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Jack-O Traveler Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 620
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 61.52%
Wants: 24
Gots: 219 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Traveler Beer Co.
Vermont, United States | website

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale | 4.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chudson1992 on 09-03-2013

Jack-O Traveler is an alluring wheat beer illuminated by the tastes of fall. He strikes a perfect balance between bright refreshment and seasonal spice. Jack is brewed with fresh pumpkin, for a delicious dark-hued, Shandy-inspired beer.
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Photo of tronester
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark copper with a thin tan head. Aroma is pumpkin spice. Taste begins with some cinnamon, citrus, and wheat. Extremely cloyingly sweet though. Average mouthfeel. An ok tasting beer, but the sickly sweet flavor is too much.

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Photo of 57md
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light dirty copper with a finger of fluffy head. The nose has notes of autumnal spices. The spice in the flavor is reminiscent of the fake pumpkin spice flavor one gets out of a gas station cappuchino. The mouthfeel is creamy.

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Photo of Myotus
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz bottle (enjoy by date Feb 2016) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarters worth after 45 seconds. A displeasing orangey-greenish-brown color that reminds of sewage. There is slight amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of wheat, lemongrass, nutmeg and cinnamon combine with subtle aromas of pumpkin.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong lemongrass and mild wheat flavors. Subtle flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg immediately follow. Hints of pumpkin enter lastly as nutmeg flavors quickly vanish, but all other previous flavors grow slightly stronger. The final taste is what I can only imagine as accidently dropping a wheat roll and a tiny piece of pumpkin pie into a whole cup of lemonade, letting it sit for an hour or two, then drinking it.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the high amount of carbonation. Finishes with an extreme crispness that nearly makes up for the rest of the terrible mouthfeel.

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Photo of Captaincral
2.06/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L : dark brown, tiny head....tiny

S : clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Kind of pumpkin, maybe more pumpkin pie. Think bay rum cologne.

T : Tastes like bay rum cologne. Cinnamon, fake pumpkin, nutmeg, more fake pumpkin. Smell bay rum cologne, and tell me this isn't it.

F : felt a bit thin, easy to drink (if you like drinking pumpkin extract)

O : Again, like bay rum cologne, or a cinnamon jockstrap. Not very good. Actually, the worst pumpkin "beer" I've had. Smells good, tastes bad.

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Photo of drtth
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed yellow-brown color with an ivory 3/4" head that soon recedes to a thin layer on the surface of the liquid. Sipping creates small patches and speckles of lacing, some of which stick to the side of the glass.

The aromas include some lemon and pumpkin pie spice with something mixed in that reminds of cola.

The flavors include the lemon zest, some moderate sweetness and a touch of nutmeg. The other spice flavors begin to show better as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is bit thin and is definitely on the light side of medium bodied and almost crisp with light but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length and remains pretty semi-sweet throughout, with no hop bitterness showing and traces of spices slowly declining.

This was an interesting beer(?) to try and fairly enjoyable. I'd think it probably works best on a warm autumn day when something like a summer cooler is a good fit. That said I don't think I'll be having another for much the same reason Not Your Father's Root Beer won't be a repeat. I like my beer to taste of malt and hops with both of them engaged in the action.

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Photo of Kooz
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish orange color with a bit of head that stays throughout the glass. Smells of pumpkin and smells slightly sweet. Tastes really sweet but not sticky sweet. It's nice. The pumpkin flavor is strong, but not overpowering. No body to this beer. Feels velvety smooth so doesn't lose full points. But still, not great. This is a really good pumpkin beer. Impressive and nicely sweet without being treacley.

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Photo of Cimperman17
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with a head that disappears quickly. Tastes like wheat and pumpkin seeds mixed in with fall spices. The feel of the beer was very heavy and it felt as if my mouth was full with only a moderate drink.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Robbins.

L : dark iced tea color, 90% opaque, creamy and milky head with sparse lacing.

S : clove, nutmeg, heavy on allspice. Faint pumpkin and roast malts. A bit of fresh Orange on the nose as well.

T : delicious and smooth - lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, followed by toasted malts and some fleshy gourd flavors. Belches are citrusy and gourdy.

F : creamy, smooth, well carbonated. Easy drinking.

O : I'd have it again. Better than Leinenkugels harvest shandy.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, light lemon/ginger, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pumpkin/lemon/spice, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, light lemon/ginger, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, light lemon/ginger, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pumpkin/lemon/spice, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderate crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a very good pumpkin ale/shandy style. All around good robustness and balance of pumpkin/lemon/spice, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jgido759
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light with an overpowering taste of cinnamon that seemed to mask any other flavor. Not totally horrible, but there are too many better pumpkin beers available for me to come back to this one.

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Photo of BranfordBound
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had a few sips on tap at Barnum Publick House in Bridgeport. Pours a dark copper color, tinge of haze, with a nice light tan head that sticks around. Smell is a little too sweet and candy like, some artificial spice in the back, malty. First sip: wow, this is a disaster. It tastes oily and fake, chemicals, hints of ginger beer, maybe some nutmeg, strong sweetness. Bitter at the end, not enough carbonation. Ended up sending it back. This beer really sucks, do not buy it.

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Photo of Cyrano41
2.16/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I ordered this on tap at Finn McCool's in Virginia Beach. I asked if they had any pumpkin beers and ordered it without hearing the name, wanting to get my first pumpkin of the season. I hated it. Could only force half down. It was far too sweet, and the spices were over the top. Cloying. I would not have ordered it if I had known it was from curious traveler. They seem to be a brewery for people who prefer soda to beer, always to sweet and lacking balance or sophistication.

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Photo of schwansmantr
4.8/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Curious Traveler Jack-o-lantern pumpkin Shandy. Light golden two finger head with moderate carbonation. Literally a surprising pumpkin pie smell. The smell reminded me of grandma's house at thanksgiving, heavenly good. Out of all the pumpkin beers I have tried so far I am putting this at the top of my list. JACK-O-LANTERN is a very tasty beer

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber/pale brown producing 2.5 fingers of frothy, off-white, shortlived head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is heavy to pumpkin pie spices especially cinnamon, with caramel so intense it is cola like with notes of vegetable, cloves & ginger. The taste is spice heavy, in-fact so heavy to ginger & cinnamon that it reminds me of mulled Christmas cider; dark bready malt in a background of subdued pumpkin & a dry clove finish, with little or no hop presence (which may be masked by the spices). All of this is wrapped up in a mineral water quality that appears at mid-sip & intensifies in the finish & aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, dry, spicy & tongue tingling. Overall I would say that this is exactly what the label says: A spice heavy pumpkin flavored Shandy rather than a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.42/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at America on Tap
Cloudy light golden color. Huge pumpkin pie spice in the aroma and flavor. I think I liked the grapefruit juice one a little more, Not a fan.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange with a thin head. Some carbonation. Nice sweet pumpkin pie smell. The taste starts with the sweet pumpkin pie flavor and ends rather quickly. Not a ton of pumpkin spice but rather the sweet brown sugar flavor of pie. The beer is medium bodied and you can feel the carbonation on your lips.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not much a beer flavor, but very drinkable. It has definite cinnamon, pumpkin pie flavors and smells and it's sweet. I was skeptical after a few of my friends did not like it, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't really care for this one. There's kind of a weird soda smell and aftertaste, possibly because of the extreme carbonation. Also seems over spiced. I probably wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of Spikester
4.04/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber brown with one finger of white head that settles fairly soon. No lace observed.
Smell is big pumpkin pie spice with a touch of bread and lemon.
Taste is similar with the pie spice bready lemon soda taste. No hop notes detected. This is like liquid pumpkin pie but one on the sweet side.
Mouthfeel was like soda.
Overall a tasty shandy. It would be excellent at a Halloween Party but keep the kids away from it I think they would love it. I will revisit my review after I have a few more of these.

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Photo of Chrisbaggz
5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

People! Let's not compare this beer to heady topper or even your average pumpkin beer like Shalafly or ale works... This is an in your mouth pumpkin pie experience and it is absolutely wonderful and refreshing and easy drinking. If you set your expectations properly you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's a major reason I dislike a lot of pumpkin ales - they're overspiced. And sadly, this one smells like a total cinnamon bomb. I do get some lemony hints, though. Still, this smells like something I'd rather hang up on the rear view mirror of my Civic instead of drink. Taste is a bit better, though. Yes, all that cinnamon is there, being fairly annoying; however, I also get plenty of lemony hints. I'd almost suggest this is a shandy first, pumpkin beer second. Refreshing? Sure, why not. By design, I don't rate shandies well - despite the low score, this isn't a bad drink. It really gets cloying after a while, and it's fizzy as hell, but between this and your typical BMC crap, I'll pick this eleven times out of ten.

2.59/5: Definitely not the most awful thing I've put in my mouth

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Photo of Ottoj55
1.06/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Horrid, sickening sweet and tastes of pumpkin pie spices. Among the worst beers I've every had. Its orange red in color, smells like pumpkin spice latte, tastes offensive and is so awful in the mouth I had to chock it down. Overall, garbage.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.79/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this is rated so low....probably just because of the brewer, but I found this solid for anyone who likes pumpkin beers. Had it side by side with a Whole Hog Pumpkins Ale by Stevens Point, which is rated 91 on here, and it stood up ok against it. For the price and availability I will seek it out again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is stale veggies and faint pumpkin.
The taste is pumpkin from a can.
The texture is thicker.
Not bad, but not good.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a semi-clear dirty copper color with a slight head. The aroma is mild with a decent amount of pumpkin and spices. The flavor is a decent amount different than your usual pumpkin beer as this one adds the lemon peel but still has a good seasonal pumpkin flavor. This is a lot better than the rating would suggest.

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Jack-O Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.