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Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 551
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 34
Gots: 195 | 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 jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -57%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another grab at market share and shelf space by the boston beer company in the form of the growing Shandy style. *sigh*

Super hazed dull yellow color with a thin head even with an aggressive pour. Smells like the garnish bin behind a bar. Left out sour lemons. Hint of coriander and white peppercorn.

Fluffy mouthfeel with vigorous carbonation. Tart lemon, whisp of wheat, spicy finish. Like a spicier Summer shandy by leinenkugel but without any real beer taste and less body. Almost tastes like a mikes hard lemonade to be honest but with the addition of wheat. Sad attempt at a simple style. Hurts your throat with vigorous carbonation and spice rather than refresh your thirst. (684 characters)

Photo of CaneLaw
1.77/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured with a nice head, which dissipated quickly; it has a nice cloudy, natural appearance. I have had a number of different shandys before and have always enjoyed them. Unfortunately, this beer was very disappointing. The lemon flavor comes across as very artificial. The lemon aftertaste is highly unpleasant and almost medicinal. The most accurate description I can give is that it tastes like Pine Sol smells. (424 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Never make a mixed-sixer whilst buzzed...you'll only come home with a bottle of shandy... This stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises Country Time lemonade powder, light lemon peel, and a touch of pine sap. Smells sweet, lemony, and artifical, in other words. The taste takes things further down the hill, bringing that artificality to the fore. Think Lemon Pledge with a twist of sweetness. "Ugh!" is right. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, this stuff just didn't do anything positive for me. I should pay it back, somehow... (677 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.59/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was initially unsure of whether I should try this and the other Traveler beverages.

Pours a cloudy blonde with orange highlights and thin head into my glass. Resembles that of a wheat beer.

Just a faint hint of lemon peel on the nose. Not much else underneath.

Lemon is stronger here. Has the consistency of lemonade malt beverage. Not much else to taste underneath. Incredibly bland.

Lingering lemon peel and almost nothing else. Boring.

Why bother? (460 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
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 woodychandler
2.89/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My "neighbor", a six-pack shop located out my back door and across a short parking lot, had this in his singles case recently and I cannot resist the oddities.

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with lemon peel and natural flavors added"; "Quite a refresher!"

Holy Head, Batman! I had barely begun my relatively gentle pour when it began to foam up like nobody's business. I had to back things down for a moment to allow it to cascade into something that I could actually drink. Yee-hah! I finally ended up with two-plus fingers of dense, bubbly, bone-white head with decent retention. There was really no reason to lean in for the nose, but I did so anyway. The room smelled as though I had sprayed lemon-scented air freshener and the beer was the culprit. Color was a cloudy yellowish-orange. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery and the taste did not match the intensity of the nose. It was much less lemony than I expected. Finish was semi-sweet, but it should have been more tart. This a) needs work and b) would be better on a hot summer's day. (1,047 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
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 BlurryVisi0n
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass.

Appearance: A real cloudy yellow, pale in color with heavy bubbles rising up to over a finger's length coming off straight white.

Smell: Light lemon and citrus

Taste: Strong lemon, little sweet. Feels like a somewhat pale bitter lemonade. Not bad but I definitely wouldn't brag about it.

Mouth: Medium, feels light at times but after taste disappears real quick.

Overall: Not a bad brew better appreciated on hot summer day, I say this because it feels more like a thirst quencher. Thirsty night you know what to do....Salud! (556 characters)

Photo of Maxyim
3/5  rDev -14%
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 BeerLovinWoman87
3/5  rDev -14%

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 Lemke10
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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 barnabasdog
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- cloudy sandy yellow with no visibility, half a finger head with little retention, Minimal lacing.

S- lemon citrus

T-sweet cane sugar up front moves into lots of citrus fruits with a tart lemony finish

M- light carbonation, light body, drys up quick

O- Decent refreshing shandy (321 characters)

Photo of KariD
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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 shealoftus14
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it in a bottle, it poured a light yellow color and gives ouff a real citrisy taste. Good beer for the summer obviously. I didn't mind definietely not oneof my favorites. Has a descent balance of fruit flavors such as lime and orange with the taste. I'd say it goes down relatively smooth and easy. Good beer to have on a hot summer day. (340 characters)

Photo of dhannes
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 6/26/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lemons, light caramelized malts, some spices and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet lemonade flavor that is quickly followed by some spices. The hops presence is very mild. The malt character is thin and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet with a touch of tartness.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s the type of beer for people that want a masked beer flavor in their beer. (833 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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 dukeandduke
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
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 thecheapies
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like yeasty river water. No head whatsoever. It burned out in seconds with an audible clamor. Poor.

Smells of soured lemonade, aspartame sweetening, wheat malts, herb sprigs, and lemon peel. Maybe a bitter lemon soda vibe, too. Not far from what I was expecting.

A tame tartness described as being the product of lemon peel, lemon soda, tangy wheat, and yeast nuttiness. Definitely fruity, and not overpoweringly so. Nor is it detrimentally sweet or tangy. The tanginess does ride a bit, but it's manageable. Pretty benign. An applause for a showing of maltiness with a pale wheat bent. Light smack of toast, but it's very muted behind citric acidity and feigned citrus. Orange-y, too. Perhaps, that's the aspect I'm not agreeing with as much. A certain mid-palate zestiness leaks through with the implication that there are minor spice notes. I pick up hints of coriander and mace.

Drinks with uneven bursts of hidden carbonation. Peaks kind of high, at times. The rest of the beer is a body of wetness. Slight stickiness, but mostly clean. Not labor-intensive, but pretty drab.

Not a bad-tasting shandy on the market, but it definitely reeks of mass appeal. Averaged for anyone and almost everyone. It doesn't speak to me. (1,234 characters)

Photo of T6PP
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy golden yellow. Smell is a very very light lemony smell. The lemon taste is slight and very quick to disappear. It has a medium carbonation feel that doesn't linger long. Overall it is just ok, there are much better shandys out there but if you are at a bar and this is the only shandy there , it is worth a shot to see if you like it. (347 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.21/5  rDev -8%
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 puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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 -6.9%

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 jlindros
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tap at Texas BBQ in Northboro.

Small fluffy thick head that barely covers the head, bit of lacing, super hazy murky banana orangish yellow color.

Nose is like lemonade, country time lemonade, a but if fresh squeezed lemon, faint blond malts, not much else.

Taste starts mostly with lemonade, pretty sweet, a bit of fresh squeezed lemon, some grainy dough malts and a little blond malt, a bit juicy. Touch of lemongrass and grassy flavors. Finish is surprisingly dry with bready cracker blond malts, some lemon and little tartness and slightly flemmy even.

Mouth is light bodied, decent but lighter carb, not too thin.

Overall meh, not too bad for a shandy, more beer than most in the style, but still barely a beer and very light overall profile other than lemonade. (771 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a cloudy medium to dark straw yellow in color with some moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of lemonade (almost like you would get from a mix like country time or crystal light) over some very light notes of wheat. There is a very light hint of pledge in this one as well.

T: Similar to the smell, the most prevalent flavor is that of the lemonade, not fresh squeezed but more like something that you would get from a powered mix - overall this is a moderate flavor. There are some light notes of wheat and lemon rind. Barely any bitterness, almost lightly sweet.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront.

O: The lemonade aspects of this shandy really overpower any of the flavors of the beer - it really reminds me of country time (especially when you taste and smell the powder). It is refreshing and easy to drink but a touch too sweet for me. Definitely would be best on a super hot summer day. (1,318 characters)

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Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
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