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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 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 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 BobZ
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow following the expectation for a wit more than a lager. The head builds to about 1" but quickly dissipates, again nice lacing.

Smell: Big lemony citrus is immediately up front and dominant. Not getting much from the malt as it is hidden beneath the citrus.

Taste: Follows the aroma, and the witbier style, a lemony citrus coating over a faint bready malt. Mildly refreshing and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A lighter beer, very sessionable from a mouthfeel standpoint, again a light body, refreshing, and clean on the palate.

Overall: Very nice take on a lagered witbier and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; little lacing;

S: mild spice, a little bread, and a little citrus;

T: mild; bready with some spice; a hint of lemon in the background; finish is mildly bitter;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation - a little effervescent; dry finish;

O; refreshing; thirst quenching; everything about this beer is subtle, but the finished product is complex;

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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 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 Andrew041180
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Beautiful cloudy, pale straw color, with a generous head that retains well but ultimately reduces to a thin covering. Light lacing on the glass. Exactly what I had hoped for from this style and brewery

S - I smell the wheatiness and the faint spicy notes described by the bottle's label. I typically have a hard time devining the nature of these smells, and this beer is no exception.

T - Not quite as much flavor as I had hoped for. I'm a sucker for beer that punches me in the mouth. That said I still appreciate the subtle flavors present here: lemongrass, wheat, and a touch of spice. I'm glad that they didn't overdue the spice.

M - Excellent. Very little room for improvement here as far as I'm concerned.

O - Nicely put together. This is the type of beer that pushes me to continue my exploration of the style.

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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 OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 04.29.2013

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that slowly reduces to a thin cap

S: Get quite a bit of the advertised spices (lemongrass, coriander, orange peel, and chamomile) to start off along with some floral hops. Also get some wheat

T: Starts off with the same advertised spices along with a nice citrus hop presence that goes well with the spices. Also get some wheat and floral hops more towards the finish after the initial hit of spices. Finishes with a mix of the spices and wheat

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice wheat lager with plenty of flavor. Possibly a little heavy on all the spices, but if that's your thing, then this would be a great beer for you. Easy to drink regardless, especially with the abv. Price reflects that, at $2.69 for a 500 mL bottle. As with every brew from this brewery, it doesn't hurt to pick up at least a bottle

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of bum732
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

S: Nice floral coriander and orange peel with slight fresh lemongrass, more citrus than anything.

L: Hazy, golden yellow with creamy, carbonated white head with solid retention. Solid lacing.

T: Clean, slightly wheat taste with a medium low citrus and earthy flavors. Low bitterness with a very clean, slightly doughy finish. Any bitterness from the coriander or chamomile.

M: Light bodied, medium low carbonation.

Solid stuff. Perfect amount of spices and fruit, melds well with the wheat. Could use a bit more carbonation for that "refreshment" aspect. But solid overall and quite unique.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 taez555
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 RummyRedbeard
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(copied from blog - written September 27, 2012)

Appearance – Very thin white head. Cloudy light yellow.
Smell – Straw or grass, floral, wheat, yeast.
Taste – Chamomile, slight tart bitterness like lemon or orange peel.

Though I’m not a huge fan of wheat beers, this is a brew that I have found myself coming back to time and time again as a personal preference for a session-like beer. It is light and crisp with a pleasant amount of carbonation so it goes down very smooth. It’s flavorful but not overpowering which makes it a great beer to compliment any meal. And my favorite part about all Jack’s Abby beers beside the creativity is it’s affordable as hell!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.


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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy yellow with huge white foamy head. On the first pour it was almost transparent but the second pour dumped all the yeast sediment rendering it mostly opaque. The head sticks around for the entire ride but lacing is minimal.

I can smell a lot of citrus and spicyness, a lot like a Belgian witbeer. Oh this is really good - not as much spice as in the nose but I can definitely taste orange in there. A lot of floral notes as well. Goes down really smooth and it’s as refreshing as a hefeweizen with all the added crispness and cleanliness of a lager. After it warms up a bit I can taste the lemongrass in it as well, but I’d rather drink this one cold – it’s definitely a summer beer.

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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 horshack7
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: With a frothy white head around two fingers thick underneath is a very cloudy and hazy golden beer.

Aroma: Ginger, coriander, pear, apple, yeasty esters, golden raisins. orange peel.

Taste: Pear, grape, faint notes of simple syrup, light grapefruit. Apple, lemon zest,raisins. As for the mouthfeel it's crisp and has a nice dry finish.

Notes: Such a very drinkable beer very good anytime. Cheers.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to beersndrums for the bottle! This rounds out my generous gift box of Jack’s Abby beers!

Pale gold color with great head retention and some nice patches of lacing. The aroma and taste are loaded with exactly what it says on the bottle – bready wheat malt, coriander, orange, lemon, and peppery yeast. As with all Jack’s Abby beers, the mouthfeel is fantastic. It’s creamy while still being crisp and very clean. I’m surprised that this isn’t rated more highly as I thought it was really tasty and extremely drinkable. I’ve been really impressed with all of the Jack’s Abby beers that I’ve had and I hope that lagers become more widely-brewed. When done well, they can be very special. Thanks a ton for the beer, Jared!

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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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Leisure Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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