Jabby Brau
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Lager - American
Ranked #19
Ranked #18,230
3.89 | pDev: 10.03%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Deep golden in color, this low ABV lager balances Pilsner and Munich malt with an aromatic American hop aroma. This beer starts hoppy but finishes unexpectedly malty with very low bitterness. Impressively flavorful and drinkable for the lightest beer we brew. We dub this beer a "Session Lager," as we once again brew a lager in a beer style of its own. Uses local Soft Red Winter Wheat from Four Star Farms.

20 IBU
Reviews: 130 | Ratings: 690 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can, dated 06/23/20... OK, I forgot to look at the date, alright? Anyway, served in a Pilsner glass.

Pours a mildly hazed, bleary gold with a scant two fingers of sea-foam head. Retention is unremarkable but leaves a heavy blanket of foamy white lacing.

Powerfully robust aroma of grass, grain and oily orange peel. Sharp, grainy, malty.

Taste is very much in line with the nose with a strong character of oily orange peel. Sharp graininess, pine spirits, dirt, brown sugar. An earthy, oily, lemon juice and bitter tree bark aftertaste lingers.

Feel is full and round, smooth, juice-like, medium bodied and brightly carbonated.

Overall, a seriously aggressive face-full of wicked hoppy beer. If anything has tailed-off in the six months since it was canned, it must have been a beast in its prime. Strongly reminiscent of a west coast-style IPA, more so than anything that belongs in my Pilsner glass. I’m on the lookout for a fresh can.

Note that the current iteration states abv at 5.5% and 30 IBUs.

Dec 08, 2020
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Apellonious from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can , canned 6/23/2020, poured into a tulip glass. A mostly clear golden orange with a one finger foamy head that hangs on for a while. Mild floral and citrus (lemon) aroma in the hoppy lager vein. The taste adds some mild bread notes. The feel is thin, slightly watery, carbonation medium high. Overall, a decent beverage, though I prefer the current version.

Sep 29, 2020
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6/23/20

Pours a hazy golden wheat color with a white head which promptly drops to a film.

Scent is light citrus (lemon and lime) orange and a biscuity malt note.

Taste is citrus hops (lemon, lime, grapefruit) atop a bready biscuity malt base. Sweet bready malt which becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The grains and hop notes are well balanced. Nice bitterness and a crisp finish.

Mouth is a creamy medium with a crisp bitter finish.

Excellent drinkability: I want another.

Sep 06, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a slight hazy bronzed yellow color with a fast rising carbonation rising to fill a two finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was mainly speckled in a messy sort of way. The smell started off with sweet freshly cut grass running into slight sweet citrusy notes. The taste was moderately grassy sweet. A dry sweet semi-grassy aftertaste slides into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs really light for this one. I’m not minding that. A sweet sticky dryness clings to my tongue nicely. Overall, this was a pretty nice American Pale lager that I would have again and definitely would be nice with its respected food.

Jun 17, 2017
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bhblbagpiper from New York

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The malt quality of this beer certainly shines through with strong bread and cereal taste with a slight sweetness. It has a nice light gold look with a bit of haze to it. The overall hop note was grassy. A nice lager.

Feb 12, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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

Pours a light straw yellow. Smells of light citrus and grain. It has a lemony citric, sweet, malty grain flavor. Very light feeling, but flavorful at the same time. Light body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy. Fairly sweet malts with mild lemony hops to balance it out.

Oct 31, 2015
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with no bottled on date and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden colour with a light one finger white head that dissipates to a foamy layer with only very light lacing.

Aroma: Bready malts, pine and some light citrus orange peel, lemon and lime.

Taste: Grassy, honey and brown sugar sweetness, caramel and bready malts, corn and light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: I’m not normally a lager person, but Jack’s Abby are definitely changing my views and showing me what can actually be done with lagers. In this case, Jack’s Abby has produced another lager that would better most, but still falls a little flat.

Oct 06, 2015
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codekiln from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look - deep golden!

smell - malty and dank - mild smelling.

taste - slightly hoppy beginning that finishes with lots of orangy malt. not bitter at all

feel - smooth and sudsy. my alewife says it's got a nice bite in the back of the throat; not too soft.

overall - quite drinkable and tasty.

Sep 12, 2015
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear yellow/gold (SRM 4-6), with billowing carbonation that produces a ½” white froth, before settling to a ¼” lingering layer. Fine lace coats the hand blown pilsner.

The aroma has pronounced sweet honey/lemon, followed by modest caramel and light grains.

Bitterness is modest and balanced by a quick sweet bite. Lacks the signature crisp clean finish of the style, but has lots of caramel. White bread and a hint of apple are present in the middles, with coriander as it warms. The finish is modest yet lingering.

Explosive carbonation greets the palate, paving the way for a satin, almost nylon texture. Alcohol, though light is surprisingly present for a 4.5% beer. The body is medium to full, with a light astringency.

Jabby Brau is a fine sessionable beer, well suited to a tailgate party or other such occasions. With plenty of approachable flavors, this makes for a good gateway beer. I enjoyed it in the afternoon of a cool, cloudless, first Monday of September.

Sep 12, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Deep orange amber, to pale golden yellow body color. Real dark and impressive for a classic lager, with some mild amounts of carbonation, and a good simple two finger creamy head. Bit of staying power there as well, as it slowly settles to one finger.

Real big caramel sweetness, but with a clean aroma. Mild grains and a bit of light brown sugar quality to go with it. Not big on the hop angle, if very indistinct. Some mild clean grapefruit perhaps kicking out.

Palate is quite nice and simple. Clean caramel, almost bock like but considerably lighter in flavor and feel. Almost chewy body, but with lighter abv seems to come much easier drinking, but not wet or washed out which is a good feeling. Muted hop quality, but definitely more going for the malt angle which is done real nicely.

Reminds me of a sessionable lighter version of a bock, real solid brew.

Aug 23, 2015
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Tap. Pours deep golden with white head. Aroma is of bready malt and citrusy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, piney hops and bready malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Nice, easy drinking lager.

Jul 08, 2015
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jhavs from New York

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

On tap at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, VT.
A= Straw colored, slight haze, thick white head.
S= Dough, toast, bread, yeast, faint English hops.
T= Toasty malts, dough, and yeast. Bit of bitterness to balance the rich malts.
M= More body that would expect from a low ABV session lager, not in a bad way, moderate carbonation.
O= Tastes as described. Nice use of pilsner and munich malt with added hoppy pleasure. Great low ABV choice when you still want to feel like your drinking beer.

Jun 12, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw color with a fluffy head that leaves a few streaks of lace

Smell: Grainy, biscuity aromatics with just a hint of hop

Taste: Bready, at the outset, with a slight bitterness from the hops arriving in the middle; the hop presence fades into the finish with the malts taking over where they started

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice for what it is, but I prefer Hoponius Union if I am looking for a beer like this

Jun 07, 2015
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Slightly hazy gold with 1 finger of white head.

Bread, cracker, and apple juice.

Apple juice, cracker, and honeydew melon. Light notes of bread and caramel.

Medium bodied, crisp, and clean with moderate carbonation.

A lot of apple juice notes but not much else. Simple and rather boring.

Apr 13, 2015
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ThomasMetal75 from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Hazy copper, orangey look. Reminds of an amber ale or an IPA. Head is soapy and fizzy. It's 3 fingers at first. Tiny bit rocky.

S- Citrusy hops and caramel malts. It also has a yeasty, biscuity, scent. In the background there is some sweetness. The ingredients smell very fresh. And that's what I get. It just smells clean and fresh overall. It even reminds me of a euro lager with a ton of hops shoved in it.

T- Just like with IPAs and double IPAs, your getting a citrus juicy hop quality (even at 22 IBUs). The citrus reminds me of oranges and grapefruits. Jack's Abby did a good job of making the hops present at 22 IBUs. I think it tastes hoppier than Harpoon IPA, but that's just me. Caramel malts too. Biscuity quality as well. I'm also noticing a light tartness and some lemony notes too. There is an underlining sweetness that is pleasant and not cloying at all. There is a little bit of a sour, drying quality towards the end. Right as it ends, you get a dry taste, with orange flesh and peel, and then it dries out in the mouth.

M- It's on the light side of medium, but it is straight up a medium bodied beer. It's very crisp, clean, and extremely refreshing.

Overall this is very nice. I think Jack's Abby is doing something different, but in the right direction, with this beer. I think a typical Bud Light, Miller Light, or Coors Light drinker could pick one of these up on occasion and be happy with it. I'm giving the beer a B+ and an 87/100. Nice lager with a good hop hick.

Feb 25, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep golden color, left almost no head, what little it did leave receded quickly. Very minor amounts of lacing left on the glass.

Smells hoppy, grapefruit notes, but not much else of a bouquet.

Tastes lightly fruity up front, which quickly slides into toasted malt, biscuit, and the hops take the finish and aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, leaves a bit of an oily residue.

Another good session from Jack's Abbey.

Feb 13, 2015
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AirBob from Massachusetts

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

A - About two fingers of foamy white head with a clear golden body and an abundance of visible carbonation.

S - Typical lager smell minus the wet cardboard. Plenty of bread and sweet malts as well as grassy hops. A punch of spiciness and maybe some fruit.

T - Taste follows the nose almost exactly.

M - A littler thin to start then it evens out. Slightly bitter finish. R

O - Perfect lawnmower beer. Would be fairer to label it a light lager, but my rating reflect the BA style label. Otherwise, I'd give it a 4.5.

Feb 03, 2015
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden yellow. Small white head. Little retention.

S: Malts. Cereal grains. Not much else.

T/M: Quick hit of hops at first. Grassy grains. Cereal malts.
Sweet. Has a small wheat taste. Clean aftertaste. Light bodied.

O: Interesting lager. Typical malt and grain taste with a small
hop presence. Wheat comes in and shakes it up. Any beer with
the words "Session" on it will always be a little weaker in taste.
Still worth a try.


Jan 26, 2015
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superspak from North Carolina

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

Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness for a short bit. Very nice balance of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. The finish has a good amount of dryness as well; and is very clean on lager flavor with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a damn nice pale lager style. All around great balance of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 24, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

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

12oz bottle, poured into Sam Adams glass

A- pours a pale and clear golden yellow color with a two-finger foamy and sudsy white head that reduces to a layer on top, some short lasting lace left behind

S- lots of toasty Munich malt aroma with lager yeast, earthy and floral hop notes, toasted wheat bread on the finish

T- malty and yeasty up front with some floral and herbal hop subtleties, slightly sweet malt kicks in mid-palate before finishing dry and toasty

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry, crisp finish

O- a great session lager with high drinkability and plenty of crisp toasted malty notes

Jan 24, 2015
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Ian_B from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, rich, golden colour. Slightly hazy, with good head and decent retention.

Slightly citrusy lemon and grassy hop aroma, with a good amount of lager yeast and a sweet pale caramel malt.

Very smooth lager flavour, with fairly sweet yet mellow malts and slight biscuit and nutty flavours. More citrus hops than common for lagers, but nicely balanced.

Jan 10, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The closet comparison I got is Millstream's Schildbrau.

This is paler, though--a dark, filtered gold with a soapy white head. Smells of rounded, lightly nutty malt with a bit of citrus hops.

Tastes like it smells, crisp and punchy. Rounded, lightly nutty biscuit malts dominate, offset nicely by lightly floral American hops, finishing cleanly with zero esters and a light, lingering kiss of the hop.

Very well brewed, but I wish they had given us a little more.

Nov 09, 2014
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Beric from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 14 October

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-rod yellow with strong orange hues. Good 1.5 finger head that dies down quickly but leaves some laing.

Smell: Light bready maltiness with some sweet citrus hoppiness.

Taste: Much like the smell- the beer's malt body is quite light and is definitely characteristic of a traditional lager- there's some of the 'edgy' characteristics giving it a distinctive crispness. The flavor, however, is much like a session IPA, meaning full floral and citrus hoppiness, which a slight bitter astringency. Finishes drier than a session IPA.

Feel: Crisp, light, and bubbly.

Overall: A pretty great beer, and one I certainly would enjoy again. However, given the availability of cheaper session IPAs, if I want a hoppy, low ABV beer, I'll probably reach for one of those over this, as I find the lager style adds little to no obvious complexity to the beer, as the lager subtleties are drowned out by the hops in this one.

Oct 22, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jabby brau is a bright pale-medium yellow with a golden glow in its body. A haze leans translucent but ends up siding more on the clear side. The head is a big-bubbled one that's still tight and thick a very light yellow shade. After settling at one finger, it falls slowly to a heavy layer that drops chunky patching in good quantity.
The smell is crisp, fresh, soft and sweet, lots of honeysuckle and a variety of pale, dark, citrus and tropical fruits over wheat. It's bready, too, leaning dry as the impression is drawn mostly from the wheat but tempering the sweetness nicely. Just a little hops presence adds good balance and keeps it light while adding depth.
It brings the sweetness right up before leafy and citric hops bump it out. They mingle together for a bit, wheat coming in softly to dry and a bit of herb and tropical fruit flashing in the middle. The finish lingers, but softly.
The tip of the tongue is immediately hit with crispness that softens and spreads out over the palate. It gets fluffy and stays crisp but light, the body also light and bitterness adding a dry and, in a sense, "earthy" aspect as it relates to mouthfeel.

Oct 07, 2014
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fscottkey from New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

A: [3.50] Cloudy tan color. The beer has a 1 finger pure white head. The head has medium bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (4.5%) and the IBU (20) but not a born on date.

S: [2.75] Grains and corn. The aroma is pretty subdued.

T: [3.50] Classic wheat beer taste. There are tastes of yeast, wheat and malts. This mellowed a bit as I moved on. The sweetness of the malts came out and the taste got much better.

M: [4.00] Crisp and clean. Medium carbonation. This would be great after working in the sun.

O: [3.50] I am not a fan of wheat beers. That is what this tasted like to me at first. It improved as I continued drinking. The taste got sweeter from the malts. I have really liked all of the Jack's Abby beers - but this one I would pass on. I am not a fan of the style. It seems solid - but it is not my cup of tea (beer).

Sep 09, 2014
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