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Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

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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 BARFLYB
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Waterfront ale house in NYC.

In the pint Avery's pilsner looks light straw gold with barely a whimper in terms of even a cap on tap, looks rather dead, no stick because there is nothing to stick. Smell is fairly simple, earthy with noble hops out the wazoo and some pale malts in there. The taste is str8 forward simple, floral with German hops and American abundance of volume in using these hops, in a word, alot. Pale malts. Light bodied and refreshing after a brisk walk in NYC. While not carbed up in looks, this beer is certainly not dead, crisp. a great simple beer.

Photo of rzerbian
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is that of pale yellow straw topped with a lasting thumbnail of white foam that left only one firm ring of lacing.

The Aroma struck me mainly as assertive, grassy hops.

A light-medium Mouthfeel with less carbonation than I expect from a beer of this style. (If using a hefe-weizen glass and not a traditional pilsner glass could make the difference in that, then that's my fault, but I suspect probably not.)

The Taste is pretty crisp and clean like I'd expect of the style with a firm hop sting that I only wish lingered a bit longer.

Overall, I'd recommend it in the right situation. I think it'll be a superior refreshment in the summer and good for cutting through the heat of spicy dishes. It's easy to enjoy though not as easy to remember.

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow color, some bubbles rising up to meet two fingers of white head. Keeps an uneven, mostly full lace and leaves some decent webbing on the sides.

Smells of grassy Noble hops with some zesty lemon as well. Has a light sweetness and some grain. It's clean and pleasant, with a nice hoppiness to it.

Taste also has a nice hoppiness going on, with a very grassy and spicy herbal flavor. Has a zesty lemony quality as well. Not as hoppy as Prima Pils or something in that vein, but a good level of hop flavor for sure. Has a grainy, biscuity malt base with some pale malt sweetness as well. It's clean and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is a pretty crisp light-medium body with some drying herbal/grassy flavor in the finish. Carbonation is modest but does the trick.

This is really solid pils and definitely one of the best brewed outside of PA that I have had. Avery is consistently one of my favorite breweries and this is another solid offering. Tasty and drinkable, and bonus points for coming in cans.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light, clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is that of a basic pilsener. I get a lot of pils malt as well as some grain notes and a little bit of grass. The flavor is heavy on the pils malt along with some grass and orange citrus notes from the hops. I also get a little bit of spice and the bitterness is low to medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made pils.

Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: poured into a tall pilsner glass, the beer itself is a pale yellow-golden in color topped with a persistent layer of white carbonation, some lacing

s: clean pils malts, bready and light, a little subtle in character for my preference, grassy noble hops, light tropical spices - coriander? surely a product of a floral hop influence, just a little awkward here

m: carbonation just over moderate, lively but still creamy in feel, body light

t: lager body with lots of white bread flavor, theres a slight spice from the hops - floral maybe - with flavor almost like coriander, a little strange here but not a huge detractor, cleanly bittered finish, grass and citrus pith, would love brighter pils malts and a sharper hop profile

o: a reasonably nice pilsner overall, the spice is strange and it's a little light in aroma/flavor, it's a little soft and smooth - that is to say not as crisp and snappy as I like the style, still worthwhile all told

Photo of tlazaroff
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw with a foamy very very white head, about 2 fingers.

S: Smells of grain and light floral and earthy (noble?) hop character.

T: This beer is more bitter and hoppier than I expected. It has a nice subtle bitterness that carries the beer. Good nobel hop presence and a clean malt base make for a pretty tasty beer.

M: This beer is actually pretty smooth, good carbonation and a light-medium body.

D: Very drinkable, this could be my favorite pilsner.

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/08/11 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks Pizza in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grain, pepper, and light citrus hops.

t - Taste is bready malts, grain, wheat, and light citrus. Not as much citrus or spice as the nose.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and nice for a pilsner.

o - Overall a nice pilsner from Avery. Crisp and easy to drink, something I would have again if I were in the mood for a pilsner.

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

A - Light golden yellow, totally translucent. Pretty big head that is quite sticky.

S - Bready yeastiness and hops. Not much else here.

T - Interesting. Pineapple is the dominating flavor I taste here, with some banana, yeast, and a bunch of hops on the swallow. It has a nice little kick to it.

M - Light to medium bodied with high carbonation and leaves a pretty strong hoppness on your palate.

D - Drinkable. Beery. I don't know if I'd want to drink a 6 of all these.

Photo of rawfish
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can with the smirking mafia version of A-Rod on the front. Vigorous pour nets a one finger white head over a pale grain yellow shade. Excellent retention and clouds of lacing.

Strong grainy character, dry corn, a lemony wheat twang with yeast and bready undertones. Yeast almost adds a banana note. Hops are reserved but come in light and grassy adding to the cereal aroma.

Taste is um...really light I guess. I couldn't discern much flavor other than a thin grassiness until after the drink where there is quite a bit of earthy hops and drying bitterness. I sense the residual malts adding a very bready character with a touch of lemon and honey. Tastes like carbonated water for a little while but finishes like a good pilsner should.

Highly carbonated, almost biting, with a body that is easy to put down.

Fairly good pilsner, highly drinkable especially if you appreciate the bitterness. I wish there was more flavor in the middle of the drink, the nose got me really excited for what this could be. Wouldn't pass it up but I can think of a couple Colorado lagers that can top it.

Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a glowing, straw-yellow color. It looks much thicker than an industrial pale lager; it just looks like it is all-malt, if that makes any sense. The head is disappointingly small, especially in the style (where beers like PBR or Miller High Life will have beautiful foam action going on). Lacing is adequate.

Joe's American Pilsner is appropriately named. It doesn't smell like a German pils, nor a Czech pils. It's something... else. Floral hops and sugar-sweet, candy corn like malt character. A bit of honeysuckle. The tase follows the nose to a T. It's hoppy, but too sweet. I prefer the bite of a good European pils (or good American versions like Victory Prima Pils, Sam Adams Noble Pils or Boulevard Pilsner). Still, I can see where this is more than adequate given the spectrum of other American pale lagers/pilsner attempts. It's light, refreshing, and has plenty of flavor. It's well-carbonated and easy to drink; I was worried that the sweetness would mean a too-thick mouthfeel, but that isn't the case.

Overall? This is a decent take on the Pilsner style that manages to be something different than its Czech and German progenitors. It's a worthwhile Summer purchase, especially if you can't buy Prima Pils where you live.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear yellow pour foamy white head...

Sweet citrus and light malts on the nose

Tastes of some rinsed weeds, caramel notes and malts with a hint of hop bitterness in the background.

Good light medium body with a lively carbonation

Overall if you are a Pilsner lover I would recommend this one over any of the other's offered at Avery its pretty solid

Photo of Hibernator
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Joe's Premium American Pilsner
12 oz can
Code on the side of the can - 10104D3CJ002
Served in an 8 oz glass

I picked up a 6 pack of Joe's Premium American Pilsner at the Avery Brewery earlier this afternoon.

Pours a straw yellow, the shade of yellow resembles urine. A nice frothy white head forms on top leaving spots of sticky lacings. I notice some mini carbonation bubbles too.

Sweet malts and grains in the nose with pleasant whiffs of hops.

This is an easy drinking beer with flavors of grains and cereals with an assertive hop snap on the finish. The presence of German Noble hops is unmistakable. We got a flavorful pilsner here.

Photo of Knapp85
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can int a pint

A - Pours a bright golden color. Extremely clear. Bright white head formation, 1/4", breaking down to a lot of lacing.

S - Lots of pilsner malts, somewhat of the skunky variety. Lot hopping detected. Somewhat bready.

T - Starts off with lots of pilsner malts, moderately sweet, somewhat grainy. mid-stream gets light american hops, bitterness builds to a balance. Finishes with a bitter bite.

M - Moderate to light beer body, strong carbonation. Results in a somewhat airy beer. A strong clingy bitterness.

D/O - Easy drinking, even if it isn't categorized as a pilsner, I see it as such. ABV is very manageable. Despite the strong bitterness for the style, i dont' fit it overwhelming.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Single can from that new place called Good Beer in the city.

Poured into an irregular Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass(I really have to stop buying clearance shelf glassware). It's a bit wobbly.

Bit of a gusher. I get most of it into the glass, while managing the pasty, bleached white head. Patchy lace. Body is a clear, golden straw color.

Smell is fresh with light lemon grass, saltines, & a bit of yeast. Little bit of dish soap.

Upfront taste is barely sweet straw. Overall flavor is a lingering minerally/herbal bitterness. Stale water. Some salt. Empty.

Feel is watery & undercarbonated.

Pricey for what it is. Very much lacking. :/

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

12oz can, served i a tall pilsner glass

A - pours with about an inch of big and fluffy, bright white foam. falls at a decent pace, though collects to a chunky topping with some ample wet film left around the glass. the beer is crystal clear, very pale golden in color.

S - bright, crisp grains with just a hint of cooked veggies. some subtle lemon peel, and grassy hops as well.

T - surprisingly hoppy right off the bat...bright grass, lemon, with just a touch of floral. crisp, crackery malts slowly take over, bringing a very faint bit of butter and a mildly soapy finish.

M - light bodied but with a surprisingly oily feel, helped by only moderate carbonation. ample bitterness leads to a dry finish.

D - pretty tasty for such a "small" beer. solid amount of hops and pretty good balance, yet goes down very easy.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From can to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/12/11
*From notes

A: Clear as day. Extreme straw-bale light gold, like a lemondrop held up to the sun. 1.75 finger head on a standard pour with some really attractive lacing - some of the best I've seen for a pils.

S: Slightly sweet, though overshadowed by bittering hops.

T: Rather hoppy up front, and as it lingers, there's a clean line of pale malt that's really satisfying.

M: Light and fluffy.

O: This is a prime example of a craft lawnmower beer. It's got summertime written all over it. Low ABV, big drinkability. On a hot and sticky day, pass me a Joe's.

Photo of headbucket
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A pale, golden/yellow color. A nice foamy, frothy heady with a decent pour. It subsides to a small foam layer on top of the beer after a few minutes. Patches of foam, lacing left on the glass.

S: Grass and maybe a little bit of citrus in there. A bit of a grain and straw scent as well. Not a bad smell, just not very strong at all.

T: A light, crisp flavor of grass and slightly herbal or earthy hops that are spicy in their bitterness. A grain or bread flavor of malt at the back end. The sharp bitterness overpowers this bread/grain flavor on the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and sits medium heavy on the tongue, nicely filling the mouth.

D: The lightness and mouthfeel are very nice. The taste isn't so great to me. The grassy hops are nice at first, but their is a sharp, bitterness that over powers and hangs over the malt in the after taste which I'm not so fond of.

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

A-Bright pale golden yellow with a thin white head that reduced to a thin wisp of a cap and left light, web like lace.

S-Light spicy herbal hops with a subtle zing of lemon zest.

T-More of a zip on the palate with an assertive grassy, herbal, lemon zest bite up front with a simple, yet supportive, underlying base of mildly sweet biscuit malt.

M-Light bodied, sharp with a good crisp bite. Good lingering spicy aftertaste.

D-Solid, certainly nothing crazy here, but an aggressively hop and rather tasty and pleasant drinking American slanted light lager. A nice beer to have around for backyard BBQ's and family picnics.

Photo of SassyBootblack
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.