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Leisure Time Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 05-25-2012

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
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Ratings: 321 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by Gatch:
Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Vibrant, straw yellow with a bubbly, white head that builds and fades quickly. No lace or retention.

S: Wheat, light summer fruit, faint hops.

T: Delicious, slightly tart citrus and other light fruit, some grass, wheat. Crisp, clean, refreshing. Tons of flavor. No lingering, bad, sharp aftertaste as I expected from this style. While crisp, it's also smooth and sweet. Slightly fruity hops shine in the finish.

M: So smooth, so flavorful, so different from what I expected with this style.

O: An absolutely awesome beer that I will search out to drink again. I must say, while taste is very subjective, this is a very well-crafted beer so the few previous reviews that rate this below 3.5 must not be rating to style. Yes, an American Pale Lager isn't as great as all the IPA's you drink, but for what it is, it's a damn good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of predikit
4.75/5  rDev +27%

Pours a slightly clouded gold, with a bubbly two finger head that recedes quickly. Leaves little islands of lacing behind.

Smell is floral hops, and not too strong either.

The taste blew me away. I had just finished a stout 15 minutes ago which may be affecting my palette, but I pick up honey, lemon, butter and biscuit, perfectly balanced.

Light bodied, crisp, drinkable.

This might just be the best beer I've ever had.

Photo of rudzud
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear super light pale straw with a very nice two finger bright white head that fades to leave a nice thin white blanket and a good puffy halo.

S - Wow, okay. Its all quite faint but its all quite discernible. Light wheat grains and slight malt sweetness. Its not really typical malt sweetness but more of a honeycomb type sweetness. Light grassy and as someone else said I definitely get a slight herbal lavender note.

T - Woah, what is this? What is this. Crisp and clean, light grassy hops and sweet malts..not not really malts though its more of the honey. Crazy. Whats even crazier is the fact that I'm getting shockingly big lavender flavours. Soft flavours but all there, light flowery tastes. This is really nice.

M - Mouthfeel is maybe a bit too carbonated for me? Its super super drinkable but is brightly carbonated. Great drinking.

O - Overall this is an awesome beer from Jack's Abby. These guys make so many spot on beers and this beer is right up in line with them. Such a tasty drinkable beer. This really is super sessionable too, just gulpable. Wonderfully done.

Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ouncer

Hazed/clouded, moderate off white head, minimal lacing

Wheaty, yeasty nose

On the palate, more wheat, yeast again, lemons come to mind.

Easy drinking and pleasant enough brew....Bring on the summer, some salads, some creamy cheese, crusty bread and a few bottles of this respectable but not anything special brew

Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

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

Smell: honey, lemon, and fresh grass

Taste: lemon, big time floral flavors--not hoppy floral, but floral, light grain

Mouthfeel: sweet with slightly bitter backbone, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: I graded this to style and frankly this blows away most of the beers in the style. If not to style, I would still give this over a 4. This is one of the best Jack's Abbey brews. Floral, clean, and complex for the style. Could easily throw back several of these.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Illegible bottling date.

A: Pours a slightly hazy looking light pale yellowish gold with a small white head on top.

S: The wheat certainly comes through in the aroma with a background of coriander and other spicing.

T: As with the aroma wheat is the forefront of this beer. Solid bready flavor with just a touch of spicing. Mild citrusy fruit flavor. Digging the subtle spice in this as it doesnt overpower the lager qualities.

M: Light body with low carbonation. Something you can easily knock back a couple of on a warm summer day.

Overall a very enjoyable summer beer with a perfect balance between wheat, spice and beer. Pick one up.

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of bum732
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 6, 2014.

This pours very pale yellow with a slight haze. Short-loved white fizzy head.

The aroma is toasted malts mostly but there are plenty of other interesting characteristics including coriander, lemongrass, yeast, and clean hops.

Lighter body.

You know this really makes me think of a witbier more than anything else. Good toasted malt. coriander, and lemongrass character. Mild finish.

Photo of bostonbottles
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured light esters and a grassy hop.

The taste offered a more pronounced ester with a chewy wheat malt and nice residual grassiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and unique beer.

Photo of gonzo000
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a. Cloudy yellow with body and two finger head when poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

s. Lemony sent with some wheat/bread.

t. Surprisingly very little to no lemon taste, but good body and sweet finish. Not a big lager fan, but this one is pretty good.

m. A bit dry, but overall good.

o. A very good lager. would revisit on a hot day. I do not like coriander, and generally stay away from it, but it is subtle here. Not overwhelming as is usually the case.

Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass with a slightly hazy pale yellow body. The cap that forms atop the beer is white, two fingers and has a foamy/creamy texture. Retention is good and the lace left on the glass is thin but forms some big patches.

S- A light grape, apple fruit note backed by cereal grains and lager yeast. Bread and light sweet malt notes. Hops balance with spicy, herbal and floral notes.

T- Fruity again here, mostly like white grape juice and apples. Yeast notes, bread, light caramel malt and wheat crust hints. Hops play a subdued role adding citrus, herbal, spice and floral notes.

MF- Foamy light body with a high end carbonation level. Very slight bitterness and even some tart feel too.

A nice wheat lager with good contributions from yeast, hops and malts.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle with Summer 2012 on the side. Pours a hazy straw color with no head and no lacing. Aromas of grass, bread, and orange peel. Spicy. The taste is of spices with orange peel, grass and sweet bread. Lots of wheat flavor. Slightly sour. Certainly tastes and drinks like a summer beer. Its nothing special, not much going on here. Overall, I dont need to have it again.

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a long day of lots of yard work, built an actual hop garden in the ground, lots of other stuff, and it was a hot sunny day, so finally sitting down. Perfect time for "Leisure Time Lager".

It pours with vigor from the "pliny" like bottle, forces a nice creamy looking 1.5 finger head to rise to the occasion, and fade back at a med pace letting me enjoy its company for a bit. Just to be sure I get to enjoy it, it leaves some nice bits of lacing on the side so I'll remember it later. The beer is a super bright color, almost neon, mostly clear with a slight chill haze, with a bright lemonade yellow color.

When I waft my nose in it, a very nice malty and lager aroma greets me with kindness. it has some hints of a pilsner toasty malt aroma, remnants of a layered almost decoction like softness, but the definite base of wheat, almost toasted wheat but not really. There are some hints of spices, floral spices that could be from the yeast except that they say on the bottle they added the spices. Some lemon is the first thing to jump out, like lemony hops and lemongrass aromas. Some coriander and hint of the chamomile, and subtle floral hops. A nice citrusy light back end. All that aroma packed into a nice but subtle overall aroma.

Taste, I hope continues where the nose left off... and it does. Nice and light, very fresh tasting, and refreshing as hell. The first thing I get is the light lemony taste again, some lemongrass, hints of a citrusy rind, and light floral lemony hops. The spices again, very light coriander which also seems to add it's hint of bitterness. The chamomile floats its way in very lightly on teh back end once it survives the waves of the other flavors. The malts are there as well, they come in right after the lemon flavors and cut through the coriander, going through to the finish. It brings more obvious wheat, even more so than the nose. The wheat also brings more toasted flavors, almost a light pilsner like malt, with a juicy back end. The lager flavors round off the taste, with light fruity and a very nice light crispness. The finish brings a bit more bitterness, light floral hops and hints of lemongrass flavors, a bit of the spices, and a dry crisp lager flavor.

Mouth is lighter bodied, soft and crisp, with decent carb, maybe could have used a bit more carbonation.

Overall great, this is like the perfect summer beer. It brings the nice wheat flavors with citrus, coriander, etc, but does it super light and not over powering wheat and citrus. The lagering of it is really nicely done, and a great touch. The chamomile and lemongrass also add great summer soft flavors. It's so smooth and drinkable, I'm almost done with the entire 1/2L bottle already, just pounding through it. The only thing that I can complain about is maybe a bit more carbonation.

Another winner from Jack's Abbey, quickly becoming one of my fav breweries. How the hell did these guys come right out of the gate at full speed of awesome beers, and just lagering!

Photo of BostonHops
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting glass poured poured at the brewery

Hazy , opaque yellow with a white cap

Very fragrant , fresh aroma of spices, floral, citrus lemon.

Fresh lemon rind Ina wheat beer, tastes like summer

Smooth, not too much carbonation . Medium light mouthfeel

Good beer, repeatable

Photo of justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Cloudy pale straw color with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Light carbonation.

Nose
Wheat, lemongrass, golden apple, pear, sourdough, and coriander.

Taste
Sourdough bread maltiness, golden apple, and pear. Tangy wheat, lemongrass, and hints of coriander.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, smooth, clean, and refreshing.

Overall
A really nice Witbier in Lager form. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

Photo of smcolw
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh, fresh, fresh hop smell and taste. It reminds me of the flower being crushed in my hand. I have never had this happen in a beer before. I'm delighted.

Drawn slowly, served properly "warm". Very cloudy. The glass has a blanket of lace. The color is greenish yellow. That is not attractive, perhaps the only detracting factor.

The smell is a cross between a yeasty homebrew and the aforementioned hop aroma.

The taste has some fruitiness but the tale here is the pleasant hop flavor. The body is very rich with a low carbonation. The combination is superior. Easy to drink with plenty of flavor and complexity.

Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap; hazy, pale yellow pour. Clean malts, crisp and light but flavorful with citrus and mild herb element. Good mouthfeel with light, active carbonation. This is tasty, easy drinking, refreshing and overall a great summer beer. Very well done. Recommended.

Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1392nd Review on BA
Bottle to Speigleau Wheat glass
500ml

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!

Photo of Maxwell
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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!

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Leisure Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.