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Leisure Time Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

Leisure Time LagerLeisure Time Lager

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We honor our Pops with this beer. His vision built the Leisure Time ice brand decades ago and inspired us to build Jack’s Abby as a family business. Leisure Time Lager is brewed with wheat and a blend of spices including lemongrass, coriander, orange peel and chamomile. A subtle spiciness balances the citrusy and floral hops added to the whirl and hopback. Relax and enjoy! Leisure Time Lager uses locally grown wheat from MA.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: taez555 on 05-25-2012)
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Photo of BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to beersndrums for the bottle! This rounds out my generous gift box of Jack’s Abby beers!

Pale gold color with great head retention and some nice patches of lacing. The aroma and taste are loaded with exactly what it says on the bottle – bready wheat malt, coriander, orange, lemon, and peppery yeast. As with all Jack’s Abby beers, the mouthfeel is fantastic. It’s creamy while still being crisp and very clean. I’m surprised that this isn’t rated more highly as I thought it was really tasty and extremely drinkable. I’ve been really impressed with all of the Jack’s Abby beers that I’ve had and I hope that lagers become more widely-brewed. When done well, they can be very special. Thanks a ton for the beer, Jared!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:38:13 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

another fine extra from bramsdell, enjoyed from a beer hunter summer glass.

a - brew poured a fairly murky straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that hung out. the lacing was solid and seemed an extension of the head. neon to the light.

s - wheaty orange peel on the nose...fairly floral. coriander is present as well as the lemongrass. soft sweet and appetizing.

t - wheat, orange peel, coriander. soft white spicing. green grape with candied sugar.

m - fairly full bodied for a wit. sweet.

o - overall, a nice summer beer...a bit sweet for what i look for, but i dug it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 02:49:47 | More by cosmicevan
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2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours pale yellow with some cloudiness and a white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell- Wheat and a hint of citrus

Taste- Wheaty and citrusy but not too strong. There is a hint of spices but very faint.

Mouthfeel-Slight carbonation and very smooth.

Overall- I'm not sure How I feel about this beer. It was really light on flavor but also kind of refreshing. A mediocre beer overall that could use some more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 04:32:56 | More by Brew_42
Photo of bum732


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

S: Nice floral coriander and orange peel with slight fresh lemongrass, more citrus than anything.

L: Hazy, golden yellow with creamy, carbonated white head with solid retention. Solid lacing.

T: Clean, slightly wheat taste with a medium low citrus and earthy flavors. Low bitterness with a very clean, slightly doughy finish. Any bitterness from the coriander or chamomile.

M: Light bodied, medium low carbonation.

Solid stuff. Perfect amount of spices and fruit, melds well with the wheat. Could use a bit more carbonation for that "refreshment" aspect. But solid overall and quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:09:18 | More by bum732
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4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy yellow with huge white foamy head. On the first pour it was almost transparent but the second pour dumped all the yeast sediment rendering it mostly opaque. The head sticks around for the entire ride but lacing is minimal.

I can smell a lot of citrus and spicyness, a lot like a Belgian witbeer. Oh this is really good - not as much spice as in the nose but I can definitely taste orange in there. A lot of floral notes as well. Goes down really smooth and it’s as refreshing as a hefeweizen with all the added crispness and cleanliness of a lager. After it warms up a bit I can taste the lemongrass in it as well, but I’d rather drink this one cold – it’s definitely a summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 23:34:33 | More by greenmtn1111
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3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 04.29.2013

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that slowly reduces to a thin cap

S: Get quite a bit of the advertised spices (lemongrass, coriander, orange peel, and chamomile) to start off along with some floral hops. Also get some wheat

T: Starts off with the same advertised spices along with a nice citrus hop presence that goes well with the spices. Also get some wheat and floral hops more towards the finish after the initial hit of spices. Finishes with a mix of the spices and wheat

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice wheat lager with plenty of flavor. Possibly a little heavy on all the spices, but if that's your thing, then this would be a great beer for you. Easy to drink regardless, especially with the abv. Price reflects that, at $2.69 for a 500 mL bottle. As with every brew from this brewery, it doesn't hurt to pick up at least a bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:49:20 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: With a frothy white head around two fingers thick underneath is a very cloudy and hazy golden beer.

Aroma: Ginger, coriander, pear, apple, yeasty esters, golden raisins. orange peel.

Taste: Pear, grape, faint notes of simple syrup, light grapefruit. Apple, lemon zest,raisins. As for the mouthfeel it's crisp and has a nice dry finish.

Notes: Such a very drinkable beer very good anytime. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 03:36:52 | More by horshack7
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow following the expectation for a wit more than a lager. The head builds to about 1" but quickly dissipates, again nice lacing.

Smell: Big lemony citrus is immediately up front and dominant. Not getting much from the malt as it is hidden beneath the citrus.

Taste: Follows the aroma, and the witbier style, a lemony citrus coating over a faint bready malt. Mildly refreshing and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A lighter beer, very sessionable from a mouthfeel standpoint, again a light body, refreshing, and clean on the palate.

Overall: Very nice take on a lagered witbier and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 17:32:29 | More by BobZ
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Beautiful cloudy, pale straw color, with a generous head that retains well but ultimately reduces to a thin covering. Light lacing on the glass. Exactly what I had hoped for from this style and brewery

S - I smell the wheatiness and the faint spicy notes described by the bottle's label. I typically have a hard time devining the nature of these smells, and this beer is no exception.

T - Not quite as much flavor as I had hoped for. I'm a sucker for beer that punches me in the mouth. That said I still appreciate the subtle flavors present here: lemongrass, wheat, and a touch of spice. I'm glad that they didn't overdue the spice.

M - Excellent. Very little room for improvement here as far as I'm concerned.

O - Nicely put together. This is the type of beer that pushes me to continue my exploration of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:14:11 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of Maxwell


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pale and hazy yellow, with a big, bright, eggshell white head of smooth bubbles on top. The head sits at a little over a finger’s width and leaves a lacing of medium thick sheets on the sides of the glass. The beer’s body is properly cloudy with a wheat protein haze and a steady stream of bubbles that are slowly working their way to the beer’s head. On the nose, the beer tastes clean and light with whiffs of cardamom and citrus orange peel interplaying with light wheat flakes. The orange occasionally steps over into a more lemony flavor on the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes crisply sweet with light bitter spice and a touch of citric tartness. In flavor the beer begins as clean wheat malt that slowly builds towards a full bodied wheat flake flavor. As the wheat flavor builds, spices move in on the tongue to give big bursts of cardamom and then a snap of citric orange peel and lemongrass and just a touch of chamomile. The finish is a whirlpool of all the flavors with a final hiccup of wheat flakes, and the after taste of light, clean wheat malt and a slight citric tart bite of lemon on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of light in body with a crisp and fluffy carbonation that snaps the tongue at the beginning of the sip and then cradles it. The mouth is left wet with acid neutralizing spittle, and begging for more beer. Overall, this is one hell of a summer beer and a great light sipper with terrific flavor and complex simplicity. I love the spices and the citric snap on the palate, and I could knockback this beer all day long. They should can this! If you are looking for a beer to put back this summer, try this!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 22:27:01 | More by Maxwell
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4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(copied from blog - written September 27, 2012)

Appearance – Very thin white head. Cloudy light yellow.
Smell – Straw or grass, floral, wheat, yeast.
Taste – Chamomile, slight tart bitterness like lemon or orange peel.

Though I’m not a huge fan of wheat beers, this is a brew that I have found myself coming back to time and time again as a personal preference for a session-like beer. It is light and crisp with a pleasant amount of carbonation so it goes down very smooth. It’s flavorful but not overpowering which makes it a great beer to compliment any meal. And my favorite part about all Jack’s Abby beers beside the creativity is it’s affordable as hell!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 01:21:57 | More by RummyRedbeard
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New York

4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to celticfutblclub for this one...

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow wheat with one full finger of pure white head. The foam fades fairly quickly, laving a ton of rocky bubbles along the sides of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light and clean with mild banana sweetness, mild spice, and mild bubblegum. This beer smells refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

T: It starts off sweet and light with mild unripe bananas and light wheat. The carbonation and just a dash of spice shine in the middle as it melds with the opening sweetness. Great balance in here. The finish is light again with more banana and subtle bubblegum.

M: Ultra light bodied beer. Sweet and light to start, great flavorful balance in the middle. The carbonation is spot on, and it tightens up in the middle, but retains some sweetness in the back end. Linger mild spice and fruit sweetness after the beer is gone.

O: Excellent. Witbiers aren't a very popular style, but when they are done right, they are exceptional. And this beer is delicious and super drinkable. Perfect for summer, and at 4.8%, it's something that I'd love to drink all day long in the heat. Lawnmower beer to the max. Like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 21:58:56 | More by trxxpaxxs
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3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Milky yet golden. The body is translucent but it somehow glows. Frothy head. Its not consistent in its thickness but it is generous with lace.

S-The lemongrass and coriander are noticeable and they are augmented by a nice hoppiness. Spicy wheatiness. Would like to know what hops their using here because I like them.

T-I find the flavor to be in complete contrast to the nose. It, to me,does not match what I smell. The lemongrass and coriander are still the first two things to pop up but its more bitter and less tropical than the nose.

M-Drinks easy and is perky with its carbonation. The flavor has some bitterness but it doesn't linger at all.

O/D-Jack's Abby is my favorite MA brewery. Speaking in a very broad sense, they make two types of beer: 1) wacky, yet decent lagers and 2) divinely hoppy lagers that are better than 90% of all the IPAs I have tried. This brew is in the former category...but its still damn good at >$3 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:01:03 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - this pours a crystal clear sunny lemon yellow with a tiny thin white head that fades to a lace quickly, minimal amounts of visible carbonation

S - a mildly sweet wheaty aroma, but otherwise not terribly much to write about.cleanc, crisp and inviting

T - the wheatiness really comes out in the taste, it is quite evident, a slightly bready or biscuity flavor, the spices express themselves subtly especially the lemongrass and orange peel

M&D&O - supremely smooth, lightly complex, nice flavors and a clean and tasty beer, perfectly unoverflavored

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 01:41:51 | More by sinstaineddemon
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3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip it goes. The appearance is slightly hazy but I can see my fingers on the other side. The color is yellow with some hues of orange or gold. Good carbonation results in a three finger head, white with tinges of goldenrod.

The smell is appealing but a bit tepid; there is not that much going on here. Mostly lemon and floral scents. Perhaps something vaguely yeasty.

The taste is dominated by wheat and lemon. Once having made their presence known, an ever-so-mild hop character appears on the mid palate. Throughout, there is a slightly-less-mild spice character, notably lemongrass and coriander. Despite the spice, we get a fairly clean finish.

Light-medium body, as you would expect.

Overall, Jack Abby's Leisure Time Lager is a refreshing, perhaps thirst-quenching beer that is best made for summer's dog days. It does not overwhelm one in any category, but performs respectably in each. The ideal time to drink this beer would be just after mowing the lawn.

-Boston Bottles

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 01:10:12 | More by bostonbottles
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4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks, Tony!

A: Clear gold body under a fine finger of white froth. Mediocre retention, very light lace. Ok.

S: Clean, crackery malt and delicately minerally yeast. Light and pleasant.

T: Follows the nose, with a bit of spicy zing from the wheat. Really tasty, really clean, really refreshing.

M: Light-bodied and lightly carbonated. A little weak.

O: Delicious, easy-drinking brew that's just distinctive enough to stand out without sacrificing drinkability. Good stuff.


Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 04:08:52 | More by woosterbill
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4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into my 2009 Pioneer stein, formed a 1+" bright white head over the clear light golden brew. Head lasts and lasts, with thick lacing. Aroma is light citrus.

Taste starts with pale sweetness, a kiss of lemon tart in the middle, and ends cleanly. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is great. Has thirst-quencher written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 22:55:53 | More by ppoitras
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4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear straw yellow with fast-moving carbonation bubbles. Rocky white head is large and constant. Patchy swaths of lacing remain on the glass.

S: Pleasant floral and slightly leafy hops. Orange peel and coriander, slight peppery scent, definite chamomile. Slightly earthy, yeasty, and grassy. Comforting malt base of biscuit and bread.

T: Chamomile and coriander up front. Orange peel is constant and steady throughout. Spicy flavors are cut by a soft floral hop bitterness. Lemongrass on the mid palate, along with a faint nutty yeast character. Malt base is doughy and wheaty. Finishes with doughy wheat, orange peel, and soft spices.

M: Light in body and fluffy with a firm, yet very gentle malt character. Very filling in the mouth, and extremely smooth. Carbonation is also gentle but firm. Very clean and crisp. Great.

O: This is a very well put-together beer. The spicing is done to a T. It is aromatic and flavorful without ever becoming overbearing. Leisure Time is very tasty, and scores a lot of points for drinkability. This is the perfect warm weather beer. It would also make a great accompaniment to certain salads and other light dishes.

Notes: This beer is listed as a witbier on this site. Don't expect a witbier- it's nothing like one, nor is it meant to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 03:07:38 | More by ryan1788a5
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Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a nonic. Summer 2012 indicated on the back label. Pours a hazy, yellow-gold, almost buttery hue, with a dense, 2.5 inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a consistent half inch cap - cat scratch swaths of lacing are revealed during the session. Nose reveals lemon, citrus rind, a suggestion of coriander and a yeasty/wheaty character somewhat akin to a Berlinner Weisse. Taste is a bit subdued but is comprised of chamomile, a light, lemony quality and just a kiss of wheat. There is an extremely faint orange presence towards the finish that drops off almost as soon as you experience it. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild, even carbonation and just a hint of astringency expressed as a light tingle towards the back and side of the tongue. Overall, a decent, albeit not particularly flavorful, witbier. There are definitely some interesting nuances, but the spiciness one's tends to associate with the style is not really present. Nonetheless, easy drinking and refreshing. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 20:58:42 | More by Jwale73
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3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a clean, clear light golden tone while yielding a 1-2" head that lapses at a normal pace, leaving some patchy lacing in its wake. nose isn't the most fragrant i've come across but offers some decent notes of lemon, wheat, and a hint of an herbal character.

flavor follows the aroma with a lemony / wheaty / grainy presence being what strikes me first, then joined by secondary notes of that herbal quality, a bit more citrus, and some light hoppy bitterness. light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i like this one - a light yet relatively flavorful summer brew. that said, it doesn't exactly grab me the way i expected (or hoped). maybe i was spoiled by the brilliance of hoponius union. well worth a try though, especially for anyone seeking a lighter beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 04:54:02 | More by BostonHops
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts, some lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat, lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and some spices come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid light beer worth drinking for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 02:42:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Smells of bready pilsner a spicy wheat malt. Spicy lemony aroma with a hint of grass. The taste is malty and grainy with spice from the wheat and the spices. Lemony and honey sweetness. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet grainy mouthfeel. Nice clean well made lager with a twist. Nice to try but for me lacks that wow factor.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 04:52:04 | More by johnnnniee
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4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I visited the Jack Abby brewery and took home a few bottles of this beer. It's worthwhile visiting the brewery for a tasting and possibly a short tour.

In a pint glass, the beer poured a light lemon color.

There was a wonderful smell of lemon-hops from the head.

The mouth feel is very smooth. A very balanced light lemon finish.

Overall, an excellent summer beer. Outclasses many summer beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 23:13:49 | More by brureview
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener- pours a very light, hazy, yellow strawy color with two fingers of bubbly head, decent retention, minimal lacing. Visible effervescence.

Smells of wheat and garden herbs as strange as it sounds. Lovely but not very strong.

Taste is great. I don't like wheat beers as a general rule but this one is an exception- it's incredibly well balanced between light, round wheat notes and barely noticeable but present hop and herb overtones. Not a blast of wheat sweetness as per usual.

Excellent feel- very light body with moderate to full carbonation. Slightly sweet finish but as I said before, very well balanced and incredibly refreshing. Instead of buying a six-pack of UFO or any other cheap hefeweizen for that "summer beer" vibe, pick up a few bottles of Leisure Time and you'll be much happier.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 21:13:05 | More by Hopdaemon39
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3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1392nd Review on BA
Bottle to Speigleau Wheat glass

Summer 2012 on label
Thanks to Rudzud and Jlindros for this one

App- A light yellow with some peachy haze behind it. A little mix of clarity and bubbles. Good two finger head with very minimal lace and cling. Looks good though.

Smell- When you first open the bottle a lot of the wheat and lager open up. Lemongrass comes next with the grassy notes.

Taste- A nice mix of pale ale, witbier and lager. Just still cant get into lagers. The lemongrass and spice add a good complex layer that opens a bit better as it warms.

Mouth- A light crisp body with a refreshing wetness. Had a light medium carbonation with residual lemongrass and zest.

Drink- It was a nice little beer but just lagers arent for me. As ive said before, ill keep trying. Bound to find one I like!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 04:50:33 | More by FosterJM
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Leisure Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.