Jack-O Traveler Shandy
The Traveler Beer Co.

Jack-O Traveler ShandyJack-O Traveler Shandy
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #342
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
80
Ranked #43,931
Avg:
3.52 | pDev: 19.03%
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
689
From:
The Traveler Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
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Gots
  254
SCORE
80
Good
Jack-O Traveler ShandyJack-O Traveler Shandy
Notes: Jack-O Traveler is an alluring wheat beer illuminated by the tastes of fall. He strikes a perfect balance between bright refreshment and seasonal spice. Jack is brewed with fresh pumpkin, for a delicious dark-hued, Shandy-inspired beer.
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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 689
Photo of dsa7783
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Joe’s Crab Shack in Clifton. Pours a copper, ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of caramel and nutmeg. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This goes a long with the October theme, of course this makes a great brew when the leaves are falling. A different variety to the Oktoberfests. This one has variations of sweet and bitter. This one seems to a bit sweeter than the others but still has a very refreshing palate. This one is not really deriving from any style but takes a shandy characteristic to it, which is extremely interesting.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Oak and Stone. OK, this one is silly sweet. As much like a candy apple as a pumpkin pie. Great after-taste. At one reviewer's suggestion, I mixed it with an IPA. Not sure that worked.

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Photo of Maugan-Ra
2.51/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft. Reasonably fresh. Revoltingly sweet, excessive cinnamon (on the high end even amongst other pumpkin brews). More like an alcopop than a beer. Looks a good copper colour, good head retention.

Might mix OK with a dryish hoppy beer, but rating this on the basis of it representing itself as beer and not just a flavouring.

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Photo of Act25
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm rarely surprised to the positive by pumpkin or fruit beers, but this one exceeds my expectations and BA marks.
As always with fruit/ sweet beers, and the half way mark, I blend with a good bitter IPA!
a) Pours a barely hazed dark amber body, cidery, w scant visible carbonation that produces a film post 1 finger head and stripey lace.
s) Abundant aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), pie crust too. Almost liquor like.
t) Follows smell, with upfront caramel malt / brown sugar, and lots of natural tasting pumpkin filling. Finishes with pie spice and lemon zest. All in all, complex and surprisingly good without being cloying.
f) Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp finish. Shandy like without being thin.
o) Along with Carton Squash beer this is a fall special. Liked the lemony zest contrast. Try 1.

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Photo of Robjm1987
2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

look - pours dark, malty-like
Aroma - pumpkin, nutmeg, cinanmon
Taste - way too sweet, very over powering and rough going down.
Feel - of fall flavor, but overpowering sweetness.
Overall - would not recommend.

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Photo of Willvoll
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Being a shandy, this is a sweeter pumpkin beer. It is sort of like pumpkinhead from shipyard but with more body. Sweet and a good amount of cinnamon in this one

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Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at Mark's in Portland watching the Sox eat it.

Appearance: Cloudy copper with a ring of white lace.

Aroma: Pumpkin, spices, a little wheat.

Taste: Spices and pumpkin definitely lead the way. Coriander is there. Maybe cinnamon. Pie crust. Wheat, maybe faint lemon.

Mouthfeel: Very easy drinker. Light and refreshing. Slight kick to the palate from the spice note.

Overall: Much like everyone else, I'm sick of pumpkin beer. But this is a nice, interesting effort. Not sure why it's a "shandy" but it is a fun light fall seasonal.

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Photo of hdf561
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tall Pilsner not head and no lacing

Smells great pumpkin, spices pleasant aroma all around, the smell makes me feel warm

Not amber but not brown in between

Taste again is pumpkin and spice but not overwhelming it is the right amount of flavor, and it is smooth no harsh taste or bitterness.

This is a great beer, it’s smooth, drinkable, and a great seasonal beer.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Part of the massive beer haul wifey brought me from NC. I wasn't expecting much from a 4.4% Pumpkin Shandy but this stuff was REALLY good! Reminds me of an Imperial Pumpkin Ale but without the effects (good and bad) of the high abv associated with that style. Excellent session ale for the fall season!

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Photo of schoolboy
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm reading Mike Love's memoirs right now, and in it he (egotistically) observes that they were a tough act to follow (Elton John in particular wished he hadn't). I had a WAY superior pumpkin brew just before this, and it is not able to keep up with The Fear.

This ale is a funky reddish brown with nice fine bubbles. The aroma is a strong spice smell that follows suit in the taste. The aftertaste and mouthfeel are watery (especially after The Fear). It is a good taste overall, with lots of spice flavor.

Recommended if you want a weak spice brew.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Murky brown color. Thin head.

S: Little bit of bready malt and of course pumpkin spices.

T: Mild pumkin spice, a little bit of citrus as well. Light malt presence.

F: Moderate carbonation and body.

O: I liked this more than I expected to.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I did not think it tasted very good and I thought it was too much Pumpkin spice. I am not really into pumpkin beers so maybe I am too critical.

Look: cloudy reddish brown with a very thin white head.

Aroma: Pumpkin spice

Taste: Wheat, lemon, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, it's OK. I had to drink one. In my opinion it was too much pumpkin spice.

Feel: A bit watery.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice seasonal. A bit fizzy, I thought. But not so excessively fizzy that it's like drinking soda (or as we call it in my neck of the woods... Pop, LOL!!!). Color a bit dull. Not much of a head. BUT..... I still had to give those 5's because when it comes right down to nuts and bolts, I am about the taste more than anything. And the taste is solid. Definite and distinct pumpkin and fall spices. It's a good flavor.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from tap at Applebee's during Steelers vs patriots game. For some reason they cost the top of the glass with a sugar cinnamon mix. It is a shandy though. I did enjoy this beer even though I'm not into sweet.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA. The appearance is a reddish brown with a small white head. The aroma is all pumpkin and cinnamon. The taste follows the nose. A solid pumpkin beer.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Traveler Jack-O Pumpkin Shandy. Getting a little head here. Pretty unusual of me to drink a non-stout, but I like these and have a few left from the fall. Kind of a subtle lemon/pumpkin flavor. First had this on tap last fall, and that had a bit more pumpkin flavor. Still have not found the elusive perfect pumpkin beer (aka unicorn) which many do not believe in, but I will find!

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Photo of Zac88
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Smells and looks great. I'm not the biggest pumpkin fan so this probably wasn't for me but hell can't turn down a free beer. Honestly it taste like someone blended up your grandma's pumpkin pie. For some people I guess that could be a good thing... not in my family. Overall it's like most Traveler beers kinda gimmicky and punch to the mouth flavor.

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Photo of BlueKurenai
4.41/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of all of the Pumpkin beers that I have tried this one is by far the best. This beer TRULY captured that pumpkin flavor that a lot of the other pumpkin beers really don't capture as well. You can really taste the spice in there and it just makes for a truly delicious pumpkin beer. Has an amazing nose, it smells just like delicious pumpkin spice. It goes down very smooth and is just a truly delicious and refreshing pumpkin beer. I pick it up every chance I get around October for a real pumpkin taste and October/Halloween feel.

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Photo of Slack
2.56/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Amber to copper in color.

Smell is artificial pumpkin.

Taste is sweet pumpkin lemonade.

Body is thin and watery.

Pumpkin beers and shandys should not be combined.

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, burnt orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, pumpkin. Taste has lots of spices, ginger seems to stand out, some pumpkin is present. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of tronester
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark copper with a thin tan head. Aroma is pumpkin spice. Taste begins with some cinnamon, citrus, and wheat. Extremely cloyingly sweet though. Average mouthfeel. An ok tasting beer, but the sickly sweet flavor is too much.

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Photo of 57md
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light dirty copper with a finger of fluffy head. The nose has notes of autumnal spices. The spice in the flavor is reminiscent of the fake pumpkin spice flavor one gets out of a gas station cappuchino. The mouthfeel is creamy.

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Photo of Myotus
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz bottle (enjoy by date Feb 2016) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarters worth after 45 seconds. A displeasing orangey-greenish-brown color that reminds of sewage. There is slight amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of wheat, lemongrass, nutmeg and cinnamon combine with subtle aromas of pumpkin.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong lemongrass and mild wheat flavors. Subtle flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg immediately follow. Hints of pumpkin enter lastly as nutmeg flavors quickly vanish, but all other previous flavors grow slightly stronger. The final taste is what I can only imagine as accidentally dropping a wheat roll and a tiny piece of pumpkin pie into a whole cup of lemonade, letting it sit for an hour or two, then drinking it.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the high amount of carbonation. Finishes with an extreme crispness that nearly makes up for the rest of the terrible mouthfeel.

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Photo of Captaincral
2.06/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L : dark brown, tiny head....tiny

S : clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Kind of pumpkin, maybe more pumpkin pie. Think bay rum cologne.

T : Tastes like bay rum cologne. Cinnamon, fake pumpkin, nutmeg, more fake pumpkin. Smell bay rum cologne, and tell me this isn't it.

F : felt a bit thin, easy to drink (if you like drinking pumpkin extract)

O : Again, like bay rum cologne, or a cinnamon jockstrap. Not very good. Actually, the worst pumpkin "beer" I've had. Smells good, tastes bad.

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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 689 ratings