Sour Time Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 89
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 2.17%
Wants: 27
Gots: 9 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Resuin on 07-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We aged last year's Leisure time Lager [a spiced, wheat lager] in wine barrels with wild yeast and souring organisms. Through this process, the beer is transformed creating a lightly tart, funky and dry beer. Prost!
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Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very pale and cloudy yellow with a nice little head of tiny, smooth, white bubbles that fizzle away to a light scrim, leaving a sheeted lacing of simple bubbles. In body, the beer is properly hazy with a protein haze and a nice stream of bubbles running up the middle of the glass. Very little of the other side of the glass is visible. This beer is not as pretty as its Leisure Time brother, but that is to be expected with aging. On the nose, the beer smells of good old funky Brettanomyces with layers of citric lemon, barnyard, and light wheat malt melding together. Lemongrass-like funk is the big player on the nose, and it is beautiful and complex while remaining complex and refreshing. On the tongue, the beer tastes tartly acidic like a Berliner weisse with a great, medium pucker to the mouth. There is some nice sweetness in the end of the sip from the wheat malt, but the main player in this beer is the refreshingly citric pucker. In flavor, the beer begins as crisp, citric lemon that is very bright on the tongue. This transitions to gentle horse blanket and fruit leather flavors from the brett as it passes over the middle palate, and then crescendos with a tart, lemongrass and chalky barnyard finish. The aftertaste is chalky lemongrass and light wheat malts. This tastes like summer. In the mouth, the beer feels crisp, and medium in body with a fiercer carbonation that fizzles on the tongue, but does not fatigue it. The mouth is left damp trying to control the acids in the beer, and a little chalky as well. Overall this is one hell of a refreshing beer. It at times reminds me of a less funky lambic, which is awesome. I hope that Jack’s Abby continues this one year after year, and eventually starts blending these together… That would be amazing! Lager Gueuze! You need to try this beer. (1,836 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. - Hazy golden yellow with an off white head that sits on top

S - Lactic acid, sour lemon, light wheat and straw

T - Light tart sour apple, wheat, light white vinegar and lemon. Reminds me of a Berliner

M - Light body with minimal carbonation. Actually a nice and soft mouthfeel

O - Nice easy drinking sour from Jack's Abbey. (332 characters)

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to pjl44 for this awesome extra!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: brilliant yellow bodied beer that is slightly opaque, but overall its more clear that it is opaque. It looks like slightly concentrated urine or lemonade with a white head on it. 1 full finger of bone white head. Drops quickly to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Very bright citrus. Straw / hay notes and slightly sweet wheat malt. Mild spicy and lightly fruity yeast. Smells like it fairly tart.

Taste: Almost has moderate tartness levels, its on the high end of low levels of tartness. Orange zest and lemons! Citrusy and bright flavors just like the nose. White grapes, hint of oak, hint of musty funk, earthy, and a slightly bit of acetone in the finish. Acetone is very faint and is not distracting to the flavor profile in the least, but it is definately there.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. So crisp, so light, so refreshing, so drinkable, very bright, and very clean. Carbonation is impressive. Its soft and its delicate, but it comes alive when it hits your tongue. Drinkablity is off the charts.

Overall: Love the diversity shown here by Jack's Abby. As far as I know, this is the first attempt at a sour beer. I really enjoyed it alot. I honestly dont know of many "sour lagers" as the brewer calls the beer on the label. It is a unique beer. I have only drank a handful of beers from the Biere de Garde style, but this is easily one of the best. It is a really memorable beer. It goes down really easy, but still has some nice complexity. Watch out top new beers list... here comes Sour Time Lager. Bravo Jack's Abby! (1,641 characters)

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Sour Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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