Beer Profile: Leinenkugel’s Cranberry Ginger Shandy


Profiled by Ken Carman for PGA

Nose is obvious cranberry with a pillow head and a few big bubbles. Very sweet on the sweet high side of cranberry. Almost candy cranberry as per that. Hint of pale3 malt. The mouthfeel is actually tad sweet lemon tart with almost no pale malt behind that,. Sweet is on the top.

This is a very sweet, light, quaff, with cranberry and sweet up front. Not bad at all. Pale malt just about perfect fir sweet, cranberry focus.

Just a hint of haze, light yellow/gold.

Lemon backs up cranberry perfectly.

Great beer. A great shandy with nice, good, strong cranberry in second Light, yet firm, carbonic sense in carbonation as in very slight bite. Slightest hint of ginger. Lite bo, lite carb. Slight haze.

Personally I’d only buy this to show quaffers what you can do with beer, especially a somewhat unofficial, frowned upon, style called shandy. It’s well balanced and enjoyable, but kind of a one trick brew.

I tend to prefer more complexity, but what I prefer is not the point.

73 @ Beer Advocate, but they apparently add a different fruit each year so no cranberry-specific rating found.

16 and 42 @ Rate Beer, but same non-specific comment applies. Hey, RB, not THAT bad!



Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”


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martianKen Carman was born of a deity named Bill many moons ago when his wife Winnie was fermenting well at the time. He is a beer judge, beer writer and reviewer of brew-based business, beer commentator and BEER GOD. Do not challenge the one who ate too many hops one year, hence the green pigment you see to the left!

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