Leinenkugel's Orange 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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tectactoe on 04-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,152
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
737
pDev:
21.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.29/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a recreation of their famous lemon shandy, this orange brew lacks the refreshment and easy of consumption that the lemon one has, and seems a little out of season in the winter now, but still isn't a bad brew. it just looks like a light wheat beer, with a pretty decent head on it that doesn't last. the nose is orange heavy, not artificial either, but fresh and pulpy. the fruit part smells nice, but in combination with beer ingredients, it gets a little funny and smells like the base of a barbeque sauce or something. it taste also very orange forward, like carbonated fresh orange juice. I like the freshness of the fruit, but it overpowers any grain or hops and results in a beverage that may refresh some, but falls short of tasting like beer to me, and that's a problem. again, no off flavors here, just too much fruit to still be beer. I really do like the lemon shandy, I think the lemon flavors blend better with the lager, but this one is out of balance. light bodied and well carbonated, a drinkable brew, perhaps better suited for hot weather than pre-thanksgiving frost. maybe I will revisit this in the summer, maybe not.

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3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, orange candy, and orange juice aromas. Taste is much the same with watery orange soda and orange chewable vitamin flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is quite drinkable for what it is, but it has a somewhat artificial quality in the aromas and flavors.

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and has some orange hues along with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange soda are present in the nose along with some notes of wheat. The wheat becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and tastes a lot like orangeade except that there are notes of wheat and no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. I liked how it wasn't sweet and didn't seem watery.

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2.57/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Oh boy. 33cl aluminum can acquired as part of a variety box at a Ralph's grocery in Santa Monica. Reviewed live. Expectations are low. Served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a heavy head of almost entirely foam which recedes to a six finger wide head. Beige colour. Soft complexion. Nice creaminess. Decent thickness.

Colour is a murky hazy yellow-copper with orange hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

A mediocre appearance at best.

Sm: Orange juice. zest. Very artificial and simple. That's all there is. Moderately to notably strong.

T: Orange juice, pilsner malts, minimal floral hp character. That's about it. Very simple. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There's not much to say about it. Underwhelming. Tangy. A bit doughy.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thickness is off. Overcarbonated. Subpar presence on the palate. Not all that soft. Not oily, harsh, or biting. Largely unrefreshing. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. I wouldn't get this again. A patronizing summer beer from Leinenkugel. Hides its modest ABV well. I don't really understand the appeal.

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3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/11/2018. Pours opaquely hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of tangerine, orange juice, lemon, peach, melon, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of oranges, fruity/spicy yeast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange juice, lemon, peach, melon, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy bitterness, peppery yeast spiciness; and light citrus tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, lemon, peach, melon, citrus peel/zest, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of oranges, fruity/spicy yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/tangy/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a delicious shandy! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of oranges, fruity/spicy yeast, and bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Perfectly balanced wheat beer and orange juice flavors. Surprising amount of yeast presence as well. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "MAR31 14 A20012305"

Poured into a pint glass, Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy looks very much like a Bavarian hefeweizen. It's quite cloudy, and it's got the same gold-orange color to it. The head is a creamy bright white that holds fairly well, although the lacing is a bit more limited.

In the nose it smells like orange juice, or some orange "drink". It's bright and citrusy.

The flavor follows suit, although it doesn't taste like orange juice - watered-down orange juice, yes, but not the real thing. It's citric, a little bit sweet, and just lightly carbonated. The medium-light body gives it an almost "juice-like" quality. It's very much like an orange "drink", and I say that at least partially because I'm not really finding any "beer" to it. Sure there's some malt, and you sense a bit of alcohol, but considering that orange juice has about a half a percent of alcohol anyway that's not really out of place. It's just 4.2%, by the way. The sweetness is kept in check, and because of the acidity it finishes dry and refreshing.

So to sum up, it's interesting and quite refreshing. If you like shandy's, this has more alcohol than quite a few of the European versions, and it's not as sweet.

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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.77/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains oranges, light caramelized malts and some wheat.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a light malt character. Then a nasty synthetic orange flavor comes in and reminds me of baby-aspirin at first. Then as you continue to drink the beer it starts to taste more like a lower-quality orange popsicle. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Not very crisp and not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not tasty at all, does not go down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, not the best representation of style. Even for a shandy, this is not a good beer in any respect.

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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1.66/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

First had: can someone brought to a tailgate

Shandies barely count as beer anyway, but this is no champion among them. I only sampled these from the Leinenkugel line when there was nothing left to drink during an extra long tailgate.

Poured into a red Solo cup (wooo!), a somewhat cloudy yellow-orange color with a large fizzy white head that soon died down to a wispy layer of bubbles, with soda-like carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma of orange candy and light stinky grains. Tasted like orange drink and seltzer, with some stale malts in the background. Not that I expected much, but whatever. Consistency of water, but goes down like it too, so at least there's that. Chicks might dig this, but not me. Plenty of other much better summertime quenchers out there.

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3.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought this CAN during a recent visit to Al's of Hampden in Enola and got the pic approved fairly quickly. Now all that remains is a review in support of The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "The pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin since 1867."; "A zesty and refreshing Shandy-style beer perfect for sharing". I have no one to share it with! Boo hoo.

My Crack and inverted Glug produced but a momentary head of fizzy, eggshell-white head with decidedly low retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow, much like freshly-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice. Nose smelled artificially of orange and when I closed my eyes, I thought back to Tang, which is what the astronauts drank once upon a time. In the here and now, it had a thin mouthfeel, but quite effervescent. It tasted like a liquified Dreamsicle and I felt like a little kid again. I used to love both Tang and Dreamsicles, but now it seemed cloyingly sweet. Finish was likewise very sweet and I began to wonder who I would share this with. It would not be my current Old Lady as she would laugh at me for drinking such a beverage. It should be shared, though, as it is too sweet for me by myself.

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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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