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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

550 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 42
Gots: 40 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: jlindros on 01-15-2012)
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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Katzj78, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of jaasen64
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from 4-pack. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a translucent yellowish golden with about a quarter finger of white head that has good retention and slowly recedes. About average carbonation.

S- Some lemon zest, grapefruit, oranges, very fruity but a little bit more malts then hops, definitely above average aroma strength. Very nice and appealing smell for the style.

T- Lemons, clementines, some light hops, pale malts, finishes with smooth sweet lemons.

M- Medium bodied, refreshing, easy to drink, average carbonation.

O- This was very good for a sessionable American Pale lager. Lots of flavor and tons of nice fruity flavors that balance very well with the pale malts. Definitely one of my favorite lagers and $11/4-pack of 500ml bottles you definitely can't go wrong. Definitely recommend trying this. Jack's Abby makes some great lagers.

jaasen64, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +8%
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.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 21, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

canudoa9, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of pburland23
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got my first taste of Jack's Abby on draft over Easter weekend in Boston and I was able to pick up a couple of bottles to bring back to Pennsylvania with me.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Pilsner Urquell glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy, unfiltered gold. Tight clusters of tiny bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. The head is a thin, bright white layer of much larger bubbles. The head recedes quickly leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Nice dose of piney hops on the front of the nose followed by a faint scent of biscuity malts. Very enticing

Taste: The taste is not as bold and aggressive as the nose who indicate. The sip starts off with some nice hops bitterness. There's some citrus notes in the middle before finishing with some cereal grains.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. At 4.5%, this one is very sessionable. It's refreshing as hell. I'm enjoying it very much.

Overall: I'm really digging everything I've had so far from Jack's Abby and this is no exception. I love having a beer with so much flavor and so little alcohol. A great session beer.

pburland23, Apr 19, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Hopdaemon39, Apr 10, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(copied from blog - written January 12, 2013)

Appearance – Golden-yellow more on the yellow side.
Smell – Citrusy and floral hops.
Taste – Same as smell… finishes smooth with a malty sweetness.

This lager is crisp, clean and smooth with a burst of flavorful floral hops and citrus up front that goes down easy and leaves a nice sweet bready taste in your mouth. This is one of the three staples in Jack’s Abby Brewery’s year-round brews and rightfully so. At 4 and a half percent ABV, this is their “session” offering and compared to their heavy hitting Black Lager and India Pale Lager it sure seems that way but don’t be fooled into thinking this is just any old regular lager because it has the character to prove otherwise.

RummyRedbeard, May 25, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gn0sis for this one. Served in a pilsner glass.

A - Classic looking American lager, with a few fingers of white foam that slowly settles to a chunky cap and splotches of lace. Transparent golden body with streams of bubbles racing upward.

S - Spicy and floral hops, with perhaps a touch of citrus in there as well. Some toasted grains and wheat, as well as light biscuit in the malt bill. Fairly potent aroma for a 4.5% brew.

T - The taste has a bit more biscuity Pilsner malt and bread to it, in addition to the floral and citrus hop flavors. Fairly present bitterness for a 20 IBU pale lager, but nothing excessive.

M - Super dry and crisp, with moderate carbonation, medium-light body, and some residual hop oils and resins.

D - This is pretty much what I want from an American Pale Lager. Drinks like a really clean blend of American and English Pale Ales. Crushable at 4.5%, albeit significantly more subtle than Hoponius Union. This might be a good way to win over lovers of fizzy yellow beer.

MasterSki, Oct 17, 2012
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4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a light copper with a thin head, which left light lacing on the standard pint glass. I am writing this review from memory.

S - I mostly smelled the citrus from the hops, very promising.

T - Very nice, it does indeed hit you with the hops right away, but then settles into a well balanced, non-bitter smoothness. You can certainly taste a grapefruitiness up front.

M - A little but lighter than I my ideal, but very smooth and easy to drink.

O - I only wish I could sit down with a friend and 8 of these bottles for an actual "drinking session". Haven't had one of those in a long time. Wonderful beer.

Andrew041180, May 19, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Brenden, Oct 07, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

IcemanCometh, Dec 19, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was offered as a style similar to a Saison. In reality, it is far closer to a Pale Ale than anything else. I am surprised that this is a lager.

Clingy ring lace from a good bar-poured head. It settles to a thin layer of minute bubbles. The liquid is quite clear with a golden color.

The aroma is citrusy hop, while the flavor is more blunt with some fruitiness up front and strong bitter finish. I also detected "bubblegum"--this was surprisingly attractive. The combination works. I describe the body as a cross between oily and creamy.

smcolw, Mar 04, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a large pint glass.

A - Pours a very clear light amber body. A bit darker than I was expecting. Soapy white foam with excellent lacing and retention.

S - Pilsner malt, grassy and herbal hops, and some faint fruits. Bready aroma. Very inviting.

T - Bready malts, grass, lemon rind, and piney hops. Very pilsner like with some hop bitterness. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a dry finish. Has a residual graininess quality to it.

O - A tasty and unique beer. Very sessionable and very flavorful. Craft lagers, they do work!

davey101, Nov 04, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a light gold color.

The aroma has some citrus and a clean lager note.

The flavor follows with a bit of citrus, but mostly grassy lager hops. It has a substantial bready malt in there. A well made beer in the line of pilsners and helles. Traditional in flavor, but nothing surprising.

dar482, Jan 02, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into SN shaped pint glass. Thanks Michael!

A: Pours a bright glowing golden color with a thick, bone-white head that faded into a bubbly film leaving spots of tiny lace down the glass.
S: Light lagery nose with notes of yeast, doughy bread crust, dry grains and a hint of citrusy and tropical hops.
T: Very crisp flavors of lager yeast, creamy grains and clean and crisp hops. Flavors are light, smooth and crisp.
M: Light and drying mouthfeel, medium-light body with scrubbing and refreshing carbonation.
O: This session lager lives up to its name. I would enjoy drinking this all the time. Thanks again, SneezyAchew!

scottfrie, Jun 05, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is clear light golden with a half-finger white head. Good thick rings of lace left behind.

S: Florally and citrusy hops over modest grainy and fruity malt. Not a strong nose, but it's pleasant.

T: Bready up front, with some sweet fruitiness following. Then comes citrus (oranges, lemons), with the hops surprisingly strong given the 20 IBUs listed on the label. Very nice balance. Finishes slightly sweet and bready, but with some lemony bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light in heft, with good carbonation levels; finishes slightly sticky in feel, reminding me more of a Helles Lager in some ways.

O: So this is what a very good American Pale Lager can taste like. A great post-lawnmowing beer or one to have when you're having more than one. If this were a little cheaper, I'd buy it by the case in the summer. If it finished just a bit more crisp then I would be completely enamored with this beer. As it is, I'm still quite happy with it.

Kendo, Nov 10, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in shifts in 4-oz taster.

A: dark yellow, decent head, dissipates pretty soon; carb stream ends quickly
S: beautiful whiffs of flora, tailing into malt
T: very flavorful for a session; strong citrus component; well hopped; bitter; not terribly sweet; coriander; hay, crisp

Very nice session beer!

Arithmeticus, Aug 06, 2012
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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Slatetank, Jun 12, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Liam.

Pale golden orange colour, one finger of white head with a good amount of lace present here as well, good head retention also. Smell is of crisp noble hops, grassy and earthy notes mixed with a lemony citrus, toasted grainy malts as well. Taste is of toasted malt with a moderate earthy bitter hop flavour, more lemony and lighter citrus fruits, grassy more earthy hops in the finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation, crisp medium body. Absolutley one of the best pale lagers I have ever tried, I could easily drink much more of this over, really good stuff here.

peensteen, May 10, 2013
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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.

mdaschaf, Aug 31, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A:golden honey orange with a white head semi translucent

S:some hoppy aromas and a little malt but not much else there

T: clean fresh hop taste with no bitterness extremely drinkable makes up for the lack of flavor so good for what it is

M:crisp and clean feel with carbonation that makes a good feel

O: real solid beer for what it is not great but for a session beer I'd drink the hell out of this over anything a big brewery can offer I like it I will be back

Pinknuggets, Dec 26, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with a variety of Jack's Abby offerings. The brew appears a pale golden copper color with a white cap that fades leaving stringy patches of lace. Rising bubbles maintain a half finger around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma contains a pleasant mix of fruity to floral hop attributes that blends with a bit of bready to biscuit-like fresh grain inclusion. Some herbal spice, faint sulfur and a trace amount of buttery diacetyl.

The taste is herbal, floral, fruity and zesty with hop flavoring and bitterness that blends into a soft buttery diacetyl note before fading to a bready and biscuit-like fresh grain inclusion. Hints of yeasty qualities run across the palate towards the finish.

This is a light bodied brew with modest carbonation. A very clean, crisp and enjoyable offering that I could effortlessly throw a few pints back without getting bogged down. This is worth seeking out.

stakem, Nov 19, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Smells of bready pilsner and sweet Munich malts with a floral and earthy hop aroma as well as a spicy component that reminds me of wheat. The flavor is earthy hops up front with a bit of bready malt beneath it. Middle and finish showcase some earthy spicy wheat and hops. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost spicy resinous mouthfeel. This was not at all what I was expecting, but I thoroughly enjoyed it just the same. Jack's Abby continues to impress me with their offerings.

johnnnniee, Oct 08, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

mynie, Nov 09, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

CloudStrife, Dec 11, 2013
Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.