Private Rye | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with local danko rye malt, this traditional German kellerbier is malty, sweet, and subtly spicy. Private Rye has a medium, bready body that is balanced with a light bitter finish. Like all of our kellerbiers, it is left unfiltered.

Added by paulish on 09-21-2018

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Photo of Amendm
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16-oz. can canned on 9/17/18 needed a strong pour to get a finger sized off-white head with short retention and minimal lace.
Pineapple-orange juice in color, hazy opaque appears yellow in front of light.
Rye bread and yeast dominate the smell with apple and baking spice.
Taste starts out a little on the bland side with rich bready malts filling in the middle, a faint silage funk and spicy hop bitterness rounds out the smooth clean finish.
Medium body with low carbonation, alcohol is hidden. Easy smooth drink.
As it warms the beginning of the taste improves as a tangy bitterness appears in front of the semi-sweet middle.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 9/17/18

Pours a cloudy golden orange with 2 fingers of thick white head; excellent retention with a still-thick layer of foam remaining on the surface, and consistent soapy lacing spattered around the glass; a beautiful-looking lager all-around.

Aromas of clean malt, a bit of farmyard with some natural skunk to it, grainy spice, and some slight sweet, grassy undertones; good, but a bit too dominated by the earthy skunk element to let the rest of the bouquet flourish.

Taste profile starts with a crack of rye spice, balanced, lightly peppery, and with an earthy grittiness; earthy tones continue to dominate, inviting crisp, smooth malts and notes of clean grass and straw; somewhat one-dimensional, but does well with what it offers.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium body with carbonation bolstering things toward the heavier side; somehow remains balanced in its weight, though, and stays impressively drinkable.

Well-built stuff, and although the flavor profile may leave something on the table, the beer’s other qualities round things out enough to produce an enjoyable result.

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Private Rye from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2 ratings