This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Leienkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy.
Yes, its that time of year again. The time of year when Mrs KB takes off for Camp M update, the time of year when the blog goes dark for close to a week as we relocate and wait for Frontier (the world's worst telecom company) to activate our internet and last and most certainly least, the time of year when beer companies take leave of their senses and attempt to blend lemonade and beer in the time honored Radler tradition.
Regular readers of this blog are no doubt aware that I am not a fan of the shandy style of beer. Prior failure to finish bottles of shandy included the Saranac Shandy (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunday-night-suds-saranac-shandy.html); Leinenkugel Summer Shandy (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunday-night-suds-leinenkugel-summer.html) and Samuel Adams Porch Rocker (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2013/06/sunday-night-suds-samuel-adams-porch.html). In fact, the only Shandy I have ever tolerated was the Leinenkugel Orange Shandy (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2013/09/sunday-night-suds-leinenkugel-orange.html) which tasted OK because it was orange added to wheat beer, rather than a lemonade and beer concoction.
This brings us to the Leinenkugel Lemon Berry Shandy which was a new personal low. I drank exactly three sips before donating the beer in the name of sanity. The beer tasted like a cross between moisturizer and ammonia. (Mrs KB also detected some dish washing detergent, which was not odd, even though we were drinking from plastic cups). The first sip was all hand creme - a sweet potpourri of scents you would expect in a basket found in the bathroom. Successive sips added an astringent ammonia flavor and finally I decided to use the beer for its intended purpose - cleaning the bowl in the bathroom.
I would not recommend sharing this beer with anyone. No, I am serious, not even THAT guy should have to endure a bottle of the Lemon Berry Shandy.
Leinenkugel Lemon Berry Shandy is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, and has an OU on the label. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about Leinenkugel Lemon Berry Shandy, please follow this link beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/710/84046.
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