Who doesn’t love a shandy? This simple, refreshing Lemon Shandy is made with homemade lemonade and wheat beer. 

Homemade lemon shandy overflowing mason jar mug.

Believe it or not, I used to be somewhat adverse to lemons mixing with other types of food. Lemon chicken and rice soup really confused me and I didn’t understand the allure.

What can I say? Taste buds change, and now I’ll order lemon chicken soup from the Greek carryout whenever I get a chance.

The mixture of beer and lemonade known as a “shandy” used to really perturb me, but you guessed it – not anymore! Today I’m bringing you a Meyer Lemon Shandy, because I’m still clinging to the last of this year’s Meyer lemon bounty. Feel free to use traditional lemons in this recipe instead.

Wheat beer shandy in glass mug with lemons in background.

You only need 3 ingredients (plus water) for this lemon shandy:

  • sugar
  • lemon juice
  • wheat beer

What beer is best for a shandy?:

This really isn’t the time to experiment with dark beers like porters or stouts, or heavily hopped or complex-tasting beers. Keep it light and simple, OK? My favorite is wheat beer, but pilsners and saisons are also great choices for a lemon shandy.

Wheat beer keeps it light and refreshing, the perfect accompaniment to something like wonton nachos or a football charcuterie board.

Lemon shandy in mason jar mug with bottle opener and lemons in background.

Lemon Shandy

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Who doesn't love a shandy? This simple, refreshing Lemon Shandy is made with homemade lemonade and wheat beer. 


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1-1/3 cups chilled sparkling water
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 bottles (12 ounces each) chilled wheat beer (I used Weihenstephaner Hefe)


  1. In small saucepot, heat sugar and 1/3 cup water to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. When all sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to jar and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. In small pitcher, stir together sparkling water, lemon juice and sugar syrup until well combined.
  3. Pours beer into chilled pint glasses and top each glass with sparkling lemonade. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 34gProtein: 2g

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