Beer Review - Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
Brewery: Leinenkugel (Wisconsin)
Beer: Summer Shandy
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Ben had a couple of these in his fridge, so we thought it might be fun to review.
Leinenkugel is one of the oldest breweries in America - it opened in 1867! This particular beer is called Summer Shandy. It is a summer seasonal and is fruit-infused with lemon - actually lemonade flavor. Leinenkugel loves these infused beer.
Here is what Leinenkugel had to say about the beer:
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy® is our take on a traditional German radler. Crisp, refreshing and brewed with natural lemonade flavor, it's perfect for the sun-splashed summer months.
Here is what we thought:
Appearance: Light and fluffy head that is stark white and 3 fingers in height. Head disappeared quickly after being poured. Extremely hazy beer - looks like lemonade (surprise!) - blonde in color.
Smell: Lemon peel and musty wheat.
Taste: Like a cleaning product. Fake or synthetic lemon flavors fixed with a very watered down wheat beer. Missing much of the hop and malt flavor that would distinguish it as an actual beer.
Mouthfeel: Quite effervescent and a bit chalky in the finish.
Drinkability: It is light and easy-drinking if you enjoy the flavor.
Verdict: Gimicky beer. But did you need me to tell you that? It is lemonade-infused. Surprisingly little beer flavor to balance the lemon. Great beer to try if you aren't a big fan of beer taste - who knows, you might like this one! Then again, why are you on this beer blog reading beer reviews?