Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy | The Traveler Beer Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
79
okay
92 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Curious Traveler Lemon ShandyCurious Traveler Lemon Shandy
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!”

Added by goblue3509 on 06-14-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
619
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
43.44%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
238
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 619
Photo of stlfatguy
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

 555 characters

Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of lemon, yeast, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of lemon, hint of yeast, sugar, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, okay aroma, decent blend, but weak body.

 458 characters

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really nice lemon shandy. Definitely refreshing and I prefer it over the Leinenkugel versions. Doesn't taste artificial like some of them out there.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

 199 characters

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Shandy pours a hazy copper color with a nice large head. There is a big lemon aroma. The taste is creamy and tastes like instant lemonade. A little flat, nice flavors. Overall its very refreshing, does taste like instant lemonade, which isn't the worse flavor in the world.

 277 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Enjoy before 7/2015.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, lemonade, lemon juice, and lemon candy aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet lemon candy, grain, watery lemonade, and some salty flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that smells like lemonade and candy, but the flavors are a bit watery and salty and really don't make me want to drink very much of this.

Serving type: bottle.

 701 characters

Photo of Urk1127
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Out of the bottle. Sweet lemon almost like a Sprite. Not a beer/wheat taste at all. it was more like drinking a soda with lower carbonation. I can dig shandies but not this one.

 177 characters

Photo of KariD
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

 257 characters

Photo of dukeandduke
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

4/2/15 (Draft - Finley Dunne's Chicago) - Hazy blond pour, thin head and minimal carbonation. Lemon aroma very strong. Nice lemon taste, very sweet, smooth going down, not very strong.

 184 characters

Photo of mchegash
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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 - 3.5/5
Lemon, perhaps a little bit of malt/hops/general beer aroma. But mostly lemons.

Taste - 3.25/5
Tastes like carbonated lemonade, with maybe a hint of orange. Which means it tastes decent, but doesn't taste like a beer, which is what I'm looking for. I think they overdid it a bit on the lemons.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Although the taste is similar to lemonade, the feel is significantly different. This beer is actually fairly full-bodied, which definitely makes it stand out that it's not a lemonade. There is a light amount of carbonation, and the beer is slightly crisp.

Overall - 3.75/5
I actually do like this beer, and could see myself cooling down with this on a hot summer day. The only issue is that this beer may have crossed the line into the "non-beer" zone, due to it tasting not like beer. The combination of the light and refreshing lemon flavor and the full body was very interesting and refreshing in my opinion.

 1,103 characters

Photo of LXIXME
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Decent looking shandy with a pale yellow color a bit of lacing clinging to the walls of the glass and a light covering of foam on the beer. But after giving this a try I was pretty disappointed, just seems to be a Mike's Hard Lemonade without the fizz.

 252 characters

Photo of jucifer1818
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: This a very clowdy brew. That is good to style, and really shows the beers use of wheat
4/5

S: This beer smells like a blend of lemon peel and lemon-aid. A bit of wheaty "tang" and some orange as well. Very refreshing.
4/5

Taste: Probably one of the better Shandies Ive had, and easily the best american one, this is a great refreshing beer. Perfect for any hot day, a barbecue, or for giving to people who are not fans of beer.
4/5

Feel: high carbonation give this beer a noticeable bite. Body is at a lower medum level of sweetness/maltiness.
3.75/5

Overall: I highly recommend this beer, especially if you want something light and easy drinking. I just got off work, and this beer really hits the spot (while having more alcohol than rattler so it can actually give you a bit of a buzz which is nice).

Its also very competitively priced. If they made 12 packs of this stuff, It would be PERFECT.

I would drink this again :)
4/5

 940 characters

Photo of jmdrpi
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

on tap

hazy yellow appearance. strong citrus lemony aroma. taste is more restrained. refreshing,

drinks easy and was a good pint to wash down a spicy burrito.

 164 characters

Photo of Lemke10
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a foamy off-white head. The aroma is slightly sweet with lemons and wheat. The taste is sweet and full of lemons with wheat delivering a full beer flavor. Smooth and very easy drinking as well as a step up from Leine’s Summer Shandy.

 281 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

really intense lemon on this, like lemon curd though, there is the confectioners sugar sweet aspect to it, that is just a little bit of a turn off for me, but i think the lemon is pretty genuine, and i can see the appeal for sure, although i still think i prefer others to this one due to the sweetness. pale in color, a little haze, and a ton of bubbles. i would love the feel, save the lingering sweetness, it hurts its refreshment value quite a bit for me, and definitely its drinkability, which is the point of these in the first place right? the lemon nose is intense, brightly citric, and acidic enough. the taste its there too, but here the sweetness comes in, more like a lemon preserve or something than a fresh squeezed juice, but again, it doesnt appear to me to be artificial. the beer aspect of this, and all of these really, is extremely minimal. no hops and not much grain to speak of, so its as much a soda as anything else, but when summer hits, im sure these will do pretty well here in the market. where i appreciated the pumpkin one for being so different, i sort of dislike this one for being so samey.

 1,123 characters

Photo of Dodo2step
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

P- Thanks to ray for this brew

A- light orange yellow color with a nice one finger foamy head with spiderweb lacing on the pint. cloudy opaque with pieces of yeast floating throughout.

S- lemon soda type of nose to it. hints of earthy malts as well.

F- strong lemon flavor with hints of wheat and earth tones.

M- bubbly and carbonated and lemony.

O- eh.....lots of people for some reason find this to be a good beer but im of the mind it is just an average fruit beer. I have had much better in the past and this is just like drinking lemonade with alcohol thrown in to it.

 582 characters

Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color is opaque yellow. Large head at first, leaves a good lacing. Taste is lemony with a hint of malt. Perfect for a hot summer day. I like this one a lot!

 197 characters

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 10, 2014

Cloudy, milky pale yellow pour with a fizzy white head that lingers about.

Aroma of lemon pepper, citrus, seltzer, and a little hint of wheat or grass.

Light body.

Lemony taste with a slight malt backbone. If you don't like ciders, Shandies are an adequate substitute.

 330 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a cloudy, opaque, pale yellow coloring, with a ton of carbonation action in the body. Slight, low profile, bubbly, white head. Aromas of extremely tart and sweet lemon and lemon rind, subtle toasted grain backbone, and some extremely subtle spices. Pretty lemony overall. Flavors are effervesced and tart forward, with lemon sweetness all over the place. The lemon characteristics are real fruit; no syrupy notes. Subtle grainy backbone, but not enough to bring any semblance of balance. Light, bubbly, effervesced body, with a tart lemon aftertaste. Crisp, clean finish.

 633 characters

Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It certainly looks the part, a lemon soda-colored brew with some fizziness but a substantial and lasting head as opposed to a soda. It's not large, but it has staying power and leaves more than moderate lacing.
It's got some beer character to it while being as refreshing as the style requires. It does have a light caramel-type malt and a ghost of pine. Otherwise, it's all lemon. There's an earthy sort of backbone that doesn't get heavy. I really don't get anything artificial here; just some juicy lemon, tart and zesty, a light peppery note, and a definite note of lemon peel itself, mildly bitter. They did what they set out to do, ending up with a simple but very nice little shandy.
It's light-bodied but almost medium, still crisp without being overly effervescent, nicely carbonated, soda-like as most of the style but with more body. Despite that, it doesn't lose its refreshing nature at all.

 904 characters

Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: bright yellow in color, 1/4 inch head, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: lemonade and light ginger

Taste: lemonade and ginger

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and carbonation, sweet with spiciness.

Overall: An ok to above average shandy. I get lemonade and distinct ginger, but not much beer taste. Not bad, but I think there are better shandies out there.

 366 characters

Photo of jabergess
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure why this beer scores low. I think people don't like Shandys, but then they review a beer expecting it to taste like something else. Or they don't like a Shandy. So why review it?? This tastes exactly like it is supposed to. I have only had a handful of Shandys but I think this one is the best. I really could drink it all day when it is hot. It has a pleasant lemon flavor and is sweet but not over poweringly so. It is really refreshing. If you don't think mixing beer and lemonade is your thing, try it, but for goodness sake, don't review it just because you don't like it.

 591 characters

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 7/8/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow in color with about a 1/2+ finger of a white head that settles down to just around the sides of the glass. The aroma is a very light hint of lemon with some grains/grass. The taste has more flavor that the aroma suggests with more lemon flavor coming through but not over powering. Perfect carbonation and no harsh or bitter after taste. Goes down easy and is a great summer brew on a hot day. Close to a Leiny's 'Summer Shandy' type of flavor.

 591 characters

Photo of T6PP
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy golden yellow. Smell is a very very light lemony smell. The lemon taste is slight and very quick to disappear. It has a medium carbonation feel that doesn't linger long. Overall it is just ok, there are much better shandys out there but if you are at a bar and this is the only shandy there , it is worth a shot to see if you like it.

 347 characters

Photo of barnabasdog
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- cloudy sandy yellow with no visibility, half a finger head with little retention, Minimal lacing.

S- lemon citrus

T-sweet cane sugar up front moves into lots of citrus fruits with a tart lemony finish

M- light carbonation, light body, drys up quick

O- Decent refreshing shandy

 321 characters

Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours hazy yellow with a thin-head. Leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The lemon is easily picked out among the very sweet tones.

T: Not really much to say. Tart but sweet lemon washes over the palate and is quite smooth. You can tell it's real and not artificial.

M: Medium-light bodied and goes down very well. Almost too session-able.

O: In the summer this is always my go-to. It may not be anything super special, but its freakin' delicious and is perfect for a hot summers day. I prefer this greatly over Lienenkugel's shandy because you can tell it is real. After the beer is brewed, it tastes like Lienenkugel just dumped in some lemonade. The shandy/radler style is not widely appreciated but it's tasty and good nonetheless. If you're looking to try a good shandy, get this one. It is by far the best on the market.

 850 characters

Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
3.43 out of 5 based on 619 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!