Saturday, April 30, 2016

Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy Review

Name: Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy
Style: Radler
ABV: 4.2%

Now that spring is officially here, it's time to finally start switching gears to more season appropriate beers....just kidding, I'm reviewing whatever I feel like but I do plan on looking at some more spring-ish beers coming up. With that said, let's take a look at today's beer: Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy.

Introduced last spring as part of one of their many shandy seasonals, Grapefruit Shandy was amongst the most popular of sellers at the bar I worked at last year. I recall the rep telling me that it was created as a way to capitalize on the whole grapefruit craze that has been running its course for the better part of a year.

Appearance - Very cloudy yellow color with no visible carbonation. The head is rather thin for the most part but it has some great retention, though there is no lacing left behind.

Aroma - Grapefruit & orange juice with some light pale malts and wheat notes. If you were to blindfold me and make me smell this, I'd swear it would be grapefruit juice. It's powerful but it feels a bit artificial.

Taste - Grapefruit & orange peel on the front of the palate with some malted wheat towards the middle. The back of the palate is more grapefruit notes with some pale malts and more light malted wheat. The grapefruit definitely isn't as strong here as it was in the nose....and that's probably a good thing.

You know what? I like this and it's probably my favorite shandy from Leinenkugel's thus far. The grapefruit element is pronounced without being over-powering and it's just a good sessionable beer that you can turn your mind off to as you drink it.

Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy - 8/10

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