Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
275 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours lighter than expected.. a medium amber color with a bit of a head. Aroma is lemon, tea and other citrus notes. Taste is sweet with big citrus notes and a bit of tea, ginger and cola. This comes across much like carbonated lemon tea to me. Prevalent but soft carbonation. A bit sticky and medium bodied.
armando629 (2404) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 29, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-golden body with a small white head. Interesting aroma, better than other radlers. So not a detergent citrus perfume...It is like a lemon flavored acid drop with some caramel malt. The flavor is similar as the aroma. Citrus and sweet like in an acid drop, some malt and caramel. Interesting one, but rather a soft drink.
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is what I expect a shandy to smell like. It has lemon, cereal grain, and caramel. The appearance is dark gold with a fizzy head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin but acceptable for the style. Overall it’s a good shandy and really easy to drink.
emerge077 (41) - RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Saw this at a local organic bakery, and "Shandy with traditionally brewed beer" jumped out at me from the label. At only 0.5% ABV this qualifies as a low alcohol beer.
Served in a Liefmans flute, it poured a yellow gold, slightly orange at the top, and a paler shade of yellow at the meniscus of the glass. Carbonation trails raced through it, with some CO2 clinging to the sides, with spotty lacing. Head retention was actually decent, and not fizzy like soda. Lemon tonic water aroma, slight sweetness of lemonade. Authentic lemon juice citrus flavor, mildly sweet, with a pale malt aftertaste, and lingering lemon peel bitterness. Somewhat prickly carbonation without feeling gassy or fizzy. Overall very traditional without any artificial impression.
leaparsons (7933) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Golden with a small head. Aromas are syrupy sweet with lemonade and obvious beery notes. Flavours are sweet lemon and some ginger beer bite. Drink this instead of a shitty no-alcohol beer.
RichardGretton (4220) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle@Blists Hill, Ironbridge. Golden drink with a light head. The aroma is ginger and lemon, and the flavour is lemon, slightly ginger and sweet. Overall a reasonable shandy, but quite sweet for any drink.
Varnava (13) - CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice flavor. It was a nice twist on a cola beverage. I enjoyed drinking it.
Precept53 (147) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not quite sure how to rate this one... Mostly cola like taste, with hint of malty sweetness, refreshing when cold.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don’t really know how to carefully rate a Traditional Ale, but I’ll give it a go: no head, pale, translucent apricot color. It tastes much like a cola to me, actually - nearly as sweet, but with a tiny bit of sour bitterness in the finish. K really don’t taste much beer, but its sweetness seems like in part it could be from malts, but mostly just cane sugar. There’s something artificial in it that I’m not enjoying - like decaying plant matter or something of the sort.
notalush (4765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
275ml bottle - well, I wanted something rare and unusual for number 1400, something that no one else would save for a milestone, and this sure fit the bill - clear golden pour, with a slight copper tint - lemon and herbal touches in the aroma, with slight whiffs of vanilla and ginger - mild sweetness, with lots of lemony tartness, and crisp carbonation - light vanilla/cream soda-like flavors show themselves, but just briefly, as a grainy, malty, beer kick jumps out at you near the finish - think of it as a soda for the beer lover - crisp, flavorful, and refreshing.