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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

624 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 45
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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 BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: straw and citrus hops

Taste: grass, light honey-sugar, and a citrus hoppy end

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a bitter lasting middle

Overall: Given the style, this one is very good. It is a nice and hoppy lager that I would look for again and an excellent value. That said, if I was not grading to style, my marks would be closer to a 3.5. While this is clean and very well done, there is just something missing that I cannot put my finger on.

Photo of jondeelee
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jabby Brau opens to a sweet, hoppy aroma, full of lemon, pine, pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, and lychee nut. These heavily-citrusy hop notes rest atop a bed of brown sugar and light fruit esters, including more lemon, as well as apricot and crisp pear. A bed of floury baguette, toast crust, Grape nuts cereal, and rising yeasty wheat dough adds earthiness and speaks to a good amount of malts. As a whole the nose is nice, if a bit light, but promises a good hop selection and a balanced overall experience.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a blast of lemon, pine, and pink grapefruit hops, which quickly merges with a heavy grain base, this latter bringing brown sugars and, mostly, swaths of fresh wheat, hay, toast crust, wheat bread, biscuit, and cereal. Hops largely fade by the end of the mouthful, meaning the latter notes are almost exclusively malt and grain. This experience continues with subsequent sips: hops upfront, then malts take over the back end. The aftertaste is also heavily geared toward grains, though a few touches of lemon and pine remain, and the flavors linger on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue.

Overall, this is a solid session lager, and while it doesn’t necessarily wow the tasetebuds, it does deliver a solid drinking experience, featuring a good range of hop and malt flavors, and thus provides a fantastic (and certainly far superior) alternative to Anheuser-Busch fare.

Photo of hagbergl
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a glass of Jack's Abbey Jabby Brau on draft at Flatbreads in Somerville, MA, served in a pint glass. I've liked most of what I've had from Jack's Abbey. Let's see how this one is.

Appearance (3/5): Jabby Brau pours a clear golden-yellow hue with about one and a half finger head (regarding the head, if I were the one pouring this brew I would have given it a more vigorous pour to produce a bigger head, but I digress). Jabby Brau looks like many pale colored lagers, and that is no big knock on it--it just doesn't have a remarkable look to it, so I can't give it more than a 3.

Smell (3.5/5): this "session lager" smells of light, herbal hops and cracker-like grain. I smell a little grass and a hint of bread and bran cereal from the malt. The aroma is (predictably) not very strong, this being low alcohol, light lager fare. Now, I'm a fan of bold and in-your-face flavors, but for what it is, it's definitely above average. Subdued and mellow, yet pleasant.

Taste (4/5): Now this is more like it. While only a little above
average in the previous two categories, Jabby Brau kicks it up a notch in the taste category. The light hops hit first and leave behind a pleasant bitterness before giving way to a grainy, lightly bready finish. I think JA has found a good balance between hops and malt in a session beer, achieving a complexity and flavor profile that, in my mind, is impressive to see in a low ABV lager such as this. Definitely an overachiever. .

Mouthfeel (3.5/5): Jabby Brau possesses a moderate carbonation that compliments its light and mellow (somewhat hop-forward) flavor profile fairly well. The mouthfeel is smooth, clean, and clear and has that characteristic lager coolness to it. It also feels a little thin--perhaps a consequence of the style more than anything else. But it is what it is, as they say, and I can't give it more than a 3.5 for mouthfeel.

Overall (3.5/5): Jabby Brau is definitely decent beer; perhaps not my style, but I think the brewers achieved their goal of creating a light and accessible beer made for summer quaffing. You could definitely throw back a few of these in one sitting. To me, though, it's just not that interesting of a beer; while any beer geek can appreciate what it represents, few will love it.

Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. MFG 11-08-2013 on the side of the label.

A: Pours a slightly hazy very light golden yellow with white head. Large bubbles break up the foam in a minute or so. Average amount of visible carbonation. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: Hop forward aroma on this one, can really get some citrus notes. Nice freshness to it. Spicy lager tones are also substantial. A touch of fermented dark fruit.

T: Very balanced flavor on this one, can see why it is a session lager. The hops are present but really just add flavor and not any bitterness. Malts dominate the back-end but are smooth with a biscuity bready flavor.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Real smooth body with great sessionability.

Overall this would be a great deck beer in the summer. Loads of flavor with a low enough ABV to enjoy the whole sixer on a warm day.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a foamy one finger head on top, just off-white in color. Decent retention, eventually leaving a thin cap on top. Sporadic lacing.

S: Some bready malt with light citrus, floral/grassy hops. A lot fainter than Hoponius. There is a bit of graint malt as well.

T: More light citrus, mostly grapefruit, a heavier dose of grassy hops and some biscuity malt.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Extremely easy drinking.

O: Another great lager from JA. Could drink this beer all the time without a problem.

Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice head for a lager....about an inch high. Golden straw colored brew. Aroma is lightly sweet with brisk floral hops. Refreshing and nice to consume. Yes, sessionable indeed. Fresh crackery bread malt and zesty floral hop in the flavor. Fresh, simple, and well done.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deceiving by the scent. Smells awfully sour and acrid. Tastes a smooth mellow wash.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsner- pours a clear golden yellow, visibly effervescent, nice 1.5 finger head, good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is very enticing- nice spicy hop character (piney- reminds me of amarillo hops) and a hint of wheat and yeast.

Taste is not quite as bold as scent led me to believe- round wheat/barley flavor with a TINY amount of hops floating above. A little lemon in the middle, succeeded by a an earthy yeast flavor. Not particularly bold but nice.

Mouthfeel is of course incredibly light- extra light body with moderate to full carbonation. A little resin-y but pretty negligible. Good session beer and you can't beat the price.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden. Not much of a head. Thin collar.

Smell - Mild citrus hop. Some pale malts and sweetness.

Taste - Grainy up front. Citrus hops. A little bit resiny. A bit of bitterness and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, grainy. Drinkable and mildly bitter.

Overall - Flavorful for a session lager, but not all that flavorful independently.

Photo of tkelley
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Light copper or maybe a darker straw color. White head with good lacing and retention.

N -- Light on the nose. Kind of grassy.

T - I get grapefruit notes after a light hop taste. Decent malt background. Tasty.

M - Crisp, light. No giant bubbles, but not overly carbonated.

O - Very drinkable lager. Really appreciate this one. Not enough high quality American lagers like this being made these days. Jack's Abby is awesome.

Photo of Hydraskull
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and crisp. Taste borders on watery, but that's kind of what I was looking for by buying a session lager. Good for a hot summer day like today.

Very lightly hopped. The hop flavor is quickly overtaken by the malt. Good for a lager. Not what I usually drink but it definitely hits the spot today.

Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Photo of acread
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Simply put, this is a beautiful beer. Wonderful hop aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, and fresh-cut grass weaves beautifully into a canvas of mild cracker and bread undertones layered with very light bitterness and American hop notes. Everything is balanced extremely well, which beckons one to quaff as many pints as he or she wants to. If this isn't the epitome of a world-class session beer, it's damn close.

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 1, 2014.

The pour is orange amber mostly with a white head that fades after awhile. A little cloudy.

The malt character is clean in the nose along with an orange, citrus character and some fizz. Very clean and crisp.

The body is light mainly.

There is a citrusy, orange, and apple taste up front. The hop finish is mild hut lingers. It works for the style.

Photo of jegross2
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Jabby Brau from from Jack's Abby Brewing.
Score: 88

No bottling date. This one was sent to me as a gracious extra from a trade conducted with BeerAdvocate user Rudzud. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead snifter and enjoyed on 04/05/12.

Appearance: Pours a transparent straw yellow, slightly golden, color with one-plus fingers of white frothy head that quickly settles into a foggy layer atop the glass. Excellent lacing, slightly above average retention with a good amount of sticky residual. 4/5

Smell: Sweet barley grain, bready malt, a little orange peel and corn. A little grass too. The aroma is very straightforward: faint citrus and hops mixed in with a lot of grain. 3.5/5

Taste: Bread, dry cereal, smooth and oily grain and grass hops. Faint orange/lemon citrus. Pretty crisp. Again, pretty straightforward. Very sessionable. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium-high carbonation. Oily and slick mouthfeel. Slightly malty, slightly bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: Super solid beer for the style. I honestly never thought I would find myself legitimately enjoying a pale lager, but here we are. Being super solid for the style can only take you so far overall, however. After the gauntlet of IPA's, stouts, porters, red ales, etc. that I have consumed since starting this blog, this one ultimately rates as above average, but nothing superior. Do not let that discourage you, however; I would absolutely drink another glass of this. It is incredibly sessionable.

Recommendation: Fans of pale lagers should seek this one out. This would be an excellent starter craft beer for BMC consumers.

Pairings: Wienerschnitzel.

Cost: $3.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw with a generous white patchy head. Excellent retention and a solid coat of lacing down the glass.

Typical grainy pilsner aroma with some floral hops.

Follows the nose closely. A little sweet bread up front along with grainy pilsner malt and finishes floral and crisp on the back end.

Light bodied with prickly carbonation finishing crisp and dry. Spot on.

Jack's Abby is rapidly becoming one of my favorite out there breweries. They have lagers dialed in. This one is flavorful, yet incredibly light and sessionable. Before I knew it my 16 oz was gone. Really digging something under 5% that has actual flavor.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY during their Jack's Abby release event.

Pours a clear yellow, with a small white head of about a half inch. Good lacing down the glass.

Aromas are very floral, with some citrus in the background, along with some sweet grain.

The taste is pretty similar. Pleasant, mild floral hop bite upfront, balanced with grain sweetness on the back end. Some citrus flavors, orange mainly, also come in to play. Some wheat flavors are noticeable as well, adding some bitterness.

Light bodied, very drinkable. Crisp, smooth mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

A great easy drinking session lager from Jack's Abby. Their flagship, I believe.

Photo of wedge
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid golden yellow, a little bit of haze, with a large, stable head on top. Floral hops upfront in the nose along with some bready malt, spicy/leafy notes, and lager yeast. Flavor continues along the spicy, grassy line, joined by some toasted grain and earth. Clean and pretty light. Obviously real easy to drink, though I wish the malt came through a bit more.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer covering the surface and patches of large bubbles around the sides
S: Moderate aromas of floral and spicy noble hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has notes of pilsener malts towards the finish along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and is perfectly sessionable.

Photo of Keginator70
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deleted my previous review. Interested party over my shoulder.
Had to down grade my first review. Nice aroma and color. Balance of bitter and malt is very good,not great. Mouth feel is the issue- tastes dissipates too quickly and is watery. It's comparable to a taking a lick off a lollipop. There are better and cheaper IPL's and Imperial Pilsner's out there.

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, deep gold. Small white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Subtle oats, malted barley, biscuit.

T - Smooth matly biscuit, cut of with the crisp spicy hops.

M - Thin, refreshing good carbonation.

O - Excellent lager. Like the idea this is a session at 4.5% One of the better craft lagers I've enjoyed.

Photo of plaid75
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.