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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

570 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 50 | 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

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Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Photo of soju6
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
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
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
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
2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
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
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
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
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
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
3.66/5  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 lstokes
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid German pilsner with very nice lacing and lots of visible carbonation, nutty and hoppy nose, a little bit more musty than I would like and not as clean, but the taste is clean again, spicy floral hops in abundance, probably the most bitter beer you can pick up in any corner store in Germany, sweet malt backbone with a little bit of citrus, and a very dry, cutting, almost astringent mouthfeel helped by that carbonation.

Very solidly drinkable--I would love to try it fresh on tap, but the bottle is for sure my stand-by on late nights in Berlin.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a foamy white head. Excellent lacing, clarity, and bubbles in the glass.

Light grassy and malt scents. Some mineral-like bitter edge scents as well.

An odd one -- missing the sweetness you sometimes find in the malt. This one is pretty dry, with light malt, but a ton of grassy elements and some good consistent hop bitterness. Very clean, crisp, and refreshing, but fairly one-dimensional. The beer does not evolve in your mouth (which is ok too, but it is what it is).

Lighter bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall, very easy to drink alone or pair with food. A good pilsener, but not a great one. Worth a try for the dry twist in the style.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tall pilsener glass.

App: Pale gold straw or dandelion tea. Very thin white lace crown.

S: Classic clean pils nose: lots of grain, nuts, noble hops, artisan bread.

T: Subtlety here. It starts off much like a ho-hum international pils, but as it lingers it flirts with the tongue in some fun ways. There's *almost* (not quite) an ale-yeast complexity at work, before it finishes just like a true pilsener with a crispy-clean snap.

M: On the palate it's nearly too thin, but still worthy.

D: Overall, fair. I was hoping for amazing greatness, but such things are elusive here. Still, a nice pilsener that is something beyond the everyday. I see this great with roasted peanuts, light summer fare, or cheese pizza. I'm not going to run out and get more of this right now, but if I were looking for an easy pilsener I'd have it again without thinking twice.

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one's a clear yellow with a spongy, soapy white head that retains well and leaves light lacing on the glass.
The aromas in this one are very earthy and clean, with a light sweetness, perhaps some lemon, and a light hops presence. The aroma is fresh, but thin and mild with just a note of musk.
This one's got a clean taste as well, the hops standing out more in the flavor and balancing with a thin malt. Citrus zest and a note of sweetness are underlying. There's just the slightest note of rind and a mid astringency in the back.
The feel is quite crisp and the body is light.

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 malty
4.68/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliantly pale gold color with a massive fluffy, bright white 3" head. Good visible carbonation rushing upward. Crazy lacework all the way down.

As I try not to get my nose smeared with this head (now, don't even go there!) I clearly smell fresh whiffs of crisp, earthy hops and and clean malt slant. A tiny bitter lemon zest is in there as well. This beer style's aroma isn't traditionaly a 'mind-blower' but it is very FRESH and CLEAN as one would hope.

The hops are very apparent all the way through the first sip to the chalky dry finish. Wet stone and minerally CLEAN flavor from the malt is very appealing. The (noble) hops are the main attraction to this Pils. Dry, dry, dry with a lemony edge. Again, FRESH and CLEAN are the backbone words to describe the taste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with an oily feel. The carbonation is spot-on and the finish is almost astringent (in a good way) with the generous hopping. Chalky - Dry - Mmmm good.

Drinkability is through the rafters. Three words: All Night Long.

Overall a classic German Pils which must be the benchmark for the 'dry' example. Hops are masterfully used not only in the scent & flavor, but the texture as well. Possibly one of the finest examples of subtle hop utilization I've ever tried. World Classic.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a classic pale yellow with a light soapy head, spots of lace, good head retention.

S: Clean, vibrant smells of grass/lawn clippings, very minor malt.

T: Here we go, this what I've been looking for in a true German Pilsner. Incredibly flavourful, brilliantly floral noble hops, grass, matched with an understated but perfectly balanced bready malt makes this one work to perfection.

M: Crisp, clean and smooth, but a little soapy/light at times, minor quibble.

D: This beer is fantastic, glad I finally saw it show up in CA, I should have bought more than the one single. It could give the legendary Reality Czeck a run for its money, and that's saying something. A great surprise. The preeminent example of the German style.

Photo of PorterPatrol
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from the bottle on the porch on a warm afternoon. Crisp and clean traditional pils style, pours golden and light, minimal head. Was told by a few German friends that this beer is BIG in Germany, right up there with Warsteiner for the locals. Easy, drinkable and classic. Not much complexity, but it's a German Pilsnser and will be continued to be consumed by this advocate.

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 TwinSox33
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow. inch of head, it runs into a bubbly lacing that clings on for a long while.

S: Clean grain, a snap of noble Hallertau hops.

T: Clean malt, a touch of grainy sweetness. There is a discernible Hallertau hop presence, followed by a citrusy twang. Smooth like Trinkwasser.

M: Good for the style. Light and airy; a little cream.

D: Quaff 'em down in the July Heat:)

Good Pils...Friesland is special to me. My uncle's name beings with Fries... (he was also born in Deutschland...US Army Parents.)

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

A: Light golden body. Minimal head with little lacing.

S: Clean floral, grassy hop bitterness dominates.

T: Like the nose, this beer is dominated by a clean, floral, grassy hop bitterness. Slight breaded malts in the background.

M: Light body, heavily carbonated. Refreshing.

D: Overall a very solid german pils. A solid, refreshing beer for a nice warm day. Not as complex as what the american craft brewers have been pulling off with this style, but a good find nonetheless.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with a thin, pure, white head that leaves some scant lacing. Smells fresh, slightly grainy and with a nice bitter snap. The taste is also crisp and bitter with a nice snap. If anything the tight bitterness grows on the finish. Extremely refreshing and less soft than I remember this being on tap. Really a lovely porch beer on a hot day. excellent use of hops married to a crisp pilsner, with none of the softness of the Czech style. Excellent.

Photo of Loki83
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the owl club in Roseville

A: dark urine in color, wimpy head with little lacing possibly due to a bad pour
S: smelled like spices
TandM: spices, and a slightly unpleasant taste and mouth feel
D Not terrible, but I had to force myself to finish my pint, worth trying but I won't have it again

Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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