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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

519 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002)
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

Jever Pilsener has the smogginess of a downtown core in summertime rush-hour but maintains a light and bright lemony complexion all the same. The beer looks somewhat blanched, as if it were left in the sun to dry out (what foreshadowing!). Its head is so soapy you'd think someone washed their hands in your glass; some of the suds stick while others don't.

Some of the bottles in this six-pack were so heavily light-struck you would have needed a forensics team to prove what they contained was in fact beer. My glass smells as though it were sprayed by a skunk. Somewhere in the backdrop of this particular sample, however, are the familiar scents of grainy pilsner malt and grassy hops. It may not be a lost cause after all...

Not entirely, anyhow. The flavour, likewise, doesn't stand tall with the hefty grain bill and zestful hoppiness of a proud German pilsner, but there's enough biscuity malt and grassiness to give some indication of its Lower Saxon roots. If not for that particularly off-putting combination of 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol, I reckon this could be a refreshing, very serviceable pils.

When car companies discover a defect in their parts or models they consult an actuary to calculate whether it'd be more financially advisable to recall the product or just pay out whatever lawsuits may ensue. Corporate owned breweries often have a similar discussion with their marketing departments: 'How much will green bottles affect our beer' versus 'how much extra beer will we sell if we use them'?

All too often unfortunately, the conclusion is to go ahead with it even despite the well-known fact that green glass can have awful consequences for delicate, light-bodied lagers. Sadly enough there's a good percentage of the population who, having only tried industrial import, actually perceive this skunkiness as a sign of quality! It's not. And Jever should know better.

03-20-2014 20:10:27 | More by biegaman
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

10-16-2004 12:23:00 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

03-06-2011 02:38:12 | More by RoyalT
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-25-2012 14:12:05 | More by beerhunter13
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Zakk

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-02-2012 23:19:04 | More by Zakk
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

02-25-2006 20:44:03 | More by orbitalr0x
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Todd

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -9%

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 ...

10-26-2002 15:00:28 | More by Todd
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9%

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.

07-05-2004 15:22:40 | More by shapudding
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-25-2011 19:58:44 | More by generallee
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

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!

03-05-2012 22:23:02 | More by Fcip78
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

06-14-2002 20:25:48 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

08-05-2004 02:00:43 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -7%

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.

07-26-2010 05:27:39 | More by Mora2000
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

02-28-2006 23:13:20 | More by jakester
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fionn13

Ireland

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-04-2012 14:58:40 | More by fionn13
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-20-2014 20:57:01 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -2%

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.

08-21-2008 06:19:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -7%

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)

08-27-2012 14:39:03 | More by chinchill
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timontheroad

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-26-2013 18:27:37 | More by timontheroad
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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

02-18-2002 05:51:31 | More by rastaman
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apbarwood

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

09-09-2009 02:16:30 | More by apbarwood
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Brenden

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

09-18-2009 16:29:35 | More by Brenden
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watermelonman

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

01-09-2005 11:18:42 | More by watermelonman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

07-16-2013 03:01:26 | More by biboergosum
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +8.7%

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...

04-30-2014 21:09:42 | More by dacrza1
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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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