Erie Soleil Shandy

Posted: April 19, 2015 in Erie Brewing Co., Fruit/Vegetable Beer, Reviews

This was a beer that the lawyer picked out. She let me have a sip last night while we were watching television.

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ABV: 3.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by the colorful Lake Erie sunsets, Soleil Shandy was created with the craft beer drinker in mind. Our customers were anxious for a light, crisp, warm-weather brew and our brewers responded. They crafted a delightfully refreshing raspberry-lemon Shandy to showcase at our annual summer event ‘Beer on the Bay.’ Thanks to an overwhelming number of requests to see this brew added to our lineup, Soleil Shandy is now available spring and summer to all of our Erie Brewing customers. Enjoy Erie Brews!”

Random: I wonder how many new shandies will pop up this year and if they’ll be as popular.

This beer poured with less than a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left absolutely no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange with moderate carbonation, which was surprising. Usually for this style, there is more carbonation visible. The nose had lots of raspberry and lemon zest and was overall pleasant. The taste, not so much, although it was interesting. It started with raspberry and lemon which imparted some tartness, both of which were welcomed and expected. The weird part was when graham cracker notes came through. It made the beer have this very peculiar sweetness, which I didn’t enjoy. It had a light body with really high carbonation, which was nice. The finish had the same nasty graham cracker taste with raspberry, but was over quickly. This was $1.80 a bottle (with the NJCB discount), which came to $.15 per ounce. Although the price is very affordable, it doesn’t change the fact that I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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