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Leisure Time LagerLeisure Time Lager

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of mlazzaro
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle. for $2.95

Very very light beer, hazed pale yellow color. Head is solid, creamy and holding well. Most likely from wheat content. Average carbonation level.

Smells of grassy hops. Some lemon. Slight sulfur notes from fermentation. Very mild aroma, really not much to it.

Wheat flavor comes through and lends a soft mouthfeel. Bitterness is nice and suiting. I hate to use the word watery, but this is watery. Comes off as refreshing, but I honestly don't like the flavor of this beer. It reminds me of a lot of mega industrial beers. I'm usually quite generous, but for me this lack anything descript.

Exceptional brewing Company though. I plan to keep trying their beers. It definitely matches a "American Pale lager". Its just awfully boring.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
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 Brew_42
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours pale yellow with some cloudiness and a white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell- Wheat and a hint of citrus

Taste- Wheaty and citrusy but not too strong. There is a hint of spices but very faint.

Mouthfeel-Slight carbonation and very smooth.

Overall- I'm not sure How I feel about this beer. It was really light on flavor but also kind of refreshing. A mediocre beer overall that could use some more flavor.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle with Summer 2012 on the side. Pours a hazy straw color with no head and no lacing. Aromas of grass, bread, and orange peel. Spicy. The taste is of spices with orange peel, grass and sweet bread. Lots of wheat flavor. Slightly sour. Certainly tastes and drinks like a summer beer. Its nothing special, not much going on here. Overall, I dont need to have it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
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 tobelerone
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

12oz bottle to pint glass.

Pours a particularly unattractive, murky, almost dirty, cider color with a small head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing as well. Looks are not this beer's strong suit.

Mild aroma, floral hops, honey and bread. A vague suggestion of spice, but which ones are unclear in the nose. Kind of an odd flavor. There's a moderate tartness that surprised me a bit, more generic bitterness from the hops than suggested by the aroma - less floral notes. There's also a slightly unappealing character imparted by the wheat, and the spices add to the overall confusion. I get the coriander here a bit but I'd have been hard pressed to pick out camomile.

This beer just seems inharmonious to me. There's a distinct lack of crispness to the experience as a whole; in the flavor and actual feel of the beer, it's simultaneously a little watery and also a little fizzy. It doesn't hit the witbier spot very effectively at all, and lacks the clean execution and lager character Jack's Abby usually delivers easily. There's something about it that reminds me a bit of a grodziske, with its mildly tart, grainy/dirty wheat flavor.

Strange beer, not one that I particularly enjoyed or would return to. I wouldn't call it "bad" but this recipe is ill-conceived for my tastes, and it doesn't really deliver as a summer refresher-type beer either.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
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 sinstaineddemon
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - this pours a crystal clear sunny lemon yellow with a tiny thin white head that fades to a lace quickly, minimal amounts of visible carbonation

S - a mildly sweet wheaty aroma, but otherwise not terribly much to write about.cleanc, crisp and inviting

T - the wheatiness really comes out in the taste, it is quite evident, a slightly bready or biscuity flavor, the spices express themselves subtly especially the lemongrass and orange peel

M&D&O - supremely smooth, lightly complex, nice flavors and a clean and tasty beer, perfectly unoverflavored

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Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1392nd Review on BA
Bottle to Speigleau Wheat glass

Summer 2012 on label
Thanks to Rudzud and Jlindros for this one

App- A light yellow with some peachy haze behind it. A little mix of clarity and bubbles. Good two finger head with very minimal lace and cling. Looks good though.

Smell- When you first open the bottle a lot of the wheat and lager open up. Lemongrass comes next with the grassy notes.

Taste- A nice mix of pale ale, witbier and lager. Just still cant get into lagers. The lemongrass and spice add a good complex layer that opens a bit better as it warms.

Mouth- A light crisp body with a refreshing wetness. Had a light medium carbonation with residual lemongrass and zest.

Drink- It was a nice little beer but just lagers arent for me. As ive said before, ill keep trying. Bound to find one I like!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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 Florida9
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light pastel yellow in color. Forms a fizzy white head that slowly falls to a fairly thick surface coating. Minimal lacing.

S: The aroma is pleasantly refreshing. Bright notes of lemon-lime citrus along with wheat, dried flowers, and a touch of orange.

T: Very thin. Starts off with an initial hit of lemony citrus and a light floral quality. Mildy sweet. But then the taste falls off to next to nothing. Just a faint sweetness and a little wheat.

M: Very light and effervescent with an ever-so-light twang to it. Virtually no bitterness. Much like the taste, there just isn't much there.

O: I suppose this is supposed to be the lager version of a wit. Yeah, I guess so. However, while I understand this beer is supposed to be light and subtle there really just isn't much going on.

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Photo of Beric
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 tone77
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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 beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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 bostonbottles
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip it goes. The appearance is slightly hazy but I can see my fingers on the other side. The color is yellow with some hues of orange or gold. Good carbonation results in a three finger head, white with tinges of goldenrod.

The smell is appealing but a bit tepid; there is not that much going on here. Mostly lemon and floral scents. Perhaps something vaguely yeasty.

The taste is dominated by wheat and lemon. Once having made their presence known, an ever-so-mild hop character appears on the mid palate. Throughout, there is a slightly-less-mild spice character, notably lemongrass and coriander. Despite the spice, we get a fairly clean finish.

Light-medium body, as you would expect.

Overall, Jack Abby's Leisure Time Lager is a refreshing, perhaps thirst-quenching beer that is best made for summer's dog days. It does not overwhelm one in any category, but performs respectably in each. The ideal time to drink this beer would be just after mowing the lawn.

-Boston Bottles

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Photo of BostonHops
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a clean, clear light golden tone while yielding a 1-2" head that lapses at a normal pace, leaving some patchy lacing in its wake. nose isn't the most fragrant i've come across but offers some decent notes of lemon, wheat, and a hint of an herbal character.

flavor follows the aroma with a lemony / wheaty / grainy presence being what strikes me first, then joined by secondary notes of that herbal quality, a bit more citrus, and some light hoppy bitterness. light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i like this one - a light yet relatively flavorful summer brew. that said, it doesn't exactly grab me the way i expected (or hoped). maybe i was spoiled by the brilliance of hoponius union. well worth a try though, especially for anyone seeking a lighter beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a vibrant rich hazy golden yellow with an egg shell white head.

The aroma offers yeasty and bready lager notes along with wheat with hints of citrus peel and earthy spice with coriander.

The flavor follows with that lager yeast quality in the front with a decent amount of spice of coriander in the front. The wheat adds to the body with a medium to medium minus mouthfeel. The middle has a touch of citrus orange and lemongrass and honey sweetness. A light bittering of spicy and floral on the back.

Reminds me a lot of Bell’s Oberon. Not a very impressive beer, but definitely a good step up from Bell’s attempt at summer wheat ale/lager.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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 DefenCorps
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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 OrangeMen
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Billolick
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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 fitzy84
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Smells of bready pilsner a spicy wheat malt. Spicy lemony aroma with a hint of grass. The taste is malty and grainy with spice from the wheat and the spices. Lemony and honey sweetness. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet grainy mouthfeel. Nice clean well made lager with a twist. Nice to try but for me lacks that wow factor.

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Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass with a slightly hazy pale yellow body. The cap that forms atop the beer is white, two fingers and has a foamy/creamy texture. Retention is good and the lace left on the glass is thin but forms some big patches.

S- A light grape, apple fruit note backed by cereal grains and lager yeast. Bread and light sweet malt notes. Hops balance with spicy, herbal and floral notes.

T- Fruity again here, mostly like white grape juice and apples. Yeast notes, bread, light caramel malt and wheat crust hints. Hops play a subdued role adding citrus, herbal, spice and floral notes.

MF- Foamy light body with a high end carbonation level. Very slight bitterness and even some tart feel too.

A nice wheat lager with good contributions from yeast, hops and malts.

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