Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Reviewed by on August 12, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

  • Origin: Chippewa Falls, WI, US

  • Rated On: August 12, 2015

  • Best Before: November 9, 2015

  • ABV: 4.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Shandy

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Leinenkugel’s is a regional brewery located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and produces a number of summer seasonals, including 4 wheat beer shandies, such as this one, made ‘with natural lemonade flavor added’.

This 12oz bottle pours a cloudy, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and generally fizzy off-white head, which leaves some stringy island chain lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells like lemon jello right of the bat, as if my mom’s lemon meringue pie were sitting right in front of me once again, with a tame grainy wheatiness, subtle earthy honey, and an ethereal musty bitterness. The taste is grainy, lightly crackery wheat malt, a lessened lemon soda fruitiness, some mildly spicy yeast, well-faded honeycomb cereal notes, and a still lurking, but not quite showing its hand earthy (hops, maybe?) bitterness. The carbonation is fairly crisp and thorough in its fizzy and frothy ventures, the body medium-light in weight, and sort of smooth, the somewhat tart lemon leftovers and the edgy grain kind of messing about here. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, the malt starting to seriously peter out, and the fruity lemon putting down roots in its dotage.

Overall, not a bad lemon-flavoured wheat ale, the shandy denomination perhaps a bit overblown, as this is not exactly a simply split mixing of beer and juice. Easy enough to put back, and refreshing, to a point, the one where the various shades of lemon begin to outstay their welcome.

Brady White



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