It’s brew day here at The Disco. While I’m letting my grains go through the saccharification rest, I figured I’d review another beer. This time we have “Leisure Time Lager” from Jack’s Abby out of Framingham, MA. I stopped by Jack’s Abby on Friday on my way home from work and picked up a couple of beers to split with my buddy Fay when he comes to visit in August. The “Leisure Time” is one I had kicking around in the fridge from a trip to Bin Ends. I thought a lager would be a good choice while slaving over a hot brew kettle (I’m making my first Black IPA).
From Jack’s Abby:
We honor our Pops with this beer. His vision built the Leisure Time ice brand decades ago and inspired us to build Jack’s Abby as a family business. Leisure Time Lager is brewed with wheat and a blend of spices including lemongrass, coriander, orange peel and chamomile. A subtle spiciness balances the citrusy and floral hops added to the whirl and hopback. Relax and enjoy! Leisure Time Lager uses locally grown wheat from MA.
OG 11.8 Plato / IBUs 15 / ABV 4.8%
Appearance: LTL pours a very pale, straw yellow. The color is similar to my Second Son v1. Mostly clear, but a little hazy with good carbonation. The head is white and thin and disappears quickly with decent lacing. It’ll get really cloudy if you pour too aggressively.
Smell: Not much of anything on the smell. I’m catching a little citrus probably from the spice blend and late hop additions. It smells orange-y with a little lemon and miscellaneous citrus as well. Maybe a hint of sweetness in the nose, possibly a yeast smell. There are hints of the wheat in there.
Taste: Crisp with some of the citrusy notes definitely prominent. It’s sweet, but spicy as well. A little hop bitterness in the aftertaste but it is faint. The spices are the stars of the flavor profile with the wheat backbone being a bit subdued.
Mouthfeel: Crisp with a light body and good medium carbonation. A little tingly on the tongue.
Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 5. Buy it.
Leisure Time Lager gets upgraded to a definite “buy it” for two reasons. First, it usually comes in a 16.9oz bottle for under $4. That’s macro-cheap without the macro-flavor (or lack thereof). Second, this is a great summertime beer to have a around when things get hot. Like near a brew kettle. At 4.8% it is sessionable enough to have a few without being hazy yourself.