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
Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PapaRott
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I find this to be a very good lager, very satisfying, just the right taste, I really hope I can find this again, this was bought as a single at a distributor.

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Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a medium amber color, beautiful clarity with a rising carbonation.

The beer offers a bit of toasted crusty bready sweetness, a bit of honey, crisp floral and leaning towards. The hop bitterness fights against this wonderful bready richness. A bit of earthy and minty character cleans up the palate the finish.

Unbearably "perfect" of a beer. The malts play so well with the crispness of the hops.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can

Pours clear amber-gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like apples, pear, grape skin, toasted bready biscuity malts, caramel, honey, mild spice, with dank floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like apples, pear, grape skin, toasted bready biscuity malts, caramel, honey, mild spice, with dank floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice kellerbier.

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Photo of Coemgen
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's subtly hopped and fairly dry. It's slightly tart (about as tart as Guinness Extra Stout). It's got a pleasant roasted malt aftertaste. There are no obvious indications of adjuncts (no hint of corn or hardener). At its price-point it's too expensive to be a session-beer but it's my first choice to serve to dinner guests.

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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 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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Photo of lic217
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: light orange/brown, big white head
Smell: Light spice, big bready malt
Taste: Mild spice, bread, ends very mildly sweet, slight fruity flavor
Feel: Very drinkable, moderate carbonation
Overall: A solid beer at a great price.

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Photo of Brewski
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 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 crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding Vienna Lager. Keller ? Eh ? A very smooth taste and as expected it is very good. A very nice clear amber /orange colored beer. Lots of carbonation right off the pour. A nice 1/12-2 fingers of white foamy clouds of goodness. Sweet fruity aroma, and a pronounced hit of the rich/sweet, Vienna malts. I love the malt profile for sure ! Super well balanced and very simple as it should be. Now, the only problem is that my grocery store ran out and the buyer said they will not be getting any more ! Come on Jacks, make this a yearly product !

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

Poured a golden amber color with a 4F head in a Pilsner glass.
Good head retention- the head remained at 2-3F for quite a while.
Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Sweet fruity aroma, rich Vienna malt, reminiscent of other German beers
I've tasted.

Very dry, crisp MF, and malt forward especially with warming.

The taste is fruitier than the aroma, with a lightly hoppy,
dry, and crisp finish.

I greatly enjoyed this beer. I will buy more. My favorite new beer from the Jack's Abby.
It's quite drinkable, flavorful, low ABV, and worth revisiting.

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Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 IvoryFoxhole
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated 16 oz. can poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 3F foamy head with good retention, lots of lacing and cap and ring. Beer is a clear bronze/copper.

S: Floral and fruity, light malts.

T: Flowery and honey-like moving across the palate into bread dough.

F: Light to medium bodied, medium to full carbonation. Very crisp and easy to drink. Good construction and balance.

O: Another great lager from Jack's Abby and you most definitely can drink this all day.

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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 PhillyNole
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbertsch
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-06-10 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz can

A - Hazy golden-amber with a 1-finger pillowy white head that sticks around leaving good lace.

S - Rich French bread, noble spice, apple fruit sweetness, hint of caramel.

T - Follows the smell. Plenty of lightly toasted bread, apple butter, some caramel, noble hop spices; rounded out with 20 IBUs for a perfect balance.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Silky and soft before finishing moderately dry.

O - My first reaction to the smell and taste of this beer was a resounding "Hell Yes". Much like the goodness that was Weihenstephaner's one-time "1516" Kellerbier.

Notes: Miraculously, this beer apparently wasn't too popular here in PA and it was heavily discounted just after the best-by-date and I was able to get some cases of 16-oz cans for $19.95, which is cheaper than most macro brews. Crazy but true.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another outstanding lager from JA. These guys are almost solely responsible for expanding the boundaries of what I think an American lager can be. Copper-gold pour that isn't hazy or cloudy; it's fairly clear and clean. About an inch of frothy head caps the liquid. Snappy floral and lightly citrus aroma that's second to the biscuity-malt, slightly seeet shortbread cookie and toasted grains. Lemony-citrus taste that's layered atop the slightly sweet and expertly balanced malt base. Crisp and clean throughout. So damn drinkable and tasty. Monthly purchase for sure.

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Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Honey-golden body with a small off-white head on top.

S: Quite a bit of bread dough, plus some crackery malt. Touch of florally hops.

T: Very good for the style - clean. Bread dough, touch of husky grain and lemony, floral hops on the finish provide some balance to the malt.

M: Light in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: An excellent representation of the style. If I could go back to college today (some 29 years after I started), I'd want to drink this while playing quarters (or beer pong or whatever drinking game the kids are playing today). It's an easy drinker, moderate in ABV, but with good flavor. Jack's Abby does lagers well.

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Photo of vdub191
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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