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Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

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Joe's Premium American PilsnerJoe's Premium American Pilsner

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 11
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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1/5  rDev -72.5%

02-28-2012 15:46:03 | More by turdadactyl
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1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

06-30-2014 04:01:12 | More by Anothai
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1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

07-27-2012 15:30:02 | More by MumboJumbo
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1.58/5  rDev -56.6%

No date.

A: yellow straw ale with a single finger of white foam. This foam dissipates quickly to a solid sheet of the same. Brilliant clarity and no lacing.

S: Grain, plain and bitter hops. And, dare I say (?), skunk?! But no! this is in a can! It CANnot beeee! And yet, I smell it. It's subtle, but there.

T: Atringent and sharp. A soured white grape flavor. Ugh, not good at all.

M: thin with low carb. Carb should be a bit higher. Dry finish.

O: Hard to believe this is fresh, but it's also hard to know the difference (hint, hint). This is my last one.

08-22-2011 15:13:49 | More by harrymel
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1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

05-02-2014 17:52:01 | More by jadler16
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

05-11-2012 15:42:12 | More by HDACBrewer
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

10-23-2013 21:50:40 | More by UncleAddie
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2.03/5  rDev -44.2%

12 oz can.

IT pours a super-pale yellowish-gold with a foamy white head that leaves no lacing.

It smells like lemon-lime soda.

Mouthfeel is watery, taste is malty, tastes nothign like a good pilsener. It almost tastes like lemon-lime soda. I don't know which lager brewing blunder caused this but one thing is clear, these guys cant brew a pils.

American breweries suck at pilseners and it is a joke that people think this is good for a pils. Sure it stands up to a bud, but it is a dud.

09-12-2011 00:03:19 | More by crossovert
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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

09-30-2013 02:37:28 | More by TheBigBoy
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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

08-30-2014 19:58:54 | More by Hellpop65
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New York

2.35/5  rDev -35.4%

Single can from that new place called Good Beer in the city.

Poured into an irregular Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass(I really have to stop buying clearance shelf glassware). It's a bit wobbly.

Bit of a gusher. I get most of it into the glass, while managing the pasty, bleached white head. Patchy lace. Body is a clear, golden straw color.

Smell is fresh with light lemon grass, saltines, & a bit of yeast. Little bit of dish soap.

Upfront taste is barely sweet straw. Overall flavor is a lingering minerally/herbal bitterness. Stale water. Some salt. Empty.

Feel is watery & undercarbonated.

Pricey for what it is. Very much lacking. :/

03-20-2011 05:16:25 | More by PEBKAC
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

08-11-2012 21:29:02 | More by prisdefer
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

06-20-2013 02:32:37 | More by cgarcer
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South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

08-28-2013 23:32:45 | More by herrburgess
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2.55/5  rDev -29.9%

12 fl oz can served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a transparent yellow.

Sm: Pilsner malts and light cream on the open. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pilsner malts and a bit of cream. Not watery, but certainly creamy. It's fairly well balanced, and certainly enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but a bit boring. Certainly drinkable, but far from exemplary. I'd have it again, but I wouldn't look forward to it too much.

01-04-2012 08:10:45 | More by kojevergas
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2.6/5  rDev -28.6%

A: Pours a clear, pale, golden color with a half inch of foamy head that dissipates to nothing and leaves little to no lacing around the glass. Carbonation looks a bit high.

S: Wow, this actually smells like your typical mass produced American lager. Sweet malts, grains, metal and even a bit of skunk. Not at all what I expected.

T: Much like the smell, this one is pretty typical on the palate. Super sweet malts and grains with a crisp, dry and very bitter finish. The hops come through a bit towards the finish, which was a bit of a surprise but did nothing to help combat the bitterness of this brew. I cannot believe this beer is so highly rated, perhaps I got a dud (though, to be fair, the entire 6 pack tasted pretty much the same). This is most definitely an American pale lager, not a pilsner, so I felt quite misleaded.

M: Light in body with higher than average carbonation. Very thin, a bit watery, not much substance. Your typical American lager. Quite drinkable, but not very palatable.

O: Very dissapointed with this brew, especially after trying out some of the other offerings from Avery. I definitely will not revisit this one and will steer others clear of it. I'm really not a fan of American pale lagers, but this was advertised as a German-style pilsener so I expected something quite different. Hopefully I just got a bad batch and it's not as bad as what I got. Cheers!

09-10-2011 02:16:54 | More by kflorence
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2.63/5  rDev -27.7%

12oz cane, unsure of dating (printed code smudged)

Pours a classic American Pilsner in appearance: light straw color, bone white head which quickly dissipates, but leaves a respectable ring of lace behind.

Scent is grainy, grassy and hay-like with subtle essence of hops.

Very grassy in flavor, too much so. The heavy grass element drowns out the clean malt/hop balance I seek in a quality pilsner. The hops are fairly heavy, but overall it tastes more disgusting as I drink it.

Light and somewhat watery in body, but that is in-line with the style.

Tweak the flavor of this (a different kind of barley? Ease up on the hops?) and you have a good craft pilsner. As it stands now, it's a beer I want to like but fails in its execution.

07-02-2011 05:30:25 | More by Natural510
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2.7/5  rDev -25.8%

Not as grassy as I expected which is nice, It's got a slight hazy yellow appearance with a good amount of bubbles. Big fluffy white head. Aroma is grainy, there seems to be a bit of a hop kick in the flavor of this brew as well. Not overly bad. It's much better than most Pilsners but still just a Pilsner to me.

03-21-2011 00:09:42 | More by Knapp85
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New Jersey

2.74/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

05-22-2013 01:32:36 | More by beerthulhu
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

06-03-2013 01:28:25 | More by maxwelldeux
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

05-24-2012 23:49:43 | More by JohnBender
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

04-20-2012 02:48:25 | More by illini4x4
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

04-25-2014 15:25:08 | More by atrocity
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

04-16-2013 03:41:20 | More by prlykens
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

03-11-2013 02:44:03 | More by mattyrubes
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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.