Jack Straw | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Jack StrawJack Straw

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mattsucks on 03-21-2014

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by thecheapies:
Photo of thecheapies
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey blonde color. Head is short, but persistent.

Pils malt base in the aroma with some lemony and peach notes. Still, a bitter nose with some hop evidenced. On the gritty side.

More bitterness. Generically flavored for a kolsch. Lemony esters is not as bright as is typical. Grassiness has an astringency that might be pushed to that brink because of added hops. Missing delicateness. Body is light-medium. Carbonation is medium-high. Not as authentic as I could hope for.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nicholas2121
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jack Straw brewed by Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon, with an ABV of 5.2% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Jack Straw is is grains ,malts, and a hit of hops. Not much to the smell of this brew, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste it is bitter, but smooth. I like how Jack Straw is different from most brews on the market. There is a strong bitterness at first but the end is smooth and rich. Jack Straw has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Jack Straw bold, rich , and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Jack Straw a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon did a nice job with this brew.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is an American version is everything the style is supposed to be.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, w/ bottled on dating info on the neck of the bottle, nice

Pours yellow/golden, tiny bubble off white mini head, goes to a film, thin collar and leaves spottly low lacing.

Lemony and malty nose.

Crisp and tasty Pilsner. More lemon, some lime, wheaty malts. Nicely done....would likely go great with some bbq, or a burger or spicy food.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely dialed in, well done Fat Heads ! From the appearance to the aromas, feel and taste this is a true pilsener at it's finest. Already known for their world class hoppy beers, in my opinion, Fat heads brews some of the best representations of lager styles that can be had. And since The Wright Pils is out for the season this'll be my go to.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Zonian1
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thickest longest lasting head of any beer that has ever graced my pallet. golden straw color. dry malty smell. taste is similar; grainy yet crisp. surprisingly smooth mellow wash, with an earthy aftertaste.

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Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of McMatt7
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Head's Brewery "Jack Straw Pilsner"
$6 / pint @ Twisted Jimmy's, Indiana, PA

So it appears that this beer is listed twice here on BeerAdvocate, once as a Czech Pilsner and once as a German Pils, which would normally not be a problem because it's usually one or the other and they can then just be grouped together once one is determined to be the proper choice, but in this case Fat Head's themselves have proclaimed this beer to be a little bit of both in their description by stating "Bohemian and Bavarian Pilsners collide to create a crisp Pilsner brewed with Czech floor malted barley tenuously hopped with German Magnum, Tettnang and Saffir hops". The specs also include 5.3% ABV, 35 IBUs, and German yeast. As it's using German yeast and German hops, and the IBU's are smack dab in the center of the BJCP's listed range for German Pils, and the alcohol is just slightly above the listed top of 5.2% ABV, I have to go with German Pilsner as the style. To argue it further, although Czech malt is in use, the IBUs are at the bottom range for a Czech Pilsner, and the alcohol is again at the top of the range (but still within limits) and that just seems unbalanced - it fits more naturally as German Pils in my mind, regardless of where the malt came from.

So what about the beer itself? Well it's got the typical appearance with a golden body and bright white head, and the head retention and lacing are quite good. The aroma displays a bit of lemon which is a little unusual for either style,although sometimes found, and I attribute that to the Saphir hops although I've never found that myself with them as they're usually more 'generic citrusy' or orange-like. And that follows into the flavor. It's also a bit floral and spicy which fits with the Tettnanger. The malt is surprisingly rich, but that probably has to do with the floor malting; and it still works within the beer, it just makes it seem a little bigger than it is. (Interesting trick, I should make a note of that). If I had to chose a style that could handle the richer malt however, I'd go with German Pils - Czech Pilsners are more delicate and more about finesse whereas the German style is more "achtung', shall we say?

Anyway you want to look at it, once the beer is in front of you it's a high quality "Pilsner" that's well done. It may push the limits on its "drinkability", slightly, given its fuller flavor but it's certainly within range of other American versions out there and it's quite satiating. Nicely done!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jack Straw is Jack Chill.....liken it! The beer poured a lighter gold with white head that is not leaving much lacing. The scent has grass like tones with hints of biscuit. The taste starts with grass like roots with some bread then finishes with waif of alcohol. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent pils.

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Photo of miketd
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of zimm421
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of glass_house
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of wellsnb
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of cdman56
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cyrushire
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Jack Straw - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and soapy, with scant lacing, and a golden clear body.

I smell bright and lively grains and malts. A slight citrus zip showed up towards the end for me. Not too much hops in the smell here.

Tastes like a mild touch of hops, along with the livelier grains mentioned above. Nice and smooth balance to this drink. I can see why this would be a good choice after being out on hot weather..

This beer's mouthfeel is clean and smooth. A very good job done here when it comes to refreshing and going down easy.

Overall,I'll give Jack Straw - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon a 4.25. I'd grab this again on a stifling day for sure.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJSJr
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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