Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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4.93/5 rDev +38.9%
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!
07-13-2002 19:40:08 | More by goindownsouth
4.85/5 rDev +36.6%
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.
05-26-2007 00:28:56 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4.78/5 rDev +34.6%
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.
02-11-2007 20:30:16 | More by geexploitation
4.78/5 rDev +34.6%
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.
08-20-2009 19:56:17 | More by Halcyondays
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
4.75/5 rDev +33.8%
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!
08-14-2006 18:31:10 | More by ernie
4.72/5 rDev +33%
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.
03-22-2010 00:35:28 | More by Avagadro
4.68/5 rDev +31.8%
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.
09-06-2009 20:10:36 | More by malty
4.58/5 rDev +29%
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).
06-21-2007 05:20:54 | More by neonbrown82
4.53/5 rDev +27.6%
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..
12-05-2010 22:52:08 | More by beikes
4.53/5 rDev +27.6%
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.
03-05-2011 00:57:39 | More by jameswaldo
4.5/5 rDev +26.8%
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.
08-18-2010 21:45:38 | More by nickd717
4.5/5 rDev +26.8%
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.
08-22-2010 01:01:37 | More by largadeer
4.5/5 rDev +26.8%
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.
06-22-2008 19:15:02 | More by simonjohansson
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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