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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 661
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 23.66%
Wants: 44
Gots: 84 | 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 gonzo000
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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

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Photo of Stevedore
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of MacCherry
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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Photo of mattbk
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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).

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of ThreeLions
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Hab11
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of acread
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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).

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Photo of DrJay
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 1, 2014.

The pour is orange amber mostly with a white head that fades after awhile. A little cloudy.

The malt character is clean in the nose along with an orange, citrus character and some fizz. Very clean and crisp.

The body is light mainly.

There is a citrusy, orange, and apple taste up front. The hop finish is mild hut lingers. It works for the style.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. MFG 11-08-2013 on the side of the label.

A: Pours a slightly hazy very light golden yellow with white head. Large bubbles break up the foam in a minute or so. Average amount of visible carbonation. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: Hop forward aroma on this one, can really get some citrus notes. Nice freshness to it. Spicy lager tones are also substantial. A touch of fermented dark fruit.

T: Very balanced flavor on this one, can see why it is a session lager. The hops are present but really just add flavor and not any bitterness. Malts dominate the back-end but are smooth with a biscuity bready flavor.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Real smooth body with great sessionability.

Overall this would be a great deck beer in the summer. Loads of flavor with a low enough ABV to enjoy the whole sixer on a warm day.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/08/2013, this is one of 6 beers I picked up at Julio's last week.

Pouring a clear light orange with a beautiful, dense off white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is an impressive looking beer. The nose is good. An initial whiff of sulfur is present, but really, the nose is dominated by a bready Munich malt and a doughy, rustic pils malt character. Alongside is a moderate hop character, a blend of orange peel, a little bit of floral character and maybe some grapefruit? Some mineral character, reminiscent of cascade hops, is present.

The palate is what you'd expect from the description. A really nice blend of bready and doughy malt with a touch of honey, this is pretty refreshing. The mid palate brings the hops to the forefront, with a moderate bitterness and mild citrus character. Bready on the finish with a clean, lingering bitterness, this beer is medium light in body and is crisply carbonated. The carbonation does have a mild acidity that doesn't wholly work with the sweeter malt flavors IMO. A delightful little beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.