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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506 Ratings
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 12
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 DavidST
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass, didn't find a date on the can.

This pours a light straw like color with a large foamy white head. The smell is of floral hops, sweet malts. The mouth feel is medium light and crisp. The taste is good, some bitter hops (more than most pilsners), a little bit of biscuit malts, a bitter after flavor. Overall a decent beer, I'm not sure how I feel about it compared to other pilsners and for a session beer I prefer ales anyways, not bad though I'm willing to try it again.

Photo of GarrettB
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The summer season for pilsners kicked off this year with Avery's Joe Pils, canned for your camping convenience, and wrapped in aluminum for easy chilling in your refrigerator, a stream or a lake. Wherever you take this beer, this beer takes you to a wonderful and cooling place, crisp and lively with all the flavors of summer. The head is light and fluffy, like a rolling summer cloud, with an intensely cloudy body reminding me more of a witbier than a crystal clear pils. The aroma has a light touch of hops, more assertive than other pilsners, light and crisp and refreshing even in the nose. It's a medium bodied beer, with a sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with a bite of flowery hops, carried by a roiling stream of carbonation. The pilsner astringency is well matched against an alcohol bite. Also, not a touch of skunkiness or sulfur. I suspect the opacity of the can helps here, but whatever the reason, this is a local and very refreshing take on a classic and cooling style. I'd love to learn more about the 'classic' and 'contemporary' elements in the Joe Pils.

Photo of rmolledo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: straw yellow clear. Nice head and lacing.
S: adjuncts floral hops. Slightly spicy.
T: pilsner malts, sharp adjunct flavor. Nice lasting
Bitterness. Refreshing. Slight sweetness.
MF: medium body. Higher carbonation.
O: interesting American pilsner. Good end of a hard day

Photo of woemad
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Bottles in Millwood, Washington, for $1.79. No obvious freshness date.

Surprisingly juicy when popped open, this poured a slightly hazy, lemony gold color with a good two fingers of bone-white foam. Said head hung around for quite a while, and left a fair amount of lace on the sides of my glass. Lots of tiny bubbles could be seen hurtling themselves to the top of the glass.

The nose was of mild, floral hops. Some bready malt scents are on hand as well.

A bit more hoppy than I was expecting from the smell, but certainly not to a debilitating degree. Crisp, with a mild tartness that balances the biscuity malt flavors.

Fairly light bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel that is just right for the style.

Summer is here, and so is the beer for it. This is a great hot weather, “lawnmower” beer. If I do any camping this summer, some cans of this will be in my cooler.

Photo of Natural510
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 6/28 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a light golden/straw yellow color with a three finger of sudsy bone white head. Head recedes rapidly leaving big sticky clumps on the side of the glass the whole way down.

S: Nose is chalk full of grain, light malts, and a grassy notes.

T: Taste starts with tons of hearty grains before an extremely light yet pleasant roasted malt flavoring comes through. The light roast notes hold through the middle and a nice grassy, earthy hop take over the finish.

M: Light body, high carbonation, crisp and clean body.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, not filling, no kick, pretty good representation of style. I could totally hit this one up for an evening.

Photo of thedindaniel
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into a pint glass. Hazy pale yellow color with two inches of white head. Very tiny faint bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass to the top several minutes after initial pour. The smell of this beer doesn't come out unless you let it sit and warm up just a bit, but when taking some hard whiffs can smell some pale malts, a tad of hops and a little bit of alcohol. Taste is very hop-forward and surprisingly bitter. After taste is very clean, just a bit of grains and a slight reminder of the hoppy bitterness from the initial taste. Mouthfeel is thin but appropriate for the style, I would like to see just a bit more of bite from the carbonation though.

Overall, I really like this beer. It's nothing flashy or too exciting but it works on many levels. It's got a good amount of bitterness for a hophead like me but drinks so clean and easy that one could easily finish a six pack on a nice summer day. Would definitely recommend for fishing/camping or tailgating.

Photo of malcontent
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hells yes! I could go on and on about this nuances of this particular beer but the simple truth is this; Avery has made a staggeringly drinkable Noble Pils and canned it (angels sing!) without bowing to any particular fad. The appearance is straw with lively bubbles (as it should be) with a nose that treats the imbiber to the flowery-sharp scent that lover of the classic Bavarian style (BA classification be damned) demands.

Crisp yet smooth, Joe's Premium American Pilsner makes me wish my grandfather favored beer over bourbon. This is the kind of beer I should be so lucky to stock with regularity in my fridge.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. On the can is an old photo of whom I presume is Joe..

Pours a pale, straw yellow. Mostly clear, with gobs of carbonation. A white head stays low and patches the glass nicely. Smell is very fresh, noble hops. Sweet, too. Taste starts off with a scoop of surprisingly bready malt before rising up to the tart, tight hops. Overall a very "green" tasting brew. Finishes dry and crisp. Feel is excellent. A darn good beer here!

Photo of droomyster
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw body with a generously apportioned white head that clings nicely to the glass. Aromas are grassy but mostly characterless. Tastewise, this beer is pleasantly hop-forward from beginning to end in a way that makes it thoroughly refreshing and palate cleansing to an array of vegetable and seafood dishes. It's body has a weight that I didn't expect, but made its palate-cleansing properties all the more pronounced. This is not your typical pisner. It's better.

Photo of Dubber55
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into my Founders snifter, pours a very light, clear yellow, 2 fingers of white bubbles that stick around for a while.

I smell a little lemon, little hops, and some sort of savory spice. Smells kind of bready and grassy as well.

Tastes bready and yeasty. No real strong flavors here. Some bitterness in the finish but not very strong.

Mouthfeel is pretty light. Doesn't seem to be very crisp with the carbonation. A little lower than what I am used to with this style. Finish seems kind of thin and watery but I guess that is to be expected from such a low abv beer.

You can drink this stuff like water. It's not really my style but it is good for what it is.

Photo of mjurney
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold-straw color, clear. Very heavy on the carbonation. Head looks very nice, bright white color.

Very hoppy in the nose. Spicy, floral, slight piney and grassy. Slight sweet grainy. Very crisp smelling.

Crisp and aggressive hoppiness up front along with sweet grainy at the end. Hop character is very aggressive for most pilsner I had, I’m getting spicy-floral, grassy, touch of pine. Nice malt background to clean the hop character in my palate, I’m getting slight grainy/biscuity. Body is very crisp, yet pretty light. Well carbonated.

Very clean and crisp finish. Touch of dryness in the aftertaste.

Very hoppy for a pilsner, but it’s a damn good beer. Highly drinkable, very sessionable. Only problem, this beer is too pricy.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a large white dense mousse like head perched on top. It leaves nice lacing in it's wake.

Aroma is of grass straw and floral hops, malts are light and sutle.

Taste is hoppy with floral notes and malts have a pilsner and pale taste.

Bitter and dry with a mouth puckering finish and no aftertaste.

Overall, I'd say its not a bad beer, quite good in fact but it's weak in flavor. I think the flavor and body would fade as it warms.
Also, It doesn't have that crisp pop like most in this style.
I'd drink a handful no problem.

Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and a little darker than straw yellow. The soapy white cap lingered and produced a bit of spotty lacing. Lemony hops with some floral and herbal components, faint malty aroma. Solid bitterness, soft malt flavour, lemony and spicy hops, a bit floral. The carbonation was soft rather than crisp, light bodied, decent texture. Overall, pretty good, refreshing with some tasty hops.

Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a suave can into a pint glass. Pours a well hazed golden with half an inch of white foam. Bit too much haze on the pour yet yielding a robust amount of retention and lacing.

Light noble hop aroma with a touch of lemon sweetness and the slightest hint of Belgian sourness. Decent presence of grainy malts, wheaty even. Sweet and grainy in flavor, particularly for its diminutive size. For some reason I thought this was a bigger beer.

Fades a bit in the feel department. Bit of a citric finish and with little to speak of for redeeming pils qualities. A bit of a watery wanderer in the end.

Photo of Jimmys
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of CHickman
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of movingtrain
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a straw yellow color. Quite clear, too. Good two finger head on top with a less than aggressive pour, though dying down to less than a finger with a bit of time.

The aroma has that soapy, malty character here. Perhaps some honey in the nose, along with almonds, light ginger, lemon, and fruity malts.

The flavor here is smooth. Notes of lemongrass, earthy malty notes, and some good bittering hops. There is a fine wheat character to this beer, though not indicative of a wheat beer by any means. The flavor is light, and a good fit for a hot summer day.

Overall, this is a fine pilsner. The beer works well on all levels, giving it a unique drinkability for the style. It is slightly sweet, but balanced well with some good bitterness. The beer's clarity is superb, and a good drinking beer all around.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - chill hazed yellow color with a fluffy white head that left good lacing on the glass.

S - German pilsner aroma with heavy hops.

T - very tasty bitter beer, burps a very hoppy.

F - crisp, light and very refreshing.

O - a very good example of an American Pilsner.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to my man Bennettrox for the CAN!

Light yellow, clear straw color. Very bubbly. Nice 2 finger spongy white head that leaves nice webby lacing.

Aroma is lightly sweet malt...reminds me of a German Pils with the pale malt aroma, but this is definitely hopped up! Nice flowery hop notes, blending nicely with the light sweet nose.

It's got a nice dry, bitter hop bite. The pale malt sweetness is a little more subdued than in the aroma, leaving the hoppyness to shine a bit more.

Crisp, light bodied. Slick though, with a clean finish.

Drinkability is excellent. There's no end to how much of these beauties you can put away with!

This was great overall. I'm in the deep south, so there's nothing quite like a crisp, hoppy lager on a sweltering day, and I'm a damn sucker for em' when I find em! This is one of the best I've had!

Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz canned April 18, 2011. Served cold (but not Super Cold™).

Pours pale yellow with a one finger foamy white head that leaves some rings of lacing and recedes to a light wispy cap.

Aroma is some noble, grassy and herbal hops, a hint of citrus, some biscuit malt. Moderate strength but gets better as it warms.

Flavor is a nicely hopped Pils, good grassy, noble hops, some lemon citrus, a bit of biscuit/bready malt underneath. No alcohol, minimal sweetness, fair bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

A very drinkable and flavorful Pils, not much aroma so perhaps a good candidate to drink straight from the can.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, not much head or lacing. Aroma was mildly hoppy, a little soapy.

Fractional sweet grain taste, floral hops, not bitter yet zesty. Very light body somehow able to support a full floral flavor profile. Say that five times fast! Hay mouthfeel downbottle dispatches some of that zesty crispness that was there in the first half of the can, maybe grassy is a better descriptor, becomes slightly watery. Minimal lemon impact.

Good beach beer, a little expensive though.

Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored beer with a medium white colored head.

Slightly sweet and fairly malty. Slightly spicy noble hop aromas this is mostly grassy and herbal.

Starts out mildly sweet and sharply bitter. Sharp green herbs and strong hop bite. Mildly spicy this is actually soapy tasting.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability isn't all that great, just a little too much bitterness here.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light straw color with good carbonation leaving a small white cap and some bubbles

S: Floral, grains, grass

T: Had a light corn, grain, grassy notes, floral hops, some light bittering on end

M: Pretty good, light body, crisp

O: Pretty good overall

Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
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