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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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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 Samp01
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a bubbly white short lived head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruitiness. Taste is sweet malts, corn, light cereal, and some light citrus hops. Palate is light to med body. good carbonation, and crisp mouth feel. Finish is sweet malt, cereal, ending with some good bittering hops. Overall a nice Pils, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L, Germany, best by May 2011. Well-chilled into a Willibecher.

More golden than most Pils, but still quite pale. Excellent head makes up for color deficiencies, as does the very good lacing.

The nose is dank and lagerific. Lots of aromatic Noble hops emanating from this beer. Excellent.

Bone-dry and very bitter. Pleasantly malty-biscuity mid-palate, but with absolutely no malt sweetness to be found. Almost harsh in its dryness, though I dig it. Simple and refreshing, with pretty good hop flavor-- earthy, woody and spicy. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, with medium carbonation. Though it wouldn't be true to style, I think this beer could use a touch more malt just for color and weight (but this might push it out of the German Pils category into more of a Czech styling). They could still ferment the hell out of it to keep it dry.

This might be my new favorite German Pilsner. How did I ever forget about Jever? Dry, no-nonsense beer here.

Photo of woemad
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.29. Best before 5/20/11 according to the rear label. In the interests of full disclosure, I have to mention that I drank a hell of a lot of this beer on-tap when I was studying in a town in Germany not more than about 40 miles from where this beer was brewed. I have fond memories of it and have not encountered it stateside...until now.

Poured a clear,straw color, with lots of bubbles arcing skyward. There was an inch of white foam on top. The head dropped after a couple of minutes, leaving a white skiff of foam atop the beer. "Beer neglige"-style lacing.

Slightly skunky in the nose at first, but once it slightly warmed up there were also floral, perfumey hops, notes reminiscent of freshly cut grass, and freshly baked bread.

Herbal hops and bready malts balance one another out rather well. Drier than most pils at the swallow.

Light bodied, with a slightly prickly, effervescent mouthfeel.

Rather drinkable, with a little more hop presence than a lot of less characterfull pilseners. If it was a little cheaper, I'd drink a lot of this. As it is, I'm happy to find that my memories of this beer were not too terribly diminished by the taste of reality.

Photo of afksports
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Amity Hall in NYC during lunch break from class. What's up Nicola!

The beer is clear. Bubbles rising through the filtered sheen just like you want in a pilsner. There's a nice sustaining thin head. Smell is clean too, with a hint of hops. Maybe pine. The taste lets those hops come out, and they are the most dominant flavor. Besides that, it's pretty boring. Good carbonation, nice finish, drinkable.

Well done, but boring. Like a burger with no fixin's.

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.7/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean yellow color, with a white head. In the aroma, a small dryness to nothing at all. In the taste, small dry, light malt, and really nothing at all. A smooth, light, and water bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry malt in the aftertaste. Watery, lack of taste and smell.

Photo of Cannoneer
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite "niche" beers: it goes exceptionally well with sushi. The reason is in its strong grassy, herbal aroma and very good drinkability. You can turn a sushi takeout into a memorable experience with this beer.

Notes of fresh grass, hay, lemon zest and green pepper. There is nothing malty about it - it's all about freshness, green grass and dry finish.

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.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, best by May 2011.

Pours clear yellow with a large fluffy white head that leaves some clumpy spots of lacing and holds a fair cap.

Aroma is herbal and grassy with some citrus and noble hops, some mineral character, bready and yeasty, moderate to good strength.

Flavor is very nice for the style with some good citrus notes, noble hops, grassy, a touch of light malt sweetness...just a touch, finishes nice and dry. Very crisp and refreshing and quite enjoyable on this nearly 90-degree October day.

Mouthfeel is light but somewhat creamy for the style, good carbonation.

An excellent German Pilsner. We've got a customer who has bought nearly 10 cases of this this year and I can see why!

Photo of CHickman
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold in color with a foamy 1 finger white head that lasted a while; good lacing that slides down slowly.

Smells of grain, malt, corn, light yeast and some citrus hops and or lemon; pretty faint nose overall, which is consistent with pilsners.

Tastes like a basic Euro pilsner with malt, corn, yeast, citrus hops, lemon, grains and the classic metallic aftertaste. Taste was average. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a smooth feel on the tongue and very high carbonation.

High drinkability for those who like pilsners; not my style, so I wasn't impressed enough to really enjoy this beer as it didn't separate itself from any other German pilsner. It went down very easy, but was just very basic to me.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours lightcolored, almost straw-like. Beautiful white large creamy head. Rather slow disspation, leaving quite nice lacings.

S: A healthy doze of bitter hops, German Pilsener-stylee. There's some sweetness from malt and faint citric notes.

T: Lots of bitterhops up front - nice. Faint citric notes balances with nice malt.

M: Aftertaste is long and bitter. Body is light and moderate carbonation.

D: This is a really nice German Pilsener. Rich bitterness balanced with malt - really, really nice.

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A staple at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Bright and clear gold with a dense white cap, this is a great looking beer. It smells great too, spicy and grassy noble hops at the forefront with a clean lager yeast character beneath. The hops smell bold and fresh, nearly overwhelming the light pilsner malt backbone. Dry and sharp on the palate, zesty and spicy hop flavors are prominent. There's a sturdy but extremely dry and clean malt profile; in fact, this is a remarkably clean beer in general. The finish is long and very bitter and sharp, showing just enough restrain to make it quaffable and refreshing.

Photo of nickd717
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City. Anti-pilsner bias is crazy on this site, wow.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a lasting white head.

Aroma is very nice and hoppy. Grassy and floral with slight grainy malt notes.

Flavor is pale malt and grain with just the right level of sweetness. Huge bitter hops - floral and grassy with even a little citrus.

Dry and crisp on the palate with some nice hoppy palate-wrecking for a pilsner.

Wow, this beer really impressed me. Excellent for the style. Supremely drinkable.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: served via tap in it's own branded glass, this was a beautiful crystal clear straw gold with a dense lasting white head.
S: floral, grassy, lemony hops and biscuity malts.
T: lightly sweet crackery, bready malts perfectly balanced by smooth hop bitterness. finish is well-attenuated and crisp.
M: light-bodied, effervescent.
D: see above, even better that it's under 5% abv.

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

Pours a pretty clear golden yellow with a decent white head. Malty aroma has firm fruity tone that is mainly apple and banana and just a bit sweet. Malty, slightly fruity-sweet flavor is rather pleasing. Smooth, somewhat tingly texture leaves a fruity, subtly sweet finish.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 12/30/09

Best before 2/7/10

Extremely light hued pale, golden yellow. 1/2 inch head of white foam dissipates quickly to a thin layer, though said thin layer offers decent retention. Lacing isn't too shabby - builds on one large patch.

Very earthy aroma with mild spice notes. The bottle indicates Hallertaeu hops, which are manifest upfront. Followed by notes of fresh-cut grass, hay & grains. Hints of lemon peel. Undertones of pear & tart, ripe apple.

Hops are apparent at the start & offer a nice combination of restrained bitterness & spice. Predominant throughout, though more so at the start of each sip. Earthy notes of grass & hay are in there, too. Lemon peel is more noticeable than in the nose. Despite a subtle tartness, apple & pear are indistinguishable or absent altogether. Mild toastiness ties everything together.

Just a bit heavier than light bodied. Reasonably moderate carbonation; enough, though not overly prickly. Finishes clean with a few lingering toasted grain notes.

I find the drinkability to be good. All in all, it may not exhibit astounding qualities but there is enough complexity & interesting things going on to make this quite an enjoyable beer. I would not at all mind having it again.

Photo of Mjoepp
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, golden colour. Small white head, small bubbles, dissapears quickly.

T: Sweet malt, a bit flowery

S: Sweet malt blended with hops. Nice bitterness to it. No aftertase more than the short bitterness to it.

O: Easy, nothing special but nice to drink.

Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is corn, wheat, skunk and grassy hops. The flavor is wheat, pilsener malt and grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer smelled a lot more skunked than it tastes, but it was still very disappointing overall.

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 dpodratsky3
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Weihenstephan world cup glass

A: Crystal clear pale gold, rising bubbles, nice airy head, not too much body, but stays ok for a few min in this glass

S: At first it seems to have a hint of that green bottle aroma, but it gets knocked out by the pour, has nice light clean aroma, very soft malt aroma that adds that kiss of sweetness, and very grassy hop note, maybe a hint of lemon grass

T: Much more powerful hops than in aroma, again malt provides that very nice but very light base for the beer, you can taste it but you have to try, then the hops come in, quintessential pilsner hops, very clean flavored hops, just some light grassy notes, but other than that pure crispness, some hops that aren't super flavorful taste just like bitter, but this is able to have a good bite and not be just pure bitter

M: Nice mouthfeel, very crisp, good carb, but doesn't finish awkwardly, no lingering, just kind of dry and fades

D: High these flavors are so light and clean, making it easy to drink

Notes: This isn't the most impressive German pilsener I've ever had, however it is one of the purest, and maybe most authentic to history. It was supposed to showcase a very pale light clean beer. Well this is it.

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 beertunes
2.1/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a bright, clean clear yellow with a tall, fluffy, bright white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The green bottle should have been my clue, but damn, this beer had a skunktastic aroma. Some grain and a hint of hops were also on the nose. The flavors were also badly skunky.

The body was typical and drinkability would have been decent if not skunked. In all honesty, I would need to try this fresh to be fair to it. As it is, if you see it, avoid it.

Photo of tchenery
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is very characteristically light in color, very strawlike. It is incredibly transparent and has little carbonation, with no head.

It smells like a true pils. Slightly "skunk" like, but in a good way. Grassy smells also come through.

The taste is very smooth and 'cold' tasting. It also has a bit of a metallic taste to it. There are moments of smoke-taste to me, like second-hand smoke almost, but all in a good way. It has a zesty, hop bitterness to it that is a little more than just a dry finish.

As with most of the European imports, I'd like to try one fresh from the brewery. I feel that the transport has probably affected this brew in some ways.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Take this for what's it's worth.

The best buy date on the bottle: April 21 2010.
Glass: pilsner

Pale, pale straw yellow. Pencil-width head - died off quick, as does the lacing. Skunky aroma with hints of piss-covered urinal. This dies off as it warms up. But not a whole lot.

A sharp sting on tip of the tongue. Feels good - lightly smooth, but not watered down.

Tasted better than the smell, thankfully. Standard pilsner flavors. Smidge of spice and hop/grain up front. A little sourness at the back. The nicer parts of the flavors linger after each sip.

Despite the cons, it's actually quite drinkable and I'm hoping that the past-due-itude and maybe light infiltration has to do with the funk. I'll gladly try it again.

Photo of EPseja
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in a pilsener glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Vibrant straw gold with a burst of initial carbonation and an inch-high fluffy white head. Nice lacing, and average head retention.

S - Metallic hoppiness sitting atop green, mellow semi-sweet malts.

T - Easy, gently sweet malts. Very light and airy. Tight, drying hop profile in the finish. Clean and crisp.

M - Tingly and active on the tongue, puffing up to a nice froth. Swallow is a touch gassy.

D - Very nice pilsener that would be welcome at any backyard barbecue. A tad shy on character, but that's what adds to the drinkability.

Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.