Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Grapefruit ShandyLeinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by aratcliffe on 02-23-2015

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Ratings: 500 |  Reviews: 97
Reviews by Dan_Metcalf:
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2.67/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.20% This brew pours out a light cloudy amber color with a nice small with head. Grapefruit Shandy is a unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell is rich with strong grapefruit,and mild grain and malts. Now for the taste it is Grapefruit, smooth , with gains and malts. I like how smooth this brew is. There is nothing overpowering about Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy. There is a lot going on in Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy. I like how this brew is different from most brew on the market The mouthfeel is bold clean and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy a 4.25 out 5. I would buy this brew again. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing ,did a nice job with this brew.

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Photo of btheluvdoctor
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was better then I expected. I hear so many beer geeks complain about the "wine cooler" like Shandy but as I get older I find myself moving away from the 'beer with a bite" IPA & leaning towards the mellower Shandy or classic Belgium. Great summer time or BBQ beer with high grapefruit flavor. My only draw back is that the color is very hazy but that's understandable. I liked this better then the sweeter Orange Shandy.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint pale golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy pillowy white head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/white grapefruit juice over the top of a light aroma of wheat malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat malts with a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of slightly sweetened white grapefruit juice which continues on through the finish.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink and very refreshing with no hints of alcohol present at all. A very good beer for a hot summer afternoon out in the yard. Would grab it again but personally I think it is not quite as good as the Stiegl Radler.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks like someone, somewhere was listening to me! My local, in-person trader, tone77, and I split the cost of a mixed 12-pack & he was gracious enough to pick it up & give me first choice of which six. The following review is in support of The CANQuest (tm), endorsed by lovers of fermented beverages in aluminum cylinders everywhere. Today is H, 21 April 2016.

From the CAN: "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wis[CAN]sin Since 1867"; "A Shandy-style Beer with the Flavor of Fresh-Cut Citrus"; "A traditional shandy is beer mixed with a little something extra, like lemonade, soda or ginger ale. Leinenkugel's (R) Grapefruit Shandy is our take on this tradition. Each batch begins with traditional wheat beer. We then combine it with natural white grapefruit flavor that adds a note of fresh-cut citrus to brighten a great day by the lake."

A Loud Crack! was immediately followed by an inverted Glug. This caused to production of three fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving some lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose left no doubt that this involved grapefruit! It was a tad on the sweet side, like Ocean Spray Red Grapefruit Cocktail, but still, it was very tart with an unmistakable grapefruit smell. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, but about the standard for a shandy. The taste was more muted than the nose had led me to expect, but it was still strong with grapefruit. It had a light sugary sweetness, but overall, it was tart, citrusy and unmistakably grapefruit-driven. Finish was dry, refreshing and probably the best of the Leinenkugel line of Shandys that I have tasted up to this point. I like the CANcept, I enjoy the presentation (CANs) & I think that the mixed-12 packs are actually a good deal at their price point.

My original bottle review follows:

I picked this up at Country Garden 6-Pack and held it for a Leinie's Friday, which happens to be today!

From the bottle: "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Since 1867."

I unscrewed the cap and let fly with an aggro pour, creating three fingers of fluffy, bone-white head that started to fizz like pop and then suddenly slowed down and created a meringue-like head atop the beer. Color was a cloudy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose smelled like freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice! Mouthfeel was fizzy, kind of creamy, very full on the tongue. The taste was definitely grapefruit, but not as strong as what I had expected from the nose. It seemed to lack the definitive tartness that I enjoy in grapefruit, but it was being offset by the beer and honey with which it was made. Finish was semi-dry and highly refreshing, which is what they were going for in a shandy. Now, they just need to put it in CANs!

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Photo of Jonada
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow color with a finger of a fizzy white head that settles to a ring. Body is very hazy but translucent.

Smell: Grapefruit juice, and while that's pretty much it, it's a nice natural grapefruit rather than artificial.

Taste: Light tartness, grapefruit (though weaker than the nose), grain, hint of wheat, mild sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not good, but not terrible either. Kind of reminiscent of a watered down sweetened grapefruit soda. It's refreshing enough and works for what it is.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of markallmon
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryno3031
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jamesmk48
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AustinRT
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Strong grapefruit smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of grapefruit with a hint of bitter hops.

Overall: Good beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of Jkeene71
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of briandaube
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a Leinenkugel lager glass.

Looks like grapefruit juice mixed with lager.
Smells mainly like grapefruit juice but has faint bready notes.
The taste is more like grapefruit juice than beer. Refreshing and fresh tasting, not unlike a gourmet grapefruit soda. About equally bitter and sweet.

Overall: excellent radler.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SB2017
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good head, but it's a pale hazy urine color. Smells more like grapefruit juice than beer. Heavy on the grapefruit, not much citrus sweetness thankfully, and the grapefruit flavor lingers. Quite enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RDW
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cdm1313
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of En29356
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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