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Time Traveler Shandy | The Traveler Beer Co.

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beer truly ahead of its time. A vibrant wheat beer brewed with real strawberry for a subtle yet complex flavor. Open one up for “A Taste of the Future!”

Added by bluerabbit on 04-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I have to admit that I was a tad surprised to see this lineup of ales on this site, but I am not complaining, either. It is a tried-and-true style with well-developed historical roots. Plus, it makes for a nice change of pace from the seeming onslaught of AIPAs.

From the bottle: "Quite a Refresher!"; "Got some TIME on your hands? Find us on Facebook and Twitter".

I could see its cloudiness even while it was still in the bottle, so there was no need for gentility in my pour. I produced two fingers of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with decent retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7), like freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose was both sweet and tart with the strawberry and lemon scents commingling nicely. Mouthfeel was kind of watery but the taste was pleasantly imbalanced on the strawberry side with the lemony zest as a kind of undercurrent. Finish was semi-sweet with the lemon tartness keeping the strawberry sweetness in check. Once more, it would probably be better on a hot, humid summer's day, but here I am in early winter ...

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My strawberry infused shandy says that it's a seasonal, not sure which season but the expiration date is good until August 2014. This one looks pretty close to the lemon version, maybe a shade deeper honey golden, with a bright white head forming thick creamy textured foam. Aromatics contain bright strawberry jam notes, sharp wheat and bready grains, hint of chalky yeast accents. The tart strawberry accent along with some candied malts. Flavor very sweet and cloying it's like lathering your tongue with strawberry jam, a bit of bready malts and yeast notes are caught in the finish but there's really no balance to this one. Mouthfeel is hard to describe, but damn it's hard to stomach too sweet the wife or the drain either one can finish this one. Carbonation doesn't seem to be an issue it's just the dessert level of strawberry sweetness, makes me want to add some cream cheese and pretzels to balance it out to a strawberry pretzel dessert shandy. Overall, I will pass on this super sweet offering, I like strawberries in all forms but this one was over the top with sweetness.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a cloudy, opaque, pale yellow coloring with a slight ring of white bubbling on the surface. Aromas of lemon zest, berry sweetness, and a roasted grain backbone. Smells inviting and sweet. Flavors are darkly sweet, with a grainy backbone supporting raspberry and strawberry sweetness. Carbonation provides an effervescent feel in mouth, keeping the palate light. The aftertaste is berry sweetness with hints of roast, leading to a clean, slightly effervescent finish. Refreshing and sweet, I can see how this would be good in a mid-summer swelter.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Well so far so good it doesn't look like Lennie's "Berry Weiss" (meaning a awkward purple red) Having mostly a light amber red body and a 1/4 inch of sticky head it at least looks like a beer.
S - Smell is of wheat, lemon, and coriander that of their other Shandy's but it has a mild bit of strawberry which I didn't expect since I didn't read the label.
T - Not a bad fruit beer one bit the strawberry doesn't come off bitter or offensive or even cough drop like it really adds to the shandy experience with wheat and lemon peel highlighting. Not bad.
M - Light in body, must be a summer brew.

Overall I don't really run out and buy light beers but this was an unexpected find. A really easy drinking strawberry ale that does have any BMC skunk or metallic notes. Pick it up!

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2.66/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow with amber highlights. Similar to the other flavor I tried. I think it's meant to evoke the image of a wheat beer to the casual drinker.

I smell what has to be strawberry or some type of berry (the label isn't clear). Smells like strawberry Kool-Aid.

Ditto on the taste. A middle of the road berry taste that again is likely strawberry. Crisp and inoffensive. A decent amount of body and carbonation is more tolerable than the other flavor.

Lingering fake strawberry bakes the tongue.

Not a bad idea if you don't want a straight-forward beer, or malt beverage. Shandy isn't just a fad. It has a long and interesting history.

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4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a super hazy orange-amber color with a one finger creamy-pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of lace in on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The smell is super sweet with a huge sweet lemonade aroma mixed with a very fruit punch Jell-O and pixie stix candy sugar smell. Other fruits join the aroma as well creating a very delicious candy and sweet fruit smell overall.

Taste – The taste starts with a mix of a bready flavor with a strong sweet lemonade taste upfront. As the taste advances some yeast and a bit of spice come to the tongue with the brew sweetening all the while as the more fruit punch like flavors start coming to the tongue. In the end the sweet Jell-o like fruity flavors get rather strong and when combine with the lemonade and bready tastes leaves a quite sweet and lemony fruit punch like flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light with a carbonation level that is on the medium side with very tiny carbonation bubbles tickling the tongue. The body and carbonation are perfect for the lighter drinking style and sweeter flavors of the brew making for a super easy summer drinker.

Overall – A very nice summer style refreshing brew when you are looking for something that is quite sweet. It is more on the fruit-hard lemonade side but has just a hint of beer like flavor and texture. While not what I am looking for when I want a beer to sit down with for a “beer” it is quite awesome for warm weather when I feel like something more sweet.

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Time Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 162 ratings
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