Jack-O Traveler Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

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Jack-O Traveler ShandyJack-O Traveler Shandy

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442 Ratings
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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 19.21%
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

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Ratings: 442 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by Owl-Head:
Photo of Owl-Head
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Such a surprising and fun taste that it's almost a spoil to say that it is alcoholic ( even at less than 5.5%). A really friendly beer, don't take it too seriously because it is meant to be a holiday palate stimulator to get you ready for thanksgiving. Really great for the fall season! Remember to judge it as it is supposed to be judged: a seasonal "candy" beer low in ABV that is merely supposed to taste good and get your taste buds ready for thanksgiving

More User Reviews:
Photo of DWolf
1.85/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

In reviewing this beer, I will describe my experience in how I even came to have a pint of it sitting in front of me. The bar I was at had just kicked the Southern Tier Pumpking. The Travelers was the replacement. They gave me a taster. It actually tasted pretty good.

Don't fall into that trap. One one ounce swallow is akin to getting a sip of Hawaiian Punch. It tastes pretty good. It's when you get a mouth full, then a throat full, and then a belly full of this stuff, you realize the mistake you made.

It's sickly sweet and fizzy. It's almost like a soda. It smells pretty good, and it looks pretty good. But, the flavors are cloying.

I wish I had looked it up on BA before I "fell" for the taster offered to me.

Hey, there's a market for Boone's Farm too, so this will appeal to some people's tastes. Unfortunately, not mine.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Photo of chudson1992
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz bottle. First thing that popped out was the nice and pleasant smell. Overall not a bad pumpkin beer, good taste with subtle hint of lemon. Not very bitter or hoppy, in fact not at all. Good body and not too strong of an after taste. This is a decent beer and worthy of being on this website.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.39/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown with a thin white head.

Smell: Hops, lemon, pumpkin spice, cinnamon

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste of malts, lemon, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.

Overall: This is by far one of the best pumpkin ales I have had so far. New favorite for me!

Photo of chinchill
3.08/5  rDev -13%

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.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - off orange brown like color with little to no lacing or head

Smell - yam, nutmeg, sweetness

Taste - holy pumpkin pie

Mouthfeel - light bodied beer that leaves your mouth very sweet

Overall - holy pumpkin and yam pie. Too sweet for me

Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of hophugger
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
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 !!

Photo of Treyliff
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark amber color with a fizzy two-finger head that reduces to a small fizzy layer

S- at first it smells like a wittier with lots of lemon peel, but as it warms some clove, coriander and nutmeg comes out, along with some cinnamon chewing gum

T-It's definitely got that classic shandy flavor; candied lemon peel and coriander with that pseudo-lemonaide flavor. Some of the pumpkin spices kick in mid-palate with cinnamon sweetness and clove. sweet finish with more spice linger, flavors of cola

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- I wasn't sure about the concept of a pumpkin shandy, it was actually better than expected but not something I'd go after again. A different switch up in the pumpkin ale category

Photo of puboflyons
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl oz bottle with an expiration notch of March 2014. Sampled on September 19, 2013.

The color is mahogany-amber with a short-lived off-white head fizzy head. It disappears as quick as it appears. Some mild cloudiness.

The aroma had a more summer quality to it than autumn with a bouquet of lemongrass while pumpkin and cinnamon-nutmeg spices played second fiddle.

Light body.

Lemon flavors tend to take over the taste as well. For an autumn brew this tastes more like a summer with a little pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon sprinkled in. Cinnamon more so.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of redi8752
4/5  rDev +13%

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

Photo of Johnnn
1/5  rDev -71.8%

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.

Photo of NinjaJesus
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Pumpkin pie in a glass

Photo of DrDemento456
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of DjRon
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Great flavor that came through in smell and taste! One of the better pumpkin beers.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.34/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Amber color with a thin head that was gone by the time I made it to the couch.

Smells like pumpkin pie spice and weird pumpkin sweet lemon. Tastes like it smells. Way too much spice for my liking yet not enough to cover the weird lemon.

Seems like a winning equation: if beer + lemon = good and beer + pumpkin spice = good then in conclusion beer + lemon + pumpkin = good. But it doesn't. It's weird and icky.

I was curious. Now I am all set.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of smbatts
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Very sweet, to much! Very pumpkin pie heavy. Smells great if you wake up Thankgiving morning yearning for a Pumpkin Pie! Did not like the sweetness!

Photo of jlindros
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Sweet Pumpkin Pie... Lots of cinnamon mixed in. Worth looking for.

Photo of WesMantooth
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

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Jack-O Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.