Modern Hell
Jack's Abby Brewing

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #9
Ranked #9,765
4.15 | pDev: 8.43%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: Modern Hell is a traditional edelstoff style lager that is part of our Kellerbier Series. Brewed with noble hops and specialty grain, golden in color, unfiltered, and full-bodied, this 5.9% ABV special lager is malt forward and limited in availability
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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich honey sweetness, white bread, undertones of hay, grass, and white pepper; clean and crisp on the finish with a slight lingering stickiness.

Essentially the perfect Helles Lager in my mind. Beautiful.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/28/19
Pours a light fizzy moderate sized head with medium lower retention, light lacing, little clear fair hazy blond golden color

Nose light doughy malt, straw, wheat like, cereal, light yeast and touch of DMS corn, fair fruity esters, green apple acetaldehyde

Taste brings doughy malt, light creamy soft malt, creamy suspended proteins and yeast, straw, wheat, fair fruity esters and more mild acetaldehyde green apple, and light corn dms or possibly diacetyl, light bitterness

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft creamy lager and suspended yeast, med carb, touch of slick diacetyl

Overall ok but a bit too much of the young yeast leftovers, a little is ok but I got acetaldehyde, some fruity esters, little DMS or diacetyl, but ok

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy amber can pour is topped by a thin foam cap. The aroma is of hay and yeast esters, mostly banana. The flavor is bready, somewhat sweet and full. The finish is less dry than I expected. This is a very tasty brew.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty good representation of a keller, though not my favorite from these guys. Despite trying to avoid sediement has a really strong yeast presence.
Beer itself is very good overall, strong raw malt, sweet and pretty smooth/easy drinking. The yeast however lends good notes but detracts a bit from the drinkability and adds that sort of doughy flavor notes too much. Not that this is bad by any means but just nitpicking

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, canned on 11/7/18.

Deep gold to light amber in color with a creamy white head and great clarity. As is the case with all of Jack's Abby's Kellerbiers that I have had, I find it better to leave about an ounce or so in the can when pouring them out, as to not disturb the yeast at the bottom. The result is a clearer pour with less turbidity and - in my opinion - better flavor. But to each their own.

The aromas and flavors are really on point here. Sweet grainy malt and herbal noble hops. Very clean but with a little more heft and a fuller palate than a Helles or German Pils. Medium bodied like a Dortmunder or export bier. Proper carbonation.

The brewery bills this as a "traditional edelstoff style lager" which is kind of an odd description. The only Edelstoff I know of is made by Augustiner, it's not really a standalone style. Whatever you want to call it, this is a really well-made lager. One of my favorites of Jack's Abby's Kellerbier series.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a willibecker. Canned 11/07/18. Pours a dull, hazy orange with a half inch, loose, off-white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly recedes. Nose expresses hints of lemon and grassy/herbal notes. Taste follows with nose; however, there's a nice bready sweetness that comes out. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation shy of lively. Overall, flavorful and easy drinking. Nice job - would love to sample this fresh form the source.

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Photo of Gatch
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/07/18.
Aggressive pour led to a tall, gorgeous head that’s bright white and one of those meringue-type photo-worthy appearances. Also a gorgeous golden-yellow liquid. Full-bodied and full-flavored, with an emphasis on the grainy side of the style. This isn’t a light and easy drinker, but rather a special, heavier take on this type of lager. Stellar stuff!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 oz. can, which was canned on 11/07/18. Sampled on December 16, 2018.

The color is golden amber with a modes but lingering white head. Little to no lacing.

The aroma is bread and biscuit, sweet, vegetable mash, and a low hop profile. Maybe a twist of lemon.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

The taste is clearly sweet and malt forward and the bitterness is low and floral at the finish.

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Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a dense finger and a half high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast, grassy malts, and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and starts off with some fruity flavors of yeast—apples and bananas stand out in particular—along with notes of bready and grainy yeast as well as grassy and floral hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and very dry and a little chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The three things that impressed me most about this kellerbier were the crystal clear appearance, the fruity flavors in the smell and taste, and dryness of the mouthfeel—qualities that seemed to be unique compared to other beers in the style.

Note: canned on 11/7/2018

Serving type: can

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Photo of Amendm
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can dated 11/07/18 needed a aggressive pour to reach a 3/4 finger sized off-white frothy (some large bubbles) head with short retention and scant spotty lacing. Fast rising bubbles support a cap.
Clear golden-pale orange color appears yellow-orange in front of light.
The banana smell of German yeast greets the nose with bready malt and light spicy hops.
Spicy hops and bitterness from toasted malt begins the taste as semi-sweet malt and a rich yeast presents plus ample carbonation builds up the middle. The finish is quick and semi-dry with that rich yeast flavor fading to a peppery/spicy hop aftertaste.
Light-medium body, supported by the yeast more then the malt with plenty of carbonation. Smooth, balanced, easy going down.
This beer is very susceptible to chill haze, don't drink to cold. The high ABV for the style is cleverly hidden....the pepper.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a crystal clear bright gold color with a finger of foamy white head. The head sticks around for a while, leaving a few random spots of lacing before settling into a thin sheet. Extraordinarily effervescent, like soda pop. Different for the style, but a beautiful beer to look at in the glass.

The aroma is exceptionally bready and sweet up front. There are notes of grass and cereal grains with the faintest hint of spicy hops on the back end.

The taste follows the nose. Sweet, doughy bread and cereal grains followed by flaky biscuit notes and a spicy, noble hop finish. Nicely balanced and very clean.

The feel is medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Very clean and smooth, yet crisp and dry and extremely refreshing.

Overall, a fantastic take on a German lager that is beautifully clean and easy drinking yet popping with delicious, malty flavor. This one is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome lager that's smooth, crisp and so goddamn drinkable. Enjoyed a pour at the Hall then grabbed a four pack to go. Golden pour with remarkable clarity; a different mold from the cloudier Zwickels. Lively carbonation beneath a thick, soapy head that stays put for a minute then thins out to sporadic bubbles.

Doughy dough dough on the nose - bread, cracker, toasted grains, followed by a light spicy hop kiss and a grassy hug.

Just a great looking, tasting and feeling beer. Taste is toasted malt, bread, biscuit with lightly zesty but flavorful noble hops.

Smooth like porcelain, crisp like ice, Hungry Like The Wolf. Not really the latter but it's just a delicious beer. Go grab one before it goes away (for whatever reason - why not make it part of the family, JA?).

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Photo of smcolw
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold color. Clear. Brief head, settles to rim bubbles and nearly no lace.

The nose is like a fresh brewery mash. Lightly sweet from recently crushed pale barley malt. Low hop, true to the style.

This beer reminds me of the beer available in Munich, maybe a touch sweeter. If would stand up nicely in a flight of the style. Full bodied (for a Helles) but with ample carbonation. Nice lingering raw pale malt aftertaste.

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Modern Hell from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 25 ratings