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Jack-O Traveler Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 473
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 23.95%
Wants: 19
Gots: 164 | 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 bstnldy
5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LOVE LOVE THIS BEER!

Seriously, every place I go to find this beer it's sold out. Even the liquor stores are impressed by how many people are asking for this. Many of my friends are just like me, going into the stores close to where they live to see if they have it. Since this is seasonal and is at the end of production this beer will be surely missed.

I highly recommend! (376 characters)

Photo of dmberger
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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 Cavanaghty
4.39/5  rDev +31.4%
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! (329 characters)

Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.26/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber in color with a decent head. Smells of pumpkin and spice. Get real pumpkin flavor here with a perfect spice mix. This is very well done. Well be having more this season. (181 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With a fantastic 'Autumn-like Day' today, why not a pumpkin brew to get in the mood for cooler weather and football! Sampling right now on 8/19/15. Picked up a single bottle at Hy-Vee as part as "Make your own 6" for $8.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Jack o'Lantern" handled glass stein (from Salvation Army Store for 29c like new).

Brew pours a hazy dark amber in color with a good 1+-finger foamy eggshell head. Some decent spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of fresh pumpkin, some spice and a hint of wheat. Pretty much sums up the taste as well. Nothing overpowers anything else with perfect blend and taste. Lighter-bodied and not heavy unlike some of this style. Soft carbonation which works for this one. Overall, a new tasty seasonal brew I would drink again. (824 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into pint glass.

A: 4.0 Pours copper in color with less than 1 finger of white head.
S: 4.0 Pumpkin and spices. Smells great!
T: 4.25 This tastes like Fall in a glass. Pumpkin throughout with spices complimenting.
M: 4.0 Smooth and silky.
O: 4.0 Great Fall beer. The first day this Fall the temp does not exceed 80, this is the perfect beer to enjoy. (369 characters)

Photo of jodybrutal
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So I tossed this into a build your own 6 pack with 5 other pumpkin beers last October, not really expecting much since I've had a couple other Travelers beers and was not impressed at all. But damn, this was delicious.

Did it taste much like beer? No. Was it a sweet, cinnamon, brown sugary, pumpkin delight? Yes. I much prefer Southern Tier, Weyerbacher, or Flying Dog's pumpkin ales, but this was far superior to the other widely available options, such as Sam Adam's, Brooklyn, Leinenkugal, or Blue Moon.

In summation... This was a really enjoyable beer and I recommend picking up a 6 pack during the holidays, maybe just to share with any family and friends who aren't avid beer drinkers. It's good. Try it. (715 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
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 redi8752
4/5  rDev +19.8%

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 Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a quite hazy brownish copper color with a big-thick two finger creamy off white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over about a five minute time period to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of roasted pumpkin and spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. The nutmeg smell seems to get stronger as stronger as the beer sits, with some lighter notes of lemon and brown sugar mixed within. Overall, it is quite pumpkin pie like.

Taste – The taste begins very sweet, much more than the nose would have let on, with tons of brown sugar and caramel. Upfront there is also a decent showing of some roasted pumpkin and spice of a cinnamon flavor. As the taste moves on, the sweetness seems to get even stronger with more caramel and brown sugar coming to the tongue, with it being joined by some more spice of cinnamon as well as some new spice flavors of nutmeg and allspice. Toward the end, a lemonade flavor comes to the tongue, sweetening the brew even more and in the end mixing with the rest of the flavors, leaving a sweet and sugary pumpkin flavored taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the average to just above average side. The thin body and slightly higher carbonation are very nice for the easy drinking sweeter tastes of the brew, all while supporting the pumpkin flavors of the beer.

Overall – A quite sweet pumpkin brew that is very easy to drink. A good go to if you are looking for something sweeter and pumpkin flavored. (1,664 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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 MadCat
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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 chudson1992
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
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 (251 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles away to nothing

S: Lots of pumpkin spices and sweet malts, along with a hint of lemon peel way in the back

T: Get a mix of pumpkin spices, maltiness, and lemon shandy. A bit of sweetness comes across from both the malts and shandy aspect. Finishes with another hit of spices

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft

O: Very interesting. You definitely get both the pumpkin beer and shandy aspects. It works fairly well together, surprisingly. Easy to drink, and quite refreshing from the shandy part. Good enough for a single, it's definitely unique and one-of-a-kind (653 characters)

Photo of DavidU
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I've NEVER been one for pumpkin beers until I tried this one.

Enjoyed in a pint glass, it poured an orange/copper color with a small white head which didn't last long.

The smell is mainly nutmeg and/or pumpkin spice, not much else.

The taste is a little weird at first, but after a few sips I got cola like other reviewers stated, but also got a light hit of pumpkin and lemon to finish it off.

Mouth-feel is bubbly at first, but finishes syrupy.

Overall, this isn't that bad which is surprising seeming I've tried other pumpkin beers and never really enjoyed them. I'm sure the connoisseurs of pumpkin beers would go for something better than this, but for those, like I, who are having trouble finding a pumpkin beer for them, I would stick with this one. Cheers everyone! (796 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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 woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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)

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad tasting pumpkin ale at all. Almost like a Schlafly pumpkin ale light, especially the 4.4% abv compared to Schlafly's 8.0%. Light enough that you can drink a few. (173 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev +9%
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 Owl-Head
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
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 (459 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%

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 dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%

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. (1,330 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy before 1/2016.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, lemon soda, cola, and pumpkin spice aromas. Taste is much the same with cola and pumpkin spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of soda and pumpkin spice aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle. (597 characters)

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Jack-O Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.