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Curious Traveler Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

Curious Traveler ShandyCurious Traveler Shandy

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.56%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goblue3509 on 06-14-2012)
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shand

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beers pours out a radiant hazy yellow with a tightly packed white head. The aroma is superb, it's got a realistic lemon note over sweet malts. The taste is simple, refreshing, and delicious. Lemon and beer, married together in perfect harmony. Nothing artificial tasting here. The best commercial shandy I've had to date. The mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is great. This is just a superb and refreshing brew. It does everything I want it to, which is be deliciously lemony and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 22:41:06 | More by shand
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Ilafan

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Um ... this isn't from Sam Adams or Boston. It's out of Burlington, VT. It's a start-up that has a great future.

This beer isn't like the ultra-sweet summer shandy beers that are in vogue right now. Yes, it's in that neighborhood, but this beer has a nice balance of a grapefruit-like bitterness to it. It smooths out the sweetness and makes this the most drinkable summer beer of its kind.

FIND this beer. Embrace the stache!

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 02:14:28 | More by Ilafan
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BoulderBarrovecchio

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Murky orange yellow, thick looking, some carbonation visible.

S: Slight citrus.

T: Straight Mimosa. Tastes exactly like a Mimosa. Orange and citrusy.

M: Smooth and thin, refreshing. Slight, but enough, carbonation.

O: Extremely refreshing, tastes just like a Mimosa, perfect summer drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2014 20:41:06 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
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SuperKat

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I thought it smooth, great taste without being too strong. Very drinkable and wasn't over hopped to the point that it was bitter like so many craft beer. To many beers make you want to gag from it bitterness or tasteless like the national brews. Traveler was just right.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 01:19:37 | More by SuperKat
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Oldfarm


4.28/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great summer time beer, on tap at Chapins in Dennis on the Cape, not like all the other summer ales, distinct smoothness, perfect after a beach day,Paired well with lobster roll, and grilled chix salad
Great ice cold , but don't let it get warm! Well worth giving it a try if your looking for a refreshing ,light, crisp beer

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 23:12:50 | More by Oldfarm
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a non transparent bright straw yellow color with an one finger egg white head which stays around for most of the beer and leaves a little lace on the glass. The aroma is big up front with lemons and carries lemons through the middle, the end reveals a little bit of a bready malt. The taste follows suit with a nice lemon flavor, not as bitter as a lemonade but not overly sweet, just right. There again is a slight hint of breadiness at the back end. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall I liked it, I thought it was a very drinkable beer, and something I would be sure to drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 22:52:00 | More by goblue3509
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not that we're in July and I've been sampling shandies from a variety of brewers I feel like I'm getting a hang for the style. Just like any other shandy traveler looks, smells and tastes like beer and lemonade. It's the balance of beer and not too sweet but just sweet enough lemonade that makes Curious Traveler, and all the other Traveler brews for that matter, just right for me. It's not too beery, it's not too lemonade-y. It has a nice body, not to thin or slick. It's the middle of Goldilock's shandies.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 13:57:56 | More by donkeyrunner
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PrestonO


3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a local restaurant. Very good lemon shandy, very refreshing and easy to drink. I've only had Shock Top Lemon Shandy, and this tops it by a mile. Leaves a strong lemon taste afterwards, but a good one. Be sure not to let it get warm. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 19:39:42 | More by PrestonO
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jsg978

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

After being completely turned off by previous Summer Shandys, I was very hesitant to try this one. But i must say where the other one failed this one thrived. It didn't just taste like a lemonade with some beer mixed in. its a beer that actually tastes like a beer that made with lemonade.
Very light and great tasting. The tartness of the lemons is very nicely accompanied by the a sweetness.

It is a very refreshing beer nice a hot day. Will be buying more of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:31:10 | More by jsg978
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow-orange colored brew (think watery orange juice with tons of pulp) with a tiny white head. The head faded fast leaving very spotty lacing.

Smell – The aroma was rather light. There was a orange aroma with some lighter notes of lemon and biscuit.

Taste – The taste was bready and sweet upfront with lemon and a wheat bread flavor. The lemon sweetness was combined with some orange sweetness more toward the middle of the taste. An overall citrus drink flavor was on the tongue at this point. In the end the citrus sweetness seems to grow even stronger, but is also accompanied by a more biscuity flavor, which with the citrus leave a sweet tart (pastry) flavor to linger on the tongue. Quite sweet but delicious.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is rather light in terms of creaminess and is crisp on the tongue. The carbonation level is on the higher side and when combined with the crisper body, it was fantastic for the lemon tart flavors.

Overall – While sweet and citrusy, it is very easy drinking and delicious. This is a wonderful light dessert beer or a thirst quencher on a warmer day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 00:12:27 | More by Darkmagus82
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Rick5150

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a reference to SouljaSaia17's review, please see this link:

http://beerpulse.com/2012/04/alchemy-and-science-quietly-launches-house-of-shandy-beer-co/

"TTB filings show that Curious Traveler Shandy is being produced out of Boston Beer Company’s plant in Cincinnati, Ohio."

The reason that this is important is that I find this beer indistinguishabe from the Sam Adams Porch Rocker. Not a bad thing, in my opinion.

I bought this from Barbs Beer Emporium in Londonderry on 07/19/2012.

A: This shandy is a cloudy color, with a short white head that dissipated slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong lemon, malts, some grassy scents and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out as lemonade. Finihses that way too, really. Almost like Sprite at times. The malt is really light and the hops are barely discernible.

M: Crisp and smooth. Again, I get the Sprite feel. I like the carbonation level and the sightly tart finish.

O: I drink all styles of beer and find this one to be perfect for sitting around a fire for the evening. It gives you a pleasant tasting beverage to drink while not being so overpowering that you find yourself laying across a firepit full of raging hot embers.

Very easy to drink if you know what to expect going in and enjoy it for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 13:02:04 | More by Rick5150
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy looking yellow color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing is minimal. The smell of the beer is very fresh smelling, there is a lot of lemon and lime aromas coming off of this one. The flavors is like a carbonated citrus drink, it's almost a soda, but the lemon and lime flavors make this very refreshing and clean. The mouthfeel is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall it's refreshing for sure, I can't say this is a bad beer for it's style but it's not something everyone will enjoy I'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:27:13 | More by Knapp85
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label says brewed and bottled fot the House of Shandy Beer Company, Cincinnati, OH. Date notch on the label says Dec 2012.

Cloudy beige-ish yellow color. About two fingers of white head. It stuck around for a minute but then quickly fizzled out, leaving no lacing behind.

Well, it sure does smell like a shandy. Lots of lemon and some spice as well. Not as sweet as i was expecting.

The taste was very similar to the nose, but with more sweetness up front. Pretty damned refreshing.

Pretty smooth and not incredibly carbonated. It did leave that sugary feeling on the teeth, though.

Well, it was a shandy. Very refreshing and perfect for the summer. But alas, the season is drawing to a close so i'm guessing it won't be around for too much longer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 07:33:38 | More by jeremy13586
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It actually looks like a hazy white ale, bright yellow hazed sunshine summery shandy. Head forms nice bright white intricate lacing I can't complain about appearance, I have passed this stuff up since it was released, it showed up at my local, but I'd figure I would try now. Aroma bright lemon peel, bitter pith, bready notes hints of yeast additions. Flavor biscuit malt at the base with a big rounded sweetness, juicy lemon meringue creamy textures, balanced spritzy lemon lime peel additions almost like a witbier spiked with Sprite. I has you burping up the lemon peel notes after a few sips, actually much less offensive than I was expecting. Refreshing summer style ale, somebody had to compete with the success that Leinenkugel's has had with their summer shandy cans. As I inspect the label I keep thinking this looks like it has Sam Adams written all over it, the fine print reveals that it's brewed by Boston Beer Company marketed by a company out of Burlington, VT. I expect the same from the Angry Orchard offerings, just by looking at the packaging. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth refreshing summery offering that is being sold year round, I'm not sure how often I plan to partake but it's honestly pretty solid for what it is. I like the lower abv, at 4.4% abv this would be easy to imbibe a couple especially if I take my acid reflux meds, that's the only mouthfeel gripe I have is the acidity...carbonation is dead on carries it well really not cloying to me at all. Overall if you enjoy this type of beverage after cutting the grass, it's definitely refreshing for the warmer months.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:23:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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SouljaSaia17

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok first of all, this beer is not from The Boston Beer Company. Its made by the House of Shandy beer company out of Burlington, VT.

A: This pours a very cloudy Orange color with 1 1/2 fingered bright white head and has some decent lacing.

S: Lots of lemon peel, some grassy notes and a small hint of honey.

T: Taste is similar to the smell, sweet lemon and some honey with a little bit of a dry, wheat finish.

M: This beer is light bodied and very drinkable for me, especially since its 90 plus degrees right now. Good carbonation as well.

O: Couldnt find a lot of information on this beer and have never seen it before today. But this is a good beer for the style and definitely something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 01:22:20 | More by SouljaSaia17
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours like a Shandy with a hazy yellow body and a 1/2 an inch of head that seems more sticky than your typical Shandy.

S - Smells not too sweet with lemon zest like lemonade and sweet sugary malts. Hops take a backseat.

T - Like others said it's sort of like Porch Rocker only less tart and less lemonade like. It is on par with refreshment and doesn't seem to powerful. It's a lemonade beer without being a beer with lemonade added if that makes any sense.

M - Light to medium. A bit sugary but hey I like it sweet.

Overall who knew that by just brewing a Shandy with lemon peel rather than just adding lemonade in post would produce such a refreshing beer. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 02:12:42 | More by DrDemento456
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a murkey yellow color body with a small head that dissappears quickly. The smell is of lemon rind and not much else. The taste is alomst like lemonade with some spiced added to it. The mouth feel is smooth and overall a easy drinking summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 03:17:31 | More by chefhatt
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found on tap at Hops Bar at the Delaware Park.

A-cloudy tan with a thin white head

S-lemon lime orange sweet cream. Medium strength

T-before I found this on BA, I knew it had to be a shandy. It tastes like carbonated lemonade with a grainy feel to it. Has a creamy vanilla hint to it as well. Not absolutely terrible. Very unique and refreshing, ill give it that.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-well curiosity is what made me get this beer. It wasn't a mistake. It's definitely odd. It might not even really be a beer. It's okay though. It easy to drink, and might go well with certain moods. Mostly for the ladies I'd say though!

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 03:05:42 | More by AdamBear
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

It's been a while since I tried anything new from SA, so why not? First off, the tap handle is amazing, and I want one.

Poured a cloudy straw-lemon-yellow color with an ample white head; moderate retention and lacing. I can't say I've ever had an actual shandy, but I liked what I got from this. Aroma is dominated by lemon, as I expected pretty much, with a candy-like sweetness, promising a decent balance without making this too sour or tart. I initially went in expecting something more like a wheat beer, but was pleasantly surprised to get something more along the lines of a limoncello, lots of lemon rind, lemonade sweetness, never getting too tart, with an underlying floral quality, and a chewy, bready maltiness in the background. Medium body and very easily drinkable. A nice treat overall, delivered what was promised, even if I don't see myself drinking it more than once or twice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 09:01:06 | More by Rifugium
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Curious Traveler Shandy has a thick, white head and a very milky, opaque beige-yellow-golden appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of a strong lemon-lime smell, with a background of white bread. Taste is the same, with lots of sugary sweetness and tartness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Curious Traveler Shandy finishes tart, sour, sweet, and refreshing. Overall, this is a very good fruit beer, and I think it’s worth trying.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 23:09:05 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by Feb. '13 notched on label:

Pours clouded yellow with a thick, creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell reminds me of lemon merangue pie. Sweet with some tart.

The taste is of sugar-coated lemon candy. Some lemony tart and a bit of dryness in the finish keep it from being too sticky.

The feel is creamy and smooth. Not too spritzy.

It has a refreshing pucker to it. A nicely done lemony brew. More of a body to it than most fruit beers. Overall, an enjoyable shandy-type brew on a hot day!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 22:06:09 | More by jwc215
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Rivers in Chicago. It is a great summer time chic beer. Like most other Shandies and the other summer ales, very fruity and tart. The beer also has a distinct smoothness, perfect after a beach day,Paired well with lobster roll, and grilled chix salad
Great ice cold , but don't let it get warm! Well worth giving it a try if your looking for a refreshing ,light, crisp beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 19:21:35 | More by WoodBrew
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades to absolutely nothing

S: Very lemony, with some other citrus notes and wheat. Maybe some light spices in there. Quite sweet

T: Starts off with lemon, citrus, and wheat malts. Again, quite sweet. Finishes fairly clean, but also get some more sweetness

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Soft and chalky

O: A nice shandy. A little on the sweet side, but still holds the lemon and citrus notes quite well. If this were in cans, it would be a great beach beer. Try it if you're into shandies/radlers

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:36:40 | More by BEERMILER12
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gentlemanextraordinaire88

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is my first time trying a shandy and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

A nice hay-yellow look with a thick, lacy, head that stayed through half my drinking experience.

It had a faint smell of grain, lemons, and grass that was inviting yet not too fragrant.

The first taste brings lemony notes overlaying the grainy beer with a hint of lemongrass or other green, earthy flavors.

For the full taste think lemons, a hint of lime, obviously beer with the tiniest hint of hops--but by no means bitter tasting. Not a lot of depth here, but certainly refreshing.

By no means does it have a heavy mouthfeel (compared to the Belgian Quads I usually drink, it's especially light indeed!) but fills the mouth with a pleasant lightness which serves to invite another sip while lingering long enough that you can get in snippets of a good conversation without constantly sipping.

The finish was not especially long, but certainly good enough for this kind of beer. I could definitely taste the lemon on the finish, but it faded to a more grainy beer flavor after a few seconds, giving way to a hint of lemonade as the parting flavor.

Overall, I really liked this shandy and will definitely have it at any outdoor events I host or attend over the summer (and well, fall too, seeing as how I live in FL and it's hot all year here!). A very nice, refreshing, light and yet substantial beer that I hope Traveler Beer Co. will continue for years to come!

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 17:22:56 | More by gentlemanextraordinaire88
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours cloudy yellow with a milky look. Like what you might expect from a carbonated fresh lemonade. The only difference is a white silky head that leaves lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Hardly any aroma at all. Faded lemons and grains, but that's barely there.

TASTE: Quite lemony and refreshing. Fredh squeezed lemonade flavor, with ample malty sugars. Tart lemony notes last the duration of the drinking experience. Like a hard lemonade, but with fuller body and carbonation from the malts. There is a faint vegetal bitterness but remains hidden behind layers of lemon. Kind of reminds me of lemon pop ice cream.

FEEL: Light bodied, light spritzy carbonation. A little tartness lingers into the wet finish and is rather nice.

OVERALL: A top notch shandy, smoother than many imported versions, this is smooth and drinks like a refreshing summer dessert. I'd look for this again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 23:37:05 | More by Stinkypuss
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Curious Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
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