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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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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 227
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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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a lighter clear golden color with a small white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – Overall it was quite light. The aroma was of a bready nature with hints of a herbal nature as well as some citrus hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready taste mixed with some lemon citrus hop flavor. There is a lighter caramel sweetness up front that is soon lost more toward the middle of the taste as a herbal hop flavor greets the tongue. At the end, a grapefruit citrus hop takes over the herbal and blends with the bready flavors to leave a crisp and bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to lighter side with a carbonation level that is slightly above average. Good for the style.

Overall - Rather flavorful for the lighter abv. but retaining a nice taste profile. Quite nice and easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 00:50:29 | More by Darkmagus82
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Avery’s tap room in Boulder, CO. Pours clear-golden with white, long lasting head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of pale malt and perfume hops. Body is light and very crisp. Herbal, perfume hops are balanced on the palate by biscuit malt. Finish is long and dry. Very nice Pilz.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 14:14:03 | More by mikeg67
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an uneventful pilsner here, but a well made one. pours a nearly clear straw yellow with a small white foamy head. smells like a beer, some lighter german style malts and some noticable yeast aroma, slightly fruity, not soapy like a hefe. flavor is crisp, with a reasonable hop bitterness on the back end. feel is nice, very very light and good with a big heavy greasy meal. good carbonation as well. overall not one of avery's more remarkable products, but its good for the lighter beer drinker in you life.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 03:11:29 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs...

The beer broadcast classic pils charateristics: golden yellow body with a white head; good lacing. The smell carried a soft malt nose that carried over to the taste. The finish was pleasingly bitter in line with the style. The moutheel was light.

I recall having this in a can a year or so ago and being unimpressed, but having it on tap makes me think I may have been a bit premature in my judgement. A good pils example.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 02:05:11 | More by beergoot
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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Kushi sushi DC, into a simple shaker pint glass.

Given with a one centimetere of nice white head, and what a surprising creamy and whipped up topping consistency. Classic gold with some nice rising carbonation. Head clumps, has valleys, and leaves lots of good looking lacing. Very nice.

Nose brings some simple but effervescent hop quality, and some bread white malts. There's a small honey sweetness, but kind of buried. Not too bad.

Light malt body on taste, with a mild bread dough finish. A little dense in the palate but tolerable. Aftertaste seems a lime quick hop sense bitter, but a little fleeting.

Overall pretty solid and enjoyable to drink

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 04:55:11 | More by smakawhat
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DBGB's in NYC: pours clear yellow with bubbles racing up the middle and a small creamy white head that faded slowly, leaving great foamy lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, light citrus hops, floral hops, light grains and grass or yeast; nice soft nose that smells like a good German pilsner.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, lemon, light grapefruit, floral hops, light grains, grass, hay, yeast, herbs and a little hint of funk; really tasty and crisp.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with light carbonation, a light body and a slight bitter finish. A very tasty session beer that went down easy; an any time/any where beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 03:55:34 | More by CHickman
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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gresso's.

Well, it was served in a Miller Lite branded pint, so the blue logos on each side made the clear, pale beer look green. At least I was hoping that it was the illusion of the logos. The head loose, yet fluffy. Just above average retention.

This has a nice aroma, especially for a pilsner. There's not a whole lot of that cat pissy aroma you sometimes get from pils malt. Lots of floral and grassy hops with a twist of lemon-lime.

A clean, crisp hoppiness is matched with a soft, light malt base. This is actually quite hoppy, approaching the realm of bitter. Lemon galore, with fresh cut grass backing it up.

Light bodied, dry and clean.

A solid pilsner. Its dangerously close to Prima Pils. I'd have quite of few of both in a day, if I could.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 03:13:10 | More by MbpBugeye
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Waterfront ale house in NYC.

In the pint Avery's pilsner looks light straw gold with barely a whimper in terms of even a cap on tap, looks rather dead, no stick because there is nothing to stick. Smell is fairly simple, earthy with noble hops out the wazoo and some pale malts in there. The taste is str8 forward simple, floral with German hops and American abundance of volume in using these hops, in a word, alot. Pale malts. Light bodied and refreshing after a brisk walk in NYC. While not carbed up in looks, this beer is certainly not dead, crisp. a great simple beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 17:55:27 | More by BARFLYB
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/08/11 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks Pizza in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grain, pepper, and light citrus hops.

t - Taste is bready malts, grain, wheat, and light citrus. Not as much citrus or spice as the nose.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and nice for a pilsner.

o - Overall a nice pilsner from Avery. Crisp and easy to drink, something I would have again if I were in the mood for a pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2011 01:49:09 | More by mdfb79
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 22:22:15 | More by JoeAmerican77
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure why this is classified as an American Pale Lager but the beer is called a Pilsner. I actually think the Beer Advocate classification is a little closer and, as such, is a pretty good example of the style. I recently had a sixteen ounce draft of this at Rattle & Hum in Manhattan.

The color was a very light straw with a bright and active carbonation. A little hazier than a typical beer of the styel.

Smell was of hops and a little light in the malt. Maybe a little bit of citrus.

Flavor is a little light but very refreshing.

I hope to find this beer in the summer because it should be a very drinkable option during the hot weather. I noticed the picture featured a can, which makes it that much better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 22:41:15 | More by david18
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft pour In a pint glass

A: golden, crystal clear, white head

S: german malts, floral, fresh.

T: malts, light hops, fruity, floral, really great tasting beer

M: crisp, clean,

D: easy drinking, smooth beer great tasting, this is a tasty brew well done extreamly clean...

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 01:09:34 | More by fastsrt
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 15:08:25 | More by Sammy
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2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 02:48:15 | More by HopHead84
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Pizzeria Paradiso, Alexandria, Virginia.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a potent noble hop spice and a light malt.

The taste consisted of the same vibrant noble hop with a clean and grainy malt. Very nicely integrated.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with good carbonation.

Overall a tremendously tasty pils that was a pleasure to drink. Highly quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 15:35:24 | More by plaid75
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4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone's Bistro garden. This was an odd beer. Beer is served in an oversized flute. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thick head that stays the entire time. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is grainy and a mixture of organic acids...I told the waitress pilsner right?

This beer is crisp, light, refreshing, and bretty. Very bretty. The dry finish leaves my palate with a blank feeling of dry funk. Like I had been sucking on a piece of wood. I asked if this was the beer I ordered and she brought be 2 more ounces to be sure. I've read the other reviews of this beer (all in the can) and I can't reconcile their descriptors with mine. But this is the beer I was served and it was fermented, at least partially with Brettanomyces.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 16:16:19 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Rayek


3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

A: Bright gold with great clarity and mild carbonation. A small, but dense white head faded quickly to a patchwork film. Left a good amount of lace.

S: Straw and honey like malts get things going. They're backed up by a heavy dose of pepper and a little bit of citrus.

T: Starts with a honey sweetness that's quickly replaced by a spicy pepper and citrus bitterness. The grapefruit citrus flavors seem a little out of place. Finishes with a lingering pepper bitterness.

M: The body is slightly syrupy and light. The carbonation felt about right.

D: This was a nice offering, but the grapefruit citrus flavors felt a bit too far out of style. Overall I'm glad I had it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 05:40:58 | More by Rayek
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the BT Avery event. Never even heard of this one.

A- pours a crystal clear light bright yellow. Starts of with a bright white creamy cap that shrinks down to a thck ring and a medium sized circular cap in the middle, so it looks like an eveball.... What are you looking at!?!?

S- very low and subtle, but I get a cross of floral and grassy. Very subtle though.

T- here I get the grassy, some rose like soapy with a lttle biscuit lurking.

M- Probably one of my favorite parts here. Very light & crisp, but somehow there is a creaminess too. I'm not getting much of a booze hit here either which is nice.

D- I still feel like I'm not "there yet" when it comes to pilsners, but damn I am trying! I really like all the bright flavors, maybe I would turn down the soapy a tad. But probably one of my favorite pilsners so far.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 22:01:48 | More by m1ked
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4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 23:35:27 | More by bunnyman
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4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this one at Falling Rock prior to the Great Divide release party.
I ordered a Blackened Chicken Club sammich, and thought a nice pilsner would do well. Hmm...the Barmen or this one. I chose this one.

An "American Pilsner" I'm listing this as an Am. Imp. Pils. Cuz the label says 'American Pilsner', and this is the closest match. Although the abv is low for this category. I'm all for changing the style. I would say German Pils, but the label says otherwise :)

Pours clear, bright light golden body. The head is outstanding. Looks like vanilla milk-shake if you blow bubbles in it. Tight suds and dense. Great lacing. Top notch here.

Great aroma too. Holy jeepers, this one has promise. Floral, rosy, the citrus is calm yet powerful to break through the sweet malt biscuit backbone. Just needs to be drank.

Almost giving it a '5' here. The taste follows the aroma. Floral, citrus, strong but subtle backbone of malt. A bit of orange comes in, then quickly leaves. Some soft clove and banana on the end.

Feels good. A pinch more carbonation would land a '5' here. So close, perhaps my chicken is too spicy. Still this beer pairs well with it. A crisp, clean finish does so without a sharpness from the hops.
Great beer. Tops in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 05:25:07 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Joe's pours a surprsingly hazy, light straw yellow with a very white, dimpled head. I can tell the lacing here will be great already. Smell is a wonderful, crisp, bright aroma, lots of floral aromas with a bready background. Strong smells, quite good, makes me qant to drink it.

Mmmm, that wonderful pilsner hops really translates well across the palette. Hops are front and center, with a more assertive bitterness than the typcial macro "pilsner"; complex and deep. Great hopping here; Avery are masters of hops here in Colorado. The light malt tastes are present, mostly a bready subtley, but essential to the robust strucutre of the beer. Lingering bitterness makes you want more of that crackling first tastes you get with each sip. The beer is lively, active and most of all, tasty.

Bottom line; a hoppier pilsner that is both sessionable and enjoyably complex. Bold tastes, much more here than your avergae pils. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 22:31:56 | More by SamN
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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
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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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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
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