Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Joe's Premium American PilsnerJoe's Premium American Pilsner

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

235 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 235
Hads: 556
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 17
Gots: 29 | 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."
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 235 | Hads: 556
Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another in the continuous series of pale lagers that are quite appropriate to a hot summer. This one is thirst-quenching, at least.

A fair buzz of hops, but more on the earthy side, like a slightly diluted Amber Ale. A faint hint of lime and citrus peel, but the crackers come through strongly. I'd go so far as to say they are Stoned Wheat Thins. I don't care for the dirty aftertaste.

This is slightly above average for this cheesy category, but when it's so hot and dry, it has its virtues. From the 12 oz can bought at Grapevine in Denver. (546 characters)

Photo of jhartley
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can to a pint glass. Some kind of digitized date coding on bottom of can,
A-Pale clear golden yellow with a thick foamy 1 finger head
S-Slight hops and little yeast smell.
T-Wheat and not much on the hops, slightly bitter bite.
M-Dry finish, clean.
O-Pretty decent pilsner, nothing fancy to me at least. (323 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp, clean straw gold color. Wonderful, large, thick, creamy, meringue like, white head. Very nice retention leaving a nice ring of lace.

S - Bready, cracker, pale malt. Slight popcorn aroma. Nice floral/herbal hops producing almost a tea-like aroma.

T - Wonderful malt base. Buscuit, cracker, bready malt. A very nice hop burst mid sip to the finish. Floral, herbal, and slightly grassy. Similar to a floral white tea with honey.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Crisp and clean throughout.

D - Very easy and enjoyable to drink. I could sit outside and put these down all day. Great malt body that is very flavorful and a nice bit of hops. Crisp, clean, and enjoyable.

Notes: Excellent Pale Lager. Malt flavor is spot on and just enough hops to keep me interested. Clean and quenches my thirst. Great beer for a style that is often not that good. (872 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the can into a pilsner glass (after mowing the lawn on a beautiful late-Spring day - so I'm thirsty). Body is pale, pale straw-yellow - there's almost not color to this at all - with a good (2-finger) white, fluffy head. Leaves good amounts of lacing.

S: Mildly soapy with some florally hops.

T: Not a lot going on, taste-wise. Modest amount of grain husks up front, then florally hops at the finish. A slight bitterness lingers on the aftertaste.

M: Light in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: OK. Not worth $11.49 for a six-pack, that's for sure. But inoffensive and easily quaffed. (601 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can enjoyed at Star Bar in Denver. Slightly hazed straw gold with sticky, white foam that clings to the glass. Gobs of hops all around - resinous, herbal, peppery, with some bright lemon oil. Firm bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the lean malt body. Assertively hoppy beer that manages to remain in balance with this sub 5% ABV beer. This is exactly what I expected from an Avery-brewed lager. (394 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a lovely Pils. Not overly fancy or complex, nothing overwhelms you as unusual. But solidly made and well balanced from the pour to the last sip.

A nose like spring rain, there's a nice citrus presence with a slight hop bite. Dry and crisp, it finishes with a dark caramel malt flavor that sneaks up from behind.

A perfect beer for a hot day out in the sun or with BBQ. Definitely recommended! (399 characters)

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 can 2012

A: Golden yellow in color, heavy internal carbonation, pours a medium white foamy head, slightest bit hazy

S: Quite fragrant, heavy hops, citrus, flora, and tropical fruits, nicely complex for a "pilsner"

T: Extremely well balanced, excellent bitter and citrus, but light and drinkable at the same time, some herbal elements as well

M: Light in the mouth and very smooth, mild citrus rind aftertaste, but not drying or overpowering on the palate

O: One of the better pale lagers I've experienced, smooth with excellent flavor and fragrance, low ABV but strong in intensity (596 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can
A) straight from the can so.... Clear, straw colored. Pours with a finger thick head that keeps it's retention.
S) Subtle hop aroma. Grainy. Slight fruitiness.
T) Nutty. Gritty grains. Mellow hop bite in the finish. Slightly astringent.
M) Fizzy. Light bodied. Dry finish.
O) An alright pilsner. A too light and thin on the flavor. (340 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshness dating maybe once on the bottom of the can... I can only make out:
1130881

A= Pours a translucent yellow color with a small finger of pure white columbian head on it that falls somewhat quickly to a thin skin on the glass. A little lacing is present.

S= A nice amount of hops as opposed to what I normally think of when American Pilsner comes to mind. A little grassy and a little citrusy on the hops with a clean lager yeast. A slight amount of buiscuity aroma is in there.

T= The taste is again pretty impressive for an American Pilsner. A nice mild amount of hops let you know they are there without being overwhelming making it super drinkable. There is a little malt sweetness again very light and a clean lagery finish.

M= Well carbonated.

O= An impressive American Pilsner. I actually like this quite a bit. Super drinkable and yet complex enough to really be tasty. Check this one out and enjoy it on a summer day. (937 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow body, clear. Decent sized white head. Lots of bubbles.

A- Sweet light malt aroma with a nice hop bitterness backing. I can already imagine how crisp and refreshing this beer is going to be.

T-Crisp and sweet, but with a very pleasant bitterness. Bitterness came into the aftertaste.

M- Crisp and light. High carbonation.

D- Just got back from a long bike ride and this hit the spot. I imagine any sort of activity you need to cool down from this could be refreshing. It's so light and easy drinking it would be perfect almost anytime. (553 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy straw yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates to a thin film. Some lacing sticks to the glass. The beer smells fresh and floral; lemongrass and slightly citrus hops. The beer tastes refreshing and clean. Lemongrass and floral notes dominate, but there is a clean, dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a very well-made pale lager, and it might be one of my favourite go-to summer beers. It's refreshing, clean, and very sessionable. Well done Avery. (560 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixer of cans from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Into a Baxter Brewing can shaped glass.

A: Crystal clear and gold in color with an enormous white cap of foam. Excellent head retention, with equally impressive lacing left behind.

S: Awesome floral hop note, some pilsner grain and a slightly sulfuric note from the yeast. Much hoppier than most American lagers.

T: Really nice here, strong resiny floral hop profile with ample bitterness. Nice grainy bite in there as well. Really flavorful for how light it is. I really like how hoppy this stuff is, great resins and bitterness with a great flavor as well.

M: Light body, perfect carbonation and nicely dry. Very refreshing.

O: A great beer, perfect for after working out in the yard and relaxing. Highly sessionable, and in general just a great lager. Well done. (827 characters)

Photo of horshack7
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very pale straw with a twinge of haze. On top is a white head a finger thick than thins out quick.

Aroma: Grain, grass, light honey, slight pear notes and a touch of breadiness.

Taste: It starts of mellow then a hit of lemon and honey. Citrus hops all through it and a crisp yet slightly buttery mouthfeel. Wisps of pear and grainy malts. The finish is a little bit dry.

Notes: Drinkable definately great for a warm summer day. Cheers. (450 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear straw colored brew, an off-white head with some lacing but small curtains.

The smell has some sweet lemon notes, oranges, hay and nettles.

Starting with sweet white bread, some lemonade, red apples and then grassy and citric peel bitter notes in good measures.

High carbonation, small foamy bubbles, almost coarse texture, medium body and a good dry finish.

An American Pale Lager with a good measure of good hops in it. Very nicely done. (450 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz can

A- pours a clear yellow color with a very white head

S- floral hops,german malt,grain

T- was crisp with floral hops . pils malts a baked bread finish

M- crisp clean with creamy malts

O- drinkable and light tasty pils ,not my 1st choice when in the mood for a pils but worth trying (300 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly colored, smallish head; active carbonation

Really nice hop aroma...herbal, almost fruity somehow (though that seems wrong)

And really nice flavor! Has a good chewiness to it yet still finishes light and refreshing. Flavor kicks off with a good dose of bready malt and then hops come charging in mid-way and ride it out. I’m really liking the hop profile on this (magnum and hersbrucker), as well as the body--definitely not a thin or light pils, yet neither would I call it heavy for style. Good clean finish.

Once again I’ve taken too long to try a beer I’ve seen for so long on the shelf. I will be buying a lot more of Avery Joe’s, especially with the warmer weather. (689 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow color with half a finger of head that did not last long before settling to a thin skim. A few bits of spotty lacing is left down the glass. Pale malt aroma with some bready and grainyness. Not picking up the hops. There is some bitterness in the flavor with a faint Noble hop flavor. What I do get is the pale malt and dry bread flavor. Nice and dry. Light body and the carbonation is far from lively. Nothing very exciting about this beer but it has nice clean, dry flavor that makes it very easy drinking. (524 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an uneventful pilsner here, but a well made one. pours a nearly clear straw yellow with a small white foamy head. smells like a beer, some lighter german style malts and some noticable yeast aroma, slightly fruity, not soapy like a hefe. flavor is crisp, with a reasonable hop bitterness on the back end. feel is nice, very very light and good with a big heavy greasy meal. good carbonation as well. overall not one of avery's more remarkable products, but its good for the lighter beer drinker in you life. (507 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale straw-hued body with a tall, meringue-like, white head.

Smell: Soft pilsner malts, light herbal, spice hops. Yeah, just light. Solidly light, though!

Taste: Pale and pils malts with a soft sweetness and hints of straw and grain. Modest hop character of only a bit of dried herb, a low bit of spice. Lightly malt on the gentle finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Fairly decent, though, I preferred the recent Southern Tier Eurotrash Pils over this. (579 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a white head. Color is a clear pale yellow.

Aroma: Bready pilsner malt. A nice subtle citrus flavor. Floral and grassy hops. Very clean.

Taste: Lots of citrus fruits. Lemon zest. Floral hops with some grassiness. A nice amount of pils/bready flavor showing. Delish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this is a solid pils. Very drinkable with a good amount of flavor. I could slam a lot of these. (468 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Joe's Premium American Pilsner is quite good. The beer pours a clear golden color with this white head that is leaving some lacing. The smell is nil....common for the beer type. The taste is really good, very well balance lager with nice hop and malt. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with good carbonation. Overall very good...and definitely sessionable. (360 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Big, giant and foamy head, fills half of my Trumer Pils glass. The beer itself is a light, pale yellow and is crystal clear. Not much lacing.

SMELL: Not overwhelming, but pleasant enough. Lemon and grass are dominant aromas.

TASTE: Just like the smell, this beer has a good dose of lemon. Grapefruit is also present, but a grassy hop flavor dominates.

MOUTHFEEL: A little richer than I expect from a pilsner. It sits heavier than I would like it to and the carbonation is not particularly strong.

OVERALL: To be fair, I can't drink this beer without comparing it to Oskar Blues' Mama's Little Yella Pils and I love that beer. The Joe's is a decent example of the style and I'll drink it again, but this is one of those rare occasions where Oskar Blues beats out Avery. (784 characters)

Photo of OchMcKenzie
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear yellow – it actually looks exactly like hard cider with a finger of foam. Head dissipates quickly leaving light lacing. Not a whole lot of aroma – kinda piney with a little lime zest. Light bitterness that coats the tongue, not overwhelming, a very smooth drinkable beer. A good mouthfeel – light, perfectly carbonated. Overall, drinkable... I could dig this on a summer day. (400 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden with a thick white head that lasts well with decent retention and some lacing.
S- Aroma is clean with light grainy notes and a fair bit of noble hoppyness.
T- It's a very clean pilsner. On the hoppy side for a pale lager/pilsner. Nice bit of earthy/woody notes.
M- Light body, maybe nearing medium, with fairly assertive carbonation and a dry finish.
O- A pleasant smooth nice little hoppy pilsner. Pretty good all around. (438 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a Pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width fluffy white head with small bubbles, mediocre retention but great carbonation. Pale golden color, clear. Some sticky retention.

S- Golden malts and floral hops. Somewhat fruity and very light smell.

T- Very bready taste. The golden malts are subtle but man is this bread-like.

M- Medium bodied and wet.

O- This beer is surprisingly average. I was expecting more. (445 characters)

Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.