Curious Traveler Summer Shandy

Another Katie special. She actually tried it on tap at Molly Maguire’s awhile back and thought it was decent. I don’t know if she remembered having it or just knew that I haven’t reviewed it and brought home a sixer. Either way, I’m usually not a fan of shandies, but it’s worth a try.


ABV: 5.1%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Driven by wanderlust and a desire for discovery, the Curious Traveler™ set out to explore the globe. Always fearlessly inquisitive, he relished opportunities to befriend other travelers and to experience cultures he had only previously imagined. He sampled their wares, their foods and most importantly their libations. Some were good. Some not so good. Others were downright dangerous. Many years into his travels, his pace slowed on a particularly sweltering day. He sought refuge in a small pub to escape the oppressive heat. Before he could even finish wiping his brow, the bartender handed him a glistening glass of ale. The Traveler took a liking to the invigorating lemon shandy concoction. ‘Quite a refresher!’ he said gratefully. The Traveler has never stopped exploring – in fact, he’s on the road this very day. Somewhere. Only one thing has changed: he now makes sure he orders a shandy everywhere he goes.”

Random: Not that I’m very surprised, but this is another Samuel Adams line. They seem to have success with Angry Orchard, so why not throw in a shandy line too.

This poured with a huge, two finger white fluffy head on top of a cloudy, dark yellow body. Due to the haziness, I couldn’t see any carbonation. There was no lacing left on the glass after this dissipated rather quickly. The nose was distinctly Country Time lemonade, specifically the mix. This nose was potent. The taste wasn’t all that pleasant to me. It was lemon with a saccharine  like sweetness. This brew was a one-trick pony. The body was thick and needed more carbonation. The finish was way too long with the same artificial lemon that was present throughout. This was a borderline drainpour for me. Maybe someone who enjoys shandies would like this, but this is not a beer for me.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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