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Monday, April 21, 2008

A taste of… Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Leinenkugel Brewery C
Chippewa Falls, WI

This is one of the summer beers put out by Leinenkugel this year. Why save this one for last, I have no idea. All I know is that today, I really wish it was summertime and so I’ve decided to taste this one. The label tells me that it is 4.2% alcohol by volume.

Open this beer and it smelt like a lemon meringue pie. This is a cloudy, lemon colored yellow brew that is very effervescent and topped with a frothy, almost meringue like head of close-knit medium to small bubbles.

Oh me oh my! That’s lemon meringue pie!

Mouth feel:
The mouth feel is surprisingly full.

The moment between lip and sip contains more than a hint of lemon. This is a pleasantly tart, remarkably dry, lemon zest flavored beverage. I emphasize the “zest”. There is little of the “lemon drop” type aroma or flavor that is associated with many of the citric flavored beers.

The lemon zest flavor, and a hidden citric influenced hops flavor spike duel it out with the lemon winning of the hops leaving a most pleasant impression.

There are traditional summer drinks: gin and tonic, lemonade, most of the cola drinks as you can name, and the contribution from the United Kingdom called a "Shandy."

This summer treat is usually an ale and carbonated citric beverage combination. In some places a lager is used. (The French call it a panache.) The Germans call of the waste of beer.

That said; I found this to be a refreshing example of the product. This beverage would be ideal between surf and shower on a late summer afternoon spent at the shore. An excellent summer refresher!

The brewery Site: http://www.leinie.com/av.html

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