Jever Pilsener | Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Jever PilsenerJever Pilsener
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Brewed by:
Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Photo of al_al1357
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serves from a can a clear golden yellow and an inch of head that quickly dissipates. Not much on the nose. Taste is resemblant of a pilsner with some bitterness on the end. Finish is light, crisp, bitter and smooth.

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Photo of Moose90
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clean. Clear. Simple. Golden. Light.

A — Clear and clean, minimal head, no lacing.

S — Skunky, piney, Pilsner malt and yeast.

T — Clean and crisp, a bit grainy.

M — Sharp.

O — Okay overall, not bad, not great.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow. Thin but firm head.
Spice and freshly baked bread aroma.
Quite grainy and bitter. Hops are present but not outstanding.
Begged to deceive.

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Photo of crisis1290
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jever Pilsener is a fine tasting beer. I had this on tap at a local German restaurant. I can see this being a solid beer once the weather warms up. A nice clear, pale golden yellow color. Super crisp and refreshing.
Not a bad taste , but I am sure there are better beers in this category.

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Photo of Spike
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Clear, golden, straw coloured. Huge, white head - three fingers that reduces slowly to one finger of thick suds. Plentiful streams of carbonation. Lots of delicate lacing.

Light, grainy nose.

Taste and feel are both disappointing. Lacklustre. Taste is bitter but not crisp. Grainy. Negligible malt sweetness. Feel is a little chewy upfront but finishes thin. Carbonation is more subtle than the appearance would suggest. Bitterness is prominent.

This is very disappointing for the style. Is this a bog-standard, European lager dressed up as a German pilsener? Would not buy again.

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Photo of MACrist
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For the style.
LOOKS: Pale, light golden, crystal clear beer, plenty of small bubbles rising, one inch foamy white head, leaves nice bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: White crusty bread, grassy.
TASTE: Nice sweetness up front, grassy, mild corn husk, lasting bitterness on finish.
FEEL: Very soft and refined. Medium light body, a little slick but finishes fairly dry. Adequate feeling from carbonation.
OVERALL: Feels softer, more subtle in feel than other pilseners I've had. Really pleasant enjoyable beer.

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

a less common pils, at least here in the states. on tap at j ryans in Syracuse. definitely a distinctive one, slightly heavier and more flavorful on the grain front than is the standard. looks normal, maybe a little less carbonated and heady than the best ones out there, but its clear and golden and fills a pint glass well. smells like dusty german grain, light in color but toasted and bready, more robust than usual for the style, and the taste is similarly potent. almost has a stale bready flavor to it from the grain, and it makes it filling for a pilsener. hops are dosed rather well too, leafy and grassy, very traditional in flavor, just higher in proportion. I like the beer fine, but I have to wonder if freshness is an issue. it tastes somewhat old, and not just in a mature patient lager way, but in an almost past its prime sort of way. im sure this tastes a bit different over seas closer to the source. I suppose I like its heft for the winter, but I always expect a light easy drinking beer in this style, and didn't really find that here, especially with its relative lack of carbonation...

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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

L:
-pours a clear straw-golden with a big,frothy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-honey,spices,biscuity,grassy,barley,lemon
T:
-honey,grassy,metallic,spicy
-fairly bitter
-bone dry
F:
-medium-high carbonation,light body
O:
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

Enjoy

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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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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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