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Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 228
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 SassyBootblack
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from the can.

Appearance: Transluscent yellow, small amount of white head. Lively bubbles.

Smell: Some noble hop character here.

Taste: Wow! A big, clean bitterness, with lots of spicy hop flavor. I'm thinking Saaz hops? Don't recall much in the way of malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp, light bodied.

Drinkability: With the bright and spicy hop flavor and light body, this is very drinkable and enjoyable.

SassyBootblack, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Infamous7100
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: a pale, golden, straw color with a better than average size head.
S: nothing truly jumps out here. I pick up some bread like malts but they are accompanied by hints of citrus and pine needles.
T: balance best describes the taste. While it is heavily hopped, the malts are there so as to not skew this beer to an IPA. I pick up the breads first and floral hops toward the back.
M: very smooth with a nice crisp bite at the end. Mid to high levels of carbonation.
D: considering the flavorful taste, great balance and relatively low ABV, this is session ready. Nice beer to ring in the spring and stick with in the summer.

Infamous7100, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a can after work on Friday. Wow, I'm not sure what's so American about this at first with the big kick of spicy lemon herb hops. I suppose the malt is a bit more grainy and dry than a German pils. I love a good IPA or pils, but the bitterness here is just a touch close to astringent. Otherwise this is a heck of a pilsner.

tempest, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new offering from Avery... in a can?!

A- Uber pale straw colored body with a beastly head that looks like it is made of ice cream. Retention is nice and a nice web of creamy lace sticks on the glass.

S- I find the aroma to be full of floral hops with a decent backdrop of sweet, light malt. Maybe a bit of straw.

T- Pale caramel malt with a good amount of floral hops. Bread notes also shine through from the yeast. A decent amount of sweetness.

MF- Light body with high carbonation. A fair amount of bitterness and a somewhat watery feel.

DB- Sort of a hard beer to go about reviewing. The flavors are fairly straight forward and light. A little bit sweet for me but pretty balanced and drinkable.

cbutova, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an uber pale beer that pours out hazed. Initially it's paler and deepens toward the top of the glass, but eventually it evens out until the haze lifts and what I've got here would be appropriate in color for a Kolsch. As best I can analogize it, this beer is the color of white gold. A soft, smallt white head forms, nearly one finger tall. It's pretty dense but doesn't stick around quite long enough. It leaves pretty good lacing behind.
As with Avery's canned IPA, enjoyed yesterday, the aroma is good but just lacking the strength for a 4. Dry hops with a hint of dry malts offer up a flowery, herbal, woody smell with a touch of grains and a note of grass. I can see where the classification can break down here. It's got similar characteristics to a pils, and pilsner malts are likely used, but it's a bit unusual to have an abundance of Noble hops as the primary presence and no Saaz. It's grassy, yes, but no light touch of sulfur akin to the style. Anyway, on to the flavor...
Everything about this beer is dry. The main component is a raw hops bitterness, most akin to pine, almost like pale SN Torpedo (almost). Crackery malts lie underneath and grains are still plenteous, but this is a hop-forward pils (APL?). The raw, dry flavor is really "plant stalk" in character, and I would liken it to a raw dandelion root bitterness. It somehow isn't overpowering or off-putting. This is a nice, quaffable beer with plenty of character and a great summer crossover crisp/clean and hoppy.
I say clean, though it's not perfectly so. The mouthfeel is good, though, with an appropriate light-medium body and good crispness leading to an adequately smooth finish. Dry is the operating word here.

Brenden, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a shaker pint. Pale straw body with a generous cap of frothy white foam. Nice retention with a fair amount of lacing that's just sticky enough to cling to the glass.

Quite a clean nose, but hints of actual flavor are peeking through, toasted grains and pungent hops. And indeed it proves to be quite tasty, not too mention surprisingly full-bodied. Crisp and easy-drinking, but those hops are quite potent, earthy at first, then quite bitter in the finish. As a pilsner, this would get decent marks. As an American pale lager, it's pretty damned good.

PDXHops, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of david18
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure why this is classified as an American Pale Lager but the beer is called a Pilsner. I actually think the Beer Advocate classification is a little closer and, as such, is a pretty good example of the style. I recently had a sixteen ounce draft of this at Rattle & Hum in Manhattan.

The color was a very light straw with a bright and active carbonation. A little hazier than a typical beer of the styel.

Smell was of hops and a little light in the malt. Maybe a little bit of citrus.

Flavor is a little light but very refreshing.

I hope to find this beer in the summer because it should be a very drinkable option during the hot weather. I noticed the picture featured a can, which makes it that much better.

david18, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of soze47
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beers like this always make me want to ask a question:

Is this supposed to taste like a high quality version of a BMC american swill beer?

If so, than should I judge it based on its resemblance to a style that is decided inferior, or should I compare it to high quality lagers that are designed to taste like the real, European styles?

Appearance: Extremely clear and almost a vibrant/glowing golden straw color. The head leave some doily like lacing.

Aroma: Very earthy and almost grassy. The biscuity malt is there too, but I was a little surprised by the hop forward nature here.

Taste: Great balance of flavors here. The malt, bready and biscuity, is much more pronounced here than on the nose, but it is never a solo malt taste. The ever-present hops lend a nice, earthy bitterness to the entire flavor progression. The linger is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one is light and bubbly in the mouth, which is a perfect body to carry this robust under 5% ABV beer. If this was heavier, I think the malt/hop balance wouldn't work as well as it does. This is a great boat beer and one that works really well out the can.

Overall: I think Avery achieved a good balance that helped me answer the questions I stated above. This beer has elements of European lagers, but it is distinctively unique and way better versions of BMC swil-style adjunct lagers. It has a sweetness that is subdued and a hoppiness that is strong enough to achieve balance, but not take over. This isn't a great beer, but it is a good beer.

soze47, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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!

jlindros, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a clear very light pale yellow straw color. It has a 2-finger white head on it. the head has decent retention, and leaves very nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is a bit grassy. There is also a bitterness and hoppy presence. I am also getting some biscuity malt as well.

T - The taste is of lightly toasted malts, and there is also a nice noble hop bitterness. Also, I there is a nice earthiness to it. The finish has a lingering bitterness.

M - This has a light body and average carbonation. It is smooth and coats the mouth nicely. I think this is a good feel for this style.

D - There is good drinkability here. It goes down smooth, and has good flavor. There is a little more bitterness than I'm used to in a pilsner, but it's good.

JizackFH, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of dedrinker
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoah, Joe. This is a very light colored lager - like macro-light-colored. Pale yellow. White fizzy head. Like looking at a mug of draft bud light.

But there the worries end. First a sharp stab of steely hop aroma with some sulfur, then you taste the earthy-metallic, lemony, soapy hop flavor.

Light bodied, prickly carbonation, decidedly sharp bitter hop biting finish.

For fans of Tuppers Hop Pocket pils and Sam Adams Noble Pils.

dedrinker, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Extremely pale straw-colored body. Big white pillowy head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: An overwhelming floral hoppy aroma.

T: Medium crisp clean hoppy bitterness. Breadiness from the malt. Incredibly refreshing.

M: Light as a feather, good carbonation.

D: Definitely the best fizzy pale lager I've ever had. Both thirst-quenching and flavorful.

BarrelO, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of fastsrt
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft pour In a pint glass

A: golden, crystal clear, white head

S: german malts, floral, fresh.

T: malts, light hops, fruity, floral, really great tasting beer

M: crisp, clean,

D: easy drinking, smooth beer great tasting, this is a tasty brew well done extreamly clean...

fastsrt, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

metter98, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of zimm421
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appears a very clear, golden color with an impressive off-white head, which leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is very malty, with a nice fruity undertone going on. Some slight hop aromas, but not a whole lot going on there. The taste is not very bitter, and is full of light, sweet flavors up front. Definitely something that reminds me of summer, even though it's certainly not here...

The mouthfeel is very crisp and light with a higher level of carbonation. This beer goes down easily, and is definitely enjoyable to drink.

zimm421, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Clear ,bright gold in color, with a bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Soft malt and grain notes
Taste-Lightly toasted malt, pleasant hop bite.
Lingering hop presence throughout. Good flavor for a lager. Session-worthy. Would pair nicely with a round of spicy appetizers or throw in a cooler for some float-fishin' and some homemade deer jerky.

hosehead83, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Sammy, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, light fruit, and a definite maltiness.

T: Tasted of malt, a little citrus, and some hops. A generally well-rounded flavor, with a somewhat earthier quality to it than most of its style.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Overall, a well done, drinkable beer. This would be a good brew for the summer.

avalon07, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - very light straw color, pretty bright sunshine-like yellow when the light hits this. Head is sort of soda-like yet dense and about a half-inch in thickness. Looks nice and clean and clear as it should with some tiny bubbles streaming upwards to freedom.

Aroma - a bit malty, some fresh-cut grass notes, a bit of citrusy hoppiness and slight hints at earthiness.

Taste - that first sip will have you re-thinking the mere notion of a canned pilsner. Erase every possible thing you've been told because this is something entirely different. One taste and the bite of the hops, the solid malt profile and the addictive crispness snap of a finish and you'll be hooked. Plenty of bitterness from all those hops as well as a mineral, almost iron-like, flavor as well. This one has the dryness associated with the style but that just keeps your face pressed in the glass after each sip.

Overall - The hoppy bitterness and the all out bite of a finish of this pilsner are what really sets it apart. I could get used to drinking pilsners if they all tasted like this! Share this with any potential craft beer drinker and call it you're good beer deed of the day.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely! I'm bummed that this was my only one. I need more for when all the snow melts and its time to barbecue.

indiapaleale, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very clearish-yellow. It appears to be quite well carbonated and leaves a fine lacing on the glass. Does not appear to be as watered down as many other pilsners.

Smell - It smells of light fruits, and more specifically, banana chips. It has a natural spring harvest smell to it. It creates an image of a golden wheat field at sunset in my mind.

Taste - It has a very crisp and concise taste to it. There is definitely no mistaking that it is a stronger-tasting pilsner, despite its low ABV. It has grassy and wheat hints to it. What surprised me was the prominent hop finish. It isn't something I've come to expect from Pilsners; but it was a nice and slightly bitter touch.

Mouthfeel - A very light hoppy feel in your mouth, while swirling around brings out the earthy tones.

Drinkability - It is very drinkable and enjoyable. The light hoppy finish makes it distinct from other pilsners. The addition of earth and grassy hints is a pleasant addition.

All in all, Joe's Premium American Pilsner is a refreshing, natural-tasting pilsner with a slight bitter hop finish. Quite a radically different take on the American Pilsner.

Jesse13713, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours clear golden with sunset highlights and a big, foamy white head.

S - Sweet, light sugar, faint citrus hops.

T - There's an almost chalky kind of pilsner taste behind an earthy, grassy taste matched with piquant hops.

M - Thin bodied, smooth.

This is a really smooth drinking, enjoyable beer. I can see it being a big hit at the beach in a few months.

HeyItsChili, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Keffa
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spotted this at Beverage Source today, and wanted to try it. Didn't know Avery was canning stuff.

Poured into a tall pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow, nice 3 finger bone white head settles to a small cap, lacing everywhere and sticks to the glass like almost no other beer I have drank, save for Duvel.

S: Spicy and floral hops, some pale yet sweet malt, and a little fresh bread like yeastiness. Some light lemon as well. Hoppy aroma reminds me of Prima Pils from Victory.

T: Nice spicy hop and clean pale malt, a little yeast. A lemon note here or there. Not nearly as good as the aroma, but still good.

M: A little creamy, well carbonated, light body. Not bad.

D: Pretty good. Clean finish, not overly sweet or hoppy.

Not too shabby. Certainly better than the last Avery beer I had (Karma). If Avery can maybe tweak the flavor a little, this one could take on Prima as my favorite for the style. If you like a pilsener to be a little hoppier, this one will be right up your alley.

Keffa, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Beejay
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Yellow and crystal clear. Nice fluffy white head.

S: Malty with toasty notes. There is almost a bit of a sour thing going on a bit.

T: Toasty malt goodness, backed with a strong bitterness from the hops. The hops are really aggressive in the bitterness and lacking in a cohesive flavor. Definitely not something I am a fan of. As it warms a bit the harshness from the bittering lessens a bit, which makes it a bit better in my book.

M: Light to medium, carbonation works. It almost feels slick, and leaves a film in your mouth.

D: The hops seem really out of whack here, almost like someone accidentally added the flavor and aroma hops all at the bittering addition, and said " ah screw it, I'm sure it will turn out fine.." It's not bad, it just doesn't jive with me.

Beejay, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I CANnot understand the circumstances behind this review. I do not like to review CANs without a picture until either my picture or someone else's picture is approved. it took me two tries to get mine approved, but it was the only one of many of mine still in the queue that was approved today. {Scratches head.}

From the CAN: "This ain't your grandpa's Pils"; "You're holding a [CAN]temporary 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 Ameri[CAN]. This is Premium Ameri[CAN] Pilsner."; and "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, imported German hops and German yeast."

Christ, I hope it ain't my grandpa's anything! Both have been dead since the mid-1970's and while I was willing to try an eight-year old Ameri[CAN] Malt Liquor earlier, that might have been a stretch. That, plus most of my family were not drinkers. It is only my Uncle Steve and I that enjoy tippling, imbibing and bacchanalia. I might have been drinking tea if it were up to my PapPaps!

The Crack reveled yet another craft beer filled to the brim with beer! The Glug looked like pale yellow (ahem!) running into the glass, resulting in two fingers' worth of fluffy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy lemon-yellow, in total, it resembled lemonade. The nose danced, no, sparkled with grassy, lemony Noble hops. Hot damn! Yep, PapPap's beer would have been the Prohibition- era (or after) swill that we are still stuck with. Mouthfeel was medium but the hops were unencumbered, filling my mouth and sinuses with a grassiness that made me long for summer (or the next visit to my dealer). I initially pooh-poohed lager-style beers until somebody turned me onto classically- made beers, vice AALs. This was fantastic! Tasty, dry on the finish, refreshing, no off flavors. I would take an entire cooler full of this to the beach!

woodychandler, Feb 06, 2011
Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.