June 09, 2008

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy

Itís time for our first extra-curricular beer review! Tonight we have Summer Shandy (Not shanty as the ladies like to yell at us drunks when we miss pronounced it at the Beer Tasting!) by the Leinenkugelís brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI. This beer(?) was provided by blogspawn Bruce. Why am I questioning calling this a beer? Because it is ďBeer with natural lemonade flavorĒ. Yea, itís beer and lemonade.

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We have the standard 12 oz brown bottle. There is a yellow label on it that has the standard Leinieís design. You can see a lake with a boat on it in the background. There are lemons in the upper right corner and on the bottom ribbon there is a lemon flanked by wheat stalks.

It pours a murky pale yellow color. Itís cloudy enough you canít see through it, yet it still lets light pass through. There was a half-inch head on it that faded to a ring around the edge of the glass. There is some lacing, but not very much.

The smell is a combination of overly sweet lemonade and cereal grains. Mostly what you smell is the lemonade. Fortunately the taste isnít as strong as the smell; in fact the taste is rather weak. What you do taste is lemonade and cereal. Itís almost like someone spilled lemonade in a wheat beer.

Itís hard to describe the body of the beer, because it is a mix, but Iíd say its light bodied. For the body it has, the carbonation was a bit on the heavy side.

Overall this is going in my ďnot a beerĒ category. In and of itself itís not horribly bad; Iíve had much worse. Yet at the same time if you are looking for a beer with beer flavor, you are not going to be pleasantly surprised by this.

As a beer Iím giving this a 2.5 out of 10. As an alcoholic beverage I give it a 4 out of 10. At the Beer Tasting I rated it a 3 out of 10.

By the way, Bruce... the next beer you donate better be at least a 5 you son of a beaotch! out of the seven beers you've donated you're average score is a 3! You're damn lucky I'm not giving you credit for the Chelada!

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at June 9, 2008 06:24 PM | TrackBack