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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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very good

583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 42
Gots: 54 | 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 CheezyBlaster
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is sweet and floral, light. Green apple. Fresh cut grass a bit.

Tastes like it smells, and that's a great thing. Big flavor for a little 4.5%. Green apple candy, very light fruity nectar. Wheaty in the middle, just the way it should be. Tasty bite of citrus and pine from a decent, but even-handed dose of hopping.

Nice bitterness balance, and a solid subtle dryness makes this perfect for the quaffing. Perfect, really.

Well, call me a fanboy. I think I have my pale american lager of choice. It's sad that I can't get this in 12 packs. I don't want this in half liter bottles. I want a bunch of it on hand at all times, all the summer long.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, lager yeast, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The hops presence is stronger than most beers in the style and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to session with for a very long time.

Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Dope
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A somewhat pale, clear golden pour. Huge fluffy white head atop it. Retention is excellent and leaves great streaks of lacing everywhere.

S: Surprisingly nice hoppy aroma. Mostly citrus with a touch of pine. A bit of grainy, bready malt too. Light and crisp.

T: Just a hint of citrus up front, then some nice sweet grainy bread. Finishes with the lightest hint of pine. Simple but super clean, crisp and refreshing. Reminds me of a lighter Gumballhead (which is my favorite sessionable beer of all time). I would swear there's a little wheat in this too.

M: Light as you would expect, crisp and smooth.

O: Amazing beer for the style. Simple and pretty light of course but wow, great balance with just a hint of hops, a touch of wheat and it's just perfectly smooth. Drinkability is off the scale. If Budweiser tasted like this, the craft beer movement never would have gotten off the ground. Another great beer from Jack's Abby.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden body around the straw colored hues and offers a mammoth sized, pillowy white head which slowly dissolves to leave traces of lacing about the glass.

At first sniff the pilsner malts are most apparent with the Munich variety coming forward as it warms. The pale straw aromas are very fresh and clean with just a touch of fresh grassy hops.

The flavor is similar with crisp snappy flavor of the pilsner malt mingling with the grassy hops and later the Munich malt.

Tremendously clean on the palate with a snapping finish. Generous carbonation and a smooth, zesty feel.

Great beer. Awesome alternative to the "name your session ipa" beers. Completely clean, fresh and packed with character.

Photo of Damian
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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 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 rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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 +10.1%
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.

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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.