Leisure Time Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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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 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 Reegze79
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Nice, refreshing herbal "summer" lager. Very light body with virtually no hop presence or bitterness. Pours nicely although the head diminished amost immediately and there is a slight haze due to the unfiltered processing and use of wheat malt. I picked up a subtle, non-hop, wheat / orange aroma after the pour.

There really is not much to this beer...but I thought is was very good. I killed a few of these sitting on the deck of our beach cottege in Seabrook NH. Jacks Abby is one of my absolute favorite brewers and they have a way of taking a very simple, summer lager and making it quaffable and interesting.

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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 brianmandell
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap; hazy, pale yellow pour. Clean malts, crisp and light but flavorful with citrus and mild herb element. Good mouthfeel with light, active carbonation. This is tasty, easy drinking, refreshing and overall a great summer beer. Very well done. Recommended.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Illegible bottling date.

A: Pours a slightly hazy looking light pale yellowish gold with a small white head on top.

S: The wheat certainly comes through in the aroma with a background of coriander and other spicing.

T: As with the aroma wheat is the forefront of this beer. Solid bready flavor with just a touch of spicing. Mild citrusy fruit flavor. Digging the subtle spice in this as it doesnt overpower the lager qualities.

M: Light body with low carbonation. Something you can easily knock back a couple of on a warm summer day.

Overall a very enjoyable summer beer with a perfect balance between wheat, spice and beer. Pick one up.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting glass poured poured at the brewery

Hazy , opaque yellow with a white cap

Very fragrant , fresh aroma of spices, floral, citrus lemon.

Fresh lemon rind Ina wheat beer, tastes like summer

Smooth, not too much carbonation . Medium light mouthfeel

Good beer, repeatable

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Photo of utopiajane
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy and beautiful pale yellow with a short head of loose white foam that falls fast and does not leave any lace. The middle of the beer seems to glow a bit with a light as it passes through the haze. The nose is gracefull and has the malt up front. Wheat sweetness with a bit of the corriander laid in earthy. So it's what but a bit edgy. There's chamomille and that's floral and sweet. There's a soft breath of lemongrass faintly in the background and the orange peel comes up earthy to the nose as well. The taste is subtle but spicy. As the ingredients combine they create a very unique flavor. The what is dry and crisp, the chamomille floral and sweet the lemon grass is also faint on the palate. The surprise is the subtle and gentle orange. it's not loud but it is powerfull. It too has an earthiness but it brings the sweetness of the orange t the drink in a way that is light yet juicy. Drinks softly and pleasantly. Crisp lager carbonation that is perfect with a just enough bite. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy in defiance of the spicy character.

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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 gonzo000
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a. Cloudy yellow with body and two finger head when poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

s. Lemony sent with some wheat/bread.

t. Surprisingly very little to no lemon taste, but good body and sweet finish. Not a big lager fan, but this one is pretty good.

m. A bit dry, but overall good.

o. A very good lager. would revisit on a hot day. I do not like coriander, and generally stay away from it, but it is subtle here. Not overwhelming as is usually the case.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; little lacing;

S: mild spice, a little bread, and a little citrus;

T: mild; bready with some spice; a hint of lemon in the background; finish is mildly bitter;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation - a little effervescent; dry finish;

O; refreshing; thirst quenching; everything about this beer is subtle, but the finished product is complex;

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to beersndrums for the bottle! This rounds out my generous gift box of Jack’s Abby beers!

Pale gold color with great head retention and some nice patches of lacing. The aroma and taste are loaded with exactly what it says on the bottle – bready wheat malt, coriander, orange, lemon, and peppery yeast. As with all Jack’s Abby beers, the mouthfeel is fantastic. It’s creamy while still being crisp and very clean. I’m surprised that this isn’t rated more highly as I thought it was really tasty and extremely drinkable. I’ve been really impressed with all of the Jack’s Abby beers that I’ve had and I hope that lagers become more widely-brewed. When done well, they can be very special. Thanks a ton for the beer, Jared!

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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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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 bum732
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

S: Nice floral coriander and orange peel with slight fresh lemongrass, more citrus than anything.

L: Hazy, golden yellow with creamy, carbonated white head with solid retention. Solid lacing.

T: Clean, slightly wheat taste with a medium low citrus and earthy flavors. Low bitterness with a very clean, slightly doughy finish. Any bitterness from the coriander or chamomile.

M: Light bodied, medium low carbonation.

Solid stuff. Perfect amount of spices and fruit, melds well with the wheat. Could use a bit more carbonation for that "refreshment" aspect. But solid overall and quite unique.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy yellow with huge white foamy head. On the first pour it was almost transparent but the second pour dumped all the yeast sediment rendering it mostly opaque. The head sticks around for the entire ride but lacing is minimal.

I can smell a lot of citrus and spicyness, a lot like a Belgian witbeer. Oh this is really good - not as much spice as in the nose but I can definitely taste orange in there. A lot of floral notes as well. Goes down really smooth and it’s as refreshing as a hefeweizen with all the added crispness and cleanliness of a lager. After it warms up a bit I can taste the lemongrass in it as well, but I’d rather drink this one cold – it’s definitely a summer beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 04.29.2013

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that slowly reduces to a thin cap

S: Get quite a bit of the advertised spices (lemongrass, coriander, orange peel, and chamomile) to start off along with some floral hops. Also get some wheat

T: Starts off with the same advertised spices along with a nice citrus hop presence that goes well with the spices. Also get some wheat and floral hops more towards the finish after the initial hit of spices. Finishes with a mix of the spices and wheat

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice wheat lager with plenty of flavor. Possibly a little heavy on all the spices, but if that's your thing, then this would be a great beer for you. Easy to drink regardless, especially with the abv. Price reflects that, at $2.69 for a 500 mL bottle. As with every brew from this brewery, it doesn't hurt to pick up at least a bottle

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Photo of horshack7
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: With a frothy white head around two fingers thick underneath is a very cloudy and hazy golden beer.

Aroma: Ginger, coriander, pear, apple, yeasty esters, golden raisins. orange peel.

Taste: Pear, grape, faint notes of simple syrup, light grapefruit. Apple, lemon zest,raisins. As for the mouthfeel it's crisp and has a nice dry finish.

Notes: Such a very drinkable beer very good anytime. Cheers.

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Photo of BobZ
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow following the expectation for a wit more than a lager. The head builds to about 1" but quickly dissipates, again nice lacing.

Smell: Big lemony citrus is immediately up front and dominant. Not getting much from the malt as it is hidden beneath the citrus.

Taste: Follows the aroma, and the witbier style, a lemony citrus coating over a faint bready malt. Mildly refreshing and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A lighter beer, very sessionable from a mouthfeel standpoint, again a light body, refreshing, and clean on the palate.

Overall: Very nice take on a lagered witbier and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Beautiful cloudy, pale straw color, with a generous head that retains well but ultimately reduces to a thin covering. Light lacing on the glass. Exactly what I had hoped for from this style and brewery

S - I smell the wheatiness and the faint spicy notes described by the bottle's label. I typically have a hard time devining the nature of these smells, and this beer is no exception.

T - Not quite as much flavor as I had hoped for. I'm a sucker for beer that punches me in the mouth. That said I still appreciate the subtle flavors present here: lemongrass, wheat, and a touch of spice. I'm glad that they didn't overdue the spice.

M - Excellent. Very little room for improvement here as far as I'm concerned.

O - Nicely put together. This is the type of beer that pushes me to continue my exploration of the style.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pale and hazy yellow, with a big, bright, eggshell white head of smooth bubbles on top. The head sits at a little over a finger’s width and leaves a lacing of medium thick sheets on the sides of the glass. The beer’s body is properly cloudy with a wheat protein haze and a steady stream of bubbles that are slowly working their way to the beer’s head. On the nose, the beer tastes clean and light with whiffs of cardamom and citrus orange peel interplaying with light wheat flakes. The orange occasionally steps over into a more lemony flavor on the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes crisply sweet with light bitter spice and a touch of citric tartness. In flavor the beer begins as clean wheat malt that slowly builds towards a full bodied wheat flake flavor. As the wheat flavor builds, spices move in on the tongue to give big bursts of cardamom and then a snap of citric orange peel and lemongrass and just a touch of chamomile. The finish is a whirlpool of all the flavors with a final hiccup of wheat flakes, and the after taste of light, clean wheat malt and a slight citric tart bite of lemon on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of light in body with a crisp and fluffy carbonation that snaps the tongue at the beginning of the sip and then cradles it. The mouth is left wet with acid neutralizing spittle, and begging for more beer. Overall, this is one hell of a summer beer and a great light sipper with terrific flavor and complex simplicity. I love the spices and the citric snap on the palate, and I could knockback this beer all day long. They should can this! If you are looking for a beer to put back this summer, try this!

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(copied from blog - written September 27, 2012)

Appearance – Very thin white head. Cloudy light yellow.
Smell – Straw or grass, floral, wheat, yeast.
Taste – Chamomile, slight tart bitterness like lemon or orange peel.

Though I’m not a huge fan of wheat beers, this is a brew that I have found myself coming back to time and time again as a personal preference for a session-like beer. It is light and crisp with a pleasant amount of carbonation so it goes down very smooth. It’s flavorful but not overpowering which makes it a great beer to compliment any meal. And my favorite part about all Jack’s Abby beers beside the creativity is it’s affordable as hell!

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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 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 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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