Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry ShandyLeinenkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy
BA SCORE
15.4%
Liked This Beer
3.01 w/ 564 ratings
Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry ShandyLeinenkugel's Lemon Berry 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: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 08-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
564
Liked:
87
Avg:
3.01/5
pDev:
22.92%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
119
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 564 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of Brenden
2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out of the can capped by a reasonably sized lightly orange-tinted, fluffy head. It settles in the glass a murky orange-mauve sort of color. It actually manages to leaves patchy lacing in moderation and, also to my surprise, something remains of the head the whole way.
I'm not sure what substance there is to this beer because, while there's a light smattering of pale malts, I'm not getting much else besides powdered drink mix in the nose.
I was pretty sure going into it that this beer was just a mix of lemon shandy and berry weiss; now I'm convinced. While there really isn't much substance to it, the flavor does show a bit more in terms of a mildly floral note along with the fruit, with pale malts remaining throughout.
The feel actually isn't bad; it's light-bodied but not more than expected, and not watery. While it flattens out just a little (never entirely), crispness is enforced by a strong carbonation, which also provides a bit of smoothness as well.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In early fall 2012; Leinenkugel’s introduced its newest beer, Lemon Berry Shandy. It is rumored that this was crudely made over the years at Summerfest by combining their Summer Shandy and Berry Weiss. It became fairly popular and even was made in the bars before finally being a beer of its own. Let’s see how it fairs when it comes down to rating.

It pours a murky pink color like grapefruit juice with a light pink head. There is a mild scent of lemons and blackberries in the mix as well as wheat. Overall there is a sweet aroma indicating a sweet flavor. This is fairly inviting.

The taste of Berry Weiss is very evident here with lots of blackberry juice flavor. There is an after taste of lemon that is a little off-putting. The taste is obviously fruity and kind of awkward throughout. It finishes kind of tangy and sour leaving an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Two decently made beers combined sounds like a good idea, but the execution of the plan falls short. This is a great summer beer when you are thirsty after mowing the yard. But as a rate-able fruit beer, there are a lot better beers on the market. Better than average overall, but not by much.

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Photo of Eastside151
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of durwood64
4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of mcss
1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours hazy amber with a touch of pink, a white 2 finger head with 2 finger head, sub-par retention, but a spotty lace that shows nice stick.

Smell - Strong notes of lemonade and berry. Not much in the way of actual beer character, but I can dig it regardless.

Taste - Hits with strong notes of lemonade and berry, mid-taste a bit of wheat peaks through, then comes 'round more strongly as the finish approaches. Aftertaste is a well balanced affair with the wheat and the fruit flavors. Tangy.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with a fair amount of carbonation, but the sheer tangy quality of the flavor keeps this thing lively by itself.

Overall - I imagine shandys as being the wine coolers of the brewing world, something refreshing that young teenagers would almost assuredly enjoy after snagging from their parents home. In any case, I didn't find it to be bad, just lacking in any real beer sense. Fruity as hell. No hops. Would I drink it again? Probably, but it's not something I'd buy... until I have teenagers in the home.

Just joking, people.

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Photo of penguindude
1.89/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Gift from a coworker who heard I "like craft beer" and wanted to share. The thought is what counts.

Appearance: Drinking from the bottle due to Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy) limiting my ability to do dishes. Label indicates wheat, lemon, and TWO colors of berry.

Smell: First wiff made me think of lemon cough drops. The second did nothing to change that impression.

Taste: The name really says it all. Strong elements of sweet berry-candy flavor (think fruit-roll-ups or the like) paired with some tart lemon-candy flavor. The word "candy" is key, because there is almost no hint of real fruit flavors in any way. Same goes with the tastes normally associated with beer itself. I try to pick out something besides the candy flavors, but all I get is a slight bitterness with seemingly no source.

Mouthfeel: Thankfully not over carbonated. Thin and smooth, at least it feels good going down.

Overall: I would not suggest this to anyone. Fruit beer fans will not find anything here, and nor will anyone else I can imagine. That being said, my coworker will get my sincere thanks.

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Photo of drinking12many
2/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.25/5  rDev +8%

Photo of harlotry
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.83/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, light orange to almost pink hue. A medium sized, frothy, 2 finger head. Retention was surprisingly good, and lacing was decent. Typical wheat beer look, but with some fruity colors thrown in.

S- Like blackberry lemonade. Sweet and light, with a lot of sweet notes, but also a hint of lemon tang. Fairly complex for a Leinie's, but most of the flavor is sweet, fruity, and a little tangy.

T- Just like the scent. Light and sweet with lots of fruit. Simple and straightforward, very fruity and sweet, yet not completely one dimensional. Lots of traditional wheat beer characteristics that are covered up by the dominant fruit flavors.

M- Light and easy to drink. Great summer beer, but also has the ability to be versatile for all seasons. Could drink as many as you want, but the wheat base could be a little filling.

Overall, a surprisingly delicious and versatile beer. Nothing especially good, but way better than the summer shandy. This is a good gateway beer for BMC lovers.

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Photo of A60sburnout
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of dswion
4.5/5  rDev +49.5%

Photo of bh123
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mkennedy119
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of norinco
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Antonius08
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Beer4Mike
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Bob402
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of BigDaddyJohn
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kyrojack
2/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of tmars13
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Murrhey
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half white head. Thick, but low retention. Light coppery color with very little clarity. Interesting looking beer.

S- Blackberries, raspberries, lemons. Smells like a pastry. Very sweet and fruity. No notes of hops or malts that I can detect though, which is unfortunate.

T- Berry flavors, lemon pledge and some caramel hops. Very fruity, no beer backbone to give it any umph. The syrupy flavors aren't helping.

M- Smooth, light and creamy. Not bad, but could be less syrupy.

O- Way too sweet for easy drinking.

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Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 15.4% out of 100 with 564 ratings
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