Anyone living in Chicago knows this past winter was one of the worst in a long time. In addition, our spring season is typically plagued with roller coaster temperatures, ranging from 75 degrees one day to 30 degrees the next. It's the first day of June, temperatures are in the 80s, and after a trip to my corner liquor store I picked up this beer that exemplifies one thing...summer is finally here.
I don't think Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is a particularly bad beer, it's just average. It's the type of beer that helps you enjoy the warm weather, it's exceptionally marketed for the warm weather (hence it's limited release), it would probably taste horrible if you're curled up near a heater escaping colder weather. The lemonade in this old man concoction stands out more than anything, and the label states it's made with Weiss beer, but it's so subtle and finishes more like a lager. Not really the type of beer I would think anyone would want to pound down, but the perfect beer when you're hanging out in your place with the windows open, eating pizza, and watching baseball.
This might taste better if it was mixed with a white ale or a true Weiss beer, but for what it is it's not terrible.