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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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Added by Jason on 04-26-2014

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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by ryan1788a5:
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3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ExtraStout
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
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 Jsmick
2/5  rDev -43.7%

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 Gatch
4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
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 mynie
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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 warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 tredole
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dan114
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of benbazi
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mjstacker
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of tkelley
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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 beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jayiz
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Kevincredible
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JoeD77
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of trevorpost
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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 puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 DJoe
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SithLantern
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of TeddyBG
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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