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Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

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507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
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:
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 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
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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: Sweet corn and windex.

T: Not a whole lot up front. Cereal grains and adjunct malt fill in the middle. It ends with a bit of a hoppy bite that lingers ever so slightly.

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.

Photo of PDXHops
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of david18
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of soze47
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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!

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.

Photo of dedrinker
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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.

Photo of fastsrt
4.66/5  rDev +28%
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...

Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
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