Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a dark candied red, with brown highlights that hint at the maple syrup within the beer. The beer pours with a nice head of medium sized and creamy bubbles the color of whip cream mixed with maple syrup. The head leaves a minimum amount of lacing on the glass. In body the beer is lager-clear with some tiny particles floating about the glass and a light haze presumably also from the maple syrup. On the nose, the beer smells of sweet bacon and maple syrup glazed ham. The smoked malts smell very similar to Jack’s Abby’s Fire in the Ham rauchbier, just with a sweeter and syrupy twist. There is a definite briny salt character mixed in with the bacon smells and that is also quite inviting. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and salty with a very light touch of acid and bitter grassy hops. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet apple juice flavors, quickly building into smoked malt flavors and then blossoming into maple glazed bacon with salty ham on the side. The finish brings a kiss of sweet and syrupy maple and light smoked bread flavor from the malt, and the aftertaste is clean and light featuring a kiss of maple syrup and some slight briny ham flavors. In the mouth the beer feels light, maybe just a touch below the light side of medium, except for a little congealing that happens on the back of the tongue. The carbonation is smooth with just a light prickle to help keep the sweetness caramelly and not cloying. The mouth is left lightly damp with some smoky dryness on the cheeks. Overall, this is a beautiful beer with terrific maple characters and some great smoked malt character, and a very great amount of drinkability. It would pair beautifully with breakfast foods, and is definitely worthy of cooking with. It is an all-around enjoyable smoked lager with some beautiful fresh maple flavors. Try this beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2013 17:45:02 | More by Maxwell
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4/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very interesting beer. A maple bacon flavor (yes bacon), with a very interesting meaty after-taste. If someone had asked me if I wanted a maple bacon beer with a meaty aftertaste ... heck no. But for some reason, this beer works. Can't say I would drink it all the time, but if I find this, I will definitely have it again.
Again ... very interesting beer.
Serving type: on-tap
05-27-2014 23:12:11 | More by KarlosT
3.86/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a snifter
A- pours a bright & clear copper color with ruby hue, small fizzy white head that reduces to leave a few patches of lace
S- smoky roasted malt with notes of campfire, coffee bean and earthy aromas, sweet maple. This actually smells very similar to a nice smoked porter
T- caramel malt, sweet honey, baked apples, glazed ham. The smoke actually becomes most prominent after the finish with a camp-fire-ash smokiness that lingers on the palate
M- medium body with moderate prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry, crisp finish
O- definitely the most drinkable Rauchbier that I've had. It's sweet up front and smoky on the finish
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2014 02:04:08 | More by Treyliff
3.66/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Red gold body with fluffy finger of marshmallow head.
Nose is smoky and sweet. Mouthwatering.
Flavor is light but sweet. Not a usual combination. Smokiness is very present, but not over-powering. Maple sweetness really hits the mark here, without being cloying.
Pretty thin overall. Mouthfeel is slick and lightly coating.
Drinkability is very high. The mild flavors and light body make it very easy to enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 01:41:18 | More by ghostwalker
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks, angrybabboon. Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a snifter. Bottling date is November, I believe.
Dark amber in color, ranging on some redness throughout. Pours a decently fluffed up white head filled with large bubbles and slight stickiness throughout, but that dies down rather quickly. Carbonation, as always, is very good, with a cascade of bubbles that drift to the top. No faults here, although I'd never guess this was brewed with maple or smoked based on the appearance.
Oh yeah! THIS is a rauchbier, unlike the Coffee Smoke & Dagger I had right before this one in the same evening. Big notes of smokiness, often resembling honey glazed ham (Virginia ham, maybe?) and bacon rinds, alongside a caramel sweetness (again, no maple), pears, apples, and some grassy zesty flavors at the end. The power of suggestion would lead to me to believe that I was smelling some maple syrup here, but I believe its long gone at this point. This mainly shines for its smoky, savory flavor, alongside the undeniable touch of sweetness that this brewery's selection of lagers is known for.
The flavor is a blast of smoked honey and caramel glazed ham, some gaminess, pepper, and some creaminess from the malts at the finish. Slightly savory and hearty in character at first, this dies down and is replaced with some nicely balanced cider notes, pears, apricots, and lemon and grass zest at the finish. A caramel-like sweetness cleanses the palate and subdues the stronger smoky notes of the beer. The carbonation is stronger and cleaner based on how this beer was made, and the character is slightly refreshing and yet simultaneously biscuit-like, which makes it an easy (albeit steady) effort to consume. Really unique, and really fantastic to see domestic breweries making beers like this.
Man, I haven't had too many domestically smoked beers, but this one really hits the spot for now. I really wish they continue to make this, as I would love to have a fresher bottle of this and hopefully expect fresher maple notes within the beer. Otherwise, as savory as it is, I really enjoy how refreshing and crisp its build is.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 19:47:20 | More by magictacosinus
Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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