Leisure Time Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | 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:
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 tredole
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of predikit
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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 Rshersnow
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of Gatch
4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
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 tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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 codon2004
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of JMurphy
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of vegasmac99
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of smcolw
4.48/5  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 trxxpaxxs
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
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 brureview
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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 ryan1788a5
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of Dope
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, extremely pale straw. Huge fizzy white head. Fades at a medium pace, leaving solid lacing behind.

S: Lots of wheat, orange and coriander. A bit lemony. Smells a lot like a witbier.

T: Oranges, lemons up front with just a hint of grass. Very wheaty throughout. Spicy. Coriander again, a little black pepper and some other unidentified spices. Peppery spiciness lingers nicely, especially in the aftertaste.

M: Light but not watery. Very crisp. Sharp spices. Super refreshing.

O: Jack's Abby is some kind of freak abomination of a brewery. How do they make these beers? I do not know. They take something like an "american pale lager" and make it great. It's literally ridiculous at this point. This beer is sort of an american twist on a witbier/saison combination. It's wheaty, spicy, and oh so refreshing. Great balance of spices just makes it stellar.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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 Maxwell
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Photo of AJd
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of CTFalcon
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris_Mac
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Mleblanc25
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harnkus
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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Leisure Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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