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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

547 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

schopenhauerale, Aug 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

SarahMackAttack, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

skriv, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Jacobob10
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Zum Schneider in New York, NY.

Straw yellow in color, very clear, with a medium white head. Slight lacing on the glass. Mild aroma with light floral hops. Crisp flavor, medium-dry finish, and light bodied. Did not pack the bitterness or flavor that I crave from a good pilsner. Nothing wrong with the beer, there are just way better versions of the style out there.

Jacobob10, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a nice, light, clear yellow in color with a gorgeous white head that left a nice film on top of the liquid.

Smell - The Hallertau jumps out of the glass and the grain is raw and fun. This is a big nose for a pils.

Taste - The hops are just as big at the taste and the grain is sharp and to the point. This is a very big beer.

Mouthfeel - This is a tad bigger than light-bodied with some nice, fresh carbonation.

Drinkability - This isn't traditional but was very tasty, more like a Czech pils than a German one.

RoyalT, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely light yellow with good carbonation...nice white head tops this offering. Smell is lightly hoppy. Taste is lightly sweet initially then finishes in a sharp bitter hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a slight creaminess. Drinkability is what you woul dtypically expect in a Pils...crisp....good for a hot day.

edchicma, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of TheJudge
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a very nice, pure golden color, actually more golden than most Pilsners. It had a nice bright white head, that laced nicely. It was a very carbonated beer

The thing that struck me most was the bitterness, both at the front and the back of the mouth, and it remained all the way through. This is too bitter to be a session beer, and struck me as heineiken on steroids. The hop taste is extreme, and very german/chech, although i cannot quite place it by name. A good beer, but not for everybody.

TheJudge, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of mralphabet
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Victory Pilsener glass.

A: Straw yellow with visable carbonation, good 2 fingers of foamy head that settles too a nice ring. Very nice lacing from start to finish.

S: There is a Metallic hoppiness very green, very slight yet bitter sweet malts.

T: Slightly sweet malts, with a very green oily hops. Clean and crisp, after taste is strong bitter and long.

M: Sharp very active carbonation on the tongue.

D: Very nice pilsener fits the style to a tee. Pils from the homeland.

mralphabet, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of drperm
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tall pilsener glass.

App: Pale gold straw or dandelion tea. Very thin white lace crown.

S: Classic clean pils nose: lots of grain, nuts, noble hops, artisan bread.

T: Subtlety here. It starts off much like a ho-hum international pils, but as it lingers it flirts with the tongue in some fun ways. There's *almost* (not quite) an ale-yeast complexity at work, before it finishes just like a true pilsener with a crispy-clean snap.

M: On the palate it's nearly too thin, but still worthy.

D: Overall, fair. I was hoping for amazing greatness, but such things are elusive here. Still, a nice pilsener that is something beyond the everyday. I see this great with roasted peanuts, light summer fare, or cheese pizza. I'm not going to run out and get more of this right now, but if I were looking for an easy pilsener I'd have it again without thinking twice.

drperm, Oct 06, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear golden color with a 1" off-white fluffy head, some sticky lacing and decent retention. Smell is hoppy and bitter. Taste is bitter noble hops up front, finishing smooth with nicely balanced malt backbone. Grainy taste as well, with a bit of a burnt taste, which gives it a bit of a skunky quality, although I think that is intentional so I'm not going to detract for it. Leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste, but is smooth and crisp on the palate. Not a bad German pilsener but not my favorite.

number1bum, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of germanbeer1
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is can be identified by it's extremely herbal smell and taste. It has a nice golden color with a white head. The extremely herbal taste causes for a very bitter reaction. In order to maximize the taste from this beer it is strongly recommended that it be poured into a tulip or pilsener style glass.

germanbeer1, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a slender clear glass cervoise at La Piazza (Berlin, Germany).

A: Clear golden with 1-finger of white-frothy head and substantial lacing.

S: Pale malty sweetness with herbal, noble hoppiness moderate in the background.

T: Sharp herbal hoppy bitterness dominates but the pale malt counters pretty effectively to leave a mineral sweetness in the finish

M: Light-to-medium bodied with sharp, mineral bitterness and a moderately dry finish without much aftertaste

O: Not a bad beer but not as substantial as Konig

argock, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of MDDMD
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden yellow color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-some floral and bready aromas with herbal notes

T-light malt flavor with bready and grassy admixed and crisp hop finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean feel

O-a decent, refreshing pils

MDDMD, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Cresant
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 11.2 oz. green bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. DAted 15-05-09. The body was pale yellow with a bright white, pillowy head. This faded to a clotted film. A lazy bead rose to the top.

Smell was crisp earthy hops. Hay. Nice.

Taste was a soft green grassy bitterness. Earthy, spicy hops. There was some alcohol prickle before the finish. Husky grains peak as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was slightly thinner than expected. Soft carbonation.

I first became aware of Jever through Michael Jackson's book and I have sought this beer for years.

Cresant, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with strong lager yeast and grain flavors that are quickly followed by a mild light malt sweetness. The hop presence is mild but complementary and provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are others in the style that I would pick first but this is still a decent beer to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of ronniebruner
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a typical German pilsener, complete with the typical look, smell, taste. This is not the best beer of this type I have had, but it does well. All 5 ratings slightly above average, beer has a very clean and crisp taste. This is definitely worth giving a try.

ronniebruner, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of EPseja
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in a pilsener glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Vibrant straw gold with a burst of initial carbonation and an inch-high fluffy white head. Nice lacing, and average head retention.

S - Metallic hoppiness sitting atop green, mellow semi-sweet malts.

T - Easy, gently sweet malts. Very light and airy. Tight, drying hop profile in the finish. Clean and crisp.

M - Tingly and active on the tongue, puffing up to a nice froth. Swallow is a touch gassy.

D - Very nice pilsener that would be welcome at any backyard barbecue. A tad shy on character, but that's what adds to the drinkability.

EPseja, May 15, 2010
Photo of Natural510
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml green bottle; best-by date listed as 21-04-10.

Pours a transparent straw color with a decent heading, all in-line with the style.
Scent of grain and corn with a light malt backing.
Flavor notes of barley, corn and assorted grain. A bit musty, which limits its appeal, but there is a dry bitterness in the finish to round out the flavor.

A basic pilsner; the crispness & refreshment factors are there, but flavor a bit basic and in the end, no different than the hundreds of other German & Czech pilsners on the market.

Natural510, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of thehyperduck
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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: 3.56, 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.

thehyperduck, Jun 15, 2014
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.