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Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

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497 Ratings
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | 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:
"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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Reviews by mpedara429:
Photo of mpedara429
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

mpedara429, Jun 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

oberon, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Tiernan, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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"

ArrogantDeadGuy, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -17.6%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Beaver13, Oct 16, 2010
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.

merlin48, May 22, 2011
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.

Billolick, Aug 31, 2012
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.

Mora2000, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Mattco
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Mattco, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

bsp77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Prospero
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Prospero, Jul 10, 2014
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.

MattyG85, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

HoppySeb, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

sgttibbs, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

LXIXME, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

acurtis, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ste5venla, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev +9.9%

dcbeers, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Brenden, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

GilGarp, Sep 04, 2010
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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.