Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Orange ShandyLeinenkugel's Orange Shandy

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy whiteish/yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by oranges. Taste is a bit tart, lots of oranges, some wheat, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall would be a good beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Lomein
4.63/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I enjoyed this bear from a tap at a hotel restaurant in Shartelsville, PA. I had first requested a sample, since I didn't even know Leinenkugel even made an Orange Shandy. While I feel it's more of a late-spring or mid-summer drink, It has an appealing aroma and a strong taste of oranges. The color was more or less what I was expecting, given the only other beer with orange hints in it that I've had (and could taste) was Blue Moon. Whoever was in charge of the tap didn't leave a lot of room for a head, so I can't really go into detail on that.

It is a very smooth and surprisingly crisp beer for one released in the Fall, and I really enjoy beers like this. The hazy color seemed to blend perfectly into the spirit of fall, but the flavor seems out of place for the season. It's something- that if it really is only available this time of year- that I would advise hanging on to until spring. Other than that, it's a fantastic drink, and one I know I'll be having plenty more of.

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Photo of dcall384
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this in the winter sampler pack. Not sure what this is doing in the winter sampler. Seems more like a summer beer. Drank out of the bottle didn't have a glass available. Looked kinda hazy orange when I looked in the bottle. Smell was very strong of orange. When I took my first drink, I thought I was drinking a generic orange soda. Way to strong on the orange taste. The mouthfeel was odd. I felt like I had coated my mouth with sugar. Overall, just not a beer for me. Maybe if it was 100 degrees outside and I was craving something orange, but I think I would just go with a soda instead.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.77/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

DISCOUNT BIN BEER! 12 oz can into a glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange juice color. The head is shockingly good; it's about two fingers high, with an eggshell shade. It's texture is amazingly thick and creamy, and retains very well. I'll go easy on the score here, because I imagine this is what one of those fabled Hill Farmstead IPAs look like.

S: Ever know what those little sliced orange candies smell like? Pretty much this. It smells mostly like artificial orange sweetness with a (very minute) side of beer. Very little about this aroma is appealing in any way.

T: The flavors are slightly more beer-y, but not enough to redeem it. Way, way, WAY too much of that artificial orange flavoring comes through to start...and to finish for that matter. It's a shitty orange soda mixed with a mediocre macro lager. Enough said.

M: Well...um...it's light and kind of sweet. The sweetness lingers on the tongue unpleasantly, and it's just a chore to drink.

O: Tickers gonna tick, amirite?

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.77/5  rDev -43.1%
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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Photo of hardy008
1.64/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hazy orange with a large white head which quickly fades. Smells like artificial oranges.

Tastes like artificial oranges too. Maybe like orange soda, carbonated water, and candy? Not appealing, and mostly offensive.

Thin bodied, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Average carbonation. Just a bad beer. I have never liked a beer with artificial flavor, and that's about all this beer has. Avoid.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like pale yet thick apple cider. Rather bright orange with a pulpy lacing.

Smell: Orange sherbet. Nothing really beer-y except maybe a hint of lemon hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Refreshing orange. Seems a bit summery for a fall release but it is very refreshing. Mouthfeel starts nice and zesty but overall is quite watery and leaves a sticky after-feel. Reminds me a bit of Fruity Pebbles Beer (Sunset Wheat).

Overall Drinkability: Like I said, this is a bit summery for a fall release. A little more yeast and body and a little less orange, and this is Blue Moon.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy orange-straw like color with a two finger foamy head. The head fades fast initially but soon settles to a one half finger of somewhat dense white foam. The head then fades rather slowly, leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather strong of a sweet orange smell with some more bitter orange peel smells mixed with some lighter lemon aromas as well. Along with these smells is a little bit of a wheat smell as well as a tiny amount of grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth sweeter orange and wheaty taste. As the taste advances some lemon and more bitter orange peel flavors come to the tongue. With a little bit of herb coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, as well as more bitter citrus and sweet citrus as well, a rather orange citrus sweet and wheaty flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both the thinner body and the higher carbonation are very appropriate for the orange citrus and lighter abv of the brew, making it a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – A sweeter and rather refreshing summer brew. It kind of tastes like a blend of lemonade, orange juice and beer. While not quite appropriate for winter style drinking (at least not up north) it is a decent sweet summer style refreshing brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of iliotib
3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Muddled and foggy, nearly opaque. Light orange in color, like diluted Tang. A small white head that ended in a ring around the top.

S: Smells like muddled oranges and sugar. Malt is present as well.

T: Crisp with an almost obnoxious orange flavor. Absolutely no hop flavor at all, which makes sense considering the style

M: Light and effervescent.

O: Having never had a shandy, I didn't really know what to expect. I have had fruity beers and enjoyed them so this seemed like a perfect choice for a hot, unautumnlike October night. The smell and the taste don't match: it tastes much less orangey than it smells. I enjoyed this beer tonight, but can't say I'd get it again because I rarely crave beer like this.

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded orange with a thin head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is of sugar-coated orange peel with a pale malt backing.

The taste is of sugar-coated orange. It has a mild pale malt backing. It is sweet, but not overly so.

It is creamy and pretty smooth. Nice carbonation level.

As far as fruity shandies go, this isn't great, but it is above average. A nice fruity, something different drink to have on a hot day.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - cloudy orangey body, creamy off-white head fades to a foam
S - orange and more orange on the nose, almost smells like orange pop, but unfortunately not like beer
T - orange again here, orange pop mixed with some orange rind, mild biscuity malt, but the orange overpowers everything
M - creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation, refreshing and light
O - not terrible, but definitely all orange and not much else going on here.

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Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to write a review cause it'd be easy and there weren't many at tho point.

Poured into a glass-it's very hazy can't see through it. A dull light orange color. Has a one finger head that dissipates quickly into just a ring.
Smells lightly of citrus and malt.
Taste is pretty mild. Reminds me off the frozen orange juice you make at home but if you added too much water then added a light beer. Not a lot of taste but it's not terrible. I'm sure I'd be decent in certain conditions-hot weather, out on the boat etc.-
Overall Il admit I'm not into shandys but this is a decent example of one.

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Photo of RickS95
2.26/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Looks like a traditional wit with a milky golden, cloudy yellow pour. Huge carbonation up top with a billowing white head. Good retention and a fat lace.

I struggle sometimes to rate shandies simply because they're only partly beer. This is no exception...the smell doesn't resemble beer at all. The nose is completely dominated by immitation orange soda scents.

The taste is not stellar. It doesn't taste as orangey as it smells. There's a faint orange taste that evolves mid-sip and a bit of a zesty orange peel taste as you approach the swallow, but there's just not much happening.

It does little for me with not much more than a tangy, carbonated feel. Not much body, though that's expected. Crisp, dry finish. A fake sweetness throughout.

Not a good beer. Much poorer than their Summer Shandy, which I actually like. Sadly, I've got two more cans of this.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Leinenkugel’s Orange Shandy has a thick, creamy, white head, an opaque, milky, yellow-gold appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of a strong orange smell, with citrus acidity, orange peel, and white bread. Taste is of orange, a peppery zest, citric acid, a touch of honey, white wheat bread, white bread crust, sugar, and a slightest bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy and a bit gritty, and Leinenkugel’s Orange Shandy finishes semi-dry, sweet, refreshing, and very easy going. Overall, for a flavored concoction, it’s alright.


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Photo of phideltashaggy
3.39/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- A hazy, light orange color that came out of the bottle resembling a light orange Kool-aid. Head quickly dissipated and left almost no lacing.

S- This smells very fun; a little bready and a lot sweet citrus, almost like some cheap, sugary orange drink.

T- Not as sweet as I was expecting from the nose. First sip was very acidic, but after my palate acclimated it was not overwhelming. Some biscuity malt taste in the middle, then stays on the tongue very citrusy, almost just like straight OJ.

MF- Thinner than I was expecting from the syrup-like pour. Feels thin and tingles with acid just slightly.

Overall, this is a fun beer for a warm day, but the acidity could be too much for me to session more than one or two. This could be a nice pallet cleanser in the middle of a session, though.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best before date of November 11, 2013 printed on the bottleneck. I got this bottle from my neighbors, since I've never seen this beer before. Not the biggest fan of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, but I'm intrigued to see what this variant is all about.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours a murky cloudy pale orange-lemon color with a finger of off-white foam for a head.

S - Smell is about what I expected it would be, also. Some pretty natural orange juice / radler smell in there, but there is a lot of sugary caramel malt and dust in there too.

T - Tastes a lot like the regular version in the taste. Not much legit orange actually comes through, but it is in there. Lemon, carbonation, white sugar, malt.

M - Feel is crisp and clean, with good carbonation.

Overall, this was basically what I already knew it would be. Blurring the line between chic malt beverages and fruit beer, but an easy drinking beer for those hot summer vacation days. I would probably only drink this again if offered in that context.

Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy ---3/5.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a cloudy, yellow/orange color with a slight, white head. The aroma has wheat mixed with orange zest. The flavor is pretty much what you would expect, an orange version of Summer Shandy. The texture is a little too thin and the flavor doesn't exactly wow me either. I do like oranges more than lemons though if I had to choose. However Buffalo Bill's Orange Cream is still a better option if they still have it in your area.

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Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second flavor out of the Leinenkugel Summer Shandy variety pack.

Cloudy pale orange colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells strongly or oranges. Mild soda cracker malt aroma, but mostly it smells like oranges.

Starts out tasting of oranges and soda cracker. Faint sourness and maybe a little vanilla. Reminds me a little of the taste of a dreamsicle. Not a traditional beer but it is kind of tasty.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall tastes better than the lemonade version.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a 12-bottle Autumn Variety Pack that just came out on 8/1. Sampled 8/2/13 after chilling in my beer cooler to 36 degrees. Pours a hazy orange/yellow in color with a 2-finger white head. Some lacing is seen but not much. The aroma is pleasant with orange and grains with a hint of spice. The taste was really good and is the same as the smell. Perfect carbonation and goes down very easy. No bad aftertaste and was refreshing. Great summer brew. Overall, really liked this one.

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Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, orange-yellow in color, cloudy

Smell: ginger, lemon, and light berry

Taste: wheat, orange, and cream--like a beer mixed with an Orange Julius--but not as sweet

Mouthfeel: sweet, light body, high carbonation

Overall: I would probably put this in the middle of the three shandy's I have had from Leinies..Not as good as the lemon berry one. Not offensive, but there are other fruit beers I would try first.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a small white head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of orange very strongly, almost like orange dreamscile, however with a slight hint of cereal grain. Tastes of orange, much more natural than the smell, and grain, not much different than other shandys. Beer is sessionable, light bodied, going down smooth, carbonated perfectly. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden-orange hazy Weiss beer look, dense cloud. The 2-finger pure white head lasts a while and leaves fat rings of lacing.

S- It smells like a combination of orange creamsicle and grainy wheat beer.

T- Orange flavor upfront, wheat on the back end. Slight honey sweetness.

M- Lots of orange-juicy carbonation , cool and fresh. Slightly dry wheat beer finish. No sign of alcohol or bitterness.

O- Orange flavored summer wheat beer, ok at that.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.57/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Orange Shandy pours a hazy yellow/orangeish color with a nice small long lasting lacing head. There is a orange aroma that is similar to orange hand soap. The taste is similar to soap with small orange notes, but has a barely noticeable malty and wheat like backbone. A bit watery, which may be a good thing, if the flavors would be any stronger it would be undrinkable. Overall its a drinkable beer on a hot summers BBQ day, but don't expect anything to great.

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Photo of RonKoch
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hey do you like Orange pop? C'mon everyone likes orange pop, right? If you like orange pop then this is the drink for you. But if you like orange pop better than beer, beeradvocate.com might not be the website for you.

I will say, it was refreshing at the lake over July 4th weekend. But I won't buy it again. . . I like beer.

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Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.11 out of 5 based on 705 ratings.
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