Leinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Watermelon ShandyLeinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy
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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #732
Ranked #45,230
3.43 | pDev: 17.78%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Leinenkugel's Watermelon ShandyLeinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy
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Photo of JimboBrews54
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa. Does this one have some sweetness to it. I do usually like the Shandy category of beer, this one makes it sweet and almost to a point where it does not taste like beer, it kind of tastes like a bite into a Watermelon, this is sweet but it does have some beer flavoring to it.

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Photo of ValleyLock
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Don't get me wrong, I love an awesome Summer Shandy on a hot summer day, but after I have been working my butt off all day the refreshing Watermelon flavor just takes it to the next level!

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Photo of Caveworm
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Leinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head on this is two fingers thick, with spotty lacing, and a pale opaque gold body.

Smells like watermelon, duh.

The taste is also that of the watermelon variety, with some lighter malts.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll choose to give Leinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company a 4.25 rating.

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

Like their grapefruit version I got this for my wife. It is another ladies- wine -cooler kind of brew. Very sweet and weak in ABV. Not a good choice for us hop lovers

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Photo of dacrza1
2.07/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

DATE: September 15, 2017... OCCASION: a muggy night spent running (four miles through a bug-infested park) and soccer practice... in need of something light... GLASSWARE: Hoegaarden tumbler... this one should be quick...a sallow, murky yellow body akin to muddy river water supports a foamy, bubbly off-white head that shows some spunky resilience... tart, candied mouthfeel, reminiscent of wacky wafers or a scented eraser--fun, but not alluring... mouthfeel is fizzy, fuzzy, gassy, lightly refreshing, active as it hits the throat, and slightly creamy... easily slammable, its biggest asset... the flavor here is predictably candied watermelon, with hints of hay, lemon grass, and cracker malts... as a shandy case mate, this would be my last choice--fruity, fizzy, and refreshing, but not too far removed from an alcoholic seltzer...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. "Leinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "AUG0717 C01201055" and sampled on AUG2517
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Leinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy pours a very hazy straw gold body beneath a short head of bright white that holds well and leaves some small spots and slashes of lace behind.

The aroma delivers a light bit of watermelon and some sweetish malt.

The flavor is fuller than the aroma suggests, and the watermelon, although it's not real, actually appears fairly authentic. It's not very bitter, and it is sweetish, but it's not too sweet. Along with the watermelon there's a note of honey that's quite nice.

It's light-medium in body and gently effervescent with a little zing on the tongue.

As far as shandy's go you could do much worse. It's light and pleasant and refreshing, and perfect for a sunny day.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can with a best by date of 10/9/17; into a pint glass.
Appearance- a very cloudy, deep yellow/gold with lots of detectable bubbles along the side. Head fades quickly to a thin, bubbly white. Lacing is very minimal.
Smell - Hawaiian punch saturated with lemon juice.
Taste - is liquid cotton candy a thing? This is odd, but not all that bad.
Feel - light, slightly fruity and real refreshing.
Overall - this is a little better than okay, but I don't think I could do more than one of any of these shandys at one sitting.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Leinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.20% This brew pours out a cloudy hazy golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with Watermelon sweetness, and some citrus notes. You also pick up on some nice grains and malts in the smell of this brew. Between the look and the smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is smooth but full of flavors. You pick up on the Watermelon and the mild citrus flavors tie it all together. This is one smooth going brew.Leinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I like how smooth this brew goes down. It goes nice on a hot summer day. The body is a light medium. Mouth feel of Leinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy is Watermelon, Smooth, Clean, Crisp, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would look this brew up again givin the chance to. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this one. If you are looking for something different in your Shandy brew or you are a fan of Watermelon look this one up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

picked this up for a celebration that was not to be. my lady loves the lemon shandy, so i thought we would give this one a try for her, but this is far inferior to the original, which generally has been my opinion of most of the variations they have pumped out over the years. this has a gross nose to it, pukey, acidic, sweet, just really not very appetizing to me, and fairly artificial, i dont know any watermelons that smell like this. the flavor is better and more authentic, the fruit is strong and sweet in this, and the refreshing lemony aspect is gone, its just a juicy light beer that never really comes together. i still get a little of that stomach acid element, kind of a turn off, but when this is ice cold its still very drinkable and has some capacity for refreshment, if thats your kind of drink. for me, it wasnt beery enough, and the watermelon felt overdosed and not very genuine. i still have four of them in the fridge, so heres to hoping it grows on me a little bit. had much higher hopes for this...

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Golden color with a bit of foam which doesn't last long. Whiffs of wheat and watermelon. Watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Lemon, too. The candied watermelon is predominant innthe flavor, with light wheat/honey/Graham cracker flavors. Easy to toss back. Not something I'd buy, but I'd definitely toss a few back if offered.

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 1/2 pint glass.

L: Cloudy light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy head. Falls fast.. modest lacing.

S: Watermelon and honey... a bit of yeast.

T/F: Tasted like a light weiss with a strong watermelon finish. Not nearly as offensive as I thought it would be... some honey sweetness and a little bit of lemon peel and spice from the weiss. Mostly fruity watermelon. Light in body.... watermelon is all over the finish. Well carbonated.

O: Not an offensive beer, and based on what I was expecting that's saying something. I got it for my wife and ended up drinking a bit of it myself. I wouldn't seek it out per se but it hit the spot on a hot day.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/29/2017. Pours hazy medium golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of watermelon candy, lemon, lime, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light honey, pepper, clove, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of watermelon, pale malt, light earthy hop, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of watermelon candy, lemon, lime, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light honey, pepper, clove, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness, yeast spiciness, and slight fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of watermelon candy, lemon, lime, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, bread, light honey/pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of watermelon, pale malt, light earthy hop, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a good shandy style. All around good robustness and balance of watermelon, pale malt, light earthy hop, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Nicely flavorful for the ABV. Never overwhelming on the watermelon, and doesn’t get too artificial feeling. Solid yeast presence and malt backbone. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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

Pours very hazy pale yellow in color with a generous white fluffy head that dissipated rapidly to a thin layer of small bubbles. The aroma is like a watermelon lifesaver with a touch of lemon. Flavor is melon, though not so much watermelon.
As to be expected, it's sweet, but not cloyingly sweet. Crisp and light and overall a nice shandy.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy has a thin, white head, a very hazy, yellow-gold appearance, fierce bubbles, and a bit of glass lacing. Aroma is of sugar, watermelon, and white wheat bread. Taste is similar, with some spice thrown in, as well. Mouthfeel is fluffy and medium, and Watermelon Shandy finishes medium dry.


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Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle - Freshness date of May 29 17 stamped on neck of the bottle:

Pours clouded light yellow with a thin head that leaves vanishing lace.

The smell is of watermelon, honey, some grain.

The taste is of watermelon candy (think - Jolly Rancher) with bubblegum and honey. Sweet but not too sticky. Some wheat tang gives some balance, but it remains sweet.

It has a crisp, light, refreshing body. Not too sticky considering the sweetness.

An interesting light, watermelon candy brew. Too sweet for me to have more than one or two.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The pour comes out a hazy gold with a bubbly white head that quickly goes away. Lots of carbonation was visible in the beer.

The smell was a citrus sweet smell, not unlike the regular Shandy from Leinenkugel's.

The taste was like a watermelon Jolly Rancher candy, only very muted. Like the candy flavor was in a fade way in the back coming in on a fizzy reception across the tongue. Has a white wheat bread taste as well. The flavor profile feels a bit artificial and is a bit off putting as it warms.

Mouth is light with a crisp finish.

Overall if kept at a nice cold temp, like in a cooler of ice at the park, this would make for a refreshing summer beverage.

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Photo of Squire
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light hazy yellow color with quickly disappearing white cap. A bit disappointing really, I was expecting something sorta red, it's an attractive color none the less.

Aroma is clearly melon, I should also say cleanly melon, it's not obtrusive. Something like you would pick up walking into a kitchen where there is a bowl of ripe fruit on the counter. Orangey, citrusy also though I don't know if any of that stuff is in there.

Taste is simple and good. It has a ripe melon flavor but not like the deep ripe watermelon flavors we're accustomed to in the Deep South. For all it's intensity, ripe watermelon is actually a difficult taste to capture, (try making watermelon daiquiris sometime) but they have captured a melon essence here. I don't find hops in the body, finish or aftertaste, just more melon but there's no overt sweetness and a complete lack of bitterness.

Medium texture supported by enough carbonation to balance.

Good effort at a pleasing, tasty Summer Shandy though I expect it would work just as well anytime of the year. Like flavored teas with food it really doesn't have the bite to stand up to spicy dishes. A 19th hole refresher.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very hazy yellow with a frothy head. No lacing. The aroma is of watermelon candy/bubblegum and some fair orange. The taste is very fruity with the watermelon flavor being extremely strong indeed. Some mild quinine bitterness toward the very end. Fairly chewable.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is watermelon/candy and fruit. The flavor is watermelon, grainy malts/wheat, a hint of butterscotch/toffee and a mix of slight tartness and sweet in the finish.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy straw with a fairly large, fluffy head. The aroma is very candy like, it reminds me of pop rocks or pink lemonade mix. The watermelon is present, but very candy-like, and there is a strong hint of citric acid sourness. The flavor is much more smooth, with soft, supple sweetness, pleasantly mild watermelon flavor that straddles the edge between candy and real, and just a hint of what at the end. The mouthfeel is very fizzy and very light. Overall this is one of the better shandy variations I have tried - the watermelon is not overdone, but is present, the sweetness is kept in check, and it is not overly artificial.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Grabbed a 12 oz can from the Leine's Shandy Sampler my brother brought over. The canning code says this one is good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my Founders pint glass.

L: Pours a bright lemon wheat color--very hazy--with about an inch of white, frothy head that sticks around for a good bit, settling on a solid film that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. At the edges, profuse visible carbonation present.

S: While I can discern the faint watermelon, slightly more more assertive lemon, and the cracker malts with their wheat companion, the whole nose comes across a little too close to bile. Not exactly looking for my refreshments to smell like that before I've had the chance to drink them the first time.

T: The taste is a big improvement over the smell, fortunately. This one starts off on light cracker malts, with a touch of sweetness and quite subtle wheat flavor. The next flavors to register on the palate are lemon and watermelon, occurring pretty much in unison, with the lemon displaying a bit more assertiveness (though the melon might take it in terms of longevity). This isn't a fake Jolly Rancher watermelon we're talking about--this scores points for delivering a restrained, more-or-less natural flavor. The close has more lemon/watermelon and a crisp cracker and wheat finish, with perhaps the slightest astringency from hops.

F: Light-bodied, quite effervescent and creamy in the front and middle, and a bit astringent at the close. No bitter to speak of, at all. These are quite easy to put away.

O: The throw-up-in-your-mouth-bouquet thing aside, this was a mildly enjoyable warm-weather beer. Leine's doesn't let any of the flavors get too crazy or artificial-tasting, and the pairing of lemon with watermelon works a lot better than I thought it would. I would still take a Grapefruit Shandy or a Ginger Shandy over this one; but if you're into watermelon, give this one a shot.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, best by date of May 09 16 printed on the bottom of the can. A buddy gave me this a few days ago and I didn't have a chance to try it until today. Served in a can shaped pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch and a half head that stuck around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like lemon/lime citrus, bready/grainy malt and some watermelon Jolly Rancher candies. I think the taste is mostly like the aroma, but the watermelon flavor is somewhat stronger compared to the others. I also think the watermelon taste in this brew is artificial/candy-like. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated but easy to drink. I have to say that I'm not exactly a watermelon fan at all, but I'd try this again. Like the other Leinie's shandies I've tried, I think it would be a good brew for a hot day.

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Photo of Shandylover69
4.72/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was intrigued when I saw this in a variety pack so I had to get it. Took my first sip, and thought it was going to be a waste. Once I then poured it into a glass and enjoyed it on a nice warm day on the deck I think I know what I was missing. One of the best shandys I have ever had. The taste was like an angel flying into your mouth, holding a bushel of watermelons that have been soaking in beer. New favorite summer drink

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Photo of woodychandler
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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. Also, being that today is 4-20/4:20 Day & I grew up at 420 West Walnut Street, I am celebrating in my own way. Today is hereby also designated as Watermelon Wednesday, beginning with a beer of 4.20% ABV!

From the CAN: "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wis[CAN]sin Since 1867"; "A Mix of Weiss Beer with a Hint of Watermelon Flavor for a Taste Made for Summer[.]"; "Leinenkugel's (R) has been crafting the Shandy style since we first introduced it to the U.S. years ago. One unique take in the style is our Watermelon Shandy, a mix of traditional Weiss beer balanced with a hint of watermelon flavor for a taste made for summer."

I Crack!ed the rind, I mean, tab & gave it an inverted Glug to kick off my holiday celebration. This raised three fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was deeply-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled faintly of watermelon and more of a lemony-citrus tartness, but neither were particularly strong. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite sweet, but not really of watermelon. Instead, it had a witbier-like pepperiness along with a light orange peel flavor. It suddenly occurred to me - Froot Loops or Fruity Pebbles, but not much in the way of watermelon. Finish remained fruity and sweet, although I did get some watermelon flavor on the extreme finish. I would like to tell you that I was disappointed, but since I am not a huge fan of watermelon, either natural or artificial in flavor, I CAN live with this. If you are looking for a more intense watermelon experience, check out some of my other reviews today, the inaugural Watermelon Wednesday.

It is once again #WatermelonWednesday W, 06 December 2017 & I recently scored a bottle, so I figured that I would revisit this beer.

From the bottle: "Six Generations of Family Brewing"; "Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin"; "Established 1867"; "Weiss Beer brewed with Honey with Natural Watermelon and other flavor".

I hate these screwed-up screw-off caps that deny me even the pleasure of the Pop! Since it has a Weiss Bier as its base, I performed an in-bottle agitation & then let fly once the bottle was opened. This action garnered me three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose had a real watermelon presence along with a honey-like sweetness that I would have attributed to the malt had I not read the label. Bier mit honig! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it. The taste was much closer to real watermelon than what I experienced from the CANned version & the honey was also easily discernible. It was sweet without being cloying. Finish was semi-sweet, not overly sweet, despite its principal ingredients. It seems really suited for a hot, humid summer's day, but YMMV. I think that I have to give it to bottle over CAN on this one! 8=(

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Photo of tone77
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a whitish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of watermelon candy, jolly ranchers come to mind. Taste is surprisingly mild compared to the smell. Grains, light watermelon, touch of sweetness. Feels light bodied in the mouth and overall is highly refreshing, but otherwise a mediocre beer.

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Leinenkugel's Watermelon Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 117 ratings