Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy
The Traveler Beer Co.

Curious Traveler Lemon ShandyCurious Traveler Lemon Shandy
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #789
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,291
Avg:
3.41 | pDev: 16.72%
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
634
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The Traveler Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Summer
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SCORE
78
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Curious Traveler Lemon ShandyCurious Traveler Lemon Shandy
Notes: Curious Traveler is our take on a classic European Shandy that has been brewed for generations. We started with an American craft wheat ale, which delivers a crisp, light body. We then added fresh lemon and just a touch of lime to bring out a bright, juicy citrus aroma and flavor. Simply, the Curious Traveler is “Quite a Refresher!”
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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Photo of Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

It's been a while since I tried anything new from SA, so why not? First off, the tap handle is amazing, and I want one.

Poured a cloudy straw-lemon-yellow color with an ample white head; moderate retention and lacing. I can't say I've ever had an actual shandy, but I liked what I got from this. Aroma is dominated by lemon, as I expected pretty much, with a candy-like sweetness, promising a decent balance without making this too sour or tart. I initially went in expecting something more like a wheat beer, but was pleasantly surprised to get something more along the lines of a limoncello, lots of lemon rind, lemonade sweetness, never getting too tart, with an underlying floral quality, and a chewy, bready maltiness in the background. Medium body and very easily drinkable. A nice treat overall, delivered what was promised, even if I don't see myself drinking it more than once or twice.

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Photo of KariD
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

An interesting interpretation of a Shandy. A bit more tart than I like. For me the style is meant to be a break from beer, this was more like a beer with a few lemon wedges squeezed in opposed to beer with lemonade. Cloudy and smooth with light carbonation.

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Photo of JohnDon
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to shaker pint glass at RFD on 6/9/12
*From notes

A: Cloudy lemon in hue. Would you be surprised if I said it looks like lemonade? A quarter finger head and the thinnest of thin collars top the glass. No lacing coats the glass.

S: Lemons. Lots of lemons. I'm also getting plenty of that patented Sam Adams grain bill, too.

T: Off-dry lemonade hits first. Golden malt lands on the mid. The finish is decidedly creamy, and comes off a bit drier then originally anticipated. It lingers in the mouth like a Boston Lager with a lemony, acidic edge.

M: The feel is alright. I'd like this to be a bit more effervescent, though having said that, this is certainly decent. Light bodied, yet lacking that extremely crisp edge I'd prefer.

O: If you dig shandys or radlers, then I'd certainly recommend this one. I can't say it's at or near the best I've had, but it's none the less refreshing and easy to put back on warmer afternoons and evenings.

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Fjmessi
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Backyard shandy nice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.43/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Never make a mixed-sixer whilst buzzed...you'll only come home with a bottle of shandy... This stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises Country Time lemonade powder, light lemon peel, and a touch of pine sap. Smells sweet, lemony, and artifical, in other words. The taste takes things further down the hill, bringing that artificality to the fore. Think Lemon Pledge with a twist of sweetness. "Ugh!" is right. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, this stuff just didn't do anything positive for me. I should pay it back, somehow...

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Photo of Dave7500kl
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of stlfatguy
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy blonde, almost wheat color. Minimal head dissipated quickly, but light carbonation stayed. Smell was citrus/lemon as you would expect. Tasted like lemons, and a little tangy on the tongue, but not overly tart. Tangy lemon aftertaste stayed for a while. Slightly sweet, but still tasted more like beer with lemon flavor, than lemonade or anything else.

For what it is, I think they hit the mark. Don't drink if you're looking for a 'traditional' beer, and especially if you don't like lemons, but it was one of the nicer shandy's I've had.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours like a Shandy with a hazy yellow body and a 1/2 an inch of head that seems more sticky than your typical Shandy.

S - Smells not too sweet with lemon zest like lemonade and sweet sugary malts. Hops take a backseat.

T - Like others said it's sort of like Porch Rocker only less tart and less lemonade like. It is on par with refreshment and doesn't seem to powerful. It's a lemonade beer without being a beer with lemonade added if that makes any sense.

M - Light to medium. A bit sugary but hey I like it sweet.

Overall who knew that by just brewing a Shandy with lemon peel rather than just adding lemonade in post would produce such a refreshing beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of cnwillis31
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Bonntom
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NoProblem
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of MPSTARR
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A wonderful lemony aroma that isn't too strong. It has a bit of a watery aftertaste, but it's got a nice crisp flavor with a hint of the lemon's rind in it.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Mleblanc25
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Maxyim
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Solid little shandy for those desperate times when you run out of Steigl Radler. Available from local grocery stores as a plus! Not really a serious beer though, but it does not try to be.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks ro the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, little else. Taste is lemons, light grains, a touch of tartness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while it's a refreshing beer, one is enough for me.

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Photo of gentlemanextraordinaire88
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is my first time trying a shandy and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

A nice hay-yellow look with a thick, lacy, head that stayed through half my drinking experience.

It had a faint smell of grain, lemons, and grass that was inviting yet not too fragrant.

The first taste brings lemony notes overlaying the grainy beer with a hint of lemongrass or other green, earthy flavors.

For the full taste think lemons, a hint of lime, obviously beer with the tiniest hint of hops--but by no means bitter tasting. Not a lot of depth here, but certainly refreshing.

By no means does it have a heavy mouthfeel (compared to the Belgian Quads I usually drink, it's especially light indeed!) but fills the mouth with a pleasant lightness which serves to invite another sip while lingering long enough that you can get in snippets of a good conversation without constantly sipping.

The finish was not especially long, but certainly good enough for this kind of beer. I could definitely taste the lemon on the finish, but it faded to a more grainy beer flavor after a few seconds, giving way to a hint of lemonade as the parting flavor.

Overall, I really liked this shandy and will definitely have it at any outdoor events I host or attend over the summer (and well, fall too, seeing as how I live in FL and it's hot all year here!). A very nice, refreshing, light and yet substantial beer that I hope Traveler Beer Co. will continue for years to come!

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Photo of TomMahan
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a fan of this style, but this shandy has an interesting finish that sets it apart from the rest. Not bad overall, and very refreshing.

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Photo of rabbitguy
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yogidaddy
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Wontonst
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 634 ratings