On the fifth day of Beermas:
Name: Jolly Traveler
Brewed By: The Traveler Beer Co.
Style: Winter Shandy
Pours a bright copper color with red highlights, crystal clear in the glass with a bone white head that faded slowly leaving lacing down the glass.
The nose is pleasant, fruit, spices and a hint of sweetness. The bottle notes pomegranate but I pick up more of the orange, cinnamon and clove, it’s reminiscent of a pomander ball.
The flavor of the beer itself lacks the wow factor, just a basic wheat beer. The real flare of this beer is the additives that make it a shandy. Initial flavor is pomegranate heavy then transitions into an orange zest finish, spices are noticeable but subtle, a nice addition that gives this shandy a festive flavor without becoming tiresome. Mouthfeel is thin with a dry finish and a touch of lingering fruity sweetness.
I liked this Shandy, more than I expected to be honest, In my mind a shandy is a good option for an unbearably hot summer day, to quench your thirst. Winter Shandy is foreign to me but this is something I could see myself bringing to a Christmas party, it’s light and refreshing, flavorful but not overwhelming and at 4.4% ABV it lends itself to drinking a few without losing your head. Bring this one along and share with that friend at the party who’s not a fan of beer, this might just change their mind.
2014 Days of Beermas List
Day 5: Traveler Beer Co. – Jolly Traveler