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Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

Joe's Premium American PilsnerJoe's Premium American Pilsner

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455 Ratings
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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"a contemporary rendition of a classic style. Hopped with purpose, Joe's is beautifully bitter and dry with an abundance of floral, Noble German hops. Uber-sessionable. Utterly American. This is Premium American Pilsner."

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 08-07-2010)
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Photo of jwc215


3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very light golden - more towards pale straw yellow. A thin head soon collapses, but rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of mild grain with a touch of grass.

The taste is of a grainy sweet kiss soon followed by dry, lemony, floral hops.

It is light-bodied. It's more astringent than a lager should be, but the carbonation level fits.

It has a sharp bite to it. It does have a floral character in the finish that gives it a bitter dryness. It's a "different" pils/pale lager. A raw pils/pale lager. More hops doesn't necessarily make a better beer. Even still, it was "interesting". A fine choice for a hoppier lager.

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 22:34:04 | More by jwc215
Photo of FLima


3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of herbal hops, pale malt and some lemony.
Flavor of sweet white bread malt with herbal hops, lemongrass, green apples and finishing with a crisp and refreshing orange lemon peel citrusy.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Perfectly executed, balanced and utterly pleasant Pilsner, though I was expecting some extreme hopping. A Pils to have it always in the fridge when you are craving the style. I would not trade this one by relatively boring traditional Pils.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 17:18:41 | More by FLima
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3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

App: Pours a light yellow with a slight greenish hue. Two finger rocky white head that retains well. Constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, light grainy smell with a little bit of bittering hops aroma on the back of the nose. True to style and a little sweet smelling.

Taste: Mild and sweet malt flavors abound in the true taste. Fore taste is slightly hoppy but overall a little underwhelming. Hints at the special sweet character of some AALs, but without tasting adjuncty. Significant bitterness in the aftertaste that really cleans up the predominant malt flavors and makes for a lingering finish that makes you want to take another sip. Slight lemony citrus flavors, but by no means assertive. Not a whole lot going on but well balanced. Proof that this style can be crafted well. Would make a great session beer or lawnmower beer.

Mouth: Light bodied and heavily carbonated. Refreshing and effervescent. I think this can may have been slightly overcarbed, as it foamed when opened and is making me burp A LOT.

Serving type: can

12-15-2013 20:51:29 | More by ZoomanCru
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3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale pale yellow but with a very nice big billowy head. Some lace.

Faint grass and husk with light malt in the nose.

Light and grassy, modestly bitter. Light malt up front. Some bread and grain, light hop bitterness, some grassy notes in the finish. Very easy drinking.

Light bodied and well carbonated.

American pils that wants to be German. Light side without appearing watery. A bit too mild but highly drinkable just the same.

Serving type: can

12-08-2013 06:27:17 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with a smeared code of some kind printed on the bottom of the can. Acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Quite possibly my first review of a beer from Avery Brewing Co., and definitely my first canned beer of theirs.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours three big fingers of fluffy white head. Body is a very pale straw lemon color with some nice clarity.

S - Smell is nice, but faint. Crisp zesty lemongrass, musty yeast, some herbal grains, and some sourdough bread.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp bready malt, fresh grains, lemongrass, lemon zest, bitter pine, grapefruit, & green apples.

M - Smooth and clean, with a sticky, semi-dry finish. Very crisp and refreshing.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this one. Very clean, crisp, and refreshing, with good depth of flavor, and a nice hop twang. Low sessionable abv, and the convenient canned option would make this a perfect summer beer. Definitely recommended.

Avery Joe's Premium American Pilsner ---4/5.

Serving type: can

11-30-2013 05:41:34 | More by mfnmbvp
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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very pale golden color with modest head that recedes to a thin layer within minutes. Nose is light but a little herbal, clean, perhaps floral and grainy. Lighter body but not watery. Sweet, soft grain comes through with floral hops to round things out. Short finish. Far superior to any adjunct lager, but seems a little uninteresting... even for this American Pale Lager style.

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 01:45:32 | More by yemenmocha
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4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a craft version of the fizzy yellow pils. It is straw colored and clear a thick white foam that recedes but persists. The malt comes across as crackery and the hops have some herbal and floral character. While both are present in the aroma, they are not strongly so; both become more apparent in the mouth. The sweetness of the malt is light; the beer leans more to hoppy bitterness. While not a flavor bomb, it also is not dumbed down. I find it tasty, to style, and quite refreshing.

Serving type: can

11-03-2013 22:25:48 | More by pweis909
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, from a grocery store across from my hotel in mid-town Denver. "Utterly American", yet made with imported German hops and yeast. OK.

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some stellar layered melting cloud lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale malt, a bit of stale lemon juice, white pepper, and earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is more crackery, slightly bready pale grainy malt, a touch of orange and lemon rind, a mild dose of petrol, and a slight rearrangement of leafy, earthy, musty, and grassy noble hops.

The bubbles are a tad edgy, and just perfect enough for the style, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, contending with a small clammy pithiness. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the grainy pale cereal malt bleeds out, amongst some lingering lemon and peppery notes.

A tasty, pilsner-esque (I wonder why) pale lager, flavourful, and easy to put back in numbers, I presume. Just a bit of astringent gasohol (despite the low ABV) does well to bolster this impression, as well as pour water on this whole American concept of claiming ideas as their own.

Serving type: can

10-23-2013 01:24:08 | More by biboergosum
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3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Very pale straw colored body with crystal-clear transparency. Lots of big carbonation bubbles throughout the body, which sits under a sticky and frothy bone-white head.

S- Lots of pilsner malts, fresh grass, dried grass, dash of citrus.

T- Lots of pilsner malt comes through giving this one big flavor for a very light beer. Noble hop flavors provide lots of bitter, grassy notes with hints of citrus.

M- Light, refreshing, somewhat sticky, medium carbonation.

O- Pretty good take on a pilsner, I could definitely knock a few of these out.

Serving type: can

10-17-2013 23:55:17 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of KYGunner


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light straw colored yellow and had a reasonably tight cohesive head.

The scent is typical Pilsner with bready grains, cereal malts, a backdrop of hops and a light sweetness.

The label states that this is somewhat unorthodox in the world of Pilsners or light lagers and I whole heartedly agree. The hop character is very strong and tasteful but balances well with the grain and malt character. The hops are not too piney or herbal but reflect a deeply floral taste.

The feel is light and crisp with appropriate carbonation and a sessionable complexion.

I will rank this amongst my very favorite in the the world of lagers as it tastes good, is light and easy but holds a different level of complexity for this style.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 13:14:11 | More by KYGunner
Photo of thecheapies


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From can to pint glass. Very pale gold in color. Bordering on straw, or even light straw. Let's go with straw. This beer is too light to have gold in the description. Very clear with one stream of rising bubbles. Fine bubbles. Composed a nice head that has surface crags. Great retention and great lacing. Surprisingly, one fantastic looking brew.

Uber pale, grassy, and lightly sweet. Citrusy note chimes in with pith and salt. Plant-like greenness and hop leaf. Low bitterness, so far. Mild, but good.

Sweet pale malts with a salty cracker tone. Herbal and grassy hops can't pull too far away from the light sweetness. A little fruity with notes of apricot and a mild bitterness, like chewing on a peach pit. Very crackery, but not stale. A little grapefruit or white grape, depending on the gulp. Mind you, this is dry like a pilsner should be, maybe sweeter like a Czech. But, the sweetness comes from nuances of fruit essences implied and pale grain notes. A little spicy in the finish, like green peppercorn. Not too shabby. I'm gonna inflate the score a bit, because I like the result more than what quality would probably speak for.

So damn drinkable, it's insane. Goes down like sparkling water. Light, but airy, with enough bitterness to call it a day. Summery and fresh and everything great in-between.

A stand-up job. I must say, there are few beers this pale a color that I enjoy this much, short of Belgian pales and American wilds. Light, but sprite. So sessionable, it's ridiculous.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 03:37:13 | More by thecheapies
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District of Columbia

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent pilsner with a slight hop bite at the end.

A: light golden and clear
S: didn't notice much of anything
T/M: not as light as it looks, with a grassy pull on the tongue. Definitely not a strong beer, but as expected, not Miller Lite, either
O: a solid pilsner with some hops bite that is always appreciated

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 17:22:32 | More by cjgiant
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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A little bit poured out from the can into a double shot glass. It was a very clear golden yellow in color with a frothy white head.

S: Yeast and a semi sweet and tart apple like smell.

T: Similar to the smell, the finish is grassy ad earthy. A nice hop bitterness that was pretty surprising.

M: Light to medium body, slightly creamy. Medium carbonation.

O: Pretty impressed by the hoppiness and complexity of this beer for the style. It's nice to see craft beer companies putting out American Pilsners to give people a real taste of the style aside from the typical commercial garbage pilasters.

Serving type: can

06-13-2013 00:24:54 | More by mpedara429
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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the final out-of-state brews I grabbed while I was in Missouri. Wish we still had Avery here in Indiana…feel free to come back any time, guys.

A: An inch of white foam rises over a pale yellow body that’s a little too still for the style: sparse bubbles drift slowly from the bottom of the glass to the top. As the body drops, a thin sheet of lacing appears.

S: A typical lager nose, but with a hardy yeast character at the fore; aromas of vanilla and overripe banana are dominant, providing a full, sweet character. Hops are surprisingly limited, showing only a catty grass character just in the background. Crisp malt notes of straw, cornbread, and fruity wheat are evident, as well.

T: Joe hits with a spicy, floral tone of Noble hops, much more complex than in the nose – a potpourri of flavors from lemon peel and grapefruit to ginger and dandelion, giving the palate a peppery dryness. The rest of the body is clean, but the flavors are a bit too chewy to be lager-crisp: the malt-yeast combo manifest with tastes of white bread, thick pancake batter, banana, and a very mild hint of cooked vegetables. Finishes a tad dry, a lemon hoppiness lingering.

M: For a pilsner, this is fairly thick. That lack of fizz, though, helps this one go down in a more dignified way – I’d imagine this being a more run-of-the-mill if it were bubbling constantly. The world needs less fizzy yellow beers.

O: So Avery…feel free to move back here whenever you want. If you keep making beer like this, I’m sure we’ll be able to find some shelf space for you.

Note: According to some websites, the date code on this could very well represent a brewed-on date of June 2011. I really doubt that a lager could hold up that long, but if it did: hell yes, Avery! Next time I’m in town I’ll have to try it fresh.

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 00:27:12 | More by BarryMFBurton
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New Jersey

2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Corn yellow with a good clarity, a quick paced carbonation factor and a chalky white head that was thin, creamy leaving a generous coating of spotty lace. Short retention hold.

S: Nose was pilsner grains, nobel hops, and dried corn stalks.

T: Flavor comes with a bite of bitter hops, flowery, dried corn stalks and grains. The hop level is pretty high, though not spicy, more dried, bitter with some dried hay. There does appear to be a faint lacquery-vinyl hint to this which may be attributed to poor craftmenship or just a off batch, which is not uncommon with such a light bodied beer.

M: Could be crisper in the mouthful, light bodied, nothing to exciting going on here, some off flavor twang, not really tight, slightly creamy.

O: Overall the laquery-vinyl off flavor could just be a batch oriented occurence, but was very noticeable, especially upon warmer temps. May be just a bad batch, but otherwise would still garnish ordinary results from me.

Serving type: can

05-22-2013 01:32:36 | More by beerthulhu
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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 3, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured golden straw clear color with 1-2 fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles brewing. Average lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice retention on the top on the way down.

Smelled a sharp whiff of spicy malts that almost immediately went away. Doughy bread came to mind. Also corn and hay. Those spices were lingering on the nose after.

Much more flavor in the taste compared to the nose. Very smooth. Bread, lemon grass, dough and cereal. Still those pleasant spices, which I can’t name.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, refreshing, clean finish.

A pretty good pilsner overall. I would definitely have it again.

Serving type: can

05-09-2013 06:16:27 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head

S: Perfumy hops, bready & crackery notes

T: Follows the nose, dry & some pear notes & a touch of herbal bitterness. Grainy, crackery, with white grape & lemon. Finishes dry, grainy, crackery & fruitty

MF: Light body with crisp carbonation, good balance

Super drinkability, really like this one for the style, would buy this again during the dog days of Summer, which will be here in about 3 weeks :P

Serving type: can

04-22-2013 00:51:58 | More by russpowell
Photo of homebrew311


3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Appearance is ridiculously pale, a few shades darker than water. Frothy white head forms and retains leaving splotchy markings on side of glass. The nose has firm cereal grain profile paired with light herbal hops and notes of lemon rind and grass. Taste is mild up front and has a grainy backbone that shines on the finish. Mouthfeel is feather light with moderate carbonation. Overall, a simple beer with mild flavor. Tastier than adjunct lagers, but not a whole lot going on.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 03:41:33 | More by homebrew311
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright, clear, yellow, with a thin head that fades quickly

S - grassy,grainy, herbal

T - grassy, herbal, faintly spicy, a bitter finish

M - medium to light bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, hoppy, refreshing lager. This is definitely a beer worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 22:47:39 | More by tdm168
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3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into 6oz. Leine's bar glass.
Very pale slightly cloudy with full white head.
Slightly sweet and pale malty aroma. Only hints of hops.
Bitterness shows through right away. Some balancing malt and sweetness. Finish is drying, slightly bitter and quite extended. Some tartness pushing to sourness show and leads to some puckering.
Light body but not really watery, just enough heft to give it a little feel.
Finishing sourness is a little off-putting. This is alright. I like the can.

Serving type: can

02-15-2013 02:08:54 | More by garymuchow
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New York

2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, light head developed which lasted a short while and some modest lacing. Appearance was a slightly hazy, straw color. Aroma was of a light citrus, not much else. Taste was a slightly bitter citrus with a slight sour on the back. Mouthfeel was light and aftertaste was slightly bitter and sour.

Serving type: can

02-07-2013 03:16:53 | More by Huffs
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very pale yellow color, but appearance recovers with a full creamy head. Head lingers well throughout consumption and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty full pilsner hops - floral with some spices. Flavor is milder than the aroma - more floral and some spices with some pilsner presence.

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 00:04:08 | More by Oakenator
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2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a tulip pint.

Pale straw with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Light bready malts with drops of apple juice and corn.

Light breadiness and corn husk with notes of adjunct-esque apple juice. Decent amount of bitterness. Touches of grapefruit and grass.

Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

Tastes a little Adjunct-laden. Corn and apple?? Kind of weird...

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 20:44:06 | More by justintcoons
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent, refreshing version of a pilsner. The best lager beer that I've tried. The appearance is clear and clean in the glass. The beer is smooth enough to drink from the can. The aroma gives a light bitter presence. The beer is crisp and smooth. The mouthfeel is not just refreshing, but more satisfying than you would expect. It is slightly richer and doesn't just wash past your palate.

Serving type: can

01-16-2013 04:42:45 | More by PHBoiler
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4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A fabulous white head breaks apart ragged and chunky. Pale, brassy yellow in color.

Typical aroma with some grass, fresh grain and a twist of lemon.

Tastes lemony up front with some lemon peel thrown in, a bit of sweetness, some grain and green apple in the finish

Clean and dry going down and perfectly light bodied.

A couple of these and visions of summer are already dancing in my wintery head.

Serving type: can

01-15-2013 00:13:46 | More by stephens101
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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
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