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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

513 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 40
Gots: 35 | 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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1.25/5  rDev -67.9%

Bluecane, May 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

timmy2b, Nov 28, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

tbonci, Aug 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

fossage78, Monday at 06:29 PM
Photo of Longstaff
2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was jazzed to try their straight up lager they offer alongside their beer geek offerings as it will show me their lager brewing chops without smoke or hops covering anything up. Almost $10 for a four pack of half liter bottles prices this one just out of range as daily drinking beer, but good enough for occasional purchase.

Pours a deep yellow body with bone white head that quickly settled back to a thin film. Up front spicy aroma followed by the same in flavor. A weird rubbery flavor appears in the middle which of somewhat off putting but is short lived. Grassy and spicy hop flavor take over and dominate the profile. Bitteness seems a bit much against the characterless malt profile which detracts from its drinkability.

This wasn't horrible but kind of clunky and disjointed for a drinkable lager.

Longstaff, Apr 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

SunDevilBeer, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of jbertsch
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Gold in color with one finger of white head. When fresh, the aroma gives off a touch of leafy citric hops along side the very clean, dry malt. Faint corn. It's flavor is similar to the Aroma in that you notice notes of leafy hops up front which then gives way to slightly sweeter malts that taste fairly short and dry. Smooth, especially as it warmed up. Typically one might think a session lager works cold, almost like lawn mower beer, but the malt profile brings macros to mind when cold. When at room temperature, it's a bit more interesting and smoother. i just wish the malt backbone wasn't so generic. i wish it was either strictly a pils malt profile, or something a bit more malty (i really wish they had a full time pils in economical 6 packs). Overall, the hop notes are a real nice touch for a session brew like this, but when it isn't under 2 months old, it's a bit too boring characterless because after the hop touch, there isn't much else to get excited about. There are much better session beers out there.

jbertsch, Apr 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

ipc2000, Dec 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

dcisco44, Mar 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

nh2032, Dec 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Kruja5, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

cpeloqui, Feb 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Rekrule, Jan 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

mikemikemike, Sunday at 02:30 AM
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

dunlap926, Mar 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

mjtierney2, Dec 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Hab11
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tested with 3 Lions from a 12 oz. glass.

Appearance: look of apple juice with plenty of unfiltered goodness floating around. Lots of carbonation evident but the white head is quick to disappear.

Smell: Sour grapefruit smell with hints of lemon. Also has a proofed bread dough smell as well.

Taste: Not much to it really. Pretty balanced between hops and malt but not enough of either. Truthfully I think I get better overall flavor from a PBR. The yeasts do give some tang but again not enough. All that being said quite drinkable in quantity but not sure I'll go back to it.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, light watery feel, a little bit like Pellegrino water. Doesn't feel like it will fill you up. No richness to it.

Overall: The smell was the best thing about this for me. If I wanted to get drunk I'd go for it but truthfully might go to other mass produced American Lagers. This beer isn't bad but definitely the Jack's Abbey I like the least so far. Although I haven't reviewed many I really like great lager's. this just isn't one.

Hab11, Feb 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

woodchipper, Sep 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Lewdd, Mar 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

insearchofhops, Jul 01, 2014
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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.