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Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple LagerJack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager

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very good

421 Ratings

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-02-2013)
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Reviews by CHADMC3:
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4.19/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours a transparent copper body with subtle carbonation rising to the abundant, foamy off-white head which eventually gives way to a constant, thin ring of lacing which clings the glass for the duration.

Nice aromas, the maple is certainly present with toffee and biscuit as well as the smoked wood one would expect.

The flavor is similar and it really does a fine dance between sweet and smoke as the maple and rauch play well together and there even seems to be a touch of munich type malt in there which offers a carmel quality sweetness.

Medium in carbonation with a lighter open and finish but bordering on chewy mid-body as you enjoy the maple.

I'm impressed. The maple really takes the edge off the smoke if you are not a rauch bier traditionalist. Well done.

09-15-2013 23:54:39 | More by CHADMC3
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Appearance: orange-brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, hazy

Smell: toasted malt and rauch smoke

Taste: toasted malt, rauch smoke, with a sugary slightly maple backbone

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium body, sweet and smoky

Overall: Way more rauch-like than maple like. The maple adds a sweetness, but you need to search for the flavor..the flavor before the smoke reminds me of a good marzen..A complex brew and one that I would get again, although I prefer Fire in the Ham..Love a brewery that does so many rauchbiers.

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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via NBA LIF victory
Thanks, brooklynbrews!

A copper and dark amber without much of a head. There's a thin film of off-white bubbles atop. Leaves the glass nearly clean on the way down. Unremarkable and somewhat lifeless.

A nice maple and honey sweetness leads in the aroma, along with mild smoke and toast in the background. Simple, straightforward, but remarkably present.

Low bitterness, maple-dipped, toasted waffle leads the way in the flavor with a little bit of a lingering, almost meat-like smoke character on the finish. The smoke character lingers longer than the rest of the flavors. Moderately refreshing.

Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation.

An easily crushable bottle of an interesting lager, but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out specifically in the future.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-18-2013 02:05:39 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Had a pint on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.

Appearance (3.5/5): Amber and a one finger, creamy off white head.

Smell (4/5): Smells a little peaty and lightly sweet. Has a good clean lagery aroma and unlike any beer I've ever smelled. It has elements that remind me of Schlenkerla's rauchbiers but the maple character adds a completely different element to this beer. Really interesting, though some might rather call it "weird."

Taste (4/5): Wow. This beer is a lot different than expected. The maple flavor is not as intense as I thought it would be. The light maple flavor combines with the smoked malt to actually create a bacon-like flavor in the aftertaste. Very crisp. The flavor also has a bit of a sweet potato- or squash-like flavor. This would be perfect around the Thanksgiving table.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Light body and nice, medium carbonation that adds just enough effervescence to the beer. It has a very lagery feel to it–clean and crisp–and the smoked malt is not overwhelming at all.

Overall (4/5): This beer is actually quite easy to drink, despite what the name might make one think. The smoked malt and maple flavors separate this beer from the pack, and in a good way. This beer has the flavor of acorn squash with maple syrup. The one point I will make about this beer is that it might be best enjoyed in a smaller serving, say, 9 or 10 ounces instead of the full 12. Good stuff, nonetheless; something I expect every time from Jack's Abby and Lawson's.

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Poured into a standard pub glass.

A: 4.25 - Medium amber in color with a small cream colored head that dissipates within a minute. Beer is opaque with no visible sediment.

S: 3.75 - I get chocolate malts right off the bat and then a hint of maple.

T: 4.00 - I can definitely taste the lactose sugars its says were used on the bottle. The smoke is definitely present but not overpowering, enough so that it's pretty refreshing and easy to drink. I wish the maple stood out a little bit more, though. That's my only complaint.

M: 4.50 - Very crisp and clean on the palate - typical of a Lager from Jack's Abbey.

O: 4.25 - It's great to be able to purchase something touched by Lawson's here in Massachusetts. I don't drink smoked beers very often but this one I could see drinking all the time.

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Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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