Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

558 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 47 | 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 Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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
2.08/5  rDev -41.6%
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
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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
3.33/5  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

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
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw colour with a snow white head as per the style. Nice, soapy two-finger heads sticks around for a little while.
Yeasty "lager" smell with a nice, subtle earthiness and some spicy hops; rather average considering the style and from where it came.
Taste is spicy hops with a very subtle light maltiness. Modestly bready. There isn't as much "skunk" here as I was thinking there would be considering the style and the green glass. Impressive.
Mouthfeel is very clean and light; refreshing. I could drink alot of this in a sitting.
Easily the least offensive "green glass" German Pilsener I have had in a long time...perhaps ever.

Photo of soju6
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jever pours a pale yellow with a light head. The aroma smells grainy and skunky Taste was not as I expected as it was a bit rough. It followed through with a bitter aftertaste. Not a beer I want to drink everyday.

Jever seems to be a typical Northen German beer. Primarily a local/regional pub beer.

Photo of Avagadro
4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: straw in color with a frothy white head and vigorous lacing.

S: spicy saaz hops are elegantly presented in the bouquet, complemented by a slight breadiness.

T: bone dry and chuck full of spicy, resinous Czech hops. The beer is held together by a nice bready backbone.

M: extremely light with plenty of carbonation.

D: this is a great example of a pilsner, and I am shocked that it has such a low score. It is flavorful and well balanced, and worthy of more attention. If someone doesn't like pilsners as a whole, then they shouldn't be reviewing the beer at all.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pee yellow with good carbonation and a light wite head. Nose is grains, sknuky. Taste is very much unappealing. Notes grains, thin feel. Mouthfeel is rather thin, rough around the edges, skunky and not so good. Bitter hops leave an aftertaste. Not one I would drink again or recommend.

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

nice fluffy, white dense head with interesting splotching lacing. light golden-straw.

herbal nose of grassy hops...almost a hint of lemon-mint.

refreshing, minty-hop bite with a lingering finish of yeast, malt. nice. stealthily shifts to a dry aftertaste. interesting. not complex, but not simple either. at first i thought the sweetness would stick around cloyingly, but not at all. loving the bitter afterburn. a nice change from the american 'pils' from victory and sam adams (simply different breeds, of course). crisp yet smooth without a sense of thinness (despite the light color and general 'un-heaviness' it sugests). a very nice pils. very quaffable. in quantites. but best with food i bet.

Photo of emsroth
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: A pale straw that certainly detracts, but an outstanding frothy head with decent lace. One of the nicer heads I've seen recently.

Smell: The first smell is overwhelmingly skunky, but this is to be expected from imported green bottles. After that fades the aroma is characteristic of imported german pilseners: sweet bready malt, a hint of caramel or something a little darker, a slight floral hop undertone.

Taste and mouthfeel: A slight grainy malt sweetness up front, but this beer has a BITE. Snappy carbonation pairs equally well with an assertive spicy, somewhat grassy bitterness. The most bitter German beer I've had. The malt character, however, is rather weak. It occasionally shows in the end, but it's just a generic sweet flavor. Ends crisp from the bitterness, but with a hint of hop oil that is very nice.

Definitely a sessionable brew.

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.

Photo of tone77
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a combination of sweetness and skunky. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet, finishing a tad bitter. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with strong lager yeast and grain flavors that are quickly followed by a mild light malt sweetness. The hop presence is mild but complementary and provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are others in the style that I would pick first but this is still a decent beer to drink for a while.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this at a bar before attending a wine event. I felt I needed a beer before a night of wine. I was not familiar with this beer and overall not impressed. However, one thing that was interesting was the uniquely fruity aroma and flavor that was more reminiscent of a kolsch than a pilsner. I would try it again but not sure how many times after that.

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.

Photo of bob3701
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Very clear pale yellow in color with a decent head and laced OK. The aroma says German pilsner but I found this to be a very dry and bland tasting beer. I had picked it up from seeing it in the '300 beers to drink' book but I really think there are a lot better brews out there than this one. It was drinkable.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.