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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Deep golden in color, this low ABV lager balances Pilsner and Munich malt with an aromatic American hop aroma. This beer starts hoppy but finishes unexpectedly malty with very low bitterness. Impressively flavorful and drinkable for the lightest beer we brew. We dub this beer a "Session Lager," as we once again brew a lager in a beer style of its own.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1292) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. There was no freshness date.

Appearance: Golden/honey hue. Mostly clear with a slight haze. Plenty of consistent carbonation visible. Pours to an average sized, off white, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Slight citrusy aroma, but distinct dark malts as well. Mild nose though.

Taste: It’s so hard to find a good, low ABV, craft lager these days. Jack’s Abby is a brewery that specializes in craft lagers, so it’s not too surprising that they’d be able to pull off a truly sessionable, flavorful pale lager in the form of Jabby Brau. This is essentially an old school "Premium Lager," only done much better than the macro varieties.

The best way to describe the taste (and pretty much everything about this beer) would be taken verbatim from BJCP style guideline for category 1C. I’ll paraphrase: Crisp and dry flavor with some nutty malt sweetness, maybe even some rustic graininess. Distinct hop presence here in the form of mild citrus and floral notes to give the beer true hop character without making it seem like anything other than the pale lager it is. There is some starchiness on the backend, though it leaves little aftertaste. Nothing quite amazing, but definitely impressive for a low gravity lager.

Drinkability: This is exactly what you expect in a lager: the mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but not watery. Plenty of carbonation, though it goes down smooth and is thirst quenching. It’s tempting to let this warm up to bring more flavor out, but I don’t think it’s worth sacrificing the refreshing drinkability for just a bit more flavor. At only 4.5% ABV, Jabby Brau is indeed an American session beer, though you don’t have to wait for warm weather to appreciate it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (4532) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow orange with small white head. The aroma is fruity hop and yeast. Medium mouthfeel with light fruit hop, clean finish. Easy to drink, very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4907) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle: Served in a shaker glass: Thanks Papsø: Medium sized thick white foamy head on top of a cloudy yellow colored beer. Aroma has lots of crispy floral tones, some grass, some hops, light citrussy. Easy, not revealing too much but a crispy loving wave to your nose! Flavour is a crispy mix of floral tones, hops, herbs, bitter, light citrussy, some grassy tones and some light tints of malts and yeast. Aftertaste is floral, bitter, light herbal, some hops, light hay. Yummi! Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and a creamy texture. Delicious, thirst clenching, easy but full of spirit! I like this a lot!

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Meilby (8479) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle 500ml @ fonefan
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, grain and floral. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
back (1391) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
Gylden klar skum hvid Citrus malt Bitter modrate sød lidt Oile blød @f1

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (14616) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle. An almost clear one, golden in color and with a small, dense, light beige head. The aroma is pretty boring, fruity and faintly malty, with citrus notes. The flavor is equally boring, but at least it’s far from bad. Pale malts in the back, with citrus hints, a generic fruityness and a fine bitterness. Medium body, a bit flat, semi-dry. Mostly hoppy finish. Easy drinkable this one, but that’s about it. 140301

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (14382) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are yeast, fruits, grass, straw and hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (12336) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear yellow with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 010314

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (9350) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle @ Beer Temple. Clear yellow golden color, full sized white head. Smell and taste malts, slightly grains, hay, nicely bitter. Medium body, medium carbonation. Ok beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4001) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Poured clear golden with a frothy off white head. Aroma oflactose and sweet grainy malt. Medium body, quite creamy, flavour of soft malt. Undemanding but nice.


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