Leinenkugel's Cranberry Ginger Shandy | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Cranberry Ginger ShandyLeinenkugel's Cranberry Ginger Shandy
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MillerMan16 on 07-17-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
493
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
20.12%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
260
For Trade:
1
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Photo of tallshmo
4.5/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TLA
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IanOsea
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Walnut
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Squire123
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks pale when pouring but in the glass displays a rich gold color. Quickly disappearing cap leaving traces of lacing.

Aroma of sweet candy like cranberry with a touch of ginger. At least I think I detect ginger though I might be subject to the power of suggestion on that.

Taste is straight up sweet cranberry backed by a brace of tartness with a touch of ginger. Hops are completely overwhelmed and the beer backbone appears as a presence rather than a taste. Clean, distinct flavor that appears to be natural fruit which is supported by a refreshing berry presence in the aftertaste. Nothing artificial detected.

Body enough to know there's some beer in there, somewhere.

A likable, approachable, Summery beery sort of thing that really tastes like something presented at a child's birthday party. The sweetness isn't sticky, it's well done, there just isn't enough tart sharpness to offset the overlying sweetness. Makes me want to reach for a Klosch.

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Photo of Exeggutor
3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TonyTwins
3.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DocD
4.55/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of porters4life
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CJNAPS
2.22/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Someone brought some for a party So I had to try. Not really my thing a little to sweet for my taste. Not something I would grab if I want a beer, but you should try for yourself. Cheers.

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Photo of mattjp03
2.56/5  rDev -22%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Scotchboy
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at least a year old.

A: clear golden with a fluffy off-white head.

S: lemonade and berries, moderate sweetness and a discernible effervescence. Smells tart, sugary, and sweet, and not artificial.

T: sugary sweet with cranberry and lemon tartness with some raspberry accents. The Ginger character is light but it's there as well. Finished with a light/moderate bready malt character that reminds you there's some beer in it, but it's mostly a fruit drink. Again somewhat sweet with the berry character but not syrupy or artificial.

MF: light body, good carbonation, tart.

O: A fun shandy that I couldn't find much fault in. Will probably be a bit two sweet and one-dimensional for others.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.21/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the can a nice rich off white head is produced, frothy and three fingers easily tall with lots of creamy retention. Ring like lacing manages to snake its way down to a simple amber orange body color. This looks like an almost English pub beer with it's big lacing, really nice looking shandy.

Woah that aroma, it's big when you crack the can. As far as ginger or cranberry, nope. The aroma is big on a sweet green candy apple quality and it's enormous like a giant ballon that is enveloping the glass. A dive in brings in sugar notes of cotton candy and taffy like sugars, and a touch of sour faint acidic apple (acetaldehyde possibly?) . I feel like my nostrils right now are getting cavaties it's so sweet. Ginger or cranberry? Not really getting that at all, just a sweet huge nose that doesn't resemble any decent fruit flavor at all.

Palate leaves little to be desired. Surprisingly there's a decent beer like backbone in mouthfeel with this but it's barely anything than a supporting cast to a really bad actor. Aspartame and Splenda like sweetness abound all over. Hints of fruit is non existent and is somewhere between gobstopper candy and hubba bubba. A drying palate of baseball card chalk bubblegum is all over this, with no sense of ginger spice or what not. Fruit angle is virtually non existent, and tastes like the bottom of a gumball machine.

Cranberry or ginger? Where exactly? Tastes like straight up sugar water with a bigger body. You can drink it but that's about the only thing good going I can say about it. Even as a shandy radler type brew this is just really not that good compared to what's out there.

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Photo of SpaceBeagle
3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheilerW
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is copper, a little hazy, head is off white with a pinkish hue, fairly dense and lingers well after presenting 1/2 inch thick.

Smell is sweet, soda sweet, not much weisse, cranberry is light.

Taste is also sweet, over sweet - too much soda like flavor, cranberry is present, not much ginger.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, moderate crisp presence maybe some drying from ginger or hops.

Overall this is a soda with some alcohol, not much beer quality and definitely no weisse quality

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Photo of Jacob17
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrewh995
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's good if you like verrry sweet fruit beers. I don't. Tons of sweetened cranberry and ginger on the nose and palate. Not exactly my type of beer but like I said, if you like these types, you'll probably love this.

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Photo of singletary
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mshanecrowe
2.52/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer is candy. Practically a lambic.

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Leinenkugel's Cranberry Ginger Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.28 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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