Jabby Brau | Jack's Abby Brewing

very good
684 Ratings
Jabby BrauJabby Brau

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jlindros on 01-15-2012

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A:golden honey orange with a white head semi translucent

S:some hoppy aromas and a little malt but not much else there

T: clean fresh hop taste with no bitterness extremely drinkable makes up for the lack of flavor so good for what it is

M:crisp and clean feel with carbonation that makes a good feel

O: real solid beer for what it is not great but for a session beer I'd drink the hell out of this over anything a big brewery can offer I like it I will be back

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. MFG 11-08-2013 on the side of the label.

A: Pours a slightly hazy very light golden yellow with white head. Large bubbles break up the foam in a minute or so. Average amount of visible carbonation. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: Hop forward aroma on this one, can really get some citrus notes. Nice freshness to it. Spicy lager tones are also substantial. A touch of fermented dark fruit.

T: Very balanced flavor on this one, can see why it is a session lager. The hops are present but really just add flavor and not any bitterness. Malts dominate the back-end but are smooth with a biscuity bready flavor.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Real smooth body with great sessionability.

Overall this would be a great deck beer in the summer. Loads of flavor with a low enough ABV to enjoy the whole sixer on a warm day.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jabby Brau pours a clear gold color with a small, creamy head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has nice soft notes of orange citrus, pale malt and some light fruit.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with malty sweetness and a little cereal. Light fruit notes of mango appear in the middle. It finishes with some hoppy notes of orange and lemon citrus. Once gone the sweet cereal malt and citrus flavor lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking, well balanced beer. I could definitely drink a couple of these at one sitting.

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Photo of Dools9
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this into a shaker pint. Bottled on date on four pack reads 9/5/12.

A: With an aggressive pour it produced a white, sudsy three finger head. Very well carbonated. Head stuck around for a bit and left great lacing. Color is clear, golden yellow.

S: Light bready malt aromas, some vague citrus, a little bit of earth, and a very distant musky aroma .

T: Tasty stuff. Bready, wheaty, toasty malt followed by a nice, light lemony, citrus hop flavor. Low bitterness, dry finish.

M: Light bodied, well carbonated, very easily poundable.

O: Easy drinking, sessionable and tasty. Another lager done right by Jack's Abby, too bad the macro lagers couldn't be like this, they could learn a thing or two from JA. Would like to see this in a 6 pack as apposed to the 4 pack pint bottles it comes in.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into my 2009 Pioneer stein, formed a 1" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head isn't going anywhere, with average lacing. Aroma is funky hops.

Taste starts with sweet, quickly overpowered by almost skunky hops, which carry through the close which has ample bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Says session on the bottle, and that works for me.

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Photo of MacCherry
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nailed it. Nice deep golden color. I'll have to pour the next one so I get a good look at the head. Cascades on the nose, maybe a little grapefruit. Light, fruity hops up front, clean slightly toasty finish. There is that grapefruit again. Nice body. A terrific lager.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a clear yellow color with a white head. A very good hoppiness to the nose. Citrus and floral hops dominate up front. Sweet biscuit malt comes through as the hops fade away. A nice mild sweetness on the palate which is complemented nicely by the citrusy and floral hop profile. Very light bitterness and just a very good beer all around.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 1, 2014.

The pour is orange amber mostly with a white head that fades after awhile. A little cloudy.

The malt character is clean in the nose along with an orange, citrus character and some fizz. Very clean and crisp.

The body is light mainly.

There is a citrusy, orange, and apple taste up front. The hop finish is mild hut lingers. It works for the style.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear gloden-amber. Rocky white head builds to a height of three inches. Great retention. Small patches of spotty and clumpy lacing cling defiantly to the glass.

S: Pilsner malt, bready wheat, faint and indistinct fruitiness. Citric hop scents provide some snap. Freshly squeezed lemons and freshly cut grass. Smells very fresh and aromatic.

T: Zing of moderately bitter hop oils at the outset. Grapefruit rind, mild pine, and some lighter citrus notes. Freshly cut grass and flowers. Dry grainy tastes give way to a big spike of coarse, bready wheat. Hops pop up again intermittently, but the back end and finish of this beer are primarily malt-driven. Finishes dry with coarse wheat and underlying pilsner malt.

M: On the lighter side in body. Semi-firm malt backbone. Slightly fluffy and foamy. Ample scrubbing carbonation pricks at the tongue. Not as smooth as it could be, but still good.

O: I feel as though the coarseness of the wheat, the high level of carbonation, and the slight lack of smoothness should detract from the drinkability, but they really don't . Not much, at least. Perhaps not quite as refined as the other Jack's Abby offerings, but still more than worth a try.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jabby Brau opens to a sweet, hoppy aroma, full of lemon, pine, pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, and lychee nut. These heavily-citrusy hop notes rest atop a bed of brown sugar and light fruit esters, including more lemon, as well as apricot and crisp pear. A bed of floury baguette, toast crust, Grape nuts cereal, and rising yeasty wheat dough adds earthiness and speaks to a good amount of malts. As a whole the nose is nice, if a bit light, but promises a good hop selection and a balanced overall experience.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a blast of lemon, pine, and pink grapefruit hops, which quickly merges with a heavy grain base, this latter bringing brown sugars and, mostly, swaths of fresh wheat, hay, toast crust, wheat bread, biscuit, and cereal. Hops largely fade by the end of the mouthful, meaning the latter notes are almost exclusively malt and grain. This experience continues with subsequent sips: hops upfront, then malts take over the back end. The aftertaste is also heavily geared toward grains, though a few touches of lemon and pine remain, and the flavors linger on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue.

Overall, this is a solid session lager, and while it doesn’t necessarily wow the tasetebuds, it does deliver a solid drinking experience, featuring a good range of hop and malt flavors, and thus provides a fantastic (and certainly far superior) alternative to Anheuser-Busch fare.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazed darkish gold. Head is bright white and drops to a wispy cap with a slightly larger collar. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Biscuit and bread. Slightly toasted with a slight caramelized malt sweetness. Hips are minimal adding some pine and a light floral element. Very mild. Malt backbone is light and clean. Some small hints of caramel. It's all very light. Some grass and hay.

Taste: Light bread crust with some toasted elements. Some hints of floral and pine from the hops, Malts are lightly sweet with some.caramelized sugars in the back. A touch of grass and hay with an incredibly clean lager yeast. Some apple skin.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish with a crisp snap. Clean.

Overall: King of Brau.

If you don't like lagers, drink this and you will.

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Photo of DrJay
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Clear light gold colour with a thin whitish cap. Good head retention, kind of sticky. Bright lemony aroma, citrus and a bit of spiciness, doughy malt, really nice. Tangerines up front, toasted malt, slight green/grassy hop character, slight spice. Short finish with minty bitterness lingering on the palate. Light bodied, average CO2, off-dry. Quite good and very refreshing.

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Photo of Omnium
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Clear yellow half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Light aroma, pilsner grains, lager yeast, light earthy hops
T - Light lager taste with a mild hop profile.
M - Smooth and light.
O - An ideal session beer, exactly as its label suggests.

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Photo of harrymel
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Meadhall

Pours a golden color with a solid sheet of light cream foam. Smells of grassy and piney hops with some dry grain in the background. Flavor is cereal grains, slight bitterness, some nice grass hops and a little bit of butter underneath it all; well played. Medium bodied with tight, snappy carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer. Like the ABV on it. 3.75/4/4/3.75/4

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Photo of AirBob
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a good white foam head. Some lace.

Whoa, nice pine/citric note in the nose. A big surprise. Not over the top, but there. Some light toasted malt.

A little thin in flavor, with medium malt and some piney happiness. Seems thin but not watery. Malt, light bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and dries right out. This would be great with food or grill beer.

Medium body, actually a bit light. Decent carbonation balance here.

Overall, liked this the more I drank it. Worth a try. Surprising and different and very obviously well made.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jhavs
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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 wheat flavor. Very light feeling, but flavorful at the same time. Light body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy. Fairly sweet wheat with mild lemony hops to balance it out.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a lager and tastes like a lager. Very limited bitterness. Nice bready malt sweetness. No off flavors that sometimes pair with craft lagers. This beer is clean and crisp and very enjoyable on a warm day. Jack's Abby makes really well crafted lager bodies, which show in the smooth mouthfeel. Reminds me a lot of New Glarus lagers, which is a good thing.

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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 684 ratings.
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