Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 540
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 33
Gots: 186 | 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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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 540
Photo of CaneLaw
1.77/5  rDev -49%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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

Photo of PrestonO
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a local restaurant. Very good lemon shandy, very refreshing and easy to drink. I've only had Shock Top Lemon Shandy, and this tops it by a mile. Leaves a strong lemon taste afterwards, but a good one. Be sure not to let it get warm. Highly recommended. (271 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
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! (653 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,171 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

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

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

Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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! (499 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

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

Photo of Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (394 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of jeremy13586
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Oldfarm
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great summer time beer, on tap at Chapins in Dennis on the Cape, not like all the other summer ales, 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 (324 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of Ilafan
4.46/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Um ... this isn't from Sam Adams or Boston. It's out of Burlington, VT. It's a start-up that has a great future.

This beer isn't like the ultra-sweet summer shandy beers that are in vogue right now. Yes, it's in that neighborhood, but this beer has a nice balance of a grapefruit-like bitterness to it. It smooths out the sweetness and makes this the most drinkable summer beer of its kind.

FIND this beer. Embrace the stache! (429 characters)

Photo of Rick5150
3.85/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,318 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (603 characters)

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Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.