Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 539
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 33
Gots: 186 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Traveler Beer Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: goblue3509 on 06-14-2012

Curious Traveler is our take on a classic European Shandy that has been brewed for generations. We started with an American craft wheat ale, which delivers a crisp, light body. We then added fresh lemon and just a touch of lime to bring out a bright, juicy citrus aroma and flavor. Simply, the Curious Traveler is “Quite a Refresher!”
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Photo of hosehead83
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Hazy golden-yellow in color, with a nice cap of bright white foam.
Aroma-Lemon pulp,white sugar
Taste-Lemon/lime, faintly sweet with small wheat note.
Although a bit lacking in character it is very refreshing, quenching, and quite "gulp-able" on a hot day. (291 characters)

Photo of dhannes
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L-Beautiful golden, honey color...thick foamy head.

S-Strong essence of lemon.

T-More lemon than ale...but too sweet, and too lemony...also, more artificial tasting than a real lemonade.

F-Nice body, not too thick or thin.

O-Too lemony for my liking...won't buy again. (272 characters)

Photo of Cure_Tap
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strikes a good balance between sweetness and tartness up front, with the wheaty malt becoming more apparent on the way down. However, the aftertaste has a cardboard flavor to it, which is my only real complaint here. I'm not sure if I picked up an oxidized batch, or if they all taste like this, but it does detract slightly from my enjoyment of this otherwise solid shandy. (374 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, label notched at best by September 2015. My second beer from The Traveler Beer Co. "The American Craft Shandy" according to the label. Not expecting much given my encounter with the last offering, and the given style.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a cloudy lemon yellow body. About a finger of fizzy white bubbly head that dies out quick. Cloudy and murky. No lacing on the glass. Looks okay for a shandy, I suppose.

S - The aroma is weak. White sugar and bland lemonade. Not very authentic or citrusy at all.

T - Follows the nose. Weak, bland, sugary lemonade, and a touch of wheaty / grainy beer base pokes through.

M - Crisp, clean, lightly tart / sugary. Weak, bland, and watery, though it's drinkability can't be denied.

Overall, typical faux craft beer swill, in my opinion. Reminds me of a Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, though I would probably prefer this when put side-to-side. Would not want it again, but it will appeal to the masses. I've yet to have a good craft shandy, and this one wasn't it.

Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy -----3/5. (1,084 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a lemon-based shandy, so you must remember that when trying this beer.

It's similar to a Summer Shandy or a Porch Rocker. To say which one is better would require a side by side test, because just going from memory they're all pretty similar. All good too, nothing really bad to say about any or about the style itself.

It's a fairly lemon forward, and not too sweet. Fairly accurate to the raddler style I had while in Germany. While I am no expert in this style, I have had a few, and think this is one I wouldn't hesitate to buy again! (547 characters)

Photo of Maxyim
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Solid little shandy for those desperate times when you run out of Steigl Radler. Available from local grocery stores as a plus! Not really a serious beer though, but it does not try to be. (190 characters)

Photo of Crackblind
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft. It's exactly what it says it is. Didn't expect a fine ale or a complex beer, just a nice, refreshing, tart thirst quencher and that's what I got. Very little head and lacing. Quite cloudy and not much smell - again not a negative cause this is a shandy. A great way to start a session when walking in from a very warm spring day. (339 characters)

Photo of stlfatguy
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy blonde, almost wheat color. Minimal head dissipated quickly, but light carbonation stayed. Smell was citrus/lemon as you would expect. Tasted like lemons, and a little tangy on the tongue, but not overly tart. Tangy lemon aftertaste stayed for a while. Slightly sweet, but still tasted more like beer with lemon flavor, than lemonade or anything else.

For what it is, I think they hit the mark. Don't drink if you're looking for a 'traditional' beer, and especially if you don't like lemons, but it was one of the nicer shandy's I've had. (555 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of lemon, yeast, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of lemon, hint of yeast, sugar, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, okay aroma, decent blend, but weak body. (458 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really nice lemon shandy. Definitely refreshing and I prefer it over the Leinenkugel versions. Doesn't taste artificial like some of them out there.

Would purchase again. (173 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Shandy pours a hazy copper color with a nice large head. There is a big lemon aroma. The taste is creamy and tastes like instant lemonade. A little flat, nice flavors. Overall its very refreshing, does taste like instant lemonade, which isn't the worse flavor in the world. (277 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Enjoy before 7/2015.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, lemonade, lemon juice, and lemon candy aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet lemon candy, grain, watery lemonade, and some salty flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that smells like lemonade and candy, but the flavors are a bit watery and salty and really don't make me want to drink very much of this.

Serving type: bottle. (701 characters)

Photo of KariD
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

An interesting interpretation of a Shandy. A bit more tart than I like. For me the style is meant to be a break from beer, this was more like a beer with a few lemon wedges squeezed in opposed to beer with lemonade. Cloudy and smooth with light carbonation. (257 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

4/2/15 (Draft - Finley Dunne's Chicago) - Hazy blond pour, thin head and minimal carbonation. Lemon aroma very strong. Nice lemon taste, very sweet, smooth going down, not very strong. (184 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.5/5
A very hazy orange-yellow, with a thin layer of white head. Can see an above average amount of small carbonation bubbles flowing up the beer.

Smell - 3.5/5
Lemon, perhaps a little bit of malt/hops/general beer aroma. But mostly lemons.

Taste - 3.25/5
Tastes like carbonated lemonade, with maybe a hint of orange. Which means it tastes decent, but doesn't taste like a beer, which is what I'm looking for. I think they overdid it a bit on the lemons.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Although the taste is similar to lemonade, the feel is significantly different. This beer is actually fairly full-bodied, which definitely makes it stand out that it's not a lemonade. There is a light amount of carbonation, and the beer is slightly crisp.

Overall - 3.75/5
I actually do like this beer, and could see myself cooling down with this on a hot summer day. The only issue is that this beer may have crossed the line into the "non-beer" zone, due to it tasting not like beer. The combination of the light and refreshing lemon flavor and the full body was very interesting and refreshing in my opinion. (1,103 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Decent looking shandy with a pale yellow color a bit of lacing clinging to the walls of the glass and a light covering of foam on the beer. But after giving this a try I was pretty disappointed, just seems to be a Mike's Hard Lemonade without the fizz. (252 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: This a very clowdy brew. That is good to style, and really shows the beers use of wheat
4/5

S: This beer smells like a blend of lemon peel and lemon-aid. A bit of wheaty "tang" and some orange as well. Very refreshing.
4/5

Taste: Probably one of the better Shandies Ive had, and easily the best american one, this is a great refreshing beer. Perfect for any hot day, a barbecue, or for giving to people who are not fans of beer.
4/5

Feel: high carbonation give this beer a noticeable bite. Body is at a lower medum level of sweetness/maltiness.
3.75/5

Overall: I highly recommend this beer, especially if you want something light and easy drinking. I just got off work, and this beer really hits the spot (while having more alcohol than rattler so it can actually give you a bit of a buzz which is nice).

Its also very competitively priced. If they made 12 packs of this stuff, It would be PERFECT.

I would drink this again :)
4/5 (940 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

on tap

hazy yellow appearance. strong citrus lemony aroma. taste is more restrained. refreshing,

drinks easy and was a good pint to wash down a spicy burrito. (164 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a foamy off-white head. The aroma is slightly sweet with lemons and wheat. The taste is sweet and full of lemons with wheat delivering a full beer flavor. Smooth and very easy drinking as well as a step up from Leine’s Summer Shandy. (281 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

really intense lemon on this, like lemon curd though, there is the confectioners sugar sweet aspect to it, that is just a little bit of a turn off for me, but i think the lemon is pretty genuine, and i can see the appeal for sure, although i still think i prefer others to this one due to the sweetness. pale in color, a little haze, and a ton of bubbles. i would love the feel, save the lingering sweetness, it hurts its refreshment value quite a bit for me, and definitely its drinkability, which is the point of these in the first place right? the lemon nose is intense, brightly citric, and acidic enough. the taste its there too, but here the sweetness comes in, more like a lemon preserve or something than a fresh squeezed juice, but again, it doesnt appear to me to be artificial. the beer aspect of this, and all of these really, is extremely minimal. no hops and not much grain to speak of, so its as much a soda as anything else, but when summer hits, im sure these will do pretty well here in the market. where i appreciated the pumpkin one for being so different, i sort of dislike this one for being so samey. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

P- Thanks to ray for this brew

A- light orange yellow color with a nice one finger foamy head with spiderweb lacing on the pint. cloudy opaque with pieces of yeast floating throughout.

S- lemon soda type of nose to it. hints of earthy malts as well.

F- strong lemon flavor with hints of wheat and earth tones.

M- bubbly and carbonated and lemony.

O- eh.....lots of people for some reason find this to be a good beer but im of the mind it is just an average fruit beer. I have had much better in the past and this is just like drinking lemonade with alcohol thrown in to it. (582 characters)

Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color is opaque yellow. Large head at first, leaves a good lacing. Taste is lemony with a hint of malt. Perfect for a hot summer day. I like this one a lot! (197 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 10, 2014

Cloudy, milky pale yellow pour with a fizzy white head that lingers about.

Aroma of lemon pepper, citrus, seltzer, and a little hint of wheat or grass.

Light body.

Lemony taste with a slight malt backbone. If you don't like ciders, Shandies are an adequate substitute. (330 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a cloudy, opaque, pale yellow coloring, with a ton of carbonation action in the body. Slight, low profile, bubbly, white head. Aromas of extremely tart and sweet lemon and lemon rind, subtle toasted grain backbone, and some extremely subtle spices. Pretty lemony overall. Flavors are effervesced and tart forward, with lemon sweetness all over the place. The lemon characteristics are real fruit; no syrupy notes. Subtle grainy backbone, but not enough to bring any semblance of balance. Light, bubbly, effervesced body, with a tart lemon aftertaste. Crisp, clean finish. (633 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It certainly looks the part, a lemon soda-colored brew with some fizziness but a substantial and lasting head as opposed to a soda. It's not large, but it has staying power and leaves more than moderate lacing.
It's got some beer character to it while being as refreshing as the style requires. It does have a light caramel-type malt and a ghost of pine. Otherwise, it's all lemon. There's an earthy sort of backbone that doesn't get heavy. I really don't get anything artificial here; just some juicy lemon, tart and zesty, a light peppery note, and a definite note of lemon peel itself, mildly bitter. They did what they set out to do, ending up with a simple but very nice little shandy.
It's light-bodied but almost medium, still crisp without being overly effervescent, nicely carbonated, soda-like as most of the style but with more body. Despite that, it doesn't lose its refreshing nature at all. (904 characters)

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Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.