Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy | The Traveler Beer Co.

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Illusive Traveler Grapefruit ShandyIllusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy

Brewed by:
The Traveler Beer Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Illusive Traveler is a deceptively delicious wheat beer made with real grapefruit. This refreshing take on a Shandy delivers a bright and satisfying citrus aroma and flavor, then quickly disappears, leaving you searching for another.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Turbid opaque yellow, with a bright white styrofoam to creamy topped three finger head. Settles to a solid finger slowly and then sneaks down to half. So is this some muted "New England" IPA in disguise?

Tangy light grapefruit with a bit more touches of soda sweetness slightly. Hints a little bit of chewy wheat but also some baby aspirin like qualities too unfortunately.

Very nice decent body to this, but comes off with less chewy wheat character and almost a thick muddy texture. Light grapefruit and citrus, with a bit of tangy zesty oils in the mid palate. Soda like mid level sweetness and some light carbonation. Once again there's some medicinal finish on this as well but not over bearing.

A decent enjoyable radler, big surprising body, but has some odd aspirin like sweetness unfortunately.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of grapefruit, a bit on the sweet side. Taste is like grapefruit soda, fairly sweet, light hints of wheat. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer that I would probably enjoy more on a hot summer day.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap served at 29*F. Yep, ice crystals in this about frosted my lips. Fruity aromas of citrus. Definitely can taste the grapefruit juice in here. On the sweeter side. Mouthfeel is creamy, a tad heavy and lively carbonation. Like any other shandy I've rifled through I can only handle one. Not a sessioner for me. Can't grade lower because of personal preference. The label is the guarantee and it is what it is.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour; looks like a hazy unfiltered wheat beer but color is orange with hint of red grapefruit. Little to no head. Sweetness of fruits as well as bread (yeast) and malts. Folks, it's not a Sculpen but the taste is refreshing. Modest carbonation with grapefruit in front and smooth finish. A nice beer Ina warm day.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy well-carbonated look. Light golden color. Small head with almost no lacing.

Smells incredibly sweet. I can't really detect any bitter aftertaste. I'd have a hard time determine whether this was beer or not based on the smell.

Taste is similar to smell. I get a lot of grapefruit sweetness, with some ginger off-setting it. No hops bitterness though. Mouthfeel is light with surprisingly low carbonation.

This is clearly not brewed to my preference, but for what it is I would call it a success. Taste's like alcoholic grapefruit juce, and you can do a lot worse than that.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.36/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very cloudy reddish yellow with a decent short lived head that leaves little to no lacing down the glass.

The nose is dominated by citrus and grapefruit floating on breadiness and fructose. The hops are moderate and barely noticeable.

The flavor is slightly flat with a fruity sweetness and grapefruit finish. It is decently tasty and refreshing. Not my favorite style personally but definitely the best grapefruit beer I have tasted to date.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and reminiscent of a cream ale. The citric acid makes it difficult for the head and carbonation to stick around.

Overall a drinkable beer but not a great beer. Interesting and unique.

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Photo of Raime
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Traveler Beer Company Grapefruit Shandy

Part two of four outta the up North trip. Another new and random single from the local Meijer. Traveler is actually pretty alright in my opinion, since I'm not a ' super advocate ' that has the need to bash anything and everything made by the new guys. Anyway, let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a very hazy orange with a two finger slightly off white head that dies down to a cloud formation faster than the black guy dies in a horror movie. Murk on this beer is second to none and I cannot even get a read on the carbonation because of it.

Smell - Further solidifies why I do not understand the low ratings for this beer aside from pure snobbery. If you buy a grapefruit shandy, you expect it to smell like grapefruit. Now mind you, this nose doesn't have half the dimension and depth of oh say..grapefruit sculpin, but it does surely live up to its name. There is also an expected mid-level malt bill and surprisingly a twang of alcohol in the nostrils.

Taste - FURTHER ONCE AGAIN why I do not understand the low ratings for this beer. If you buy a grapefruit shandy, out expect it to taste like grapefruit and be very easy to drink. Correct? Richtig!. Now it once again is not as explosively name fruit forward and massively dimensioned like grapefruit sculpin, but it does in fact taste pretty fucking good. The malts are once again prevelant but not nearly as bad as other reviews would lead you to believe. Alcohol is not noticeable at all in the flavor profile.

Feel - The feel however well it fits the beer overall, does get a twang of that ' artificial ' character. Sits thicker than you would expect and the sweetness does turn up but it is far from bothersome. Carbonation is light and easy in the mouth and the beer swallows like a smooth criminal.

Overall - Well I liked it quite a bit and if you don't then we shall agree to disagree. This is not grapefruit sculpin but it is a grapefruit beer that delivers on exactly what it said it would and that my friends is the reason for the high markings. So you can have your overpriced fruity lambics and geuze or whatever and I'll have my modestly priced grapefruit beers..

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a quite cloudy orange with a solid head. The aroma immediately reminds me of grapefruit soda, with little else present. The flavor begins with a soft, semi sweet fresh grapefruit flavor, but on the swallow there is a strong aftertaste that lingers and grows for a few seconds. Its is a flavor like soured grain, as if someone let shredded wheat site in milk in a warm room for a bit - yeast, slightly bitter, almost like inhaling bug spray. The mouthfeel is super light, as one would expect from a shandy. Overall it is not a completely terrible beer, but the aftertaste really drags it down for me. Not a drainpour, but not precisely enjoyable either.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint
Look - Pale hazy yellow just like you'd expect a citrus shandy to look like. Nice fluffy head. Settles into fingernail thickness. Lacing trails back into beer, doesn't stick to glass.
Smell - Lots of sweet grapefruit and lemon. Almost artificial. Pop like, but delicious.
Taste - Tastes blended, tastes real. Wheat beer base comes through just enough.
Feel - A bit grainy yet creamy. Wheat, oats with rind bitterness lingering on the taste buds.
Overall - I love citrus, so it was a little hard to be unbiased. Easily my favorite of their shandys. Well, that and lemon. Not the artificial taste I was expecting. This will be in my summer rotation.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, best by April 2016 per the label notch. My second of the Traveler beers from these guys, this one "Wheat ale brewed with lemon peel, and grapefruit juice added". Expectations aren't great based on my experience with the lemon version.

Poured into a Kentucy Bourbon Barrel Ale mini snifter.

A - It pours a light hazed golden body with about a finger of thin wispy white bubbly head. No real lacing left behind to speak of. Doesn't look bad, but not unique or interesting.

S - The aroma is of authentic freshly cut grapefruit & lemon citrus. Smells very juicy and delicious, but something about it just seems artificial and doctored. Subtle notes of wheat make a minor appearance.

T - Taste isn't nearly as fruity or juicy as the aroma suggests. Grainy & wheat, with notes of oats and cream. Very mild bitter fruitiness in the wake of grapefruit, but nothing truly authentic of citric. Notes of honey / sweetness. Not authentic, tart, or unique / special in any particular way.

M - The feel is fluid & clean. Grainy & wheaty on the palate. Not fruity, bitter, or citrusy.

Overall, a subpar example of the style. Not unique or interesting, and I much more prefer things like Stiegl Radler Grapefuit. Will try other Traveler beers, but I won't be expecting much from them in the future.

Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy -----3/5.

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Photo of stevoj
2.36/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Albertsons. I didn’t buy this, have actually been avoiding it. Pretty bland, tastes like slightly fizzy grapefruit juice. Hazy, milky golden body, not much of a finish either. This might work on a super hot day as a thirst quencher, but not right now.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this one slightly better than the Leine Grapefruit Shandy. It poured a really nice cloudy yellow-orange. I can definitely taste the grapefruit juice. The label says it's wheat beer brewed with lemon peel, with natural flavors and real grapefruit juice added. Even though they're lightweight, I still find it difficult to drink more than a couple shandy's due to the sweetness.

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Photo of Zanico
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much grapefruit smell or flavor to me. After reading some previous reviews I was expecting more grapefruit. I have had grapefruit pale ales before and really liked them, but this is nowhere near those. Almost a sugary fake flavor. Wasn't really expecting much and I didn't get much. Not a drain pour by any means, but I won't buy this again.

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Photo of schwansmantr
1.41/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Guess what I tried Curious Traveler Grapefruit Shandy and absolutely hated it. If you love an extremely strong grapefruit taste well then you will find this , possibly good. Grapefruit galore in this drink leaving it hard to drink and at the back end heavily sour.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at America on Tap
Cloudy light golden color. Huge grapefruit and bitter pith in the aroma and flavor. Honestly tastes like grapefruit juice more than beer. Not a fan.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/2016. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of ruby red grapefruit, lemon peel, light pepper, wheat, cracker, light honey, light herbal/grass and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of grapefruit/lemon, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big ruby red grapefruit, lemon peel, light pepper, wheat, cracker, light honey, light herbal/grass, and yeast earthiness. Light lemon peel bitterness and grapefruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, wheat, cracker, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and robustness of grapefruit/lemon, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/tartness 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, moderately crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a very good grapefruit shandy style. All around good robustness and balance of grapefruit/lemon, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of 2Cents
2.89/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a better brewed, with better ingredients, version of a Shandy; which I usually despise. This one I can stand. If it came down to this or a Corona, this one would win the contest. I wouldn't spend any money on it, though!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.34/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy brewed by The Traveler Beer Co., with an ABV of 4.40% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy is sweet with citrus and grapefruit. This brew put you in the mind of drinking juice. Now for the taste it is rich with citrus and malts and grains. Not much on the hops in this brew. There is a lot going on in this brew, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. The mouthfeel of Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy, bold rich and Citrus. Overall I'm giving Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy a 4.25 out 5. This is a nice smooth light drinking brew. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, with a rather short cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Ruby red grapefruit, cane sugar
Taste-Sugared ruby red grapefruit. Refreshing and "poundable" but tends to be a bit overly sweet.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy honey orange with a touch of grapefruit juice in color with a light to moderate amount of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint murky copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice over light aromas of grainy malts and citrus/lemon peel.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of sweet grainy malts with a almost honey-like sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of grapefruit juice with a light amount of tartness. Finally there is a light flavor of citrus/lemon peel and a hint of citrus hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Probably the best of the Traveler shandies that I have tried so far, delivers exactly what it advertises (freshly squeezed grapefruit juice). Easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is very sweet. Don't get a lot of the grapefruit bitterness I was expecting but it is very good. Take it for what it is don't get me wrong but I enjoyed it. You get the sweet grape fruit flavor without much bitterness, maybe. Good intro for people who aren't looking for anything too beer-y

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Super hazy golden with a slight gray cast. Short white head, decent lacing, but ultimately not too appetizing.

S - Grapefruit juice, as you'd expect. Not much else.

T - Sweet. Grapefruit without the bitter bite. A hint of grain.

M - Feels decent, a bit sticky.

O - A shandy that favors fruit over beer. Not something I'd grab again but worth the try.

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Photo of AlexonMoon
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy with a retained 1/2 inch slightly off-white head

Smell: Definite citrus aroma dominated by the grapefruit. Smells like the pith of the fruit with some orange as well. No hint of alcohol and not much hop presence.

Taste: Sweetness right off the bat with a low amount of carbonation. Smooth and silky from the wheat. Tart and with a slight tart bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation and wheat make for a silky smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A nicely balanced and authentic tasting shandy. A little overly sweet for me in the front but calms down nicely in the middle and back. Refreshing and one of the better shandies I've had.

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Photo of Grupatre
4.16/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L. A nice wheat color. Pretty good head that dissipated quickly
S. Very citrusy with a hint of grapefruit
T. Grapefruit with citrus. Maybe a little sweet
F. Actually the feel is the best part for me
O. Overall this was a lot better than I was expecting. Very refreshing!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a pretty cloudy slight orange. The smell is an unusually sugary grapefruit and the same is reflected in the taste. The feel is interestingly heavy for a shandy and not exactly super refreshing.

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