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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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516 Ratings
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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | 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 Jimmys
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.63/5  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
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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

I love canned beer. There's no serious rhyme or reason ... I just love it.

Two fingers of fluffy white head over a very light straw golden. Foam retains and there's good lacing. Aromas are big bitter hop aromas. Flavor is very clean, bitter florals are heavy on the palate. The hops completely dominate the malts at first, and almost through to the end of the glass. Medium carbonation and a light mouthfeel make this beer incredibly drinkable.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.42/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.71/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I feel like Pilsners always get lame reviews because they are so simple. Also they resemble many awful beers out there. But relly they are supposed to be simple, drinkable and delicious, exactly like this beer.

A- flawless looking beer. Clear as can be, no yeast from force carbonation, fluffy white head with retention. Impressive light color considering their website states there are no adjuncts. Good looking beer.

S-Aromas of lager yeast, slight maltiness. Very faint smell, but a good smell.

t+m- Bitter, but sooo good. I have had quite a few examples of pilsners and this beer is exceptional. Very crisp sip, clean lager yeast. light in body, just very refreshing. Would be nice for sunny days and BBQs.

I agree with others that this beer is too expensive . I was under the impression is costs distributors and brewers less money to can beer than to bottle.

Photo of merlin48
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can pours a clear pale yellow body with a tall white head. Geesh! The body barely has any color at all. Good patchy lacing.

Aroma is grassy and lemony, but not very profound.

Very light body is crisply carbonated.

Taste has a lemony bite and some grainy pale malt. Grassy hop bitterness all the way through. Very dry finish.

An excellent lawn mower beer to be sure but there's just not much here. Definitely not a top of the line pilsener.

Photo of wedge
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super-clear pale straw yellow color with a loose head of pure white foam on top. Bold grassy/hay-like aroma...fair amount of sweet grain and a touch of citrus zest. Earthy, grassy hop bitterness in the mouth. Cracker malts, peppery floral notes - very lively on the tongue. Light bodied, crisp, and utterly chuggable.

As far as an American-style pilsner goes, this has to be up there with the best. This will make for some fine beach refreshments this summer.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clearly pale yellow/golden body, 1 finger head, patchy lacing

S: mild sweet grain, hint of malt and pine

T: sweet grain up front, earthy middle, dry/crisp mild bitter finish

M: light/med body, bubbly/prickly on tongue, dry finish

O: WOW, actually a nice American pale lager! Well done, Avery.
Great session beer and nice way to introduce a friend to truly good American beer.


Photo of Ryan011235
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 5/11/11

Thin, pale, almost watery straw color with golden highlights. With the exception of a mild haziness it's quite clear. Two fingers of white, fluffy foam. Retention is thinner but is good and a half wall of lace.

Smells really nice. The Noble hops are in full force. Prairie grass, fresh-cut hay, lemon zest, soft spiciness and floral overtones. Pilsner malt takes a back seat to the hops, blending in subtle notions of toasted grains.

A mild bitterness greets the palate and quickly turns in favor of grassy and lemon-zest hops. Definitely earthy. There's a bit of a spicy twinge but it isn't the focal point. Malts have a more prominent role than in the aroma. Toasted grains and crackers.

Basically light bodied with a granular feel. Carbonation is tilted toward the lesser side of moderate which suits me just fine; it's far from prickly and stays out of the way of the flavors. Clean finish with hints of lemon-grass.

Nice drinking beer. Clean and flavorful without lots of carbonation of too crisp a feel. Nothing wrong with that; just a nice change of pace. As an American Pale Lager this is choice.

Photo of OnThenIn
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Finger of beautiful, fluffy white head on top of a clear piss yellow beer. It really is a surprisingly faint yellow.

S: A pretty clean aroma with a little bit of floral hop and some toasted malt.

T: The upfront bitterness with the awesome slight sweetness and citrus and floral flavors is just great. Really wonderful flavor, that ends with a bit of a bitter flavor on the tongue.

M: Thin body and good carbonation. The carbonation could be a tiny bit higher, but it is a decent mouthfeel.

D: While the mouthfeel was good, but not perfect, the flavor was excellent. Really solid beer.

Photo of Onenote81
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"This ain't your grandpa's Pils."

So excited to see more and more craft cans around this area, especially as the weather warms up. Poured this one into a pint glass. Pours a straw-yellow with slight haze to it, and a good 2-finger white head on top. This sticks around for almost the entire drink, and leaves plenty of sip rings in its wake. The nose is pretty basic with some lemon zest, pineapple, cut grass. The mouth is spritzy and palate-cleansing. Refreshing feel, really. Good crisp flavors with plenty of citrus and sharp hops on the finish. Clean and refreshing. Perfect beer for the upcoming blistering months.

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a perfectly clear pale-yellow color with a finger of egg shell-colored head that holds and laces better than expected.

S: Pale malts, pleasantly sweet grassiness, and light lemony tanginess.

T: It's a perfect balance of grassy hops, light citrus, and a little dry cereal malt at the end.

M: The body is light and palateable with above-average carbonation.

O: This is delicious and refreshing. It is worth purchasing a 6 pack of this.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, 4.7% abv. Pours a clear, lighter straw color. White frothy head holds for a minute, then fades to a thin layer. Nice patches of lace.

Pale cereal grain, floral and earthy hops, with a snappy feel. Clean in the nose.

Pale cereal grain malt, with a bit of sweetness up front. Bitterness comes in floral and earthy, and lingers for a while. Dry at the finish.

Lighter body, with good carbonation. Very easy to drink. A very well made beer.

Photo of ADZA
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all i love these little cans and the brew pours a very light see through yellow dusk hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is only average with hints of salami,pale malts and herbal,grassy hops,it has a light bodied well carbonated mouthfeel that has tastes of pungent floral hops firstly followed by some pale,biscuty malts and then the floral,herbal hops come through again and you can tell it is nicely hopped and the finish is quite dry and moreish and overall its a brew that doesnt really rate ultra high with me for memorability factor but i would love a sixer of this in the fridge just for its drinkability/session factor and i will buy again.

Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The body was a clear, golden-yellow with three fingers of soapy, white head...the carbonation was racing to the top...retention was that of a wispy cap...nice lacing

S - A nice balance between bready malts and noble hops...it was very Earthy

T - Taste follows the nose pretty closely...bready malts start the beer and they follow to the middle...that's where the hops come in and provide the edge of bitterness the beer needs...the finish has a hint of lemon mixed in with the bitterness

M - Light bodied...although the carbonation doesn't show on the palate, it's very crisp and refreshing...lasting bitterness

O - This is a beer that could easily be consumed, a lot, over the summer...it's portable, balanced, crisp, and refreshing...a nicely done pilsner by Avery

Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
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