Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

By: Charles Teeman

leinenkugel-summer-shandyUsually when you find something on a clearance rack, there is something wrong with it – maybe the style is from last season or the “sell by date” has passed. However, we all end up meandering on over to the clearance rack to find a hidden treasure. Believe it or not, my local grocery store (Giant) actually has a clearance shelf in their beer aisle. Instant red flag? Usually, yes. Yet, the other day, I noticed something that was worth picking up. I had spotted about a dozen cans of Leinenkugel’s seasonal Shandy – they call it Summer Shandy. Now, I have never tried a Shandy before, but the price was right; at just $1 for a can I couldn’t afford not to try it. Here is my review of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy:

First Impression: I’m a big fan of the look of Leinenkugel’s labels, and the Summer Shandy was no exception. The lemons on the label almost turned me away, but at the $1 price tag it was worth a shot.

Pour: This beer has a unique lemony wheat smell that was surprisingly pleasant. The head on the beer was nothing special, and didn’t seem to last long. Additionally, the unfiltered beer had a nice yellow color.

Taste: Another surprise. The lemonade flavor was overpowering, yet subdued at the same time. Confused? I was too. I think they nailed the perfect balance of sweet lemonade while maintaining a nice wheat flavor (the Summer Shandy wasn’t too sweet like a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat).

Overall, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy was pleasantly surprising and would be extremely refreshing on a hot summer day!

Grade: B+

ABV: 4.2%

IBU: The Leinenkugel’s website lists the hoppiness as a 2/10

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Leinenkugel Summer Shandy