Saxony Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Saxony LagerSaxony Lager

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

Style: German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Decoction mash and the exclusive use of Vienna malt creates a traditional malty character. Lightly hopped with Bavarian hops and left unfiltered, yielding a lightly fruity aroma.

IBU 20

Added by Davepoolesque on 01-27-2017

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by Jacobier10:
Photo of Jacobier10
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, dated 1/29/18.

I poured this in two separate 8 oz servings. The first pour was clear and light amber with a medium sized white head. Good head retention with spotty lacing. The second pour was noticeably more turbid with a slightly darker shade of amber. Less of a head the second time around as well.

Toasted bread, grains, caramel, and apple aroma. The fruit really caught me off guard, as it's not hidden at all, but it gets overshadowed by the toastiness of the malt.

More toasted malt in the flavor but it's more subdued than in the aroma. Light caramel smoothness and just barely some faint earthy hops for balance.

Smooth and medium bodied. A little on the sweet side in the finish. A solid yet unspectacular Vienna lager.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jack's Abby "Saxony Lager"
16 fl. oz. can, coded "#323 025"
$2.75 @ Bottles, Packs & Growlers, Philadelphia, PA

Look: The first pour without disturbing the lees was fairly clear. With the yeast poured it became very hazy with particles in suspension. It's a golden to light amber in color beneath a frothy head of white. The head retention is better than average but the lacing doesn't quite do as well.

Smell: Grainy, lightly nutty, and softly caramelish malt with just a hint of floral and mildly herbal hops.

Taste: As the aroma suggests it will be but with a fuller maltiness that includes breadiness and a more distinct note of soft caramel, and a hint of additional fruitiness. Very nicely balanced by a moderate bitterness. It's malty and sweetish but it still finishes mostly dry.

Feel: Medium bodied with a median carbonation that's gently crisp and then smoother across the palate.

Overall: Having just returned from a visit to southern Germany, but unfortunately not the Saxony region, I'll note that I did find several beers that were very much the same as this, all listed as kellerbiers. This might be a touch nuttier, and softer in the mouth, but very much the same. Overall I found it nicely balanced, remarkably drinkable, and satisfying.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Transparent yet slightly hazy amber, with a foamy off white head. Lots of streaming bubbles, decent retention, and wisps of lacing.

S: Toasted brown bread, mild graininess, caramel, apple, slight honey, and kiss of herbal hops.

T: Big toffee and honey sweetness upfront, leaning towards caramel and burnt sugar, with a slight buttery twinge. Complimented by that yeasty apple flavor. Big toasted brown bread malt backbone. The sweetness tapers off at the finish with a crispness and just the faintest touch of herbal hop bitterness.

F: Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, smooth.

O: A really enjoyable lager! Reminds me of a much, much better Yuengling. I wish this were available in every convenient store instead of macro crap!

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Photo of Gatch
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Their canning dates have been off-center lately, but I think it says 0125.... so I'm assuming 2017 and super fresh. Pint can from the brewery ($2! Are you kidding?! Awesome). Yet another style of beer that isn't rated according to its characteristics and purpose, but rather against the entire beer world, which is ridiculous. This is as good as I had hoped it would be, an incredible representation of the style. Fantastic malt profile with a luscious body and wonderful finish. Super drinkable. Thank you Jack's Abby for saving us thousands of dollars by not having to travel to Europe for authentic lagers!

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.62/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Sub-par offering from a brewery I otherwise like. Not to style - it seems they tried to over-hop this as they do other beers. Disappointing.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can. Poured into a Pilsner Urquell mug.

I very much enjoy the Kellerbier style. Exclusive Vienna malt makes for a stunning malt flavor. Two other words I love to see printed on the can or lable is: Unfiltered & Unpasteurized.

Gold and light amber color. A high-rise frothy white foam hangs high for a bit, settles in quick and leaves only sparse outer rings and a bit of lace.

The malty aroma is awesome. Vienna malt....oh, boy. Cream 'o corn and Italian bread scent, herbal and sweet. Herbal and veggies in the hop. A very sweet and sour scent overall.

The exclusive Vienna malt flavor is very impressive. Clean, buttery, sweet corn, freshly baked white bread and light caramel.....very complex malt. The hops give off an excellent balance of green-herbal and light spicy edge. Good balance, but the complex malt flavor's is certainly the highpoint. I always really love the sweet 'n sour lager yeast effect and how it melds the malt and hops together; making for it's own, unique quality, beyond that of ale yeast. This Kellerbier has some seriously distinct aspects of flavor and aroma. The straight Vienna malt mash is a big winner, allowing just those flavors to really shine.

The feel is medium bodied, full and lush in the finish with very round and smooth edges from a big malt body. Clean for sure, not really crisp or ever sharp and not dry. Even though it has a big, malty mouthfeel it is very easy to drink, session style feel with complex flavor's that make you take your time and really savor.

I find it very interesting that Jack's Abby is going against the grain and specializing in Lagers. Lager specialist! Dig it.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured straight into my gullet.

A: N/A

S: doughy, sweet breads, a little floral hops.

T: more of the same on the tongue beer is a little more hoppy than I was expecting. The beer is very bright with the bread and grain of the malts almost taking a back seat.

M: clean crisp easy drinking.

O: this is a good beer and I wouldn't be upset to be drinking it but I wouldn't look for it either.

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Photo of Ben1313
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bhblbagpiper
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't get me wrong, this is a great beer, but it is by no means a kellerbier. If this is your first introduction to the style keep looking.

This is an outstanding Vienna Lager but there is nothing Kellerbier about it. If it was simply marketed as a Vienna lager I would've rated it much higher.

Unfiltered? It's crystal clear. It's totally laking any yeast mouthfeel or mild fruit complexities the yeast gives most kellerbiers.

I definetly put this beer on a pedistle and was totally let down on my quest for an easily available kellerbier...I guess I'll stick to crossing my fingers when I walk into my local biergarten.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Treated as a Kellerbier, this was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a glossy burnt golden color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that softly fell off to leave some messy lace.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet honey-ed biscuits, clean bready malts and a light earthy to grassy hoppiness.
The flavor yielded to the sweetness of the malts and the honey. Nice clean biscuit/bready malty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation felt light but good to me. ABV felt as projected. Smooth sweet malty finish.
Overall, nicely done Kellerbier well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LXMRTN
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 16 fl. oz. can stamped on the bottom with 339-022217. Sampled on June 15, 2017.

The pour is a cloudy looking light amber with a soft, lasting white head.

The aroma emits characters of toasted bread, Euro-malts, toffee, sweetness, butterscotch fudge, but a low to no hop profile.

The body falls into the medium range but it sure is chewy and smooth.

The taste is immediately sweet and toasty but it evolves quickly into a mildly dry and bitter finish.

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of David19457
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can purchased at One Stop Brew Shop in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark clear-ish amber, with a small foamy head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like rich bready malt, slight caramel, brown bread, light noble hops.

This seems to be an interesting mashup of a vienna lager and a kellerbier, and I definitely dig it. It's got that wonderful slightly sweet and very bready malt character, with very light but pleasant Noble hop bitterness. The unfiltered nature leads to a nice fruity sweetness, and a protein-rich fullness to the beer. This is wonderful.

This has a crisp, full mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation.

Jack's Abby can do no wrong here, as usual. They slay at almost everything.

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Photo of Yanzo
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ScaryEd
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can.

Pours a lightly hazy amber color with a finger of bubbly off-white head. The head settles into a thin film, leaving a nice ring of lacing.

The aroma is sweet, freshly baked bread with a very subtle touch of hops on the back end.

The taste is incredibly bready, with a touch of lemon and caramel on the finish. Very clean flavor. Nicely hopped, but not bitter.

The feel is medium, but relatively full for the style. Has pretty lively carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable.

Overall, a very good, very tasty lager. It's nicely balanced and packs a ton of flavor and body for a 5% beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flek
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rubezahl
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smooth with character. Very good tasting, not overly carbonated, solid malt feel, lightly hopped. A very good Kellerbier

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Saxony Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 128 ratings