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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 652
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 43
Gots: 83 | 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 Omnium
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with a variety of Jack's Abby offerings. The brew appears a pale golden copper color with a white cap that fades leaving stringy patches of lace. Rising bubbles maintain a half finger around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma contains a pleasant mix of fruity to floral hop attributes that blends with a bit of bready to biscuit-like fresh grain inclusion. Some herbal spice, faint sulfur and a trace amount of buttery diacetyl.

The taste is herbal, floral, fruity and zesty with hop flavoring and bitterness that blends into a soft buttery diacetyl note before fading to a bready and biscuit-like fresh grain inclusion. Hints of yeasty qualities run across the palate towards the finish.

This is a light bodied brew with modest carbonation. A very clean, crisp and enjoyable offering that I could effortlessly throw a few pints back without getting bogged down. This is worth seeking out. (973 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single purchased at Cable Beverage.

Bold gold body, some haze, topped by two level fingers of just off white micro bubbles. Very little lacing.

Big fresh grass/hay aroma. Hints of lemon.

Sweet beginning, light malt splashing down the tongue. Small clean bitter snap at the swallow. Gentle hoppiness. Clean finish.

Light mouthfeel.

Sort of mix of helles, but not as soft, and a pils, but not as crispy hoppy. Lives up to its session lager goal, but I'd prefer something more true to either style I mentioned. (513 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, deep gold. Small white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Subtle oats, malted barley, biscuit.

T - Smooth matly biscuit, cut of with the crisp spicy hops.

M - Thin, refreshing good carbonation.

O - Excellent lager. Like the idea this is a session at 4.5% One of the better craft lagers I've enjoyed. (309 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid golden yellow, a little bit of haze, with a large, stable head on top. Floral hops upfront in the nose along with some bready malt, spicy/leafy notes, and lager yeast. Flavor continues along the spicy, grassy line, joined by some toasted grain and earth. Clean and pretty light. Obviously real easy to drink, though I wish the malt came through a bit more. (362 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz bottle poured into a Sam glass
Pours a dark gold with limited head. Has a pilsner smell that I would say is biscuit upfront with earthy tones and has a very similar taste. Dry, not too bitter, light malt flavor, smooth drinker with a light to medium body and limited aftertaste.
Could drink a bunch of these (314 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into beer stein

Golden yellow with tiny bubble streams floating up to a massive white three finger foam cap. Big, sticky lacings grab ahold as the suds subside.

Decent pine hoppy dominant aroma.

Light, watery, no bitterness, no aftertaste, no carbonation. Light mouthfeel.

Looks and smells good, taste is too light. You could chug a lug a lot of this beer without a heavy taste interfering with your quaffing. (429 characters)

Photo of Hydraskull
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and crisp. Taste borders on watery, but that's kind of what I was looking for by buying a session lager. Good for a hot summer day like today.

Very lightly hopped. The hop flavor is quickly overtaken by the malt. Good for a lager. Not what I usually drink but it definitely hits the spot today. (301 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. I love that it looks so crisp and ready to burst with flavor.

Sweet, creamy and grainy malt makes an impression upon my nose. Mouth is watering already at the flavor within.

Crisp and flavorful with just the right touch of sweetness. "Chewy" comes to mind. I know that this is a taboo thing to say in a review but it is definitely smooth.

Minimal hop bite in the mouthfeel compliments the rest of the flavors. Goes down without a hitch. Carbonation is well-done too.

This would be awesome in a can. It's most certainly worth picking up and would go down well after a long day of yard work. (669 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Meadhall

Pours a golden color with a solid sheet of light cream foam. Smells of grassy and piney hops with some dry grain in the background. Flavor is cereal grains, slight bitterness, some nice grass hops and a little bit of butter underneath it all; well played. Medium bodied with tight, snappy carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer. Like the ABV on it. 3.75/4/4/3.75/4 (383 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden. Not much of a head. Thin collar.

Smell - Mild citrus hop. Some pale malts and sweetness.

Taste - Grainy up front. Citrus hops. A little bit resiny. A bit of bitterness and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, grainy. Drinkable and mildly bitter.

Overall - Flavorful for a session lager, but not all that flavorful independently. (396 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer covering the surface and patches of large bubbles around the sides
S: Moderate aromas of floral and spicy noble hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has notes of pilsener malts towards the finish along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and is perfectly sessionable. (612 characters)

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

Bottle opened on 5.19.13
Dated 03.14.13

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a 1/2 inch cream-colored head that fades away slowly.

S - Hoppy orange and some lager yeast.

T - Subtle hop citrus and a touch of orange and lager yeast finishes it off.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light session lager with a touch of hop citrus. (343 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jabby Brau pours a clear gold color with a small, creamy head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has nice soft notes of orange citrus, pale malt and some light fruit.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with malty sweetness and a little cereal. Light fruit notes of mango appear in the middle. It finishes with some hoppy notes of orange and lemon citrus. Once gone the sweet cereal malt and citrus flavor lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking, well balanced beer. I could definitely drink a couple of these at one sitting. (665 characters)

Photo of Keginator70
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deleted my previous review. Interested party over my shoulder.
Had to down grade my first review. Nice aroma and color. Balance of bitter and malt is very good,not great. Mouth feel is the issue- tastes dissipates too quickly and is watery. It's comparable to a taking a lick off a lollipop. There are better and cheaper IPL's and Imperial Pilsner's out there. (360 characters)

Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into SA perfect pint glass. Appearance is a pale straw color with nice clarity and fizzy appearance. layer of head retention which leave decent amount of lacing. The nose is full of cereal malts which present a very bready dry malt profile. Light grassy hops follow and make for a nice balanced nose, especially considering the style. The taste is what you would expect given the aroma, dry grainy profile up front with mild sweetness next, finished by light earthy hop character. Flavors aren't overly huge, but they are present and well balanced. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall, this is a very nice take on a style that I otherwise am not a fan of. This brew would be perfect for a session on a warm day. Worth a try! (738 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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 (629 characters)

Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.