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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: 77
Hads: 560
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 44.77%
Wants: 35
Gots: 204 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.43/5  rDev -29.4%
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...

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Photo of jlindros
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.89/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of lemon, yeast, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of lemon, hint of yeast, sugar, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, okay aroma, decent blend, but weak body.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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Photo of Brad007
2.59/5  rDev -24.7%
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?

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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 Brenden
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It certainly looks the part, a lemon soda-colored brew with some fizziness but a substantial and lasting head as opposed to a soda. It's not large, but it has staying power and leaves more than moderate lacing.
It's got some beer character to it while being as refreshing as the style requires. It does have a light caramel-type malt and a ghost of pine. Otherwise, it's all lemon. There's an earthy sort of backbone that doesn't get heavy. I really don't get anything artificial here; just some juicy lemon, tart and zesty, a light peppery note, and a definite note of lemon peel itself, mildly bitter. They did what they set out to do, ending up with a simple but very nice little shandy.
It's light-bodied but almost medium, still crisp without being overly effervescent, nicely carbonated, soda-like as most of the style but with more body. Despite that, it doesn't lose its refreshing nature at all.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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 tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: bright yellow in color, 1/4 inch head, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: lemonade and light ginger

Taste: lemonade and ginger

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and carbonation, sweet with spiciness.

Overall: An ok to above average shandy. I get lemonade and distinct ginger, but not much beer taste. Not bad, but I think there are better shandies out there.

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Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.