Jabby Brau | Jack's Abby Brewing

very good
126 Reviews
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 684
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.

 834 characters

Photo of wedge
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid golden yellow, a little bit of haze, with a large, stable head on top. Floral hops upfront in the nose along with some bready malt, spicy/leafy notes, and lager yeast. Flavor continues along the spicy, grassy line, joined by some toasted grain and earth. Clean and pretty light. Obviously real easy to drink, though I wish the malt came through a bit more.

 362 characters

Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice head for a lager....about an inch high. Golden straw colored brew. Aroma is lightly sweet with brisk floral hops. Refreshing and nice to consume. Yes, sessionable indeed. Fresh crackery bread malt and zesty floral hop in the flavor. Fresh, simple, and well done.

 267 characters

Photo of alaimoa
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz bottle poured into a Sam glass
Pours a dark gold with limited head. Has a pilsner smell that I would say is biscuit upfront with earthy tones and has a very similar taste. Dry, not too bitter, light malt flavor, smooth drinker with a light to medium body and limited aftertaste.
Could drink a bunch of these

 314 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY during their Jack's Abby release event.

Pours a clear yellow, with a small white head of about a half inch. Good lacing down the glass.

Aromas are very floral, with some citrus in the background, along with some sweet grain.

The taste is pretty similar. Pleasant, mild floral hop bite upfront, balanced with grain sweetness on the back end. Some citrus flavors, orange mainly, also come in to play. Some wheat flavors are noticeable as well, adding some bitterness.

Light bodied, very drinkable. Crisp, smooth mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

A great easy drinking session lager from Jack's Abby. Their flagship, I believe.

 663 characters

Photo of WunderLlama
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into beer stein

Golden yellow with tiny bubble streams floating up to a massive white three finger foam cap. Big, sticky lacings grab ahold as the suds subside.

Decent pine hoppy dominant aroma.

Light, watery, no bitterness, no aftertaste, no carbonation. Light mouthfeel.

Looks and smells good, taste is too light. You could chug a lug a lot of this beer without a heavy taste interfering with your quaffing.

 429 characters

Photo of Hydraskull
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and crisp. Taste borders on watery, but that's kind of what I was looking for by buying a session lager. Good for a hot summer day like today.

Very lightly hopped. The hop flavor is quickly overtaken by the malt. Good for a lager. Not what I usually drink but it definitely hits the spot today.

 301 characters

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.

 762 characters

Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. I love that it looks so crisp and ready to burst with flavor.

Sweet, creamy and grainy malt makes an impression upon my nose. Mouth is watering already at the flavor within.

Crisp and flavorful with just the right touch of sweetness. "Chewy" comes to mind. I know that this is a taboo thing to say in a review but it is definitely smooth.

Minimal hop bite in the mouthfeel compliments the rest of the flavors. Goes down without a hitch. Carbonation is well-done too.

This would be awesome in a can. It's most certainly worth picking up and would go down well after a long day of yard work.

 669 characters

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

 383 characters

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.

 396 characters

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer covering the surface and patches of large bubbles around the sides
S: Moderate aromas of floral and spicy noble hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has notes of pilsener malts towards the finish along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and is perfectly sessionable.

 612 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.19.13
Dated 03.14.13

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a 1/2 inch cream-colored head that fades away slowly.

S - Hoppy orange and some lager yeast.

T - Subtle hop citrus and a touch of orange and lager yeast finishes it off.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light session lager with a touch of hop citrus.

 343 characters

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.

 665 characters

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.

 360 characters

Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(copied from blog - written January 12, 2013)

Appearance – Golden-yellow more on the yellow side.
Smell – Citrusy and floral hops.
Taste – Same as smell… finishes smooth with a malty sweetness.

This lager is crisp, clean and smooth with a burst of flavorful floral hops and citrus up front that goes down easy and leaves a nice sweet bready taste in your mouth. This is one of the three staples in Jack’s Abby Brewery’s year-round brews and rightfully so. At 4 and a half percent ABV, this is their “session” offering and compared to their heavy hitting Black Lager and India Pale Lager it sure seems that way but don’t be fooled into thinking this is just any old regular lager because it has the character to prove otherwise.

 747 characters

Photo of Andrew041180
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a light copper with a thin head, which left light lacing on the standard pint glass. I am writing this review from memory.

S - I mostly smelled the citrus from the hops, very promising.

T - Very nice, it does indeed hit you with the hops right away, but then settles into a well balanced, non-bitter smoothness. You can certainly taste a grapefruitiness up front.

M - A little but lighter than I my ideal, but very smooth and easy to drink.

O - I only wish I could sit down with a friend and 8 of these bottles for an actual "drinking session". Haven't had one of those in a long time. Wonderful beer.

 616 characters

Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Liam.

Pale golden orange colour, one finger of white head with a good amount of lace present here as well, good head retention also. Smell is of crisp noble hops, grassy and earthy notes mixed with a lemony citrus, toasted grainy malts as well. Taste is of toasted malt with a moderate earthy bitter hop flavour, more lemony and lighter citrus fruits, grassy more earthy hops in the finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation, crisp medium body. Absolutley one of the best pale lagers I have ever tried, I could easily drink much more of this over, really good stuff here.

 589 characters

Photo of homebrew311
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into SA perfect pint glass. Appearance is a pale straw color with nice clarity and fizzy appearance. layer of head retention which leave decent amount of lacing. The nose is full of cereal malts which present a very bready dry malt profile. Light grassy hops follow and make for a nice balanced nose, especially considering the style. The taste is what you would expect given the aroma, dry grainy profile up front with mild sweetness next, finished by light earthy hop character. Flavors aren't overly huge, but they are present and well balanced. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall, this is a very nice take on a style that I otherwise am not a fan of. This brew would be perfect for a session on a warm day. Worth a try!

 738 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles down to a cap fairly quickly but retains that for a while

S: Some maltiness and lightly spicy and earthy hops stand out, along with a light fruitiness

T: Follows the nose. Hearty and husky malts with a touch of graininess starts things off, followed by the hops which are earthy and spicy. Finishes with a hint of wheat and grains

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Another solid brew from JA. Doesn't look or feel like a light "session" beer, but given the 4.5% there is no arguing that it is. Plenty flavorful and very affordable. Get some

 629 characters

Photo of MDDMD
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-clear golden color with a large white head and great lacing

S-grain, malt, hints of citrus and earthiness

T-biscuity malt, light grapefruit and pine, earthy notes, decent bitter hop finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-a decent session lager but lacks a little in flavor

 314 characters

Photo of Maxwell
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pink-tinted yellow-gold with a huge head on top that sits as just slightly off-white in color with some creamy and soapy bubbles. The beer’s body is really quite clean with a slow but steady flow of bubbles traveling to replenish the head. The beer’s lacing is fat and poofy, like little clouds leaving a patchwork on my glass. On the nose, the beer smells clean but surprisingly layered and nuanced for this style of beer. It smells like spicy wheat bread alongside light touches of citrus and pine. The spice in the smell actually reminds me of rye, which is odd but quite intriguing. The grainy wheat bread smell has lovely light nuances of caramel and cereal grains, which further add to the complexity of the smells. On the tongue, the beer’s taste follows the nose and adds to it with decadent cereal grain and wheat notes, and very light kiss of hops to balance the beer out. This is what a pale lager should taste like! The taste begins with a citrus pine bite that has you thinking IPA, but that is quickly gentled and washed away by sweet wheat flake flavors which blossom into caramelly and cereal flavors with a touch of succulent wood flavoring that mellows the sweet beautifully. Underneath everything the hop bitters continue to act as a beautiful stabilizer for this beer, while hardly effecting the flavor at all. The finish stays strong with the wheat flake flavoring, stepping beautifully into Kellog-zone while never getting too sweet, and remaining remarkably refreshing. The aftertaste is clean and light with tasty cereal and wheat notes. On the mouth, this beer feels lager clean, lager crisp, and lager refreshing. The beer’s body is light with just enough oomf to let you know you’re drinking something tasty. The wheat notes seem to add just a touch of syrupy body to the beer, which is lovely. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left clean with a light sheen of saliva that invites further sips. Overall this beer is amazingly tasty. I could knock this beer back all night and not feel bad. It’s sessionable and it’s tasty, which are not always the easiest things to marry together in a beer. Yet another success from Jack’s Abby; this beer’s flavors are sure to woo Ale fans, while its lager characteristics should appease even the acolytes of Bud-Heavy. Try this beer.

 2,334 characters

Photo of tkelley
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Light copper or maybe a darker straw color. White head with good lacing and retention.

N -- Light on the nose. Kind of grassy.

T - I get grapefruit notes after a light hop taste. Decent malt background. Tasty.

M - Crisp, light. No giant bubbles, but not overly carbonated.

O - Very drinkable lager. Really appreciate this one. Not enough high quality American lagers like this being made these days. Jack's Abby is awesome.

 474 characters

Photo of jmarsh123
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw with a generous white patchy head. Excellent retention and a solid coat of lacing down the glass.

Typical grainy pilsner aroma with some floral hops.

Follows the nose closely. A little sweet bread up front along with grainy pilsner malt and finishes floral and crisp on the back end.

Light bodied with prickly carbonation finishing crisp and dry. Spot on.

Jack's Abby is rapidly becoming one of my favorite out there breweries. They have lagers dialed in. This one is flavorful, yet incredibly light and sessionable. Before I knew it my 16 oz was gone. Really digging something under 5% that has actual flavor.

 631 characters

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 oz pour at Jack’s Abby in a tasting glass at cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 2-finger frothy white head. Great retention and lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Grainy malt with a very healthy dose of citrusy and floral hops, especially given that this is a session lager.

T – Sweet biscuity and grainy malt progressing to smoothly bitter hops with mostly grapefruit and orange notes.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with great prickly carbonation, a smooth and crisp mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter finish.

O – This is a fantastic lager with a ton of flavor for a session beer. This is really a fantastic beer. I know that there are a lot of beer enthusiasts out there that aren’t quite sold on lagers. This one should change their mind.

 772 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.