Jabby Brau | Jack's Abby Brewing

BA SCORE
88
very good
686 Ratings
Jabby BrauJabby Brau
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
686
Reviews:
127
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
90
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 686 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of kitch
3.3/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of CTFalcon
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPAchris
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from. .5 lt bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a very clean looking golden, when I pour the second half of the bottle in it added a little bit if haze.... Nice one finger white head dissapates nicley leaving little to no lacing.

S: like grains and bread. With a bit of floral/citrus hop in the background. Perhaps it is the wheat I smell and that's where I get the grainy breadiness from.

T: a bit of hops but I feel as though the grainy breadiness dominates the flavor much like it did the aroma.... Like the label says it starts with a light hippiness and then gets into the bready maltiness with a light bitter touch on the finish.

M: medium bodies with crisp carbonation... Well rounded, with a slight dry bitter finish. Very drinkable, as a session beer should be.

O: deffinatley not my favorite jacks Abby... I feel like this brew could use more hops and less malty breadiness... Really nothing spectacular.... It is flavorful for a session beer, I'm just not a huge fan of the flavor on display... Perhaps it's because I'm not that huge of a wheat beer fan... Or perhaps this is just not my thing. I am a little dissapointed.

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Photo of scotorum
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought on sale with no visible bottling date. Age (the beer's and mine) may have affected this review.

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a: Clear gold formed an inch thick white head which dissipated quickly to a thin foam surface film and some spotty lacing.

s: Light malt

t: Malt with some hop balance. Not particularly liking the slight wallpaper pastelike undertaste, but it is light enough for a lager and yes sessionable.

m: Light with quite a bit of carbonation feel, even though such is not very visible.

o: An ok lager. Darker in color and slightly tastier than the average mainstream lager. I would not go out of my way to buy this again. Still really liking Jack's Hoponius Union IPL and 2nd Anniversary DIPL though.

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Photo of braican
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rogacks
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keginator70
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deleted my previous review. Interested party over my shoulder.
Had to down grade my first review. Nice aroma and color. Balance of bitter and malt is very good,not great. Mouth feel is the issue- tastes dissipates too quickly and is watery. It's comparable to a taking a lick off a lollipop. There are better and cheaper IPL's and Imperial Pilsner's out there.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

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).

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Photo of vfgccp
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deceiving by the scent. Smells awfully sour and acrid. Tastes a smooth mellow wash.

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Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden. Not much of a head. Thin collar.

Smell - Mild citrus hop. Some pale malts and sweetness.

Taste - Grainy up front. Citrus hops. A little bit resiny. A bit of bitterness and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, grainy. Drinkable and mildly bitter.

Overall - Flavorful for a session lager, but not all that flavorful independently.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mnrider
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of rossracing
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Bieniek30
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 686 ratings.
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