House Lager
Jack's Abby Brewing

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German Helles
Ranked #19
Ranked #13,112
3.91 | pDev: 9.46%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Notes: House Lager pulls inspiration from the numerous country lagers, or landbiers, found in Franconia. It’s sweet and golden with a full malty body that comes from using a traditional German malt variety. A special beer for year-round enjoyment.
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4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-hazy yellow can pour with a 1 cm foam cap and a hay-like aroma. The flavor is crisp with bready malt and a touch of lemon. If I was restricted to a singular beer, it would be close to this.

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Bluecrow from New York, Mar 21, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Yellow with a solid white foamy head and good lacing.
N: Biscuit with grain and lemon notes.
T: Very full flavored, sweet bread flavors with some grain and light citrus and grass.
M: Light and refreshing.
O: Really enjoyed this beer, loaded with flavor and super easy to drink.

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2.48/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured a light golden colour that looked like carbonated apple juice. Taste was an odd blend that tasted like wood and citrus, not sure what sort of hops were used in this beer but the profiles were confusing to say the least. The mouthfeel was okay but it felt heavier than a “house lager” should. Last but not least the smell was an oak like malty smell. Nothing great.

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AfricanPete14 from South Africa, Mar 09, 2020
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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 ounce can.

Appearance: very light honey color, 1/2” head, no lacing.

Smell: subtle malty.

Taste: malty, very little bitterness.

Mouth Feel: very lightly carbonated & creamy.

I enjoyed. I would purchase again.

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Maltyhead from Massachusetts, Feb 19, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a foamy white head. Gorgeous lager. The nose has lemongrass and bready malt aromas for your sniffing pleasure.

The lemongrass is significantly more prominent on the taste, whic I really enjoy, but the bready malt is definitely a contender at the end of the taste. A truly magnificent, crushable lager.

This is the third beer I’ve had from Jack’s, and all three have been perfectly executed. I need a whole lot more of this brewery in my beer nerd life.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Feb 16, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pint glass, a golden orange with a slight haze. Pours with a half finger head that moves quick to a thin rim of lace. Floral notes , grass, yeast and biscuit on the nose. The taste is predominately bread, with some herbal and lemon zest. Medium light mouthfeel, with a medium level of carbonation. Slightly dry, bitter finish. Recommended Helles.

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Apellonious from North Carolina, Dec 26, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated 9/4/19 into my favorite Maine Beer Company pint glass. Trying my best to "Do What's Right." Pours a dark yellow with maybe a slight amount of haze-can pretty clearly see through the beer. An overly gentle pour yields a bit of white head. Smell is of sweet grain and bread, quite strong and appetizing. Taste follows the nose, almost surprisingly sweet, very flavorful. Mouthfeel is dry and smooth, enjoyable. Most of the lagers I drink are mass brews from BMC types. This pretty much goes down as the best lager I can remember. Great beer!

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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania, Nov 23, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden lager. The taste of Germany. A Helles-style lager that brings you back to simpler brewing days--malty, clean and refreshing. Truly a lager with substance. Thanks Jack's Abby, for saving me the airfare to Munich!

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, Nov 12, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with fine, soft head.

Smell is clean and malty, with a hint of sweetness and notes of rose water and citrus.

Taste is clean, crisp and bready, with notes of citrus, crackers and some floral hints. Soft bitterness and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a fine Helles, clean and refreshing.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Oct 15, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Classic German flavor, great carbonation that dissipates rather quickly to light lacing. Medium mouthfeel. Helles, Kellerbier perfection here. Reasonable price $12 for a 6 of pints. Canned on 7/22, about 7 weeks ago and tastes fresh . Really good brew.

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johnreggie from New York, Sep 21, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Solid choice hops, yet smooth floral. Six row barley malt? No detected adjuncts. Delicious Franconian historical style brew. Jack's Abbey makes a fantastic Copper Octoberfest, too!

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4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with three fingers of egg shell head.
Smell is bread crust malts and some herbal grassy hops.
Taste is herbal grassy hops with good bread crust malts.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and balanced.
Overall a delicious easy drinking lager. Canned on date 4/15/2019.

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Spikester from Oregon, Aug 28, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As good as any american lager, but, even loving the brewer, hard to get over 4 with a plain jane well made lager.
a. crystal clear straw honey yellow body supporting white head w scant last or lace. standard at best.
s. straw, grainy biscuit, malts, dried hay, grassy hops.
t. brings it all together better. very summer barn, with a bit of banana in yeast and fertile, ripened fruits.
f. fair, thin. GERMANIC.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Aug 22, 2019
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3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice golden body capped with a relatively thin yet lasting white head; lively carbonation. Mellow aroma, slightly fruity with a touch of light cereal grain presence; apricot. Fruit-forward flavor initially; sweet and pear-like; a touch of biscuit malt; very mild hop bitterness. Medium body; juicy but a tad flat.

This beer seems a bit too fruity overall as far as taste goes. The hop presence is really subdued and the body a bit watery. It is not bad by any stretch, but seems a bit too sweet and sugary.

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beergoot from Colorado, Jul 28, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: thin honey with a thick, white, rapidly dissolving head. Slightly murky with a steady stream of small bubbles
S: yeast, malt, fresh white bread
T: balanced sweet malt with almost no hop presence to start with. Mild balanced hops towards the end, not enough to make this a hoppy brew, but enough to give it a clean, crisp finish.
F: smooth and full bodied, medium carbonation with a little fizz on the tongue.
O: a very good helles in the, low hop, European tradition. A delicious, well rounded beer.

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officerbill from New York, Jul 13, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ah this beer has reached Oregon!
16 oz. can. From Lifesource natural Grocer in Salem OR
Pours a clear golden colour ( despite the can saying its unfiltered). Small yet persistant splotchy white head.
Wow very authentic nose..bready, malty with a touch Saaz.
Taste similat dries out in the finish.
Nice clean malty mouth feel..semi dry finish adds to drnkability.
Overall a very nice Export lager/ last a contender here for Heater Allen

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Reidrover from Oregon, Jun 23, 2019
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden with a quickly receding fizzy head. Smell is of fresh baguette , wet leaves, mild butter. Tastes impressive. Feel nice hop bite rounded out by a delicious malt blanket. Finishes dry ,feels juicy, much bubbles. Overall a solid delicious example of a Helles lager-

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Jun 21, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/22/19

Pours a clear, deep gold body topped with multiple fingers of white foam; decent retention leaves a diverse smattering of thin, sudsy lacing along with an equally thin cap and collar.

Aromas of fairly vivid, crisp straw with a backing of sweet biscuit and the further depth of toasted black bread crusts; floral/grassy hops hold prominence on the back end to round out the bouquet.

Taste shows a notable hit of deep bread crust touched with hints of honeyed straw; grassy hops building toward the finish to accompany the smooth, malty sweetness spread through the profile.

Mouthfeel presents a clean, crisp light-medium body, drying medium carbonation with a well-tempered grit in tow; finish remains dry and semi-crisp with a quenching ‘pop’ of malt and hops on the swallow that lingers quietly.

Easy-drinking personified in this American take on a German Helles. I can’t help but think this lager would be what ‘macro’ brewers dream of, with an air of simple refinement and malt/hop balance taking quaffability to a new level.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Jun 18, 2019
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3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: There's a nice light- medium gold color very little carbonation, no head;
Smell: Aroma biscuits and herbs,
Taste: Little by sweet you barely taste hops in it but malt after taste;
Feel: Smooth and refreshing still tasting in the back of your tongue;
Overall not bad beer but nothing you die for a summer type beer that I could drink again in few more months.

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brocc from Massachusetts, May 28, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours golden with long lasting foamy white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops and biscuit malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Nice brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, May 14, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz can, part of variety pack, canned on 02/06/19... poured into simple glass mug)

L: crystal-clear gold-colored liquid, fizzy white foam... no lasting collar, no lace

S: lightly-toasty golden bread crust, similar to a soft pretzel; little bit of floral/grassy hop note

T: lightly caramel-kissed robust pale malts; mild herbal/grassy hop flavor, mellow bitterness which gains a little edge from the aggressive carbonation; clean finish with a toasty-sweetish note lingering... does get more malty and tasty as it goes

F: clean, crisp, smooth, with a lively carbonation and bit of viscous drag in its finish... refreshing bite; body gives it substance

O: Helles is a bit of a stretch - this falls more between a malt liquor and a maibock perhaps... each of the 4 varieties from the mixed pack are serviceable, and I can't help but wonder whether the package was handled a bit improperly given that the foam from each looked terrible, rapidly collapsing, not lacing at all... again, probably go-tos in their home market, but won't convert me to a regular customer

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Apr 25, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into my mug. Wanting something clean and simple and tasty.
Beer pours a bright clear golden color with several active streams of carbonation rising to the surface. A bleached white frothy head of 1 cm foams up and fades to almost nothing soon after the beer enters my glass.
Aroma is some biscuity malt and also some grainy notes too. Generally sweet and malty with a little bit of spicy hop character.
First sip reveals an average body with crisp texture and fine tingly carbonation. An easy drinking beer that seems to be just about right for the style.
Flavor is some sweet grainy malt and a bit of biscuit note with a little light fruitiness too. There is a bit of a spicy hop bite that comes in on the finish and this lingers for just a few seconds after the swallow.
No alcohol hint and this is an easy drinker with good flavor. Nice, clean and no flaws. An enjoyable brew that Im glad to have and will buy again for those times I crave a tasty and simple brew or want to have quite a few.

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sulldaddy from Connecticut, Feb 22, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lotsa hoppy lagers out there. This isn't one...thankfully.... When I want an IPA I'll order one... This is a golden lager with fine malts, a biscuity taste and a hint of sweetness.... Crushable in the summer, yet enough body for the winter...well done...

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DonnieHops from New York, Jan 30, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Seymour in Greenfield, MA. The beer had a clear amber-yellow appearance with a thin head. Aromas were biscuit-like with a sweet, malty taste. Great carbonation; pretty refreshing. Overall, a great beer, especially with its appearance, aromas, and mouthfeel.

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fitzy84 from Massachusetts, Dec 09, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper-straw with a slight fog to it. Head is a finger in height, white in color, and fair in retention. Lacing left behind is dense. Aroma is straw, barley, clove, yeast ester, spicy hops and biscuity, earthy malts. Flavor profile is spicy, citrusy, resiny hops layered over biscuity, earthy malts. There is a tinge of sweet honey that mingles well with the spicy hops. A kiss of yeast ester turns it distinctly German. The name and aroma would suggest this is pretty plain, and while the flavor profile is simple, it gives off some flavorful and playful nuances for a 5.2% ABV beer. Mouth feel is still, with a crisp finish. Combine the crisp finish with the medium thickness and this beer is just plain ol' refreshing. It's not completely still, nor is it harsh on the palate due to carbonation. Overall, an extremely playful beer for the weight, making it welcoming for sessioning, social events, or enjoying under the stars on a brisk night in the woods.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Nov 24, 2018
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