Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 233
Hads: 543
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | 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:
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 Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of zimm421
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,310 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of Keffa
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
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! (1,955 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of Xul
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of meeekyh
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Slainte. (929 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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! (1,272 characters)

Photo of Jaymad
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (2,164 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (395 characters)

Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.