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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

550 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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 BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear straw hue with a one finger white pillowy head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Rings of lacing along the glass.

Crisp toasty hops along with some light and spicy hops aromas.

Biscuity grains and a little bit of bitterness from the hops. Light bodied with higher carbonation. The finish is clean, with a touch of lingering hops.

Not a bad German Pilsner. I would like to see the beer get shipped in a brown bottle so when it sits on the shelf it's a little more protected from the light.

BeerSox, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a short white head. Some head retention and lacing.

Sweet grainy smell with some of those Hellertau's coming out.

Crisp hop finish and some hop after taste. A light body with a slightly sweet initial taste.

Leaves a dry sensation in the mouth.

A very drinkable German pils.

toolbrew, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Jever is much better on tap than out of the bottle in my honest opinion. I think the maltiness is allowed to shine eventhough this beer has a strong hop character.

The beer was poured into a fluted pilsner glass at Rolf's German Restaurant in New York City. This is a beer that can stand up to this place's over the top decorations.

The beer was cold and refreshing. I enjoyed this one with clams.

The head was light and frothy and retreated back to the beer. The aroma is fresh hop and little else.

I am not sure how many IBU's Jever has, but it is substancial for a Pilsner I would imagine. The mouthfeel leaves something to be desired, but in summation this beer is light refreshing and goes great with seafood. I would recommend this one in the spring or summer if you wanted to cool down.

PerzentRizen, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden in appearance more lively caronation from German Pilseners tonigth oh yeah. Jever is one of those brews I've been meaning to try for a long time since early on in my beer drinking however I now see green bottled industrial Euro pils versus handcrafted small brewery that I have dreamt of. Head forms thick after a vigorous pour fine even lacing just completely sticks to the sides of pint. Aroma is full of moderate sweet cereal grains pale biscuit and slight honey tones come through with a dry heaping load of hop bitterness in their as well, much more Saaz in this situatino. Flavor is full of bitter skunked hop flavor damn green bottles, I wouldn't fear this bottle as much if it weren't for the damn green bottle. I see on the website they make this in cans, that would be ideal for a round of golf or summer concert. Mouthfeel is full of more dryness and spicy hop character with clean crisp carbonation providing burps in my direction. Drinkability is solid all around not the best version of a German pils but I can see why it's looked up to in many folks journey to find fantastic beer.

WVbeergeek, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Good lacing. Neutral aroma and appearance. a little yellow,drying.Below average mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about. Tad of hops, lawnmower.Wasn't horrible but flavour is minimal and not too drinkable. I wasn't getting much here, maybe on a different night.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 11.2 oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
In my opinion, this is a classic example of a great German Pilsener...
Pours a light-gold, slightly straw-colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded...
Crisp, pepperish aroma with slight nuances of vanilla...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a sharp, pepperish bite characteristic of a Pilsener...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of ralree
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, just barely yellow - almost looks like water. Head is really foamy and has good lacing and retention is OK.

S: Grainy malt with some hop backing. Smells pretty good for a pilsener. Some alcohol detectable.

T: Lots of wheat, a little barley, nice and bready. Aftertaste consists of a nice wheat flavor. Not too bad.

M: Way overcarbonated. Finishes really clean and dry. Some astringency, but it's short-lived.

D: Wouldn't be bad to put down with some food. The carbonation is a little insane, but it's drinkable.

ralree, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a Waterford crystal pilsener glass.

Appearance: A crystal clear straw gold body with unusually large carbonaion. A perfectly white, rocky, uneven head with average retention leaves bubbly lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Spicy, grassy hops and not too much else. Pungent but one dimensional.

Taste: Malt is prominent, but somewhat buttery. Hops are present in a balancing way, with a lot of the same notes as in the nose - lots of grass. Not too much goin' on here, but it's stylistically accurate, if not groundbreaking.

Mouthfeel: Big bodied and moderately even, thin.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, though perhaps not more so than average for the style. I've had better pilseners, and considering this is a style that has a very definite place and time, it's probably not one I'd seek out again, but I don't regret buying it once.

CrellMoset, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of simonjohansson
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: fresh earthy hops, citrus, herbs and sweet malt.

Taste: a lovely taste of sweet malt (bread, butter) and earthy, spicy fresh hops, some citrus as well. It is dry and the taste is somewhat "pure". Simple but great.

This is one of my favorite beers! When you get tired of IPAs, DIPAs, IS, Trappist and all that - you can always go to Jever.

simonjohansson, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of kevinglin
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a green, .5l bottle, dated 10.08, into a tall pils glass. Pale yellow in color with a somewhat rocky, white head.

Musty, damp, green aroma was also reflected in the taste. Definitely a Eurolager, and I'm not sure if the green bottle contributes, but this beer had much more "greeness" to it than other Pils I've had that come in brown bottles. No real dominance of hops in the taste, just a slight hint of bitterness, but also no real malt profile.

I've had better pils and doubt I would pick up Jever again given there are other offerings readily available in my area.

kevinglin, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-poured a bright straw yellow(common pils coloring)with a bubbly white head that left some nice looking lace

S-this one smells the way that Hineken tastes,extreme skunky/funky

T-much better than the nose,grainy with floral notes and a suttle Euro taste that finishes hoppy and sweet

M-thin and light body,lots of carbonation,pretty clean finish for a Euro Pils

D-any number of these would be wonderful at any given time or place,solid light German brew

orangemoustache, May 14, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 8/25/06 at the 36th Germania Society Ofest in Cincinnati.

Appearance - sunny golden color; large fluffy head well over the top of the souvenir Germania liter mug. Good sheet lacing down the sides.

Aroma - somewhat sweet and grainy. Fresh but average.

Taste - a robust grain taste. Hardly any sweetness coming through at all, well-attenuated I suppose? Plenty of hop bitterness on the swallow and aftertaste and on through to the finish.

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth, good carbonation and crispness. Fairly clean at the end.

Drinkability - a good summer pick, right tasty on-tap, and a nice change of pace from all the OFest style beers.

brewdlyhooked13, May 05, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear light to medium straw color with plenty of dense, moussey white head. Aromas of fresh grain, graham cracker, a little sulfur, floral Hallertau hops (though muted). On the palate, the light pils malt presence dominates while a firm bitterness, medium floral hop flavor and a very dry finish. A very refreshing beer, perhaps a little old, not nearly as good as some domestic examples (Prima Pils and Brooklyn).

dreadnatty08, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am listening to the Cinematic Orchestra's score to The Man With a Movie Camera while reviewing this pilsener, which is an excellent CD if you can find it. It works well with or without the film itself. It also works well with this beer. GREEN bottle gives a "Best Before" date: 14.11.08

A: Jever Pilsener pours a pale yellow-golden color capped by a big frothy, albeit rocky, white head which recedes to about a finger of head but then stays throughout the entire drink. It tends to lace well. I imagine that if my glass were perfectly clean, it would probably lace even better. (I'm not saying my glass was dirty!) There was a beautiful display of very active carbonation as well, even more so than champagne.

S: The smell of flowery Hallertau hops greets the nose immediately out of the bottle. Not much else.

T: There is a surprisingly strong malt character in this pilsener. The beer is well-balanced, but I was sort of caught off guard by the very present sweet malt taste. Those more immediate malts are balanced by a grassy hop taste shortly afterward. Yet the taste is somewhat lacking in complexity.

M: There is a very smooth mouthfeel that is a pleasure to drink. The carbonation that was so present in the appearance is not really here.

D: It's odd that while I don't find this beer to be exceptional in any way, I can easily see myself drinking this beer any time I wanted a Pils. It was very easy to drink and I liked it enough that I would return for another.

MusicaleMike, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of botham
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

half liter bottle into pilsner glass. pours a clean straw color with a few fingers of pillow-like white head.

aroma is clean, with pale malts and floral yeast mainly, and a distant fruit note as well. simple yet refined.

taste is more of the same. almost identical to the aroma.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a smooth texture and mildly bitter finish.

drinkability is good. there is decent flavor here, with mildly impressive compexity despite a very simple palate.

botham, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
2.17/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I usually attempt to write my full review before glancing at any others to prevent the possibility of creating any predisposed biases, but in this case I couldn't help myself. It blew my mind that a great deal of people enjoyed this beer! Now I'm not saying it's the worst German Pils I've had, but it's certainly down there somewhere. I'm almost questioning the quality/freshness of this particular bottle. In any case, here goes...

The brew appears to be completely translucent with a pale yellow hue. The soapy, rocky foam recedes fairly quickly and leaves some short, but thick lace behind. Some sparse, rising bubbles can be plainly seen throughout the body of the glass.

I'd say the aroma is really the low point of this brew. Pretty dim and lackluster with some mild spice and dim, pale malt. Very mild and somewhat unappealing. Its got a distinct, unfresh smell. I'm really not taking any pleasure in the aroma of this beer.

Very husky, starchy grain comes through in the flavor initially. Rather unpleasant and astringent. Dry rice-like grain and a great deal of pale malt. I hate to use the phrase "skunky" but this one hits the nail on the head. Slight, weak hop and sweet cereal. A slight toffee taste lingers bellow the unpleasantness in the finish. Not good sir, not good.

A crisp but certainly not clean feel along with a starchy character that leans toward dry. I suppose more husky than normal dry, but you get the picture (maybe). An odd buttery texture kind of lingers. The drinkability is decent I guess with an ABV just under 5%, but trust me I doubt I'll be drinking another one any time soon.

letsgopens, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jever poured straight from a tap comes out an almost transparent gold with a one finger white head straight into a Jever glass. The hops and wheat aromas were present. Lemon, lime, and other citrus flavors pulled through with a hoppy after note. It was a refreshing beer and very easy to drink. Great for a session beer.

ROMER79, Mar 21, 2008
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 Kegatron
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold with a at least 2 finger widths of poofy brite-white foam that sticks around for a fairly good sized retention that left big rings of lace. The aroma is sweetness, some citrus, light hoppiness, and I'm sad to say, a slightly skunky odor.

The taste is malt sweetness, a subdued breadiness, some citrus notes, and a light hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a clean, crisp feel.

Hmmmm. This wasn't a terrible Pils but everything just seemed kind of subdued at times. I'd definitely like to revisit this in a keg sometimes, as I don't think the green bottle did it any favors.

Kegatron, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The green bottle of Jever Original Friesland Pilsner dons a simple yet attractive green and gold label. The beer pours a clear pale golden color. The aroma is a balanced mixture of grassy hops and pale malt with a slight twist of lemon. The beer is light and highlights a bitter dryness throughout. A slight hint of breadiness provides some balance as the beer finishes quick and dry. Overall, I think it would be refreshing on hot summer day.

BeardedBoffin, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green bottle packaging.

A: Pale yellow color, thin white head, decent retention with some small carbonation bubbling.

S: Faint malt on nose. Sour malt flavor and funky raw vegetables for flavor.

T: Palate is flat, with some earthy hop bitterness that stands out against an otherwise bland malt backing. There was some metallic ting upon warming. light corn and grains were detected.

M: Mouthful was bland and thin and uneventful with some fizzy carbonation.

D: Disappointing and not very drinkable, bland flavor. overall less then average in every category.

beerthulhu, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at Calan Street in Reading, PA on 2/9/08.

A - Very light, clear golden body with an extremely bubbly head, about 1/2-finger in width. Very minimal carbonation for a pils. Lacing was decent and kind of spotty.

S - Light grassy hops with some lemon and faint biscuity malt. Kind of fruity. A little weak.

T - Quite watery, but still has some grassy hops and lemon tang in the flavor. Some fruity characteristics with sweet apples and pears.

M - Very thin and watery with flat carbonation. Very mild hop bitterness in the finish. Just a tad fruity in the finish.

D - Would definitely like to try this again. I think this one was tapped at the end of the keg. However, I didn't get charged for the beer, which was nice!

ffejherb, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Tally-Ho in Bethlehem, PA.

I've been looking to try this on-tap (no green bottles allowed) and was quite pleased. It looked a clear gold with a little white lacing and had a mild, sweet grainy aroma that reminded more of a Czech pils like Budvar. But then in the taste there was a relative hops explosion, or at least a bitterness on par with SNPA. It was big, grassy, herbal hops malted with a balancing light caramel malt - very tasty. There was a very pleasant lingering bitterness you can't usually find in mass-produced pilsners, but damn, there it was. Al in all a winner. One of the better pilsners I've tried.

tempest, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Crystal clear amber, thick and creamy off-white head.

S: Hops, grassy, vegetable (greens), mild pine scents - perhaps a bit overly skunky.

T: Pine, very mild peppery notes. Bitter greens & what seemed like quite substantial hops.

M + D: Moderate carbonation, a bit of zing... I've had this before and recall it being a bit sweeter & smoother. This particular bottle seemed like it may have been rather skunked. I look forward to re-reviewing it in the near future, but this one ended up being the first beer (other than notable, poor quality macros) that I have poured half-through. Unfortunate.

Proteus93, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle with a best by date: 10/01/08 which seems a long time to remain fresh for a pilsner in a green bottle.

The beer poured a surprising deeper gold than I expected for a german pilsner. There is a sustained creamy 1/4 inch head with a vigorous bubbles like a champagne.

Because of the green bottle there was that ever so slight skunk odor that did not diminish the enjoyment of this beer. Of course, you can smell the european hops.

This pilsner is described as very dry, but I did not find it especially dry to my palate. However, it does have a faint bitterness and soft malt background to give it some character. The carbonation is what one would expect in a pilsner.

An excellent example of a german pilsner; unfortunately, I don't think this beer travels well in a green bottle. It would have been better to taste this one from a brown bottle.

jkrich, Nov 25, 2007
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.