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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: 81
Hads: 574
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 43.77%
Wants: 35
Gots: 216 | 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 Brad007
2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
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 -5.5%
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 +13.6%
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 +8.1%
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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Photo of jifigz
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -16.2%
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 beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of CaneLaw
1.77/5  rDev -48.7%
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.

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Photo of PrestonO
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
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 AdamBear
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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 jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -56.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
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 Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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 shand
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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 mountdew1
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Oldfarm
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
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

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Ilafan
4.46/5  rDev +29.3%
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!

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Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.