This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Leinenkugel Summer Shandy.
For years, people have been asking me about whether Mike's Hard Lemonade is under hashgacha. And for years, my answer has always been the same, I am unaware of any kashruth agency which certifies Mike's Hard Lemonade as kosher. Having never tried Mike's Hard Lemonade, I am unsure why people are so interested in drinking it. I ask myself, why would someone mix lemonade with malt liquor and think that the result could be anything palatable? A little lemon flavor with a beer, might make sense. But why would you want to have a "half and half" type drink which mixes beer and lemonade?
Apparently some people must like this combination, as year after year Leinenkugel produces their Summer Shandy. The Leinenkugel website writes that the Summer Shandy is a "traditional German Radler" which is brewed with "natural lemonade flavor." I don't know what a traditional German Radler is supposed to taste like, but to me, this is a pitcher of Country-Time poured into a small cup of lager. The result is artificial lemon flavor with beer, something akin to a couple of yellow lollypops which have steeped in a beer bottle. (Mrs KB was less kind in her comments, as she told me that she thought it tasted like Pledge).
Leinenkugel Summer Shandy is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, although the product currently in the marketplace does not yet have an OU on the label. If you would like a copy of the LOC please contact me via email.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, please follow this link http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/710/36010.
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