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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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303 Reviews

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint pale yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foam bright white head that reduces to a mottled very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light aromas of floral hops and just a hint of skunkiness (likely from the green bottles).

T: Upfront there is moderate flavor of slightly sweet bready malts. That is followed by a light to moderate amount of floral + grassy hops in the finish which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very crisp upfront with a light hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and would pair well with just about any dish - I had it was pasta + slightly spicy red sauce and it complemented the flavors well. Overall, well balanced with a hint of sweetness upfront and a light amount of bitterness in the finish. Enjoyable.

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Photo of gmshedd
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my "go-to" hot-weather pils when I lived near Heidelberg in the '90s. Very refreshing straight from the 0.5 l bottle on a hot day. The bitterness cuts through your thirst "like butta." Not really a sipping beer.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours two good fingers of stark white head, big soapy bubbles. very pale straw colour, almost a green tinge. Crystal clear.

Lemon and straw jump out on the nose in a big way. light grainy character and that biscuit malt in the back.

Taste follows through with the lemon citrus though more subdued, green wood, severely under-ripe crab apple (bitter and green, not sour), bitter herbs from the hops. Malts follow underneath, nice clean mild bread, think baguette or classic white loaf, tiny bit of cereal grain dust. Finishes super dry and bitter aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, super clean and dry, good carbonation. Not watery but very liquid.

Overall very nice clean crisp pils. Big bitter herb, grassy, under-ripe fruit sharpness with a nice balance of classic mild malt flavours. Nice and dry, cuts like a knife at the end. Very sessionable and a very good pils. I recall Jever having a bit more malt character and more well rounded, slightly softer, hop character when I drank it in Germany. From a tall can in Ontario, still very good.

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Photo of aleigator
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, light yellow color, with a decent, froth head, which collapses soon, leaving back a spotted lacing.

Offers a refreshing grassiness, together with herbal hop notes, blending into bready, dough bread malts. Malts reveal a sweeter, toffeeish impact, as the beer warms up, while leafy hops still remain easily recognizable.

Has a higher, bubbly carbonation, slamming dry hops immediately on the palate, gently balanced by bready malts.

Tastes of a soft, grassy hoppiness, together with wet hay and a refreshing, slightly metallic carbonation. This gets balanced by a bready maltiness, which turns a tad sweeter, as the carbonation leaves the palate, while the taste remains focused on the gentle hops. Finishes with a cold dryness among toffee malts and some straw.

Very refreshing and hoppy Pils, with a well working european hop bill, ending with a punchy grassiness.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, Clear golden color with white head. Malty grainy aroma, grassy, hoppy. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Light thin body with average carbonation.

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Photo of drmeto
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear straw-golden with a big,frothy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-fairly bitter
-bone dry
-medium-high carbonation,light body
Quite frankly, the best mass produced German Pilsner.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

dry dry dry, to me way to dry to be a pilsner, more of a mouthful than the appearance would suggest, first approach is difficult based on appearance. so many more choices at this price point, if i could just remember the taste of Michelob Dry perhaps it would come back to me....if you are looking for dry look no further. any other dry comparisons? this is a czech.....no question.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear golden beer with bubbly white 2-finger head, so-so retention. Aroma - a bit tart, cereals. Taste is rather bland, peppery hops finish. Good carbonation and drinkability.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Pours clear straw with about 2/3" of fluffy white head that sits down quickly. Retention & lacing are both minimal.

S: A bit skunky with some cereal in the back. Faint sweetness is detectable. Not much else.

T: Bitter on the palate with a slightly hoppy character. Hint of pepper. What I can only define as mineral notes. Definitely a thirst-quenching little collection of flavors.

M: Crisp, dry & slightly textural. Carb is a bit on the higher side, no much body - though there'd be no confusing this with an AAL.

O: Solid but uninspiring. I wouldn't go out of my way to come back to it, but I wouldn't turn it down, either.

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Photo of littleblueboxer
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
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 Thisdrinkinglife
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review: Can of Jever Pilsener: 4.9% ABV

The Classic Northern German Pilsener with the famous bitter taste.

The appearance was one of a clear golden yellow, with a pretty decent sized foamy head that stuck around, with good lacing. This Pilsener looks lovely, a very clean looking brew with a good body. Good carbonation and looked tasty

The aroma had a smell of malt and herbal hops with a hint of citrus. A strong lager smell

The taste, wow, that’s a taste and a half, initial shock, full of tastes from start to finish. Sweet grainy lager malts and hops, with a slightly metallic tang to it. Very hoppy bitter taste!

Dry grass finish with strong bitterness. Overall, a good solid dry pilsner that’s tasty, VERY TASTY!

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Photo of interzen
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Pale, golden yellow with a fairly bubbly white head. Overall appearance is fairly fizzy. Decent head retention and some lacing.

Smell: Really not much going on here at all - smells like a cheap generic lager with a slightly metallic hint.

Taste: Malt and hops, again with that slightly metallic tang to it. In it's favour, there's a bit more hop bite than your typical lager.

Feel: Dry, crisp and fairly bitter. Not much else you can say about it really.

Overall: Meh. Pilsners aren't really my style and by the standards of other German beers this one really doesn't have much going for it. Still a cut above the usual macro suspects but still nothing special.

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Photo of DaveBar
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a medium sized white head that is gone in 1min. VERY light gold color and clear

S- Not much here at all. A touch metallic if anything

T- Good malt and hops. Very close to a Heineken without that hop bite.

M- Dry and crisp

O- Pretty good but will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with...... Roasted potatoes tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning


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Photo of flyingpig
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml Bottle from Whole Foods Giffnock (£2.39):
I found this one to be quite a poor beer when I tried it again here, it was actually terrible in places with far too much bitterness coming through and a really dry feel that didn't help matters at all. The body was a thin one but this wasn't anything too serious, it was the taste that was the real problem here with very little to it at all. I don’t think this one will be a beer I go for again.

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Photo of mobrado
4.83/5  rDev +34.9%
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 Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a bright yellow color lager with a large pure white color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes is not really noteworthy. Taste is also dominated by light cereal notes with some residual sugar notes with light dry hoppy notes. Body is light with good carbonation. OK pilsner bit nothing to write home about.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Looks like a new addition to the LCBO line up. Purchased for about $2.25 CDN.

Appearance - clear bright golden color. Finger and a half of white foamy head. Good retention and sufficient lively bubbles to give an attractive appearance.

Smell - floral and grassy with just a hint of the graininess that accompanies many other pilsners. Very clean and relatively fragrant. A bit metallic though.

Taste - clean and crisp, lightly grassy and a touch more floral than other pilsners. Dry grass finish with strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel - clean and crisp, well carbonated with dry finish. Quite nice.

Overall - a good solid dry pilsner that's tasty, thirst quenching and just damn good. Recommended.

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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 seedyone
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Jan/13. On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Second try. On tap. January is not as conducive but still OK.

05/02/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Crisp & clean. Just a hint of hops. Good stuff.

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Photo of TerryW
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good clean tasting pilsner made with proper ingredients. Nicely grassy, grainy nose carries on through to taste. Properly bitter finish. Well made.

Clear straw gold with an impressive head settling to a decent cap and lots of lace. Looks good, smells and tastes good.

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Photo of surfcaster
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Crisp, clean, well carbonated. Nice bite, not too bitter. My bottle shop always keeps them in the case box to avoid the light. Solid German Pilsner and great representative of the style.

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Photo of AugustusRex
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 kevinlater
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can into nonic pint. best before june 18, 2015. consumed on june 24, 2014

a: three and a half fingers of fast-dissipating off-white head on top of a transparent pale yellow body

s: grassy crackery malts, slight citrus. pretty strong and inviting aroma here

t: follows the nose. malts all around (bread, crackers), as well as a prominent herbal hop bitterness that's hard to ignore and nears being harsh. hints of lemony citrus notes. shy spice flavours. overall this is clean and very hoppy

m: light bodied, medium carbonation

o: a really bitter but great pilsener. i don't usually drink lagers but i enjoyed this

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; best before June 18 2015. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear, pale straw-yellow colour, topped with one finger of sparkling, fizzy white head that wastes no time fizzling itself right out of existence. A narrow collar and a swath of lace remain - it's a pretty typical-looking Euro lager. The aroma is inviting enough, and certainly appropriate for the style - lots of grainy, crackery pale malts, some honey sweetness, and a wisp of grassy hops. Nothing fancy, but it works for me...

The same can be said of the flavour profile - this is a pretty standard pils with no real surprises or serious flaws to discuss. Grainy pale malts dominate at first; somewhat bready or biscuity, with a light note of lemon. The finish is where the undoubtedly noble hop bill starts to shine - quite grassy, almost herbaceous, with a mildly skunky feel about them. Finishes dry. Light-bodied and easy to drink, with crisp, biting carbonation of the sort you'd expect from a pale lager.

Final Grade: 3.57, a B grade. Jever Pilsener is refreshing, inoffensive, and highly sessionable - in essence, a prototypical German pils. An otherwise unremarkable beer, but like most German pilseners imported into this province, it's still pretty good value for the price point. That reason alone means I will probably return to it in the future. A middle-of-the-road lager that shouldn't ruffle too many feathers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased and poured into a generic pint glass at Magpie Irish Pub in Rochester, NY.

After looking at the bottle, it looks like it best by last year. Uh oh. Let's see how it tastes anyway, and if it held up.

It pours a very clear light yellow, with some amber tinges. There is barely any head, and barely any lacing.

Smells very faint, like some grassy hops, some slight skunk, and a little bit of sweetness.

The taste is similar, and a bit stronger. There is a pleasant classic pilsner hop bite up front, slightly peppery and grassy, but the finish on the beer just doesn't quite work- the malt is a bit too sweet, and there's some slight skunk flavor.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

This was one was just ok- had some good elements up front- the hop flavors- but finished weak, with clearly old malt flavors and some skunkiness.

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