Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

637 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 42
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 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 rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. So happy to have Jack's Abby distributing throughout Massachusetts.

A - Pours a crystal clear straw hue with a nice two finger rocky white head that left great side lacing and a nice cloud.

S - Smell...isnt quite like others were describing this. Perhaps because this is a bottle and not on tap things have changed, but, I dont get any tropical hop notes like others said. Instead, there is a nice light grassy hop with nice rich, cereal/bready grains.

T - More of those light grassy hops, but there is a faint flicker of bitter hops towards the end. A super faint hint of pineapple towards the end as well. The middle though is clearly Jack's Abby. Very nice lager qualities here, the bready grains (wheat), almost biscuity, with some light sweet malts. Nice slight bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty solid. Yeah, definately sessionable. Rather crisp and clean, with an enjoyable finish.

O - Overall, this is a good beer from Jack's Abby. I prefer their big, juicy hop offerings though. While a good beer, its no Kiwi Rising.

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on Saturday 08/18/12 at the brewery so assuming it's pretty fresh. 16.9 oz. bottle bottled into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of grains, bready malts, citrus hops, floral hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, fruity malts, and some light biscuit malt. Very nice mix of citrus hops, fruit, and malts. I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of bready malts, fruity malts, grains, wheat, dough, biscuit malts, light citrus hops, eathy notes, and light floral hops. Not quite as much citrus or fruit as the nose, and more grain and bread, but still quite nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all and crazy drinkable. Could definitely have a few of these and would want to.

o - Overall I thought this was a great lager; one of the better ones I've had in a while. Between this, Smoke & Dagger, and Hoponious Union, I'm becoming a huge fan of this brewery. Being able to get a 16.9 oz bottle of this for $2.50 at the brewery, I'd be there all the time if I lived in MA. Insanely drinkable and while not quite as hoppy or flavorful as Hoponious, easier to drink a few of and a great beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear gold color with a 3 fingered head in a pint glass.

Very attractive gold color. The mouth feel is very balanced.
The beer tastes hoppy at the beginning and evolves into a nice smooth finish.

Overall a worthwhile beer to drink in the summer.

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 Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Poured into a Squatters True Pint glass a very nice dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger white creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, slight citrus note. The taste is malty, with a nice hop note. A very nice smooth session brew, many can be had. Almost half gone in a matter of minutes. Medium body, like the label sez, starts off hoppy, finishes malty, with some slight bitterness. Overall a very nice brew for a hot day. Thanks Bill!

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2.5" white head with decent lifespan. The body is a clear straw yellow but with more radiance than typical. It smells a little of malt and a lot of citrusy piney hops, already much more to this than your typical lager. The taste flips with a little citrusy piney hops followed by a lot of malt. Nice long nutty lager finish. Dare to say this brewery claims to specialize in lagers and it shows, and yes I'm proud this is a local brewer to my state.

Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a nice golden hue. There is a half finger of fluffy white head that fades to a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: The smell is rather mild with a bready malt note and some mild hops. Just a touch of sweetness from the grain.

Taste: I'm getting more here than I expected from the smell. There is a nice citrus peel hop profile, but I wouldn't call this a hoppy beer. Behind the hops is a very nice bready malt note. This is amazingly easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the light side of medium with foamy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: The balance of this beer is spot on. So easy to drink. I would definitely say this is a winner.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of pburland23
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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 Hopdaemon39
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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 MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 davey101
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Andrew041180
4.1/5  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.

Photo of dar482
4.09/5  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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very smooth and easy drinking lager. Nothing overly showy, but very well made. Easy to drink and very nice.

Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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.

Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.