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Curious Traveler Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

Curious Traveler ShandyCurious Traveler Shandy

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224 Ratings
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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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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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 03:42:54 | More by thecheapies
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shealoftus14

Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 14:44:53 | More by shealoftus14
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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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roger617

Indiana

3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: 3.5 Pours lightly golden with 1 finger of head that receded over just a minute. Resembles a wheat ale, wee so slightly darker in color.

S: 3.25 Lemon up front. Heavy citrus all around.

T: 3.75 Lemon up front, and in the middle, and after. Hints of lime, orange, grapefruit. Very sweet yet subtly tart. Great balance of flavors.

M: 3.75 Nicely carbonated. Very drinkable on many levels.
O: 3.5 The appeal to this beer is by far it's drinkability during the hot Summer months. A delicious beer that goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. A great session!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 23:25:59 | More by roger617
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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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BlurryVisi0n

New York

2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:10:05 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Brad007

Vermont

2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 04:04:16 | More by Brad007
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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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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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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

This beer is extremely hazy in color and is a not so appetizing yellowish orange color. The head lingers for a little while and it sounds extremely fizzy. The aroma is lemons mixed with just a touch of malt. It smells quite refreshing. The flavor is heavy on the lemon but with notes of fresh cut grass, butter and candy, and a slight hop presence. This is actually better than I thought it was going to be. The MF is light and maybe slightly too carbonated. I wouldn't buy a case of this, but I am enjoying it as free sample from the beer distributor.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 14:09:49 | More by jifigz
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 21:18:48 | More by woodychandler
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pale lemonade pour is turbid and dense with a touch of orange tint around the glass edges. Washy dirty white head is weak and slight, providing no visible window dressing.

S: Aroma of country time lemonade is strong, almost powdery, lightly tart, of a moderate backing.

T: Flavor of tart lemonade, wheat and lemon peel. The flavor seems almost from a powdery origin.

M: Active carbonation, lemonade feel, tart with a nice lemon citrusy bite.

O: Overall its a lemonade quencher for those who dont like beer. You can literally pass this off as a lemonade with almost no alcohol detection.As a fruit beer its average, as a shandy ill call it above average. Hard to judge this as a fruit beer, a shandy is in a league of its own.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 19:46:51 | More by beerthulhu
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CaneLaw


1.7/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 06:30:40 | More by CaneLaw
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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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jtierney89

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -55.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 01:27:17 | More by jtierney89
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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 20:52:08 | More by TMoney2591
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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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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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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint. Colo was a golden amber, pour was very hazy. Plenty of carbonation rose from the bottom to the top. A very thin small bubbly head. Aroma smelled like I would expect it to. Roughly half beer, and half sweet syrupy lemonade. The beer notes reminded me of a cheap beer though. Taste was a slightly sweet beer with a subtle lemon after taste. Lemon was definitely not as strong as it was in the aroma. Small bit of tart at times. Felt ok in the mouth. A bit over carbonated for one that used lemon, seemed more in place if it was mixed with ginger ale. Overall not bad. Could definitely be a gateway beer, or a good summer sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 22:34:48 | More by mountdew1
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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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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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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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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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Curious Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.