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Leisure Time Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

Leisure Time LagerLeisure Time Lager

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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 tigg924


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 01:21:00 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of PeterIngemi


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 lt bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a light straw yellow, reminds me of lemonade, with a frothy slightly over two finger head that dissapates nicley, a pretty good amount of lacing stuck to the glass.... This looks refreshing!

S: light wheaty lemony smell, as the beer warms a bit the chamamoile starts entering the nose a bit adding a nice citrusy tea like note.

T: yum... Very refreshing lightly toasted wheat, with a touch of lemon and tea, unusually don't like wheat beers, but this is tasty, much like the nose, the chamamoile comes out more as this beer warms, I get a little bit of light citrusy hops here on the finish, also a light floralness... Overall everything is incredibly well balanced here.... So well rounded.

M: light bodied and super session able, this beer still maintains a nice fullness and crisp medium/high carbonation, perfect for this brew.... Not watery at all.

O: this is a super tasty and super refreshing brew.... I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers so I was almost scared off of this one.... But I'm so glad I tried it.... I can see myself reaching for this one on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 04:18:33 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of Gatch


4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 19:04:42 | More by Gatch
Photo of PicoPapa


3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 03:31:18 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Some chill haze, slight retention, no lace.

Sweet wheat and maybe a little spice in the nose. Floral notes as the brew warms a bit.

Nicely balanced brew. Wheat/grain up front. Some lemony notes (I get the lemongrass). The sweetness of the grain is long on the palate, and fades as light bitterness comes in. No off notes, nothing sour or out of place. I'm beginning to like this more as I drink it.

Lighter bodied and appropriate carbonation.

Overall, a very nice brew. An interesting version of the style, but I liked this. Smooth is an understatement.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 22:16:28 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of mlazzaro


2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 00:21:39 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of cbutova


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 03:02:08 | More by cbutova
Photo of Dope


4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 05:26:26 | More by Dope
Photo of jlindros


4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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
Photo of rudzud


4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
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
Photo of smcolw


4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
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
Photo of taez555


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very pale light hazy translucent yellowish/white body with a thick bright white head.

Nose is at first rather citric and hoppy, but as you start to really pick the flavors apart it has more of a botanical and grassy smell, with lovely touches of honeycomb, lavender, and chamomile.

Taste is very light bodied and very easy sipping. You almost can’t tell there’s alcohol in this. First sip is very clean with a mixture of soft wheat and fresh grain. You really need to take your time with this beer, since once the intitial wheat and light lager flavor flow over the tongue, this lovely backend of chamomile, lemongrass, I’m tasting honey, and other soft citric and potpourri flavors hit you. Not enough to overpower at all, just enough to give it some character. There’s definitely a mild taste of hops in this beer, and it has a somewhat citric hop bitterness and flavor, but it comes in waves as you taste and never really overpowers. Just says hi in passing and let’s the other flavors do the work. Ends very crisp and refreshing.

What a well named beer. It’s not a true weis beer at all, but it has just enough wheat to give it that pale sipping weis flavor. That combined with the tradional light type lager, and amazing very mild spices, it’s such a great hot summer day leisure time lager. The spice additions are really what make this beer rock though. If it was just a wheat/lager it’d be boring, those little spice notes are the cherry on top. Actually, you know what this beer really reminds me of… a Berliner weis. But instead of adding syrup, it was steeped with a very mild tea of chamomile, lemongrass, orange, coriander and a very mild honeycomb (I know there’s none in it, but damn it I taste honey). Cool beer.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2012 21:07:57 | More by taez555
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Leisure Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.