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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

536 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 29 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

rale, May 13, 2012
Photo of tbeer40
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Googs, Apr 29, 2012
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 stevoj
4/5  rDev +12.4%

stevoj, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Yummmmiller
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Yummmmiller, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of ckcanady
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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

ckcanady, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of chasmandocharles
4/5  rDev +12.4%

chasmandocharles, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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

MDDMD, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

cbutova, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Jimmys, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of RollBounce
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

RollBounce, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Calvagh, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Fcip78
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

Fcip78, Mar 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Hanzo, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

Baldpacker, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Lawnboy33, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

TheBigBoy, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Douberd
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

Douberd, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

casualfan, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

JAHMUR, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of NiceTaps
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

NiceTaps, Feb 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

HumanParaquat, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.