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Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

523 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 08-07-2010

"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."
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Ratings: 523 | Reviews: 233
Reviews by gpogo:
Photo of gpogo
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow body, clear. Decent sized white head. Lots of bubbles.

A- Sweet light malt aroma with a nice hop bitterness backing. I can already imagine how crisp and refreshing this beer is going to be.

T-Crisp and sweet, but with a very pleasant bitterness. Bitterness came into the aftertaste.

M- Crisp and light. High carbonation.

D- Just got back from a long bike ride and this hit the spot. I imagine any sort of activity you need to cool down from this could be refreshing. It's so light and easy drinking it would be perfect almost anytime.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner a very light straw color with a fluffy one finger crown atop,multiple broken rings of lace were left behind as it settled.Herbal hops,lemon oil,and crushed malt aromas,lighter but pleasant.A healthy does of herbal hops stand out most on the palate mixed with a sturdy toasted malt bill,a lot of flavor in a "small" package.This to me is like a north German pilsner in a way with its sharp hop profile,its hefty malt bill goes great with it.A wonderful beer to have while grillin outside like I will be today.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored pour capped with two fingers of white head that disipates into a nice lace.

Nice grssy and hop aroma. Not as yeasty as I was expecting.

Really nice flavor, yeast, malt, grass, & hop notes throughout. The hop finish is a nice touch to this interpretation of American Pils.

Medium bodied brew that is well carbonated and goes down effortlessly.

Overall a very nice "American PIlsner"

Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Immediately starts overflowing when opened. It pours a clear straw yellow with a huge fluffy white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - sweet earthy malts and grassy / floral hops.

The flavor is sweet, slightly vegetal, malts with a little honey and fruit followed by a big grassy / floral bitterness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not bad for a pils. It's probably the hoppiest pilsener I've had. I like all the hops and the lower alcohol - could make for a nice session beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can pours a clear pale yellow body with a tall white head. Geesh! The body barely has any color at all. Good patchy lacing.

Aroma is grassy and lemony, but not very profound.

Very light body is crisply carbonated.

Taste has a lemony bite and some grainy pale malt. Grassy hop bitterness all the way through. Very dry finish.

An excellent lawn mower beer to be sure but there's just not much here. Definitely not a top of the line pilsener.

Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pour is super light straw, slightly hazed, with some bubbles rising. The head is near white, loose and quickly departing. Leaves gauzy webs of lace and a fine bubble film

Light grassy notes and herbal hops on the nostrils.

Tasty and happy lager, with more herbal notes, along with some more grass notes. Quite dry in the mid section and in the finish.

Decent brew, worth a try, but don’t expect anything special. Hops and crispness add to the drinkability and the overall worthiness of this offering.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light, clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is that of a basic pilsener. I get a lot of pils malt as well as some grain notes and a little bit of grass. The flavor is heavy on the pils malt along with some grass and orange citrus notes from the hops. I also get a little bit of spice and the bitterness is low to medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made pils.

Photo of bsp77
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Extremely pale yellow, with a strong, stark white head and some impressive lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple, some straw, and peppery hops.

Taste: Delicate grainy malts with apple and straw. Nice blast of peppery and floral hops on the finish.

Feel: Very light body with high carbonation. This is as expected for an American Pale Lager, but the extreme dry finish makes this refreshing as opposed to watery (as with the macros).

Overall: For an American-style Pale lager (not a Pilsner, Helles, Dortmunder, etc.), this is definitely the best I have ever had. I am drinking a single can of this during the bitter month of January, but may need to get a six pack come summer.

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with good retention. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet pale malts and wheat grains with a good presence of floral, earthy noble hops. Also some hints of lemon zest. Aroma is nothing big but pretty solid. Kind of smells like a crisp German Helles lager.

Taste: Sweet and bready pale malts with wheat grains. Solid presence of noble hops adding some spice in the background. Good hints of lemon zest. Tastes moderately bready and sweet. Light but still tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and clean.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the style. Nice use of hops for a pilsner. Easy drinking and flavorful.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, not much head or lacing. Aroma was mildly hoppy, a little soapy.

Fractional sweet grain taste, floral hops, not bitter yet zesty. Very light body somehow able to support a full floral flavor profile. Say that five times fast! Hay mouthfeel downbottle dispatches some of that zesty crispness that was there in the first half of the can, maybe grassy is a better descriptor, becomes slightly watery. Minimal lemon impact.

Good beach beer, a little expensive though.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super pale straw golden color, forms thick white head with fine even bands of lacing. The nose gives off herbal citrus grassy notes, hints of pungent German hops going on. Light malt biscuit cracker barely any sweetness noticed. Super dry finish, upfront barrage of green hops from the can. A nice flow with each gulp a couple of these cans could vanish so easily. Nice cracker light pale malts provide just enough sweetness with a big bitter hop profile with citrus/grassy/herbal accents kicking around on the palate. Hop burps are plentiful carbonation is ample , again great experience drinking out the can. This isn't as good as the authentic German pils from PA, but these would definitely be people interst in living and restoring.

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured a semi-clear golden body with a thin cap of white head that quickly dissipated. A classic looking lager, true to form and quite nice. Scents of lager yeast, Pilsner malt with a soft sweetness, fresh cut grass hop aromas, spicy, floral hops at lower, but discernible levels and a light sulphur aroma like in some German Pilsners. Overall impression of aroma is of a classic American-style Pilsner that comes across much like its German counterparts in aroma, with a nice balance of sweet malt and classic Noble hop style aromas. Very nice. Flavor begins lightly bitter with a grainy and softly sweet malt presence balancing and floral, spicy Noble hop flavors. This moves into a medium bitter middle with notes of grassy, floral, spicy Noble-like hops and a light sweetness from malt and a graininess. Finish is medium-dry with the Noble hop flavors continuing alongside light grainy malt and biscuit-like malt. Aftertaste is grainy and biscuit malt with a medium level of floral, grassy, spicy Noble hop bitterness. Overall impression of flavor is of a crisp, flavorful, straight forward Pilsner. It doesn't have a wealth of complexity, which is perfectly fine for the style. It is simply a straight-forward, easy to drink, classic beer. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a classic, true to style American Pilsner. Quite nice. Overall this is quite the nice treat. It is a crisp, refreshing, simple American Pilsner that is flavorful, fairly aromatic and quite pleasant on the tongue. It is very well executed and a fine example of a classic, and rather hard to find, American style. Highly recommended.

Photo of LXIXME
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big white head falls into a decent lacing above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Sour grain malts, citrusy lemon and other hops in the aroma.

Lemony bitter hops with some lighter light grains taste.

A dry aftertaste with some of the citrus hops hanging around on this light bodied beer.

Seems like a basic pilsner style beer, nothing bad about it but not of the outstanding or noteworthy variety either.

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an uber pale beer that pours out hazed. Initially it's paler and deepens toward the top of the glass, but eventually it evens out until the haze lifts and what I've got here would be appropriate in color for a Kolsch. As best I can analogize it, this beer is the color of white gold. A soft, smallt white head forms, nearly one finger tall. It's pretty dense but doesn't stick around quite long enough. It leaves pretty good lacing behind.
As with Avery's canned IPA, enjoyed yesterday, the aroma is good but just lacking the strength for a 4. Dry hops with a hint of dry malts offer up a flowery, herbal, woody smell with a touch of grains and a note of grass. I can see where the classification can break down here. It's got similar characteristics to a pils, and pilsner malts are likely used, but it's a bit unusual to have an abundance of Noble hops as the primary presence and no Saaz. It's grassy, yes, but no light touch of sulfur akin to the style. Anyway, on to the flavor...
Everything about this beer is dry. The main component is a raw hops bitterness, most akin to pine, almost like pale SN Torpedo (almost). Crackery malts lie underneath and grains are still plenteous, but this is a hop-forward pils (APL?). The raw, dry flavor is really "plant stalk" in character, and I would liken it to a raw dandelion root bitterness. It somehow isn't overpowering or off-putting. This is a nice, quaffable beer with plenty of character and a great summer crossover crisp/clean and hoppy.
I say clean, though it's not perfectly so. The mouthfeel is good, though, with an appropriate light-medium body and good crispness leading to an adequately smooth finish. Dry is the operating word here.

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery's new canned pilsner is named Joe's with a mobster-looking dude on the front. "This ain't your grandpa's pils" is what it claims.

Served cool into a pint glass, Joe's is a very pale golden yellow color with good clarity and thick white head. It settles slowly leaving some nice lace behind.

Aroma is sweet and spicy with some great fresh hoppiness that is uncommon in a pils. Definately an American interpretation of the style.

The flavor is big and hoppy. This is a pils for the Prima Pils crowd. Big on hops, bitterness, and flavor. It's not out of balance but it definately leans towards the bitter end of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel is light-plus in body, moderate carbonation, and very crisp.

Overall a really enjoyable beer. I wish it wasn't quite so expensive. $9 is a lot for a 6-pack of pils in cans.

Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, served i a tall pilsner glass

A - pours with about an inch of big and fluffy, bright white foam. falls at a decent pace, though collects to a chunky topping with some ample wet film left around the glass. the beer is crystal clear, very pale golden in color.

S - bright, crisp grains with just a hint of cooked veggies. some subtle lemon peel, and grassy hops as well.

T - surprisingly hoppy right off the bat...bright grass, lemon, with just a touch of floral. crisp, crackery malts slowly take over, bringing a very faint bit of butter and a mildly soapy finish.

M - light bodied but with a surprisingly oily feel, helped by only moderate carbonation. ample bitterness leads to a dry finish.

D - pretty tasty for such a "small" beer. solid amount of hops and pretty good balance, yet goes down very easy.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Pale yellow, malt aroma, IBU a significant 42 and it's tehre and felt. Lacey, hoppy. arbonation is there though not obtrusive. Average muthfeel, a good American style pilsner. Served a little cold, as it would be at most bars.

Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Pilsner glass. Considering the ABV, I'm not sure why this is listed as an "Imperial" Pilsner? I'm rating it as more of a standard German Pils.

Effulgent, brilliantly clear pale straw liquid capped by a sturdy mushroom of ivory foam which seals off access to the beer beneath, threatening to burst over the sides as it floats on a curling mass of surface tension. Superior retention, thick pucks of lacing, and a bees nest of swirling micro-bubbles.

Sweet malt with vaguely toasty elements in the nose. Pungent fresh grassy noble hops contribute spice and complexity as well. A lingering biscuity and not quite fruity note pops up as well.

The flavor follows the nose with pale lightly toasted malt tastes leading into a moderate but purely noble hop bitterness - with a spicy/alfalfa/sage mixture at work (or, in play?). Fairly distinctive yeast notes as well, though they don't overwhelm the biscuity/grassy profile. Clean, faintly mineral-laden, dry finish, with just a touch of sweetness from the barley.

Light-bodied, yet quite effervescent lending the beer an expansive, filling aspect.

Very refreshing, though not quite cutting - a very good domestic example of a German classic...certainly gives Prima Pils a run for the money!

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear yellow pour foamy white head...

Sweet citrus and light malts on the nose

Tastes of some rinsed weeds, caramel notes and malts with a hint of hop bitterness in the background.

Good light medium body with a lively carbonation

Overall if you are a Pilsner lover I would recommend this one over any of the other's offered at Avery its pretty solid

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Joe's Premium American Pilsner is quite good. The beer pours a clear golden color with this white head that is leaving some lacing. The smell is nil....common for the beer type. The taste is really good, very well balance lager with nice hop and malt. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with good carbonation. Overall very good...and definitely sessionable.

Photo of rmolledo
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: straw yellow clear. Nice head and lacing.
S: adjuncts floral hops. Slightly spicy.
T: pilsner malts, sharp adjunct flavor. Nice lasting
Bitterness. Refreshing. Slight sweetness.
MF: medium body. Higher carbonation.
O: interesting American pilsner. Good end of a hard day
Beer.

Photo of bunnyman
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm a regular to the Avery tasting room and a bit of an Avery insider so I was aware of this back with it was in its testing phase, know as the TestaPils. Avery doing a Pils kinda scared me as some other well regarded craft breweries have released less than stellar Pils and I was worried that Adam and crew would fall into the trap of making a "gateway beer" thus taking away from the amazing solidity of their line up.

In essence I should not have worried a bit. Adam wanted a new session beer for the current age and having retired their Redpoint amber, the session beer of the latter age of craft brewing, he wanted something punchier. Joe's is an American Pils but with far more hop character than you expect. They call it a light and refreshing hop delivery vehicle and it is that in spades.

The color is a bright gold that is as clear as you can imagine. The head is amazing - Joe's doesn't produce head it produces a continuous stream of creamy meringue that climbs out of the glass. I've never seen head like this on any beer. The nose is strongly floral from the tons of noble hops. Flavor is very bright with loads of herbal German hops to extent that it makes a good Czech Pils seem not very hoppy in comparison. There is a nice breaddy malt backbone to keep the hops in check and the finish is clean without any off character. Superb.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a can after work on Friday. Wow, I'm not sure what's so American about this at first with the big kick of spicy lemon herb hops. I suppose the malt is a bit more grainy and dry than a German pils. I love a good IPA or pils, but the bitterness here is just a touch close to astringent. Otherwise this is a heck of a pilsner.

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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.