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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 BeerLovinWoman87
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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!

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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 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 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 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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Photo of jabergess
3.99/5  rDev +16%
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 BeerWithMike
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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 T6PP
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of barnabasdog
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
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

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours hazy yellow with a thin-head. Leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The lemon is easily picked out among the very sweet tones.

T: Not really much to say. Tart but sweet lemon washes over the palate and is quite smooth. You can tell it's real and not artificial.

M: Medium-light bodied and goes down very well. Almost too session-able.

O: In the summer this is always my go-to. It may not be anything super special, but its freakin' delicious and is perfect for a hot summers day. I prefer this greatly over Lienenkugel's shandy because you can tell it is real. After the beer is brewed, it tastes like Lienenkugel just dumped in some lemonade. The shandy/radler style is not widely appreciated but it's tasty and good nonetheless. If you're looking to try a good shandy, get this one. It is by far the best on the market.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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 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 SuperKat
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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 thecheapies
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of shealoftus14
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of roger617
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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 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 BlurryVisi0n
2.96/5  rDev -14%
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!

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Photo of gentlemanextraordinaire88
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is my first time trying a shandy and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

A nice hay-yellow look with a thick, lacy, head that stayed through half my drinking experience.

It had a faint smell of grain, lemons, and grass that was inviting yet not too fragrant.

The first taste brings lemony notes overlaying the grainy beer with a hint of lemongrass or other green, earthy flavors.

For the full taste think lemons, a hint of lime, obviously beer with the tiniest hint of hops--but by no means bitter tasting. Not a lot of depth here, but certainly refreshing.

By no means does it have a heavy mouthfeel (compared to the Belgian Quads I usually drink, it's especially light indeed!) but fills the mouth with a pleasant lightness which serves to invite another sip while lingering long enough that you can get in snippets of a good conversation without constantly sipping.

The finish was not especially long, but certainly good enough for this kind of beer. I could definitely taste the lemon on the finish, but it faded to a more grainy beer flavor after a few seconds, giving way to a hint of lemonade as the parting flavor.

Overall, I really liked this shandy and will definitely have it at any outdoor events I host or attend over the summer (and well, fall too, seeing as how I live in FL and it's hot all year here!). A very nice, refreshing, light and yet substantial beer that I hope Traveler Beer Co. will continue for years to come!

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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 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 jsg978
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.


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