Shock Top Lemon Shandy
I am not the biggest Shock Top fan, but I decided to give this one a try since it is part of the shandy wave. This shandy has an ale-like aroma and you can detect the typical wheat and spice notes, but there is also the presence of a citrus-twist. The flavor is surprisingly refreshing with a semi-sour burst of lemon, followed by a mellow wheat beer flavor that goes down easy. The finish does have traces of what seems like fake flavor and a mild sweetener, but the crispness from the citric acid helps keeps them down. The added wheat beer spices also help.
The shandy is refreshing, but it is fake with its myriad of ingredients. However, on a hot summer day, who really cares?
Old Tomorrow Honey Ginger Shandy
Loving the matte label and the honey ginger twist, but this Old Tomorrow shandy has just as many ingredients as the Shock Top one. Unlike the Shock Top one, the beer aroma and flavor is much more dominant, but that could be because it is a different style. The aroma has sweet notes of honey, a light peppery twist and a bit of funky sourness from the citrus, I presume.
The flavor is different from Shock Tops and has a lot more body and flavor…for a shandy that is. There is maltiness from the beer, a light honey tone towards the end, and a moderate lemon twist half-way through. There is ginger, but it doesn’t come until the finish and it is subtle. This shandy is not as refreshing as the Shock Top one, but you might like this one better if you prefer some body and flavor strength. I prefer the body.
Rating – 2.75/5.0