Leisure Time Lager
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Herb and Spice Beer
3.76 | pDev: 10.64%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Leisure Time LagerLeisure Time Lager
Notes: We honor our Pops with this beer. His vision built the Leisure Time ice brand decades ago and inspired us to build Jack’s Abby as a family business. Leisure Time Lager is brewed with wheat and a blend of spices including lemongrass, coriander, orange peel and chamomile. A subtle spiciness balances the citrusy and floral hops added to the whirl and hopback. Relax and enjoy! Leisure Time Lager uses locally grown wheat from MA.

15 IBU
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 472
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Treated as a pale lager as that’s what it looks, smells and tastes like, this was poured into a pilsner glass. The appearance was a semi-hazy well built burnt yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nicely. Somewhat messy spider web lacing. The smell started off with the sweet orange peel and then lightens up into a subtle bitterness. Subtle floral chamomile components - somewhat crisp and eventful round it out. The taste was mainly the same - sweet first, subtle bitterness - floral and then grassy. Light wheat bite trying to make a presence in the aftertaste but doesn’t amount to much. Quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body. Seems like the wheat gives it a bit more - no worries, I like that. Subtle crisp sweet to bitter feels bumping over my tongue. Overall, hot damn, this stuff is really good. I want more cans to pound all Summer. Pass the brats and a baseball game!

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Photo of fitzy84
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had in a 4 beer sampler at Jack's Abby. The beer had a clear golden color with a thin ring around the glass. Aromas included some wheat and bread with some of that chamomile as advertised. Taste generally follows the nose with a somewhat watery mouthfeel and decent carbonation helping to make the drink refreshing. Overall, I enjoyed it for its refreshing qualities.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy bright golden yellow color with a one finger, fizzy, bright white head. retention and lacing are minimal.

Smell is wheat, toast, citrus, grass, floral and herbal hops and yeast.

Taste is the same. Lots of flavors going on here. Starts of with citrus and herbal hops then transitions to the wheat and toast flavor with a slightly yeasty finish.

Feel is light side of medium with high carbonation. Smooth, refreshing and easy drinking.

Overall a very good beer. Reminds me of a lager version of Oberon.

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Photo of Beric
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: August 2016
Served: From the can

A quick review this time: I wasn't impressed with this beer. A spiced wheat lager is really abnormal, and I'm not entirely sold on the whole wheat lager thing. The lager nature of the beer, which normally imparts nice crisp crackeriness led this beer to fall a little flat. I feel like the flavor was there for a good wit, but wits feel a little rounder and more developed from the ale yeast.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin layer of bubbles on the surface in between.
S: Faint aromas of coriander and chamomile are present in the nose; these become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of the coriander and chamomile with additional notes of lemongrass and slight hints of the orange peel.
M: It feels just about a bit shy of being medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the taste of this lager as it had an interesting mix of flavors, all of which were nicely balanced. It seemed like the body would have been heavier, but the wheat nicely lightened things up.

Serving type: can

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very simple lager, not much aroma. However I love the concept of a wheat lager. The taste is that of what you'd expect from a wheat based beer, fresh dough, bread and biscuits. Also a little spice as well, possibly some banana esters. Beer is slightly more full than a regular lager but still very smooth and frothy.
I really like this beer, if I can find it in stores will definately revisit this.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 release
~ 1 month from canning date

Appearance- Pours a pale, glowing yellow color, slightly hazy. Finger thick, pillowy white colored head, quickly dissipates to a fizzy fine layer.

Aroma- Fruity lager yeast, apple sweetness. Sweeter lemon, little bit of citrus, and an herbal spiciness. Grassy / earthy quality.

Taste- Sweet fruitiness, apple, grassiness. Smooth lager yeast, sweeter lemony cream type flavor. Not much of the citrus or spices come through, very subtle spice.

Feel- Light bodied, very clean, smooth, and crisp. A really nice beer for a hot summer refresher. Moderate, crisp carbonation.

Overall- The wheat and yeast mainly shine, mostly fruity and sweet. Not a lot of the spices or citrus peel come through. Still, very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 pack of cans for $18 from Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA. Last eight digits on the bottom of the can are 02022016, so I'll assume that's the date of bottling. It would be great to get that date clearly printed on the outside of the case.

Small head, hazy yellow body. Fresh and pleasant aroma of lemon and pepper. Flavor follows suit, but ends on the sweet and heavy side. This one has the makings of a refreshing session brew, but the bigger body and low carbonation kill that potential.

I'm a big fan of Jacks Abby, but this one I just don't get.

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

Poured into pint glass. It pours a hazy, golden color with a thin, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of lemon, yeast, wheat, and spice. It definitely tastes like a wit with a lot of cracker and lemon peel, as well as coriander, orange, and a slight caramel sweetness on the tongue. It has a lot of flavors but they are all somewhat muted. This is a dry, refreshing lager and with an ABV of 4.9% it is very easy to drink. This would definitely be a good après yard work beer.

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Photo of EGM1105
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It tastes really good! If you're into a little bit of citrus flavor. Definitely an interesting beer. Easy to drink and enjoy. Seems like a good beer to drink around the end of Summer/Beginning of Autumn.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

interesting beer here, but its far from my favorite that these guys do. its almost like a wit beer with all the spices and herbs added, but as always, a lager. these guys have really pushed the envelope forward in lager beer, and they have my utmost respect for that. this is hazy and heady, pale wheat colored brew, patchy lace as it sits. smells like chamomile, really pretty aggressive in that regard, with an earthy herbal property that resembles a belgian wit, just without the yeast. the coriander is rather prominent in the nose as well. the wheat is fresh and flavorful, really fluffy in texture, and provides a lot of room for the depth of flavors going on here. i think its a little over spiced or herbed or whatever, i lose some of the lager yeast and some of the wheat flavor to it, and it seems a little out of whack, sitting a bit odd in the stomach and with an aftertaste i dont all the way love. a little soapy, but still a cool beer in a lot of ways. it has a ton of structure and an awesome mouthfeel overall, and has a real different flavor on the yeast side of things. impressive for being different, but this is one of my least favorites from these guys so far. still absolutely worth a try, especially for fans of wit types. better in summer than fall for sure too.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden hue with a pillow white head. Smells of wheat, hay, and lemon grass. Might be slightly heavy on the wheat but the finish is clean with a light spice presence. Reminds me of a witbier without the heavy yeast character of banana and cloves. Finished clean. Overall, a very refreshing new summer lager that I could drink all Summer long.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep and solid opaque lemon yellow. A bit of fine carbonation, a few flecks of trub as well. Snapping soapy white fine head of a finger, quickly dissolving to a simple collar. Looks a little wet and lifeless.

Aroma is not exactly pleasant. Rancid lemon, and a bit of bile like bouquet. For once I can detect the corriander in this , and it comes off almost vegetative. Some slight citrus character saves this from being totally revolting and a dud on the nose.

Palate saves this just barely. If anything comes off way better. A slightly wet body, but has some depth to it. Citrus breakfast orange a bit, but the excellent flavors seem to come on the aftertaste. Light toasty malt and a good doughy bread like finish. Much more orange tasting, but also gets into fruited beer qualities.

Basically ok, but also very passable and not memorable. Nose is far too often putting to just even have this casually.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful aroma of fresh cut grass with a hint of spice. Solid balance of flavors across the wheat, malt and hops. Really enjoyable beer; I was actually surprised how much I liked it considering I absent-mindedly reached for this while in the mood for an ice-cold lager. The flavor profile is enticing and the beer goes down real easy. A summer standout. Jack's Abbey is doing great things and this is one of their gems.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have to step back and pause with beers like this. I expect and appreciate all the crazy boisterous stuff, but I have to recognize when something subtly interesting comes along. That's this beer. Hints and accents of lemongrass and spices. It's a nice combo. I like it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Spiegelau ipa glass. Wheat lager with spice.

A: Creamy, chalky white head rests above a dense lemonade colored body with a spacious rise of macro-effervesce. Skim milky topping, minimal band lacing.

S: Soft scent of semi-dry lemons and spicy orange. Awareness is low-medium with an average rate of retention.

T: Wheat and a spicy dry orange flavor, citrusy grapefruit, with some dried honey. Fresh flowery hops, sunflower, finishes with a bit of honey dried orange peel and soft silty tea grinds.

M: Crisp, soft and creamy based with a bit of spiciness on the tongue.

O: Soft wit character and spiciness of herbal orange and citrus blends with a soft hint of tea grinds in a delicate balance. Drinks better when not deconstructing, rather aptly suited as a leisure time, hammock swinging spiced wheat lager on a lazy sunday afternoon in a state of relaxation.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this from the bottle chilled in a cervoise.

The color is golden with thick haze and thin white head which recedes to a ring of beads -not much lace or retention. The smell is mild with spice-like smell and light wheat sweetness in the aroma with gentle citrus aroma. The feeel is decent with medium carbonation and light body with slight sweetness and gentle tangy yeast with toast texture and medium dry finish.

The taste is very nice with a malt backbone and mild wheat with toasted grain flavor and slight spice which blends well with light citrus element lemony aspect with yeast accents and mild peppery quality with dry tangy flavor like lemongrass with slight sweetness in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this wheat lager which is not very common midly spiced which is complimentary

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Photo of tone77
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whitish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, mild spices. Taste is spices, lemon, wheat, malts, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall an enjoyable warm weather beer.

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Photo of galwayjoyce
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great, simple lager.
awesome spice, floral, honey, and fruit flavors (too discernible to be referred to as "notes"). while the flavors stand out, it is only relative to the lager itself...so they still manage to be light...and the beer as a whole, retains a PERFECTLY soft touch. ideal summer beer to crush...with some BBQ, or fried clams...by a bonfire..on a beach...on Cape Cod. refreshing stuff.

no BS or Frou-Frou. A GOOD effin' Lager.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Cloudy pale straw color with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Light carbonation.

Wheat, lemongrass, golden apple, pear, sourdough, and coriander.

Sourdough bread maltiness, golden apple, and pear. Tangy wheat, lemongrass, and hints of coriander.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, clean, and refreshing.

A really nice Witbier in Lager form. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ouncer

Hazed/clouded, moderate off white head, minimal lacing

Wheaty, yeasty nose

On the palate, more wheat, yeast again, lemons come to mind.

Easy drinking and pleasant enough brew....Bring on the summer, some salads, some creamy cheese, crusty bread and a few bottles of this respectable but not anything special brew

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention isn't particularly special, though it has a nice softness. Some streaks of lacing stick to the glass. (3)

Smell: Definitely a wheat lager in smell, with the spices adding a savory yet spicy touch. Coriander is most prevalent. I also get a lot of cracker-like malts. Not a very bold nose, and what is there isn't wowing me. (2.75)

Taste: This tastes much better than it smells. It starts off with some malt sweetness, transitioning into some floral touches. The finish is lightly fruity...but also a little yeasty. Other than that, this works well. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Not as crisp or dry as I like my lagers to be. On the other hand, the general feel is quite soft. Carbonation is decent, but never fully cleanses the palate. Fairly easy to drink in general. (3.25)

Overall: The idea of a typical wheat ale brewed like a kellerbier somewhat intrigues me. And despite the underwhelming nose, it works decently. This would be a solid summer-time beer, but it could also stand to be cleaner and crisper. I wouldn't trade for this like I would something like Hoponius Union. (3.25)

3.22/5: It'll work in a pinch

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Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a hazy light orange with yellow highlights and about two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is citrus aroma at first. There is a touch of lemon and tangerine but also has a peppery aroma here too. It might be what is called grains of paradise and seems to meld into a mellow wheat aroma here is the nose.

The taste is a citrus flavor that is citrus but also brings a melon flavor that was just a little unexpected. There is some juicy cantaloupe flavor here that really brings some sweetness at its boarders. There is almost a celery flavor here that brings just a small dryness before going away and being pushed off but a slight tangerine flavor. There is what here just throughout this beer and really just keeps the theme going throughout. Some juicy fruit flavor that touches of wheat, then some spicy flavors then more wheat. It fills the gaps here and there and plays the soul of this beer throughout.

The feel of this beer is light to medium bodied and has a really smooth drinkable feel that goes down easy and barely makes you blink before your glass is almost gone. There a wonderful crispness here that is just a pleasure.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 6, 2014.

This pours very pale yellow with a slight haze. Short-loved white fizzy head.

The aroma is toasted malts mostly but there are plenty of other interesting characteristics including coriander, lemongrass, yeast, and clean hops.

Lighter body.

You know this really makes me think of a witbier more than anything else. Good toasted malt. coriander, and lemongrass character. Mild finish.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Julio's.

A rapidly dissipating white head caps this orange beer, resulting in a rather clear juice-like pour. The nose is solid. Bready and clean with the wheat particularly noticeable, the spice additions complement this aspect quite well. Lemony and citrusy with some herbal characteristics, this seems to suggest that the brewers were striving to interpret a saison and a witbier as a lager. Faint coriander character is present as well. The palate opens juicy, mildly sweet with honey, bread and the orange peel lending a big juiciness. The coriander appears mid-palate, along with the floral chamomile. Mildly earthy too. Hop character is light. Drying on the finish, mildly watery (disappointingly so), this beer is crisp, highly carbonated and has a wonderful, lingering chamomile flavor on the finish. Refreshing stuff.

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Leisure Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 472 ratings