Who Cares If They Laugh at You?
A Review of Summer Shandy by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Posted on 7/9/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
With it being summer, we are all going to be faced with various outdoor gatherings with friends and family at some point or another. And without question, there be at least one gathering where you know your options for drinking will be piss water in its various states. Now, odds are, if you show up with a delicious craft brew 6 or 4 pack, you are going to take endless ridicule for being one of them there ''beer snobs''. While I have grown completely ok with this, and have even come to relish that accusation, sometimes you can somewhat avoid this scenario with the proper brew selection. The Leinenkugel Summer Shandy might just be your saving grace in these said situations. It's readily available at most grocery stores(at least where I'm located here in the south) so most of your less experienced beer friends might at least recognize it. Also, it's got a lot better flavor than any of the ''normal'' beers you will find at one of these gatherings. And truth be told, it a summer seasonal that is actually very tasty and enjoyable. Seriously, what more do you want from these guys?

From experience, I know that this beer is pretty enjoyable straight from the bottle. However, for review purposes, I felt the need to glass it up for complete inspection. It has a dark, banana yellowish color to it. It appears to have some good body to it for a weissbier. It doesn't look thick or anything, but you definitely can't see through the other side of the glass. There's a nice, foamy, two fingers worth of bright white head on it. Now for the easy part. It smells like lemonade. That is pretty much all this one is going to give you. You might find yourself picking up on a bit of spice, and maybe even some very pale malt notes, but you are really going to have to look for them here.

The taste is pretty much what you would expect from a beer with a label that reads ''Weiss beer with lemonade''. When you take that first sip, if there is any question in your mind as to if there really is lemonade in this beer, then you have some serious issues that no beer is going to solve. The lemonade flavor is down right dominating here. Its like it all sets up camp at the back of your tongue, and vows to destroy any other flavor that tries to pass. If you try, and I mean REALLY try, you can pick up on those very faint malt and vague spice notes that you smelled earlier, but they are not what this beer is about. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with only a slight hint of a sticky side. Lots of carbonation keeps this one clean and moving well.

Let's just face the facts here. This beer isn't going to win you any cool points. Your friends are probably going to point and laugh at you. Even most ''beer snobs'' will turn their nose up at you for even bringing it up in conversation. And that really is a shame. While it may only be a few steps above a ''spiked lemonade'', its still a very refreshing beverage. I could take several avenues when it comes to who to recommend this beer to. Beginners could try it as an intro to flavor experimentation, while veterans could still drink it at an outside gathering, if for nothing more than its ability to keep you away from the piss water. Then again, maybe I should just provide you with a great scenario to enjoy it. Picture yourself on a deck or patio somewhere with friends, and its roasting hot outside. If you are going to be drinking, and your options are piss water, piss water lite, spiked beverages, and Summer Shandy, this would be a total no brainer. You can maintain your ''beer snob'' status among your piss water friends, and still have a beverage with a lot of flavor, that's easy in the sun. The decision is easy, just like this beer will be on you.
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