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Jever Pilsener | Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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3.58
pDev:
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Jever PilsenerJever Pilsener
BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine had his brother-in-law bring this over from Germany, and it was a nice pilsner that I hadn't previosuly heard of. The packaging looked cheap, but the beer was pretty good.

Very pale yellow with tightly packed bubbles in a fairly weak head with little lacing. Smell was somehow "import smelling" without the skunky methyl-butyl-thiol smell that we usually associate with the green-bottle-beers. Taste good - an above average pilsner.

I liked it - and if it were more widely available here, I would gladly take it over some of the more common German lagers like Beck's, Krombacher, Warsteiner, Bitburger.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good example of a pilsner, though nothing extraordinary. It poured a straw-yellow with a decent head. It had a moderate to heavy carbonation. It tasted very grainy (grassy) and somewhat hoppy. Overall, it had a refreshing taste. One of the better pilsners from Germany, IMO.

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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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Photo of kmpitz2
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 12 oz bottle. Poured into a pilsner glass. The beer is an incredibly clear light straw color with a finger of white head that falls to a full coat over top. A very active carbonation boils from the bottom of the glass, helping maintain the head. As the head receded to a light coat, it left a good bit of solid lacing on the glass. Initailly the nose was big in the green bottle mercaptain skunkyness. After letting it sit, I find solid grainy character from the pilsner malt with just a touch of honey sweetness. There is a touch of herbal noble hop in there, but the pilsner malt is dominant. Flavor is definately dominated with grainyness. This is followed by a light herbal hop and a mild biterness and a light metallic flavor on the finish. I'd like the hop flavor to be more prevalent in this. The feel is light with a moderate carbonation. This one is an okay pilsner. I don't think I would go out of m way for it again, but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of jakester
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Expiry date on the back of the label.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a beautiful two finger head of white foam. The head falls to a nice 1/8" coating with fantastic lacing. Carbonation appears moderate.

Aroma is faint biscuity pils malt, very clean, with a pleasant level of DMS, dimethyl sulfide, which most ignorant drinkers refer to as "skunky", but is actually a product of your malt or yeast. Skunky is only from light struck beer, having a smell of mercaptans, the shit they put in narural gas to give it a smell. Also, a very nice clean spicy hop smell comes through later.

The first flavor is, surprisingly, hop bitterness, not real strong or anything, folowed by a slight toasted pils malt, maybe from decoction? Spicy hop flavor is in the back, but there. Dominant flavor is hop bitterness. Aftertaste is bready, hoppy, and bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with bright carbonation. Very refreshing. Finish is also crisp and dry.

This, to me, is one of the better German pilsners I've had in a while. I'd do a case of this anytime.

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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 jdhilt
1.8/5  rDev -49.7%
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.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a long while back this brew used to be sold in 33cl bottles at the discount shop on the corner ... it used to be my favorite back then, light straw colour, great taste, and especially the long lasting rough tingling dryness on the tongue .... meanwhile I only get it in the specialised shop (Drinks of the World) which is also described on this site and where I have to get special brews at a less moderate price these days ...

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Photo of horndecker
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is pale straw with a bright white, lively head of moderate longevity.

The nose is tangy and tart and resiny hops. Sulfur and rye bread.

The taste is very crisp, hop accented, malt at first just a shadow, but eventually a bready, grainy malt emerges. The herbal, bitter hops remains the feature of this pils. Light bodied, sharp and tangy. It finshes dry. A fine thirst quencher.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Wonka
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 fl. oz.
Best Before: 28.04.06

Appearance – gold/straw body with a few streams of carbonation; 1-finger thick, white wispy head at pour with reasonable retention; lace is also reasonable

Smell – skunk smacked me in the nose immediately; based on the ‘Best Before’ date, I wonder if it was mishandled; wheat, grass, spice and noble hop sneak through

Taste – thankfully, the skunk dissipated when taken past the tongue; wheat; slight metal; good floral hop in the close, but that Pepe Le Pew creeps back in the slightest measure between sips; without Pepe, it’d garner a 4

Mouthfeel – very even crispiness; light/moderate feel; really clean close; just a hair dry

Drinkability – easy drinker, but the damned skunk causes me to cut out the nose early in consumption in order to have the best experience

Jever would be a reasonable summer beer if the skunk didn’t ruin the picnic.

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Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had mixed expectations about this brew, but found it to be solidly refreshing and enjoyable. It pours a deep gold color: exceedingly clear, with a brilliant white head. The aroma is full of bready malts, mixed with floral, herbal hops. Slightly grassy, and just a hint of earthy, sulfury, mustiness. The taste is malty, and full of bread-like character. This quickly subsides into a brisk, abrupt hop kick. Finishes with a decidedly bitter snap. Refreshing and solid. I enjoy a good German Pilsner, and this one is worth trying again.

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Photo of necoadam
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a light golden color with a huge white foamy head. Smell consisted of hops, grass, some light oranges, and a very, very faint skunky smell, but didn't affect anything. Taste was alright. Started out quite bitter, good for a pils. Grassy hops in the beginning, with some grains and malts mixing in the middle, and ends with some spicy hops. Quite good. Mouthfeel was light-medium and slighty overcarbonated. Not bad. This beer has to be fresh though.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice drinkable pilsner that is refreshing and not overly hoppy.

Pours a nice pale straw yellow color with a compact white head that leaves come spidery lace.

Aroma is faintly floral with biscuit malt being the predominant smell.

Taste is balanced slighlty malty to start some refreshing sour notes and a dry hop finish.

Mouth feel is light and crisp.

This is a very drinkable pilsner. One of my favorites, and I love the signature glass.

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Photo of stcules
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw-yellow colored. Beautiful head, compact and creamy.
The smell is fresh hop, herbal. Malt in the background, but well noticeable. Very clean.
The taste is characterized by a good dryness, by a good hop bitterness, well amalgamated with the malt.
Fresh and inviting.
Mediu-light body, pils-style.
In the aftertaste the hop again, strong and persistent.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the lightest gold with a great two fingered white head. Head slowly goes away. this beer glistens in the light.

Aroma is not to overwhelming, It has grassy spicey hop notes Taste is crisp and clean. Bready malts followed by some very spicy hop notes.. Very dry finish. Would go great with smoked salmon or sushi or caviar. This is not the soft hops of Bavaria.

Mouthfeel. Prickley carbonation is great. Makes the beer very drinkable and smooth with food. Drinkability is good. I would not drink this all night.. well maybe. The hops in this are very distinct and spicy floral.. good stuff all around

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blinding sun-yellow, grainy and biscuit nose, tiny and stringy carbonation. An initial blast of Hallertau (German) hops that become a bit bitter. Very dry and thirst-quenching. Some oats and biscuit-like offerings marry well with the hops. Finish is dry, slightly metallic, creamy and lip-smacking good! An outstanding pilsner, highly drinkable.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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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 watermelonman
3.77/5  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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark green 11.2oz bottle. Best before date on back label.
Light gold in color with a snow-white, fairly long lasting head and some sticky lace. The aroma of fresh cut hay with a herb garden smells. Fresh hop, a faint sulfuric smell and a faint maltiness. The malt body is somewhat light and has a clean herbal and slightly grainy character. The abundantly applied Hallertau hops are spicy, lightly citrusy and a bit metallic, creating a bit of a back of the throat edginess and bite. The taste of hard water adds to the intense bitterness.

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Photo of bultrey
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the other hipster-du-jour beer in Brooklyn, along with PBR. Everybody drinks it thinking they are drinking something exotic, but they are really just drinking Heineken with a cool sounding name and matching glassware. Clean, clear golden-yellow color. Classic pilsener nose: slightly skunky, cat-pee, herbal, and floral. Taste differs very little from the aroma. Heavy on the skunkiness, like a Heineken, but with a bit more character. Clean, crisp, lively finish, pretty decent German hops profile. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated with a bit more body than one might expect. Could be a good session brew if you're into this sort of thing, but it's best paired with some spicy food or sausages. Average in every way.

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Photo of WesWes
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a 1" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly grainy pale malt scent with a dry yeast finish and a bit of skunkiness. The taste is awful. It has a watery pale malt flavor with a little bitterness and a dry finish. It goes down cleanly, but has a horrible aftertaste. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average pilsner. It lacks flavor and mouthfeel. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  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.

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Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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