Traveler Grapefruit Shandy
The Traveler Beer Co.

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #653
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,932
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 16.86%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
455
From:
The Traveler Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
80
Good
Traveler Grapefruit ShandyTraveler Grapefruit Shandy
Notes: Formerly Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy

The mother of all citrus, the behemoth from Barbados, the original forbidden fruit. It’s big, it’s juicy, and it’s in your beer. Presenting Traveler™ Grapefruit Shandy. You don’t need a tiny arsenal of bowls, knives and mini spoons to enjoy the good stuff. Full flavor with the tart tang you’d expect from a lusciously ripe grapefruit, balanced by a smooth, refreshing finish you can only get with a shandy.
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 2/18/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage pilsner glass.

Brew pours a hazy yellow-orange in color with a thin white head. Some light spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of light wheat with citrus zest. Bit more going on with the taste as you can taste the lemon zest along with the red grapefruit juice in the mix. Nothing over powers anything else. Nice taste and goes down easy. No bitter or harshness in the finish, just a slight tartness as would be excepted. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of stinletcha
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Feels, tastes and looks like summer

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Photo of ifnotfirstyoulast
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

This is something really different and I liked it! I have had many fruit type beers that are nothing but sweet and kind of gross. I'm going to try to drink it all summer if I can find it again in the great northwest.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

There's a line between Shandy and Radler and this presents a Shandy in a Radlers clothing. It drinks incredibly light and easy, almost like a juice, but has a crisp carbonated feel. It is fruity with huge grapefruit sweet and sour, sugary lemon and tart lime. It drinks and tastes like a Radler but it's 4.5 ABV. So you can shotgun this on a hot day and it will affect your brain.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the Traveler Beer Company website: 2-row malted barley, malted wheat, Hallertau hops, real grapefruit, 7 BUs. The label on the bottle states that the beer is brewed with lemon peel.

A moderate pour from a longneck into a Pilsener glass brings about a good head of white foamy head with good retention. The beer is a murky golden-orange with high carbonation and looks very attractive in the glass.

The aroma is primarily of grapefruit but with a touch of floral hoppiness. The flavor is also very grapefruit-forward but with some earthy bitterness to go with the sweetness and tang. Also noticeable is the lemon and probably also some citrus notes from the hops which also lend a slight grassy note. Although the beer seems rather sweet, it has a semi-dry finish and isn’t too cloying. I don’t notice any outwardly fake flavors, and the beer is easy drinking.

This is a good idea for a shandy and would go great as a lunch beer on a hot day.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: Murky yellow-orange color. Small bubbly head.

S: Heavy on grapefruit, light on malt.

T&F: Again, heavy on the grapefruit flavor. Very sweet and does not have the puckering quality that grapefruit juice by itself has, but it does have a dry finish.

O: Not terrible, but there are better grapefruit shandys out there.

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Photo of xbrettfavrex
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't expect a complex beer when trying this. It's a refreshing, light-bodied beer with soda-like carbonation that you can slug effortlessly. Awesome for hot days, picnics, mowing the lawn, and just about anything else!!

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.52/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Let me sum it up as a one dimensional . Artificial grapefruit taste with no complexity. Slow drinking and a bit of an insult to my palate.

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Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. No real head or lacing to speak of.

S: Not surprisingly, a whole lot of grapefruit in the aroma, but not much else.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor was dominated by grapefruit, with some malt in the finish. If you like grapefruit, then you will like the flavor of this beer. Not a complex taste, but enjoyable.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: It's no surprise that this is a polarizing beer (that seems to happen a lot with fruit beers), but this one isn't as bad as some ratings would have you believe.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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 Grupatre
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of michiganmatt
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - 3.5/5
A very hazy orange-yellow, with a thin layer of white head. Can see an above average amount of small carbonation bubbles flowing up the beer.

Smell - 3.75/5
A strange smell. It smells like a banana-wintergreen-citrus toothpaste (if such a thing were to exist). It's actually fairly pleasant smell, just weird. I always give points for uniqueness (so long as not disgusting).

Taste - 3.25/5
I was hoping this beer would taste different than it smells. Because while the smell was nice, it didn't smell like something I wanted to consume. The taste has flavors of grapefruit, mintiness, other citrus flavors. I'm not a big fan of the taste. The grapefruit flavor is too strong, and the various ingrediants don't seem to work together.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium body, light carbonation. Slightly crisp.

Overall - 3.25/5
This was an average beer. It was definitely very interesting and unique, which I like. But at the end of the day, this beer wasn't really that great.

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Photo of RAFH
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJM2989
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thalador
2.51/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BigRizz62
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not my style at all

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Photo of LennyBound
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2Cents
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
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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Traveler Grapefruit Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 455 ratings