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We Taste Tested Shandies To Find The Best Summer Shandy

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You know what's more refreshing than an iced cold beer on a hot summer day? An ice cold beer with sweet lemonade added to it. This simple combination of our two favorite drinks goes by the name of shandy -- and it should be summer's official drink. Despite the fact that shandies are easy to make at home, some beer companies have bottled their own versions -- and they make their appearance during the hot months of summer, like right now.

We tend to shy away from pre-made drinks of any kind -- Budweiser's Lime-O-Rita taught us that lesson -- but when it comes to shandies, some beer companies are doing it right. Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is the most popular pre-made shandy on the market, but we wanted to see what else was out there. So we did what we always do: Set up a blind tasting of all the shandies we could find.

We gathered a group of editors, served them shandies in unlabeled cups, and got them to write down the first thing that came to their minds. We found that lemon + beer can taste so many different ways, all of them surprisingly palatable. Here's what worked and what didn't, in order from best to worst:

  • 1
    Curious Traveler Shandy
    HuffPost Taste
    "Zesty and floral. NICE." "Way more interesting than the others, with different notes: sweet, bitter, citrusy, but not overpowering." "A little more sophisticated than your average shandy."
  • 2
    Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy
    Leinenkugel
    "Refreshing and sweet!" "This tastes like a glass of summer." "Really lemony, but I'd still drink it."
  • 3
    Narragansett Shandy
    HuffPost Taste
    "Tastes like Hoegarden -- lovely." "SO lemony, it basically tastes like soda." "Strong lemon curd overtones." "Lemony finish, pretty mild and refreshing."
  • 4
    Shock-Top Lemon Shandy
    HuffPost Taste
    "Tastes like orange-ade and I LOVE it." "Surprisingly subtle." "Sweet orange flavor. Doesn't taste lemony at all." "Is this Pine-Sol?"
  • 5
    Sam Adams Porch Rocker
    HuffPost Taste
    "Tastes just like regular beer to me." "On the bitter side." "Has some heft to it -- and a little hoppy." "Fine."
  • 6
    Amstel Bier Radler
    HuffPost Taste
    "Tastes just like lemon soda!" "Kool-Aid shandy?" "Pure sugar! If you hate beer you will like this." "Way too sweet!" "It dances on my tongue."

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