Pro-Am Pilsner | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Pro-Am PilsnerPro-Am Pilsner

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in support of the American Homebrewers Association with an award winning recipe by local homebrewer Alex Corona. Pilsner malt and noble Saaz hops converge to create a traditional bohemian Pilsner beer.

40 IBU

Added by rudzud on 09-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 79
Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An aggressive pour skill only yields a small bubbly head covering that fades pretty quickly, over a crystal clear tan apple juice colored beer.

Nose has a nice Czech pilsner aroma, like very similar to a good Czech pilsner, light toasty straw, bit grainy and even a hint of hay, little crackery pilsner, then into nice grassy hop, touch earthy but mostly just grassy like a nice noble hop, as well as a nice crisp slightly fruity lager touch.

Taste is quite malty, a nice toasty pilsner malt, lots of cracked straw and grassy malt characters, and even dried hay, bit grainy and crackery, with a touch of sweetness. Hops are fairly dominant too, a nice big grassy hop character, fair bitterness, just a hint of earthy too, some mild sulfur on the back end. Decent fruity lager character, fairly crisp and clean. Finish is dry and clean, crisp, nice lager characters lingering, bit more grassy hops and light straw pilsner malt.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, carbonation is a bit lighter than it should be though.

Overall pretty nice, a good take on a Czech pilsner, a nice straw toasty pilsner malt, decent grassy hop, very Czech level of bitterness that I remember from my trip there a couple months ago, tasty and drinkable, great lager characters and nice and crisp, but a little under carbonated and that hint of sulfur in there.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good starting head that settles slowly and in a rocky fashion. Leaves definitive ring lace. The beer is golden in color and nearly clear.

Leans to the grainy side. Predominately pils malt aromas. Light hop in the background. Some alcohol to the nose.

Hoppier than the smell indicates. Good, soft pale malt base. The bitterness comes on very quickly. It intensifies in the swallow and gives this beer a loooong aftertaste. Full bodied with an average carbonation. Easy to drink beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish bubbly bone white head that quickly dissipate to a cap on top. Aromas of spicy hops and rich bready lightly toasted pilsner malt make up the aroma. Clean rich lightly sweet bready toasty malt offset with spicy earthy hops. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a lightly sweet slick bubbly mouthfeel. Really nice Bo Pils here. Clean, simple, flavorful. Come to NH already!

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Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear standard golden hue with a creamy one finger white head that fades slowly to leave a thick blanket and light side lacing.

S - Oh yeah, this is a pilsener alright. Nice clean, crisp, almost crackery pilsener malts and light, earthy Saaz hops. Nice and light on the nose, not overly sweet or bready. A very, very nice balance of slightly sweet clean malts and earthy hops.

T - Taste again, hits the nail on the head. Start is the not overly sweet crackery malts, so definitively pilsner, that fades in to slightly spicy, earthy hops. Spot on, just spot on. Earthy hops, crisp clean lightly sweet malts and crackers, this beer is tradition in a glass.

M - Mouthfeel is super clean, crisp, refreshing. Nice carbonation here keeps this incredibly bright.

O - Overall, this is an excellent representation of the style. Super balanced, clean, and traditional. Well done!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear golden hue. Head is rather thin. It developed slowly but it did manage to maintain its rather skinny build. It leaves a bunch of lacing.

S-Crisp and clean nose. Saaz hops deliver a lightly spicy floral aroma with some grass. Pilsner malt brought some delicate cracker notes.

T-The flavor is bright and refreshing. A true Pils here. Balanced and lively but far from intense. The maltiness brings me flavors of light honey and sweet crackers.

M-Very bubbly. Light bodied. Light bitterness. This smaller bottle will go quick.

O/D-A well made Pilsner. Sometimes Jack's Abby will surprise you with an easy going brew that isn't intense every so often. I'll still take their wackier hop-laden offerings over this any day.

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Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: hops, grain, and toasted malt

Taste: grain, toasted malt, and light hops

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter middle, light body, medium-high carbonation, smooth

Overall: Very smooth, clean, and good for the style. If I wanted a Czech pilsner, this would be one to reach for.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a thin white cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention (constant stream giving it support), some lacing. Balanced aroma, malty, bready and caramel with grassy and floral hops. Easy drinking too, with moderate bitterness that was more pronounced in the slightly fruity, spicy finish alongside grassy notes, mild malt sweetness. Great texture, creamy and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta review the locals, Jacks Abby is probably my favorite. Nice to see them working with homebrewers.

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle with a golden yellow body that is pretty much clear. A foamy white head forms to around two fingers with decent retention. Thick ring leaves nice webs of lace.

S- Reminds me of a good Czech pilsener with notes of light grainy sweetness, lager yeast and some noble hops. Spicy and somewhat herbal/floral. Slight diacetyl but acceptable.

T- A good balance between the hops and malts, both of which lend distinct flavors. Saaz lends a nice grassy, spicy feel that is layered over toasted, cracker, bready, biscuit and slightly sweet grains. Clean and smooth.

MF- Highly carbonated brew with a light body overall. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate nicely in the finish. Creamy and silky smooth.

Balanced, clean and drinkable. Hops and grains balance out nicely in this refreshing Pils.

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Photo of Dope
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date but just released within the last week or two.

A: Crystal-clear amber pour. Big fluffy light tan head. Head sticks around forever, great retention. Nice fluffy tendrils of lacing everywhere.

S: Really nice herbal hop aroma with some hints of grass. Wonderful bready malt.

T: Decent hoppiness up front, mostly grass. Some floral hops too. Not sure what I was thinking in my description above of the aroma. Kind of a grainy, bready...dry and crackery malt. Drying aftertaste with more grass.

M: Decent medium body, smooth but quite dry in the finish.

O: A really nice pils. One of the best. Fresh, crisp and refreshing. Has that characteristic dry and refreshing flavor typical of the style. Hits the spot on a hot day for sure. Nicely balanced and goes down easy. Super smooth. I love it.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly golden yellow color with 1/2 an inch of head that fades down to tiny bubbles quite quickly

S: Lots of pilsner malt that lends quite the graininess, along with some floral and lightly spicy noble hops

T: Follows the nose. Quite grainy to start off with some nice floral hop notes. Malts step in for a nice, crisp backbone for a good support. Finishes with a very light floral hop note

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very refreshing and crisp pilsner. Easy to drink and enjoy, and great price as usual. Recommended for those pilsner/lager fans out there

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear medium bright gold with a decent foam head that reduces to a 1/4 inch of foam. A little splash of lace with every sip.

Grassy notes, some floral hops, nice light malt aroma.

Nice dry pale malt up front. Good assertive bitterness without a true hop profile. A little spicy bite, some biscuit and bread, but hops over-ride all of this. Decent malt and bitter finish.

Lighter bodied.

Nice crisp pils. Good rep of the style. Solid offering.

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Photo of Omnium
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice gold with about 1 finger of white foamy head with scattered lacing.
S - Aroma is your typical pilsener, pilsener malt, some spice a little light fruit.
T - This is excellent for a pils, there's definitely some peppery pils kinda malt spice goin on, then some nice fruit traits in this that are mild, a touch of bitterness.
M - Crisp and light on the palate, good aftertaste.
O - Excellent if not my favorite pilsener I've had, its got a lot of flavor.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It seems like every time I go to a beer store there is a new Jack's Abby on the shelves. Luckily I always want to try their stuff...

Beer is straw-colored with a white head. A nice thick bubbly ring is formed. Smell is grainy and bready with some lemon, floral, grassy hops.

Taste is really straight-up pilsner but with a good hop addition. Definitely get the noble/saaz hops, lots of herbal and grassy tones with some light fruit there as well. Big grain and bready malts. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated with a good crispness to it, well-balanced hop and malt bill.

Pretty straightforward but definitely a nice pils, glad you can actually tell it's a pils, but while having a good level of hoppage to it.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very slight chill haze on an otherwise clear dark gold color. Lively carbonation. Small, bubbly, bright-white head with solid retention. Some sticky splotches of lacing.

Smell: Lightly floral hops up front. Pushes some decent earthy notes as well. Malts are nice and light. A crackery snap layered over a mildly toasted bready malt backbone. Incredibly clean and easy. A bit of pale malt sweetness with some vague apple skin. Warming ups the bready sweetness a touch. Some grass and hay.

Taste: Hyper clean. Malts run lightly bready with some underlying pale malt sweetness. Lightly toasted with some floral hop elements. Earthy and slightly dirty with some bread crust and cracker. Warming smooths everything out a bit. A touch of biscuit dough thrown in the mix. Lager yeast is mostly clean with a vague hint of apple thrown in the mix.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Relatively clean with slight lingering earthiness. Smooth and a touch creamy.

Overall: An effort worth working for.

Jack's Abby wins American lagers.

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Photo of Gatch
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear, yellow with a fizzy white head. Typical for the style and not much to note here. No lacing or retention.

S: Great hop presence. Light enough to showcase the yeast and usual nose for the style.

T: So refreshing and crisp. Hops really contribute to a nice finish. Floral, slightly fruity, and a bit earthy. I would gladly have another bottle, which is rarely the case with a Pilsner for me.

M: Drinks so well. Clear, clean, crisp. Tasty and never bland or dry as I find some Pilsners to be after a while.

O: A very good version of the style. Tough to find a Czech Pils of this quality on this side of the pond. Nothing too remarkable but a good twist on the style with a bit more hops than usual. Recommended!

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Photo of brureview
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden color with a 3F head into a Pilsner glass. Nice lacing.

Deep malt aroma with light fruit.

The mouth feel at first feel mildly carbonated. As the beer warms, a more intense carbonation.

The finish is very important in this style of beer: malty and crisp with light bitterness.

There is light fruit in the taste and strong malt.

Overall, a very good beer exhibiting strong malt character and mild bitterness. More carbonated

than other beers I have tasted in the style.

Best served at 51F ( 11 C) to bring out a better balance in the beer.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 oz bottle poured into a bulbed pint glass. Comes out straw yellow with excellent clarity. Thick frothy white head with pretty much small bubbles. Really good lacing and glass retention here. Liking it a lot, a great representation of the style, looks clean.

Smell is adequate for the style. Some outside harvest straw/hay aromas, a little earthy and slightly floral at the end. Mild hop presence tickles the nose at the end, grassy.

Taste again is good for the style. Pretty malty overall. Some mild sweet grainy and bread flavors without being gritty. Mild earthy and grassy hops without being bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's actually pretty full bodied, flavor lingers about 8-10 seconds. Good carbonation level, and a decent balanced. More sweet tan bitter, but I appropriate for the style. Crazy easy to drink, good carbonation level. In a nutshell, it's clean, crisp, and reasonably smooth. I like it, a good representation of the style, wouldn't expect anything less.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a weisen glass. The beer is a slightly hazy, bright gold color. The head dissipates rapidly and leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. There is a small amount of carbonation visible that keeps a thin film on top of the beer.

S - Exactly what you would expect. Really light malts, grassy smell, floral hops. Nice level too, you don't have to really snot this stuff in to get a good whiff. It is easy to detect, which is not always the case.

T - Follows the nose, and again, just what you would expect and hope for. Really light sweetness from the malt, grassiness, floral hops, and a light, enveloping bitterness.

M - I can never say enough about Jack's Abby beers' mouthfeel. Velvety smooth with the sense that the carbonation is helping to give body to the beer, even though it is in no way fizzy. It has a refreshing finish and goes down smoothly.

O - Beers such as this one are slowly weaning me off over-powered IPAs. That's a huge compliment because while I thought it might happen some day, I didn't think it would be this soon. Enjoy this beer anywhere you can find it.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pokal

A: Pours a straw, golden-yellow with a creamy white 2 finger head.

S: Grassy, earthy, with a ton of grain and fresh bread aromas with hints of sweet, honey, malty notes

T: Clean pilsner malt with delicious noble hops giving flavors of light spice, earthiness and grass, especially in the finish.

M: Soapy, yet clean. High carbonation that tingles.

O: An excellent American made Czech pilsner, which is too rare these days. Simple at first, yet subtle in its complexity; this is for refined palates. A must try for Czech beer lovers here in the states.

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Pro-Am Pilsner from Jack's Abby Brewing
4 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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