Framingham Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Framingham LagerFramingham Lager

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 156
Photo of Gatch
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks as it should with a big, fizzy head. Smells of beer ingredients. Refreshing, clean, crisp. Finish is dry and similar to some macros. By far the most enjoyable beer of this style! That's why I give it a high rating. People rate this compared to other styles or as a beer in general, and that's not the intention of ratings. Compared to the other crap in this category that is considered beer, this shines! It's how all cheap beer should taste. A very good lager that represents Framingham well. Even my swill-drinking friends enjoy this one!

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good, classic lager with a nice nose and taste. Enjoyed ice cold from the bottle within a month of bottling. Blows away any of its macro lager peers which, try as I may, I can't help comparing it to. Grainy aroma with earthy undertones and lots of cereal. Tastes of barley, wheat, wood, corn and caramel. A little sweet up front with a light bitterness and a grainy finish that lingers on the palette. Not a lot of malt or hops beyond a faint taste and barely noticeable aroma. If you're in the mood for a light lager after a day in the sun or while watching football, this is the one you want.

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Photo of Beric
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Served: 29 August 2015

Appearance: Pours a pale, pollen-like yellow with a soapy white crown that quickly dissipates. It's possible that the glass kept it from lacing- I'll clean it out next time to see what happens. Massive carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Looks like beer.

Smell: Bright, sweet maltiness with noble hop aromas lending it a pinch of herbal, grassy hop aroma.

Taste: Tastes like beer, much like your standard macros, but definitely with more depth of flavor and character. The beer has a soft, malt backbone and a pinch of hop flavor but nothing much else going for it. It's just beer.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation. Superbly quaffable.

Overall: A good, working class craft beer that, for $1 a bottle, is perfect for the upcoming hotter-than-hell week here in Boston. Quaffable and uncomplicated, this beer is tailor made for football, tailgating, and grilling during these last hot summer days.

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Photo of cbutova
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the last bottles of a 12-pack I split with a friend not so long ago.

A- Served into a mason jar from the 12oz bottle. Pale yellow body with a fairly thick and foamy white head. This cap is about half an inch high and displays good retention leaving behind a large island and ring at the edges. The lacing is thin but covers a massive area painting the glass in large sheets.

S- Showcases strong overall aromatic strength with plenty of both malts and hops. Slightly toasted, grainy barley opens up for what feels like European hops donating herbal, grassy and earthy notes. Crackery and bready.

T- The grains seem to gain even more ground here but without too much sweetness which would interrupt the balance of flavor. Toasted, biscuit and crackery barley blended with what feels like Noble hops; mostly grassy and herbal. A hint of light fruit esters but they are an afterthought beyond the grains and hops.

MF- Foamy and frothy textures to a light just about approaching medium lager body. High end carbonation provides some agitation to the taste buds promoting the delicate hop flavors leading to a clean, restrained bitterness in the finish.

Sometimes I find it hard to compare lagers across different styles and especially into the "Light" category. Compared to other 4.5% lagers that come to mind this is really good to great. Smooth as silk and presents bold, balanced flavors. I really need to do a blind pale lager tasting sometime; it would be the most revealing experience as far as beer criticism goes.

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Photo of kculrich
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 061715. Pours a clear yellow-gold with an honest frothy head. Smells of crackers and lemon, tastes of cracker, lemon, straw and something spicy, like black pepper and ginger, on the back end, and a mineral taste emphasized by the heavy carbonation. Quite light-bodied and dry, super crisp and refreshing. A perfect no-frills, no pretensions, all-American lager - this is what I think I remember expecting beer to taste like all those years ago. Nails the style.

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Photo of brettski66
4.82/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The definition of a simple, quality American-made Lager with profits going to a good cause. Nothing crazy here, just a delicious Red, White & Blue beer. House Lager is still my favorite though!

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Photo of rjplumer
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A light grainy malt aroma. Solid pale yellow but with a slight haze. A quick bubbly white head but doesn’t last long. Taste is slight grain and lemon zestiness in background. Has a light tart finish that is refreshing.

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Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a pale clear yellow with a fizzy white head that recedes quickly. Leaves no lacing.

Smell a very faint fruit quality, apple.

Light barley taste, faint hops add a slight fruity flavor. Almost no bitterness, light and crisp. This seems brewed to the typical american beer drinker palate.

Clean and light bodied, no off flavors, crisp and refreshing.

Great summer brew, light beer is a light beer.

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Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Surprisingly, this is a half way decent beer. Very light pale yellow in color. Forms a minimal fizzy white head. Little retention and no lacing. Aroma is grassy hops and a bit of bread. Taste is lightly toasted bread, brown rice, and a touch of apple. Maybe a bit of grassy hops as well. Light bodied. Appreciable carbonation. Very low bitterness.
Very easy to drink. Nothing earth shattering, but it's a well made lager.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Me, I've always had a soft spot for American macros. I've been in Massachusetts for two weeks and I've already downed an 18 pack of Gansett and a sixer of Ballantine tallboys. Back in Indiana, I'd probably consume two cases of Schlitz every year.

Why? Because it tastes good. Other styles often taste better, but these still taste good. I gave fricking O'Douls a decent review. Not because I'm a contrarian, but because I enjoy the taste of a decently brewed macro.

And so I was super excited to come across this. Jack's Abby is probably the best lager brewery on the east coast (if you know of one better, please tell me--I'd love to try them). They know how to handle their yeast. They know how to lager beer. Some of the best breweries in the country don't know shit about lagering.

This... this is good. Not the otherwordly, best macro ever I had envisioned, but still good.

Pours gold with a small head. Smells weedy and lightly floral. Excellent aroma for the style, like walking through a hayfield at dusk.

Tastes a bit uninspired, but still solid. Grassy sweetness moving into a mellow barley middle and a very lightly hoppy finish with a light aftertaste of boiled veggies. Esters at the back end, so this is totally American. Zippy and sweeter than most macros, but without the more variegated grain profile that makes for a truly exceptional American adjunct pils.

A very good example of a style most of us don't care for is still a very good beer. Not a great beer, but a very good one.

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Photo of Jsmick
2/5  rDev -45.4%

I really hate to write this.... truly I do, because this is an outstanding brewery that has produced dozens of beers that I have absolutely adored.... but this was not one of them. I found it nearly tasteless fizzy water with a hop bitterness at the end... which didn't work, because it had nothing to balance it out. If their goal was to brew a light "American Style" lager that tasted like the ones that the macro guys make, they nailed it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 15, 2014.

Pale yellow pour leading up to a modest white fizzy head. Decent clarity.

Grains and malts take over the aroma with a mildly clean hop note.

Light to medium body.

Like the aroma the taste leans more to the grainy side with a mild hop finish. It was not bad all in all.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hey, what can I say except you get what you pay for. Saw this for $12 change per 12-pack. Figured it was Jack's and how could you go wrong. But don't be fooled by the Abby's ratings because this offering is not on par with their other fine brews.

I guess if you like thin 4.5% ABV beers you'll be okay. Many others brew it worse. Since I'm an Imperial drinker I'm probably way too harsh. Try it, you won't dump it, just lower your expectations if you're used to their better brews.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Got this beer at City Feed in Jamaica Plain Boston.

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a lager glass.
Served cool.

Serves up a light yellow body and a nice foamy head. Smells of minerals, malt and some hops flowers. Very American Lager-y. Low carbonation. Overall, this beer is certainly best served cold. I had mine slightly warmer and didn't really like it. Had it on the cold side and found it refreshing. This has a definite American Lager flavor to it, so don't expect something similar to what the brewery typically puts out.

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Photo of DrJay
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow with a bit of haze and a short-lived cap of bright white, soapy bubbles. Malt and cereal aroma, notes of herbal and slightly sulfury hops. Moderate bitterness that lingered, slight citrus up front followed by malt and grassy character -- pretty nice. Light-to-medium bodied, carbonation a little on the low side, some dryness. Overall, refreshing and nicely balanced. I liked it and am happy to have the rest of a 12-pack to go through.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: 1 finger white head quickly fades. Pours a very clear, very pale yellow

S: Heaps of crackery, biscuity malt

T: Again with the sweet biscuity malt with a slightly drying finish. A very mild bitterness keeps the beer relatively balanced

M: Extremely refreshing and easy to drink

O: Not a super complex brew by any measure, but very well done for what it is. I'd be curious to try this side by side with Jabby Brau, as this seems very similar but with a reduced hop presence.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: straw and toasted malt

Taste: straw, grass, toasted malt, light hops at the end

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with light bitterness

Overall: Typical Jack's Abbey. Another solid and clean lager. Even though it is a light beer, it is still a bit heavier than most in the style. I will be getting more of this.

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Photo of tkelley
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 6-20-14 poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A -- Pale straw color with a thin white head. Lots of bubbles from the nucleation points. Head has good retention.

N -- Grassy. Light malts. A little bit of hops as well.

T -- Follows the nose.

M -- Really light and crisp. They set out to make a great American lager with real ingredients, and it shows. I like this.

O -- Again, I like it a lot.

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Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Surprised this is an anniversary beer, but I could see them making a super session beer that helps the town as an anniversary beer. Either that or this is their way to pull in some macro drinkers.

Pours a smaller fizzy bubbly white head covering that fades pretty quickly, almost like a high acidic beer, no real lacing either despite the column of sttreaming bubbles in the center, through a mostly clear slight chill hazed golden pilsner colored beer.

Nose brings the lager malts, toasty grainy, straw, mild crisp lager underneath, faint touch of minerality, as well as some hops, a herbal grassy hop note, not really noble, but almost a Euro style bitter grassy slight herbal hop.

Taste brings a bunch of grainy, crusted bread, doughy, cracked straw toasted wheat flavors, lager malts, bit doughy, etc. INto hops, a bit less on the hops with a touch of bitterness, mild grassy herbal hop note, touch earthy, but gone fairly quickly. Finish adds a light crisp lager, touch of minerality, dry, touch more grassy herbal hop note.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall meh, not one of their best IMO. It has some decent big doughy cracker straw like grains, mostly on the taste, hops are a bit on the too light side even for a light lager, the lagering portion also seems a bit off as it has that mild minerality note, not quite like a sulfur or phosphorus, but something there. Doesn't quite seem up to a typical Jack's Abby lager.

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Photo of Pahn
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled about a week ago.

Appearance: Pours clear light yellow and has a fluffy white head with good retention. No lacing.

Smell: Bread and noble hops. Pleasant.

Taste: Like the nose, only really well developed. The hops are expressed as a cologne-like spiciness, and the malt is just great; bready, some toast at the dry finish. No off flavors to get in the way of refreshment.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high side of moderate carbonation, clean, crisp dry finish.

Overall: This is a beer designed to be pounded, and it delivers. Extremely drinkable, with just enough malt flavor to keep you interested, a spot on mouthfeel for light "hot day beer", and hop flavor that mainly serves to compliment the carbonation.

Of particular note, though it doesn't influence my scoring, is that this beer costs about $11 a 12pk. This is basically a "gateway beer" from BMC to craft, but unlike other such beers, this one isn't really trying to push you toward anything else. Hard to find fault with this, and easy to imagine putting away quite a bit of it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dull straw yellow with a very mild haze. The creamy white head settles quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S: Wet grain and a sweeter shortbread sort of aroma that starts to become predominant. Hops are floral with a nice lemony zest. A little grassy too. Simple, but pleasant enough.

T: Husky grain, hay, and hints of shortbread. Hops are floral, but a sharper lemony and herbal zing comes toward the back end. Very clean overall. Bitterness is low to moderate. Fairly quick finish, though some lemony and herbal hops are left trailing.

M: Light bodied with a creamy and slightly firm feel. Sharp carbonation cuts through and provides a big crisp bite.

O: It is what it is: Jack's Abby's answer to fizzy lite lagers. In that light it's actually pretty good. Just don't expect anything on the level of Hoponious Union. This is all about being a 12pk pounder. It's a bold decision for them, especially to go to market with volume in a 12pk format. This is a brewery that had still been bottling 500ml exclusively not even a year ago. I think they timed it perfectly though. They seem to be at a point where they can comfortably field the volume as long as demand doesn't soar. The red, white, and blue packaging will surely encourage some impulse buys and make for great display pieces as it goes to market around the Fourth of July. Next up: mix 12 pack? Might not be a bad choice.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 12 pack of this at Julios, this is their 3rd anniversary beer brewed to raise money for the revitalization of downtown Framingham. No corn, rice, or other adjuncts.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear light straw hue. Looks like what you'd expect, there was a nice one finger white head that faded to leave a light halo and faint clouding. Much better head retention than it's macro counterparts.

S - Aromas of well, a no frills American Lager. Grains, lightly toasted maybe, faint grassy/noble hops.

T - Taste is crisp and clean, light sweet malts and nice light grassy hops to back it up. Light grain/biscuit and nice lager yeast notes. Very straightforward and to the point.

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated, super drinkable. Could easily go through a twelve pack of this after mowing the lawn.

O - Overall, a solid lager. Shows was a lite BMC could really taste like. Well crafted beer from Jack's Abby as usual.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a crystal clear, bright golden color. Fizzy, white head that simmers down to a thin skin of suds. Nearly no lacing.

S-A more robust, enhanced American Lager aroma. No frills. Grains and biscuits with a slight skunk and some more noble, grassy hops. Rather pleasant.

T-Crisp and well balanced between dry and sweet. Hops offer just enough backing for the super-easy going overall flavor. Dry grain with a sweet biscuit finish. Pleasant lingering Lager yeastiness. Lacks the perturbing, excessive sweetness of many macro Lagers.

M-Crushable to the max. Spritzy, plentiful carbonation. Very low bitterness. Light as it gets. Maintains enough body to narrowly avoid the 'watery' moniker.

O-Pretty well done. A high quality American Lager that is well made but goes nowhere the pushing any boundaries. Pretty neat through and through.

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Framingham Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.66 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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