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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Reviews: 302
Hads: 627
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 23.12%
Wants: 22
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.92/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very good German bier. A very light and crisp looking brew out of the bottle. Nice and effervescent. The smell is not as wheaty as say some, but still very good aroma. The first sip is indicative of things to come. This is what a German Pilsener should be. It brings plenty of flavor and aromatics to the party. One of my favorites. Prost!

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Photo of mobrado
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The quintessential, refreshing, hoppy Northern German Pilsener. Bitter & dry, begging you to keep on drinking. You don't have to ask me twice. One of the best beers in the world.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.82/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the hoppiest pilsner I have yet tried.

Pours a typical pilsner gold with a fluffy shortlived head and a small smattering of lace. The aroma is packed with delicious sea air hops backed by a modest malt base. Its incredibly aromatic, even room filling. The taste is chock full of hops. An instant hit of dry, bitter almost salty hops explodes on the first sip. The hops grow more leafy and pithy with time. Cracker-like malts provide a great balast to the barage of hops. The finish is bitter and long but not as brutally bitter as an America IPA, but nearly. The mouthfeel is bountiful and full of smooth carbonation.

This is one kick ass Pilsner, probably the best one Ive come across yet. A hophead's Pils.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.77/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours very light gold, almost yellow, with a thick, delicate, perfectly white head that eventually dissipates to dust and a collar. Very spiky aroma of fragrant hops, Tettnang supposedly, that has a less sea-air quality than the Czechs do, and more of a simultaneous juxtaposition of sinus-clearing oily hop notes and sweet, slightly honeyish malts. Brilliant nose. On the palate, bitterness is considerable -- it's a quick attack, a blitzkrieg of hops. The first sensation on the tongue, though, is the bready malts, which quickly succumb to the hop onslaught. What's unique here is the restraint that accompanies the power of the hops; it isn't big and oily, and the hops don't sit on your palate; instead, they burst out with flavor, then dry up and disappear completely. It's a light touch, but a powerful one. Thin, razorish mouthfeel that reminds me of the original mix on the "Raw Power" album by the Stooges -- stretched thin like a rubber band, you can feel it ready to snap back on you.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. It's not terribly observant of style -- it leaves other German pilsners in the dust in terms of bitterness and power -- but it is, to mangle a phrase, its own beer. Unique, confident, and daring you to like it. Wonderful.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: straw in color with a frothy white head and vigorous lacing.

S: spicy saaz hops are elegantly presented in the bouquet, complemented by a slight breadiness.

T: bone dry and chuck full of spicy, resinous Czech hops. The beer is held together by a nice bready backbone.

M: extremely light with plenty of carbonation.

D: this is a great example of a pilsner, and I am shocked that it has such a low score. It is flavorful and well balanced, and worthy of more attention. If someone doesn't like pilsners as a whole, then they shouldn't be reviewing the beer at all.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.74/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a classic pale yellow with a light soapy head, spots of lace, good head retention.

S: Clean, vibrant smells of grass/lawn clippings, very minor malt.

T: Here we go, this what I've been looking for in a true German Pilsner. Incredibly flavourful, brilliantly floral noble hops, grass, matched with an understated but perfectly balanced bready malt makes this one work to perfection.

M: Crisp, clean and smooth, but a little soapy/light at times, minor quibble.

D: This beer is fantastic, glad I finally saw it show up in CA, I should have bought more than the one single. It could give the legendary Reality Czeck a run for its money, and that's saying something. A great surprise. The preeminent example of the German style.

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Photo of ernie
4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very pale yellow, with a relatively high carbonation and decent long-lasting white head.

Smell is grassy, hoppy, with a slight touch of pale malt.

Start is uncompromisingly dry, bitterness well felt from the first moment. Body medium, angular. Mouthfeel crisp, general taste rich in bitterness, disclosing the diverse character of hops in a most perfect way.

Aftertaste long, bitter, pleasant. Probably an unbalanced beer, but an enjoyable and very drinkable one. Recommended!

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Photo of malty
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliantly pale gold color with a massive fluffy, bright white 3" head. Good visible carbonation rushing upward. Crazy lacework all the way down.

As I try not to get my nose smeared with this head (now, don't even go there!) I clearly smell fresh whiffs of crisp, earthy hops and and clean malt slant. A tiny bitter lemon zest is in there as well. This beer style's aroma isn't traditionaly a 'mind-blower' but it is very FRESH and CLEAN as one would hope.

The hops are very apparent all the way through the first sip to the chalky dry finish. Wet stone and minerally CLEAN flavor from the malt is very appealing. The (noble) hops are the main attraction to this Pils. Dry, dry, dry with a lemony edge. Again, FRESH and CLEAN are the backbone words to describe the taste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with an oily feel. The carbonation is spot-on and the finish is almost astringent (in a good way) with the generous hopping. Chalky - Dry - Mmmm good.

Drinkability is through the rafters. Three words: All Night Long.

Overall a classic German Pils which must be the benchmark for the 'dry' example. Hops are masterfully used not only in the scent & flavor, but the texture as well. Possibly one of the finest examples of subtle hop utilization I've ever tried. World Classic.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best imported Pils that I've had yet. I tend to prefer the hop snappiness of the Germans over the Czechs, and this one has got plenty of bite. A contender with Prima or Stoudts as my favorite Pils. If only they wouldn't use green glass.

The beer pours to a clear light yellow color with a tall white head. Sparkling carbonation with a good retention. Decent lacing.

The aroma reminds me of indica. Spicy and herbal german hops. Just enough skunkiness so as not to offend. Hopefully it doesn't get too much worse in the green bottles. Just a nice lightly bready pilsener malt aroma lying underneath. Very clean with none of the unpleasant vegetal aromas associated with lagers.

The taste is very good as well. There is a light bready pilsener malt flavor up front. Very dry, crisp and clean. The hops hit immediately after. Has a formidable bitterness with a great spicy and herbal hops aftertaste. There is still just a hint of skunk on the tail end of the aftertaste, as well as a bit of the vegetal lager flavor. Still one of the better German Pilseners I've had, what I might consider kind of a benchmark of the style if not just a tad bit hoppy (but I am definitely not one to complain about that tidbit).

The body is fairly light. A small bit sweet up front but finishes quite dry. Crisp carbonation lends a hand to the bitter hops flavor. Good balance between hops and malts, if not a bit skewed towards the hops. Very easy to drink. I could easily drink a six pack of this on a hot summer's day (and tomorrow is officially the first day of summer here, so I might have to pick up a whole sixer).

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A staple at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Bright and clear gold with a dense white cap, this is a great looking beer. It smells great too, spicy and grassy noble hops at the forefront with a clean lager yeast character beneath. The hops smell bold and fresh, nearly overwhelming the light pilsner malt backbone. Dry and sharp on the palate, zesty and spicy hop flavors are prominent. There's a sturdy but extremely dry and clean malt profile; in fact, this is a remarkably clean beer in general. The finish is long and very bitter and sharp, showing just enough restrain to make it quaffable and refreshing.

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Photo of simonjohansson
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: fresh earthy hops, citrus, herbs and sweet malt.

Taste: a lovely taste of sweet malt (bread, butter) and earthy, spicy fresh hops, some citrus as well. It is dry and the taste is somewhat "pure". Simple but great.

This is one of my favorite beers! When you get tired of IPAs, DIPAs, IS, Trappist and all that - you can always go to Jever.

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Photo of AugustusRex
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from fresh bottles right from the closed case, only about 40 days old.

Fresh-Pretzel like bitterness. Clean and complex.

Highly recommended. World class German Pilsener.

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Photo of inebrius
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another nose of cereal, hamster cereal, dried and compressed bitter greens formed into a ring then thrown into a box with oats and millet and squash seeds. It's resinous--like the smell on your fingers after stemming and seeding a bag of purple shorthair--until it warms up a bit and a mellow natural sugar bases the bitter vein of iron that extends half an hour beyond the last sip. A quality pils along the lines of Veltin's and EKU.

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Photo of nickd717
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City. Anti-pilsner bias is crazy on this site, wow.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a lasting white head.

Aroma is very nice and hoppy. Grassy and floral with slight grainy malt notes.

Flavor is pale malt and grain with just the right level of sweetness. Huge bitter hops - floral and grassy with even a little citrus.

Dry and crisp on the palate with some nice hoppy palate-wrecking for a pilsner.

Wow, this beer really impressed me. Excellent for the style. Supremely drinkable.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend gave me a couple 11.2 oz bottles, best before June 26, 2011, from a deli on Eddy St, Collegetown, Ithaca, as he'd heard it was especially good. Yes! I generally prefer IPA, finding most pilseners insipid, watery, boring. Not this Friesland brew!
Poured it high into a pint glass, finding a good sturdy head that dissipated quickly, leaving a thin ring of foam at top. Beautiful straw blond color, delicious yeasty hoppy malty aroma. The Hallertau hops in there sing a gorgeous bitter floral chorus. Again, I usually prefer a bouquet of different hops, but this one variety can stand up for a gorgeous solo so rich you'd think it was a chorus. Taste is crisp, transparent, the malt and yeast so perfectly balanced with the hops that you have to imagine there's something really special about even just the water in this beverage. Mouthfeel is bracing, a bite just sharp enough, makes you want a liverwurst onion sandwich on pumpernickel with hot mustard and horseradish. Do both, if you can! The aftertaste lets the hops hang on so delicately, and yet with bitter authority, that you have to wish these little bottles were twice as big. Such a good beer, this! I found it disappeared faster than the usual brew, leaving no lacing on glass, a lack I'd usually deplore if it hadn't tasted so good. So easy to swallow! I find local beers much more politically correct, but again I have to make an exception for this stupid little glass container hauled all the way here to Upstate NY from Germany: it's worth it! Well, it's worth getting your friend to give it to you, anyway. My "drinkability" index usually depends on whether I can afford to drink it; after all, if I'm not "able" to purchase the stuff, I'm not able to drink much, either. As I don't know what a 6-pack costs, I'd say I'd gladly pay up to $9 for 6 tiny bottles of a beer this good.

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Photo of beikes
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best German Pilsner I've tasted, and well down to number two on the list. A good hoppy beer without raw (corn) grain and other superfluous additives, with a beautiful and lasting foam. A very clean taste of malt and hops, and have absolutely no bi-flavor of either metal or corn. Carbonic acid is just in the closet, and rarely has there been so good proportions in a German (or any) Pilsner.

Keywords: Fresh, grassy, hoppy

Jever Pilsner should be enjoyed chilled or cold, and this is beer that complements your warm summer night..

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Photo of womencantsail
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: The pour is a slightly clouded, but for the most part clear, straw color with a big white head.

S: A really clean and crisp nose with light malts and just a bit of cracker/bread. There's a really good floral and earthy hop character and a touch of citrus zest. A touch of lager yeast is present as well.

T: The flavor is just as great! A solid, but light, malt flavor with floral, earthy, and perhaps a touch of grassy hop flavor. There is a mild bitterness but a really crisp and refreshing flavor.

M: A light to medium body with a lively carbonation and a dry finish.

D: I'm surprised to see the ratings for this beer. Easily one of the best pilsners I've ever had.

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Photo of pezoids
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an ultra clear and light yellow-straw color. Bright with a decent amount of carbonation. Creamy head of white foam topped this beer off. Yes! The aroma is pure and good. Bitter graininess and super sharp. Hints of breadiness and citrus fruit. The taste is very clean and sharp with a very crisp finish. I love the simple Pilsner and this is a near perfect example of the style. Somewhat buttery on the tongue with a sharp but pleasant hop bite. This is liquid bread. An excellent Pilsner that I need to buy more often. I can only hope my homebrew comes out nearly as good as this.

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Photo of Riggo
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap on a recent pilgrimage to my old haunt, d.b.a., in Manhattan. In the glass, a clear golden yellow color with a beautiful creamy stark white head. Nose is minerally with leafy, citrus hop notes. Initially a hop bitterness dances on the tongue followed by mineral and grain (wheat? corn?) elements and wonderfully full and solid mouthfeel/body. The finish is very bitter.

A very hoppy beer but a beer with balance nonetheless and an unusually deep, solid mouthfeel for a pilsener. The brewing here is a real lesson in how to incorporate a high-hop/bitter element into a brew without that element sort of floating free from the rest of the beer in an "untamed" way and coming off as astringent. Really an exceptional beer that you don't see too often in America (at least not often enough) and one that sets a standard for pilseners the world over.

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Photo of littleblueboxer
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice and dry! Taste is bitter with a very dry finish.
This is the kind of beer you can drink all day without it ever getting too sweet. For fans of pilsner only, this is not a middle-of-the-road beer.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite "niche" beers: it goes exceptionally well with sushi. The reason is in its strong grassy, herbal aroma and very good drinkability. You can turn a sushi takeout into a memorable experience with this beer.

Notes of fresh grass, hay, lemon zest and green pepper. There is nothing malty about it - it's all about freshness, green grass and dry finish.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours your average pils color with a typical white head. Big fresh, hoppy nose of the Hallertau variety. Dimethyl sulfide evident but not offly so. Dry and spicy hop profile paired with sweet malts, but not too sweet. Very distinguished. Wickedly drinkable. What Czechvar is to the Saaz, Jever is to the Hallertau. Wish it was available in my area.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, that's what I'm talking about. This is how they should smell. It's perfect. Pils should be mild, but they need to stink. This does, and beautifully.

Everything else about this brew is well balanced. It might be a little weak on bubbles - flattening out easily. A very mild taste. Light easy drinking. But aromatic out the wazoo. It's a good buy for that. I want to buy it to drink one warm.

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Photo of Skidz
4.38/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.