Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

599 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 17
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Ratings: 599 | Reviews: 297
Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0,5L can

Pours out bright gold with a nice creamy white head with good staying power. Lacings all around.

Crisp grassy hops and light crackery malts on the nose. Faint hints of lemon rind lend a bit if citrus character.

Sharp bitter hops up and down. Very little malt presence, grassy and bitter grapefruit rind dominate.

Light and substantially refreshing in the mouth. Full carbonation and fairly thin mouthfeel.

A very nice pilsener. Probably one of the more bitter pilseners I've had, but nothing short of delicious.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with with a pretty large head that settled pretty quickly into a soapy like top,a nice fresh aroma of grass and "green" herbs along with a slight iron note but its very slight.Taste is quite bitter and herbal a big dose of hops in this pilsner just lightly sweet after awhile but the hops are most prevalent in this brew thats for sure.A interesting pilsner quite bitter but a real quaffer would go down real easy on summer day the bitterness is quite refreshing,a nice beer.

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a nice, light, clear yellow in color with a gorgeous white head that left a nice film on top of the liquid.

Smell - The Hallertau jumps out of the glass and the grain is raw and fun. This is a big nose for a pils.

Taste - The hops are just as big at the taste and the grain is sharp and to the point. This is a very big beer.

Mouthfeel - This is a tad bigger than light-bodied with some nice, fresh carbonation.

Drinkability - This isn't traditional but was very tasty, more like a Czech pils than a German one.

Photo of kidrogers
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

I was at hopleaf in Chicago and asked for a good pilsner, this was what I got and couldn't have been happier. Solid and not overdone for the sake of just overdoing it like some many.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the 11.2oz skinny bottle a crystal clear golden yellow with a half inch of creamy bubbly head sitting on top. Lots of active carbonation present. The aroma begins with a toasted pale malt character. Sweet grains intermingle with a spicy, grassy hop that's quite pronounced. A mellow skunkiness is present but not distracting.

First sip brings a wave of creamy, toasted grains with light lemon zest undertones. A crisp, spicy herbal hop slides in midway through the sip and flows down with a nice bitterness at the end. I get an odd metallic flavor that's a bit offputting as well. Otherwise, this is a nice pilsener.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit dry with plentiful bubbles throughout. Goes down smooth and has a nice body for a pilsener. The metallic twang leaves me not wanting another. I was happy to try it, but it's not something I'd personally seek out again. Thanks to kmpitz2 for tossing me this one.

Photo of Todd
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served in a 0.5l branded mug at Restaurant Leibniz-Klause in Berlin.

Appearance: Pale golden/yellow beer with an ample creamy foam lace.

Taste: Quite herbally with a faint dose of anise in the back. Thin, low sweetness. Hops takeover with a coarse, earthy, rindy, citrus peel flavour that builds to a semi-astringent level. Dry finish.

Notes: An okay pils. Some of the flavours seemed a bit odd though, out of place and balance ... or rather forced. Especially the hops -- hop extract?

Used this beer to wash down my plate Königsberger Klopse ...

Photo of shapudding
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at the Drafting Room as their style of the month.

Light and golden, scented lightly of hops and citrus. No real head to speak of. Slightly bitter with a slight peppery bite. Not too much intensity, but more flavor than I expected for the color. Nice and dry. Carbination is just right.

Not something I would go out of my way to get, but decent.

Photo of Fcip78
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jever is a serious pilsner for those who enjoy crisp and well hopped pilsners. This is super dry and very hoppy, it's just awesome. A great session beer with plenty of carbonation and hoppy zip. I think this was prima pils inspiration...., ...,.A must try!

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz green long neck bottle with a freshness date on the front label. This is one of those durable glass bottles that are reused.

Appearance: Pale yellow and crystal clear with a light webbing of white lace all the way down the glass.

Smell: Grassy hop, honey and herb in the aroma … quite clean.

Taste: Light to medium in body with a bold crispness. Big accent of hops, noble hops without a doubt … very soft but not with out giving a spicy herbal bitterness first. A little thin on the malt but it makes up ground with a pale bready flavour and snappy graininess. Finishes on the dry side with a clean grainy and hoppy palate.

Notes: Definitely a thirst quencher pils, light enough to suck down on a very hot day while sweating at the bbq grilling some turkey sausages to pair with the next Jever.

Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with best before dating on the label.. Pours very light golden, crystal clear, white medium bubble head, leaves moderate lacing. Nose is grassy, lemony, almost a hint of mint. Crisp, snappy and clean, as expected from any decent pilsner. Finishes with a nice smooth hoppy crispness. All together a decent, if not amazing lager. Enjoyable with some spicy summery fare.

Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is corn, wheat, skunk and grassy hops. The flavor is wheat, pilsener malt and grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer smelled a lot more skunked than it tastes, but it was still very disappointing overall.

Photo of jakester
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Expiry date on the back of the label.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a beautiful two finger head of white foam. The head falls to a nice 1/8" coating with fantastic lacing. Carbonation appears moderate.

Aroma is faint biscuity pils malt, very clean, with a pleasant level of DMS, dimethyl sulfide, which most ignorant drinkers refer to as "skunky", but is actually a product of your malt or yeast. Skunky is only from light struck beer, having a smell of mercaptans, the shit they put in narural gas to give it a smell. Also, a very nice clean spicy hop smell comes through later.

The first flavor is, surprisingly, hop bitterness, not real strong or anything, folowed by a slight toasted pils malt, maybe from decoction? Spicy hop flavor is in the back, but there. Dominant flavor is hop bitterness. Aftertaste is bready, hoppy, and bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with bright carbonation. Very refreshing. Finish is also crisp and dry.

This, to me, is one of the better German pilsners I've had in a while. I'd do a case of this anytime.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden in appearance more lively caronation from German Pilseners tonigth oh yeah. Jever is one of those brews I've been meaning to try for a long time since early on in my beer drinking however I now see green bottled industrial Euro pils versus handcrafted small brewery that I have dreamt of. Head forms thick after a vigorous pour fine even lacing just completely sticks to the sides of pint. Aroma is full of moderate sweet cereal grains pale biscuit and slight honey tones come through with a dry heaping load of hop bitterness in their as well, much more Saaz in this situatino. Flavor is full of bitter skunked hop flavor damn green bottles, I wouldn't fear this bottle as much if it weren't for the damn green bottle. I see on the website they make this in cans, that would be ideal for a round of golf or summer concert. Mouthfeel is full of more dryness and spicy hop character with clean crisp carbonation providing burps in my direction. Drinkability is solid all around not the best version of a German pils but I can see why it's looked up to in many folks journey to find fantastic beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and very light golden in appearance, looking like a watery light beer. It has a rather short-lived white head that does leave some lacing.

The aroma is a balanced mix of hops and malt that is stronger than expected given the light color. The taste is stronger yet, especially the hop note and the surprisingly bitter (but not objectionable) aftertaste.

O: decent pils.

(revised following bottle sampled in August 2013)

Photo of rastaman
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good German pils, its bitterness makes up for anything it lacks in its taste, an underated German pils.

Photo of apbarwood
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with an off-white, bubbly head that hangs around in a small layer for a long time. The aroma is musty but pleasant, a hint of malt but mostly a faint hoppy aroma. Tastes surprisingly nice given it's so-so aroma. The hops are great and are blended nicely with the malty flavor. Crisp, dry, and very refreshing with a respectable bready body to it. All I could think about was how great this would be with a salmon steak. Perfect for seafood.

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one's a clear yellow with a spongy, soapy white head that retains well and leaves light lacing on the glass.
The aromas in this one are very earthy and clean, with a light sweetness, perhaps some lemon, and a light hops presence. The aroma is fresh, but thin and mild with just a note of musk.
This one's got a clean taste as well, the hops standing out more in the flavor and balancing with a thin malt. Citrus zest and a note of sweetness are underlying. There's just the slightest note of rind and a mid astringency in the back.
The feel is quite crisp and the body is light.

Photo of watermelonman
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived in a nice gold color with a bit of deep amber. The head was small and lasted well, and the lacing was minor.

The smell is a nice combination of herb and hop. The taste brings out a lot of hops. The mouthfeel was heavier than expected but goes well with the taste.

This one seems to be unique for its color and the readily apparent hops.

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Another green glass ensconced Euro-pils. What oh what will this be like? Dj'ever have this - hah!

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, one quite predictive of its future transformation, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy bone-white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of fuzzy sheet lightning lace around the glass as it slowly settles to par.

It smells of mildly crisp, bready cereal malt, a bit of aged lemon flesh, a subtle hard water minerality, and earthy, leafy, and moderately skunky grassy hops. The taste is more bready, grainy, breakfast cereal malt, but generally lacking the crispness from the nose, a middling mess of overripe, mushy lemon, more wet, musty stone, and some edgy, kind of acrid grassy, leafy, metallic hops.

The bubbles are fairly laid back, with only a small burbling astringency, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, with a sort of pithy adjunct to an otherwise unheralded smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malts still holding tough, as the perky, if a tad tarnished noble grassy, earthy hops sniff at the fringes.

I'm guessing this is actually a pretty decent German pils on tap, or closer to the source. The BB date is early next year, so, well, I'm not one to point fingers (hah!), but this record is getting pretty old and dated. This is just all right in its present incarnation, something to drink when the lawnmowin's all done, and the thinkin's not yet begun.

Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: April 26, 2014... GLASSWARE: Jever pokal... OCCASION: revisiting an old favorite... APPEARANCE: misty, murky golden yellow body; rocky, sporadic white head laces with wispy tentacles; medium effervescence... AROMA: holy Hallertau! metallic iron hammer a la Thor or a nine-iron to the nostrils--subtler hints of fragrant apple and pear with a bit of dough...a stronger, more forceful pilsner... PALATE: medium-bodied, crisp, almost biting mouthfeel--softens at the finish; highly drinkable, with a more lagerish body than expected...TASTE: apple/pear and good ol' Hallertau; a rather simple formula that also gives off fragrant waves of other fruits... OVERALL: a pleasant variation on the Bavarian theme--a pilsner that is a bit less clean and crisp, but retains enough of its style to cleanse and pucker; refreshing yet substantial...

Photo of tastybeer
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks rather nice in a pilsner kind of way. Light straw gold and bright white head. Bits of lace hang around the glass and retention isn't bad. Aroma is clean, crisp and loaded with happy noble hops. Flowery, grassy and herbal. Sniffable indeed. Taste is pleasing. Nicely bitter to keep you awake on those lazy summer days and flavors match the aroma well. Effervescent carbonation and nice grape-like dryness mix for a good refreshing feel. No problems with drinkability. Goes down nice and easy as it should.

A good solid pils that I'm likely to return to again.

Photo of appenzeller
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsener flute. Appearance is good for a pilsener, tons of champagney little bubbles emanating frome the brew, a nice frothy head. This is a very light colored beer, a light tan.

Scent is almost nonexistent. Taste is crisp, clean, just what I expected from the appearance. Hallertau hops give a nice bitterness, I can't discern any notable malts in this brew, I don't consider that a problem for a pilsener.

Bottom line, this is a very simple, clean, and good technical pilsener--a kind of beer that, lamentably, is almost impossible to find in American brews. That alone gives it a nice grade, it does not have the subtle complexities of flavor of the best Czech and German pilseners, though.

nb-this review was written with the beer served very cold.

Photo of emsroth
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: A pale straw that certainly detracts, but an outstanding frothy head with decent lace. One of the nicer heads I've seen recently.

Smell: The first smell is overwhelmingly skunky, but this is to be expected from imported green bottles. After that fades the aroma is characteristic of imported german pilseners: sweet bready malt, a hint of caramel or something a little darker, a slight floral hop undertone.

Taste and mouthfeel: A slight grainy malt sweetness up front, but this beer has a BITE. Snappy carbonation pairs equally well with an assertive spicy, somewhat grassy bitterness. The most bitter German beer I've had. The malt character, however, is rather weak. It occasionally shows in the end, but it's just a generic sweet flavor. Ends crisp from the bitterness, but with a hint of hop oil that is very nice.

Definitely a sessionable brew.

Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Good lacing. Neutral aroma and appearance. a little yellow,drying.Below average mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about. Tad of hops, lawnmower.Wasn't horrible but flavour is minimal and not too drinkable. I wasn't getting much here, maybe on a different night.

Photo of mempath
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice fluffy, white dense head with interesting splotching lacing. light golden-straw.

herbal nose of grassy hops...almost a hint of lemon-mint.

refreshing, minty-hop bite with a lingering finish of yeast, malt. nice. stealthily shifts to a dry aftertaste. interesting. not complex, but not simple either. at first i thought the sweetness would stick around cloyingly, but not at all. loving the bitter afterburn. a nice change from the american 'pils' from victory and sam adams (simply different breeds, of course). crisp yet smooth without a sense of thinness (despite the light color and general 'un-heaviness' it sugests). a very nice pils. very quaffable. in quantites. but best with food i bet.

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