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Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

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Curious Traveler Lemon ShandyCurious Traveler Lemon Shandy

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 574
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 43.77%
Wants: 35
Gots: 216 | 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 ekualumni
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stuff is so amazing I almost hate it haha!! My buddy got me on it and now we literally drive all around Lexington, Kentucky to find it when we decide its one of those nights!! It's not heavy, but doesn't taste watery at all like a lot of the beers I have usually drank and it is very refreshing!! I have never in my life given a review on a beer, but I had to on this one. Great job on this one!! I've always been pretty much a domestic beer guy (Coors Light, Bud Light, etc.) and loved the price of those!! However, Lemon Shandy is a tad pricey, buttttttt it's so freaking good that I can reason with my wallet to cover the expense. Great job Curious!! I haven't tried any of your other beers yet because I haven't seen them anywhere, but when I do find them I hope they are just as good as the shandy. I tell everyone I meet how good it is so I hope business is going great for you all!!!

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Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

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Photo of Ilafan
4.46/5  rDev +29.3%
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!

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of SuperKat
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of Oldfarm
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
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

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Photo of NCMatt
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A wonderful lemony aroma that isn't too strong. It has a bit of a watery aftertaste, but it's got a nice crisp flavor with a hint of the lemon's rind in it.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/2016. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemonade, lemon peel, light pepper, wheat, cracker, light honey, light herbal/grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of lemon juice/peel, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemonade, lemon peel, light pepper, wheat, cracker, light honey, light herbal/grass, and yeast earthiness. Light lemon tartness and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemonade, lemon peel, wheat, cracker, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of lemon juice/peel, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a damn nice shandy style. All around great robustness and balance of lemon juice/peel, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jabergess
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure why this beer scores low. I think people don't like Shandys, but then they review a beer expecting it to taste like something else. Or they don't like a Shandy. So why review it?? This tastes exactly like it is supposed to. I have only had a handful of Shandys but I think this one is the best. I really could drink it all day when it is hot. It has a pleasant lemon flavor and is sweet but not over poweringly so. It is really refreshing. If you don't think mixing beer and lemonade is your thing, try it, but for goodness sake, don't review it just because you don't like it.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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

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.

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.

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

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 :)

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of PrestonO
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of jsg978
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Rick5150
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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


"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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 7/8/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow in color with about a 1/2+ finger of a white head that settles down to just around the sides of the glass. The aroma is a very light hint of lemon with some grains/grass. The taste has more flavor that the aroma suggests with more lemon flavor coming through but not over powering. Perfect carbonation and no harsh or bitter after taste. Goes down easy and is a great summer brew on a hot day. Close to a Leiny's 'Summer Shandy' type of flavor.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.