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Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

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491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
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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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

Sammy, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

Thorpe429, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

nmann08, May 21, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

acurtis, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +14%

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.

metter98, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

BEERchitect, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

kjkinsey, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

GRG1313, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +9.9%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

kylehay2004, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +14%

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...

TMoney2591, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

emerge077, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

zeff80, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +8%

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 SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SocalKicks, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +14%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 15, 2011
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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.