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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: 83 | 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 mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/11/12 notes. Had from a bottle at Idle Hands in the LES New York. 8 oz. pour at their Wednesday tasting in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear pale yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bread, and light floral hops, but not much at all. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of grains, floral hops, lightly bitter hops, wheat, and bready malts. Again, a bit bland and average.

m - Low body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall an average pilsener. Not much going on in the nose or taste, though neither are bad. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a Waterford crystal pilsener glass.

Appearance: A crystal clear straw gold body with unusually large carbonaion. A perfectly white, rocky, uneven head with average retention leaves bubbly lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Spicy, grassy hops and not too much else. Pungent but one dimensional.

Taste: Malt is prominent, but somewhat buttery. Hops are present in a balancing way, with a lot of the same notes as in the nose - lots of grass. Not too much goin' on here, but it's stylistically accurate, if not groundbreaking.

Mouthfeel: Big bodied and moderately even, thin.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, though perhaps not more so than average for the style. I've had better pilseners, and considering this is a style that has a very definite place and time, it's probably not one I'd seek out again, but I don't regret buying it once.

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Photo of Samp01
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a bubbly white short lived head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruitiness. Taste is sweet malts, corn, light cereal, and some light citrus hops. Palate is light to med body. good carbonation, and crisp mouth feel. Finish is sweet malt, cereal, ending with some good bittering hops. Overall a nice Pils, crisp, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a reddish golden with thin white head that lasted for much of the glass and left good lacing. Nose is grainy, similar to a macro, and the mouthfeel of this medium bodied beer is somewhat tingly. Flavor is an odd mix of grain, chocolate and tobacco, all of which led to a short dry finish

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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 FickleBeast
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a half finger of frothy foam. Aroma is grainy, husky, DMS-like cabbage aroma as well.

First sip is a quick burst of malt, quickly overshadowed by a brief hoppy flavor, and the finishing bone dry. Minimal bitterness, minimal sweetness. Has a grainy flavor, with noble hops poking their way in as well.

Overall, a good hot summer beer, thanks to the dry finish. Not something I'd particularly crave or seek out again. Perhaps this tastes better closer to the source.

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Photo of shapudding
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at the Drafting Room as their style of the month.

Light and golden, scented lightly of hops and citrus. No real head to speak of. Slightly bitter with a slight peppery bite. Not too much intensity, but more flavor than I expected for the color. Nice and dry. Carbination is just right.

Not something I would go out of my way to get, but decent.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, I have to admit I'm not a big pilsner fan, but chose this as the best of the bunch at a local restaurant. The appearance was a typical straw/light gold hue with a fairly impressive white head. The aroma was that typical pilsner smell... don't know how else to describe it... with maybe a little more spice.

Now for the taste... the mild sweet flavor is helped greatly by a spicey hop finish. Much more crisp and flavorful than most pilsners, and maybe even a little too bitter for me for this style (but I'd take overly bitter with flavor over lack of flavor any day). The carbonation is just right, and the beer pairs nicely with burgers & sausages. Of course, I'm reviewing this in the middle of winter... I'd might just rate it higher if I was enjoying this brew at a mid-summer BBQ...

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a light yellow with a two-finger head and lots of visible carbonation. The nose is kind of similar to a macro, with a bit of hops. The taste is a tiny bit of malt followed by a surprising amount of fairly bitter hops with some floral and citrus notes. The mouthfeel is a a little thin with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a pretty average beer, worth a try if you can get it for cheap.

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Photo of nomad
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bright yellow pils color, very little film of a head, and a little film for lace. Not much of a nose, just a trace of hallertauer scents and some toned down florals. Taste was definite Hallertauer and other hops and a little drop of sugar. Had a very thinned out malt and fairly long dry finish. Slid down easy like water. A plain old pilsener but luckily not as bad as an american one, but no czechvar either. Taste and finish weren't that appealing to me.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the 11.2oz skinny bottle a crystal clear golden yellow with a half inch of creamy bubbly head sitting on top. Lots of active carbonation present. The aroma begins with a toasted pale malt character. Sweet grains intermingle with a spicy, grassy hop that's quite pronounced. A mellow skunkiness is present but not distracting.

First sip brings a wave of creamy, toasted grains with light lemon zest undertones. A crisp, spicy herbal hop slides in midway through the sip and flows down with a nice bitterness at the end. I get an odd metallic flavor that's a bit offputting as well. Otherwise, this is a nice pilsener.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit dry with plentiful bubbles throughout. Goes down smooth and has a nice body for a pilsener. The metallic twang leaves me not wanting another. I was happy to try it, but it's not something I'd personally seek out again. Thanks to kmpitz2 for tossing me this one.

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Photo of Todd
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served in a 0.5l branded mug at Restaurant Leibniz-Klause in Berlin.

Appearance: Pale golden/yellow beer with an ample creamy foam lace.

Taste: Quite herbally with a faint dose of anise in the back. Thin, low sweetness. Hops takeover with a coarse, earthy, rindy, citrus peel flavour that builds to a semi-astringent level. Dry finish.

Notes: An okay pils. Some of the flavours seemed a bit odd though, out of place and balance ... or rather forced. Especially the hops -- hop extract?

Used this beer to wash down my plate Königsberger Klopse ...

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Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

(Revisited with a sample on tap in 2015). Clear and very light golden in appearance, looking like a watery light beer. It has a rather short-lived white head that does leave some lacing.

The aroma is a balanced mix of hops and malt that is stronger than expected given the light color. The taste is stronger yet, especially the hop note and the surprisingly bitter (but not objectionable) aftertaste.

O: decent pils.

(revised following bottle sampled in August 2013)

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Photo of silverking
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- golden straw with a pure white head. Not as lively looking as other Pilseners I've had. Anyway, nice head retention and great lacing.

S- biscuity grain, a little skunky. Not a good start here.

T- better than the smell. A little sweeter than expected, with a decent herbal/spicy hop bitterness. Really pleasant actually.

M- light, gentle carbonation, refreshing. The finish is watery.

O- aside from being light struck, it wasn't bad.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Take this for what's it's worth.

The best buy date on the bottle: April 21 2010.
Glass: pilsner

Pale, pale straw yellow. Pencil-width head - died off quick, as does the lacing. Skunky aroma with hints of piss-covered urinal. This dies off as it warms up. But not a whole lot.

A sharp sting on tip of the tongue. Feels good - lightly smooth, but not watered down.

Tasted better than the smell, thankfully. Standard pilsner flavors. Smidge of spice and hop/grain up front. A little sourness at the back. The nicer parts of the flavors linger after each sip.

Despite the cons, it's actually quite drinkable and I'm hoping that the past-due-itude and maybe light infiltration has to do with the funk. I'll gladly try it again.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsener glass at fridge temperature. Best before 30.08.07.

Appearance- Among the lightest and palest yellows I have ever seen... but the lackluster color gets boosted by some fantastic streams of carbonation, which help create the craggy finger-thick head. Lacing sticks to the sides of my glass.

Smell- Enormous wallop of Hallertau hops, obliterating any other potential aroma. Spicy fresh cut grass.

Taste- Bone dry and spicy, the hops grip the palate and dry the tastebuds... leaving behind some bitter hop burps. Nice, just not that interesting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Extremely light in body, the effervescence gives just enough tingle to keep this from being just average. It's a damn easy beer to session, with enough of a bite to warrant the next sip. This is a beer that calls for "less geekin and more dreenkin!"

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Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is corn, wheat, skunk and grassy hops. The flavor is wheat, pilsener malt and grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer smelled a lot more skunked than it tastes, but it was still very disappointing overall.

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Photo of CHickman
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold in color with a foamy 1 finger white head that lasted a while; good lacing that slides down slowly.

Smells of grain, malt, corn, light yeast and some citrus hops and or lemon; pretty faint nose overall, which is consistent with pilsners.

Tastes like a basic Euro pilsner with malt, corn, yeast, citrus hops, lemon, grains and the classic metallic aftertaste. Taste was average. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a smooth feel on the tongue and very high carbonation.

High drinkability for those who like pilsners; not my style, so I wasn't impressed enough to really enjoy this beer as it didn't separate itself from any other German pilsner. It went down very easy, but was just very basic to me.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Light golden clear por with a big ole cake like head under tons of lace that hung around through the drink.

Lacks a nose here. Malty creaminess at best. Hmmm...

High malt & grain start that settles to a dry and slightly hop finish. Nearly Heineken bitter skunk as warming takes place.

A decent drinker that can get bitter.

Last swigs: On tap as a featured flavor of the month at The Drafting Room. Great balance that holds a pilsener flavor over a Heineken bite. Just caught wind that Pilsener Urquell is the source of the first pilsener offering. Oh!

Beer is good. Happy pilsener beering.

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Photo of smcreator
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden yellow with a thin film of head.
S: Nice malt smell that is refreshing.
T: It has a semi-sweet initial taste with a surprisingly bitter finish. Unfortunately, it has the bitterness of, say, an IPA but does not have the hop flavor so the bitterness is not so pleasant.
M: Moderately smooth the whole way through the drink.
D: Easy to drink as it has not real character, but it would only really be good as a bar or party drink… not a beer for enjoying by itself.

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Photo of kevman527
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...

A - Had a white frothy 3 finger head, with retention, golden yellow color.

S - Malty, kind of sweet smelling, earthy notes, couldn't detect much hops in the smell.

T - Malty, yeasty, kind of spicy from the hops. Left a pretty bitter aftertaste.

M - Smooth and fizzy.

D - Very easy to drink several of these, would make for a good lawn mowing beer. A very decent Pilsener, much better than any of the American Macro's.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My fiance picked this up for me.

Appearance- yellow color, thin head

Smell- bready malt

Taste- interesting flavor, malt, hops, sweetness in the beginning

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I thought it was good for a lighter beer

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Photo of ckollias
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a hint of a trail.

S: Typical lager aroma with a slight skunky background and mild hop scent

T: Bitter skunky flavor with a dry malty finish. There is a dry bitter aftertaste present.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Hmm. In some ways this is a typical lager but on the other hand there are dry and bitter flavors that give it some character. Worthy of try but nothing I would grab again.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light clear yellow color. Fizzy white head that dissipates after a minute or two. Herbal, grassy very assertive Saaz hop aroma, as others have said it has a very typical generic "Pilsner" aroma. Nice and clean with a very hop forward flavor, but a bit one note. Not the best German Pils out there but a nice reminder to branch out and try some other ones.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear straw color with a thin white head that fades.Light lacing on the glass.

Light aroma of grainy malt with a light hop scent.

Crisp and grainy malt taste upfront followed by a nice hop bitterness. Only a light hop taste becomes present at the very end. Finishes quite dry with a lingering bitterness.

Body seems slightly thin for a pils. Could use a little more carbonation.

I have no problems drinking this, but just an average pils overall.

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