A few weeks ago I wrote an article on house beers, the types of beer you keep around the house for all occasions. My readers seemed to agree with many of my selections, or they didn’t disagree enough to comment on it, but there were a few other beers that people suggested. One was Jack’s Abby House Lager, a Helles lager modeled after the landbiers of Franconia. This is a worthy choice for a house beer, the name suggests that is just what it was brewed to be. I have enjoyed this beer before, but I already included two Jack’s Abby beers that I was more familiar with in my seasonal section of the article. One added bonus to keeping House Lager as a house beer, it is a great way to introduce macro-lager drinkers to a more full flavored beer that isn’t going to overwhelm them with hops. Jack’s Abby House Lager is available year round on draft and in 16 oz. tallboy cans. I enjoyed this pint on one of my first grill-days of the year!
Jack’s Abby House Lager pours a clear bright yellow with a massive white head. The scent is mild, some bready malts and floral hops. This is a clean, refreshing and very easy to drink lager beer. There is some malt flavor, touches of white bread, biscuits, crushed grains and just a hint of sweetness. There are also some Old World hops, notes of grass, herbs and pine. The beer is light and crushable, but still packs a little punch at 5.2% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean, just what you’d expect from a well made lager. I know that a large segment of the beer world focuses their praise on huge hop flavors or boozy stouts, but there is something to be said for a well crafted lager, and this is a great example of the style. This will certainly be a part of my regular house beer rotation. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
Previous Jack’s Abby Reviews:
Jack’s Abby Framinghammer, Jack’s Abby trIPL, Jack’s Abby/Otter Creek Joint Custody, BREWERY OVERVIEW, Jack’s Abby Maibock Hurts Like Helles, Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union, Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged Framinghammer, Jack’s Abby Bride Maker, Jack’s Abby Brewery/Hopstitution BAM, Jack’s Abby Copper Legend, Jack’s Abby Session Rye IPL, Jack’s Abby Mass Rising, Jack’s Abby/Evil Twin Jack’s Evil Brew, Jack’s Abby Wet Hop Lager, Jack’s Abby Pro-Am Pilsner