Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

636 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 43
Gots: 76 | 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 jegross2
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Kendo
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles down to a cap fairly quickly but retains that for a while

S: Some maltiness and lightly spicy and earthy hops stand out, along with a light fruitiness

T: Follows the nose. Hearty and husky malts with a touch of graininess starts things off, followed by the hops which are earthy and spicy. Finishes with a hint of wheat and grains

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Another solid brew from JA. Doesn't look or feel like a light "session" beer, but given the 4.5% there is no arguing that it is. Plenty flavorful and very affordable. Get some

Photo of jaasen64
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle. No bottle dates. Poured into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Nice golden color to the brew. About a finger of bright white head. Lots of carbonation. Bubbles streaming off the glass bottom.

S: Smells like a hoppy lager. I definitely pull some light fruity and grassy hop notes, along with the traditional lager/pilsner malt character.

T: Love this brewery's bottle beer descriptions. They really are good. Hit the nail on the head here. You do get a touch of hop bitterness in the tip of the tongue, but that quickly fades and is balanced nicely by those traditional malts. It really smooths the beer and makes it highly drinkable. And much like the bottle reads, there isn't any bitterness on the close. A good break from IPAs all the time!

M: Light bodied maybe leading into low medium.

O: it's a nice beer and a good break from other more popular craft styles.

Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange, a little dark than your average lager, a little bit of haze. White head retains decently, eventually settles as a thick ring, leaving not much lace.

Smell is kinda weak to me - grainy and bready lager malts, a touch of sweetness, decent American hop power of grass+light fruit.

Taste us a big improvement - the hops come out big time, but still well-balanced with straight up lagerness. The hops bring grassy, herbal+grapefruit, some light peachy notes there as well. Nice cereal and bready malts and some sweetness give way to a toasty finish. Good combo of American hops and pilsner malts.

A little on the foamy side, but that gives it the authentic lager feel. Good body and flavor for the ABV.

Though I technically enjoyed it less than Hoponius Union, I do think this is a better example of the "American hoppy lager" they're going for, just about an even balance here with good characteristics from both sides. Definitely legit, good stuff.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear gloden-amber. Rocky white head builds to a height of three inches. Great retention. Small patches of spotty and clumpy lacing cling defiantly to the glass.

S: Pilsner malt, bready wheat, faint and indistinct fruitiness. Citric hop scents provide some snap. Freshly squeezed lemons and freshly cut grass. Smells very fresh and aromatic.

T: Zing of moderately bitter hop oils at the outset. Grapefruit rind, mild pine, and some lighter citrus notes. Freshly cut grass and flowers. Dry grainy tastes give way to a big spike of coarse, bready wheat. Hops pop up again intermittently, but the back end and finish of this beer are primarily malt-driven. Finishes dry with coarse wheat and underlying pilsner malt.

M: On the lighter side in body. Semi-firm malt backbone. Slightly fluffy and foamy. Ample scrubbing carbonation pricks at the tongue. Not as smooth as it could be, but still good.

O: I feel as though the coarseness of the wheat, the high level of carbonation, and the slight lack of smoothness should detract from the drinkability, but they really don't . Not much, at least. Perhaps not quite as refined as the other Jack's Abby offerings, but still more than worth a try.

Photo of Omnium
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Clear yellow half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Light aroma, pilsner grains, lager yeast, light earthy hops
T - Light lager taste with a mild hop profile.
M - Smooth and light.
O - An ideal session beer, exactly as its label suggests.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Damian
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Meadhall, Cambridge, MA
Served in a Jack's Abby pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, golden amber color. A thin, flimsy film of off-white froth topped the liquid. The head was quick to dissipate.

The aroma was loaded with crisp, hoppy goodness. Orange peel was most noticeable. Some grapefruit pith came through as well. Slightly grassy with strong lemon notes.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was quite robust for the style. Pale malts appeared on the front end before the hops took over. The hop profile reminded me more of one found in an APA or an IPA than in a typical American pale lager. Orange peel dominated. Slight grapefruit notes. The finish was piney, bitter and dry.

The mouthfeel was creamy and slick with a fine, moderate effervescence.

This beer sure has a lot more going on than your average American pale lager. The boys at Jack's Abby have once again taken a pretty mundane style and created an extreme version of it. Nicely done.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazed darkish gold. Head is bright white and drops to a wispy cap with a slightly larger collar. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Biscuit and bread. Slightly toasted with a slight caramelized malt sweetness. Hips are minimal adding some pine and a light floral element. Very mild. Malt backbone is light and clean. Some small hints of caramel. It's all very light. Some grass and hay.

Taste: Light bread crust with some toasted elements. Some hints of floral and pine from the hops, Malts are lightly sweet with some.caramelized sugars in the back. A touch of grass and hay with an incredibly clean lager yeast. Some apple skin.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish with a crisp snap. Clean.

Overall: King of Brau.

If you don't like lagers, drink this and you will.

Photo of jbertsch
3.02/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of starrdogg
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rob1110 for this one. Have had it several times, but finally getting to reviewing it.

Beer pours a clear yellow-gold with a thin white head. Smell is of bready malt and some nice citrus and flowery hops, though the hops aren't nearly as overpowering in the smell as Hoponius Union. This one smells a lot more like a traditional lager. The taste follows the smell - it's exceptionally clean and crisp but has a finish that's a little more bitter than your typical lager. There's also a little bit of the fruitiness from the hops in the flavor, but it mixes very nicely with the graininess of the lager. Mouthfeel is light-bodied. Overall, I have to say that this is one of my favorite lagers out there and maybe even a notch above Dortmunder Gold (one of my favorites) for a session-type lager. It's a perfect summer beer and the hops give it a nice little extra bite that you don't find in most lagers, but it's far from overwhelming. If you're looking for something more traditional from Jack's Abby, this is the lager for you. Damn good.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a lager and tastes like a lager. Very limited bitterness. Nice bready malt sweetness. No off flavors that sometimes pair with craft lagers. This beer is clean and crisp and very enjoyable on a warm day. Jack's Abby makes really well crafted lager bodies, which show in the smooth mouthfeel. Reminds me a lot of New Glarus lagers, which is a good thing.

Photo of brpendergast85
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice session, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very clear yellow straw colored body and a white head.

Nose is extremely fresh with just waves of fresh cut grain and some floral hops.

Taste is light bodied but immediately hits you with this HUGE fresh grain taste packed with just enough hop taste and bitterness to a little more over the top than the malt, but since it's already such a light beer to begin with it's not overpowering at all. It's just, right. Hops have a leafy and citric flavor to them. It's really an interesting mix of like that german hop and american hop flavor. Ends with a surprisingly long hop bitterness.

I'll be honest, I'm not a pilsner/lager guy and even when it comes to JA's beer's prefer their big 7-10%ABV hop monster, but this may be one of the most perfect simple session lagers out there. This may be the first beer I've ever tasted that both a BMC drinker and beer snob could agree on as a great beer.

Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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 scotorum
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought on sale with no visible bottling date. Age (the beer's and mine) may have affected this review.

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a: Clear gold formed an inch thick white head which dissipated quickly to a thin foam surface film and some spotty lacing.

s: Light malt

t: Malt with some hop balance. Not particularly liking the slight wallpaper pastelike undertaste, but it is light enough for a lager and yes sessionable.

m: Light with quite a bit of carbonation feel, even though such is not very visible.

o: An ok lager. Darker in color and slightly tastier than the average mainstream lager. I would not go out of my way to buy this again. Still really liking Jack's Hoponius Union IPL and 2nd Anniversary DIPL though.

Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, straw-yellow with a fluffy, foamy, white head. No lace or retention.

S: Pleasant sweet, pale malt, grass, and good hop aromas.

T: Sweet, bready, lightly roasted malt with good hop flavor in the finish. Refreshing. Crisp. A joy to drink.

M: Carbonation is spot-on, flavors are great, and drinkability is high, as it should be.

O: A fantastic example of the style. Easily one of the best that I've tried. Another fine beer from Jack's Abby!

Photo of magictacosinus
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, angrybabboon! Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a stange glass.

Cloudy golden-amber, with a nice frothy head that lasts a good long while (thanks to the glass). Looks delicate - lots of carbonation abounds. Some stickiness, but pretty simple in presentation.

Solid notes on the aroma that balance out all of the different ingredients. Notes of yellow apples, white raisins, and pears. A light leaf-like herbal character with some minor bitterness from the hops lurks within, alongside toasted grainy notes and some spicy yeasty phenols. Balanced, but very light overall. I have a feeling that the aroma is not the highlight of this beer at the moment.

The balance is a little bit more evident in the flavor, to the point where the hops and malts are far better represented. Slight notes of peaches and apples are at the front, with some minor grassy bitterness, soon which becomes cleansed by the grainy finish from the beer. Notes of sweet toffee and caramel open up, with a clean, mildly bitter finish but overall pretty crisp and easy to drink. Slight spices from the hops and yeast become lasting on the palate after each sip, and prepare you for the next. Very mild, but undeniably refreshing.

Compared to some of this brewery's other offerings, this is more of a standard, Munich style lager - but it's one of the best renditions I've had on the style thus far in America. I could easily stock up on this during the warmer months, in spite of its light, crisp feel. In a world propelled with breweries trying to outdo each other with high gravity, ridiculous recipes, this is a nice breath of fresh air (for now).

Photo of kevanb
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a small snifter

Pours a nice soft pale yellow straw color, lots of golden hues, fairly clear, but a bit of cloudiness. A really nice big white head sits atop the beer, recedes pretty quickly, but a lot of film rests on top and there is pretty decent lacing. Definitely sets the tone for a session beer, and on a warm day, looks ever so inviting. The aroma is okay, nice citrusy floral hops, simple cereal grain and kind of skunky malt aromas, a lot of sweetness as well. The flavors are pretty much identical, sweet biscuity malt, citrus forward hop flavors, mild earthy bitterness, finishes with a nice dryness, lots of hay, a bit metallic. The body is spot on, ample carbonation, nice bigger body for a lower abv beer, such a nice dry crisp refreshing finish.

Verdict: Pretty decent beer. Pale lagers, session beers and the like aren't really known for their exciting flavors or provocative creativity but this hits the spot on a hot day. Thanks to Rudzud for this extra!

Photo of dasenebler
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Jack's Abby Jabbybrau
12/8/12
17oz, no date.

Pours a chill-hazed pale gold. Fizzy head sticks around pretty well, decent lacing. (3.5)

Aroma is moderately hoppy. Leafy and a touch citrusy. Very clean, with some grainy malt in there. (3.5)

Flavor is light, with an earthy, leafy hop character. Not really a whole lot going on. Very clean, with lightly biscuity malts. Bitterness suggests more than 20IBU, but that just might be me. Mouthfeel is excellent, with near perfect medium carbonation and a lovely smoothness. (3, 4.5)

I've had a lot of experience with lagers, and while good, this beer really isn't very flavorful. The hops are muffled, and the malt character is dull. Clean, drinkable, and solid, as far as American lagers go. (3)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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;

Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.