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Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

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85
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235 Reviews
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Reviews: 235
Hads: 556
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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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 2 inch fizzy white head that settles to a small cap. Random dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and some grassy hops. Taste is of sweet grain and some herbal and grassy hops on the finish. Medium hop bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good lager with a nice hop punch but nothing all that special. (488 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright crystal clear yellow/gold with a thick pure white head.

Nose is bananas fruity fresh white bread - the esters abound.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and perfectly balanced. Rich, bold and creamy mouthfeel that is inviting.

Flavors are yeasty, almost rye in flavor with a clean green grassy/celery/salty character; green spice; white pepper character, all of which carries over to the long finish.

This beer is just what I believe it's supposed to be and well done, at that. This style is not my favorite but I can recognize this beer as well made and appealing for the style.

Subjectively, I don't like it. Objectively it is a very nice example, well made and appealing. I suspect that Pilsner lovers will find this a very good American example. (763 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with scattered lacing on a clear somewhat bright golden body.

S: pretty fruity with banana, some pineapple and lemon custard with barely and pale malts.

T: very clean, with sweet corn and also a little fruity up front but the sweetness is mild and its not sour or tart either, a very subdued sweetness. sharp grain notes, pale malts in the finish. the hops are mild providing a light bitter quality

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation

Overall: this one has a lot of nice flavors, they are just all understated which in turn really helps drinability. (586 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but left a delicate web of lacing covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of bready malts as well as floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: A moderate to strong amount of bitterness from the hops overshadows the flavors of bready and grainy malts. The finish is quite bitter and also has notes of peppery spices.
M: It feels light-bodied, crisp and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. I would definitely try this again if I am looking for something that's light-bodied and has a lot of bitterness. (769 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly-light golden-straw color. Beer is almost completely transparent with some visible carbonation. Single-finger white head doesn't last all that long. The nose isn't really all that reminiscent of a pilsner--I don't get any of those crisp, herbal, and/or floral hop notes. The taste falls down even harder, especially when paired with the mouthfeel. Sure, there are some faint hops lingering in the background, though I wouldn't call this a pislner at all.

Even calling this an "American Pilsner" is a misnomer. This is a lager that has a bit of malt but lacks the hops and crispness of anything remotely resembling a pilsner. With that said, this wasn't a terrible beer and had no obvious flaws in the brew process. I wouldn't have a problem with this beer if it were simply classified as a pilsner; however, Avery decided to use "pilsner" in the name. I think it's better-classified as an American Pale Lager, which has been done here on BA. (957 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (507 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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, clean, and refreshing are the halmarks of all Pilsners. Where American attempts at this style usually result in bland and souless flavor, body, and aroma; Avery's beer does it right with a vibrant floral aroma, bready taste, and mildly bitter and acidic balance in finish.

The beer pours a brilliant clarity of medium gold color. Medium carbonation leads to a moderate stark-white head with good retention and amply laced. A very good appearance that's only hindered with a slightly fleeting head retention.

Moderate and balanced aromas of light breads, crackers, and freshly kilned barley kernels, are all delicately balanced by extremely floral aromas of honeysuckle, flowery boquet, herbs, and grasses.

Delicious balanced, the medium breads, light yeast, and somewhat wheaty character is tempered with refreshing herbs of lemongrass, flowers, freshly mowed grasses, mild citrus, and tea-like herbs. Only a light soapy note at mid palate offer anything that could be construed as unappealing. Still, this is one of the best tasting beers since Prima Pils by Victory.

Medium-full bodied, the creaminess of carbonation with malt holds its structure deep past mid palate until an very lace and sharply dry finish of minty and grassy alcohol. Very refreshing and crisp throughout.

This pilsner is an absolute delight to drink! Ideally formulated with the well exectured malt flavor and dryness to the assertive yet restrained hop balance, and then with the clean refreshing finish that all Pilsners require. An exquisite beer on all levels. (1,550 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,248 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw gold, soapy, sticky foam, one fingers width of head that dissipates upon first sip. Sharp clarity, slow trails of visible carbonation.

Clean aroma, crackery pils malt and lightly floral hop notes, vaguely grassy and lemony. Bready flavor with a pronounced hop bitterness, grassy with flashes of lemony citrus. Finishes dry and crisp. Mild malt sweetness in the middle, but the hop bitterness prevails in the end, lingering into the aftertaste. The lemony and lightly floral hop notes distinguish this beer from so many others of the style. Simplicity is underrated these days.

Quenching and suited well for hot weather sessions and barbecues. (657 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a crystal clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very floral and grassy. There was a touch of caramel in the nose.

T - It tasted very spicy with some sweet caramel. At first sip it was a hot bitter mess but it settles down to be a nice lager.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A very sharp biting mouthfeel with a clean finish.

O - This is a pretty good lager. It makes a nice summer drinker. (496 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale straw-hued body with a tall, meringue-like, white head.

Smell: Soft pilsner malts, light herbal, spice hops. Yeah, just light. Solidly light, though!

Taste: Pale and pils malts with a soft sweetness and hints of straw and grain. Modest hop character of only a bit of dried herb, a low bit of spice. Lightly malt on the gentle finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Fairly decent, though, I preferred the recent Southern Tier Eurotrash Pils over this. (579 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 TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I think I know the guy on the can from somewhere... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a nice finger of white foam. The nose comprises very mild wheat, sweet flowers, grass, and the smallest possible touch of minerals. The taste brings in more of the same, though the flowers may come off a bit sweeter here (not enough to elicit true sugary sweetness or anything, mind you). The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation, a decidedly smooth feel, and a very clean finish. Overall a damn good pils, probably one of the best American takes on the style I've yet come across. It just goes down so smoothly, so cleanly, so nicely... (707 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a Pils glass.

Pours a clear straw gold, topped with several fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a soapy looking ½ finger, leaving back a good bit of sticky patchy lacing. The aroma smells grassy and spicy, with some light mineral accents. Citrus flavors and a sweet backing of toasted graininess give off a zesty twang in the nose.

The taste has a grassy and citric bitterness to it, which is followed by a smack of zesty lemon and sweet grains. The finish lingers with some strength, trailing dry notes of spice and rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy crispness to the carbonation, a generally pretty clean feel, and an overall quenching presence about it.

This was a flavorful and easy drinking take on a Pale Lager with that alcohol content being right where it needs to be to make sure that you could have a couple of these in a sitting. This was a good selection by Avery to put in a can. (943 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pilsner in a can...

Pours a very large 3 finger head that reaches just to the top with some overage of my Portsmouth tulip. The head is pasty white and fluffy, and fades semi slowly with lots of sticky lacing over brilliantly clear golden wheat lighter colored beer, so clear I can see the finger print I just made on the glass and the one spot I missed drying and it got a small water spot.

Nose brings lot of light wheats and malts, a bit of a light lager yeast fruit aromas, a crisp lager aroma, and some light noble grassy hops.

Taste is light, bringing light grassy and noble hops to start, that get a little bitter, spicy, and fruity, almost a chewy hop pellet bitterness, and really starts to get astringent, the light wheat and malt pilsner below that are barely detectable, very light lager crispness and fruits, but just overpowered by the hops. A pilsner is a beer that is supposed to let the malts and wheats shine through, especially with the nice crisp lager flavors, the hops just destroy that in this beer. It finishes even more bitter and astringent, almost begging to wash it down with an IPA or something else. The flavors just don't mesh well. A decent dry crisp finish, that would go great if the hops didn't just kick my ass (and I'm a hop head, but when it counts).

Mouth is lighter bodied and crisp, decent carbonation.

Drink is not so great, it would be great if not for the hops, bringing some light malts and wheats, a nice crisp lager and pilsner flavor profile, and dry crisp finish, but the bitterness of the hops and astringency just go way overboard.

OK Avery, I hope you are reading this. I know there is a huge hop following, and many hop heads all over the place, and there's a big contest for who can bitter their beer the most, or cram the most hop profile. But there's a time and place for hops, and a hop profile for each style. I understand trying to break down the walls and expand the various styles, but this is just overboard. A nice pilsner with some light noble hops, something like Noble Pils actually, adds a nice touch to it. This, however, i just waaay to much. I'm a hophead actually, I love hops in many ways, but when I'm drinking a pilsner, I don't want my hops to overpower it so much I think I'm drinking hop juice! A pilsner is delicate and sessionable, a summer/spring beer mostly, but this just smacks it in the face and drags it out to the curb to be runover by the bus and have the neighbors dog piss on it, piss a golden shower of hops... OK maybe a little too much imagery, but seriously, too much! (2,568 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops, lager yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness. Then some sweet citrus flavor comes in next followed by breadiness from lager yeast and a thin malt character. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of the “American Pilsner” style, this is a nice poundable beer worth drinking for a long time. (802 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another in the continuous series of pale lagers that are quite appropriate to a hot summer. This one is thirst-quenching, at least.

A fair buzz of hops, but more on the earthy side, like a slightly diluted Amber Ale. A faint hint of lime and citrus peel, but the crackers come through strongly. I'd go so far as to say they are Stoned Wheat Thins. I don't care for the dirty aftertaste.

This is slightly above average for this cheesy category, but when it's so hot and dry, it has its virtues. From the 12 oz can bought at Grapevine in Denver. (546 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 russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head

S: Perfumy hops, bready & crackery notes

T: Follows the nose, dry & some pear notes & a touch of herbal bitterness. Grainy, crackery, with white grape & lemon. Finishes dry, grainy, crackery & fruitty

MF: Light body with crisp carbonation, good balance

Super drinkability, really like this one for the style, would buy this again during the dog days of Summer, which will be here in about 3 weeks :P (466 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 WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

good starting head but it recedes quickly. The liquid has a chill haze. Straw colored. Some spotty lace.

Pours from a can, so no skunking--yeah! Soured light raw grain smell. Very little hop. Slightly yeasty.

Notably thin bodied (even for a pilsner). The flavor starts with a modest grainy malt taste. The swallow and aftertaste are very bitter for the style--lots of peppery hop. High carbonation gives t his brew a spritzy feel. Overall, it is head and shoulders above the macros but it still has some of those elements (thin bodied, spritzy and grainy malt). The hop gives it a dose of character. In short, this is not a subtle pils. (638 characters)

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