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Jack-O Traveler Shandy - The Traveler Beer Co.

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 606
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 61.93%
Wants: 24
Gots: 215 | 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 tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
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 !!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of jodybrutal
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of Owl-Head
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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Photo of Treyliff
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Lots of ginger and lemon in the initial aroma. A light nutmeg aroma arrives as this is swirled. Sweet and tart battle it out on the nose.

Appearance: Deep orange in color. There is a slight haze, but not much. Large off-white head that persists well.

Flavor: A tart lemon flavor fades to a sweet classic pumpkin pie finish. I get nutmeg at the back of the tongue and a dry sweet-tart finish. No hop at all. Mouthfeel is just a bit more than light. The spicing is perfect--bringing out the pumpkin pie flavors well. As it warms though, this beer gets a bit flabby and loses its edge.

Overall: A good experiment that I didn't think would work. Better than expected, and refreshing. Drink it fast, though because it is best cold.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.34/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

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Photo of bstnldy
5/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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!

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
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

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.39/5  rDev +32.6%
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!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. Had the summer shandy so now it's time for it's Autumn counter-partner.

Appearance: Pours a dark, brown, almost walnut-like color. Not too bad on first glance. Leaves behind a fizzy, barely impressive head. Leaves behind virtually no residual lacing that really built up at first, but was a major let-down and disappointment. Oh well.

Smell: Shows off some cinnamon, nutmeg-like aromas that is what this category of beer is all about, but soon upon my second whiff, is soon drowned out by lemon peel and orange slice. Sometimes the Autumn and orange peels can work together simultaneously, but here its a bit of a confused mess. Theres no roasted malt. Just cinnamon and lemongrass. A swing and a miss.

Taste: First few sips actually somewhat redeemed my faith at first in this being an impressive brew. Cinnamon, nutmeg, deep pines. All the flavors that I was expecting and craving. But as I go down more and more, the flavor seems a bit overpowering. The lemon aroma I detected earlier is now virtually invisible in this brew. Pumpkin and cinnamon together is good, but for some reason, I feel this is drowning my taste buds. For a brew with such a love ABV, this should be a bit lighter on flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation. Finishes clean. Not impressive.

Overall: Well coming into this, I wasn't really expecting much. The beginning of this was actually not bad at all. Quite impressive. But the further I dove into this, the less interested in it I was. Not bad for a beginner, a let down for others. Nothing really pulled me into this so I gotta finish up with, better luck next time? Cheers!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of DWolf
1.85/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
2.46/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle provided by the brewery, my first from Traveler Beer Co.

Pours a cloudy brown in color with a pretty white head.

The aroma is of lemon and pumpkin spice.

The taste is pretty dreadful. Pumpkin spice sweetness and not much else. Reminds me more of soda than beer. Almost sickly sweet. I'm having a hard time drinking this.

The mouthfeel is decent.

Overall this is a bad beer. More like an alco-pop.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jack-o Traveler.

Murky dark copper with a film of dirty suds on top. Laces not.

Smells of spiced pumpkin flesh, candi sugar, lemon dish soap, and obvious notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

Chalky yeast cakes onto the spices, but a tangy and soapy lemon note comes through. Definitely a shandy, but with a real pumpkin presence. Flavors permeated by clove and cinnamon spice. Toffee malts and traces of nutmeg and caramel are evident. Not bad.

Feels chalky and semi-bitter for a shandy. Decent body. Carbonation is mild, but tightly-wound.

Decent shandy. I wouldve never thought I'd dig this.

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Photo of roger617
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

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Photo of chudson1992
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Jack-O Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.