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.

Added by WVbeergeek on 04-08-2014

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Photo of puboflyons
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with the expiration date notched out at August 2014. Sampled on May 30, 2014.

Milky, cloudy orange pale yellow pour with a fizzy white head.

The aromas are an abundance of fruits including orange, lemon, and grapefruit. I picked up a hint of black pepper too.

Light and refreshing body which is expected for the style.

Can one say "wine cooler?" OK, maybe a bit extreme but this has an overpowering fruitiness but shandies should I suppose. Not sure. I don't drink a lot of them. But it is more like a fruit drink for a hot summer day than a beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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 KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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 ifnotfirstyoulast
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
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 stinletcha
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
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 avalon07
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
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 archyquaffer
3.61/5  rDev +4%
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 Bitterbill
2.52/5  rDev -27.4%
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 xbrettfavrex
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
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 mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brent_B
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MikeC144
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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 jamesmk48
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and other citrus notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of grapefruit and mild hops.

Overall: Great beer! Very refreshing on a summer day.

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Photo of tuowl74a
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rsquared59
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 moundbz
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ksi4077
2.89/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OKbrew89
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow color with a small head that recedes relatively quickly leaving a half inch of lacing. Just enough haziness to look like something more than a malt beverage. Aroma of candied grapefruit that feels just a little artificial. Body of slightly tart grapefruit before a slightly sweetened grapefruit ending. Fairly straight forward taste that the label hinted at. Very smooth taste that didn't match the aroma. Light body with light carbonation. No aftertaste. Very quaffable and refreshing.
Definitely a summer porch beer or lawn mowing beer that is light and refreshing and easy to have a couple of.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dface
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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