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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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395 Ratings

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%

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:
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

(Beer added by: jlindros on 01-15-2012)
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Photo of davey101


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 06:20:51 | More by davey101
Photo of Dools9


4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this into a shaker pint. Bottled on date on four pack reads 9/5/12.

A: With an aggressive pour it produced a white, sudsy three finger head. Very well carbonated. Head stuck around for a bit and left great lacing. Color is clear, golden yellow.

S: Light bready malt aromas, some vague citrus, a little bit of earth, and a very distant musky aroma .

T: Tasty stuff. Bready, wheaty, toasty malt followed by a nice, light lemony, citrus hop flavor. Low bitterness, dry finish.

M: Light bodied, well carbonated, very easily poundable.

O: Easy drinking, sessionable and tasty. Another lager done right by Jack's Abby, too bad the macro lagers couldn't be like this, they could learn a thing or two from JA. Would like to see this in a 6 pack as apposed to the 4 pack pint bottles it comes in.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:11:36 | More by Dools9
Photo of jsouza


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, this beer really needs to be in 6 pack form (get where this is going?). This beer was unbelievably enjoyable. Now for the review;
Appearance: Golden hue with a great head.
Smell: Hops and citrus.
Taste: Only one word to describe and that is Phenomenal.
Mouthfeel: Easy going; no real alcohol aftertaste.
Overall: Again a great beer. Looking forward to going to the brewery in Framingham in order to take a tour and get some brewery fresh beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:30:53 | More by jsouza
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:04:43 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of MasterSki


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 23:35:48 | More by MasterSki
Photo of ppoitras


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into my 2009 Pioneer stein, formed a 1" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head isn't going anywhere, with average lacing. Aroma is funky hops.

Taste starts with sweet, quickly overpowered by almost skunky hops, which carry through the close which has ample bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Says session on the bottle, and that works for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 22:24:19 | More by ppoitras
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Smells of bready pilsner and sweet Munich malts with a floral and earthy hop aroma as well as a spicy component that reminds me of wheat. The flavor is earthy hops up front with a bit of bready malt beneath it. Middle and finish showcase some earthy spicy wheat and hops. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost spicy resinous mouthfeel. This was not at all what I was expecting, but I thoroughly enjoyed it just the same. Jack's Abby continues to impress me with their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 23:55:38 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Wasatch


4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:23:11 | More by Wasatch
Photo of mdaschaf


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a foamy one finger head on top, just off-white in color. Decent retention, eventually leaving a thin cap on top. Sporadic lacing.

S: Some bready malt with light citrus, floral/grassy hops. A lot fainter than Hoponius. There is a bit of graint malt as well.

T: More light citrus, mostly grapefruit, a heavier dose of grassy hops and some biscuity malt.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Extremely easy drinking.

O: Another great lager from JA. Could drink this beer all the time without a problem.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 23:54:15 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:31:58 | More by starrdogg
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 23:45:58 | More by mdfb79
Photo of jaasen64


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 03:34:03 | More by jaasen64
Photo of womencantsail


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a clear yellow color with a white head. A very good hoppiness to the nose. Citrus and floral hops dominate up front. Sweet biscuit malt comes through as the hops fade away. A nice mild sweetness on the palate which is complemented nicely by the citrusy and floral hop profile. Very light bitterness and just a very good beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 22:45:51 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 21:47:09 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of kevanb


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 06:49:39 | More by kevanb
Photo of mltobin


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at shop in Lenox, MA.

Appearance is a bright golden color with two fingers or white head. Its` nose contains pine, grass, some hops. Had been hearing about Jack`s Abby for some time now and was excited to finally try them. Take a sip and I taste malts, some hops, a little bitter. Mouthfeel is light, finishes crisp with some more of that bitterness. As noted on the label, this is a session beer and a damn fine one at that. Maybe with some time, this will make its` way down to CT !

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 01:02:37 | More by mltobin
Photo of horshack7


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a clear golden beer with a bright white head that is quite foamy.

Aroma: Grapefruit, a few piney notes, tropical fruits, pear, and quite a bit of citrusy hops.

Taste: Hop forward, lots of grapefruit, a fair amount of tropical fruits. Minor pear notes and a very crisp mouthfeel.

Notes: This is a dam tasty Lager very well hopped with a good dry finish. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 02:40:54 | More by horshack7
Photo of brureview


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 23:32:48 | More by brureview
Photo of CheezyBlaster


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:10:30 | More by CheezyBlaster
Photo of Damian


4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2012 05:13:12 | More by Damian
Photo of Gatch


4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 21:09:36 | More by Gatch
Photo of Chico1985


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 14:18:52 | More by Chico1985
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: straw and citrus hops

Taste: grass, light honey-sugar, and a citrus hoppy end

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a bitter lasting middle

Overall: Given the style, this one is very good. It is a nice and hoppy lager that I would look for again and an excellent value. That said, if I was not grading to style, my marks would be closer to a 3.5. While this is clean and very well done, there is just something missing that I cannot put my finger on.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 14:56:35 | More by tigg924
Photo of hagbergl


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a glass of Jack's Abbey Jabby Brau on draft at Flatbreads in Somerville, MA, served in a pint glass. I've liked most of what I've had from Jack's Abbey. Let's see how this one is.

Appearance (3/5): Jabby Brau pours a clear golden-yellow hue with about one and a half finger head (regarding the head, if I were the one pouring this brew I would have given it a more vigorous pour to produce a bigger head, but I digress). Jabby Brau looks like many pale colored lagers, and that is no big knock on it--it just doesn't have a remarkable look to it, so I can't give it more than a 3.

Smell (3.5/5): this "session lager" smells of light, herbal hops and cracker-like grain. I smell a little grass and a hint of bread and bran cereal from the malt. The aroma is (predictably) not very strong, this being low alcohol, light lager fare. Now, I'm a fan of bold and in-your-face flavors, but for what it is, it's definitely above average. Subdued and mellow, yet pleasant.

Taste (4/5): Now this is more like it. While only a little above
average in the previous two categories, Jabby Brau kicks it up a notch in the taste category. The light hops hit first and leave behind a pleasant bitterness before giving way to a grainy, lightly bready finish. I think JA has found a good balance between hops and malt in a session beer, achieving a complexity and flavor profile that, in my mind, is impressive to see in a low ABV lager such as this. Definitely an overachiever. .

Mouthfeel (3.5/5): Jabby Brau possesses a moderate carbonation that compliments its light and mellow (somewhat hop-forward) flavor profile fairly well. The mouthfeel is smooth, clean, and clear and has that characteristic lager coolness to it. It also feels a little thin--perhaps a consequence of the style more than anything else. But it is what it is, as they say, and I can't give it more than a 3.5 for mouthfeel.

Overall (3.5/5): Jabby Brau is definitely decent beer; perhaps not my style, but I think the brewers achieved their goal of creating a light and accessible beer made for summer quaffing. You could definitely throw back a few of these in one sitting. To me, though, it's just not that interesting of a beer; while any beer geek can appreciate what it represents, few will love it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 01:37:54 | More by hagbergl
Photo of scottfrie


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 03:41:49 | More by scottfrie
Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
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