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Leisure Time Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Leisure Time LagerLeisure Time Lager

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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 404
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 27.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 404
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

interesting beer here, but its far from my favorite that these guys do. its almost like a wit beer with all the spices and herbs added, but as always, a lager. these guys have really pushed the envelope forward in lager beer, and they have my utmost respect for that. this is hazy and heady, pale wheat colored brew, patchy lace as it sits. smells like chamomile, really pretty aggressive in that regard, with an earthy herbal property that resembles a belgian wit, just without the yeast. the coriander is rather prominent in the nose as well. the wheat is fresh and flavorful, really fluffy in texture, and provides a lot of room for the depth of flavors going on here. i think its a little over spiced or herbed or whatever, i lose some of the lager yeast and some of the wheat flavor to it, and it seems a little out of whack, sitting a bit odd in the stomach and with an aftertaste i dont all the way love. a little soapy, but still a cool beer in a lot of ways. it has a ton of structure and an awesome mouthfeel overall, and has a real different flavor on the yeast side of things. impressive for being different, but this is one of my least favorites from these guys so far. still absolutely worth a try, especially for fans of wit types. better in summer than fall for sure too.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden hue with a pillow white head. Smells of wheat, hay, and lemon grass. Might be slightly heavy on the wheat but the finish is clean with a light spice presence. Reminds me of a witbier without the heavy yeast character of banana and cloves. Finished clean. Overall, a very refreshing new summer lager that I could drink all Summer long.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
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 rorykanderson
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful aroma of fresh cut grass with a hint of spice. Solid balance of flavors across the wheat, malt and hops. Really enjoyable beer; I was actually surprised how much I liked it considering I absent-mindedly reached for this while in the mood for an ice-cold lager. The flavor profile is enticing and the beer goes down real easy. A summer standout. Jack's Abbey is doing great things and this is one of their gems.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have to step back and pause with beers like this. I expect and appreciate all the crazy boisterous stuff, but I have to recognize when something subtly interesting comes along. That's this beer. Hints and accents of lemongrass and spices. It's a nice combo. I like it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of tone77
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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 galwayjoyce
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great, simple lager.
awesome spice, floral, honey, and fruit flavors (too discernible to be referred to as "notes"). while the flavors stand out, it is only relative to the lager itself...so they still manage to be light...and the beer as a whole, retains a PERFECTLY soft touch. ideal summer beer to crush...with some BBQ, or fried clams...by a bonfire..on a beach...on Cape Cod. refreshing stuff.

no BS or Frou-Frou. A GOOD effin' Lager.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -4.2%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
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 Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a hazy light orange with yellow highlights and about two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is citrus aroma at first. There is a touch of lemon and tangerine but also has a peppery aroma here too. It might be what is called grains of paradise and seems to meld into a mellow wheat aroma here is the nose.

The taste is a citrus flavor that is citrus but also brings a melon flavor that was just a little unexpected. There is some juicy cantaloupe flavor here that really brings some sweetness at its boarders. There is almost a celery flavor here that brings just a small dryness before going away and being pushed off but a slight tangerine flavor. There is what here just throughout this beer and really just keeps the theme going throughout. Some juicy fruit flavor that touches of wheat, then some spicy flavors then more wheat. It fills the gaps here and there and plays the soul of this beer throughout.

The feel of this beer is light to medium bodied and has a really smooth drinkable feel that goes down easy and barely makes you blink before your glass is almost gone. There a wonderful crispness here that is just a pleasure.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 DefenCorps
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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 predikit
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

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 Reegze79
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Nice, refreshing herbal "summer" lager. Very light body with virtually no hop presence or bitterness. Pours nicely although the head diminished amost immediately and there is a slight haze due to the unfiltered processing and use of wheat malt. I picked up a subtle, non-hop, wheat / orange aroma after the pour.

There really is not much to this beer...but I thought is was very good. I killed a few of these sitting on the deck of our beach cottege in Seabrook NH. Jacks Abby is one of my absolute favorite brewers and they have a way of taking a very simple, summer lager and making it quaffable and interesting.

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Photo of Florida9
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
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 brianmandell
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of utopiajane
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 dar482
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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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Leisure Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.