Leinenkugel's Harvest Patch Shandy | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bring out the best of the season with our Leinenkugel’s® Harvest Patch Shandy. It’s a traditional wheat beer that we blend with notes of nutmeg, allspice and clove for a flavor that reminds us of homemade pumpkin pie and pairs perfectly with fall. It’s the perfect pumpkin shandy to pick this season. For an added touch of fall flavor, try pairing it with spicy beef chili or caramel flan.

Added by MillerMan16 on 07-17-2014

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407
pDev:
19.82%
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Reviews by Bolivar73:
Photo of Bolivar73
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -9.9%

I picked up a few cans of Leinenkugel's Harvest Patch shandy in their new Fall Variety pack at Meijers. I've never had a pumpkin shandy before and it peaked my interest a little and I thought it would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks ok, it's got the typical LienenKegel Shandy look to it, but the Jack Lantern goes good with the name and I think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy golden yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This was a decent looking beer, but I wish there was a little bit of lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a nice pumpkin pie like aroma being the first to show up and it starts with the pumpkin which has a meaty pumpkin and natural like aroma to it followed by the spices with nutmeg showing up the most and then comes the pie crust that has a nice graham cracker like aroma to it. Up next I get a slight doughy yeast aroma with a light grainy and sweet malt like aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, it smelled like a lighter version of Southern Tier's Pumpking.

T- The taste seems to be a fairly similar to the aroma but much lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the pumpkin pie aspect being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma, it's just lighter and not as bold. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast with the malts imparting that same grainy and sweet malt aspect, but this time the sweet malts show up more and they seem to stick out the most. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a little more sweetness that carries over to the aftertaste along with some grainy and light pumpkin pie like flavors. This was a decent tasting beer, but the flavor got to be a little watery and I wish the pumpkin pie aspect was as bold as it was in the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, very crisp, slightly prickly, thin, a little watery,light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent and it's pretty shandy like, but it doesn't seem to fit with the pumpkin ale type flavors.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a pretty average example of a pumpkin beer and the only part that seemed to be pretty shandy like was the mouthfeel, other than that it seemed like a watery pumpkin ale. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, very crisp, slightly prickly, thin, a little watery, not filling at all and the taste didn't do a good job of holding my attention, one is enough for me, anymore than that and it would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and it did a good job at showcasing the pumpkin pie aromas. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they both needed some work and it seemed like the mouthfeel clashed with the taste. I wouldn't buy this beer again, especially on it's own and I don't think I could recommend it as a good shandy or a good Pumpkin Ale. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it was just a little confusing since the taste was pumpkin ale like and the mouthfeel was Shandy like and I don't think those two went as well together as Leinenkugel thought they would. It's not bad, but it's nothing I feel like revisiting. This isn't my favorite Leinenkugel beer and it's far from my favorite shandy or pumpkin Ale. Better luck next time guys, I appreciate the out of the box thinking but it just didn't come together that well.

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Photo of Hadenough
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I read the reviews on this one first before I ordered it. I have to say, there are a lot of people on here confusing this beer with a "pumpkin ale". It is not, unless I missed something, it no where claims to be an ale either. It's a shandy, simple as that. They are made to be fruity, sweet, fizzy. This beer does that. If your not into pumpkin ales or the heavier fall beers, give this a try. Heck even if you have a good head on your shoulders and can realize this isn't designed to be an "ale" give it a try, it's not shabby. It's a decent beer for when the days are still warm but the nights are getting cold type of beer.
I'll say this - the smell is aromatic, it hits you right away. You can note the pumpkin spices - nutmeg especially. The taste, almost like a tea, certainly not a heavy dark beer taste, quite light actually. The feel - same way, light, refreshing.

Overall, give it a try if your not quite ready for fall and colder weather but your forced into that corner knowing you have no choice, the leaves will be changing before you know it!

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Photo of scaliasux
2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

L - Medium-light yellow. Slight haze. Tall white head, not persistent.
S - Pumpkin and vague fruit. A little vague spice - nutmeg and clove maybe.
T - Quite sweet and spicy, but also quite light. Clove, nutmeg, pumpkin. Almost tea-like. Cloying.

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Photo of Suds
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I'm not a big fan of the Shandys that this brewery has been putting out....they are typically sweet and overly fizzy. This one is better than expected, though. Light, refreshing, just slightly sweet, with a slight pumpkin pie spice. Some peppery spice in the taste as well. More flavorful than expected. Not bad.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a slightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades rather rapidly to leave just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet pumpkin pie smell. There is a rather strong brown sugar and lightly toasted pumpkin smell with a good showing of cinnamon and some nutmeg. With a hint of a biscuit smell mixed within and a increase in the light roast taste, a very inviting and enjoyable sweet smell is produced overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather sweet pumpkin and brown sugar taste with a little bit of a cinnamon and nutmeg flavor. As the taste advances the sweet remains rather strong with the spice flavors getting slightly stronger and being joined by a little bit of a more doughy like taste. With a little bit of a clove and some more sweet flavors of a caramel taste joining at the end, one is left with a sweet, but smooth pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather thin with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the lightly roasted pumpkin and sweet tastes of the brew the feel is very nice at it makes for an easy drinking and refreshing pumpkin brew overall.

Overall- Rather sweet but quite enjoyable. At a low abv. of only 4.2 % it makes for a great brew to sip and watch football with at times when you feel like a more sweet style brew.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that's a tasty shandy. It's a nice sweet and tart shandy with pumpkin and cinnamon. This beer genuinely surprised me. It's what you think it would taste like.

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Photo of Wyzen
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

I won't bother with a proper review, because this is not a proper pumpkin ale. I have never hated something from leinny...I hate that I hate this. Too sweet to even evaluate. Southern sweet tea with some "pumpkin spices", and bubbles. Worst Leinny EVER. What makes me so upset is the fact that if I wanted to even try it, i needed to buy a damn 12 pack of cans. I hate it 2 in. Huge waste. I'm so sad, ive been a fan, smells great tho. I wonder if I wouldn't hate so much had i been given the opp to just buy a 6er. 20/20 right?

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Photo of tbryan5
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly cloudy with minimal head. Golden, light orange

S- Light pumpkin spice on top of malt.

T- Also light pumpkin spice. Not very present, but just enough to make it a pumpkin beer.

M- High carb and mouthfeel

D- Ok. Nothing special.

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Photo of chip26
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mcangelo
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of crumpyto
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of asuburbanman
4.02/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kyle_Padre_Knell
4.74/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet, light, shandy. Pumpkin flavor is excellent.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of boogerisu
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Adam_Lifts
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a specially designed twist cap featuring the image of a pumpkin. Jan. 2016 date stamp on the neck.
Pours with a medium size, durable, creamy white head that leaves excellent lacing.
Unusual fruity-spicy aroma: not your typical pumpkin pie notes. The flavor is lightly spicy; not as spicy as the aroma suggests. There's no mention of vanilla on the label but the flavor sure suggests it.

Overall: light, refreshing and easy drinking, as a shandy should be, but based on the ABV (over 4%) and brewer's description, this is not a shandy.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Bingja18
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dface
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shawner
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Leinenkugel's Harvest Patch Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 407 ratings