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Leisure Time Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 393
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 27.2%
Wants: 15
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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Photo of mlazzaro
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle. for $2.95

Very very light beer, hazed pale yellow color. Head is solid, creamy and holding well. Most likely from wheat content. Average carbonation level.

Smells of grassy hops. Some lemon. Slight sulfur notes from fermentation. Very mild aroma, really not much to it.

Wheat flavor comes through and lends a soft mouthfeel. Bitterness is nice and suiting. I hate to use the word watery, but this is watery. Comes off as refreshing, but I honestly don't like the flavor of this beer. It reminds me of a lot of mega industrial beers. I'm usually quite generous, but for me this lack anything descript.

Exceptional brewing Company though. I plan to keep trying their beers. It definitely matches a "American Pale lager". Its just awfully boring.

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Photo of Brew_42
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep and solid opaque lemon yellow. A bit of fine carbonation, a few flecks of trub as well. Snapping soapy white fine head of a finger, quickly dissolving to a simple collar. Looks a little wet and lifeless.

Aroma is not exactly pleasant. Rancid lemon, and a bit of bile like bouquet. For once I can detect the corriander in this , and it comes off almost vegetative. Some slight citrus character saves this from being totally revolting and a dud on the nose.

Palate saves this just barely. If anything comes off way better. A slightly wet body, but has some depth to it. Citrus breakfast orange a bit, but the excellent flavors seem to come on the aftertaste. Light toasty malt and a good doughy bread like finish. Much more orange tasting, but also gets into fruited beer qualities.

Basically ok, but also very passable and not memorable. Nose is far too often putting to just even have this casually.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%

12oz bottle to pint glass.

Pours a particularly unattractive, murky, almost dirty, cider color with a small head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing as well. Looks are not this beer's strong suit.

Mild aroma, floral hops, honey and bread. A vague suggestion of spice, but which ones are unclear in the nose. Kind of an odd flavor. There's a moderate tartness that surprised me a bit, more generic bitterness from the hops than suggested by the aroma - less floral notes. There's also a slightly unappealing character imparted by the wheat, and the spices add to the overall confusion. I get the coriander here a bit but I'd have been hard pressed to pick out camomile.

This beer just seems inharmonious to me. There's a distinct lack of crispness to the experience as a whole; in the flavor and actual feel of the beer, it's simultaneously a little watery and also a little fizzy. It doesn't hit the witbier spot very effectively at all, and lacks the clean execution and lager character Jack's Abby usually delivers easily. There's something about it that reminds me a bit of a grodziske, with its mildly tart, grainy/dirty wheat flavor.

Strange beer, not one that I particularly enjoyed or would return to. I wouldn't call it "bad" but this recipe is ill-conceived for my tastes, and it doesn't really deliver as a summer refresher-type beer either.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention isn't particularly special, though it has a nice softness. Some streaks of lacing stick to the glass. (3)

Smell: Definitely a wheat lager in smell, with the spices adding a savory yet spicy touch. Coriander is most prevalent. I also get a lot of cracker-like malts. Not a very bold nose, and what is there isn't wowing me. (2.75)

Taste: This tastes much better than it smells. It starts off with some malt sweetness, transitioning into some floral touches. The finish is lightly fruity...but also a little yeasty. Other than that, this works well. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Not as crisp or dry as I like my lagers to be. On the other hand, the general feel is quite soft. Carbonation is decent, but never fully cleanses the palate. Fairly easy to drink in general. (3.25)

Overall: The idea of a typical wheat ale brewed like a kellerbier somewhat intrigues me. And despite the underwhelming nose, it works decently. This would be a solid summer-time beer, but it could also stand to be cleaner and crisper. I wouldn't trade for this like I would something like Hoponius Union. (3.25)

3.22/5: It'll work in a pinch

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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

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Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light pastel yellow in color. Forms a fizzy white head that slowly falls to a fairly thick surface coating. Minimal lacing.

S: The aroma is pleasantly refreshing. Bright notes of lemon-lime citrus along with wheat, dried flowers, and a touch of orange.

T: Very thin. Starts off with an initial hit of lemony citrus and a light floral quality. Mildy sweet. But then the taste falls off to next to nothing. Just a faint sweetness and a little wheat.

M: Very light and effervescent with an ever-so-light twang to it. Virtually no bitterness. Much like the taste, there just isn't much there.

O: I suppose this is supposed to be the lager version of a wit. Yeah, I guess so. However, while I understand this beer is supposed to be light and subtle there really just isn't much going on.

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Photo of tone77
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whitish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, mild spices. Taste is spices, lemon, wheat, malts, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall an enjoyable warm weather beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Spiegelau ipa glass. Wheat lager with spice.

A: Creamy, chalky white head rests above a dense lemonade colored body with a spacious rise of macro-effervesce. Skim milky topping, minimal band lacing.

S: Soft scent of semi-dry lemons and spicy orange. Awareness is low-medium with an average rate of retention.

T: Wheat and a spicy dry orange flavor, citrusy grapefruit, with some dried honey. Fresh flowery hops, sunflower, finishes with a bit of honey dried orange peel and soft silty tea grinds.

M: Crisp, soft and creamy based with a bit of spiciness on the tongue.

O: Soft wit character and spiciness of herbal orange and citrus blends with a soft hint of tea grinds in a delicate balance. Drinks better when not deconstructing, rather aptly suited as a leisure time, hammock swinging spiced wheat lager on a lazy sunday afternoon in a state of relaxation.

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Photo of bostonbottles
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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Photo of BostonHops
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a vibrant rich hazy golden yellow with an egg shell white head.

The aroma offers yeasty and bready lager notes along with wheat with hints of citrus peel and earthy spice with coriander.

The flavor follows with that lager yeast quality in the front with a decent amount of spice of coriander in the front. The wheat adds to the body with a medium to medium minus mouthfeel. The middle has a touch of citrus orange and lemongrass and honey sweetness. A light bittering of spicy and floral on the back.

Reminds me a lot of Bell’s Oberon. Not a very impressive beer, but definitely a good step up from Bell’s attempt at summer wheat ale/lager.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Julio's.

A rapidly dissipating white head caps this orange beer, resulting in a rather clear juice-like pour. The nose is solid. Bready and clean with the wheat particularly noticeable, the spice additions complement this aspect quite well. Lemony and citrusy with some herbal characteristics, this seems to suggest that the brewers were striving to interpret a saison and a witbier as a lager. Faint coriander character is present as well. The palate opens juicy, mildly sweet with honey, bread and the orange peel lending a big juiciness. The coriander appears mid-palate, along with the floral chamomile. Mildly earthy too. Hop character is light. Drying on the finish, mildly watery (disappointingly so), this beer is crisp, highly carbonated and has a wonderful, lingering chamomile flavor on the finish. Refreshing stuff.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy and beautiful pale yellow with a short head of loose white foam that falls fast and does not leave any lace. The middle of the beer seems to glow a bit with a light as it passes through the haze. The nose is gracefull and has the malt up front. Wheat sweetness with a bit of the corriander laid in earthy. So it's what but a bit edgy. There's chamomille and that's floral and sweet. There's a soft breath of lemongrass faintly in the background and the orange peel comes up earthy to the nose as well. The taste is subtle but spicy. As the ingredients combine they create a very unique flavor. The what is dry and crisp, the chamomille floral and sweet the lemon grass is also faint on the palate. The surprise is the subtle and gentle orange. it's not loud but it is powerfull. It too has an earthiness but it brings the sweetness of the orange t the drink in a way that is light yet juicy. Drinks softly and pleasantly. Crisp lager carbonation that is perfect with a just enough bite. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy in defiance of the spicy character.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Served chilled on a warm night.

Appearance: Really light yellow and clear in color. Pours a light white head that recedes into a nice lacing.

Aroma: Some light sweetness from the wheat is slighty overshadowed by some bitter, citrus hop notes.

Taste: Light and crisp sweetness from the malt bill upfront. A pleasing and equally light bitterness from the hops finishes each sip. Light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and really crisp. A higher than average carbonated really works here.

Overall, a nice and refreshing lager for summer. This is really light and the flavors are slightly muted, but what flavors there are work well. Nothing too revoluntionary here, but a great beer for the season.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this from the bottle chilled in a cervoise.

The color is golden with thick haze and thin white head which recedes to a ring of beads -not much lace or retention. The smell is mild with spice-like smell and light wheat sweetness in the aroma with gentle citrus aroma. The feeel is decent with medium carbonation and light body with slight sweetness and gentle tangy yeast with toast texture and medium dry finish.

The taste is very nice with a malt backbone and mild wheat with toasted grain flavor and slight spice which blends well with light citrus element lemony aspect with yeast accents and mild peppery quality with dry tangy flavor like lemongrass with slight sweetness in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this wheat lager which is not very common midly spiced which is complimentary

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Leisure Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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