This one participated to my search for the perfect shandy — the panaché according to the French. You can read my attempts to recreating it with local ingredients (more or less, a local replacement for the French limonade actually).
Last year my son had mentioned this drink to me and I was eager to try it. But it’s a seasonal item that retailers don’t carry nor sell out of season — spring and summer season that is). So I had to wait until spring came to get my hands on it.
According to the bottle’s label it’s a weiss beer brewed with honey and flavored with lemonade : so more or less a white type of beer which I like the most, flavored with lemon and honey. Looks it can be close to a shandy with a hint of lemon flavor in a beer but is it close to the French panaché ?
It’s made in Wisconsin by Leinenkugel and its alcohol content is 4.2% vol.
Pale yellow and very cloudy (white beer after all) with a nice beige foam rim.
Nose : a blast of lemon as expected plus some scents of wheat beer.
In mouth it is not too sweet (less sweet than my homemade version of the panaché but a panaché is actually sweet) because it is flavored with lemonade and not mixed with actual lemonade. It doesn’t have that much honey so it’s not actually sweetened like a soda as it seems and feels when tasting it.
The taste is lemon and wheat beer not white beer though : no spice, no orange peel, no coriander flavors. Anyway the lemon flavor would overpower all of those because it’s a lemon juice flavor and not merely a lemon peel flavor.
It is pleasant and refreshing though not a shandy panaché in the French meaning. In France we would call it a lemon flavored beer but not a panaché in any case.
Nicely bitter and lemony, good for summer days definitely.