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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Reviews: 303
Hads: 632
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 23.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 84 | 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 ktrillionaire
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
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...

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of putnam
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of wavz
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
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).


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Photo of Daredevil
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
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 ...

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Photo of kidrogers
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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...


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Photo of Realale
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale clear yellow. Fine bright white head settles quickly to a thin, incomplete cap.

Nose is wonderful leafy green sappy noble hop over slightly sweet biscuity malt. Slight undernotes of iron and sulphur. Wonderful pilsner nose.

Medium weight in the mouth with a good balance of hop flavor, hop bitterness and malt to the finish, where the hop bitterness really comes to the fore. I love a bitter finish, but this is a bit rough and just slightly harsh.

Nice soft mouthfeel lets the malt do its best to balance the hops. Quite drinkable, and refreshingly bitter.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L, Germany, best by May 2011. Well-chilled into a Willibecher.

More golden than most Pils, but still quite pale. Excellent head makes up for color deficiencies, as does the very good lacing.

The nose is dank and lagerific. Lots of aromatic Noble hops emanating from this beer. Excellent.

Bone-dry and very bitter. Pleasantly malty-biscuity mid-palate, but with absolutely no malt sweetness to be found. Almost harsh in its dryness, though I dig it. Simple and refreshing, with pretty good hop flavor-- earthy, woody and spicy. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, with medium carbonation. Though it wouldn't be true to style, I think this beer could use a touch more malt just for color and weight (but this might push it out of the German Pils category into more of a Czech styling). They could still ferment the hell out of it to keep it dry.

This might be my new favorite German Pilsner. How did I ever forget about Jever? Dry, no-nonsense beer here.

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Photo of mempath
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although this review is for draft, I wanted to point out that the word "herb" on the bottled product means "dry" or "bitter" and is indicative of this North German pilsner's very dry style. Crystal clear and bright golden in color with a bright white head that holds fairly well. Very nice appearance. The aroma is quite hoppy as pilsners go - very noble, lightly grassy and highly floral. Some light, grainy malt aroma is present as well. The body is light-medium with a crisp carbonation. The flavor starts dry with a burst of hop bitterness, warming as it crosses the palate to reveal a firm grainy maltiness, and finishes long and bitter. The emphasis is definitely on hop bitterness with around 45 IBU's! Very one sided in many ways, but also with quite alot of finesse! A somewhat unique, refreshing and enjoyable pils. Very drinkable.

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Photo of JLeege
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light golden color, with a fluffy white head. Good retention, some decent lace.

Smell- Earthy hops and a bit grassy. A tad spicey.

Taste- Grassy earthy hops again, with an almost candy like sweetness in the middle, slight lemon. Clean dry and crisp finish, and actually somewhat bitter. Some spice on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Lighter body, medium carbonation, smooth throughout.

Overall- Excellent example of the style and a great beer overall. Very refreshing. I see myself drinking lots more of this in the future.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that I grabbed at Chevy Chase the other day. Best by 24 June 2011.

A very light straw yellow with a dense, white head that recedes to a thin disk, leaving a nice layer of lace. I was initially concerned about how clean this glass was, as the last few beers I drank out of it didn't leave much lace, but clearly, it's not the glasses fault. The nose is great. Hoppy (I'll get to that), but there's also a very nice pilsner malt character here. Rather raw, this is moderately rustic and bready with a light cracker-like aroma. The hop character is great. Moderately lemony with plenty of lemon peel, moderately herbal and spicy, there's also a touch of skunk here. Solid.

The palate opens quite significantly hoppy, lemony, zesty, resiny and coating my palate with its wondrousness. Sharp, herbal and intense, it's almost mineral-like in some ways. All of this nearly whelms the malt backbone, which is pretty light but still complex and different enough to appear behind the hops, cracker-like and mildly biscuity. The intensity and character of the hops make me think of a dry, sharp cheddar in some ways. Drying and crisp on the finish with a resiny hops, there's lemon zest and herbal character present. Highly carbonated, this is an effortless drinker. I will have to seek this out on tap.

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Photo of lstokes
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid German pilsner with very nice lacing and lots of visible carbonation, nutty and hoppy nose, a little bit more musty than I would like and not as clean, but the taste is clean again, spicy floral hops in abundance, probably the most bitter beer you can pick up in any corner store in Germany, sweet malt backbone with a little bit of citrus, and a very dry, cutting, almost astringent mouthfeel helped by that carbonation.

Very solidly drinkable--I would love to try it fresh on tap, but the bottle is for sure my stand-by on late nights in Berlin.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma was bright and spritz with perhaps hallertau hops. It was also spicy and pungent. Pale malts along with pils makes a good balance. Smells alot better then most of the German pils I've had lately.
The appearance was clear but not brilliantly clear since there was a very slight haze. The color was golden yellow with a tall bright white head. Interesting to watch the oversized bubbles float to the top.
The tall head receeded quickly to a thick collar. Lots of lacing around the glass. The lack of retention and hazy body was the reason for the lower appearance score.
The taste is very good, it's big and bold. It drinks dry and crisp with a bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Hop flavor for a pilsner is bold and sassy with a floral/piney taste. Malts have a crisp sharp taste.
On the palate it drinks a thin med.
I liked this beer it was good and full flavored. With big hoppy IPA'S and RIS these days it's easy to think these beers flavorless and bland.
Jever is not and if you like prima pils from Victory you will like Jever's pils beacause it has a similar taste.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear yellow gold with nice head, decent retention and tracing.

S-Honey and floral notes, light malt, faint hop bitterness.

T&M-Even clean light malt notes, lightly sweet but not overly so, bitter and refreshing dry finish, floral hops and a taste of honey midway and in the aftertaste. Great balance, light-bodied and moderate carbonation.

D-A very enjoyable beer, easy to drink, sessionable brew.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, best by May 2011.

Pours clear yellow with a large fluffy white head that leaves some clumpy spots of lacing and holds a fair cap.

Aroma is herbal and grassy with some citrus and noble hops, some mineral character, bready and yeasty, moderate to good strength.

Flavor is very nice for the style with some good citrus notes, noble hops, grassy, a touch of light malt sweetness...just a touch, finishes nice and dry. Very crisp and refreshing and quite enjoyable on this nearly 90-degree October day.

Mouthfeel is light but somewhat creamy for the style, good carbonation.

An excellent German Pilsner. We've got a customer who has bought nearly 10 cases of this this year and I can see why!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 30/08/2006, served chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a clear, very pale straw hue; moderately foamy white head with good retention, plus moderate fizziness.
S: lightly dusty upfront, with an intense and focused aroma of dried grass, sourly doughy and soothingly aromatic, and a subtle, lovely millet-like grainy maltiness manifesting itself limitlessly... Not terribly complex, but well-balanced and ve...ry clean; more hops hide behind the malts after swirling the glass.
T: very bitter herbal hops, toasted malts with an intriguingly "plastic", dried grassy and unidentified spicy edge of hops steal the stage from the very beginning... quickly leading towards an almost "rice-spirit"-like prevalent dry palate that overtakes most German Pilseners I've tried; also, the omnipresent bitterness (the intensity of which is reminiscent of Chinese dried herb powder) goes deeper and deeper (utterly appealing to a Bitter-drinker as I am)... the dry-ish aftertaste is even slightly similar to the mouthfeel after chewing lots of water-biscuits, i.e. "mouth-water-licking" in a sense... well, I might have gone too far~~ BTW, throughout the drink, a mildly sour tinge stays loyally on the side, reminding the drinkers that this is still a well-lagered bier that sparks all the joy...
M&D: as crisp and clean as anyone could hope for, this is a medium-bodied and undoubtedly the most dry and bitter pilsener I've tried. As a convert to much hoppier and aromatic Czech Pils myself, surprisingly I find this beer very enjoyable. And I'm sure the draught version could well become one of my favourites for this style!

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrived in front of me sporting a clear yellow color with a thin head which produced barely any lacing. The aroma was of malt, grass and hops. The malt and bitterness levels were nicely balnaced to produce a very drinkable pilsner. The bitterness was more pronounced than other german plisners I have sampled.

The mouthfeel was clean and very crisp, and had a super clean finish. No aftertaste at all. This beer is extremely drinkable and was paired perfectly with the potato pancakes I was eating.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with a thin, pure, white head that leaves some scant lacing. Smells fresh, slightly grainy and with a nice bitter snap. The taste is also crisp and bitter with a nice snap. If anything the tight bitterness grows on the finish. Extremely refreshing and less soft than I remember this being on tap. Really a lovely porch beer on a hot day. excellent use of hops married to a crisp pilsner, with none of the softness of the Czech style. Excellent.

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Photo of diablo14
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's getting harder and harder to find satisfying lagers and pilseners these days. Even the finest in the genre seem to be dumbing themselves down for the consumption of the masses. So it was with great delight that I saw Jever pilsener in the fridge, standing out like a beacon amongst all the dross.

Usually I would ignore a beer that has a light, almost lemon yellow hue (see Becks). Fortunately, the huge foamy head and energetic carbonation bely the dire possibilities the color suggests. There are plenty of nostril clearing hops, and hints of fruit and cut straw on the nose. It does get a little skunky, but I always find this with lagers out of a can.

The taste is a little bit malty, a little bit fruity, with the ever present grassy tones. it's not too big, but it's clean, crisp and finishes with marvelous blasts of hops. Goes down an absolute treat, and a real winner on particularly hot days (or nights). Everything here is where it should be, but the hopping of this beer, its great bitter finish and crisp feel are what sets Jever apart from a crowd.

Lay this one on your boring lager drinking buddies and they won't know what hit them. Jever pilsener is, to my mind, one of the classic interpretations of the German style.

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Photo of alankwak
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear beer with decent head retention and lacing.

S: Great grainy/grassy smell along with Hallertau hop aroma. Grainy odor is wonderful with this beer.

T: Smooth, grainy taste. Medium hop bitterness and flavor. Very smooth.

M: Medium/full mouthfeel and good body.

O: Very nice Pils. They seem to use very good ingredients and water along with a quality brewing process.

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Photo of ckcanady
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden with a medium amount of carbonation. Would like a better carb bit.
S- Clean, earthy hop, herbal
T- Herbal, Hoppy, earthy , bready, light, well balanced and citrusy
M- Light easy drinking Pilsner. Exactly what I would expect a "craft" German pilsner to be
O- A good pilsner. Easy drinking and flavorful. Perfect summer Pilsner. I wonder what it taste like straight from the brewery! Hmm

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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.