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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 668
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 43
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jlindros on 01-15-2012

Deep golden in color, this low ABV lager balances Pilsner and Munich malt with an aromatic American hop aroma. This beer starts hoppy but finishes unexpectedly malty with very low bitterness. Impressively flavorful and drinkable for the lightest beer we brew. We dub this beer a "Session Lager," as we once again brew a lager in a beer style of its own. Uses local Soft Red Winter Wheat from Four Star Farms.

20 IBU
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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow. Smells of light citrus and grain. It has a lemony citric, sweet, malty wheat flavor. Very light feeling, but flavorful at the same time. Light body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy. Fairly sweet wheat with mild lemony hops to balance it out.

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Photo of kitch
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with no bottled on date and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden colour with a light one finger white head that dissipates to a foamy layer with only very light lacing.

Aroma: Bready malts, pine and some light citrus orange peel, lemon and lime.

Taste: Grassy, honey and brown sugar sweetness, caramel and bready malts, corn and light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: I’m not normally a lager person, but Jack’s Abby are definitely changing my views and showing me what can actually be done with lagers. In this case, Jack’s Abby has produced another lager that would better most, but still falls a little flat.

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Photo of codekiln
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look - deep golden!

smell - malty and dank - mild smelling.

taste - slightly hoppy beginning that finishes with lots of orangy malt. not bitter at all

feel - smooth and sudsy. my alewife says it's got a nice bite in the back of the throat; not too soft.

overall - quite drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear yellow/gold (SRM 4-6), with billowing carbonation that produces a ½” white froth, before settling to a ¼” lingering layer. Fine lace coats the hand blown pilsner.

The aroma has pronounced sweet honey/lemon, followed by modest caramel and light grains.

Bitterness is modest and balanced by a quick sweet bite. Lacks the signature crisp clean finish of the style, but has lots of caramel. White bread and a hint of apple are present in the middles, with coriander as it warms. The finish is modest yet lingering.

Explosive carbonation greets the palate, paving the way for a satin, almost nylon texture. Alcohol, though light is surprisingly present for a 4.5% beer. The body is medium to full, with a light astringency.

Jabby Brau is a fine sessionable beer, well suited to a tailgate party or other such occasions. With plenty of approachable flavors, this makes for a good gateway beer. I enjoyed it in the afternoon of a cool, cloudless, first Monday of September.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Deep orange amber, to pale golden yellow body color. Real dark and impressive for a classic lager, with some mild amounts of carbonation, and a good simple two finger creamy head. Bit of staying power there as well, as it slowly settles to one finger.

Real big caramel sweetness, but with a clean aroma. Mild grains and a bit of light brown sugar quality to go with it. Not big on the hop angle, if very indistinct. Some mild clean grapefruit perhaps kicking out.

Palate is quite nice and simple. Clean caramel, almost bock like but considerably lighter in flavor and feel. Almost chewy body, but with lighter abv seems to come much easier drinking, but not wet or washed out which is a good feeling. Muted hop quality, but definitely more going for the malt angle which is done real nicely.

Reminds me of a sessionable lighter version of a bock, real solid brew.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Tap. Pours deep golden with white head. Aroma is of bready malt and citrusy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, piney hops and bready malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Nice, easy drinking lager.

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Photo of jhavs
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, VT.
A= Straw colored, slight haze, thick white head.
S= Dough, toast, bread, yeast, faint English hops.
T= Toasty malts, dough, and yeast. Bit of bitterness to balance the rich malts.
M= More body that would expect from a low ABV session lager, not in a bad way, moderate carbonation.
O= Tastes as described. Nice use of pilsner and munich malt with added hoppy pleasure. Great low ABV choice when you still want to feel like your drinking beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw color with a fluffy head that leaves a few streaks of lace

Smell: Grainy, biscuity aromatics with just a hint of hop

Taste: Bready, at the outset, with a slight bitterness from the hops arriving in the middle; the hop presence fades into the finish with the malts taking over where they started

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice for what it is, but I prefer Hoponius Union if I am looking for a beer like this

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Photo of justintcoons
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Slightly hazy gold with 1 finger of white head.

Bread, cracker, and apple juice.

Apple juice, cracker, and honeydew melon. Light notes of bread and caramel.

Medium bodied, crisp, and clean with moderate carbonation.

A lot of apple juice notes but not much else. Simple and rather boring.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Hazy copper, orangey look. Reminds of an amber ale or an IPA. Head is soapy and fizzy. It's 3 fingers at first. Tiny bit rocky.

S- Citrusy hops and caramel malts. It also has a yeasty, biscuity, scent. In the background there is some sweetness. The ingredients smell very fresh. And that's what I get. It just smells clean and fresh overall. It even reminds me of a euro lager with a ton of hops shoved in it.

T- Just like with IPAs and double IPAs, your getting a citrus juicy hop quality (even at 22 IBUs). The citrus reminds me of oranges and grapefruits. Jack's Abby did a good job of making the hops present at 22 IBUs. I think it tastes hoppier than Harpoon IPA, but that's just me. Caramel malts too. Biscuity quality as well. I'm also noticing a light tartness and some lemony notes too. There is an underlining sweetness that is pleasant and not cloying at all. There is a little bit of a sour, drying quality towards the end. Right as it ends, you get a dry taste, with orange flesh and peel, and then it dries out in the mouth.

M- It's on the light side of medium, but it is straight up a medium bodied beer. It's very crisp, clean, and extremely refreshing.

Overall this is very nice. I think Jack's Abby is doing something different, but in the right direction, with this beer. I think a typical Bud Light, Miller Light, or Coors Light drinker could pick one of these up on occasion and be happy with it. I'm giving the beer a B+ and an 87/100. Nice lager with a good hop hick.

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Photo of predikit
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep golden color, left almost no head, what little it did leave receded quickly. Very minor amounts of lacing left on the glass.

Smells hoppy, grapefruit notes, but not much else of a bouquet.

Tastes lightly fruity up front, which quickly slides into toasted malt, biscuit, and the hops take the finish and aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, leaves a bit of an oily residue.

Another good session from Jack's Abbey.

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Photo of AirBob
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - About two fingers of foamy white head with a clear golden body and an abundance of visible carbonation.

S - Typical lager smell minus the wet cardboard. Plenty of bread and sweet malts as well as grassy hops. A punch of spiciness and maybe some fruit.

T - Taste follows the nose almost exactly.

M - A littler thin to start then it evens out. Slightly bitter finish. R

O - Perfect lawnmower beer. Would be fairer to label it a light lager, but my rating reflect the BA style label. Otherwise, I'd give it a 4.5.

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Photo of mnrider
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden yellow. Small white head. Little retention.

S: Malts. Cereal grains. Not much else.

T/M: Quick hit of hops at first. Grassy grains. Cereal malts.
Sweet. Has a small wheat taste. Clean aftertaste. Light bodied.

O: Interesting lager. Typical malt and grain taste with a small
hop presence. Wheat comes in and shakes it up. Any beer with
the words "Session" on it will always be a little weaker in taste.
Still worth a try.


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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness for a short bit. Very nice balance of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. The finish has a good amount of dryness as well; and is very clean on lager flavor with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a damn nice pale lager style. All around great balance of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into Sam Adams glass

A- pours a pale and clear golden yellow color with a two-finger foamy and sudsy white head that reduces to a layer on top, some short lasting lace left behind

S- lots of toasty Munich malt aroma with lager yeast, earthy and floral hop notes, toasted wheat bread on the finish

T- malty and yeasty up front with some floral and herbal hop subtleties, slightly sweet malt kicks in mid-palate before finishing dry and toasty

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry, crisp finish

O- a great session lager with high drinkability and plenty of crisp toasted malty notes

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Photo of Ian_B
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, rich, golden colour. Slightly hazy, with good head and decent retention.

Slightly citrusy lemon and grassy hop aroma, with a good amount of lager yeast and a sweet pale caramel malt.

Very smooth lager flavour, with fairly sweet yet mellow malts and slight biscuit and nutty flavours. More citrus hops than common for lagers, but nicely balanced.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The closet comparison I got is Millstream's Schildbrau.

This is paler, though--a dark, filtered gold with a soapy white head. Smells of rounded, lightly nutty malt with a bit of citrus hops.

Tastes like it smells, crisp and punchy. Rounded, lightly nutty biscuit malts dominate, offset nicely by lightly floral American hops, finishing cleanly with zero esters and a light, lingering kiss of the hop.

Very well brewed, but I wish they had given us a little more.

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Photo of Beric
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 14 October

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-rod yellow with strong orange hues. Good 1.5 finger head that dies down quickly but leaves some laing.

Smell: Light bready maltiness with some sweet citrus hoppiness.

Taste: Much like the smell- the beer's malt body is quite light and is definitely characteristic of a traditional lager- there's some of the 'edgy' characteristics giving it a distinctive crispness. The flavor, however, is much like a session IPA, meaning full floral and citrus hoppiness, which a slight bitter astringency. Finishes drier than a session IPA.

Feel: Crisp, light, and bubbly.

Overall: A pretty great beer, and one I certainly would enjoy again. However, given the availability of cheaper session IPAs, if I want a hoppy, low ABV beer, I'll probably reach for one of those over this, as I find the lager style adds little to no obvious complexity to the beer, as the lager subtleties are drowned out by the hops in this one.

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Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jabby brau is a bright pale-medium yellow with a golden glow in its body. A haze leans translucent but ends up siding more on the clear side. The head is a big-bubbled one that's still tight and thick a very light yellow shade. After settling at one finger, it falls slowly to a heavy layer that drops chunky patching in good quantity.
The smell is crisp, fresh, soft and sweet, lots of honeysuckle and a variety of pale, dark, citrus and tropical fruits over wheat. It's bready, too, leaning dry as the impression is drawn mostly from the wheat but tempering the sweetness nicely. Just a little hops presence adds good balance and keeps it light while adding depth.
It brings the sweetness right up before leafy and citric hops bump it out. They mingle together for a bit, wheat coming in softly to dry and a bit of herb and tropical fruit flashing in the middle. The finish lingers, but softly.
The tip of the tongue is immediately hit with crispness that softens and spreads out over the palate. It gets fluffy and stays crisp but light, the body also light and bitterness adding a dry and, in a sense, "earthy" aspect as it relates to mouthfeel.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

A: [3.50] Cloudy tan color. The beer has a 1 finger pure white head. The head has medium bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (4.5%) and the IBU (20) but not a born on date.

S: [2.75] Grains and corn. The aroma is pretty subdued.

T: [3.50] Classic wheat beer taste. There are tastes of yeast, wheat and malts. This mellowed a bit as I moved on. The sweetness of the malts came out and the taste got much better.

M: [4.00] Crisp and clean. Medium carbonation. This would be great after working in the sun.

O: [3.50] I am not a fan of wheat beers. That is what this tasted like to me at first. It improved as I continued drinking. The taste got sweeter from the malts. I have really liked all of the Jack's Abby beers - but this one I would pass on. I am not a fan of the style. It seems solid - but it is not my cup of tea (beer).

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; golden in color; 2 finger white head that receded slowly; light lacing;

S: nicely balanced between light malts and earthy, grassy hops;

T: follows the nose; virtually no bitterness;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: very refreshing; easy and enjoyable to drink;

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Photo of plaid75
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a murky medium brass hue with a one ginger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a dry pilsner malt with a touch of earthy sweetness and an herbal hop.

The taste consisted of clean pilsner malts accented with a light toasted sweetness firm the Munich malt, finished with an herbal noble hop.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a tasty and easily quaffed lager.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Pale yellow, touched with haze, topped with thick white foam

SMELL: Cereal malts, biscuit, clean

TASTE: Creamy, lively mouthfeel, light-bodied, wheaty, grain, lemony hop bite, lime oil, grassy, herbal, dry, biscuity linger

A “Session Lager” from this all lager brewery, brewed with Pilsner and Munich malt, local soft red winter wheat and American hops. At only 20 IBUs it packs plenty of hop flavor without overpowering the delicate malt balance, and the use of wheat is a distinct twist-—perhaps too distinct—but works overall. A very solid lager.

STYLE: American Pale Lager
ABV: 4.5%

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at New York Pizza. Pours a translucent dark golden color with an inch of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is some lightly toasted malts with some citrus and grassy hops. The taste is more of the same. Bready malts mixed with some grassy hop bitterness. Some citrus near the end with floral and grassy hop notes. The finish is more of the malts with some light bitterness. Light mouthfeel and a bit watery. Very easy to drink and refreshing. This would be a solid canned session beer, but there are better options out there. Still good, though. Overall, not the best Jack's Abby has to offer but not a bad beer by any strech of the imagination.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on a couple occasions, this time in a glass from a bottle chilled.

The color is resplendent golden with great clarity and 3 fingers of white smooth creamy head with avg bead and fast moving carbonation visible with spotty lace collecting. The smell has lots of herbal aroma with light malt with slight toasted grain and dank quality in the hops juxtaposed with the earthy grain scent and mild yeast ester. The feel is light in body with medium bitterness and medium high carbonation with grainy earthy dry finish and low sweetness.

The taste is very good with lager-like malt flavor with slight dank hops which are herbal and the toasted grain supports this combination well with light earthy weed hoppiness and low sweetness in the taste with a dry finish and light resinous aspect that adds a citrus tanginess with gentle yeast in the finish with mild caramel quality from the malt. Overall I consider this well above average for the style -very good hop flavor in a sessionable lager strength with a slight raw hop quality.

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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.