Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Andy for pointing out this tick. A golden cider like body with a thin yellow white head. A sweet berry, lime, tart apple-ish aromatic character. Starts off lightly sweet with a hint of a dry marshmallow like pasty but very dry sweetness. Just a hint of lime or lemon bitterness to boot. Fine for a soda sure, as for a beer well that’s another story.
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Found this in the soda section of a beer store, and I will rate it as such. Not really a beer at all, this really is just a soda, whether they call it a traditional ale or not. There is some beery taste in there, a little bit of malt, and a lot of kefir lime leaf and lemon zest. Great, spritzy body, quite sweet but rather enjoyable as a soda. As a beer this would be pretty shit but I ain’t drinkin’ it as a beer, am I?
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - JUL 16, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice sweet taste, beer is noticeable on the back end only. Highly drinkable, aroma is more juice than beer.
berkshirejohn (4651) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
275ml bottle from Waitrose. Amber with a fast-fading white head; lemon aroma with some grain; sweet lemon flavour with some underlying malts; some lemon zest to finish. Surprisingly good, clean tasting and clearly made with real beer.
Drake (8779) - 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 (2415) - 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 (4253) - 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 (42) - 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 (8265) - 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 (4277) - 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.