Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy

Brewed by: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Lager
  • Variation: Radler
  • Seasonal: Yes
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • IBU: N/A

First reviewed this beer back in June, revised in August to meet current review format.

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is crisp wheat beer brewed with natural lemonade flavor which makes it a perfect summertime refresher for those sun-splashed summer days.

Hops: Cluster.

Malts: Pale and Wheat.

Additional: Natural lemonade flavor.

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First Impressions

Artwork: Leinenkugel’s standard label template, with sliced lemons under the company name.

Color: Cloudy pastel yellow.

Aroma: Citrus and/or lemonade.

The Tasting

Arrived in: Bottle

Served in: Glass

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is a radler, which is beer mixed with soda or lemonade, made popular in early 20th century Germany.

I first discovered this beer back in 2012, before Leinenkugel’s started plastering their ads all over the MLB Network. Since then, I see it in more stores, which is fine with me.

This was not a beer I ever thought I would be interested in, but I bought it for my wife thinking she would enjoy it. Now I am the one who likes it more.

Summer Shandy really hits the spot after any hot activity, making it a refreshing summer treat. I prefer mine after yard work, but also imagine a shandy would go down nicely on a bike ride, fishing, or hiking.

Just imagine one of those times where you’re dying of thirst, but you don’t think a beer will help. Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy does, because the lemonade flavor cuts down on the bitterness factor when you really need it to satisfy your thirst.

Really, this beer’s ability to quench your thirst is its strong suit. The taste starts as lemon, and ends with smooth, lightly carbonated beer.

However, Summer Shandys tend to get artificial after a while, so I can’t say too many of them in a row is a good thing. One is enough, based on experience.

I call Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy the “ultimate lawnmower beer.” It’s not high end, but a lighter beer I just enjoy during summer. The more thirsty I am, the better.

Final Score: 3.0/5

3.0 Stars

I know I am scoring this beer higher than I should, but it’s a result of two factors: Summer Shandy is one of my favorite summer releases, and secondly, it really delivers as a refreshing cooler. I have since tried a handful of radlers, and this one was better.

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