Saugatuck Blueberry Lemonade Shandy

Reviewed by on July 12, 2018 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Saugatuck Brewing Company

  • Origin: Detroit, MI, US

  • Rated On: July 12, 2018

  • Best Before: canned May 2018

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Radler

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Michigan’s Saugatuck Brewing produce this offering year-round, but it is time to get summer on the brain, yo!  But aren’t radlers/shandies supposed to be less than the normal 5% ABV?

This 12oz can pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some random streaky cloud form lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of blueberry tarts, fresh real lemonade, bready and doughy cereal malt, candied lemon, and very subtle earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and bready pale malt, blueberry ice cream, lemon squares, aged lemon juice, simple syrup, and more ethereal leafy, herbal, and floral hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly sedate in its palate-disappointing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the sugary malt and lingering frooty notes carrying on in the longer daylight hours.

Overall – this is indeed a flavourful version of the style, with both fruity essences blended into an enjoyable tipple.  It may come off as too sweet to some, but not this happy camper, as I’m just glad to have had a chance to take a crack at it.  Good, good stuff!

Brady White

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