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Jack-O Traveler Shandy | The Traveler Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by chudson1992 on 09-03-2013

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79
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631
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
20.85%
 
 
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 631
Photo of Chrisbaggz
5/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

People! Let's not compare this beer to heady topper or even your average pumpkin beer like Shalafly or ale works... This is an in your mouth pumpkin pie experience and it is absolutely wonderful and refreshing and easy drinking. If you set your expectations properly you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of bstnldy
5/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LOVE LOVE THIS BEER!

Seriously, every place I go to find this beer it's sold out. Even the liquor stores are impressed by how many people are asking for this. Many of my friends are just like me, going into the stores close to where they live to see if they have it. Since this is seasonal and is at the end of production this beer will be surely missed.

I highly recommend!

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Photo of schwansmantr
4.8/5  rDev +45%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Curious Traveler Jack-o-lantern pumpkin Shandy. Light golden two finger head with moderate carbonation. Literally a surprising pumpkin pie smell. The smell reminded me of grandma's house at thanksgiving, heavenly good. Out of all the pumpkin beers I have tried so far I am putting this at the top of my list. JACK-O-LANTERN is a very tasty beer

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Photo of dmberger
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Really sweet, and is the truest "pumpkin pie in a bottle" representation I've ever tasted. It really does taste like pumpkin pie (with whipped cream, even). That said, this isn't for all occasions, as the sweetness may be too much.

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Photo of BlueKurenai
4.41/5  rDev +33.2%
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 Cavanaghty
4.39/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown with a thin white head.

Smell: Hops, lemon, pumpkin spice, cinnamon

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste of malts, lemon, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.

Overall: This is by far one of the best pumpkin ales I have had so far. New favorite for me!

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.26/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber in color with a decent head. Smells of pumpkin and spice. Get real pumpkin flavor here with a perfect spice mix. This is very well done. Well be having more this season.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.23/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With a fantastic 'Autumn-like Day' today, why not a pumpkin brew to get in the mood for cooler weather and football! Sampling right now on 8/19/15. Picked up a single bottle at Hy-Vee as part as "Make your own 6" for $8.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Jack o'Lantern" handled glass stein (from Salvation Army Store for 29c like new).

Brew pours a hazy dark amber in color with a good 1+-finger foamy eggshell head. Some decent spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of fresh pumpkin, some spice and a hint of wheat. Pretty much sums up the taste as well. Nothing overpowers anything else with perfect blend and taste. Lighter-bodied and not heavy unlike some of this style. Soft carbonation which works for this one. Overall, a new tasty seasonal brew I would drink again.

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Photo of roger617
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into pint glass.

A: 4.0 Pours copper in color with less than 1 finger of white head.
S: 4.0 Pumpkin and spices. Smells great!
T: 4.25 This tastes like Fall in a glass. Pumpkin throughout with spices complimenting.
M: 4.0 Smooth and silky.
O: 4.0 Great Fall beer. The first day this Fall the temp does not exceed 80, this is the perfect beer to enjoy.

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Photo of jodybrutal
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So I tossed this into a build your own 6 pack with 5 other pumpkin beers last October, not really expecting much since I've had a couple other Travelers beers and was not impressed at all. But damn, this was delicious.

Did it taste much like beer? No. Was it a sweet, cinnamon, brown sugary, pumpkin delight? Yes. I much prefer Southern Tier, Weyerbacher, or Flying Dog's pumpkin ales, but this was far superior to the other widely available options, such as Sam Adam's, Brooklyn, Leinenkugal, or Blue Moon.

In summation... This was a really enjoyable beer and I recommend picking up a 6 pack during the holidays, maybe just to share with any family and friends who aren't avid beer drinkers. It's good. Try it.

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Photo of Spikester
4.04/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber brown with one finger of white head that settles fairly soon. No lace observed.
Smell is big pumpkin pie spice with a touch of bread and lemon.
Taste is similar with the pie spice bready lemon soda taste. No hop notes detected. This is like liquid pumpkin pie but one on the sweet side.
Mouthfeel was like soda.
Overall a tasty shandy. It would be excellent at a Halloween Party but keep the kids away from it I think they would love it. I will revisit my review after I have a few more of these.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jack-O Traveler Shandy brewed by The Traveler Beer Co. with an ABV of 4.40% This brew pours out a nice light brown color with a bold white head. The smell is rich with spices and pumpkin. You also pick up on some sweetness in the smell of this brew. There is a lot going on in the smell of this brew. Jack-O Traveler Shandy taste is different.There is a lot going in this brew. You pick up on many spices and grains in this brew. This brew is also sweet. It puts you in the mind of cola. There is a lot going on in this brew. I like how it is different form most pumpkin brews on the market. Jack-O Traveler Shandy has nothing overpowing in it. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is also a sweet aftertaste to this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. This brew is a good drink drew.

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Photo of redi8752
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Delicious, light and refreshing. Perfect fall beer with a sweet addition of pumpkin. Nothing like the traditional pumpkin ales and porters of fall time.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Robbins.

L : dark iced tea color, 90% opaque, creamy and milky head with sparse lacing.

S : clove, nutmeg, heavy on allspice. Faint pumpkin and roast malts. A bit of fresh Orange on the nose as well.

T : delicious and smooth - lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, followed by toasted malts and some fleshy gourd flavors. Belches are citrusy and gourdy.

F : creamy, smooth, well carbonated. Easy drinking.

O : I'd have it again. Better than Leinenkugels harvest shandy.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not much a beer flavor, but very drinkable. It has definite cinnamon, pumpkin pie flavors and smells and it's sweet. I was skeptical after a few of my friends did not like it, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this is rated so low....probably just because of the brewer, but I found this solid for anyone who likes pumpkin beers. Had it side by side with a Whole Hog Pumpkins Ale by Stevens Point, which is rated 91 on here, and it stood up ok against it. For the price and availability I will seek it out again.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, light lemon/ginger, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pumpkin/lemon/spice, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, light lemon/ginger, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, light lemon/ginger, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pumpkin/lemon/spice, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderate crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a very good pumpkin ale/shandy style. All around good robustness and balance of pumpkin/lemon/spice, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a quite hazy brownish copper color with a big-thick two finger creamy off white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over about a five minute time period to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of roasted pumpkin and spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. The nutmeg smell seems to get stronger as stronger as the beer sits, with some lighter notes of lemon and brown sugar mixed within. Overall, it is quite pumpkin pie like.

Taste – The taste begins very sweet, much more than the nose would have let on, with tons of brown sugar and caramel. Upfront there is also a decent showing of some roasted pumpkin and spice of a cinnamon flavor. As the taste moves on, the sweetness seems to get even stronger with more caramel and brown sugar coming to the tongue, with it being joined by some more spice of cinnamon as well as some new spice flavors of nutmeg and allspice. Toward the end, a lemonade flavor comes to the tongue, sweetening the brew even more and in the end mixing with the rest of the flavors, leaving a sweet and sugary pumpkin flavored taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the average to just above average side. The thin body and slightly higher carbonation are very nice for the easy drinking sweeter tastes of the brew, all while supporting the pumpkin flavors of the beer.

Overall – A quite sweet pumpkin brew that is very easy to drink. A good go to if you are looking for something sweeter and pumpkin flavored.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

I am surprised this works as well as it does. A bit of lemon really complements the pumpkin spice. This one is over the top pumpkin flavor, but may be their best shandy.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jack-O Traveler Shandy has a medium, off-white head, a mostly clear, bronze appearance, a few bubbles breakomh off and up, and moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of pumpkin spice and pie crust (in other words, pumpkin pie). The taste is also of pumpkin pie, with pie crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pulp, with some background lemon showing up at the end. Mouthfeel is medium, and Jack-O Traveler finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.

RJT

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Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear light brown, good head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing

Smell: Lemony citrus, pumpkin, light malts

Taste: Pumpkin and pie spices, bright lemony taste, light biscuity malt

Mouthfeel: Light body, good crisp carbonation

Overall: I don't love pumpkin beer or shandy but combining the two makes them surprisingly palatable. I could easily drink a couple of these. Fairly good overall, though probably not something I would regularly get.

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Photo of chudson1992
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz bottle. First thing that popped out was the nice and pleasant smell. Overall not a bad pumpkin beer, good taste with subtle hint of lemon. Not very bitter or hoppy, in fact not at all. Good body and not too strong of an after taste. This is a decent beer and worthy of being on this website.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - off orange brown like color with little to no lacing or head

Smell - yam, nutmeg, sweetness

Taste - holy pumpkin pie

Mouthfeel - light bodied beer that leaves your mouth very sweet

Overall - holy pumpkin and yam pie. Too sweet for me

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles away to nothing

S: Lots of pumpkin spices and sweet malts, along with a hint of lemon peel way in the back

T: Get a mix of pumpkin spices, maltiness, and lemon shandy. A bit of sweetness comes across from both the malts and shandy aspect. Finishes with another hit of spices

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft

O: Very interesting. You definitely get both the pumpkin beer and shandy aspects. It works fairly well together, surprisingly. Easy to drink, and quite refreshing from the shandy part. Good enough for a single, it's definitely unique and one-of-a-kind

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Photo of DavidU
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I've NEVER been one for pumpkin beers until I tried this one.

Enjoyed in a pint glass, it poured an orange/copper color with a small white head which didn't last long.

The smell is mainly nutmeg and/or pumpkin spice, not much else.

The taste is a little weird at first, but after a few sips I got cola like other reviewers stated, but also got a light hit of pumpkin and lemon to finish it off.

Mouth-feel is bubbly at first, but finishes syrupy.

Overall, this isn't that bad which is surprising seeming I've tried other pumpkin beers and never really enjoyed them. I'm sure the connoisseurs of pumpkin beers would go for something better than this, but for those, like I, who are having trouble finding a pumpkin beer for them, I would stick with this one. Cheers everyone!

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