Sour Time Lager
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
4.07 | pDev: 7.37%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: We aged last year's Leisure time Lager [a spiced, wheat lager] in wine barrels with wild yeast and souring organisms. Through this process, the beer is transformed creating a lightly tart, funky and dry beer. Prost!
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Over a year old. Poured a clear yellow color with a light head. Aroma was still fairly sour and tart. The flavor has begun to die off a bit. That being said, it still boasts some tartness. Finishes grainy with a lingering sour, dry feel. Held up pretty well.

Dec 12, 2015
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- golden hue transparent with medium lacing around the glass. Bubble fizz up from bottom of glass.

S- Lemon zest, funk, citrus, bit of brett.

T- Tastes like Sanctification with a little more lemon.

M- Pretty thin, as expected. Carbonation follows down the throat.

O- This was my first Berliner Weiss; odd because I have traded away a few in that past few months. Again, tastes like sanctification with a bit more lemon and less carbonation. Thanks Mike!!

Jan 13, 2014
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a thin white head. Aroma of funk, slight acetone, biscuit and lemon. Taste is slightly sour, funk and oak, white wine and citrus. Very light, different feel vs, traditional sours. Nice. Reminds me of a berliner. This is Jack's Abby first sour and hopefully there are more to come.

Nov 10, 2013
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homebrew311 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a pale yellow and very clear. Minimal head and some lacing. Nose features heavy white wine character along with wheat, a touch of funk and earth. Taste is moderately tart with a bit of oak, heavy Chardonnay character, dry grainy wheat towards the finish. Tasty brew with great balance.

Oct 26, 2013
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davey101 from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into an over sized wine glass. Huge thanks to skittle34 for grabbing me some bottles from the release. Opens quietly and with zero carbonation or foam drama. Pours a clear golden yellow body with the last ounce or so of sediment hazing it up. A fingers worth of white foam simmers down into some sticky edging with large bubbles. Loads of gorgeous lacing.

S - An incredibly clean and refreshing aroma of lemons, chamomile, bread, and grass. Funky brett and white wine notes subtlety hang out in the background. About as inviting as a beer gets, this thing screams summer.

T - Wheat bread and tart lemons. The coriander and chamomile of the base beer are still hanging around but are very subdued and faint. A layer of grass and mild cheesey funk washes over the beer before finishing off with a touch of white wine and oak. A lactic twang in the aftertaste. There is a lot going on here however each element is very mild and subtle. Tasty and refreshing as all hell. Medium bodied and well carbonated, this is crazy drinkable given the ABV.

O - Not exactly sure how a wine barrel aged witbier + critters = a berliner but all right, the similarities are here. It's certainly not the most exciting American Wild...lager, but it is insanely drinkable with just enough going on to keep it interesting. The wine barrel is just present and honestly if it were any more noticeable it might detract from the clean flavors of the beer. Simply awesome stuff.

Sep 19, 2013
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scottfrie from California

3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

500ml poured into snifter. Thanks a ton AutumnBeerLove!

A: Pours a clear lemony golden with a thin, fizzy, bright white head that quickly faded into a bubbly collar.
S: Light and crisp notes of wheat dominate the nose with hints of vinous white wine, dry oak barrel, and dry, lightly tart, wild yeast.
T: Clean lactic tartness up front with pale bready wheat in the middle. The yeast, barrel, and hops come next with flavors of golden fruits, apples, white wine, black pepper, dry brett and herbal spices. There is slight hints buttery oak rounding out the finish, and notes of bready wheat in the aftertaste. There’s something minerally in there as well.
M: Mouthfeel is clean but the tartness and carbonation make it prickly. Body is thin and watery, acid is lingering.
O: A refreshing and light Berliner Weiss, as it should be, but not as good as the greats of the style. The flavor is great but the mouthfeel could use some more rounding out. Thanks again Kevin!

Sep 14, 2013
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jeonseh from Indiana

3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. - Hazy golden yellow with an off white head that sits on top

S - Lactic acid, sour lemon, light wheat and straw

T - Light tart sour apple, wheat, light white vinegar and lemon. Reminds me of a Berliner

M - Light body with minimal carbonation. Actually a nice and soft mouthfeel

O - Nice easy drinking sour from Jack's Abbey.

Sep 02, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to bpk59 to sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy straw hue with a one finger head that fades to a light blanket.

S - Aromas of light vinuos notes, apples, lemon, faint wheat.

T - Taste is nice light wheat, gentle wine, apple, lemon, light almost creamy lactose, super light.

M - Mouthfeel is light, gentle carbonation, slightly creamy.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer nice and light, super drinkable

Aug 23, 2013
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BlackBelt5112203 from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to beersndrums for this one!

500 mL bottle poured into a tall pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Hazy straw color with a nice 2-finger bubbly, rocky, white head. Really nice retention and some great patchy lacing. There’s a nice, noticeable amount of bubbles despite the haze.

S – Smells very much like a Berliner weissbier. Tart lactic acid, lemons, and grapes, musty and funky Brett, and faint grainy wheat aromas are present.

T – It starts off with a mixture of sweet grainy wheat and sour grapes, apples, and lemons. As both of these flavors are fighting for the forefront, funky and earthy Brett wraps both of them in a blanket of funk. All of these flavors blend so well together and create a truly delicious beer.

F – Light-bodied, great carbonation, a crisp, tart, and effervescent mouthfeel, and a tart, earthy, musty, and very dry finish. Lactic tartness lingers for a bit along with some earthy, musty, dry, and funky Brett flavors.

O – This is a really nice beer. I don’t know who stuck the Bière de Garde label on here because I’m pretty sure it’s dead wrong. First of all, it’s not an ale. Secondly, it doesn’t taste anything like that style. If anything, it tastes like a Berliner weissbier. Complaining about things that have nothing to do with this beer aside, this is a beautifully crafted tart lager. The aroma and taste are wonderful, and the mouthfeel is perfectly crisp and refreshing. Very, very drinkable. Jack’s Abby never disappoints. Thank you so much for letting me try this, Jared!

Aug 19, 2013
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RichD from Rhode Island

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, fizzy yellow. By looking a this I can tell this is a wheat based brew. There's a small amount of lacing along the top of the glass.

S: A tart, white grape and apple-like scent enters my nostrils. A faint smell of wheat is also picked up. Smells interesting. The smell is not as pronounced as some other lambics I've had, but there are definitely some sour characteristic in here, as well as some citrus elements.

T: A sweet, tart white grape flavor begins my tasting experience. It then morphs into a smooth wheat taste before ultimately ending with the sweetness from the apple and grape with the little bit of citrus that's present. This is an interesting brew. I get a little bit of orange and coriander that comes with the Leisure Time Lager, which is the base beer. The brettanomyces definitely gives off it's trademark fruity flavors. This is really a great tasting brew.

M: This has a light, summery feel to it. A crisp mouthfeel comes along with the fact that this is a lager. I could easily see myself pounding a few of these on a nice warm day. The drinkability is wonderful.

Overall: Jack's Abby did a great job with their first foray into the world of sours. They definitely picked the right beer to experiment with. The Leisure Time Lager is a nice, basic, flavorful light wheat lager which allows for opportunity to do some interesting things. Good beer. Not completely sure if I would shell out the 8 bucks if I saw this regularly in a store, but for a one and done, this is a nice pick up.

Aug 05, 2013
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Maxwell from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very pale and cloudy yellow with a nice little head of tiny, smooth, white bubbles that fizzle away to a light scrim, leaving a sheeted lacing of simple bubbles. In body, the beer is properly hazy with a protein haze and a nice stream of bubbles running up the middle of the glass. Very little of the other side of the glass is visible. This beer is not as pretty as its Leisure Time brother, but that is to be expected with aging. On the nose, the beer smells of good old funky Brettanomyces with layers of citric lemon, barnyard, and light wheat malt melding together. Lemongrass-like funk is the big player on the nose, and it is beautiful and complex while remaining complex and refreshing. On the tongue, the beer tastes tartly acidic like a Berliner weisse with a great, medium pucker to the mouth. There is some nice sweetness in the end of the sip from the wheat malt, but the main player in this beer is the refreshingly citric pucker. In flavor, the beer begins as crisp, citric lemon that is very bright on the tongue. This transitions to gentle horse blanket and fruit leather flavors from the brett as it passes over the middle palate, and then crescendos with a tart, lemongrass and chalky barnyard finish. The aftertaste is chalky lemongrass and light wheat malts. This tastes like summer. In the mouth, the beer feels crisp, and medium in body with a fiercer carbonation that fizzles on the tongue, but does not fatigue it. The mouth is left damp trying to control the acids in the beer, and a little chalky as well. Overall this is one hell of a refreshing beer. It at times reminds me of a less funky lambic, which is awesome. I hope that Jack’s Abby continues this one year after year, and eventually starts blending these together… That would be amazing! Lager Gueuze! You need to try this beer.

Aug 03, 2013
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to pjl44 for this awesome extra!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: brilliant yellow bodied beer that is slightly opaque, but overall its more clear that it is opaque. It looks like slightly concentrated urine or lemonade with a white head on it. 1 full finger of bone white head. Drops quickly to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Very bright citrus. Straw / hay notes and slightly sweet wheat malt. Mild spicy and lightly fruity yeast. Smells like it fairly tart.

Taste: Almost has moderate tartness levels, its on the high end of low levels of tartness. Orange zest and lemons! Citrusy and bright flavors just like the nose. White grapes, hint of oak, hint of musty funk, earthy, and a slightly bit of acetone in the finish. Acetone is very faint and is not distracting to the flavor profile in the least, but it is definately there.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. So crisp, so light, so refreshing, so drinkable, very bright, and very clean. Carbonation is impressive. Its soft and its delicate, but it comes alive when it hits your tongue. Drinkablity is off the charts.

Overall: Love the diversity shown here by Jack's Abby. As far as I know, this is the first attempt at a sour beer. I really enjoyed it alot. I honestly dont know of many "sour lagers" as the brewer calls the beer on the label. It is a unique beer. I have only drank a handful of beers from the Biere de Garde style, but this is easily one of the best. It is a really memorable beer. It goes down really easy, but still has some nice complexity. Watch out top new beers list... here comes Sour Time Lager. Bravo Jack's Abby!

Jul 30, 2013
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GonzoHomebrewer from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a bright golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly, touch hazey. looks good

S- lactic presence immediate on the nose, light lemon, pear notes, a bit one dimensional but very appealing

T- bit brighter than the nose, a lot more white wine characteristics come through

M- fairly crisp mouthfeel, but the wheat body base holds up well, very nice

O- A great intro for those who haven't had sours, its also incredibly thirst quenching, could drink it all day. Reminds me of a less complex, smaller version of temptation

Jul 30, 2013
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip. This was released and picked up from the brewery last week.

Appearance: Pours a light, translucent amber/gold and leaves less than a finger of white head that fades away quickly to a thin layer of white resting on top of the beer.

Smell: Green apple, white grapes, light to medium grassy funk, lemon rinds, peppercorn. Mild to medium sour, pleasant aroma.

Taste: Starts out light and buttery and then, after a moment, shifts to a mild sour, brett-influenced flavor with lemon, grapes and mild funk. Finishes sour. Definitely picks up some fruity, viney flavors from the time in the wine barrels, but the flavors are very delicate and subtle.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, spritzy body. The tartness affects the body and gives it a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice, light, mild sour. It is a nice "intro to sours" beer that is very tasty and refreshing. The wine barrels and brett give this some nice tartness but it is nice and light.

Jul 22, 2013
Sour Time Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 101 ratings