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Jever Pilsener | Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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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 jeffeljefe
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into stemmed pilsner.

A: very pale, clear yellow; not much head, tiny bubbles, some lacing

S: sweet, malty, a little grassiness

T: very drinkable. pleasing level of malt fading into mild-to-medium hoppiness

M: smooth bodied, medium-high carbonation, finishes with a little bitterness

O: would drink again. Prefer this to the pilseners I've tried at my local pub so far

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Photo of xnicknj
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the cambridge - served in pils glass

Pours a hazed golden color with a thicker topping of white head. Retains before fading into some stringy lacing on the glass and a slick of film.

Snap of grassy hops and faint citrus. A little bitter with bready, biscuit malts.

Lemongrass and soft hop bitterness up front. Smooth grainy malts with biscuit and toasted grain. A touch of breadiness and clean hops. Finishes slightly bitter.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and crisp on the tongue. This drinks fine but there's definitely more expressive, interesting pilseners readily available.

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

Platinum blonde with blindingly white foam that pits and clings immediately then rings.
Clean cream cracker malts with bit of herbal bite behind it.
Bread dough up front with big grass and coriander hops.
White pepper finish and both herbal bitter and some lingering sweetness to end, like natural cough drops, that lasts forever, turning aspirin. Light, soft, crisp.

Bitterness that is this beer's reputation is certainly there - straight IBUs over any Noble spice (Hallertau and Tettnang here) which is unusual in Germany. Surprised by how soft it is, though, and with some residual sweetness it's just missing a certain snap . A top pils, but not the original version of Prima Pils, which is what I was hoping for.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can served in an ordinary glass. Enjoyed in Freining, Munich area. Before visiting the Wiehenstephan monastery at the 28th of September, 2012.

A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a big bubbled and aired white head. Beer is absolutely clear and head retention is medium to low. Some lacings are formed and left

S: Quite simple in the nose. A mix of sweet grains, bready Lager yeasts and flowery hops. A bit ashy and metallic. Authentic German Lager

T: As the nose, slightly sweet upfront. Sweet malts. Followed by a bready and crispy Lager yeasts. Considerable hop sting which is citrus and earthly. In overall, dry and crispy in taste

M: Very light body and considerable carbonation. Flowery, stingy citrus aftertaste

O: Easy drinking beer. Good session German Lager beer. Recommended

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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 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 Kromes
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear straw color with a thin line of soapy bubbles on top.

S: Sweet honey malts with a grassy hop and slightly waxy aroma.

T: Kind of a wax and grainy malt flavor with a bit of fruitiness a bitter aftertaste. Not much hop flavor, just bitterness. The beer isn't sweet, it finishes dry.

M: light bodied with high carbonation and finishes dry.

O: Was hoping for more, but for me this is just and average Pilsener.

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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 stevoj
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The best German pilsener I’ve had, hands down. The perfect amount of hops adds a snap to the taste, and its full of malt/grain flavor. This beer rocks. Like others here, I think this beer is vastly underrated...

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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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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.