Review: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
Continuing on the summer theme here at Drinkhacker we turn to this unique summer beer, a pre-mixed shandy! Leinie’s Summer Shandy is a Weiss beer mixed with lemonade (or at least, per the bottle, “with natural lemonade flavor”), and it doesn’t take long to find both flavors in the bottle.
The beer side is very light, almost like a Mexican lager, but any nuance of Weiss beer is lost to the lemon overtones, which are obvious in every sip. Alas, it’s less lemonade and more lemon juice. Frankly I think the brew is missing some sweetness that would make it taste a bit more like a homemade shandy.
Overall impression: Not bad, very drinkable, light (just 4.2 percent alcohol), and indeed very “summery,” just as the name implies. A little tampering with the recipe ought to make this brew a real standout.
B / $8 per six-pack