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Leisure Time LagerLeisure Time Lager

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 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 metter98
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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 jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a long day of lots of yard work, built an actual hop garden in the ground, lots of other stuff, and it was a hot sunny day, so finally sitting down. Perfect time for "Leisure Time Lager".

It pours with vigor from the "pliny" like bottle, forces a nice creamy looking 1.5 finger head to rise to the occasion, and fade back at a med pace letting me enjoy its company for a bit. Just to be sure I get to enjoy it, it leaves some nice bits of lacing on the side so I'll remember it later. The beer is a super bright color, almost neon, mostly clear with a slight chill haze, with a bright lemonade yellow color.

When I waft my nose in it, a very nice malty and lager aroma greets me with kindness. it has some hints of a pilsner toasty malt aroma, remnants of a layered almost decoction like softness, but the definite base of wheat, almost toasted wheat but not really. There are some hints of spices, floral spices that could be from the yeast except that they say on the bottle they added the spices. Some lemon is the first thing to jump out, like lemony hops and lemongrass aromas. Some coriander and hint of the chamomile, and subtle floral hops. A nice citrusy light back end. All that aroma packed into a nice but subtle overall aroma.

Taste, I hope continues where the nose left off... and it does. Nice and light, very fresh tasting, and refreshing as hell. The first thing I get is the light lemony taste again, some lemongrass, hints of a citrusy rind, and light floral lemony hops. The spices again, very light coriander which also seems to add it's hint of bitterness. The chamomile floats its way in very lightly on teh back end once it survives the waves of the other flavors. The malts are there as well, they come in right after the lemon flavors and cut through the coriander, going through to the finish. It brings more obvious wheat, even more so than the nose. The wheat also brings more toasted flavors, almost a light pilsner like malt, with a juicy back end. The lager flavors round off the taste, with light fruity and a very nice light crispness. The finish brings a bit more bitterness, light floral hops and hints of lemongrass flavors, a bit of the spices, and a dry crisp lager flavor.

Mouth is lighter bodied, soft and crisp, with decent carb, maybe could have used a bit more carbonation.

Overall great, this is like the perfect summer beer. It brings the nice wheat flavors with citrus, coriander, etc, but does it super light and not over powering wheat and citrus. The lagering of it is really nicely done, and a great touch. The chamomile and lemongrass also add great summer soft flavors. It's so smooth and drinkable, I'm almost done with the entire 1/2L bottle already, just pounding through it. The only thing that I can complain about is maybe a bit more carbonation.

Another winner from Jack's Abbey, quickly becoming one of my fav breweries. How the hell did these guys come right out of the gate at full speed of awesome beers, and just lagering!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts, some lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat, lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and some spices come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid light beer worth drinking for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 smcolw
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh, fresh, fresh hop smell and taste. It reminds me of the flower being crushed in my hand. I have never had this happen in a beer before. I'm delighted.

Drawn slowly, served properly "warm". Very cloudy. The glass has a blanket of lace. The color is greenish yellow. That is not attractive, perhaps the only detracting factor.

The smell is a cross between a yeasty homebrew and the aforementioned hop aroma.

The taste has some fruitiness but the tale here is the pleasant hop flavor. The body is very rich with a low carbonation. The combination is superior. Easy to drink with plenty of flavor and complexity.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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 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 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 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 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 plaid75
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured light esters and a grassy hop.

The taste offered a more pronounced ester with a chewy wheat malt and nice residual grassiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and unique beer.

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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 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 rudzud
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear super light pale straw with a very nice two finger bright white head that fades to leave a nice thin white blanket and a good puffy halo.

S - Wow, okay. Its all quite faint but its all quite discernible. Light wheat grains and slight malt sweetness. Its not really typical malt sweetness but more of a honeycomb type sweetness. Light grassy and as someone else said I definitely get a slight herbal lavender note.

T - Woah, what is this? What is this. Crisp and clean, light grassy hops and sweet malts..not not really malts though its more of the honey. Crazy. Whats even crazier is the fact that I'm getting shockingly big lavender flavours. Soft flavours but all there, light flowery tastes. This is really nice.

M - Mouthfeel is maybe a bit too carbonated for me? Its super super drinkable but is brightly carbonated. Great drinking.

O - Overall this is an awesome beer from Jack's Abby. These guys make so many spot on beers and this beer is right up in line with them. Such a tasty drinkable beer. This really is super sessionable too, just gulpable. Wonderfully done.

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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 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 ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into my 2009 Pioneer stein, formed a 1+" bright white head over the clear light golden brew. Head lasts and lasts, with thick lacing. Aroma is light citrus.

Taste starts with pale sweetness, a kiss of lemon tart in the middle, and ends cleanly. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is great. Has thirst-quencher written all over it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Milky yet golden. The body is translucent but it somehow glows. Frothy head. Its not consistent in its thickness but it is generous with lace.

S-The lemongrass and coriander are noticeable and they are augmented by a nice hoppiness. Spicy wheatiness. Would like to know what hops their using here because I like them.

T-I find the flavor to be in complete contrast to the nose. It, to me,does not match what I smell. The lemongrass and coriander are still the first two things to pop up but its more bitter and less tropical than the nose.

M-Drinks easy and is perky with its carbonation. The flavor has some bitterness but it doesn't linger at all.

O/D-Jack's Abby is my favorite MA brewery. Speaking in a very broad sense, they make two types of beer: 1) wacky, yet decent lagers and 2) divinely hoppy lagers that are better than 90% of all the IPAs I have tried. This brew is in the former category...but its still damn good at >$3 a bottle.

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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 tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, straw yellow in color, clear

Smell: honey, lemon, and fresh grass

Taste: lemon, big time floral flavors--not hoppy floral, but floral, light grain

Mouthfeel: sweet with slightly bitter backbone, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: I graded this to style and frankly this blows away most of the beers in the style. If not to style, I would still give this over a 4. This is one of the best Jack's Abbey brews. Floral, clean, and complex for the style. Could easily throw back several of these.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a nonic. Summer 2012 indicated on the back label. Pours a hazy, yellow-gold, almost buttery hue, with a dense, 2.5 inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a consistent half inch cap - cat scratch swaths of lacing are revealed during the session. Nose reveals lemon, citrus rind, a suggestion of coriander and a yeasty/wheaty character somewhat akin to a Berlinner Weisse. Taste is a bit subdued but is comprised of chamomile, a light, lemony quality and just a kiss of wheat. There is an extremely faint orange presence towards the finish that drops off almost as soon as you experience it. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild, even carbonation and just a hint of astringency expressed as a light tingle towards the back and side of the tongue. Overall, a decent, albeit not particularly flavorful, witbier. There are definitely some interesting nuances, but the spiciness one's tends to associate with the style is not really present. Nonetheless, easy drinking and refreshing. Definitely worth a try.

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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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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to celticfutblclub for this one...

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow wheat with one full finger of pure white head. The foam fades fairly quickly, laving a ton of rocky bubbles along the sides of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light and clean with mild banana sweetness, mild spice, and mild bubblegum. This beer smells refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

T: It starts off sweet and light with mild unripe bananas and light wheat. The carbonation and just a dash of spice shine in the middle as it melds with the opening sweetness. Great balance in here. The finish is light again with more banana and subtle bubblegum.

M: Ultra light bodied beer. Sweet and light to start, great flavorful balance in the middle. The carbonation is spot on, and it tightens up in the middle, but retains some sweetness in the back end. Linger mild spice and fruit sweetness after the beer is gone.

O: Excellent. Witbiers aren't a very popular style, but when they are done right, they are exceptional. And this beer is delicious and super drinkable. Perfect for summer, and at 4.8%, it's something that I'd love to drink all day long in the heat. Lawnmower beer to the max. Like it a lot.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

another fine extra from bramsdell, enjoyed from a beer hunter summer glass.

a - brew poured a fairly murky straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that hung out. the lacing was solid and seemed an extension of the head. neon to the light.

s - wheaty orange peel on the nose...fairly floral. coriander is present as well as the lemongrass. soft sweet and appetizing.

t - wheat, orange peel, coriander. soft white spicing. green grape with candied sugar.

m - fairly full bodied for a wit. sweet.

o - overall, a nice summer beer...a bit sweet for what i look for, but i dug it.

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Leisure Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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