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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My fiance picked this up for me.

Appearance- yellow color, thin head

Smell- bready malt

Taste- interesting flavor, malt, hops, sweetness in the beginning

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I thought it was good for a lighter beer

jeffjeff1, May 30, 2010
Photo of watermelonman
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.

watermelonman, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of FickleBeast
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a half finger of frothy foam. Aroma is grainy, husky, DMS-like cabbage aroma as well.

First sip is a quick burst of malt, quickly overshadowed by a brief hoppy flavor, and the finishing bone dry. Minimal bitterness, minimal sweetness. Has a grainy flavor, with noble hops poking their way in as well.

Overall, a good hot summer beer, thanks to the dry finish. Not something I'd particularly crave or seek out again. Perhaps this tastes better closer to the source.

FickleBeast, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

zenithberwyn, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of dacrza1
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: April 26, 2014... GLASSWARE: Jever pokal... OCCASION: revisiting an old favorite... APPEARANCE: misty, murky golden yellow body; rocky, sporadic white head laces with wispy tentacles; medium effervescence... AROMA: holy Hallertau! metallic iron hammer a la Thor or a nine-iron to the nostrils--subtler hints of fragrant apple and pear with a bit of dough...a stronger, more forceful pilsner... PALATE: medium-bodied, crisp, almost biting mouthfeel--softens at the finish; highly drinkable, with a more lagerish body than expected...TASTE: apple/pear and good ol' Hallertau; a rather simple formula that also gives off fragrant waves of other fruits... OVERALL: a pleasant variation on the Bavarian theme--a pilsner that is a bit less clean and crisp, but retains enough of its style to cleanse and pucker; refreshing yet substantial...

dacrza1, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Skidz
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0,5L can

Pours out bright gold with a nice creamy white head with good staying power. Lacings all around.

Crisp grassy hops and light crackery malts on the nose. Faint hints of lemon rind lend a bit if citrus character.

Sharp bitter hops up and down. Very little malt presence, grassy and bitter grapefruit rind dominate.

Light and substantially refreshing in the mouth. Full carbonation and fairly thin mouthfeel.

A very nice pilsener. Probably one of the more bitter pilseners I've had, but nothing short of delicious.

Skidz, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sunny, somewhat warm day in early fall. I've been thinking of trying this brew, but never remembered to pick it up.
Poured into glass-light golden body, light perfect Pils head, good-really good carbonation. Nice
Aromatically light, grassy, citrus, Hallertau comes through in a light peppery punch. Lemon, fresh hay, biter herbal note reminescent of parsley.
Flavor follows suit. light herbal, crisp, refreshing. Nothing extrodinarily different, but Jever definatly has a nice herbal, sharp pepperiness in the flavor that is often missing in many standard examples.
Overall the glass is empty before I realized it. really good, light, and refreshing.

czfreeman, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Victory Pilsener glass.

A: Straw yellow with visable carbonation, good 2 fingers of foamy head that settles too a nice ring. Very nice lacing from start to finish.

S: There is a Metallic hoppiness very green, very slight yet bitter sweet malts.

T: Slightly sweet malts, with a very green oily hops. Clean and crisp, after taste is strong bitter and long.

M: Sharp very active carbonation on the tongue.

D: Very nice pilsener fits the style to a tee. Pils from the homeland.

mralphabet, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of hellhammermario
4/5  rDev +12.4%

hellhammermario, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of ToadiesForCody
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ToadiesForCody, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of bigdeuce
2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not impressed with this one. I should know, "never drink anything in a green bottle". It let's light through and ruins the beer making it skunky. This one was skunky, very light, and left a Heinekenesk aftertaste. Probably had good ingredients, but couldn't taste them. Straw color but poured not a head, like a beck's or heineken. Tasted of some malts, few hops but very skunky bitter. Not recommended.

bigdeuce, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of kegger22
2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jever Pilsener was a crystal clear yellow in color with a small white head that dissipated to a large bubbled collar.

The aroma was grain, sweet malt and a bit of skunk.

The taste was more dry than sweet, with a slightly bitter hop after taste. That combination didn't work that well, even for a pilsener.

The mouth feel was light bodied, lightly oily and well carbonated.

Drinkability was only fair due to the less than satisfactory taste.

Not recommended, even as change of pace beer.

kegger22, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of BJSmit
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BJSmit, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of stoutman
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.

stoutman, May 28, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

GeoffRizzo, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden,clear color with a two inch head and respectable lace.
Not much aroma except for some hops and malts.
The taste was of mild citrus hints and hops with a dash of grains.
The feel was light,high carbonation with a crisp,mildly bitter finish.

Notes: A decent brew. I could have a few on a really hot day,but nothing special going on here.

Lexluthor33, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of goindownsouth
4.93/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very good German bier. A very light and crisp looking brew out of the bottle. Nice and effervescent. The smell is not as wheaty as say some, but still very good aroma. The first sip is indicative of things to come. This is what a German Pilsener should be. It brings plenty of flavor and aromatics to the party. One of my favorites. Prost!

goindownsouth, Jul 13, 2002
Photo of jwhancher
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last night at the best German bar in Philly, Brauhaus Schmitz. Had a liter served in a giant sized glass mug. A very nice, clean drinking German pils. So good that my wife made me switch beers and she finished the liter for me. (I was left drinking Hofbrau Dunkel.). Would consider having this again.

jwhancher, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of steveh
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

steveh, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Elfastball7, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DbbC
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

DbbC, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of tbeer40
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

tbeer40, May 05, 2012
Photo of clarknova
4/5  rDev +12.4%

clarknova, May 29, 2013
Photo of Natural510
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml green bottle; best-by date listed as 21-04-10.

Pours a transparent straw color with a decent heading, all in-line with the style.
Scent of grain and corn with a light malt backing.
Flavor notes of barley, corn and assorted grain. A bit musty, which limits its appeal, but there is a dry bitterness in the finish to round out the flavor.

A basic pilsner; the crispness & refreshment factors are there, but flavor a bit basic and in the end, no different than the hundreds of other German & Czech pilsners on the market.

Natural510, Jan 07, 2010
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.