Leighton (9874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in NYC. Pours clear, muted gold with a small, white cream head. Pale, doughy malts on the nose. Medium sweet flavor with further doughy, bredy malts, light grains and hay, faint herbal notes. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet but not cloying finish with rich bread, hints of alcohol, mild cereal, touhes of bitter straw. Nicely balanced heller bock - which is an accomplishment.
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... light hazy yellow w/ small, fizzy, white. Gone quick. Nose is peppery, honey & grainy. Medium-bodied & buttery w/ busy carb. Sweet honey and grain up front; bitter as hell on the backside. Finishes bitter, tannic & bone dry. Seth
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A clean and somewhat hoppy golden lager boosting freshness qualities. Simplicity done perfectly.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed super-fresh the day I received it, a few days after purchase, bottle from Loineshawn but it tasted as good as if the bottle was from someone nice.
The look: Clear blonde body topped by a medium white head.
In long: Nose has that true classic lager smell pushing forward bready cereals freshness surrounded by a hefty amount of leafy hops. I can never properly word that nice lager smell other than to say it is free of fruity esters and it is just plain pure basic freshness. Mouthfeel is spot-on, full body with plenty of soft bubbles, comfortable pillowy texture. In mouth the beer is even more expressive. A superb malt extraction that is bready, chewy, cookie dough and with an overall very fresh character. A solid leafy hopping that adds a dryness and a certain spiciness without a lot of bitterness. A superb execution of simplicity, great beer, underrated. .And what about that name, Maibock Hurts Like Helles, repeat after me, Maibock Hurts Like Helles, at this point I’d be happy if Jack’s Abby stopped making beer and they would just work for other companies full time naming things.
DrSilverworm (5038) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle, thanks to Mike L. Bottled April 2013. Shared with the local group. Clear golden color. Thin white head. Some little splotchy lace. Medium body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of soft, more dry finish. Some bready taste, light pepper. Light sweet. Solid maibock.
b3shine (4451) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9 oz bottle to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks solid; a transparent gold with white lacing and lively carbonation. Smells and tastes solid; sweet, malty, and a bit hoppy with notes of caramel. Solid on the palate. Good beer.
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #3,000. You hit these big milestones and you just can’t believe it. Hitting 3,000 beers is less about the number of beers ticked and is more about the number of people met, place seen and experiences had since #2,000. First and foremost, thanks to Ratebeer, which continues to be the most informed, most community oriented beer site anywhere. It has continually put me in contact with the best people and sent me to the best places everywhere I go, whether that be my home state of DC, Europe, Canada, Africa or plenty of other spots in the US. My life is continually enriched by the people I have met through this site and through beer. I am incredibly lucky to live in the District of Columbia, one of the best beer cities on the planet. Thanks to all the great beer purveyors who keep interesting, quality product in stock all the time. Thanks to my wife who repeatedly puts up with my desire to seek out new and obscure brewers and brewpubs. I would have never gotten to 3k without her support. And now... on to the rating! I love Jack’s Abby, I love almost everything they are doing. When a friend dropped some Jack’s Abby, I decided that this would be my 3,000th rate. 50cl bottle pours a totally clear gold with some lacing, slightly creamy white head. Nose has a lot of fruit, plenty of pear, some cooked corn, some apple cider, a little bit of hay, some candy sugar, a little papaya. Flavor is sweet, more tropical fruit, candy sugar, a little citrus kicks in, some very light grapefruit, some candied kumquat, slightly metallic, plenty of malt, a nice grassy-ness, hay. Medium bodied, sweet finish. Very true to style. Not my favorite Jack’s Abby, but another great example of the style they were aiming for.
thornecb (4172) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with good retention recedes to coat surface. Dusty sweet caramel aromas. Soft with bready caramel upfront turning slightly sour before the lasting bitter earth finish.
jkwood04 (3438) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle in a lager glass. Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma of pale malts and light hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. Maybe it’s good for its style, but it’s not the best beer.
Ernesto987 (3372) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet malty but hopped very well. This is awesome. I wish all lagers tasted like this.
SrSilligoose (3133) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark rustic breads. Touch of dark fruit. Toast. Nuts. Seems like I’m doing a giant jacks Abby tasting every night.