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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
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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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright crystal clear yellow/gold with a thick pure white head.

Nose is bananas fruity fresh white bread - the esters abound.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and perfectly balanced. Rich, bold and creamy mouthfeel that is inviting.

Flavors are yeasty, almost rye in flavor with a clean green grassy/celery/salty character; green spice; white pepper character, all of which carries over to the long finish.

This beer is just what I believe it's supposed to be and well done, at that. This style is not my favorite but I can recognize this beer as well made and appealing for the style.

Subjectively, I don't like it. Objectively it is a very nice example, well made and appealing. I suspect that Pilsner lovers will find this a very good American example.

GRG1313, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pilsner should look like. Straw colored, clean and clear with medium sized carbonation bubbles throughout and a brilliant white head.

Cereal grainy malts, biscuity as well. Great earthy noble hop aroma. A bit resiny and piney as well. Very clean and refined.

Amazing balance, nice hop bitterness, again earthy, with grassy finish, cereal and biscuity malts. Crisp, refreshing and slighlty creamy. Tremendous carbonation and way to drinkable. Great rendition by Avery.

mcallister, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can... Thanks to mr. augustgarage as always. Poured into bell's pint.

A- Very pale light yellow beer and a frosty snow white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S- Earthy/grassy hops. Not very strong.

T- Light, peppery herbal hops. Interesting bready grains. Light but flavorful. Hops are more intense than I expected. Nice dry and clean finish.

M- Light, nice finish. Very very enjoyable.

D- High. Wish I could get this... would be a perfect summertime beer. Light and easy drinkin' with a nice hop snap.

ShogoKawada, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


On tap at Churchill's.

A: The color of straw with perfect clarity and a fast fading white head.

S: Grain, metal, some strange chemical. Grassy notes and some spicy noble hops.

T: Lemon, low bitterness, grass, earth, grainy malt. A moderate bitterness lingers.

M: Medium light body with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A mediocre at best pilsner.

HopHead84, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Pizzeria Paradiso, Alexandria, Virginia.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a potent noble hop spice and a light malt.

The taste consisted of the same vibrant noble hop with a clean and grainy malt. Very nicely integrated.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with good carbonation.

Overall a tremendously tasty pils that was a pleasure to drink. Highly quaffable.

plaid75, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Xul
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a perfectly translucent pale straw color, capped by two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is moderate as it settles down to just under a finger of head and holds there, leaving sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Grassy up front with some spicy undertones and a good grainy background. Very assertive aroma.

T: Light, sweet grains up front with big grassy hops coming in on the mid-palate and being joined by a good spicy character. Long finish of grass and peppery spice.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Could be a bit more carbonated.

D: Very refreshing and easy drinking, good pils.

Xul, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery - Joe's Premium American Pilsner

I have been looking for this beer for three months or better and found it on a trip to Denver (After trying some fresh, I think the first can I reviewed was sitting for three months). Cans of beer have their advantages but mostly I wanted to try a new pils as the style has become a favorite of mine.

The Color is light golden with a very large white head that leaves nice fluff behind though dissipates quickly.

Having poured into a tumbler I am not suprisedf that the nose is rather subdued, though a bit citrusy and malty. Light like a pils should be.

Taste is light and fizzy a bit of lemony citrus with a grainy finish.

This beer is light fizzy and drinkable, though not as awesome as I had hoped. Prima still gets my vote. After having a few more, over months I have found that Joe's is a really good beer and very drinkable. Also I can get it for $7.49 a sixer. Bonus.


meeekyh, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Pilsner glass. Considering the ABV, I'm not sure why this is listed as an "Imperial" Pilsner? I'm rating it as more of a standard German Pils.

Effulgent, brilliantly clear pale straw liquid capped by a sturdy mushroom of ivory foam which seals off access to the beer beneath, threatening to burst over the sides as it floats on a curling mass of surface tension. Superior retention, thick pucks of lacing, and a bees nest of swirling micro-bubbles.

Sweet malt with vaguely toasty elements in the nose. Pungent fresh grassy noble hops contribute spice and complexity as well. A lingering biscuity and not quite fruity note pops up as well.

The flavor follows the nose with pale lightly toasted malt tastes leading into a moderate but purely noble hop bitterness - with a spicy/alfalfa/sage mixture at work (or, in play?). Fairly distinctive yeast notes as well, though they don't overwhelm the biscuity/grassy profile. Clean, faintly mineral-laden, dry finish, with just a touch of sweetness from the barley.

Light-bodied, yet quite effervescent lending the beer an expansive, filling aspect.

Very refreshing, though not quite cutting - a very good domestic example of a German classic...certainly gives Prima Pils a run for the money!

augustgarage, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Jaymad
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I'm drinking this from a can now, but I also had it last night on tap. It looks like any macro, for the most part, very light, but does leave some lacing at the top.

S: Got a good nose of hops, bracing without any malt overtones.

T: Starts out basic lager yeast and transitions to a dry bitter hop taste. Quite hoppier than any other pils I've had. Very refreshing.

M: Thin and carbonated. Right on for the style.

D: Great. This was the perfect counterpoint to the fishnchips I had, and soothing for spicy food like this burrito I'm about to make. As they say, "Uber-sessionable."

O: Interesting new take on a style. This is probably not a Czech Pils, and should not be rated as such. And, at 4.7, It's also not an imperial pils (like the other entry), so this really belongs in a new category. Rather hoppy and quite refreshing, I'll definitely drink Joe's next summer while grilling, and consider it in food pairings in the winter.

Jaymad, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone's Bistro garden. This was an odd beer. Beer is served in an oversized flute. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thick head that stays the entire time. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is grainy and a mixture of organic acids...I told the waitress pilsner right?

This beer is crisp, light, refreshing, and bretty. Very bretty. The dry finish leaves my palate with a blank feeling of dry funk. Like I had been sucking on a piece of wood. I asked if this was the beer I ordered and she brought be 2 more ounces to be sure. I've read the other reviews of this beer (all in the can) and I can't reconcile their descriptors with mine. But this is the beer I was served and it was fermented, at least partially with Brettanomyces.

drabmuh, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super pale straw golden color, forms thick white head with fine even bands of lacing. The nose gives off herbal citrus grassy notes, hints of pungent German hops going on. Light malt biscuit cracker barely any sweetness noticed. Super dry finish, upfront barrage of green hops from the can. A nice flow with each gulp a couple of these cans could vanish so easily. Nice cracker light pale malts provide just enough sweetness with a big bitter hop profile with citrus/grassy/herbal accents kicking around on the palate. Hop burps are plentiful carbonation is ample , again great experience drinking out the can. This isn't as good as the authentic German pils from PA, but these would definitely be people interst in living and restoring.

WVbeergeek, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz can poured into a souvenir glass. Enjoyed with Adam Avery at his Adam Avery Experience at the Buckeye Beer Engine during Cleveland Beer Week 2010.

Adam Avery introduced this beer to Ohio for the first time. It will be available in cans in 2011 and should be a year-round staple in many of our refrigerators. The beer is named after Adam's grandfather and is meant to serve as a session beer for those of us who can't drink like we're in our 20's any more. But, in true Avery style, this is anything but an over-the-hill offering.

The beer pours a filtered straw color with some gold and yellow notes around the edges. The color is consistent and inviting, and the white head sticks around long enough to be noticed, then dissipates, leaving wonderful lace in its wake. Some active carbonation rounds out a great appearance and a nice start to the drinking experience.

The smell is not just your typical Pilsner. Sure, the requisite grain, floral, and grassy notes are present along with a kiss of sweet malt and even a hint of grape. The malt has just a touch of biscuit that makes it even more complex and inviting. But there's a boat-load of Hersbrucker Hops that leave a pleasant noble aroma and a touch of spice. The lager yeast is clean in the nose and everything comes together in fine form.

The taste is also well-rounded and imminently quaff-able. It's a decently expressive mix of sweet cereal grains that have just a touch of toasted depth and avoid being too gritty or dirty. The hops add a nice bitterness and some great floral tones with just a touch of citrus and spice as well. The overall taste is malt-focused with just enough hops to please an aging hop-head without doing some serious taste bud damage. It's expressive and cohesive, and some mild to medium bitterness pulls everything together.

The mouthfeel is accentuated by bubbly carbonation while the light to medium body and heavy malt makes it feel creamy as well. There is no discernible booze at all, which makes this at the top of the drinkability spectrum. A great new entry to the craft Pilsner market and a beer I plan on enjoying on a regular basis in the near future.

jampics2, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a mild white head, solid retention, light lace.

S: Somewhat muted, but a nice grassy spicy hop profile.

T: Interesting grain and barley notes. Hop dominated by the end, grassy and very green, a bit astringent.

M: Light-bodied, not too crisp, fairly smooth, long aftertaste.

D: Not a bad stab at the style, but a bit out of balanced, seems disjointed.

Halcyondays, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This black and silver can features a black and white picture of Joe, Adam Avery's grandfather. A great looking can that's part of an excellent new lineup of packages from Avery. One of the many reasons they are primed for big growth the next few years.

Ten minutes after the pour and there's still a one inch white head atop this clear, pale, light yellow body. Leaves a web of lace as I drink. This is how pilsner should look.

The aroma is light grainy malt with sweet grass and peppery spice from the hops.

Light malt comes first, but just as you are beginning to get a handle on the malt flavors, the hop flavors come busting in. The hops have assertive and bitter qualities you typically find in an IPA, but this is certainly not an IPA, this is a Pilsner, Avery style. Classic noble hop flavors of fresh cut grass, hay, and peppery spice. No skunk.

Light and crisp without being overly sharp. More creamy and rounded than most pilsners.

Many beers waste their prime marketing real estate and put a bunch of crap on the label that tells consumers nothing. Not Avery, they hit this one on the head:

"You're holding 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."

Wow. Like that, a game-changing beer is born, demanding to be heard. "This is Premium American Pilsner." I couldn't agree more. Thank you Avery, thank you for making a Pilsner with balls.

BradLikesBrew, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Immediately starts overflowing when opened. It pours a clear straw yellow with a huge fluffy white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - sweet earthy malts and grassy / floral hops.

The flavor is sweet, slightly vegetal, malts with a little honey and fruit followed by a big grassy / floral bitterness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not bad for a pils. It's probably the hoppiest pilsener I've had. I like all the hops and the lower alcohol - could make for a nice session beer.

Beaver13, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

A: Bright gold with great clarity and mild carbonation. A small, but dense white head faded quickly to a patchwork film. Left a good amount of lace.

S: Straw and honey like malts get things going. They're backed up by a heavy dose of pepper and a little bit of citrus.

T: Starts with a honey sweetness that's quickly replaced by a spicy pepper and citrus bitterness. The grapefruit citrus flavors seem a little out of place. Finishes with a lingering pepper bitterness.

M: The body is slightly syrupy and light. The carbonation felt about right.

D: This was a nice offering, but the grapefruit citrus flavors felt a bit too far out of style. Overall I'm glad I had it.

Rayek, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery's new canned pilsner is named Joe's with a mobster-looking dude on the front. "This ain't your grandpa's pils" is what it claims.

Served cool into a pint glass, Joe's is a very pale golden yellow color with good clarity and thick white head. It settles slowly leaving some nice lace behind.

Aroma is sweet and spicy with some great fresh hoppiness that is uncommon in a pils. Definately an American interpretation of the style.

The flavor is big and hoppy. This is a pils for the Prima Pils crowd. Big on hops, bitterness, and flavor. It's not out of balance but it definately leans towards the bitter end of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel is light-plus in body, moderate carbonation, and very crisp.

Overall a really enjoyable beer. I wish it wasn't quite so expensive. $9 is a lot for a 6-pack of pils in cans.

GilGarp, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Domingo
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After some delays, this is finally on the shelves...and apparently only in cans.
Pours a lighter than expected pale straw color with a pretty large foam head on a non-aggressive pour. I'd say this look is more in-line with a helles or even a macro-lager than a pils.
The nose is *big* on noble hops. A tiny bit of a sulfuric hit creeps up, but that's normal.
Wow...this is probably the driest most hoppy pilsner I've ever had. Initially it seems like a normal aggressively hopped US take on a German pils. However, the bitterness carries from the front of the palate all the way through the finish. Big floral, bitter hops dominate. There's a hint of malty grain flavor trying to escape, but the hops are keeping it under wraps. I get the impression that this is intentional, though. The alphas from the noble hops seem to amplify sulfur flavors from the lager yeast, too. This beer covers your hop fix and does it well. The dryness of the malt showcases noble hops like few other beers ever have...and because it isn't too strong, that comes through even more.
Mouthfeel is light and even though the bitterness is big, it's still easy to drink this in gulps with a sandwich.
While it's not really "to style" for a German or Czech pils, it's not trying to be and I can't fault Avery for what they've created. I think a stronger malt base does wonders for a lager, and this level of hops seems to make the sulfur character come out a bit too much.
Not really my favorite and probably one I won't keep going back to, but I can imagine this being a BA favorite.

Domingo, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of m1ked
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the BT Avery event. Never even heard of this one.

A- pours a crystal clear light bright yellow. Starts of with a bright white creamy cap that shrinks down to a thck ring and a medium sized circular cap in the middle, so it looks like an eveball.... What are you looking at!?!?

S- very low and subtle, but I get a cross of floral and grassy. Very subtle though.

T- here I get the grassy, some rose like soapy with a lttle biscuit lurking.

M- Probably one of my favorite parts here. Very light & crisp, but somehow there is a creaminess too. I'm not getting much of a booze hit here either which is nice.

D- I still feel like I'm not "there yet" when it comes to pilsners, but damn I am trying! I really like all the bright flavors, maybe I would turn down the soapy a tad. But probably one of my favorite pilsners so far.

m1ked, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of bunnyman
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm a regular to the Avery tasting room and a bit of an Avery insider so I was aware of this back with it was in its testing phase, know as the TestaPils. Avery doing a Pils kinda scared me as some other well regarded craft breweries have released less than stellar Pils and I was worried that Adam and crew would fall into the trap of making a "gateway beer" thus taking away from the amazing solidity of their line up.

In essence I should not have worried a bit. Adam wanted a new session beer for the current age and having retired their Redpoint amber, the session beer of the latter age of craft brewing, he wanted something punchier. Joe's is an American Pils but with far more hop character than you expect. They call it a light and refreshing hop delivery vehicle and it is that in spades.

The color is a bright gold that is as clear as you can imagine. The head is amazing - Joe's doesn't produce head it produces a continuous stream of creamy meringue that climbs out of the glass. I've never seen head like this on any beer. The nose is strongly floral from the tons of noble hops. Flavor is very bright with loads of herbal German hops to extent that it makes a good Czech Pils seem not very hoppy in comparison. There is a nice breaddy malt backbone to keep the hops in check and the finish is clean without any off character. Superb.

bunnyman, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this one at Falling Rock prior to the Great Divide release party.
I ordered a Blackened Chicken Club sammich, and thought a nice pilsner would do well. Hmm...the Barmen or this one. I chose this one.

An "American Pilsner" I'm listing this as an Am. Imp. Pils. Cuz the label says 'American Pilsner', and this is the closest match. Although the abv is low for this category. I'm all for changing the style. I would say German Pils, but the label says otherwise :)

Pours clear, bright light golden body. The head is outstanding. Looks like vanilla milk-shake if you blow bubbles in it. Tight suds and dense. Great lacing. Top notch here.

Great aroma too. Holy jeepers, this one has promise. Floral, rosy, the citrus is calm yet powerful to break through the sweet malt biscuit backbone. Just needs to be drank.

Almost giving it a '5' here. The taste follows the aroma. Floral, citrus, strong but subtle backbone of malt. A bit of orange comes in, then quickly leaves. Some soft clove and banana on the end.

Feels good. A pinch more carbonation would land a '5' here. So close, perhaps my chicken is too spicy. Still this beer pairs well with it. A crisp, clean finish does so without a sharpness from the hops.
Great beer. Tops in my book.

Mebuzzard, Aug 07, 2010
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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.