Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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very good

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 642
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 43
Gots: 79 | 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 Ian_B
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, rich, golden colour. Slightly hazy, with good head and decent retention.

Slightly citrusy lemon and grassy hop aroma, with a good amount of lager yeast and a sweet pale caramel malt.

Very smooth lager flavour, with fairly sweet yet mellow malts and slight biscuit and nutty flavours. More citrus hops than common for lagers, but nicely balanced. (353 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 14 October

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-rod yellow with strong orange hues. Good 1.5 finger head that dies down quickly but leaves some laing.

Smell: Light bready maltiness with some sweet citrus hoppiness.

Taste: Much like the smell- the beer's malt body is quite light and is definitely characteristic of a traditional lager- there's some of the 'edgy' characteristics giving it a distinctive crispness. The flavor, however, is much like a session IPA, meaning full floral and citrus hoppiness, which a slight bitter astringency. Finishes drier than a session IPA.

Feel: Crisp, light, and bubbly.

Overall: A pretty great beer, and one I certainly would enjoy again. However, given the availability of cheaper session IPAs, if I want a hoppy, low ABV beer, I'll probably reach for one of those over this, as I find the lager style adds little to no obvious complexity to the beer, as the lager subtleties are drowned out by the hops in this one. (989 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,157 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

A: [3.50] Cloudy tan color. The beer has a 1 finger pure white head. The head has medium bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (4.5%) and the IBU (20) but not a born on date.

S: [2.75] Grains and corn. The aroma is pretty subdued.

T: [3.50] Classic wheat beer taste. There are tastes of yeast, wheat and malts. This mellowed a bit as I moved on. The sweetness of the malts came out and the taste got much better.

M: [4.00] Crisp and clean. Medium carbonation. This would be great after working in the sun.

O: [3.50] I am not a fan of wheat beers. That is what this tasted like to me at first. It improved as I continued drinking. The taste got sweeter from the malts. I have really liked all of the Jack's Abby beers - but this one I would pass on. I am not a fan of the style. It seems solid - but it is not my cup of tea (beer). (845 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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; (301 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a murky medium brass hue with a one ginger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a dry pilsner malt with a touch of earthy sweetness and an herbal hop.

The taste consisted of clean pilsner malts accented with a light toasted sweetness firm the Munich malt, finished with an herbal noble hop.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a tasty and easily quaffed lager. (430 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Pale yellow, touched with haze, topped with thick white foam

SMELL: Cereal malts, biscuit, clean

TASTE: Creamy, lively mouthfeel, light-bodied, wheaty, grain, lemony hop bite, lime oil, grassy, herbal, dry, biscuity linger

A “Session Lager” from this all lager brewery, brewed with Pilsner and Munich malt, local soft red winter wheat and American hops. At only 20 IBUs it packs plenty of hop flavor without overpowering the delicate malt balance, and the use of wheat is a distinct twist-—perhaps too distinct—but works overall. A very solid lager.

STYLE: American Pale Lager
ABV: 4.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round (685 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a. Golden yellow orange in color which cannot be seen through. 2 finger head on the pour into a tulip glass.

s. Acidic smell, maybe some citrus, malt.

t. Refreshing and crisp. Yeast, malt - nice. There is an unexpected creaminess to this beer.No bitter taste that accompanies many lagers.

m. For not holding the head and minimal lacing, the mouthfeel was great. The beer had body and was extremely easy to drink.

o. Not being a typical Lager guy, I may have just found my go to lager (487 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pitcher at State Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A- Hazy pilsner-golden body, one finger white head with good retention, no lacing.

S- Pilsner malt, a touch of citrus hops, noble hops. Sweet bread. Not particularly strong.

F- Pilsner malt, noble hops. Not very bitter, not very complicated.

M- About the right amount of body; solidly medium and very drinkable. Sweet and dry pilsner malt finishes things off.

O- Super easy to drink, fairly flavourful for a pale malt. No off-flavours, enjoyable. (514 characters)

Photo of MacCherry
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Nailed it. Nice deep golden color. I'll have to pour the next one so I get a good look at the head. Cascades on the nose, maybe a little grapefruit. Light, fruity hops up front, clean slightly toasty finish. There is that grapefruit again. Nice body. A terrific lager. (269 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light gold, dark yellow, medium haze, medium low carbonation, appears fairly thin.
S: Pilsner like. Light corn aroma. Fruity, slightly berry, some light bready maltiness in the background. Not bad, slightly strange though. The fruitiness might be throwing me off a bit.
T: This tastes just a like a beer I've homebrewed before. It's lager like in feel, but fruity almost like an ale. The malt is nice, caramel and bready. As it warms, the malt character comes out a lot more. Bitterness is present, but fairly mild. Very fruity, berry is the only descriptor I can think of. It's a nice beer, fairly unique. There's nothing wrong with it, just unorthodox.
M: Medium carbonation, not entirely crisp, could be a bit higher. Medium bodied.
O: Very nice beer, again, sort of unique tasting, the combination of American hops and German lager taste is interesting, and tasty. I would order this again. (897 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy brass with rocky steady white froth.
Fresh grassy noble nose with some toasted grain.
Doughy, a bit of golden syrup, some granola, and mild herbal hops.
Honey graham comeback and clean linger.
Crisp, light, slight cling.

Easy, but you can taste the quality. A lager, not a pils, so only 20 IBUs, no matter what I want it to be. Yet also thin and underdeveloped. I've had this idea done better (i.e. Session Lager). (436 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up locally enjoyed from a jack's abby snifter. Brew pours a soft transparent yellow orange with a thin fizzy head gone quick. Nose is subtle pilsner malt with a hint of grain. Taste is also fairly mellow. A true session lager. But well made. Malty with a lager bite. (280 characters)

Photo of ThreeLions
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Hab11 and I both drank our own 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Very nice unfiltered look. Yeast held in suspension for a cloudy storm of a beer. Actually, the more I look at this in the light the more I'm impressed by it. Golden amber honey.

Smell: Light hop nose. Can't pick out the hop varieties but they are pleasant, if faint. After several minutes and a few sips I think I'm picking up very faint kiwi hops. Nice balance here.

Taste: Extremely sessionable. Flavorful but not overwhelming. Picking up faint...grapefruit? Doesn't give off the intense lager flavor profile. This starts off almost boring but with every sip gets better and better; a true session beer.

Mouthfeel: As a session beer one would expect it to have a light grain bill so as not to overwhelm. Jabby Brau hits this mark but on this occasion I'd prefer a 'fuller' beer. Not really sure how I feel about the mouth. It's just a little too watery for me.

Overall: Hmm. It's hard to rate this one. I think they really hit their mark with making a highly drinkable sessionable beer. I'd like to have more out of this beer but based on what they were going for I think they really did a great job. Light hop presence, small input from the lager yeast, moderate but light malts...how do I feel? This wouldn't be my first choice out of a random 100 beers but I think they accomplished what they were going for and for that I say kudos. (1,402 characters)

Photo of Hab11
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head and reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow/orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Lager yeast, pilsner malts, some malt sweetness, and noble hops.

Taste: Lots of toasted, bready, and sweet pilsner and Munich malts with a little grassy hops and lager yeast.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light, chewy, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: A very enjoyable APL from the Framingham bros. This is going to be a good warm weather beer. (589 characters)

Photo of acread
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Simply put, this is a beautiful beer. Wonderful hop aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, and fresh-cut grass weaves beautifully into a canvas of mild cracker and bread undertones layered with very light bitterness and American hop notes. Everything is balanced extremely well, which beckons one to quaff as many pints as he or she wants to. If this isn't the epitome of a world-class session beer, it's damn close. (410 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, MFG 11.08.13.

Huge head, easily 4 fingers; awesome color of liquid gold. Aroma is tropical fruit but the flavor doesn't follow suit as it has a more grainy flavor, next to no fruit and a strong mineral finish.

Easily beats most lagers in the drinkability category but i expected a bit more flavor coming from this brewer. (351 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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). (1,638 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Clear light gold colour with a thin whitish cap. Good head retention, kind of sticky. Bright lemony aroma, citrus and a bit of spiciness, doughy malt, really nice. Tangerines up front, toasted malt, slight green/grassy hop character, slight spice. Short finish with minty bitterness lingering on the palate. Light bodied, average CO2, off-dry. Quite good and very refreshing. (375 characters)

Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.