szinck1 (25) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the tap. Pours light gold with a thin creamy head. Light toasty malt aroma. Tastes like sweet bready malts mixed with mild herbal flavors. Good body, light alcohol taste and spot-on carbonation. Nice.
bavarian81 (42) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is definitely not my favorite from Jack’s Abby but it’s a good easy drinking lager. It’s lighter on the hops than the other Jack’s Abby offerings. Taste is slightly fruity as well as bready. Aroma has a whiff of that sweet biscuit malt you get from pilsners or light lagers plus some light hops. Overall, pretty good.
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.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber, clear deep golden with foamy white head. Stronger hop taste than other helles I’ve had but in a good way. Light body with dry finish, good beer.
jkwood04 (3258) - 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.
AirForceHops (2573) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased at Julio’s. Crystal clear gold thin white head. Nose is grain and corn. Sweet malty backbone with lots of bread and grain. Mild hops in the finish that are Earthy. Yeah, it’s kind of what most people expect from the style. Nice
johnnnniee (1955) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with my brother.
Pours a fairly clear deep golden color with a decent sized creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of sweet bready malty with hint of spice and fruit with a light spicy earthy hop aroma to round it all out. The flavor holds a creamy bready malty taste with lots of spicy earthy hops to balance it out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. Another great brew from Jack’s, but not one I would seek out again.
Scrapersnbeer (1392) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light floral green grape aroma. Hazed yellow color. Earthy fruit and caramel flavors, pleasant and not overwhelming. Body is lighter like a helles, but fills like bock . Another good product. I have to check this place out in person.
nimbleprop (4160) - 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.
DrSilverworm (4747) - 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 (4218) - 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.