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Curious Traveler Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.61%


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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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -29%
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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2012 00:35:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 16:43:34 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:23:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/07/12 notes. Had on tap at RFD.

a - Pours a murky yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and lemon mostly, with some light floral hops. Very citrusy.

t - Tastes of lemons, citrus hops, lemonade, fruity malts, floral hops.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Sweet, but easy to drink.

o - Overall an interesting beer, but not bad. Lots of lemon and citrus, could see some non-beer drinkers enjoying this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 18:50:38 | More by mdfb79
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
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 +0.9%
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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Brad007

Vermont

2.58/5  rDev -23%
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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 04:04:57 | More by dbrauneis
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
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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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
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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shand

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%
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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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
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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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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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jtierney89

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -55.2%
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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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to shaker pint glass at RFD on 6/9/12
*From notes

A: Cloudy lemon in hue. Would you be surprised if I said it looks like lemonade? A quarter finger head and the thinnest of thin collars top the glass. No lacing coats the glass.

S: Lemons. Lots of lemons. I'm also getting plenty of that patented Sam Adams grain bill, too.

T: Off-dry lemonade hits first. Golden malt lands on the mid. The finish is decidedly creamy, and comes off a bit drier then originally anticipated. It lingers in the mouth like a Boston Lager with a lemony, acidic edge.

M: The feel is alright. I'd like this to be a bit more effervescent, though having said that, this is certainly decent. Light bodied, yet lacking that extremely crisp edge I'd prefer.

O: If you dig shandys or radlers, then I'd certainly recommend this one. I can't say it's at or near the best I've had, but it's none the less refreshing and easy to put back on warmer afternoons and evenings.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 23:43:04 | More by Rhettroactive
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Curious Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.