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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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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

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Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a transparent golden color with minimal clean white head. Looks like a PILZNA.

S-Clean malt is submerged by some hefty Noble hops and a skunk aroma. Fresh cut grass. Skunk is too much. I can stand a little, but this is fairly hefty. Lets see how the taste.

T-Better than the nose. Less skunk. Hops are very grassy. Sun dried grass. But there is also a nice citrus hop flavor that tastes American. Breaded back end of the flavor. Pretty damn bitter and I like that. Sweetness grows stronger over time.

M-Light bodied. Bubbly and crisp. A nice pilsner feel. Dry and bitter. Plenty to like.

O/D-Better than most Pils. Its like a poor man's Prima Pils. I enjoyed it but I don't love it. Worth a try however.

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Photo of steveh
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I finally splurged and bought an $11 six pack of this highly touted beer. I've had Jever in the past, but never thought it to be the king of all German Pilsners as some BAs do.

Euro green bottle with a best-by date of 04.2012 -- timing is everything.

A -- Somewhat hazy, straw to gold color with a dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Mild skunkiness from the green bottle (I pulled this six pack from the back of the bottom shelf) with spicy, herbal hops fighting their way through.

T -- Good bready maltiness up front, if a little thin, that blends into a good balance of spicy noble hops. There's a semi-harsh graininess that reminds me of the Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr beers, but it's not distracting. Finish and aftertaste are dry and hop bitter. Some of that breadiness resurfaces in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a light to light-medium body.

O -- Overall, this is a good Pils -- not a great one. EKU has a great one and Trumer's US brewed rendition is great to style. The Trumer may prove a divide between imported and domestic-brewed beers; showing that a Pasteurized import may just lose some of the smoother characters you'd get at the source. Nonetheless, the Jever also proves that light lagers don't have to be bland and characterless.

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Photo of ckcanady
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden with a medium amount of carbonation. Would like a better carb bit.
S- Clean, earthy hop, herbal
T- Herbal, Hoppy, earthy , bready, light, well balanced and citrusy
M- Light easy drinking Pilsner. Exactly what I would expect a "craft" German pilsner to be
O- A good pilsner. Easy drinking and flavorful. Perfect summer Pilsner. I wonder what it taste like straight from the brewery! Hmm

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Photo of MDDMD
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random mix-a-six grab.

A- Poured from a green bottle into a pint glass with a translucent pale straw-golden body. Frothy white head builds to about two fingers in size. The cap has decent retention but doesn't leave any lace.

S- Herbal, grassy and floral up front. No detection of skunking and not a very strong aroma.

T- A bitter, grassy floral hop flavor up front. The taste also brings notes of bread, light malt, herbal hops and light fruit.

MF- Creamy light body with lots of bubbles. Crisp with a silky overall feel ending with a nice bitterness.

Refreshing and drinkable pils. Probably won't get it again but it was certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into tulip. best before 4/20/12.

A: clear, bright gold. white bubbly head. not too impressive to start and neither is the retention, however the lacing looks pretty good.

S: the aroma is bursting with the very earthy and herbal hallertau hop aroma. noble and pleasant.

T: a flicker of honey sweetness, then the crisp, super dry finish w/ a minor herbal hallertau bitterness. could use a touch more body...

M: average carbonation on a light body. wouldnt hate a touch more bubbles.

D: had a few complaints, as i stated above, but overall a highly refreshing pils.

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

1/2 inch foam head with small carbonation bubbles, golden color, clear, hay, toast, sweet peas and honey can be found on the nose, tastes of subtle hay, white grapes, pink grapefruit, finish is a little dusty and bitter.

Overall; Was crisp and clean and went well with lemon custard.

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Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jever is a serious pilsner for those who enjoy crisp and well hopped pilsners. This is super dry and very hoppy, it's just awesome. A great session beer with plenty of carbonation and hoppy zip. I think this was prima pils inspiration...., ...,.A must try!

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear yellow gold with nice head, decent retention and tracing.

S-Honey and floral notes, light malt, faint hop bitterness.

T&M-Even clean light malt notes, lightly sweet but not overly so, bitter and refreshing dry finish, floral hops and a taste of honey midway and in the aftertaste. Great balance, light-bodied and moderate carbonation.

D-A very enjoyable beer, easy to drink, sessionable brew.

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Photo of Douberd
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle.

It pours a golden yellow colour, and a one finger head that quickly dissolves. Minimal bubbles.

Aroma is of malts and hops, not so strong though.

Taste is bitter, and leaves back an even more bitter once swallowed. Also, a bit metallic at the tip of the tongue.

Medium thickness on the body with an average carbonation.

Overall, a quite nice beer!

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A-crystal clear golden straw color with a fluffy white, thick head. Lots of retention and lacing. A classic German pilsner look.

S-dry floral hop and light maltiness make for a clean aroma. Nothing sugary-sweet.

T-clean and malt forward with a dry hop bitter finish. Sharp and tart.

M-ligt body with good carbonation that tickles the tongue. Dry and tart aftertaste.

O-I like a pilsner with some hop bite and Jever delivers. Very drinkable at 4.9 abv.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; fluffy bleached white head on a clear golden yellow body with lots bubbles rising at a moderate speed. Good retention with patchy chunks of lace left behind.

smell; fresh biscuty malts with honey. Hops are floral with a sting of bitter resin but generally mild.

taste; starts off with malts of stale bread growing warmer and raw dough-like in the finish before the bitter hops come in and take control. Rather nice, some alcohol is perceived in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; a very crisp and refreshing beer, great for drinking in quantity with a dry and smooth finish.

overall; a nicely done Pils, very clean and a joy to knock down after work.

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

Jever Pilsener is a crystal clear, pale golden lager with a soft, fluffy, white head that has outstanding retention. It has a pilsner malt aroma. It smells light, fruity and grainy. In the mouth, it's light bodied and smooth. The finish is clean and dry. It has a light, clean pilsner malt flavor. It has a decent bitterness at the finish to zip up the taste and keep me thirsty for more. It tastes a little doughy and a little fruity. The bitterness is a little wooden and peppery with maybe a hint of juniper. I'm not much of a pilsner guy, but I found this to be quite pleasing and very refreshing. It's also nice to drink something from a green bottle that's not skunky. I would drink this on purpose in the summer.

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Photo of HeavyCsOptician
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Again I am a pils guy so this one is in my comfort zone. I have stocked this one in my fridge also. A friend got me this brew as an experimental piece and have to say I am satisfied.

Appearance is a light shade with a small head.

The slinky smell and taste that was prominent to others does not seem that distinguished to me.
The taste is smooth and feeling is parallel to the smoothness.

The alcohol taste is not pronounced which I prefer. Very good brew to drink if it is going to be a high volume consumption night.

Would recommend Jever if a pilsner fan.

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Photo of BigMike
2.41/5  rDev -32.7%
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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Photo of seesnow3
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle, Gaffel stange, freshness of March 2012, $2.49/11.2 oz.

Pour-Two finger pearl white head that begins to fade fairly quickly, incredibly active medium sized effervescence, just a bit of lacing, though thin and fizzy on the glass. Pale straw color.

Nose-The second I opened it, it was skunky grain awesomeness. Light skunky grains with a hint of citrus, seems pretty typical.

Palate-Sweet at first, a hint of sour, a good amount of bitter that transforms into a large wave of sweetness. Mostly a malty grain flavor with a little bit of skunk that isn’t too intense with just a touch of citrus, the sweetness is very strong.

Body-Medium light, fairly crisp with pretty active effervescence.

Final-Fairly easy drinking though much sweeter than I expected. Though very good, the sweetness makes it not quite as crisp as I’m used to for the style and a little bit heavy. The alcohol is actually slightly noticeable, but it is good overall. It’s just a little bit unbalanced IMO, though not too distracting

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Photo of dansmcd
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear pale yellow body capped by a finger of porous white head after an aggressive pour.

S - Strong aroma of vita wheat crackers takes me back to my childhood. Salt, sesame seeds, grass.

T - Same cracker character. A sweetness in the malt profile.

M - Moderate in carbonation and body.

O - Reasonably satisfying pilsener. Nothing exceptional here though.

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Photo of dudelove7485
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a transparent straw-yellow. It has a thin, bright white head with nice retention and lacing. Aroma is very green bottle skunky at first, then earthy, malt and grass. At first, the taste is honey-sweet and then gives way to a strong, but not entirely unpleasant bitterness. There are hints of cracker and grainy malt with a bit of astringency. Medium body with good, zingy carbonation. The dry finish sort of sits on the back of your tongue. Pretty average.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Radeberger flute at low altitude.

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles flowing up toward the top of the glass. The head is foamy and stark white with a decent amount of retention and a fair amount of lacing.

S: The smell is relatively strong overall, but malty notes overpower herbal hops on this one. Strangely, I can smell a slight bit of alcohol in the background.

T: Just as the nose would suggest, biscuity malts up front with a less prominent bitterness on the finish. Definitely a little lacking in terms of a hoppy punch.

M: Medium-bodied and dry, although surprisingly lacking in carbonation. No less, a good feel for the style.

D: I don't think this is anything too special, but at least the flavors are very clean.

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

Green bottle, medium to lighter yellow. Has a nice noble hop aroma, grassy and slightly spicy, taste is the same, starting rather light and finishing a bit heavier with the pronounced earthy/spicy hop bite. A nice full flavored pilsner. Pretty well done.

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Photo of emerge077
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 03.20.12

Into a 0,3l stange, it pours a bright gold with dense soapy foam. Slow trails of ascending carbonation. Great retention, with plenty of patchy lacing to boot.

Boom! Skunk. Lightstruck green bottle skunk you can smell from several feet away. Cooked cereal grains, pretty unappealing at first. Puffed rice and wheat, something vaguely smoky oddly enough. Vaguely floral and grassy as it warms.

Honey and butter crackers from the pale malt, grassy bitterness from a noble hop presence. Body is crisp but a little watery. Loses a bit of carbonation towards the end. Ok, not great. More bitter than many German Pils, but as skunky as Heineken. Go with the draft or minikeg version...

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good pilsner weather, isn't it? It's a 330 ml green bottle, pop the top, and on to the beer:

Yellow straw colored with a few bubbles running up. The foam settles to a small creamy lace and whips good amounts of itself onto the glass. The nose has some wildflower notes, soil, some sulfur, and a whisper of hay.

This is one bitter pilsner. It starts bittersweet with a little honeysuckle, then you start to feel the bitterness unleashed. There are some distinct notes in the pils, like the soil and flowery flavors. There's a sharp bitterness that stings the palate, and it lingers long into the aftertaste.

Jever is not a beginner's pilsner. If bitterness is your quest, then Jever should fullfill that. While sometimes a little too much, I did enjoy the bitterness in general.

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Photo of stjaernstoft
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Jever Pilsener, ABV: 4.9%.
330 ml bottle, 11.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: A clear, straw-coloured liquid, with a quite big white head - nice retention.

S: Big aromas of malt and grassy hops, with notes of day-old bread, herbs and lemons. It feels dry already on the nose.

T: Dry and bitter hops, big flavours of bread and grainy malt, and notes of citrus and hay.

M: The feel is notably dry and bitter. Medium-sized body.

O: A classic Pilsener, I expected something crisp and delicious, but the dryness and all the grainy flavours made it a bit harsh. The price is good, though, it's still a pretty tasty lager, and I think it would do well with tasty home cooking.

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Photo of alankwak
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear beer with decent head retention and lacing.

S: Great grainy/grassy smell along with Hallertau hop aroma. Grainy odor is wonderful with this beer.

T: Smooth, grainy taste. Medium hop bitterness and flavor. Very smooth.

M: Medium/full mouthfeel and good body.

O: Very nice Pils. They seem to use very good ingredients and water along with a quality brewing process.

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Photo of avalon07
2.31/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

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