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

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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3.34
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Photo of dmberger
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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 nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
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 metter98
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkins are present in the nose along with notes of spices such as nutmeg.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of pumpkins and bits of sweetness along with notes of nutmeg.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a shandy, this beer manages to do a good job incorporating the pumpkin and pumpkin spices into a lighter-bodied beer. It's a perfect selection for someone who likes shandy to drink during the fall.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of barczar
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%

Certainly more of a spiced ale than either s pumpkin beer or a shandy, it opens with tons of cinnamon, his with a bit of pumpkin and malt sweetness, then lemon adds contrast, finishing with more pumpkin and some ginger.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pored into nonic glass. Half finger head. Dark brown almost reddish. Smelled like a pumpkin pie. Decent carbonation. Spices upfront. Cinnamon, allspice then pumpkin and malt follow. I liked it a little but it looked and smelled better than it tasted

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Photo of WesMantooth
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Have not done a review quite like this one before, but I am just going to cut to the chase. The lemon just doesnt work as far as I am concerned. The pumpkin flavor itself is not bad, but the shandy makes it too sweet. It starts to taste more like a fall version of Mike's Hard Lemonade. If you want a different take on a pumpkin ale, I would recommend New Belgium Pumpkick. While not great, I think the sour tartness from the cranberry is a better spin. This one is fizzy, sweet, and was hard to finish.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

P- Thanks to my buddy Todd Gates for this one!

A- Clear amber orange in color with a one finger head that is slightly foamy with a decent lacing on the pint.

S- clove and nutmeg come through in the nose and light malts.

F- clove, nut meg and pumpkin flavor.

M- carbonation and pumpkin. smooth light and refreshing

O- I am not a shandy fan but this is one of the better ones I can put up with to drink. not bad but not great.

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Photo of badun
3/5  rDev -10.2%

I love pumpkin beers and even though it's still hot where I live it feels like fall to me with a wide selection available right now. Unfortunately this one let me down. It is a shandy and the label does not hide the fact that it isn't going to taste like pumpkin ales so I can't accuse Traveler of false advertising. It certainly isn't bad but there's far too much lemon taste in my opinion. It tastes like a sweet lemonade swallowed with a mouthful of weak pumpkin pie. The pumpkin pie taste is definitely there but it's competing too much with the lemon. It was definitely worth trying because all pumpkin beers deserve a chance but I'll pass on this one next time I'm in the store.

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Photo of redi8752
4/5  rDev +19.8%

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 dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium to dark amber/copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint brown + golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy tan head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small to medium sized thicker patch and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice) along with moderate amounts of brown sugar. There is a light aroma of lemon citrus as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with some light brown sugar sweetness and a light to moderate flavor of roasted pumpkin. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Finally, there is a light flavor of lemon citrus in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thinner than expected.

O: Slightly sweet for a pumpkin beer but not in the heavy cloying pumpkin pie way but very easy to drink. Much more refreshing than a lot of other pumpkin beers but one that I'm glad I grabbed to try...must be the lemon.

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Photo of Johnnn
1/5  rDev -70.1%

Sickening sweet flavor made the mistake of buying a six pack. Neither the wife or me could make it through one. Ended up pouring the other 4 down the drain.

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Photo of chinchill
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%

12 oz bottle with a BB date notch at Dec. 2014.
Spicy and bready aroma.
Tastes like a pumpkin-nut muffin ... not a bad thing but with a light body, some lemon and prickly high carbonation, this is too much like a wine cooler.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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 hophugger
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OK, This is the most interesting pumpkin beer I have had. The color and head, lacing, etc. are fine. The taste is very unique. It has a cold sweet flavor but not too sweet as to be undrinkable. Maybe a little molasses. The pumpkin flavor is very pronounced and it is not masked by a lot of nutmeg or cinnamon which a lot of the other pumpkins have. Overall, nice and drinks like juice more than beer, interesting !!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pretty much willing to try any pumpkin ale since its the season. A wheat beer brewed with lemon peel and pumpkin. Interesting.

A - Well I can tell its light since the color looks like a deep tree bark brown but light and hazy. Head was decent a 1/4 that pulls back to a nice lace ring.
S - Molasses and lemon peel highlighting quite a weird combination reminds me of a cola. Then I smells some spices and a tiny bit of vegital but weird it mostly smells of a citrus Pepsi cola.
T - Molasses again slightly herbal and cola like with mild spices and just a twang of lemon peel. Taste kind of like a spiced ginger ale rather than a beer.
M - Thin and fizzy like a soda. Not very beer like.

Overall it had promise its flavors were strange but mild. Worth trying if you love molasses in beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the depths of my well (over?)-stocked reefer comes yet another out-of-season surprise!

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with lemon peel with natural flavors and pumpkin added"; "Jack-O Traveler is an alluring beer illuminated by the tastes of fall. He strikes a perfect balance between bright refreshment and seasonal spice. Jack is made [brewed] with fresh pumpkin, for a delicious, dark-hued, Shandy-inspired beer. Representing the darker side of shandy."; "Quite a Refresher!"

I went with an aggro pour to try and stir up anything that may have flocculated while this was being held in abeyance. I still only mamaged too produce a finger of soapy, tawny head with moderate retention as a result. Color was an orangish-copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. I did not really get lemon, but that's okay, since it would be kind of out of place. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, which is common to shandys, apparently. The flavors were kind of riotous in the mouth, loads of spices, the lemon peel asserting itself and even a molasses sweet-bitterness. The finish was semi-sweet and the molasses taste overcame the spices in an unexpected twist. This was a curious drink. I may not have liked it as much in the Fall, when I was inundated by Pumpkin Beers, but as an out-of-season break from Summer seasonals, it was pretty good.

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Photo of jodybrutal
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
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 Owl-Head
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Such a surprising and fun taste that it's almost a spoil to say that it is alcoholic ( even at less than 5.5%). A really friendly beer, don't take it too seriously because it is meant to be a holiday palate stimulator to get you ready for thanksgiving. Really great for the fall season! Remember to judge it as it is supposed to be judged: a seasonal "candy" beer low in ABV that is merely supposed to taste good and get your taste buds ready for thanksgiving

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Photo of Treyliff
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark amber color with a fizzy two-finger head that reduces to a small fizzy layer

S- at first it smells like a wittier with lots of lemon peel, but as it warms some clove, coriander and nutmeg comes out, along with some cinnamon chewing gum

T-It's definitely got that classic shandy flavor; candied lemon peel and coriander with that pseudo-lemonaide flavor. Some of the pumpkin spices kick in mid-palate with cinnamon sweetness and clove. sweet finish with more spice linger, flavors of cola

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- I wasn't sure about the concept of a pumpkin shandy, it was actually better than expected but not something I'd go after again. A different switch up in the pumpkin ale category

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Lots of ginger and lemon in the initial aroma. A light nutmeg aroma arrives as this is swirled. Sweet and tart battle it out on the nose.

Appearance: Deep orange in color. There is a slight haze, but not much. Large off-white head that persists well.

Flavor: A tart lemon flavor fades to a sweet classic pumpkin pie finish. I get nutmeg at the back of the tongue and a dry sweet-tart finish. No hop at all. Mouthfeel is just a bit more than light. The spicing is perfect--bringing out the pumpkin pie flavors well. As it warms though, this beer gets a bit flabby and loses its edge.

Overall: A good experiment that I didn't think would work. Better than expected, and refreshing. Drink it fast, though because it is best cold.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.34/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Amber color with a thin head that was gone by the time I made it to the couch.

Smells like pumpkin pie spice and weird pumpkin sweet lemon. Tastes like it smells. Way too much spice for my liking yet not enough to cover the weird lemon.

Seems like a winning equation: if beer + lemon = good and beer + pumpkin spice = good then in conclusion beer + lemon + pumpkin = good. But it doesn't. It's weird and icky.

I was curious. Now I am all set.

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Photo of bstnldy
5/5  rDev +49.7%
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 beatenbyjacks
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Cavanaghty
4.39/5  rDev +31.4%
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 BEERMILER12
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Jack-O Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
3.34 out of 5 based on 654 ratings.
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