Red Tape Lager
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #31
Ranked #22,577
3.83 | pDev: 10.44%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Red Tape LagerRed Tape Lager
Notes: Navigating the labyrinth of brewery licensing and state regulations isn't easy. When we finally got the green light, we also got inspired with the perfect name for our pilot brew. Red Tape Lager has a full malty flavor typical of Bavarian dark lagers. It's brewed with 100% Dark Munich Malt. Additions of Glacier hops for bittering and noble German hops for aroma strike a balance between American and European flavors.

25 IBU
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/21/19

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with 2 fingers of rocky off white head that fades slowly to a cap. Streaming carbonation from the bottom of the glass, but not much lacing

Aromas of biscuity malt, earthy spice, banana, and clove with some light hops to hold it together

Taste is more of the same, with that spice amplified especially in the finish. The banana like fruitiness from the aroma takes a darker turn here with hints of raisin

Moderate carbonation and medium body, this goes down easy with a rather crisp finish, just a tad bit slick

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Simple and refreshing but still very interesting

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KRug from Massachusetts, Apr 21, 2020
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3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can.

Deep amber with great clarity a frothy light tan head. Good head retention. As always with the unfiltered Jack's Abby beers, I leave an ounce or two of beer in the can to keep that nice clarity.

Mild caramel malt aroma with light spicy hops to balance things out. Smooth caramel malt flavor to match.

Clean finish with a slight spicy bitterness. Medium bodied.

I'm missing that deep, rich malt character and softness that a traditional Munich Dunkel has. Better suited as an amber lager.

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Jacobier10 from New Jersey, Mar 21, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color with a little haze under a light tan head, there’s dark bread and caramel notes on the nose, and a bit of ripe fruit.

The caramel and ripe fruit are forward on the taste , with the dark bread flavors on the back end. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. I could drink this until it came out of my ears.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Mar 08, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark copper, bordering on amber. Topped with a small off white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells like cooked sweet red apple, cinnamon, caramel, and pumpernickel bread.

Tastes like cooked sweet red apple, but minus the tartness of the skin present on the nose. Candied apple. Hints of cinnamon. Caramel and pumpernickel bread. Just a noticeable amount of grass and green pepper on the finish from the Noble hops, but no bitterness.

Smooth feel, well carbonated, not watery, slightly sweet.

A great amber lager!

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4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/12/19. Let warm to 45F before opening.

Deep translucent coppery-red, with 2-finger light tan head that leaves a ring and a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell is bread dough, toffee, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Taste is similar to aroma, but less sweet : toffee, brown bread crust and slight caramel. Some rye-bread-crust tang, and light bitterness near finish, and lingering past it.

Feel is medium, on the verge of lightly creamy, until the light , mildly sharp carbonation comes in to balance that. Leaves the tongue lightly coated.

Overall, pleasant and easy-drinking . I can see why this was their first, and why it persists. Recommend it , if you're looking for a satisfying non-hoppy "just a beer" beer.

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mikeinportc from New York, Feb 23, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark reddish copper in color with a finger and a half of dense, long lasting just off white head. In the aroma I get bready and caramel malt notes. Flavor is also full of rich malts, caramel without being sweet, and bready and lightly toasty notes. Medium plus body, moderate carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel. Overall another very tasty and drinkable beer from Jack’s Abby. They’re among my top 3 local breweries for traditional style lagers and always one of my go to breweries. I’ve been enjoying this beer for years so I was surprised to find I had never given it a review.

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mnj21655 from Massachusetts, Jan 05, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Crowler from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.

This one pours a dark-ish red color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like herbal tea, bready malt, grassy hops, dark fruit, and yeasty lageriness.

This smells like caramel and bready malt, with a light tea-like and slightly fruity hoppines, and a nice creamy smoothness on the back end. It feels marginally like a dunkel, but more just feels like a really intriguing amber lager.

This is light bodied, clean and crisp, with a really high level of drinkabiliity, and a nice smoothness on the back end.

Even though this isn't primarily dunkel-ish, it's still quite tasty.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Dec 01, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-red with a finely textured head that fades fairly quickly. Enticing malty aroma with hints of brown bread. Taste follows suit, big malty backbone, a little sweet followed by a bit of hop prickliness. I don't find it overly sweet, seems pretty well balanced to me. An enjoyable beer that goes down very easy, I like it.

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LarryV from Massachusetts, Nov 28, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from can. Color is an attractive mahogany amber. Aroma of caramel sweetness dominates. Flavor is mild with some dried fruit character. Medium light body and a very dry finish. An overall nice beer but not as complex and satisfying as Jack's Abbey's Copper Legend which I would love to be drinking all year round.

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yuriyt from New York, Nov 24, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent ruddy copper color with a nice foamy head. (recedes quickly)Smell is very malt forward with some fresh baked bread going on.Taste is semi sweet with bread ,taste,cocoa, almost a buttery taste (possibly diacetyl) Feels medium bodied, finishes juicy,nice carbonation. Jack's Abbey claims this a take on Bavarian Dark Lagers, (Dunkels I assume), This beer to me more resembles a Irish red/ Dark lager hybrid. Surprising amount of cocoa flavor considering they did not roast the malts enough to make the beer deep garnet or black. Pretty good, a bit confusing. I must say pessimistically that this beer "could be" House Lager with cocoa powder added, almost hot chocolate flavor. That would answer a lot of questions about this beer.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Nov 13, 2019
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3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/22/19

Pours a deep, clear reddish amber with brown tints; topped with two fingers of lasting off-white foam leading to a chunky collar, spotty cap, and a generous spatter of lacing holding steadily to the walls of the glass.

Aroma shows a rich toasted malt sweetness from the outset, with a dry layering of caramel and bits of toasted bread crust evolving throughout the bouquet; brown sugar-coated green apple levels extremely subtly in the background.

Taste follows the aroma, now featuring a caramel tone a touch sweeter, along with doughy toasted malts and green apple skins; a slight nutty texture develops at the tail end of each note; sweet caramel and fresh bread dough returns to linger through the swallow.

Mouthfeel has a light body with moderate carbonation peaking briefly but remaining consistent across the palate; quickly drying over the mid-palate; slightly thins into the finish, slightly roasty, dry swallow.

Solidly-made amber lager as expected from Jack's Abby, taking shape as a sweeter-styled Munich dunkel. A great body makes for easy drinking, but the overall sweetness can be a bit too overwhelming for my tastes.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Nov 10, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jack’s Abby Red Tape

Drinking this on draft right now at Gingerman NYC.

L: The beer pours a bright, translucent dark amber / reddish color with a tightly packed bubbles creating dense and thick off white head. The consistency of the head reminds me of Guinness, as does the lacing as I drink the beer. A lot of visible carbonation.

S: A clean, Sweet, bready malt profile. Some red delicious apple sweetness.

T: It’s a sweet beer. Raspberry tea flavor, cherry, red delicious apple. The more I drink this the more I get sweet red delicious apple. There is a bit of a crackery dry finish which is nice, but still overall a sweet beer. As the beer warms there are some nutty elements that come out.

F: Low carbonation and very smooth and creamy feel. More so than the amount of visible carbonation lead me to believe there would be. Overall, this beer was a touch sweet for me, hence the ding on the taste rating. Still a good beer.

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TheGent from New Jersey, Mar 19, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger finely pored beige head that receded to a wispy cap; nice thick rings of lace;

S: sourdough and a little caramel;

T: caramel breadiness with mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate, tingly carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking; would pair well with a lot of foods;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Jan 06, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank really cold from a 16oz can into a frosted pint glass. Yeasty up front with a really balanced bitterness. Definitely something that I will look for when traveling the Northeast.

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funkyanteater from Pennsylvania, Dec 09, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16-oz. can 10/30/18 needed an average pour for a finger sized foamy beige head with short retention and stringy lacing. A ring remained to the end, almost.
Beautiful, clear amber-copper color with a red hue, appears amber-yellow in front of light. Fizzy little bubbles rise and support the head. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, says the label.
Dark Rye bread dough dominates the smell with ripe banana and a hard candy sweetness.
The taste begins semi-sweet from camel malt with a light hop bitterness that increases during middle and end. A bready malt richness is moved along by the ample carbonation. The finish is clean, crisp and semi-dry with a lingering hop spicy-bitterness.
Medium body, smooth almost creamy middle.
Label says this was their pilot beer with a taste of a Bavarian Dark. It does smell and taste of German malt/yeast. Easy balanced drink. A great fall beer.

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Amendm from Rhode Island, Nov 12, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a tumbler

Red colored liquid , pencil thin white foam cap, mo lacings

Aroma of malts, lager style, not much of a hop aroma

Good malt lager taste

Good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Dec 30, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Lots of munich malt up front along with a light herbal and spicy hop undertone. Very malt-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the munich malt and light caramel sweetness and then goes into the herbal and spicy hop notes, which are definitely on the lighter side (especially compared to the malt). Finishes with lingering malt sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the husky side

O: A nice amber lager that definitely has the dunkel thing going on nose and taste-wise. Easy to drink and solid during the colder months

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4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Beer Shop, NYC. I'm a fan of Jack's Abby, so expectations are high. It pours a dark amber color with a thin frothy head that retains well.
The nose produces rich textures of bready malt, caramel, and a nice doze of banana.
The taste is characterized by Munich malts and dark toasted bread crusts with a smooth and soft texture that makes for easy drinking. There is some sweetness at first, but it soon balanced by a moderately spicy and grassy prickle of noble hops. The finish is clean and crisp.
Medium bodied, balanced and with a moderate carbonation. Good representation of the style.

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Gajo74 from New York, Nov 08, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark breads, nuts. Taste is dark malts, pumpernickel bread, some caramel, complex for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Jul 24, 2017
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, the appearance was a mellow burnt amber color with a nice transparency about it. Quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white foamy head. Spotty messy lacing. The aroma had a wonderful blend of the bitter to sweet grassy hops to the caramel to nutty to bready malts. The flavor leans malty sweet rich with the malts and transitions nice and clean into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Great sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good. Malts fine tune the body with a nice smoothness to it. Overall, damn nice Munich Dunkel lager that I would have again.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper color with a glint of red and a half finger of head. The nose is nicely bready. The flavor profile tastes like a blend of characteristics possessed by an American amber and a German dunkel.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Mar 22, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Nonic pint glass. Body is clear reddish-amber with a 1-finger khaki-colored head.

S: Faint caramel malt, some nuttiness, and faint herbal or piney hops. Pleasant nose.

T: Caramel malt, brown bready malt and nutty malt foundation. Finishes with a modest clean lemony bitterness that provides some balance. Overall sweet though.

M: Light in heft, a tad bit thin, but for the style, we're good.

O: Excellent easy-drinking but tasty lager.

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Kendo from New York, Mar 01, 2017
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4.94/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is the quintessential lager. Pours from can into pint glass a crisp, clear amber with a small head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty, grain, and a bit nutty. Taste has a strong, bitter front, with the aroma reflected on the back of the palate: malty, grain, and slightly nutty. The feel is smooth, and moderately carbonated. Overall, a straight-forward, full-bodied brew. At 5% ABV, it is easy to enjoy a six pack of this.

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Im4jojo from Massachusetts, Feb 20, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Think the can is dated 11/1/16, which makes me nervous...poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Big head with good retention, leaving whit foamy lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a dark reddish amber.

S: Some floral notes from the hops, yeasty bready malts,

T: Quite bready and malty, but not too heavy. Some sweet notes per Dunkel style. A little floral up front. Decent.

F: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Nice and crisp with good construction and balance.

O: A very nice lager that holds up nicely in the can, which is good to know down the road.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Feb 10, 2017
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can dated 11/30/2016 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Wonderful clarity, dark copper in color, gentle carbonation feeds a quickly dissipating cap.
S - Dark bread rising, a bit of floral hop note, with a kiss of caramel.
T - Lightly toasted malts, just a kiss of bread dough, nice yeast touch, semi sweet.
M - Dances across the palate, a bit of sweet malt, then a near perfect clean up by the carbonation. Nice dry finish.
O - A very nice Dunkel from the brewer.

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Jan 17, 2017
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