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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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481 Ratings
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
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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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz can served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent straw golden color with a decently thick 2 finger head. Retention is very good.

S - Clean pils malt, floral hops, lemongrass, and light honey. Mild and incredibly pleasant.

T - Strong earthy, spicy, and grassy notes along with a strange (but welcome) apple note. Clean barley builds the foundation. It becomes increasingly bitter as it finishes, but never overwhelmingly so.

M - light bodied, carbonated well, and a bit dry on the finish. Really compliments the beer as a whole well.

D - This is one I'll be coming back to. Sessionable, high quality, and flavorful without being overbearing.

Serving type: can

12-30-2011 04:02:07 | More by blakelive784
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with good retention. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet pale malts and wheat grains with a good presence of floral, earthy noble hops. Also some hints of lemon zest. Aroma is nothing big but pretty solid. Kind of smells like a crisp German Helles lager.

Taste: Sweet and bready pale malts with wheat grains. Solid presence of noble hops adding some spice in the background. Good hints of lemon zest. Tastes moderately bready and sweet. Light but still tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and clean.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the style. Nice use of hops for a pilsner. Easy drinking and flavorful.

Serving type: can

12-28-2011 05:20:48 | More by MattyG85
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-27-2011 12:01:34 | More by Grebdioz
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3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow beer under decent white head and lacing.

Smell is sweet bready malts and maybe a hint of hops.

Probably meant to be an easy drinking session beer. Pretty simple: malts, a little sweetness but less than the smell would suggest. No bitterness.

Too watery though - a beer this thin ought to have more carbonation to stay interesting.

OK but nothing special.

Serving type: can

12-27-2011 02:56:10 | More by jar2574
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

12-27-2011 01:46:23 | More by Kirch
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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-21-2011 23:11:48 | More by smithmd4
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-19-2011 00:29:07 | More by savagepm
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-18-2011 22:47:09 | More by Gregwa
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-15-2011 06:57:03 | More by Anthony1
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-15-2011 04:14:39 | More by photomike
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3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear yellow color with a small 1/4" head of small white bubbles on top after a pretty aggressive pour. The head was there, maintained by quite a few bubbles rising until it eventually sunk to a pretty substantial ring where the beer meets the glass...also maintained by bubbles rising. There is a tiny bit of lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: the aroma is really clean with sweet Pilsner malt and floral hops being the most notable aspects. The hopping is pretty high in this beer, but is well blended as is noticeable from the cold beer. As the beer warms, the hops are getting stronger and more complex. Pretty nice aroma overall.

Taste: This beer has much more body and mouthfeel than most in this category, yet it still retains its dryness to make the finish well balanced between bitter and toasty malt qualities. The carbonation is ample for what it is, it is high for other styles, but I think that this beer can use it to keep the finish from being too obviously hoppy. Of course all of this plays in the finish having some acidity to linger on the back of the throat for a while after the sip.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty darn good beer in a sea of mediocrity. It still isn't my favorite style, but this is a good example of one. All this coming from a guy who has drank four of these already, so it must not be that bad. If you drink "the big three" or know someone who does...this may be a good stocking stuffer this Christmas.

Serving type: can

12-12-2011 01:35:45 | More by SkeeterHawk
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-11-2011 05:37:16 | More by CarolinaKev
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-08-2011 18:54:46 | More by FallinOnTheNogen
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-06-2011 05:18:27 | More by pperez38
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4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a SA perfect pint.

It's a light golden color with a finger of white head, tons of carbonation. Aroma is brightly hoppy, and the taste follows with crisp malts and floral hops. A solid American-style pilsner, for sure. The mouthfeel is very crisp and highly carbonated, with just a bit of drying feel. The drinkability is very, very good. Overall, a great beer that I'm going to be keeping around, probably going to be rotating with Noble and Prima Pils in my fridge all year round.

Serving type: can

12-06-2011 04:46:03 | More by shand
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-06-2011 02:28:16 | More by Mtnbeerman
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-06-2011 00:18:06 | More by leinie13
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-05-2011 02:56:42 | More by freduardo
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-03-2011 16:06:11 | More by bigred89
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can to a nonic glass.

Appearance: Pours a light gold with a 2/3" thick white head.

Smell: slight hops nothing crazy here.

Taste: Bitter but smooth, tastes of a pure pilsner but not at the top of my list. Easy to drink and definitely an everyone beer.

Mouth: pretty bubbly, not hard to swallow at all.

Overall: I personally hate to sound like a critic but few pilsners have wowed me. Avery does make incredible beers and like all breweries you need to satisfy all types of clientelle. "Joe's" is a pretty good beer but personally I would prefer something little more hoppy and little fuller taste.

Serving type: can

11-28-2011 04:56:31 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-28-2011 01:23:30 | More by TheSquire23
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3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can, shared with @tobeerornottobe in Sydney, Australia.

Pours a clear, unassuming yellow, with a minimal, filmy white head, and an exceptionally light body. Fine carbonation and decent lacing, but it's hard to ignore the fact that this looks like a big pile of nothing—or at least, it looks like any other pale American adjunct lager.

From here, it's an upward trend, by the looks of things, with a bright, fresh hop fragrance giving an appearance. This lends a truly clean character to the brew, without compromising its light drinkability. Nice.

Taste is similar. A genuinely pleasant, if a little weak, clean pilsner body, lending enough hop bitterness to be crisp, without adding too much in the way of bitterness. Feel is exceptionally light, but spritzy with carbonation and suitable for the style.

As far as an American pale lager goes, it's pretty good. In terms of beer overall? Well, meh, it's clearing a very low bar. It's not too bad, and I like that it has genuine hop characters to it, but it's certainly below par when it comes to the "Avery" measure.

Serving type: can

11-26-2011 11:08:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz. can poured a clear, yellow-gold with a nice, foamy white-head that dissipated quckly leaving a lot of lacing on the pilsner flute.
This is quite an aromatic pilsner: strong, zesty lemony aroma burst from the can; very refreshing.
This is indeed a unique interpretation of a pilsner: the refreshing hop bitterness is almost abrasive on the palate with a nearly tropical fruit-like flavor. It is tasty but almost over the top. It is interesting as the first initial flavor hinted on the lips is rather sweet. The pilsner becomes a little more balanced as it warms in the glass.
The typical light bodied with thin mouthfeel for the style is evident. This also has a cleansing mouthfeel.
This hoppy, refreshing lager is ideal after some heavy eating at Thanksgiving, though I prefer the more traditional style.

Serving type: can

11-26-2011 00:04:00 | More by jkrich
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-24-2011 02:06:30 | More by oldp0rt
Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.