Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

612 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 18
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Photo of Lukie
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden hue, with a thick bubbly head. Great lacing and retention, with thick lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma's of slight citrus and woody bark. Not much else really.

Nice malty start, orange and lemon citrus. Full hop whack with nice bitterness. Straw like qualities and a grassy taste makes this very refreshing, yet enough depth to it.

Taste wise, one of the best german pils I have had. It is very unique, which is hard to achieve in pils. Very clean, easy drinking, with great lingering flavours.

Photo of Wonka
2.74/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of Riggo
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Pours clear straw with about 2/3" of fluffy white head that sits down quickly. Retention & lacing are both minimal.

S: A bit skunky with some cereal in the back. Faint sweetness is detectable. Not much else.

T: Bitter on the palate with a slightly hoppy character. Hint of pepper. What I can only define as mineral notes. Definitely a thirst-quenching little collection of flavors.

M: Crisp, dry & slightly textural. Carb is a bit on the higher side, no much body - though there'd be no confusing this with an AAL.

O: Solid but uninspiring. I wouldn't go out of my way to come back to it, but I wouldn't turn it down, either.

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of RedBaron
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite crisp, dry German pilsener beers.

Appearance: Straw-colored; nice rocky, uneven head
Smell: Good malty nose, maybe even a hint of smokiness to it; low hop factor
Taste: Starts sort of sweet, caramelly; finishes very nice and dry with a definite finishing hop that is wonderful.
Mouthfeel: Very well-balanced beer. Starts understated and sweetish, but finishes nice and dry. Excellent through and through.
Drinkability: Very good beer to have on a cold and/or damp day. Not a quenching beer you'd want after, say, jogging, but more of a beer to reflect on and take away the chill in the air. This beer is one of the more expensive German sixers you'll buy, and consequently the turnover rate may not be too high. Therefore, the freshness may be questionable. (Mine tasted a bit past its peak, but still very good). That said, this is an excellent beer, and even better on draught at a good German bierstube. Worth seeking out!

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Reverand
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale yellow in color that is crystal clear. Big chunky head that leaves a nice lace to the bottom of the glass. Not much for aroma though. Nice taste that was crisp and clean with a dry hoppy aftertaste. Certainly not the best pilsner but definitely not the worst.

Photo of apbarwood
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with an off-white, bubbly head that hangs around in a small layer for a long time. The aroma is musty but pleasant, a hint of malt but mostly a faint hoppy aroma. Tastes surprisingly nice given it's so-so aroma. The hops are great and are blended nicely with the malty flavor. Crisp, dry, and very refreshing with a respectable bready body to it. All I could think about was how great this would be with a salmon steak. Perfect for seafood.

Photo of appenzeller
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsener flute. Appearance is good for a pilsener, tons of champagney little bubbles emanating frome the brew, a nice frothy head. This is a very light colored beer, a light tan.

Scent is almost nonexistent. Taste is crisp, clean, just what I expected from the appearance. Hallertau hops give a nice bitterness, I can't discern any notable malts in this brew, I don't consider that a problem for a pilsener.

Bottom line, this is a very simple, clean, and good technical pilsener--a kind of beer that, lamentably, is almost impossible to find in American brews. That alone gives it a nice grade, it does not have the subtle complexities of flavor of the best Czech and German pilseners, though.

nb-this review was written with the beer served very cold.

Photo of WMBierguy
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp. That one word sums up the best qualities of Jever. I've rarely had a beer as crisp and satisfying as this. The beer pours a clear yellow gold with a snow white head. The aroma is typical pilsener. There's a noticable hop bite at first, pleasant but not overpowering. After the initial hop sensation, there's a pleasant maltiness that's enough to give flavor but not enough to cloy. The taste ends with a crisp dryness, setting you up for the next pleasing sip. The drinkability is off the charts with this one. I sat down with one Jever to drink as I wrote my review; I had finished 4 before I finsihed the review. If you're looking for a Pilsener, look no further.

Photo of atpben
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Capital Ale House in Richmond Downtown. Pours a nice golden color in a pilsner glass. It had a soft hoppy floral smell. Quite soft in the taste and ends with a nice crispiness. Got the same floral tase in the finish with a good amount of dryness. Quite easy to drink. A pretty good example of the German pilsner style. Will try again.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a pilsener glass at Ristorante Trattoria on Goerzallee in Berlin, Germany. Very good service - and if you are a repeat customer there's the occasional free grappa.

Honey colored with thick white head - solid inch. Lots of lacing.

Bitter hops, touch of light malt. Bitterness is clean and reminiscent of cypress. Very clean.

Great noble hop bitterness, but not over powering. Tastes more cedar/pine than the smell, but nice. A touch of malt balances it.

Refreshing, very carbonated. Great food beer.

Great pairing to a delicious beef carpaccio with spargel and swiss cheese. One of the spargel specials - and pilsener is great with spargel.

Photo of smcreator
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of taylocd
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into pilsner glass; best by date of 11.2011 on bottle

A - The Jever Pilsener poured up a very pale and clean straw color similar to many American adjunct lagers. It had a bit more respectable amount of head, but like those AAL's, it dissipated quickly and left no lacing. I can't knock the color, but I would have hoped for a bit more head or lacing. 3 of 5


S - There is a respectable aroma to the beer, but I don't know how best to describe it. It has a bit of grainy or dry grassy smell that is similar to most pilsners but somehow different. I wish I had a better grasp of my olfactory senses so that I could describe the smell better... Regardless of my shortcomings, the aroma of this one was better than average 3.5 of 5

T - The beer has much more pronounced bitterness than many pilsners that I've tried. The Jever has more than average bitterness, but not so much as to make it odd for the style as it retains the bready finish characteristic of pilsner...4 of 5

M - The brew seemed to be slightly flat, but not too far out of the norm for the style. As expected, it was an easy drinker 2.5 of 5.

Overall - Though no one area was exceptional, and most were merely average, I really enjoyed drinking the Jever. It is plenty tasty and quite satisfying. I would certainly buy this one again. 4 of 5

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

.33cl botltle poured into Jever flute. Freshness date 24-06-11.

A: Straw with nice thick head. Decent retention and some pretty but small lacing.

S: Spicy light noble hops.

T: Perfect balance between relatively simple malty sweetness and light noble hoppiness. This is a great example of a true to style Pilsener on the hoppy side.

M: Some viscosity indicates medium attenuation. Carbonation low but sufficient.

Overall a great Pils. Get it and if you don't enjoy it, consider that your palate might need some training.

Photo of stjaernstoft
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of ROMER79
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jever poured straight from a tap comes out an almost transparent gold with a one finger white head straight into a Jever glass. The hops and wheat aromas were present. Lemon, lime, and other citrus flavors pulled through with a hoppy after note. It was a refreshing beer and very easy to drink. Great for a session beer.

Photo of TheJudge
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of engisch
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light yellow with a sudsy white head. The majority of the head disipates, but there is a fine layer that seems to be consistent to the last drop.

The taste is light and clean with a nice bitterness from the hops. Seems very balanced. A great "lighter" beer! I could see myself drinking these in multiples. I wish I had picked up more than just one!

Photo of Boneheadmx
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out to a straw-yellow with a 1 finger frothy head that subsides slowly.

Smell is very light. I can pick out some hops but not much else.

Taste is quite good, with a light maltiness balanced by light hops. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty darn good, with medium carbonation.

Drinkability is really good. I've been drinking a lot more lagers than I'm used to recently, but I have to say that this beer adds, rather than detracts from the experience. I would definitely get this again.

Photo of BCMan
1.69/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In reading the other reviews of this beer I'm hoping that the Jever I was in some way a bad bottle. It poured with a nice foamy head that slowly faded away. The color was a dark yellow and it smelled very dry. I don't know what to say about the flavor other than I thought it was awful. It was the only beer in my sample case that I had to pour our. I know others have said that they liked this beer in reviews but all of the memers in my beer club agreed that we disagree with the reviews on Beer Advocate.

Photo of germanbeer1
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is can be identified by it's extremely herbal smell and taste. It has a nice golden color with a white head. The extremely herbal taste causes for a very bitter reaction. In order to maximize the taste from this beer it is strongly recommended that it be poured into a tulip or pilsener style glass.

Photo of alankwak
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of Ungespundet
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The infamous Jever…lets see where are my notes….
The beer begins with the fear that the green bottle has given way to the power of the sun and wants to serve up “skunk ass statt hops”. Fortunately my fears were quickly calmed by a beautiful straw colored Pils topped by soft fine bubbled head. The head was my partner through the beer test as it stayed until the last drop to make sure I had smile on face….and I did. The aroma and flavor are unmistakably “Friesisch-herb”. The hops are very herbal, part spearmint and part floral. This pairs nicely to a brisk malt aroma. The flavor profile follows the aroma like its twin. Upfront is a burst of hop bitterness and flavor that is neither mild nor overwhelming. I guess that means nicely down the middle. This beer is Northern German and this means two things in comparison to the Pils in the pretty part of Germany (The south ;)….ein Witz). Much drier and more bitter. (General Guidelines of course) The malt plays a background role but plays its part nicely and adds support to a beer that would be one dimensional without the support. This beer is all about hops; even the aftertaste is a dry hop flavor that urges you to drink more to quench your thirst. Unfortunately this becomes a vicious cycle and before you know it the Kister is empty. Not the best Pils in the country (not even close actually) but lives up to its reputation. I hope this beer in the green bottle is able to find you in good shape. (I mean both you and the bottle.) Zum Wohl!

Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.