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Jupiler - Brasserie Piedboeuf

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BA SCORE
69
poor

232 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 19.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Piedboeuf visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.05/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer is advertised everywhere in Belgium. Every bar, even ones with great beer selections, have a Jupiler (or a Maes...or SAS Pils) sign in the window. At a very touristy Brussels bar with a very limited beer selection (King of Spain on the Grande Place) I decided to have one out of curiousity. And I am sad that I did. While the beer looked pretty good, this is a beer that a country with the brewing heritage and vibrancy of Belgium should be ashamed to have spawned.

The beer looks pretty good; it is an attractive brilliant gold color with fluffy white head. Aroma is non-existent. Flavor is totally unnoticeable. Mouthfeel is thin. I had a lot of buyer's remorse at having ordered this.

I would not recommend this beer.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at a bar in Amsterdam, which was sort of criminal given the fine Dutch and Belgian ale choices elsewhere in town. This looks, smells, and tastes like Miller to me, which is objectionable. Budweiser is at least 2x better than this. You'll see it available everywhere in Belgium or the Netherlands, I recommend a pass.

Photo of yesferro
3.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by all means not a complex beer but as far as macro lagers go, this is my favorite out of all. Impossible to pour without a nice head, even decent out of a can and not pricey at all if you get it in Belgium. I prefer it to Stella or Maes because it lacks that mass produced aftertaste the other 2 have it. It even has a bit of a nutty taste to it somewhere in the back. It barely has any smell or aftertaste, but in case of euro lagers that can be a good thing (think heineken).
Don't spend to much on a bottle of this but if you ever make it to Belgium, give it a shot !

Photo of IPAcraig
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 25cl can was a gift from a pair of Belgians who came to Nashville.

A typical euro lager. Pours a clear yellow with a bubbly head that left some lacing.

This has a bit of bitterness in the finish. Otherwise it is barely discernible from Stella.

A highly drinkable beer and quaffable for sure, but not much here.

Photo of soupyman10
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a tiny (25 cl) can of this from some Belgian friends who came and visited. Not really my thing, to be honest, but it's the thought that counts. It's basically your standard euro lager, with maybe a little less skunkiness in the odor and flavor than most, and a little spiciness in terms of the malt, especially in the nose. Mediocre, if a little above average for the style, and you could drink a bunch of them if in need.

Photo of soulgrowl
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Meringue-white head, fairly solid yet rough and spotty, above a plain, yellow-orange body.

Smell: Pale malts with a light fruity sweetness and a touch of sour bread, offset by a mild, herbal hop character.

Taste: Distractingly metallic - not at first, but the taste of coins comes in mid-sip and lingers on beyond the finish. Besides that it's fairly plain but not too bad, with a nice bitter/dry German Pilsener-like edge, put together from light malts and mildly spicy, resinous hops.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, very light, and well-carbonated; not too fizzy (but far from flat).

Drinkability: Pretty good! A refreshing, if flawed and unremarkable, light lager.

Photo of AlexLMS
2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: brilliant with a light golden colour. White and foamy head with moderate size and good retention (a little bit of lacing).
Aroma: kind of weak. Grains with some citrus notes.
Taste: simple bitter herbal hops flavour.
Mouthfeel: drying sensation. Medium to low carbonation, average alcoholic strength, medium to light body.
Finish: lingering bitter aftertaste.
Overall: refreshing and crisp lager. Enjoyable quenching beer for a hot day.

Photo of lllarzzz
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite mediocre for a Belgian beer. Standard look and taste, nothing special here. A sour edge when it first hits the mouth, but finishes nicely. Bought this while travelling on business in the Southern Netherlands... there are much, much better local choices here.

Photo of TStandley13
2.38/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light color, minimal head, no retention.

Light smell as well - a standard lager.

Mild taste. Pretty bland. Near end of glass is straight up gross tasting.

Watery, moderate carbonation

Easy to drink just to drink lots. Would never sit down and "enjoy" a jupiler.

I like to call this a drinking game beer.

Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer on tap (33cl), tasted in 1999.

Appearance: clear blond color, good sparkle
Smell: well hoppy
Taste and mouthfeel : malted
Drinkability: a slight and balanced beer in the style Pilsener, correct but without more

Review translated from french 6-1-2008.

Photo of foles
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This blonde beer deserves a little more credit than it gets. Its uncomplicated, yet much better than your average lager. However it suffers on draught when not kept well.

I had this on tap in Gent and it was very good. Its a nice change from the stronger, tastier belgian beers.

Photo of bigelguapo
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer for what it is. Consumed in mass quantities by the Belgian proletariat, it quenches the thirst and helps to wash down some of that hearty Belgian food. At the same time, if you are in Belgium there are far better beers to be had! Go out and try 'em instead of just going around the corner to the local bar or convenience store and getting this.

Photo of drseamus
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My impression of this beer is that it is the Budweiser of Belgium. Every crappy bar in Belgium has a Juplier sign out front. I eventually gave in and had one (in Amsterdam though) just to see how it was. It has a very light crystal clear amber body with a pure white head. So far, the Bud comparison holds true. The taste is where they differ. It has a light malty body with slight hop bitterness. The nice thing about this beer versus Bud is that you can actually taste the malt profile; even if it isn’t the best beer flavor I’ve tasted. The body is as light as a Bud would be, but it has slightly better drinkability.

Photo of warmstorage
1.55/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Our story about coming to drink the Bud/Miller/Coors of Belgium goes like this: we were in a falafel shop in Brussels eating a quick, cheap snack, and their tap list was all of two, one of which was not available at the time, and the other was Jupiler. So in short, we weren't surprised when the beer was light fizzy crap, brewed to mass market tastes and drunken binge level.

A: Bright, crystal clear, fizzy, with white head. For style, it had a solid appearance. Limited lacing and head retention. For anyone who loves good beer, and especially sitting in Belgium, it's appalling. Nevertheless, I rated it for style.

S: Limited, close to non-existent, slightly grainy, sour hint. Bodes badly for what's to come...

T: Truly craptastic. Dry, clean, tart/sour, lagery THIN blech. In Belgium, of all places, this beer being so prominent and available so extensively kind of makes one wonder about Belgium's true beer culture. But back to the taste of the beer: well, it sucks. Grainy, thin, lager with a distinctly acidic tang.

M: Fizzy and dry, leaves an unpleasant dirt like taste in my mouth and brain. More blech.

D: Deeply undrinkable, and not something I'd ever bother with again. But in bar after bar, and walking by bar after bar, we saw signs, propaganda, and tap handles just rolling this swill out by the bucketload. A perfect example of the triumph of marketing over substance.

Now, not that I want to pick a fight here, but for anyone who thinks that all beer from Belgium is magical, this sort of B/M/C quality garbage makes clear that it is not. And all of the non-Americans who are so fond of bashing "American beer" should try this crap and then talk about Belgium.

Crap, crap, crap.

Photo of EPICAC
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, straw color with a foamy white head that fades leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Pretty standard lager smell. Light hops, sweet malt, with a little graininess.

Taste: Standard. Malty sweetness followed by light grain and a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with moderate carbonation, somewhat watery.

Drinkability: Easy to drink because it's boring.

Photo of stcules
2.1/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep blonde. Not so much carbonation, but also not so much foam, and not persistent.
In the smell a resolute maltiness. No hops.
Even in the taste, not so much beside the malt.
Not very much to say about this one.
Drinkable, but for sure not a beer to search for.

Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first experience with this beer was visually-- seeing crowds of people drinking it from tap, cans, glass and plastic bottles, on New Years Eve in the Grand Marketsquare in Leuven Belgium 2005/6. The trashy-flashy red-orange label and what I thought I was reading- "JupiTer" made me want to avoid it.

A week later I was in an old tavern in Brugge Belgium, and I asked what beers they might have on-tap. I'd had all the ones they named except one that I couldn't quite understand-- HOOPILET ?!? She said it three times-- never heard of it, I thought. Okay, I'll try it. Yum. I was really impressed. Not bad-- sort of like many American beers in taste but far far FAR superior. I asked them to write down the name-- Jupiler?!?!? I started laughing.

Okay-- so I went and bought a bottle at the local grocery store back in Leuven-- hmmm, not bad indeed! I went out to a local beerhall advertising it on-tap and had another. Yes, 3 for 3.

I brought a plastic bottle of it home with me to the USA. That was 2 months ago. I just cranked it open-- 4 for 4, yep great stuff.

I'm also sharing the bottle, and it's getting 2 thumbs up. Consider that we're just beginning our "tour" of the 20-plus Belgian beers in-bottle that I brought along on the flight, and we've all spent time in Belgium and are Belgian beer fanatics.

This stuff is really excellent drinking beer-- nothing outstanding, no noteably unique traits-- just WELL-MADE BEER, and very drinkable.

Photo of mobyfann
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Paid .75EUR for a 500mL can.

*Reviewed on 06.07.2005

Starts off with a golden clear base, medium white fluffy head, head retention for all 60 minutes and impressive lacing effects. Smells like any typical American lager, but this is from Belgium?!?

The taste is a one-dimensional lager. No destinct characteristics at all, but nothing bad about it. It's pretty good in the mouth, never really any sense of harshness and the head made every taste a little cremey like, so it was good. This isn't by any means a session beer due to it's lack of distinction. However I could drink them back to back if necessary.

Final Thought: This is a major disspointment to come from the country known for it's beer. Luckily it wasn't a typcial Belgian ale but a cheap Bud-like lager.

Photo of DrJay
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow with brilliant clarity and a dense, but slightly rocky, white head. Quickly reduces to a small ring, but produces some nice lacing. Noble hop aroma with a marshmallow sweetness in the flavour and aroma. Light yeasty character and mild bitterness. Balanced towards sweetness. Finishes on the dry side with some hop character. Light body and high carbonation. Starts with crisp CO2 then becomes moderately creamy. This beer is light and simple, fine for sitting on the patio in the summer, but nothing special.

Photo of paterlodie
2.35/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

BB 31-12-05. Hardly any foam and collapsing fast. Pale golden beercolor. Smell is creamy, unfresh malty, papery and hardly any hoparome. Very oxidated and unenjoyable.
Taste is like nose was being oxidated, empty, creamy and aftertaste is litle sweet-bitter. Lack of taste and lots of off tastes make this brew unenjoyable.

Photo of helloloser12345
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: On tap at local Wetherspoons during the beer festival.

Appearance: Usual macro lager colour – golden amber (similar to miller, bud, tennents etc….) Light foamy head with good retention and slight lacing.

Smell: Not much here. Slight sweet smell and that’s about it.

Flavour: I thought the flavour wasn’t too bad – better than most macro lagers IMO. Slight hoppy bit with a balanced malt flavour

Overall: Not too bad. I would have this over Stella, Tennants, Harp etc.

Photo of cypressbob
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, wetherspoons beer festival

Pours with a medium yellow body, fizzy body, pretty creamy and tight white head, good retention

Smell, pretty limited. Some hint of grain, some sweetness.

Taste, some basic malt flavour, a little hop bitterness on the palette. Very limited, very similar to stella inmo

Pretty average-crap macro lager

Photo of wl0307
2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted this beer on tap by half-pint at my local pub. I truly regret to have it for 1.05pounds instead of any decent ale at simply 75pence for half-pint during the beerfestival.

It pours a light golden colour, with abundant carbonation and a negligible head... The nose is dominated by water-biscuity to light cider kind of sourness, while on palate it's refreshingly malty, with lime-peel kind of hoppy bitterness and finished with exactly the same taste. The body is extremely light against its strength(5.2%abv) and overall the mouthfeel and structure is at best mediocre. I can't quite grasp the fact, so it's claimed in the beer catalogue for Wetherspoon's May Beerfestival, that it's the "most popular lager in Belgium"...surely the Belgians know much better and deserve better, even Interbrew's Stella Artois is less boring than this lager?!

Photo of BigBry
2.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml red can with "50cl MAXI' on band around top - brought back direct from Belgium (Thanks for sharing, Jeff). Pours OK, clear, blonde color, with a 1 inch head. Although it is highly carbonated, foam quickly disappears. Smell is of some grain and alcohol. Not much taste to speak of. Obviously meant to be light and refreshing - like water on a hot day. Overall, a pretty basic brew, comparable toaother macros here. I do like the crest on the label - a bull doing his best Karate Kid stance.

Photo of watermelonman
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured to a decent light and bright golden yellow with a small head that quickly faded. There's no lace.

The smell isn't very good, but still not as offensive as some others in this style. The taste follows that up in a similar manner. Hops come through in the wrong sort of way, and it's definitely too sharp in the mouth.

Jupiler from Brasserie Piedboeuf
69 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.