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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

504 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | 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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

01-09-2013 22:37:42 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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CeasarB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

11-09-2013 01:51:45 | More by CeasarB
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inebrius

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 02:43:43 | More by inebrius
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2010 00:21:54 | More by womencantsail
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Riggo

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2003 13:16:25 | More by Riggo
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 04:06:24 | More by pezoids
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Cannoneer

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 01:10:50 | More by Cannoneer
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 14:45:31 | More by crookedhalo
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-12-2008 23:51:02 | More by Skidz
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a pristine golden hue and is capped with a sturdy white head. Bubble streams feed the froth consistently, and suggest a radiant and effervescent brew (which it is.)

S - The nose has some malt sweetness and woody herbal hop; the same exact character can be found in the flavor, especially on the finish.

T - Clean flavor is the theme, lending impressions of sandwich bread, spring minerals, a sweet and bitter interplay and earthy dryness. The more I drink it, the more I can taste the sublime transposition of the base malt into this delectable libation; the preservation of the malt's essence through the brewing process is wondrous. The hop adds a small amount of herbal zest, but is generally a counterpoint of bitterness to the malt.

M - Crisp, clean, refreshing.

D - This is the type beer they all want to be. Who? BMC, that's who. But they'll never come close to this...

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 16:36:29 | More by ktrillionaire
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 23:58:24 | More by schoolboy
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually one of the best pilseners I have ever tasted! It pours bright golden colour with small lacing. Smell was just perfect, it was almost like smelling freh hops, so resinous, hoppy, cannabis, wow I love to stick my nose in the glass.
Taste was full of hops and bitterness, a malty backbone, refreshing like a good pilsner should be with a typical German pilsner taste. A dry aftertaste and thin body, which make it highly drinkable.
If you like hoppy pilsner, this beer is for you!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 16:13:37 | More by Absumaster
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark green 11.2oz bottle. Best before date on back label.
Light gold in color with a snow-white, fairly long lasting head and some sticky lace. The aroma of fresh cut hay with a herb garden smells. Fresh hop, a faint sulfuric smell and a faint maltiness. The malt body is somewhat light and has a clean herbal and slightly grainy character. The abundantly applied Hallertau hops are spicy, lightly citrusy and a bit metallic, creating a bit of a back of the throat edginess and bite. The taste of hard water adds to the intense bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 04:32:18 | More by BeerResearcher
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought me back a non-widget pint can of this upon his return from his homeland of Germany. It pours a yellow/light golf color with a nice, large white head and it leaves a little lacing on the glass - Very clear body on this one. The aroma is of hay/corn husks, light malts and pleasing hops. Great smelling for a German Pils - no skunkiness here. The flavor is very clean and smooth. It has a nice strong taste upfront that leaves the palate completely bare after a second - very interesting - makes it sooo easy to drink. The upfront taste is filled with soft malts and some slightly spicy hops as well - I detected a nutty taste as well - possibly almonds. Great beer!

Serving type: can

09-23-2003 19:47:30 | More by clvand0
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wavz

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer I had in Germany. And my first impression is that Germans know what they are doing when it comes to beer. We were in Travemunde during a summer fest when I first tried this beer. Light golden color. Nice head, but it is a lighter beer so it doesnt stick around long. Crisp clean tight well balanced taste, much better then most Pils I have tried. So when in Rome (or Germany).

Wavz

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2006 04:41:26 | More by wavz
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours lightcolored, almost straw-like. Beautiful white large creamy head. Rather slow disspation, leaving quite nice lacings.

S: A healthy doze of bitter hops, German Pilsener-stylee. There's some sweetness from malt and faint citric notes.

T: Lots of bitterhops up front - nice. Faint citric notes balances with nice malt.

M: Aftertaste is long and bitter. Body is light and moderate carbonation.

D: This is a really nice German Pilsener. Rich bitterness balanced with malt - really, really nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 18:03:22 | More by Evil_Pidde
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330 mL bottle into a Becker pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. Label reads: Best before 05.20.14.

A: Slightly dull golden yellow with a nice burst of effervescence following the pour. 1/2 finger white head with ok retention. Light lacing. Nothing fancy.

S: Nice noble hops. Grassy. Light biscuit and mild bready sweetness. Really no off-scents to speak of.

T: Slightly sweet pilsner malt gives way to a classic, pretty fresh-tasting, German hop bitterness. Quite dry in the finish. No alcohol presence. Crisp and clean. Very nice for the style.

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation with appropriately light body. This drinks itself.

O: Really nice pilsner with a delightfully dry finish. Thoroughly enjoyed punishing these in triplicate. Would love if it came in tallboy cans...

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 03:47:48 | More by fourstringer
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

03-04-2014 18:49:40 | More by RBorsato
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

10-21-2012 09:05:21 | More by CarolinaKev
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spry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

08-16-2013 15:46:54 | More by spry
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nygannon

California

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

12-12-2013 03:11:16 | More by nygannon
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putnam

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend brought me two bottles from Germany. This was one of my favorite beers when I was there 10 years ago. Expires Feb. 5, 2003, printed on the front label...easy to read. Upon breaking the seal, the room fills with an intense smell of sticky hops. There is a beautiful honey, burned suger and nougat maltiness coursing underneath, but from nose to tail this beer is all about the noble bud. "That's dry." Bitter, dry, but not out of balance. On the back are the words "Zutaten: Wasser, Gerstenmalz, Hopfenextrakt, Hopfen." I'm struggling with my own dogma. Is it OK to add hop extract? It seems like a manipulation. And in fact, the hoppiness, while very entertaining, seems a bit exaggerated, almost cartoonish. I would complain more if I thought they were hiding something, but it seems clear that the other components are very well done. My conclusion is that they are shooting for an extremely hoppy style, which, if they used fresh, or at least whole hops, would be prohibitively expensive. I give this beer high marks for uniqueness and personal sentiment.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2002 05:11:50 | More by putnam
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ronin926

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

07-13-2013 15:43:42 | More by ronin926
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Daredevil

Switzerland

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a long while back this brew used to be sold in 33cl bottles at the discount shop on the corner ... it used to be my favorite back then, light straw colour, great taste, and especially the long lasting rough tingling dryness on the tongue .... meanwhile I only get it in the specialised shop (Drinks of the World) which is also described on this site and where I have to get special brews at a less moderate price these days ...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 16:32:57 | More by Daredevil
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fridrew

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

02-21-2014 02:03:32 | More by fridrew
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.