Back in college I drank some horrible beers like Milwaukee's Best and Natural Lite Ice because that was often all that was available. But I believe that experience only served to make my palette more refined as I aged. Now, when I have a truly awful beer I truly question my judgment. Like, "How did this get into my hand in the first place? I should know better."
And while my face began to contort as the first drop of Leinenkugel's Old Fashioned Shandy hit my tongue I was asking those questions again.
Of course I knew the answer. I love the Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and even the Orange Shandy. So, why not some of these new fall-themed versions?
Well, because the Old Fashioned Shandy tastes like you're sucking down a Christmas themed holiday candle, that's why. It even says on the can that it has hints of Oak.
Stop to think about that right there. Oak? Really? And they don't mean Oak that's been smoked to give it a barbecue tinge. No. It tastes like potpourri.
The second beer in the sample was the Harvest Patch Shandy. It tastes exactly like you're drinking pumpkin pie mix. You know, the kind you get in a can to make the Thanksgiving pie that no one really wants but it’s so easy to make you do it anyway?
Then of course, there's a single good beer in the sample, Cranberry Ginger Shandy. It has a fruity aftertaste with plenty of ginger up front. It's nice and refreshing and goes well with Asian food obviously. I'll of course never drink it again because I can't stomach the other two shandies in the sampler and there’s no other way to buy it.
One out of three ain't bad I guess?