House Lager
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #24
Ranked #14,008
3.92 | pDev: 9.69%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
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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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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned: 02/05/21

L: House Lager is an attractive pale gold with excellent clarity. A vigorous pour results in two fingers of fine, white head. Just ok retention as the beer falls to a 1 mm ring around the glass with a thin film in the middle sustained by the many streamers of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The head leaves a light splotchy lacing as the beer leaves the glass.

S: The nose is malt dominated. I get cereal grains and cracked wheat. I also some of the noble hops in the form of a good bit of fresh cut hay and light notes of citrus and spice.

T: The palate is perfectly balanced between the malt and hop bills. On the front end I get pure malty goodness: grainy notes and cracked wheat. Mid palate I get noble hop spice and grassiness in the form of fresh cut alfalfa. On the back end I get malty sweetness that is quickly overpowered by lightly bitter citrus notes mixed with whole wheat bread crust.

F: This beer has a light body with medium-high to high carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp with a softer drying finish. It may be a bit watery for the style but it does not detract from my enjoyment.

O: This is a grand slam of a beer! If you are a lager fan, and even if you aren't, you need to try this beer. It is delicate, balanced, eminently drinkable, and sessionable in constrast to the current wasteland of hazy IPAs. Also, the price point is unbeatable. Sick of paying $18-24 a 4 pack of haze that may or may not be worth it? Well look no further. Here you have a beer priced at $8 a 4 pack of 16 fl.oz. cans that will stand the test of time. Highly recommended!

Mar 12, 2021
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass this lager is a clear gold with a bright white short creamy head. Head falls quickly leaving small amounts of soapy lace.

Scent is yeasty and doughy fresh bread, light fruit and a hint of leafy green hops.

Taste is fresh sweet doughy bread and light bread crust. Apple, pear. Lemon. Hint of honey. Clean dry finish. There's a touch of bitterness but only enough to balance the sweetness of the malt.

Mouth is lightly creamy with a crisp carbonation and a dry finish.

Easy drinking. well made and quite satisfying Helles lager. Hard to drink only one of these.

Feb 20, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears to be somewhat cloudy bright gold with a white head. Buttered bread, biscuit, cereal grains and a splash of honey in the nose. Taste is much the same but with more maltwork and some grassy hops, but nothing is heavy handed. Feel is bright and crisp, it is bready but in a very light sense, crushable. The wife liked it

Feb 15, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 9/14/20

I’m really not sure how I haven’t had their flagship lager before given how much Jack’s Abby I’ve had. Regardless, I’m sure this will be solid as they tend to always impress me. It’s as simple as it gets, so let’s just dive right in

Pours a lightly cloudy yellow gold with a finger of white head that quickly settles to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The aroma is basically that of a basic lager, just more robust. I’m picking up on aromas of doughy malt, grassy hops, general citrus, and corn sweetness

The taste is an improvement from the eather standard aroma. Up front I taste lemon, grassy hops, crisp bread, and a touch og banana. The swallow brings notes of honey, soft bready malt, and juicy orange to keep it in check

A light medium body pairs with moderate brisk carbonation for a super crisp and easy deinking lager. Finishes dry and very balanced

An absolutely delicious lager, such a good session beer. So reasonably priced too, I only paid $1.50 for a single. I could see myself having this with a light meal

Jan 22, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 8/17/20, so close to 4 months old.

Looking good in the glass. Clear golden yellow body. Small white head dissipates to a thin ring halfway through. Good lacing early on. Slow streams of carbonation.

Sweet grassy malty aroma.

On tasting, really ticks all the boxes. Sweet and malty, clean, little grassy, no aftertaste at all. Really fine beer.

Mouth above medium, finish sweet grass, with the barest hint of hop bitterness.

Overall, really good clean easy drinking beer. Much prefer ales to lagers, but a case of this for the summer months would be fantastic.

Dec 12, 2020
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Jeez from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold, as expected. Smells of sweet grain and a hint of lemon. The flavor, sadly, does not feature lemon. It's a bit bready, a bit grassy, with a touch of hops. Usually with lagers like these, all I get is 'bread drink', but this one is a bit more flushed out. It has a smooth mouthfeel that lends to its high drinkability. A cut above the average plain lager.

Nov 26, 2020
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Pineroom from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in the Pine Room poured into a frosty pint glass.

Lagers are coming back in style, the masses want a change from IPAs and Ales, and Jack's Abby is setting the mark, This one is an easy drinking slammable brew.

Oct 18, 2020
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beeragent from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw, forming a half inch white head, with light spots of lace on the glass.

Very bready aroma from the malts, with a hint of floral hops.

The malts dominate this beer, with the flavors of bread, light grain, and a hint of sweetness. The bitterness of the hops is low, enough to balance out the beer.

Medium bodied, good carbonation, and a very clean crisp finish.

I'm not sure, but this may be the best American version of a Helles!

Oct 13, 2020
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the can.

L: 3.5 transparent gold.
S: 4 Hops. Grains. Just what you want.
T: 4.5 corny. Sweet, but with a tinge of hop bitterness.
F: 4.25 brilliant. Light bodied. Sessionable for sure.
O: 4.25 exceptional helles lager.

Sep 19, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Golden with a touch of haze and a white head that dissipates leaving behind some nice lacing.

S: Clean, bready malt, herbal hops and a sweet applelike smell.

T:. Follows the nose, very full malt flavor with a nice hoppy forefront. The apple flavor is present in the flavor as well.

F: Crisp, light bodied, perfect.

Overall: A superb light lager, so quaffable and full of flavor. Highly recommended.

Aug 29, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Golden, pale, a veil of head and minor lacing. See through, and proper.
S - Great whiffs of malt, biscuit, bread, sourdough, a little citric spice thing going on . Interesting.
T - this is where I feel like the House Lager lets ya down; there are smaller ABV beers that have more palate impact and impression, and taste. It has everything in the nose, but 5.2%, not as much Lager taste as I'd expect.
F - Great lively, good carbonation, nice palate impact, but..
O - A solid lager, not my fave, but damn well made, and a good deal and reasonable value for a 6er of 16oz cans. Nice.

Aug 15, 2020
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can, dated 7/9/20

Solid gold, a very nice Helles lager. Full malt flavors, well rounded and balanced. What's not to like?
I'll gladly drink this again and again.

Aug 12, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light Gold on the pour with solid head that dissipates quickly. Nice bready aroma and smooth full flavored taste, with bread, grain, citrus and grass. Feel is light and refreshing, very drinkable. A nice summer beer.

Jul 04, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Mar 21, 2020
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Mar 14, 2020
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

Mar 09, 2020
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Feb 19, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Feb 16, 2020
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Apellonious from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Dec 26, 2019
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Nov 23, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Nov 12, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Oct 15, 2019
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johnreggie from New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Sep 21, 2019
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Tantonys from Maine

4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nice beer. Nice sooth choice hops, smooth floral, mixes beautifully with the six row barley malt? No detected adjuncts. Delicious Franconian historical style brew. Jack's Abbey makes a fantastic Copper Octoberfest, too!

Sep 15, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Aug 28, 2019
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