Sunny Ridge
Jack's Abby Brewing

Sunny RidgeSunny Ridge
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
German Pilsner
Ranked #37
Ranked #16,192
3.87 | pDev: 8.27%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Sunny RidgeSunny Ridge
Notes: This aromatic lager features a sunshine hue, herbal noble hop nose, and a dry finish. We balance pilsner malt with a blend of European hops and polish it with extended periods of cold conditioning. You're royalty, now drink like it.
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 379
Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meh! I'm seeing CAN reviews & all I have for this evening is a stoopid Bottle! 8=(

From the Bottle: "Drink Like Royalty!"; "Noble Hops"; "IBUs 35//OG 12 Plato"; "Unfiltered/Unpasteurized[/]Locally Sourced Ingredients".

It may have been unfiltered, but when I noticed some lees on the kick/punt, I decided to proceed with caution. I began by Pop!ping the cap & beginning a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. It puffed up nicely to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with very good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose began with a toasty, biscuity maltiness & upon warming, allowed the Noble hops to peek through. This was definitely a GER Pils. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium, not usually a notable thing, but this was big for its style. The taste was very mild, very much malt-driven with the biscuity, toasty flavors really coming through from the outset. As with the nose, the Noble hops were simply riding shotgun. Sehr gut! It drank at a lower-seeming level than their measured 5.1% ABV, almost like a session beer. It was quite unobtrusive & very drinkable as a result. Finish was semi-dry & very refreshing. I will now be actively seeking out the CANned version!

 1,259 characters

Photo of Amendm
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An average pour from a 16-oz. can creates a finger of bone white frothy and soapy head with average retention and abundant clinging lace. Light golden-straw color with fine rising bubbles, clear and bright, beautiful in full sunlight.

Lightly toasted wheat bread, some rising bread dough and fresh grains greet the nose with floral hops and very faint baking spice.

The taste is similar, neutral with some sweetness from pale malt and averagely bitter from hops and the toasted Pilsner malts. A light lemon/orange fruitiness arrives at the end with some apple and dry grape juice. The finish is semi-dry, fast and crisp with hop and spice bitterness at its boldest yet remains averagely bitter. A short taste of hops lingers.

Medium-low body, just below average carbonation (even throughout) with that smooth drinking, crisp finishing feel.

True to style and my expectations, Jacks' Abby and German Pilsners should never let you down.

 940 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from Bridge and Tunnel in Astoria.

Drunk from the can at Mosquito Creek, so I can't comment on the appearance.A nice bread and dough grain character with lemon brightness, earth, a little leaf, a touch of honey. The palate opens mildly bitter with a touch of lemony hop oil followed by notes of dough, bread and grain. Crisp and clean, though there is an unwelcome slickness with the occasional sip. Drying and mildly bitter on the finish with lingering earth and dough. Nice.

 483 characters

Photo of officerbill
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Less hoppy with slightly less carbonation and a fuller, rounder body than their Post Shift Pils. Just as good, but with a slightly different profile.
An excellent pilsner from a brewery that knows how to make lagers.

 216 characters

Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with visible carbonation. A large frothy head shows good retention.
The nose opens by highlighting hops aromas of citrus and lemon. There is a nice sensation that evokes floral aromas post rain and sweet grass. The malt aroma evokes lightly toasted bread and biscuit.
The taste opens by emphasizing bready and biscuity malts. The malts have a moderate sweetness along with a full and silky mouthfeel. Well hopped overall, the hops flavors soon begin to develop. There are zesty notes of lemon, leafy, grassy and light tobacco like earthy hops along with a moderate spice throughout. A clean and dry finish provides a light bitterness.
Light bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation. The malt profile provides a soft mouthfeel.
Delicately balanced and easy to drink. Another good Lager from this brewery.

 835 characters

Photo of jrc1093
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Engine Room in Mystic, CT

Pours a light golden straw, heavily effervescent, and with a short white head with plenty of soapy lacing clinging resiliently to the glass.

Aromas of honeyed grain, dense wheat, and light pilsner malt and yeast in a compact bouquet.

Taste brings subtle honeyed grain, a slight barnyard oak, and a gritty, herbal finish; dense and grassy notes pervade this profile.

Mouthfeel has a medium-heavy body, very nicely balanced considering the weight, and a steadily building but restrained carbonation; gritty with coarse grain toward the finish, with hints of crispness throughout.

A solidly-made pilsner with maybe a bit too unrestrained of a denseness on the profile to leave a lasting impression. Still, a very drinkable beer, something Jack's Abby does consistently well.

 816 characters

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high frothy white head that settled down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuity malts and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of biscuit malts and grassy hops, the latter of which also contribute a light amount of bitterness. Slight hints of spicy hops are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pilsener has a very good balance between the malt and hops—in fact there is a strong dose of hops that you don't really get any cleanness on the mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

 818 characters

Photo of specialmonkey
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Yesterday I saw this attractive tall orange 6-pack with orange and yellow diamonds and a lion crest at the Whole Foods market and was excited to try it out.

This is quite a refreshing beer, as I drink it now, inside, on one of our first 90°F + days ... it's got a nice pour ... lovely, very slightly orange tinge, with froth that remains, and a pleasant carbonation, and quite a nice mouth feel.

I imagine it is pretty close to an authentic Pilsner ... it seems to have those type of hops, and that Pilsner otherness you seem to only find in Czech and German Pilsners.

 574 characters

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear straw color with a big pillowy white head. Medium retention. It died down into a thin film, but leaves sheets of lacing.

S: Toasted white bread, honey, light cereal grains, orange blossom, minerality, grass, white flowers, lemon pith.

T: Grass, lemon peel, and orange blossom upfront, followed by crisp grainy malt with a hint of honey. The body/water is minerally and slightly sulphuric. Finishes crisp, clean, dry, lightly metallic, with more grass and a lingering green pepper vegetal spice.

F: Average for the style, light but not watery, well-carbonated and full on the palate with a crisp and clean finish.

O: A really nice German pilsner. One of Jack's Abby's better traditional lagers.

 712 characters

Photo of MrRB
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brilliant Pilsner from Jack's Abby. A beautifully structured beer capable of producing a thick and persistent head. Extraordinarily clear yellowy gold appearance. Soft grassy and herbal aromas lead to a wonderful experience on the palate: the hop flavors are concentrated and clean, and the finish very dry and minty. Finely textured carbonation creates a fine mouthfeel. Most excellent. [5/31/18 can into Becher glass]

 419 characters

Photo of ILeftNJ
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am a big fan of Jack's Abby Beers. Also love trying different pilsners both German and American. This one is dry and refreshing. It stand up with food and will have you cracking more than one.

 194 characters

Photo of tekstr1der
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A style I've never loved, but keep trying. This is one of the better ones as I expected by how much I enjoy their lagers. Pours golden with a finger of white top. Aromas are nice buiscuity malt with the hop/pepper of the style that I don't much like. Flavor follows similarly. Not bad

 284 characters

Photo of FBarber
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light but bright gold color. Somewhat cloudy. Thick deep pillowy white head dissipates steadily leaving some white lacing on the glass and a thin residual head.

Aroma is bready with hints of honey, floral hops, a touch of peppery spice, and some grassy notes.

Taste follows the nose with bready slightly sweet honey notes initially. Gives way to grassy spicy hops and a sweet finish. Hints of tangerine and orange linger with the finish.

Feel is light, pretty crisp, drinkable. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a well crafted pilsner from Jack's Abby.

 565 characters

Photo of MikeWard
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a pint glass. canned 4/25/17, so 3 1/2 months old.

looks pretty good, almost clear pale yellow body, poured carefully. small white head which dissipates to a ring and covering, but leaves decent lacing.

very little on the nose, just some yeastiness.

none of the flavors are strong, but the yeast/malt/hops combine nicely for a quite smooth drink. quite refreshing.

mouth is thin but not watery, finish is clean.

overall, a nice beer for the summer months. Not outstanding, but certainly does the job.

 522 characters

Photo of VFerrec
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great summer beer, very drinkable.
Pours hazy yellow with a nice fluffy head.
Classic pils taste sweet and light bitterness at the finish.
Summer Crusher. Nice alternative to my usual IPAs.

 194 characters

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 4/28/17 and poured into Carton Dubvariant glass.

L: Very clear light gold. Stiff 2F head with good retention, lacing, and a cap and ring.

S: Citrus with grassy herbal Pils malt. Smells like it should.

T: Light citrus, light grassiness. Some yeast. Finishes a little bit on the bitter side. I don't feel the sun.

F: Light bodied, pretty lively carbonation, but still might not be enough to chase that finish. Construction is OK. Still fairly refreshing.

O: Not one of their better offerings. Maybe 10 weeks is a bit much?

 535 characters

Photo of lic217
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: light yellow, very clear, nice head with lacing
Smell: Pilsner malt, light flowery, spicey, citrus like hops
Taste: Follows the nose, starts sweet, but ends with nice bitterness
Feel: Very drinkable, moderate carbonation
Overall: A very good pilsner

 255 characters

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 04/25/17

Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a creamy white foam head. Smells like big green apple, pear, orange citrus, malty honey grains, tea, with floral spicy earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like green apple, pear, orange citrus, malty honey grains, tea, with floral spicy earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels smooth medium bodied, creamy and crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice pilsner.

 423 characters

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a light yellow color. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a one to two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds. Messy lacing ran here and there. The smell starts off with some sweet corn malts. Light grassy to lightly spicy hops. Light biscuity dryness. The taste was sweet first and then slides into some light spice. Semi-smooth sweet to spicy aftertaste with a fairly wet semi-sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a great sessionability about it. Crisp and smooth, with a good penetration hitting the tongue. Overall, perfect for a late Spring day. Would love to have again.

 724 characters

Photo of keithmurray
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

Smell - grass, lemon rind, biscuit

Taste - biscuit, lemon rind, grass, bready malts

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, slight breadyness/sweetness upfront, slight bitterness on the back end

Overall - satisfactory offering thats easy to drink - worth a try

Price Point - $2.29/16 oz can

 347 characters

Photo of hopsputin
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: clear golden amber wheat color. there is a hint of burnt yellow as well. head pour large, white, and frothy. it settles at about 2 fingers

s: huge bready aroma, noble hops, lemongrass, nice earthy herbal aroma as well

t: follows the nose. big bready malty notes up front. lemongrass and an herbal bitterness follow that. there is a touch of sweetness from the malt as well. a touch of pepper and the bread finish this off

m: lighter side of medium. high carbonation

o: well made pilsner here. this checks off all the notches i look for. mouthfeel is good, the flavors are smooth and harmonized. finish is crisp with just a kick from the hops

 659 characters

Photo of Sheppard
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden hue, brilliant white head. Smell of lime and crackers. Nice bready crusty backbone to this. A touch of lime juice on the finish. Nice peppery bite too. Very drinkable, but not the smoothest pilsner, even locally. It does a lot of things to a satisfactory level, but nothing to an extraordinary level. That's perfectly fine.

 344 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Spicy, herbal noble hops up front along with a light grainy note. Simple, but very nice

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the herbal hops and goes into some light spicy hop notes, graininess, and pils malt. Again, very simple but solid execution

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A clean, simple German pils that really hits the spot. Extremely easy to drink. Definitely worth checking out for the summer time

 515 characters

Photo of citizencane
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks translucent yellow with decent head from can into glass. Smell is a crisp melange of bready malts and mild hops. Taste is the same. No buttery was, saltiness, or metallic, as some in the style tend to do. Very well done. Crisp refreshing mouthfeel. Used to not like German style pilsners, but keep finding better and better examples of the style. Well done beer.

 375 characters

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn that's a crisp pilsner. Toasty, doughy barley backbone with light floral and herbal hops. A great take on the classic style. Hits all the right notes. I want more.

 168 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Sunny Ridge from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 379 ratings