like it when breweries make beers of very obscure (but traditionally
recognized) styles. Though it makes it difficult to judge a beer like
Jack’s Abby House Lager since I have no real frame of reference. Falling
under the umbrella of the pale lager family it works pretty well as it
has a clean taste with some distinctive character and is quite
refreshing and easy to drink. If only it weren’t as expensive as some of
their bigger, better brews.
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 1/5/15 and cost $4.99 ($0.30 per ounce).
Appearance: Slightly hazy shade of yellow/gold. Pours to a two-finger, white, creamy head which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Pale malt with slight citrus and spice, though mild overall.
Taste: Slightly sweet malt is prevalent immediately. Almost chewy in its
authentic malt taste; akin to a cream ale without the adjuncts or any
kind of pale lager with actual flavor. There’s a subtle lemon character
here: lemon fruit, pith, peel, rind and grass. The faintest citrus
flavor along with minor black pepper spice (likely due to Noble hop
varieties, though the brewery doesn’t list them specifically). Finishes
very clean with that classic lager character found in most brews of the
general style. This is definitely more flavorful and authentic than any
kind of macro lager, or even a craft lager of the Style 1 category, but
not to the point of being amazing or especially memorable. It’s a good
beer that accomplishes what it intended to do.
Drinkability: I found Jack’s Abby House Lager so refreshing that I drank
half my glass on the first pull. That’s a good sign for sure. Though I
will admit the mouthfeel is not quite as crisp as I’d prefer. It does
finish clean, though. At 5.4% ABV I was expecting a bit more body and
complexity. This would be quite tempting to session in the summer
(especially if it were available in cans, hint hint!)