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%
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.
05-20-2013 17:45:02 | More by Maxwell
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
06-17-2013 13:08:54 | More by tigg924
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
Acquired via NBA LIF victory
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.
08-07-2013 00:56:39 | More by ehammond1
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.
08-22-2013 01:49:39 | More by hagbergl
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
06-18-2013 23:03:14 | More by greenmtn1111
Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.