Saxony Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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3.93/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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
OGPLATO 12

Added by Davepoolesque on 01-27-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,541
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
124
pDev:
8.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of WesMantooth
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can

It is a slightly foggy copper-gold. Big, long lasting off white head.

Smells very grainy/doughy with a lot of barley. Mostly bread crusts and yeast with just a hint of floral hops.

There is a bit of spicy Noble hop bite up front, but a very faint hop flavor. Just a bit of bitterness more than anything. Then it is mostly sweet caramel, almost butterscotch sweet, with a bunch of lightly toasted bread crusts and malted grains.

It is a little bit chewy in body, but more like a buttered pretzel.

Kind of like a maltier Maibock to me. A very flavorful beer.

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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 cd34
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeGude
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can. After a huge Italian meal, probably should have gone with something lighter. Brown hazy color. Similar to brown ale.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-deep amber can pour with minimal foam. The aroma is slight, a bit of malt and woodiness. The flavor is gently toasted malt, a touch of nuttiness, and perhaps heather. This is a richly flavored, yet delicate brew. The finish is dry. I will seek out more of these and similar lagers.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 BigMike
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Stignacious
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saxony Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 124 ratings