lousy in less capable hands.

This one doesn't have a proper label yet, and I assume that's because they're not canning it until next year, and the paper labels for the bottles only use a logo, rather than a full illustration. And I will look forward to seeing more of this next summer, because it is a keeper. Tasty, easy-drinking, with just enough hops on the tongue for a reward. I need that stuff, you know, or it just isn't worth it.

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Shenanigans Summer Ale from Indeed Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 182 ratings.
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