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Leisure Time Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | 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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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-11-2012 01:49:44 | More by nmann08
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-06-2012 22:45:00 | More by JAHMUR
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 00:07:33 | More by jlindros
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4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-31-2012 22:17:57 | More by smcolw
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4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-17-2013 02:42:36 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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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4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 02:57:24 | More by rudzud
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4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 19:40:00 | More by tigg924
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-18-2014 23:05:01 | More by atrocity
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-15-2013 23:10:19 | More by harrymel
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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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
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New York

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14%

01-15-2014 03:06:14 | More by mattmarka1
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Leisure Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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