Post Shift Pilsner | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Post Shift PilsnerPost Shift Pilsner

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

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 146
Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having spent the past week CANmitted to only drinking AmeriCAN CANned beers in support of (ISO) the 4th of July & then getting on a brewery horizontal kick, it is time to begin branching out again. I have plenty more to keep The CANQuest (tm) going strong!

From the CAN: "OG 11.7 Plato"; "IBUs 30"; "Unfiltered & Unpasteurized"; "16 Fl. Oz./One Pint of Lager"; "There will be no working during drinking hours! Brewed with Bavarian malt and hops, this everyday Pilsner is bright, crisp and refreshing. We think it’s the perfect way to end the work day. Clock out, post-up and enjoy!"; "Prost!"

I spent a moment CANtemplating this relatively large CAN since I had not Crack!ed open one of its size in several days, but in for a penny, in for a pint. Once open, I CANtinued with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug since there was no reason to get carried away & potentially create a mess. It foamed up CANsiderably to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with very good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), which was okay since they did mark it as "unfiltered". Nose had the wondrous honey-like breadiness that is the hallmark of the style along with the hay & grassy scent of Saaz hops. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, about on par for the style. The taste was a little heavier in terms of its hoppiness that it really should have been. The emphasis should have been on the malts with the hops as an acCANpaniment, not the other way around. Still, you are not going to hear me CANplaining too loudly. Finish was pleasantly crisp & dry, just as they intended. I CAN easily see filling the Summer's beach-bound cooler with this one. YMMV.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 10/23/17

A: Medium gold with some straw around the edges - clear, perhaps not as clear as some German-brewed pilsners - pours with a medium-large size white head, gradually fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Supremely clean Bavarian malts with a nice amount of grassy hops - grainy and bready - crackers - some touches of bread dough - lightly grassy and lightly spicy hops - some pepper - touches of lager yeast - hint of lemon - light bready sweetness

T: Light overall, but plenty of flavor - nice malt profile, bready with some nice graininess and some crackers - a hint of bread dough, reminiscent of a Helles - nice amount of hops, noticeable but not too much - grassy with some spicy bite, mostly pepper - mostly clean, just a hint of earth - light sweetness, hint of honey, finishes clean

M: Light body, medium carbonation, super crisp

O: Basically drinks itself

I tried this on tap at the brewery months ago and was very confused why it wasn't in cans. Of all the easy drinking lagers from Jack's Abby, Post Shift may be the easiest drinking I have ever encountered. Drink it and rejoice.

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Photo of FBarber
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear crisp effervescent gold. Thick white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head.

Smell is very fragrant - lots of riesling wine, riesling grapes, with some cracker and bread malts.

Taste follows the nose with that riesling wine/grapes aroma carrying over to the taste. Crackery malt backbone is present with some dried grass bitterness on the finish. Very dry on the finish.

Feel is light, crisp, vivacious. With that riesling flavor the feel is reminiscent of a sparkling white wine.

This is a very interesting "pilsner". On one hand it tends to stray from what you'd expect the aroma/flavor to be in the traditional style, but on the other it does retain the basic outline of the style. That being said, its just a very good beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw to gold color. Crystal clear. Modest head which settles to a fine layer of bubbles. A few streaks and random spots for lace.

Malty and raw grain in equal measure. Soft, smooth and semisweet.

More raw barley than I'm used to but it remains true to its German Pilsner roots. The hop is distinctive but subtle bringing a balance in the form of white pepper. The body is appropriate for the style with an elevated carbonation level. Moderate length for the aftertaste.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/26/17

Pours a huge frothy fizzy head that hits almost 2 fingers and fades semi quickly back, seems over carbonated by it foaming a bit as I cracked it as well, no lacing, most clear slight hazy yellow pilsner color

Nose loads of pilsner malts, toasted straw grainy almost doughy, clear soft lagering, a touch of grassy hop

Taste big crisp lager notes, soft malt but lots of toasted grainy pilsner malt, straw like, a touch biscuity almost so much pilsner malt, touch of lager fruitiness, then a big wallop of hops, big grassy noble hops, turning a touch spicy and quite bitter on the finish, lingering hop bitterness, a bit of lager fruity notes, but not as dry or crisp as I expected,

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft lagering, decent carb

Overall pretty nice, great pilsner up front, nose hits what it needs to not complex but solid, flavor started great with lager and pilsner malts, hops came in nicely maybe a touch too bitter but more like Czech pilsner than German, but wish the finish was a bit more crisp and dry, otherwise very nice.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden straw. Not crystal clear, but certainly translucent and transparent enough. Nice crackery aroma. It's super dry, crackery, saltine crackers, nice limey peppery bitterness. A little white winey. This is a beer I could drink all day.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery three days prior. I believe this used to be called the generic "pilot pilsner" and, if that's the case, now that it's named I'm hoping this means a regular spot in the rotation because this is a great beer. Clear, light golden pour with active bubbles streaming up the body. About an inch and a half of soft, fluffy head lingers for a while. Inviting aroma of toasted malt, cracker, artisan bread and light citrus. Taste is an expertly crafted balance of flavorful and smooth malt lifting up the slightly spicy and light citrus hops. Nice, noticeable bitterness anchors the beer. Crisp, clean with a perfect pop of carbonation. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of wtpbod
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hurl4bru
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gabrielcolom
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanm3850
1/5  rDev -74.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

You might be better off buying a case of Bud Light since you'll never know the difference. This can is the perfect accessory to your Craft Beer Lover Halloween costume!

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Photo of Billsfanbeerlover
2.13/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reminds me of Green State Lager out of VT... Not much here... I know it’s a pilsner but the aftertaste is off putting...

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Photo of Hughespjh
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JD_1234
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

solid but nothing outstanding. purchased 12 pack that was a few months old, would be interesting to try again fresh

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Photo of jprudhomme7
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amendm
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12-oz can dated 3/6/18 needed a moderately strong pour to get a finger sized bone white short lived head with some sticky lacing.
Clear soft golden color with rising bubbles.
Grainy malt and lager yeast plus floral hops for the smell.
Taste is similar with toasted malts up front followed by semi sweet yeast with bitter hops and a spiciness that lingers.
On the lighter side body-wise with medium carbonation and a crisp finish.
This was purchased in a variety 12 pack with Blood Orange Wheat, Hoponius Union and House Lager.
I have enjoyed all the beers I have tried from Jack's Abby, their beers are diverse from one another and true to style.
The spiciness of this beer is sets it apart from other American made German Pilsners.

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Photo of Magnapinna
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregDBoston
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaystar
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little frothier in feel and look than a classic pilsener while still crisp and refreshing - with that good pilsener sharpness!
An excellent and not too distant variation of a classic style!

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheElectricOne
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wafers
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of officerbill
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With a bright, crisp, hoppy flavor and a relatively low 4.7% ABV it's easy to spend the afternoon with this beer. Post Shift isn't the best pilsner I've ever had, but at this price point ($10 6 pack) you'd be hard pressed to find a better choice.

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Photo of Tarps68
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz can from variety pack, canned on 02/14/19 ... poured into simple glass mug)

L: crystal-clear, yellow liquid; mild speckled sediment; white crackly sponge of foam forms on pour but collapses fast; no lace

S: lemon oil, crust of white bread; heavy aroma of citrus peels... good potency, fairly standard smell

T: mild lemon-peppery zip at the front of the palate, mildly rich doughy malt filling out the back... dry finish, aftertaste of lemon-kissed flaky pastry (danish), just without any sweetness... bitterness seems to lose its zip fairly fast, though a mellow herbal spiciness hangs for a bit

F: clean all the way; smooth, lightly resinous texture, silky malt body, nice snap in the finish with the carbonation and hop spice combining to enhance its dryness

O: nice elements but not all that fresh tasting after 2 months out and who knows what path it took to get to me... maybe a standby in their home market, but I can get a number of clones of this locally

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Post Shift Pilsner from Jack's Abby Brewing
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