Jubiläums German Pils - Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG
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3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
Pallid gold with modest motes of fine yeast and minimal, slow-moving carbonation. The airy, frothy, shockingly bright white head resembles spun sugar slowly melting. A respectable amount of abstract patterned lace looks too watery to last, but looks pretty good at the moment (actually, there's a moderate amount of lace present for the life of the beer).
Typical pils nose of flowery, spicy noble hops. Thankfully, it has enough strength that I don't need to risk inhaling foam in order to appreciate it. I like a little citrusiness in my pilseners; no such luck here. It isn't an overly impressive aroma, all things considered.
Jubilaums is fairly hoppy for the style; either that or sparsely malted (probably a little bit of both). There's plenty of spicy hop flavor that is the beer's best feature. Some hoppy pilseners can be harsh, but this one manages to maintain a rounded bitterness with few sharp edges. The hoppiness is also grassy, but is still citrus-free.
There's very little sweetness; bitter and dry rule the roost. The finish is clean, helped in that regard by a light-medium body that is pretty close to the style average. It's slightly lacking in terms of carbonation, although the mouthfeel remains active well into the second half of the bottle.
Jubilaums (I wish I knew how to do umlauts) German Pils is a respectable member of the German pilsener clan. It's at least a full notch hoppier than many of its competitors, which helps quite a bit in my eyes. Aficionados of the style should at least give this one a look.
06-07-2005 21:30:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +14.3%
A: The beer pours a clear straw color with a couple fingers of white head.
S: A nice sweetness to the nose with lots of cracker and bready malts. There is a light hoppiness to the nose with plenty of floral and spicy characteristics. A bit of yeast and a light lager yeast aroma, too.
T: Probably a bit better in terms of the flavor. A slight sweet apple note followed by lots if yeast and cracker malts, along with the bread and biscuit notes. Just a hint of hop bitterness and a nice floral flavor.
M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.
O: A really nice crisp pils. Very easy to drink and easy to enjoy on a warm evening.
07-23-2011 06:35:28 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +20.6%
500ml bottle purchased at Gourmet Haus Staudt.
What a beautiful pils. The head on this beer is outstanding, dense and frothy, leaving sheets of lacing. The body is clear and golden, typical of the style.
The nose has a dominant lager yeast character, mildly sulfurous, reminiscent of honeydew. Quite bright and clean. Crackery pils malt shines through, as do grassy hops.
Firm, crisp and crackery on the tongue, this is very dry and flavorful, almost peppery. Herbal and grassy hop flavors are plentifully present, but at a nice balance with the crackery malt. A hint of sweet malt appears briefly mid-palate, though the finish is remarkably dry. Bitterness is moderate-to-strong, northern German in style and certainly punchier than your average pils. A great pils, I'm again impressed with this little-known brewery.
10-21-2010 02:39:08 | More by largadeer
4.08/5 rDev +16.6%
Pours straw colored with slight haze & 4 fingers of of white head. Average lacing & head retention
S: Sweet malt & perfumy hops
T: Big malt up front, then citric & floral hops. A slight grassy/lemon taste follows. finishes a tad to sweet with hinsts of straw & lemon, still very refreshing
MF: Medium bodied, slightlty undercarbonated & great balance
Drank very easy, quenching & just what you'd expect from a German Pils
09-23-2006 06:16:12 | More by russpowell
3.63/5 rDev +3.7%
16.9 oz. bottle,
A: Standard Pils straw colour, with a smaller than average white head. Nothing special about it, but nothing bad or off-putting either.
S: Bread malt, white sourdough bread baking, really no hops to speak of.
T: Bready malts with earthy hops at the end, possibly Hallertau.
S: Smooth, dry, and crisp, a little sweet at the end for a pils, but nothing too off-putting, overall, very good.
D: Good drinkability, not the best pils in the world, but not horrible either. A good beer.
07-22-2007 04:20:29 | More by Halcyondays
4.08/5 rDev +16.6%
Picked up a bottle at State Line a week or so back.
The beer pours a solid gold color with impressive head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is all pilsener goodness, showcasing light honey, bread dough, straw and white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this well crafted beer, and I enjoyed the light cracked pepper bitterness in the finish. Drinkability is just exceptional in this beer, with the beer both refreshing to drink and surprisingly flavorful (for the abv.). The beer is a bit soft on the palate, but with a crispness in the finish that is quite thirst quenching.
Another solid beer from the folks at Aktien. Perfect for the current warm weather...
06-07-2011 16:54:59 | More by John_M
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured a light straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.
The smell featured a light grainy malt with a solid spicy noble hop presence.
The taste consisted of a doughy grainy malt with a balancing noble hop spice. Some grassy elements as well. A bit shallow however.
The mouthfeel was average for the style with a brisk carbonation.
Overall a tasty and easy drinking pils.
08-24-2007 00:59:16 | More by plaid75
4.28/5 rDev +22.3%
Thanks to largadeer for this bottle. I'm always excited to try a fresh German Pils
A: Appears straw golden and perfectly transparent in the glass. The white head rises two fingers high in the tulip and it displays excellent retention and some scattered lacing. This is a very nice looking beer.
S: Grassy, herbal, and slightly floral, the hops sit atop a grainy white bread and slightly crackery malt profile. The aroma is clean, devoid of fruity esters or diacetyl, with a trace of sulfur. A whisper of DMS lurks beneath. Awesome.
T: Opens crisp and dry with a moderate clean bitterness. Hops are grassy and herbal, and the malt is grainy and mostly dry, with ephemeral sweetness midpalate that quickly fades, leading to a moderately bitter, crisp, dry, and clean finish with a trailing bitterness. No fruity esters or diacetyl here. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a lower high level of carbonation.
Overall: My first beer from this brewery and the bar has been set high. A fresh German Pils is a rare thing in this area, and this is a beautiful one. I wish I had a fresh supply at hand at all times.
I know I initially thanked Chris for the bottle, but as I finish my review and consequently my glass of crisp refreshing lager beer, I can't help but think he's incredibly selfish for knowing how good this is and not bringing me two bottles of this drink.
10-24-2010 22:26:27 | More by HopHead84
3.5/5 rDev 0%
The beer after jilting the 500ml brown bottle resides but briefly in the pilsner glass a luminous gold with a monumental creamy white head and after its demise the left over lace a thin sheet to conceal the glass. Nose has a nice crispness, clean and fresh, quite appealing to the olfactory and ocular senses; start is lightly sweet, nicely malted with the top light on the palate. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops delectable in their spiciness, quite dry and lingering aftertaste, a nice thirst quenching beer for a hot late summer day in Arizona.
09-12-2004 18:49:02 | More by Gusler
3.18/5 rDev -9.1%
Pours a clear golden yellow with a splotchy head and a little bit of lacing. Very heavy on the grassy hops and dry malts in the nose. The taste is bone dry through and through. Lots of grass with pilsner malts and a touch of watered down flowers for the hops essence. Very simple. Clensing palate with a little bitter aftertaste lingering after each sip.
06-15-2008 07:08:34 | More by scruffwhor
4.18/5 rDev +19.4%
About fucking time. From State Line.
Pouring a crystal clear straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a great looking pilsner. The nose is rather excellent. A light, dusty, rustic, bready pilsner malt character is present, with a mild peppery, grassy, lightly lemony hop character. Perfectly balanced, this is closer to the Sunshine Pils end of the pilsner spectrum, rather than the uberhoppy Prima Pils. The lager yeast character is excellent, though just a little DMS is present.
The palate opens with a bready, mildly cereal sweetness, with a beautiful doughy malt character and a little cotton candy. Crisp, and cracker-like, there's also a little of melon, ripe cantaloupe-like. The hop character is excellent. Light, earthy, mildly lemony with a firm bitterness, this is excellent. Drying with a firm bitterness, there's some lingering yeast and melon character. Quaffable beyond belief, this is almost as good as their Hell. Highly recommended, I need to grab a case for the summer.
04-03-2011 23:50:59 | More by DefenCorps
2.88/5 rDev -17.7%
Green yellow appearance, very clena and limpid. Good head, quite creamy and compact.
At the nose, essentially a fresh and delicate hop, camomile flowers, and a touch of malt, good.
In the taste the order changes: the malt is more present, and the hop notes stay behind.
The aftertaste is less fresh than the smell, but the hop is well present, with an average persistence. Medium-low body.
06-12-2005 10:13:02 | More by stcules
2.53/5 rDev -27.7%
Appearance This one had a lot of color. The liquid was a deep, bright yellow that seemed tinted with orange. The head was rather modest but showed good retention.
Smell The grain and traditional Noble hops were light and inviting, but there was an off sweetness to the nose that had me scratching my head. It was kind of fruity, like melons or something like that.
Taste The sharp malty sweetness came on strong at the taste and pretty much stomped the delicate German hops.
Mouthfeel This was heavy for a Pils, somewhere between light and medium-bodied, and had an off-style creaminess to it that took away from the crispness that one looks for in the style. It seemed a bit heavy-handed to me.
Drinkability This was OK, but I wouldnt buy again. It was a bit too lagerish for what I expect when popping Pils.
Update The 2006 vintage seemed a little smoother and thinner, which was an improvement. Its still a ways away from being a good German Pils, though.
09-23-2004 14:39:08 | More by RoyalT
3.25/5 rDev -7.1%
Presentation: 1 Pint 0,9 fl.oz. (500ml) thin, slender brown glass bottle. Has a neck, obverse and reverse labels, so often used by the Germans. The main label has two small ovals with Victorian style color paintings of the Löwen and Traube Breweries. Has an advertised established date of 1308 and stated conformance to the Reinheitsgebot of 1516 on the main label. Under the words, Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren, in Germanic font, the beer is listed as Jubiläums German Pils.
Appearance: Extremely pale straw color with a lively soft white frothy head at first. Exceptionally clear. The large head and light color lend a very thirst quenching appearance.
Nose: Some biscuit and Pilsner malts in the average strength nose. Light floral hop aromas at times.
Taste: Served chilled on a warm Southern Californian night, it has an excellent thirst quenching character that also has enough taste to make the beer appealing. A soft pilsner malt introduction calms the palate. Light hops and a mild bitterness finish the beer. Quite fruity at times. A crisp, dry finish.
Mouthfeel: A very smooth mouthfeel, which is soft with a delicate feel at times, which lends great Drinkability. An average mouthfeel in strength, which does not detract from the beer at all, and which I find is so characteristic of German Pils. Nice mix of pilsner malt and light hops in the lingering crisp finish.
Drinkability: Pretty darn good. I can imagine myself sitting outside a German Café or Brauhaus sinking a few Steins of this Pilsner without much effort at all.
Overall: A German Pils, an oxymoron if there ever was one, but all round, a nice effort, which never threatens to overwhelm you with its strong flavor profile. A delicate example of the Pilsner style lager. Soft pilsner malts and a light hop character. Well worth a try.
08-04-2003 03:21:54 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
I have no idea how she got hold of this but I tried this at a friend's house.
The color is typical of a pils, a pale golden amber. Head retention and lacing are pretty nice. Carbonation is lively but settles; it looks inviting enough.
The smell is hops up front, very earthy. Sort of an herbal note alongside the grassy hops smell. Nothing too complex.
The taste isn't perfectly balanced but not terribly unbalanced. There is a sweetness I hadn't been expecting that throws it off just a little. Hops are still prevalent and the earthy, herbal tones are in the foreground as well. A little bit of a flowery, malt taste almost as an afterthought. Pretty tasty, but hardcore hopheads will find the sweetness distracting.
This one is dry. Once it settles, the carbonation acts lively without being overactive. It's crisp and light to medium-bodied. Finish is dry and combines light hops bitterness with a lingering sweetness.
Overall a nice one to try.
03-18-2009 18:03:45 | More by Brenden
3.08/5 rDev -12%
A: Clear, clear transparent yellow. Very light frothy head.
S: Smells alright. Pilsner-y with a moderate skunkiness and distant metallic whiff.
T: Not bad, not good. A light, weak taste of carbonation and herbal or hoppy bitterness precedes a burst of sweetness which fades into a neutral aftertaste which is just barely dry and bitter.
M: Not entirely pleasant, but palatable enough.
D: I found Jubiläums bitter for a pilsner. This makes it less pleasant than its counterparts. It's worth trying though.
06-19-2010 16:50:18 | More by AgentMunky
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
First time I had seen this German brewery in Oregon.
Comes in the pint bottle, brown euro-style. Old fashioned style label.
it pours quite livelly into my pint mug, nice enough honey golden colour with a goodly sized white head.Leaves quite a bit of lace.
I liked the aroma of this one very malty yet the hops still show through well..its very fresh.
For a pilsner the taste is much more pointed towards the malts than usual, and its good not overlly sweet, some nice hops in the back.Buttery , honeyish tasting beer.Quite remarkably smooth.
Felt very nice on the palate
Good drinkable malty lager..I liked this , it reminded me of Ayinger's Jarhundertbier..though maybe not as excellent.
06-13-2004 03:54:09 | More by Reidrover
1.5/5 rDev -57.1%
Poured into an extended and widened pilsner glass it forms a frothy white sea foam had that leaves thick coat lacing. Mild, Fine carbonation and a golden body.
Kinda stank smell, like wet cardboard. Uneventfull for the most part. Cooked vegetables and an off putting corny sweetness. Grains are dryed and wheat like. Similair to a Euro pale lager.
Note: Not for me fellas. Very similair to adjunct lagers except the budweisers of the world actually finish clean and crisp where this finishes corny and lasting.
08-08-2006 02:35:37 | More by DogFood11
3.63/5 rDev +3.7%
Jubilaums German Pils
16.9 oz brown bottle
Served in a St. Sebasiaan tulip
Pours a yellow cloudy haze. Patterns of sticky lace decorate the glassware.
Funky German pils apple juice yeast and light fruit nose.
Clean tasting with a very soft mouthfeel. Toasted grains with an apple cider zing. Nice drinkability level and refreshing.
04-14-2006 22:02:33 | More by Hibernator
3.78/5 rDev +8%
500 mL bottle, 4.9% as per the label. It pours a crystal-clear, yellow/gold, with low carbonation and a finger of bone-white head that leaves little lacing. Sweet corn/veggie aroma with mildly spicy hops - thankfully it tastes better than the bouquet implies. On the palate, there are noble hops that taste green, lightly citric and skunky, imparting a light, yet sharp bitterness. In addition, there are sweet, toasted, almost molasses malts, with husky grain, lemon?, grapes?, and a light metallic flavor. Smooth, medium body, with equal carbonation and finish; crisp and refreshing - great for a warm summer day. Overall very pleasing - a good malt base and tasty noble hops seem to give it hints of Dortmunder influence. Would try this beer again.
08-13-2007 01:04:07 | More by mmmbeer
3.55/5 rDev +1.4%
A very soft, very herbal and delicate pilsner with a lightly spicy nose; crip toasty middle, and dry finish laced with minerals. Rather oxidized (with some protein globules evident), but a tasty pilsner lurks beyond the oxidation. Otherwise, it's a fairly normal straw colored pilsner with average head that falls to a ring of foam. I would love to try a fresh bottle of this pils. (Points taken off appearance due to protein sediment.)
07-21-2006 01:24:08 | More by marcobrau
3.35/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured a slightly hazy light golden color with a foamy one finger head. The head stayed for a few minutes then remained as a thin film. Good sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.
Grainy and grassy scents mainly, not real complex.
Tasted of grains with some subtle wheat followed with a touch of malt to finish things off.
Medium to thick bodied for a Pils. Perfect amount of carbonation that gave this beer a nice mouthfeel.
All in all this was a nice find, though nothing groundbreaking going on here. If you like this style of beer you'll probably enjoy this one. A good crisp beer for a hot day.
12-21-2007 00:26:42 | More by JBogan
Jubiläums German Pils from Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG
80 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.