Jabby Brau
Jack's Abby Brewing

Jabby BrauJabby Brau
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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #13
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,542
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.03%
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
690
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Jack's Abby Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  43
Gots
  87
SCORE
87
Very Good
Jabby BrauJabby Brau
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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CHADMC3 from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden body around the straw colored hues and offers a mammoth sized, pillowy white head which slowly dissolves to leave traces of lacing about the glass.

At first sniff the pilsner malts are most apparent with the Munich variety coming forward as it warms. The pale straw aromas are very fresh and clean with just a touch of fresh grassy hops.

The flavor is similar with crisp snappy flavor of the pilsner malt mingling with the grassy hops and later the Munich malt.

Tremendously clean on the palate with a snapping finish. Generous carbonation and a smooth, zesty feel.

Great beer. Awesome alternative to the "name your session ipa" beers. Completely clean, fresh and packed with character.

Feb 10, 2014
More User Reviews:
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

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

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Pale yellow, touched with haze, topped with thick white foam

SMELL: Cereal malts, biscuit, clean

TASTE: Creamy, lively mouthfeel, light-bodied, wheaty, grain, lemony hop bite, lime oil, grassy, herbal, dry, biscuity linger

A “Session Lager” from this all lager brewery, brewed with Pilsner and Munich malt, local soft red winter wheat and American hops. At only 20 IBUs it packs plenty of hop flavor without overpowering the delicate malt balance, and the use of wheat is a distinct twist-—perhaps too distinct—but works overall. A very solid lager.

STYLE: American Pale Lager
ABV: 4.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Jun 26, 2014
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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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Goldfishman from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Oct 20, 2012
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WoostaBia from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Aug 13, 2014
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spycow from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Aug 19, 2014
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jfcaa193 from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

May 26, 2014
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joberlander from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 08, 2015
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. Big thanks to Dope for this.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed light orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is average and a bit of lacing if left.

4.0 S: Quite hoppy. Herbal, earthy, and mildly floral. Grainy malts underneath with a light, neutral malt sweetness. Simple, but pleasant.

4.0 T: Good bit of hop flavor as well with more earth anf floral and a bit less herbal. Low bitterness. Grainy maltiness with a sweet finish.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp, quite crisp.

4.0 D: Solid, hoppy lager. I can see myself putting down a few of these while watching some NFL games.

May 24, 2012
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DelicateDelirium from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Jan 13, 2013
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Johnct from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Aug 07, 2014
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mar 02, 2013
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pveilleux from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Sep 17, 2012
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ktforce from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Jun 13, 2014
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

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

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: straw and citrus hops

Taste: grass, light honey-sugar, and a citrus hoppy end

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a bitter lasting middle

Overall: Given the style, this one is very good. It is a nice and hoppy lager that I would look for again and an excellent value. That said, if I was not grading to style, my marks would be closer to a 3.5. While this is clean and very well done, there is just something missing that I cannot put my finger on.

Jun 11, 2012
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nesarebad from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

May 19, 2013
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direwolf00 from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 11, 2015
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bluntedboywonder from New York

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

Feb 13, 2015
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beertardis from Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Jun 23, 2014
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Phenwayphrank74 from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +17.2%

Oct 17, 2014
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Tarps68 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Feb 22, 2014
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grannaniwa from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

May 16, 2012
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Crab_gang from Pennsylvania

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

Apr 12, 2015
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BigMike from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 22, 2015
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ColdOneKev from North Carolina

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

A - Clear, deep gold. Small white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Subtle oats, malted barley, biscuit.

T - Smooth matly biscuit, cut of with the crisp spicy hops.

M - Thin, refreshing good carbonation.

O - Excellent lager. Like the idea this is a session at 4.5% One of the better craft lagers I've enjoyed.

Nov 01, 2013
Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 690 ratings