Jack-O Traveler Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 444
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Traveler Beer Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

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 tempest
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This tastes like cola mixed with an overspiced pumpkin beer. It also has the thin body of a soda. I'd pass on this one unless you're really into shandies. (154 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.25/5
Pours a medium orange color, clear, about one finger of head when initially poured, dissipates down to minimal head. Can see almost no carbonation rising up this beer.

Smell - 3/5
Strong pumpkin and nutmeg flavors

Taste - 4/5
A sweet lemon taste, mixed with pumkin and nutmeg flavors. It sounds slightly weird, but I think this beer pulls it off well. It's kind of in between a summer beer (the lemon) and a fall beer (pumpkin), making it a perfect transition beer as the seasons are changing.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, light carbonation, fairly crisp.

Overall - 3.75/5
I was happy with this beer. I didn't really know what to expect, but it turned out to be quite nice. The mix between the lemon and the pumpkin/fall spice is something I've never seen and so it was a unique experience, one that was quite tasty. I would consider getting this beer in August/September as a season-transition beer. (926 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's time for... ironic beer of the month! A strange brewery and a beer that I assume will be horrible, in the middle of a huge blizzard of the decade, well except for the one from 2 years ago.

Pours a pasty white fizzy fluffy 1 finger head that surprisingly fades semi slowly, decent soapy lacing, obviously filtered crystal clear burnt sienna dark auburn toasty brown color.

Nose is quite interesting, not as horrible as I expected, definitely a mix of lemon shandy and pumpkin spice latte beer, some mild pumpkin notes, fake pumpkin, lots of spices, coriander perhaps, clove, cinnamon, allspice, perhaps, not quite sure as it's just a hodge podge of spices, drowned by lemon zest, citrus rind, etc. A mild wheat based beer and messy malt, sweet syrup fake like beer, but still not that bad.

Taste is more of the same, but this time the pumpkin pie spices dominate, lots of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg too perhaps, all mixed, with plenty of canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling. Then sweet malt, malt extract and syrupy mess, touch wheat, etc, and plenty of lemon zest and lemonade, etc. Finish is bitter, lots of lemon and lemonade, mild spices and a little pumpkin note, etc.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, mildly syrupy, lighter carb.

Overall not quite as bad as I expected, delivers what it expected, plenty of lemonade and lemon shandy, with lots of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, although all fake and macro beer like, but despite being decent and delivers what it expects, it's still not very enjoyable and tastes fake. So pound it and move on, or maybe even dump it when I get sick of it soon. (1,623 characters)

Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear light brown, good head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing

Smell: Lemony citrus, pumpkin, light malts

Taste: Pumpkin and pie spices, bright lemony taste, light biscuity malt

Mouthfeel: Light body, good crisp carbonation

Overall: I don't love pumpkin beer or shandy but combining the two makes them surprisingly palatable. I could easily drink a couple of these. Fairly good overall, though probably not something I would regularly get. (457 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

was it just me? or is this thing pretty good? never would have thought to do a pumpkin shandy, but the lemonade aspect of this does a lot of the pumpkin, livens it up without the need for fall spices, which i guess makes it pretty unique in the pumpkin beer world. also, are these guys new? this is the first ive seen from them but am indigenous to the area. its clearish and rather orange, strange looking really, especially for what it is. the taste is nice though, slightly tart from the citrus, rich and earthy from the pumpkin, clean in the finish, and indeed refreshing. im not sure the right context for this, as its too fally for hot weather with the squash, and too light in body and high in carbonation for a hearty fall beer, so its sort of stuck in no mans land out in the middle of september or something, but i like it just the same. uniqueness goes a long way with me, and this is certainly that. also appreciably dry instead of sweet like many other shandy types, so that helps it stay sessionable for me. (1,021 characters)

Photo of DuffDaddy
1/5  rDev -69.5%

From an ABC mixed six - it was terrible. Poured a brown color almost like it was 'off'. Very syrupy sweet, like fake lemonade. Bessie had to finish it for me.... (164 characters)

Photo of dorosjim
2/5  rDev -39%

Wasn't crazy about this, something about wheat and pumpkin just don't go together. The wheat makes this beer really weird and almost slimy feeling as you sip when combined with the pumpkin. Was burping up pumpkin spice flavor for hours long after I had half a bottle and not in a good way. Just wasn't for me I guess. (317 characters)

Photo of corywalston
1.8/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A. Average poor, little head that dissipates in seconds. Very little carbonation. Color dark cloudy orange that traps the light and promotes inner shadows.
S. Pumpkin spice, burnt pumpkin pie but not in a good way.
T. At first taste is pumpkin spice followed by gag reflex kicking in. To be blunt it tastes like a 40oz of Old English 800 with pumpkin spice. Separately they are good but together gross.
M. Watery, little syrup.
O. One of the worst pumpkin beers I’ve had. Don’t bother. (489 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%

On tap at World of Beer in Gainesville. Pours the expected orange hue with a small creamy white head. Aroma of nutmeg, sweet gourds, and more nutmeg. I'm not getting much else here. The flavor follows suit with an overly spiced nutmeg base--just like almost all pumpkin brews--and a little bit of malt sweetness to balance it out. Thin body, mouthfull of spices feel. Overall, this is better than the average pumpkin brew I've had. But that's not saying much. (466 characters)

Photo of dmberger
4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

Really sweet, and is the truest "pumpkin pie in a bottle" representation I've ever tasted. It really does taste like pumpkin pie (with whipped cream, even). That said, this isn't for all occasions, as the sweetness may be too much. (233 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jack-O Traveler Shandy brewed by The Traveler Beer Co. with an ABV of 4.40% This brew pours out a nice light brown color with a bold white head. The smell is rich with spices and pumpkin. You also pick up on some sweetness in the smell of this brew. There is a lot going on in the smell of this brew. Jack-O Traveler Shandy taste is different.There is a lot going in this brew. You pick up on many spices and grains in this brew. This brew is also sweet. It puts you in the mind of cola. There is a lot going on in this brew. I like how it is different form most pumpkin brews on the market. Jack-O Traveler Shandy has nothing overpowing in it. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is also a sweet aftertaste to this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. This brew is a good drink drew. (831 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkins are present in the nose along with notes of spices such as nutmeg.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of pumpkins and bits of sweetness along with notes of nutmeg.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a shandy, this beer manages to do a good job incorporating the pumpkin and pumpkin spices into a lighter-bodied beer. It's a perfect selection for someone who likes shandy to drink during the fall.

Serving type: bottle (793 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%

Certainly more of a spiced ale than either s pumpkin beer or a shandy, it opens with tons of cinnamon, his with a bit of pumpkin and malt sweetness, then lemon adds contrast, finishing with more pumpkin and some ginger. (219 characters)

Photo of Urk1127
3.22/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pored into nonic glass. Half finger head. Dark brown almost reddish. Smelled like a pumpkin pie. Decent carbonation. Spices upfront. Cinnamon, allspice then pumpkin and malt follow. I liked it a little but it looked and smelled better than it tasted (249 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Have not done a review quite like this one before, but I am just going to cut to the chase. The lemon just doesnt work as far as I am concerned. The pumpkin flavor itself is not bad, but the shandy makes it too sweet. It starts to taste more like a fall version of Mike's Hard Lemonade. If you want a different take on a pumpkin ale, I would recommend New Belgium Pumpkick. While not great, I think the sour tartness from the cranberry is a better spin. This one is fizzy, sweet, and was hard to finish. (503 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

P- Thanks to my buddy Todd Gates for this one!

A- Clear amber orange in color with a one finger head that is slightly foamy with a decent lacing on the pint.

S- clove and nutmeg come through in the nose and light malts.

F- clove, nut meg and pumpkin flavor.

M- carbonation and pumpkin. smooth light and refreshing

O- I am not a shandy fan but this is one of the better ones I can put up with to drink. not bad but not great. (431 characters)

Photo of badun
3/5  rDev -8.5%

I love pumpkin beers and even though it's still hot where I live it feels like fall to me with a wide selection available right now. Unfortunately this one let me down. It is a shandy and the label does not hide the fact that it isn't going to taste like pumpkin ales so I can't accuse Traveler of false advertising. It certainly isn't bad but there's far too much lemon taste in my opinion. It tastes like a sweet lemonade swallowed with a mouthful of weak pumpkin pie. The pumpkin pie taste is definitely there but it's competing too much with the lemon. It was definitely worth trying because all pumpkin beers deserve a chance but I'll pass on this one next time I'm in the store. (690 characters)

Photo of redi8752
4/5  rDev +22%

Delicious, light and refreshing. Perfect fall beer with a sweet addition of pumpkin. Nothing like the traditional pumpkin ales and porters of fall time. (152 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium to dark amber/copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint brown + golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy tan head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small to medium sized thicker patch and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice) along with moderate amounts of brown sugar. There is a light aroma of lemon citrus as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with some light brown sugar sweetness and a light to moderate flavor of roasted pumpkin. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Finally, there is a light flavor of lemon citrus in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thinner than expected.

O: Slightly sweet for a pumpkin beer but not in the heavy cloying pumpkin pie way but very easy to drink. Much more refreshing than a lot of other pumpkin beers but one that I'm glad I grabbed to try...must be the lemon. (1,330 characters)

Photo of Johnnn
1/5  rDev -69.5%

Sickening sweet flavor made the mistake of buying a six pack. Neither the wife or me could make it through one. Ended up pouring the other 4 down the drain. (157 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz bottle with a BB date notch at Dec. 2014.
Spicy and bready aroma.
Tastes like a pumpkin-nut muffin ... not a bad thing but with a light body, some lemon and prickly high carbonation, this is too much like a wine cooler. (228 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

I am surprised this works as well as it does. A bit of lemon really complements the pumpkin spice. This one is over the top pumpkin flavor, but may be their best shandy. (170 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OK, This is the most interesting pumpkin beer I have had. The color and head, lacing, etc. are fine. The taste is very unique. It has a cold sweet flavor but not too sweet as to be undrinkable. Maybe a little molasses. The pumpkin flavor is very pronounced and it is not masked by a lot of nutmeg or cinnamon which a lot of the other pumpkins have. Overall, nice and drinks like juice more than beer, interesting !! (415 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pretty much willing to try any pumpkin ale since its the season. A wheat beer brewed with lemon peel and pumpkin. Interesting.

A - Well I can tell its light since the color looks like a deep tree bark brown but light and hazy. Head was decent a 1/4 that pulls back to a nice lace ring.
S - Molasses and lemon peel highlighting quite a weird combination reminds me of a cola. Then I smells some spices and a tiny bit of vegital but weird it mostly smells of a citrus Pepsi cola.
T - Molasses again slightly herbal and cola like with mild spices and just a twang of lemon peel. Taste kind of like a spiced ginger ale rather than a beer.
M - Thin and fizzy like a soda. Not very beer like.

Overall it had promise its flavors were strange but mild. Worth trying if you love molasses in beer. (790 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the depths of my well (over?)-stocked reefer comes yet another out-of-season surprise!

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with lemon peel with natural flavors and pumpkin added"; "Quite a Refresher!"

I went with an aggro pour to try and stir up anything that may have flocculated while this was being held in abeyance. I still only mamaged too produce a finger of soapy, tawny head with moderate retention as a result. Color was an orangish-copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. I did not really get lemon, but that's okay, since it would be kind of out of place. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, which is common to shandys, apparently. The flavors were kind of riotous in the mouth, loads of spices, the lemon peel asserting itself and even a molasses sweet-bitterness. The finish was semi-sweet and the molasses taste overcame the spices in an unexpected twist. This was a curious drink. I may not have liked it as much in the Fall, when I was inundated by Pumpkin Beers, but as an out-of-season break from Summer seasonals, it was pretty good. (1,128 characters)

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Jack-O Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
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