1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Pro-Am Pilsner - Jack's Abby Brewing

Not Rated.
Pro-Am PilsnerPro-Am Pilsner

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

79 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 09-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed in support of the American Homebrewers Association with an award winning recipe by local homebrewer Alex Corona. Pilsner malt and noble Saaz hops converge to create a traditional bohemian Pilsner beer.

40 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 19
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An aggressive pour skill only yields a small bubbly head covering that fades pretty quickly, over a crystal clear tan apple juice colored beer.

Nose has a nice Czech pilsner aroma, like very similar to a good Czech pilsner, light toasty straw, bit grainy and even a hint of hay, little crackery pilsner, then into nice grassy hop, touch earthy but mostly just grassy like a nice noble hop, as well as a nice crisp slightly fruity lager touch.

Taste is quite malty, a nice toasty pilsner malt, lots of cracked straw and grassy malt characters, and even dried hay, bit grainy and crackery, with a touch of sweetness. Hops are fairly dominant too, a nice big grassy hop character, fair bitterness, just a hint of earthy too, some mild sulfur on the back end. Decent fruity lager character, fairly crisp and clean. Finish is dry and clean, crisp, nice lager characters lingering, bit more grassy hops and light straw pilsner malt.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, carbonation is a bit lighter than it should be though.

Overall pretty nice, a good take on a Czech pilsner, a nice straw toasty pilsner malt, decent grassy hop, very Czech level of bitterness that I remember from my trip there a couple months ago, tasty and drinkable, great lager characters and nice and crisp, but a little under carbonated and that hint of sulfur in there.

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good starting head that settles slowly and in a rocky fashion. Leaves definitive ring lace. The beer is golden in color and nearly clear.

Leans to the grainy side. Predominately pils malt aromas. Light hop in the background. Some alcohol to the nose.

Hoppier than the smell indicates. Good, soft pale malt base. The bitterness comes on very quickly. It intensifies in the swallow and gives this beer a loooong aftertaste. Full bodied with an average carbonation. Easy to drink beer.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish bubbly bone white head that quickly dissipate to a cap on top. Aromas of spicy hops and rich bready lightly toasted pilsner malt make up the aroma. Clean rich lightly sweet bready toasty malt offset with spicy earthy hops. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a lightly sweet slick bubbly mouthfeel. Really nice Bo Pils here. Clean, simple, flavorful. Come to NH already!

Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a thin white cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention (constant stream giving it support), some lacing. Balanced aroma, malty, bready and caramel with grassy and floral hops. Easy drinking too, with moderate bitterness that was more pronounced in the slightly fruity, spicy finish alongside grassy notes, mild malt sweetness. Great texture, creamy and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very good.

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear standard golden hue with a creamy one finger white head that fades slowly to leave a thick blanket and light side lacing.

S - Oh yeah, this is a pilsener alright. Nice clean, crisp, almost crackery pilsener malts and light, earthy Saaz hops. Nice and light on the nose, not overly sweet or bready. A very, very nice balance of slightly sweet clean malts and earthy hops.

T - Taste again, hits the nail on the head. Start is the not overly sweet crackery malts, so definitively pilsner, that fades in to slightly spicy, earthy hops. Spot on, just spot on. Earthy hops, crisp clean lightly sweet malts and crackers, this beer is tradition in a glass.

M - Mouthfeel is super clean, crisp, refreshing. Nice carbonation here keeps this incredibly bright.

O - Overall, this is an excellent representation of the style. Super balanced, clean, and traditional. Well done!

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear golden hue. Head is rather thin. It developed slowly but it did manage to maintain its rather skinny build. It leaves a bunch of lacing.

S-Crisp and clean nose. Saaz hops deliver a lightly spicy floral aroma with some grass. Pilsner malt brought some delicate cracker notes.

T-The flavor is bright and refreshing. A true Pils here. Balanced and lively but far from intense. The maltiness brings me flavors of light honey and sweet crackers.

M-Very bubbly. Light bodied. Light bitterness. This smaller bottle will go quick.

O/D-A well made Pilsner. Sometimes Jack's Abby will surprise you with an easy going brew that isn't intense every so often. I'll still take their wackier hop-laden offerings over this any day.

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: hops, grain, and toasted malt

Taste: grain, toasted malt, and light hops

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter middle, light body, medium-high carbonation, smooth

Overall: Very smooth, clean, and good for the style. If I wanted a Czech pilsner, this would be one to reach for.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta review the locals, Jacks Abby is probably my favorite. Nice to see them working with homebrewers.

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle with a golden yellow body that is pretty much clear. A foamy white head forms to around two fingers with decent retention. Thick ring leaves nice webs of lace.

S- Reminds me of a good Czech pilsener with notes of light grainy sweetness, lager yeast and some noble hops. Spicy and somewhat herbal/floral. Slight diacetyl but acceptable.

T- A good balance between the hops and malts, both of which lend distinct flavors. Saaz lends a nice grassy, spicy feel that is layered over toasted, cracker, bready, biscuit and slightly sweet grains. Clean and smooth.

MF- Highly carbonated brew with a light body overall. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate nicely in the finish. Creamy and silky smooth.

Balanced, clean and drinkable. Hops and grains balance out nicely in this refreshing Pils.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Dope
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date but just released within the last week or two.

A: Crystal-clear amber pour. Big fluffy light tan head. Head sticks around forever, great retention. Nice fluffy tendrils of lacing everywhere.

S: Really nice herbal hop aroma with some hints of grass. Wonderful bready malt.

T: Decent hoppiness up front, mostly grass. Some floral hops too. Not sure what I was thinking in my description above of the aroma. Kind of a grainy, bready...dry and crackery malt. Drying aftertaste with more grass.

M: Decent medium body, smooth but quite dry in the finish.

O: A really nice pils. One of the best. Fresh, crisp and refreshing. Has that characteristic dry and refreshing flavor typical of the style. Hits the spot on a hot day for sure. Nicely balanced and goes down easy. Super smooth. I love it.

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +1%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Pro-Am Pilsner from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.