Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

557 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 46 | 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:
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(Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of LimaThomas
1/5  rDev -71.9%

Photo of smcolw
1.25/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

In the past, I have lamented the presence of green bottles. I have found it interesting that the lightest beers often come this way. It is a shame that a potentially good beer gets completely ruined by becoming skunked.

Thus the score above. After purchasing a $12 six-pack of this beer to compare to other pilseners in a tasting, this was rated the worst beer out of 14; all because it was horribly skunked.

Photo of BCMan
1.63/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In reading the other reviews of this beer I'm hoping that the Jever I was in some way a bad bottle. It poured with a nice foamy head that slowly faded away. The color was a dark yellow and it smelled very dry. I don't know what to say about the flavor other than I thought it was awful. It was the only beer in my sample case that I had to pour our. I know others have said that they liked this beer in reviews but all of the memers in my beer club agreed that we disagree with the reviews on Beer Advocate.

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.68/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean yellow color, with a white head. In the aroma, a small dryness to nothing at all. In the taste, small dry, light malt, and really nothing at all. A smooth, light, and water bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry malt in the aftertaste. Watery, lack of taste and smell.

Photo of sendbeer
1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

Photo of Beerman1977
1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

Photo of jdhilt
1.78/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a three-finger white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is hoppy/skunky. Starts hoppy and bitter, stays that way at the finish and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.95 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Photo of OriolesFan1008
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of starlight37
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Baldpacker
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Bralis
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of thestampdad
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of BWED
2.01/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle poured into a pils glass

A- Clear light straw. Light white head holds at an 1/8". Some lacing.

S- Skunk hop, dry straw malt.

T- Not a lot of flavor up front, but a strong dry malt and bitter hop finish come in.

M- Noticeable carbonation with a long dry and bitter finish. Real long finish.

O- Bad. The malt tastes stale. The finish of this beer is not pleasant, and it only makes me want to chug this down in a flash to never deal with the bitterness. Maybe that's why they chug it down in the nightclubs all over Germany. I couldn't finish this beer.

Photo of beertunes
2.08/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a bright, clean clear yellow with a tall, fluffy, bright white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The green bottle should have been my clue, but damn, this beer had a skunktastic aroma. Some grain and a hint of hops were also on the nose. The flavors were also badly skunky.

The body was typical and drinkability would have been decent if not skunked. In all honesty, I would need to try this fresh to be fair to it. As it is, if you see it, avoid it.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.13/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a small white head which goes away very quickly. The aroma is very grainy, with some skunkiness. It tastes sour, and like grain, metal, skunk, and a bit of grassy hops. Not very impressive at all. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Drinkability isn't good at all, too much skunkiness. I'll have to revisit this in the future, but this bottle wasn't good at all. And this was even after having drank a few other beers tonight. Not recommended.

Photo of vancurly
2.13/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

a: Pale yellow/straw, white foamy head. Reasonable lace.
s: Spicy vegetatious hop firstly, but then stewed cabbage-like notes. Seems to skunk pretty quickly.
f: Swedish bitter herbs, aftertaste of iceberg lettuce, some pleasant malt notes, but a bit too vegetatious.
m: Light & sherbetty to start, becomes heavy and oily, with a strong extract bitterness at the back. Really unbalanced. The bitterness is more like coffee bitterness than hop.
d: Unbalanced and clumsy

Photo of bigdeuce
2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not impressed with this one. I should know, "never drink anything in a green bottle". It let's light through and ruins the beer making it skunky. This one was skunky, very light, and left a Heinekenesk aftertaste. Probably had good ingredients, but couldn't taste them. Straw color but poured not a head, like a beck's or heineken. Tasted of some malts, few hops but very skunky bitter. Not recommended.

Photo of letsgopens
2.17/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I usually attempt to write my full review before glancing at any others to prevent the possibility of creating any predisposed biases, but in this case I couldn't help myself. It blew my mind that a great deal of people enjoyed this beer! Now I'm not saying it's the worst German Pils I've had, but it's certainly down there somewhere. I'm almost questioning the quality/freshness of this particular bottle. In any case, here goes...

The brew appears to be completely translucent with a pale yellow hue. The soapy, rocky foam recedes fairly quickly and leaves some short, but thick lace behind. Some sparse, rising bubbles can be plainly seen throughout the body of the glass.

I'd say the aroma is really the low point of this brew. Pretty dim and lackluster with some mild spice and dim, pale malt. Very mild and somewhat unappealing. Its got a distinct, unfresh smell. I'm really not taking any pleasure in the aroma of this beer.

Very husky, starchy grain comes through in the flavor initially. Rather unpleasant and astringent. Dry rice-like grain and a great deal of pale malt. I hate to use the phrase "skunky" but this one hits the nail on the head. Slight, weak hop and sweet cereal. A slight toffee taste lingers bellow the unpleasantness in the finish. Not good sir, not good.

A crisp but certainly not clean feel along with a starchy character that leans toward dry. I suppose more husky than normal dry, but you get the picture (maybe). An odd buttery texture kind of lingers. The drinkability is decent I guess with an ABV just under 5%, but trust me I doubt I'll be drinking another one any time soon.

Photo of thedifferencemaker
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of Selderkin
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of avalon07
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A very skunky beer. It hits you the second you pop it open. Small traces of hops and malt, though.

T: Tasted of mild malt, grain, and a little citrus up front, with some hops in the finish. Like the smell, the skunky quality emerges as well. Overall, it's too harsh and badly done. Not a particularly great flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is an unmemorable, mass-produced beer with little to recommend it.

Photo of kegger22
2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jever Pilsener was a crystal clear yellow in color with a small white head that dissipated to a large bubbled collar.

The aroma was grain, sweet malt and a bit of skunk.

The taste was more dry than sweet, with a slightly bitter hop after taste. That combination didn't work that well, even for a pilsener.

The mouth feel was light bodied, lightly oily and well carbonated.

Drinkability was only fair due to the less than satisfactory taste.

Not recommended, even as change of pace beer.

Photo of BigMike
2.42/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: POured a light amber yellow. A pretty substantial head thats almost snow white in color tops it off.

S: The predominant smell is skunk and light noble hops. Skunky to the point it reminds me of heineken. (Thats not a good thing)

T: Taste mimicks the nose. Skunky noble hops with a bread like malt sweetness on the finish.

M: Light bodied. Lots of carbonation dancing on the tongue.

Overall: Not a real good pils IMO. Too much skunk covering up and real aromas and flavors. COnsidering this was on draft, i'm surprised at said skunkiness.

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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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