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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

Jever PilsenerJever Pilsener

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BA SCORE
81
good

452 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.85%


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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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Canal Street Pub in Reading Pa.
Served as a crystal clear brilliant golden colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is malty, with some bread-like qualities noted.
Taste ismalty sweet, with a light refreshing crispness.
Finishes is light and refreshing.
A nice easy to drink beer that went well with our meal selsection

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 19:33:34 | More by tgbljb
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diablo14

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's getting harder and harder to find satisfying lagers and pilseners these days. Even the finest in the genre seem to be dumbing themselves down for the consumption of the masses. So it was with great delight that I saw Jever pilsener in the fridge, standing out like a beacon amongst all the dross.

Usually I would ignore a beer that has a light, almost lemon yellow hue (see Becks). Fortunately, the huge foamy head and energetic carbonation bely the dire possibilities the color suggests. There are plenty of nostril clearing hops, and hints of fruit and cut straw on the nose. It does get a little skunky, but I always find this with lagers out of a can.

The taste is a little bit malty, a little bit fruity, with the ever present grassy tones. it's not too big, but it's clean, crisp and finishes with marvelous blasts of hops. Goes down an absolute treat, and a real winner on particularly hot days (or nights). Everything here is where it should be, but the hopping of this beer, its great bitter finish and crisp feel are what sets Jever apart from a crowd.

Lay this one on your boring lager drinking buddies and they won't know what hit them. Jever pilsener is, to my mind, one of the classic interpretations of the German style.

Serving type: can

09-13-2007 09:41:32 | More by diablo14
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the hoppiest pilsner I have yet tried.

Pours a typical pilsner gold with a fluffy shortlived head and a small smattering of lace. The aroma is packed with delicious sea air hops backed by a modest malt base. Its incredibly aromatic, even room filling. The taste is chock full of hops. An instant hit of dry, bitter almost salty hops explodes on the first sip. The hops grow more leafy and pithy with time. Cracker-like malts provide a great balast to the barage of hops. The finish is bitter and long but not as brutally bitter as an America IPA, but nearly. The mouthfeel is bountiful and full of smooth carbonation.

This is one kick ass Pilsner, probably the best one Ive come across yet. A hophead's Pils.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2007 00:28:56 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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mcallister

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Macro-esque. Light golden with a flimsy sputtering white head. Some trace thin lace.

Nice saaz hop aroma aromas with a malty background and a hint of lemongrass. Yet no "wow" factor.

Below average. No complexity. Thin weak body and mouthfeel. Again hints of lemongrass, but lacking any substance. More of the saaz in the mouth and malt would have been welcoming and spiced things up a little.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2006 21:54:40 | More by mcallister
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wavz

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer I had in Germany. And my first impression is that Germans know what they are doing when it comes to beer. We were in Travemunde during a summer fest when I first tried this beer. Light golden color. Nice head, but it is a lighter beer so it doesnt stick around long. Crisp clean tight well balanced taste, much better then most Pils I have tried. So when in Rome (or Germany).

Wavz

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2006 04:41:26 | More by wavz
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sucky.
Served on-tap at the Gingerman in NYC.
A pretty robust, earthy pilsner.
Decent hops bite but not as much as I'd like... more malts than I'd expect from a pilsner.
Almost chewy... drinks pretty easily and cleanly.
Carbonation was just right.
A good pils but not a great one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2005 07:24:01 | More by ommegangpbr
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at Redbone's

Almost perfectly clear, offering barely a suggestion of gold when you look through it. Milky white head.

Brisk, fresh scent.

Slighty grassy bitterness. Vegetal, grainy sweetness with a suggestion of corn that I find off-putting. Almost stony finish, achingly dry.

Light bodied with a slight bite.

It is what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2005 16:47:55 | More by gentlebubbles
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watermelonman

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived in a nice gold color with a bit of deep amber. The head was small and lasted well, and the lacing was minor.

The smell is a nice combination of herb and hop. The taste brings out a lot of hops. The mouthfeel was heavier than expected but goes well with the taste.

This one seems to be unique for its color and the readily apparent hops.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2005 11:18:42 | More by watermelonman
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with with a pretty large head that settled pretty quickly into a soapy like top,a nice fresh aroma of grass and "green" herbs along with a slight iron note but its very slight.Taste is quite bitter and herbal a big dose of hops in this pilsner just lightly sweet after awhile but the hops are most prevalent in this brew thats for sure.A interesting pilsner quite bitter but a real quaffer would go down real easy on summer day the bitterness is quite refreshing,a nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2004 12:23:00 | More by oberon
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the bottle while in Germany, and gave it a 3.5%. This rating is for the on-tap version, which I recently enjoyed at Redbones...hmm, I do like beers on-tap. Anyway, no surprise at the color, clear golden yellow when served, I was able to enjoy watching the slowly rising carbonation. I also liked the perfumey hop aroma it came with. Medium bodied, I found slight crispness and some sweetness from the malt. I also have written in my notes a bit of a woody note...over-all, more enjoyable on tap here in the US.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2004 15:24:29 | More by PatandDavid
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2004 15:22:40 | More by shapudding
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2004 03:40:34 | More by blitheringidiot
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TheJudge

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2004 20:25:20 | More by TheJudge
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrived in front of me sporting a clear yellow color with a thin head which produced barely any lacing. The aroma was of malt, grass and hops. The malt and bitterness levels were nicely balnaced to produce a very drinkable pilsner. The bitterness was more pronounced than other german plisners I have sampled.

The mouthfeel was clean and very crisp, and had a super clean finish. No aftertaste at all. This beer is extremely drinkable and was paired perfectly with the potato pancakes I was eating.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2004 19:30:28 | More by Gavage
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jtw5877

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a really fluffy white head. Smells like a little bit of grain and a hint of skunk. The taste is nice, biscuity maltiness, and a little hopiness with a tiny hint of skunkiness. A free beer given tome by a co-worker, who received it from her sister who received it from a German client.

Serving type: can

12-24-2003 23:34:08 | More by jtw5877
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This pils poured a clear, yellow color with creamy, white foam that persisted but eventually settled and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was modest: bready malt with a touch of grain. The taste was sweetish malt with floral and bitter hops and a light touch of bread and grain. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a decent pils, though a tad too sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2003 06:08:46 | More by UncleJimbo
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought me back a non-widget pint can of this upon his return from his homeland of Germany. It pours a yellow/light golf color with a nice, large white head and it leaves a little lacing on the glass - Very clear body on this one. The aroma is of hay/corn husks, light malts and pleasing hops. Great smelling for a German Pils - no skunkiness here. The flavor is very clean and smooth. It has a nice strong taste upfront that leaves the palate completely bare after a second - very interesting - makes it sooo easy to drink. The upfront taste is filled with soft malts and some slightly spicy hops as well - I detected a nutty taste as well - possibly almonds. Great beer!

Serving type: can

09-23-2003 19:47:30 | More by clvand0
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is light and golden with a fluffy off white head. Scent is of strong spices and floral notes that leave a bitter pinch on the tip of your nose. Taste is grainy and quite full flavored for a pilsner...this one is no wussy. It finishes fairly clean except for a slight refreshing remnant of its spice-like qualitites.

One of the few choices widely available in Köln for someone who does not want a Kölsch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2003 13:58:57 | More by allboutbierge
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed "vom Fass" at AOBF Stammtisch. This Pils is a pale straw/light golden color, and is clear throughout. Head was white, thin and fine, with a smidge o' lace. Nose was grassy, mildy floral hops, and fresh. Body was medium, yet the carbonation produced a somewhat rough feel on the tongue (though I find this a typical Pils trait). Flavor was mostly hops from start to end; strong, grassy, sharp and floral. Has a mild bitterness, but without a bite to it. A solid example of the style. I don't typically tend to drink Pils, but I enjoy a well-made version, such as Jever. Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

606

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2003 15:55:46 | More by Bierman9
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AaronRed

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

To me this is a good beer to drink on a hot summer day when you do not want anything too heavy. It has that nice German crispness upfront, that leads to a nice dry taste and texture. Not much in the way of color or smell, I found this beer to be a bit on the thin side, but with enough character to warrent a decent rating. It has sort of a tangy and slighty bitter appeal, and certainly goes with all kinds of food. A good session beer, but not great- in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2003 10:17:44 | More by AaronRed
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nomad

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2003 08:38:00 | More by nomad
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stoutman

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw gold, good fluffy white head and plenty of condition. Good level of hop aroma with a faint hint of celery, nicely malt sweet with balancing hop flavour and an intensly hop bitter finish that is slightly chalky. In a world of pilseners that all taste the same, this beer is one of the best of its style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2003 17:17:45 | More by stoutman
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Riggo

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap on a recent pilgrimage to my old haunt, d.b.a., in Manhattan. In the glass, a clear golden yellow color with a beautiful creamy stark white head. Nose is minerally with leafy, citrus hop notes. Initially a hop bitterness dances on the tongue followed by mineral and grain (wheat? corn?) elements and wonderfully full and solid mouthfeel/body. The finish is very bitter.

A very hoppy beer but a beer with balance nonetheless and an unusually deep, solid mouthfeel for a pilsener. The brewing here is a real lesson in how to incorporate a high-hop/bitter element into a brew without that element sort of floating free from the rest of the beer in an "untamed" way and coming off as astringent. Really an exceptional beer that you don't see too often in America (at least not often enough) and one that sets a standard for pilseners the world over.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2003 13:16:25 | More by Riggo
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Todd

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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 ...

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2002 15:00:28 | More by Todd
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although this review is for draft, I wanted to point out that the word "herb" on the bottled product means "dry" or "bitter" and is indicative of this North German pilsner's very dry style. Crystal clear and bright golden in color with a bright white head that holds fairly well. Very nice appearance. The aroma is quite hoppy as pilsners go - very noble, lightly grassy and highly floral. Some light, grainy malt aroma is present as well. The body is light-medium with a crisp carbonation. The flavor starts dry with a burst of hop bitterness, warming as it crosses the palate to reveal a firm grainy maltiness, and finishes long and bitter. The emphasis is definitely on hop bitterness with around 45 IBU's! Very one sided in many ways, but also with quite alot of finesse! A somewhat unique, refreshing and enjoyable pils. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2002 20:05:18 | More by NeroFiddled
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.