Sunny Ridge
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #36
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,746
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 8.27%
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
398
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Jack's Abby Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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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.
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/27/21

Back with another American take on a classic European style, we have a Czech pils from Jack's Abby. I'm actually surprised I haven't had this one yet, as it seems to be everywhere throughout a good portion of the year. Oh well, at least I've got around to it now. Let's dive right in

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with 2 fingers of creamy white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

This has a beautiful balance in the nose between sweet, toasty, and hoppy notes. I'm picking up on aromas of fresh baked bread, toasted wheat, lemon rind, herbal hops, white pepper, apple skin, and doughy malt

I wanted the taste to achieve the damn near perfect balance that the aroma did, but that was an unrealistic expectation. Still, this is a delicious beer. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting herbal hops, orange peel, and raw grain. The swallow brings notes of toasted malt, herbal hops, fruity yeast, and a touch of spicy wheat

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a zippy and refreshing beer. Finishes mostly dry with nice sweetness offset by mildly spicy hops

This beer deserves much higher ratings than it has. An incredible take on the style, though one I have admittedly limited experience. Still, great stuff

Mar 21, 2021
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can dated: 01/27/21

L: Pours a pale gold color with great clarity. Some hop particulate is visible in the matrix. A moderate tilted pour results in 3 fingers of a fine, white head. The retention is good as the head falls to a 5 mm ring around the glass with a good sheet of splotchy head occupying the middle of the glass as some lazy streamers of carbonation rise to the surface. The head leaves a nice webbed lacing as it recedes in the glass.

S: Prominent bready malt character, notes of fresh cut hay, floral notes, light notes of earth and spice, and a bit of citrus character.

T: I get lemon pith, bittersweet citrus flesh, sweet biscuit malt character mixing with light notes of whole wheat bread crust, a prominent herbal note of fresh cut hay, hints of peppery spice, and a low bitterness on the finish that has a distinct floral character.

F: A light body with medium to medium-high carbonation. The beer has a clean and crisp feel with a nice dryness on the finish.

O: Great American example of the style. Great balance between the malt bill and the hops. Highly recommended!

Mar 20, 2021
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

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

16 oz can poured in a pilsner glass

L: 2 finger white fluffy head that fading so quickly, clear bright gold like color
S: muted some spice floral notes and some sweetness but all slightly muted
T: cracker light toasted bread finished with slight spicy/ floral bitterness
M: light carb, sweet finish

O: a well done lager, but wish had more of crisp bite to the finish

Mar 13, 2021
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Has about medium carbonation with around a medium body as well
Aroma is bread,bread crust, lemon/citrus/peel, slightly floral and earthy
Taste has a very mild sweetness but a slight bitter hop finish that lingers. The bread and citrus does come through though producing an overall pleasant taste
Really nice,balanced attempt at the style

Jun 24, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into my mug. doing this one as part of BA pilsner tasting day 5-29 through 5-30 2020.
Beer pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a frothy bleached white head of 3 cm. The foam eventually fades to a thin edge layer that remains through the sampling.
Aroma is some biscuity malt and a bit of grass and wet straw scents all mixing together. Maybe a hint of floral hops too.
The nose is not overbearing and is appropriate for the style.
First sip reveals a lighter body with gentle carbonation and a slick easy drinking texture. Beer is crushable on the physical traits.
Flavor is brief biscuity or toasty malt and then rolls to grassy hop notes and some hay or straw and finishes with some floral character. The beer goes dry on the swallow and a slight bitterness lingers.
This is a solid pilsner that isnt too much in any direction. Enjoyable and worth bringing out for a session with friends.

May 30, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemongrass and light citrus rind on the nose, less earthy than expected

Lightly sweet with an enticing breadiness. While many American examples are hop-forward, this pils is quite bready and fuller than anticipated (a positive). Lemony hop presence ends with an abrupt semi-dry finish. Competes with Post Shift as my favorite Jacks Abby offering

Feb 25, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1/14/20

Lightly hazy orangey-gold with moderate white head.

Smell is doughy grain, a slight fruity aroma, and a sweet floral note .(goldenrod)

Taste is light bread crust , a bitter herbal flavor, and light spice, similar to the coriander in a wit.

Feel is medium , with some fine sharp carbonation that comes in late.

Overall , it's good , but not as crisp/dry as I would prefer in a pils. Seems a bit ...... rounded/blunt?

Feb 20, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer, but fell a little short in terms of what i want in a pilsner - ran kinda IPA-like, with more orange flavors and a bigger body than I expected... Has some biscuit with marmalade suggestions, floral and herbal notes on the nose, light-medium-bodied, amply carbonated; cleaning bitterness toward the back-end... Sweet shellac of dark citrus rind and hewn-grain lingers on the finish...

A little too round, sweet, and fruity for my tastes in a pilsner...

1/14/20 canning...

Feb 02, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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!

Sep 21, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

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.

Aug 19, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

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.

Aug 19, 2019
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officerbill from New York

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.

Jun 22, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Jun 08, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

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.

Nov 07, 2018
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metter98 from New York

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

Jul 09, 2018
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specialmonkey from New York

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.

Jun 30, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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.

Jun 29, 2018
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MrRB from Connecticut

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]

Jun 16, 2018
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ILeftNJ from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 14, 2017
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

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

Oct 28, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

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.

Oct 11, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 07, 2017
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VFerrec from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 03, 2017
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

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?

Jul 02, 2017
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lic217 from Connecticut

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

Jul 01, 2017
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 398 ratings