Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple LagerJack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 05-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
437
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
29
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 437
Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 oz bottle poured into a bulbed pint glass. Liquid comes out autumn brown, much like a hearty amber ale/lager color. Coffee with too much cream colored head with mostly small bubbbles but some bigger bubbles make their way up as well. Decent lacing/glass retention here, the froth will cling for several seconds, much longer it'd look like it was caking itself on (slight exaggeration I guess).

Smell is good, more smoked than maple, I would assume it would be a difficult process to counter balance without making the beer a sugar bomb. It has good smokey smells like a nice late summer/early fall campfire with stones around it. Sweet malts and maple suggestions looming in the back.

Taste is the best part. Completely on par with the aromas. The good thing this is that the smoke characteristics don't destroy your tastebuds, its the strongest part of the beer no doubt, but not overwhelming. The sweetness is mellow but strong enough to counter act the smoke. Sort of a smoked sweet breakfast breadiness, if that makes any sense at all.

Mouthfeel is good, probably in the upper echelon of beers, I find that I personally like the flavors of this style, but the mouthfeel is often overwhelming to the palat after a full bottle, not the case here. Low bitterness without being to sweet, pretty full bodied and a good carbonation level. Really drinkable, solid the whole way through.

Not an every day beer, but totally worth trying once regardless of preference. A good fall beer or late spring, late summer.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orange-brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, hazy

Smell: toasted malt and rauch smoke

Taste: toasted malt, rauch smoke, with a sugary slightly maple backbone

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium body, sweet and smoky

Overall: Way more rauch-like than maple like. The maple adds a sweetness, but you need to search for the flavor..the flavor before the smoke reminds me of a good marzen..A complex brew and one that I would get again, although I prefer Fire in the Ham..Love a brewery that does so many rauchbiers.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ehammond1
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via NBA LIF victory
Thanks, brooklynbrews!

A copper and dark amber without much of a head. There's a thin film of off-white bubbles atop. Leaves the glass nearly clean on the way down. Unremarkable and somewhat lifeless.

A nice maple and honey sweetness leads in the aroma, along with mild smoke and toast in the background. Simple, straightforward, but remarkably present.

Low bitterness, maple-dipped, toasted waffle leads the way in the flavor with a little bit of a lingering, almost meat-like smoke character on the finish. The smoke character lingers longer than the rest of the flavors. Moderately refreshing.

Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation.

An easily crushable bottle of an interesting lager, but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out specifically in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of hagbergl
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.

Appearance (3.5/5): Amber and a one finger, creamy off white head.

Smell (4/5): Smells a little peaty and lightly sweet. Has a good clean lagery aroma and unlike any beer I've ever smelled. It has elements that remind me of Schlenkerla's rauchbiers but the maple character adds a completely different element to this beer. Really interesting, though some might rather call it "weird."

Taste (4/5): Wow. This beer is a lot different than expected. The maple flavor is not as intense as I thought it would be. The light maple flavor combines with the smoked malt to actually create a bacon-like flavor in the aftertaste. Very crisp. The flavor also has a bit of a sweet potato- or squash-like flavor. This would be perfect around the Thanksgiving table.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Light body and nice, medium carbonation that adds just enough effervescence to the beer. It has a very lagery feel to it–clean and crisp–and the smoked malt is not overwhelming at all.

Overall (4/5): This beer is actually quite easy to drink, despite what the name might make one think. The smoked malt and maple flavors separate this beer from the pack, and in a good way. This beer has the flavor of acorn squash with maple syrup. The one point I will make about this beer is that it might be best enjoyed in a smaller serving, say, 9 or 10 ounces instead of the full 12. Good stuff, nonetheless; something I expect every time from Jack's Abby and Lawson's.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pub glass.

A: 4.25 - Medium amber in color with a small cream colored head that dissipates within a minute. Beer is opaque with no visible sediment.

S: 3.75 - I get chocolate malts right off the bat and then a hint of maple.

T: 4.00 - I can definitely taste the lactose sugars its says were used on the bottle. The smoke is definitely present but not overpowering, enough so that it's pretty refreshing and easy to drink. I wish the maple stood out a little bit more, though. That's my only complaint.

M: 4.50 - Very crisp and clean on the palate - typical of a Lager from Jack's Abbey.

O: 4.25 - It's great to be able to purchase something touched by Lawson's here in Massachusetts. I don't drink smoked beers very often but this one I could see drinking all the time.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 437 ratings.
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