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Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

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85
very good

235 Reviews
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Reviews: 235
Hads: 554
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 17
Gots: 29 | 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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Reviews: 235 | Hads: 554
Photo of harrymel
1.64/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (561 characters)

Photo of crossovert
2.03/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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. (492 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
2.41/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. :/ (642 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (632 characters)

Photo of kflorence
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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! (1,398 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (312 characters)

Photo of Natural510
2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (738 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of isualum12
2.86/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very yellow. Not attractive at all.
Smell. Very skunk. Again not attractive
Taste is great. By this point I was very surprised. Thought itwasgreat though. It ISA classic pils with a light refreshing flavor.
Mouthfeel- little high on the activity. But it is alright
Overall it is a nice beer.

Grabbed at beerforia in Boise id. (335 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

01/16/2011

On tap at Churchill's.

A: The color of straw with perfect clarity and a fast fading white head.

S: Grain, metal, some strange chemical. Grassy notes and some spicy noble hops.

T: Lemon, low bitterness, grass, earth, grainy malt. A moderate bitterness lingers.

M: Medium light body with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A mediocre at best pilsner. (381 characters)

Photo of Huffs
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a tulip pint.

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

Nose
Light bready malts with drops of apple juice and corn.

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

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

Overall
Tastes a little Adjunct-laden. Corn and apple?? Kind of weird... (455 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very light yellow color with slight head and lacing.

Smell: Slightly grainy.

Taste: A slight hop taste with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and moderate hops.

Overall: I guess I expected more out of this beer. Could use a little more sweetness and hops. (269 characters)

Photo of texasclimber
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A beautifully clear straw-like light golden appearance with nice head retention for a pilsner. Laces very nicely. perfect carbonation.

S- distinctly hoppy with a bit of dried lemon peel, grass/straw and soap.

T- very hoppy for a pilsner with a clean start and a soapy after taste. Bitterness is well balanced and everything is still reminiscent of grain/straw. Bitterness kinda lingers at that end leaving that soapy flavor on the tongue. not bad but not great.

MF- Great mouthfeel for a pilsner, really coats the entire palate and the carbonation is perfectly effervescent.

O- As pilsners go, not my favorite, like i said above, not bad but not great. Hops really dominate every aspect of this beer and as a result becomes a bit monotonous IMO. i doubt i will be buying this again. (792 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a Pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width fluffy white head with small bubbles, mediocre retention but great carbonation. Pale golden color, clear. Some sticky retention.

S- Golden malts and floral hops. Somewhat fruity and very light smell.

T- Very bready taste. The golden malts are subtle but man is this bread-like.

M- Medium bodied and wet.

O- This beer is surprisingly average. I was expecting more. (445 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, straw colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A somewhat sour, grainy malt aroma with some herbal hops in the background.

T - Light, husky malt up front with a bit of malt. Any malt depth is lost behind dry, grainy character in the middle and a finish of herbal hops and a fairly strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This isn't doing much for me. I'm all for craft lagers, but American "pilsner" as a craft beer style just doesn't make sense to me. Pre-prohibition style or not, it's bland and kind of harsh and in the end it just isn't a very good beer. (705 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
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 (362 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Yellow and crystal clear. Nice fluffy white head.

S: Malty with toasty notes. There is almost a bit of a sour thing going on a bit.

T: Toasty malt goodness, backed with a strong bitterness from the hops. The hops are really aggressive in the bitterness and lacking in a cohesive flavor. Definitely not something I am a fan of. As it warms a bit the harshness from the bittering lessens a bit, which makes it a bit better in my book.

M: Light to medium, carbonation works. It almost feels slick, and leaves a film in your mouth.

D: The hops seem really out of whack here, almost like someone accidentally added the flavor and aroma hops all at the bittering addition, and said " ah screw it, I'm sure it will turn out fine.." It's not bad, it just doesn't jive with me. (778 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale, clear gold with a thick, fluffy white head.

S: Aromas of honey, straw, grass, and lemon are present on the nose.

T: Notes of honey, cream, straw, grass, lemon, minerals, and biscuits wash across the palate. The finish is fleeting and relatively sweet with honey, biscuit, and lemon flavors.

M: Medium-bodied and off-dry for the style. Carbonation is oddly restrained and sluggish. Compared to many lagers, this one is a bit sticky and sweet. Not the most drinkable beer of its type.

O: This is a pretty decent little pale lager, but it is a bit rough around the edges. In some respects, it just doesn't come together that well. I'm glad I tried it, but I doubt that I will revisit it in the near future. (724 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can to a Dogfish Head snifter.

Color: Translucent yellow with a white head. Looks just like a lemon meringue pie! YUM!

Smell: Light smelling beer. Hops and a citrus note.

Taste: A hop taste with a dry finish. Not very strong with the hops. Don't taste the citrus I smelled.

Mouthfeel: A Mid-light coarse and dryness fell on the palate.

Overall: A very relaxing pilsner for sure. I can definitely drink these at a football game. Nice and light tasting pilsner. Love the look of this beer. Cheers! (519 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly hard to describe this one. It doesn't taste like a pilsner to me or even the imperial versions which are like IPAs with a touch less malt and body. A boring looking pale yellow colored beer, marginal head and it doesn't last. The aroma of german hops, citrus lemon zest, some grass.

The beer is about the flavor. Bold and powerful hop profile backed by an equally thick and strong malt. it isn't nearly as crisp as expected or clean tasting either. Not that it isn't crisp and clean for say a pale ale or IPA, but for a pilsner it lacks. Still a solid flavor profile and plenty of it.

I'm glad to have this but it isn't a sessionable beer like it lays claim to. (677 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: crystal clear pale gold with vivid carbonation. big fluffy white head has decent retention and actually a bit of lacing.

S: chalky and spicy hop aroma. seems like something of the noble variety. maybe a little wheaty-ness lending to the chalk-like aroma?

T: bitter off the bat. more of a peppery hop than spicy. i cant find any malt in this mostly hoppy brew.

M: very light body with a bubbly carbonation.

D: definitely a hopped up pils. on the nose and on the start of the palate. wish it was backed by some more malt. too watery in my opinion. (555 characters)

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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.