Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
It's getting harder and harder to find satisfying lagers and pilseners these days. Even the finest in the genre seem to be dumbing themselves down for the consumption of the masses. So it was with great delight that I saw Jever pilsener in the fridge, standing out like a beacon amongst all the dross.
Usually I would ignore a beer that has a light, almost lemon yellow hue (see Becks). Fortunately, the huge foamy head and energetic carbonation bely the dire possibilities the color suggests. There are plenty of nostril clearing hops, and hints of fruit and cut straw on the nose. It does get a little skunky, but I always find this with lagers out of a can.
The taste is a little bit malty, a little bit fruity, with the ever present grassy tones. it's not too big, but it's clean, crisp and finishes with marvelous blasts of hops. Goes down an absolute treat, and a real winner on particularly hot days (or nights). Everything here is where it should be, but the hopping of this beer, its great bitter finish and crisp feel are what sets Jever apart from a crowd.
Lay this one on your boring lager drinking buddies and they won't know what hit them. Jever pilsener is, to my mind, one of the classic interpretations of the German style.
09-13-2007 09:41:32 | More by diablo14
4/5 rDev +12.7%
Looks rather nice in a pilsner kind of way. Light straw gold and bright white head. Bits of lace hang around the glass and retention isn't bad. Aroma is clean, crisp and loaded with happy noble hops. Flowery, grassy and herbal. Sniffable indeed. Taste is pleasing. Nicely bitter to keep you awake on those lazy summer days and flavors match the aroma well. Effervescent carbonation and nice grape-like dryness mix for a good refreshing feel. No problems with drinkability. Goes down nice and easy as it should.
A good solid pils that I'm likely to return to again.
08-15-2007 23:38:41 | More by tastybeer
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured a light straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.
The smell featured a muddled nobel hop and a husky grain.
The taste was upfront spicy and musty noble with a moderate doughiness. Good residual spiciness.
The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side with a lingering bitterness and slight artificial sweetness.
Overall a very good Pils. Very spicy and easy to drink.
08-09-2007 01:56:59 | More by plaid75
2.13/5 rDev -40%
a: Pale yellow/straw, white foamy head. Reasonable lace.
s: Spicy vegetatious hop firstly, but then stewed cabbage-like notes. Seems to skunk pretty quickly.
f: Swedish bitter herbs, aftertaste of iceberg lettuce, some pleasant malt notes, but a bit too vegetatious.
m: Light & sherbetty to start, becomes heavy and oily, with a strong extract bitterness at the back. Really unbalanced. The bitterness is more like coffee bitterness than hop.
d: Unbalanced and clumsy
08-07-2007 10:46:32 | More by vancurly
4/5 rDev +12.7%
Crystal clear straw yellow with a fluffy, frothy white head. Aromas of zesty, grassy noble hops, graham cracker malts, and subtle honey. Crisp and clean, light bodied and refreshing. Dry, bitter hoppiness supported by a nice, solid grainy sweetness. Good Pils.
07-17-2007 02:56:43 | More by wedge
4.58/5 rDev +29%
This is the best imported Pils that I've had yet. I tend to prefer the hop snappiness of the Germans over the Czechs, and this one has got plenty of bite. A contender with Prima or Stoudts as my favorite Pils. If only they wouldn't use green glass.
The beer pours to a clear light yellow color with a tall white head. Sparkling carbonation with a good retention. Decent lacing.
The aroma reminds me of indica. Spicy and herbal german hops. Just enough skunkiness so as not to offend. Hopefully it doesn't get too much worse in the green bottles. Just a nice lightly bready pilsener malt aroma lying underneath. Very clean with none of the unpleasant vegetal aromas associated with lagers.
The taste is very good as well. There is a light bready pilsener malt flavor up front. Very dry, crisp and clean. The hops hit immediately after. Has a formidable bitterness with a great spicy and herbal hops aftertaste. There is still just a hint of skunk on the tail end of the aftertaste, as well as a bit of the vegetal lager flavor. Still one of the better German Pilseners I've had, what I might consider kind of a benchmark of the style if not just a tad bit hoppy (but I am definitely not one to complain about that tidbit).
The body is fairly light. A small bit sweet up front but finishes quite dry. Crisp carbonation lends a hand to the bitter hops flavor. Good balance between hops and malts, if not a bit skewed towards the hops. Very easy to drink. I could easily drink a six pack of this on a hot summer's day (and tomorrow is officially the first day of summer here, so I might have to pick up a whole sixer).
06-21-2007 05:20:54 | More by neonbrown82
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours a pale golden color with a fantastic pillowy white head that left plenty of lacing on the glass. I could smell the cracker like malt and grassy/hay-like hops from the pour. I could almost smell how dry this brew will be. The taste is of dry malt and grassy hops, has an almost skunky taste to it. The feel is dry and crisp. While it's dry it isn't astringent, leaves a little bitter taste on the tongue. A fine example of a dry and grassy pilsner and one worth trying, though not sure I could drink too many of these in a sitting.
06-09-2007 04:21:41 | More by Gmann
4.85/5 rDev +36.6%
This is the hoppiest pilsner I have yet tried.
Pours a typical pilsner gold with a fluffy shortlived head and a small smattering of lace. The aroma is packed with delicious sea air hops backed by a modest malt base. Its incredibly aromatic, even room filling. The taste is chock full of hops. An instant hit of dry, bitter almost salty hops explodes on the first sip. The hops grow more leafy and pithy with time. Cracker-like malts provide a great balast to the barage of hops. The finish is bitter and long but not as brutally bitter as an America IPA, but nearly. The mouthfeel is bountiful and full of smooth carbonation.
This is one kick ass Pilsner, probably the best one Ive come across yet. A hophead's Pils.
05-26-2007 00:28:56 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
The infamous Jever lets see where are my notes .
The beer begins with the fear that the green bottle has given way to the power of the sun and wants to serve up skunk ass statt hops. Fortunately my fears were quickly calmed by a beautiful straw colored Pils topped by soft fine bubbled head. The head was my partner through the beer test as it stayed until the last drop to make sure I had smile on face .and I did. The aroma and flavor are unmistakably Friesisch-herb. The hops are very herbal, part spearmint and part floral. This pairs nicely to a brisk malt aroma. The flavor profile follows the aroma like its twin. Upfront is a burst of hop bitterness and flavor that is neither mild nor overwhelming. I guess that means nicely down the middle. This beer is Northern German and this means two things in comparison to the Pils in the pretty part of Germany (The south ;) .ein Witz). Much drier and more bitter. (General Guidelines of course) The malt plays a background role but plays its part nicely and adds support to a beer that would be one dimensional without the support. This beer is all about hops; even the aftertaste is a dry hop flavor that urges you to drink more to quench your thirst. Unfortunately this becomes a vicious cycle and before you know it the Kister is empty. Not the best Pils in the country (not even close actually) but lives up to its reputation. I hope this beer in the green bottle is able to find you in good shape. (I mean both you and the bottle.) Zum Wohl!
05-16-2007 07:39:41 | More by Ungespundet
2.8/5 rDev -21.1%
Pours a clear pale straw color with a medium thick and fizzy white head that burns away rapidly. Patchy lacing. Aroma of mild hops and hay. Light-bodied and effervescent with a dry mouthfeel. Lightly bitter hops and sour fruit flavors are pretty much the only flavors. The finish is dry and hoppy with some sweetness coming through. Not as easy to drink as most Pilseners. Fairly average all around.
05-11-2007 19:34:10 | More by Dogbrick
3.48/5 rDev -2%
Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Poured a clear, pale, straw yellow with a tight, foamy, bright white, two-finger head that slowly faded to a thick film. Patches of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.
The aroma was mild initially but came out as the beer warmed. German malts were apparent along with cereal grains and a smooth hoppiness. Some skunkiness was also noticeable.
The taste was crisp and hoppy from start to finish. Subtle German malts were detectable up front with grassy hops and a grainy huskiness soon following. The finish was clean, crisp and very dry with a big hop bite and a bitter aftertaste.
Body was medium/light (somewhat thinner than expected) with a lively effervescence.
Drinkability was moderate. This beer was light, refreshing and could pair perfectly with a variety of dishes, yet the intensely dry and bitter finish was a bit overwhelming.
05-03-2007 01:09:07 | More by Damian
2.13/5 rDev -40%
Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a small white head which goes away very quickly. The aroma is very grainy, with some skunkiness. It tastes sour, and like grain, metal, skunk, and a bit of grassy hops. Not very impressive at all. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Drinkability isn't good at all, too much skunkiness. I'll have to revisit this in the future, but this bottle wasn't good at all. And this was even after having drank a few other beers tonight. Not recommended.
04-14-2007 01:54:31 | More by bluejacket74
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured slightly hazy pale yellow, with a big white head that left rings of lace all the way down the glass. Smell is grassy with a toasted undertone. Taste is bitter and full, comes at you all at once. Hops, toasty grain, and then a clean finish.
This is an unusual pilsner, one worth trying.
04-03-2007 20:24:51 | More by alexskovan
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
Crisp. That one word sums up the best qualities of Jever. I've rarely had a beer as crisp and satisfying as this. The beer pours a clear yellow gold with a snow white head. The aroma is typical pilsener. There's a noticable hop bite at first, pleasant but not overpowering. After the initial hop sensation, there's a pleasant maltiness that's enough to give flavor but not enough to cloy. The taste ends with a crisp dryness, setting you up for the next pleasing sip. The drinkability is off the charts with this one. I sat down with one Jever to drink as I wrote my review; I had finished 4 before I finsihed the review. If you're looking for a Pilsener, look no further.
03-30-2007 01:09:28 | More by WMBierguy
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
One of my favorite crisp, dry German pilsener beers.
Appearance: Straw-colored; nice rocky, uneven head
Smell: Good malty nose, maybe even a hint of smokiness to it; low hop factor
Taste: Starts sort of sweet, caramelly; finishes very nice and dry with a definite finishing hop that is wonderful.
Mouthfeel: Very well-balanced beer. Starts understated and sweetish, but finishes nice and dry. Excellent through and through.
Drinkability: Very good beer to have on a cold and/or damp day. Not a quenching beer you'd want after, say, jogging, but more of a beer to reflect on and take away the chill in the air. This beer is one of the more expensive German sixers you'll buy, and consequently the turnover rate may not be too high. Therefore, the freshness may be questionable. (Mine tasted a bit past its peak, but still very good). That said, this is an excellent beer, and even better on draught at a good German bierstube. Worth seeking out!
03-16-2007 02:42:45 | More by RedBaron
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
Rerated from green bottle: Poured golden and pure, with a solid white foam head. Verrry pilsner-hoppy aroma with a big starch undertow. Smooth with that uniquely German yellow-beer starchiness ... its not off-putting necessarily, but its clearly something that for some reason surfaces only in mass-produced beers. Ive downgraded this over my original rating, but this still stands as a good example of a northern German pils, nicely bittered with a solid sweet starchy current beneath it. My original rating (I was much less verbose whenever this was!): Import on draft: golden and still with a solid head. Solid consistency and vaguely bittered, smooth and nice finish.
03-08-2007 01:18:02 | More by Braudog
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours a nice clear golden color with a 1" off-white fluffy head, some sticky lacing and decent retention. Smell is hoppy and bitter. Taste is bitter noble hops up front, finishing smooth with nicely balanced malt backbone. Grainy taste as well, with a bit of a burnt taste, which gives it a bit of a skunky quality, although I think that is intentional so I'm not going to detract for it. Leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste, but is smooth and crisp on the palate. Not a bad German pilsener but not my favorite.
02-12-2007 00:31:26 | More by number1bum
4.78/5 rDev +34.6%
Pours very light gold, almost yellow, with a thick, delicate, perfectly white head that eventually dissipates to dust and a collar. Very spiky aroma of fragrant hops, Tettnang supposedly, that has a less sea-air quality than the Czechs do, and more of a simultaneous juxtaposition of sinus-clearing oily hop notes and sweet, slightly honeyish malts. Brilliant nose. On the palate, bitterness is considerable -- it's a quick attack, a blitzkrieg of hops. The first sensation on the tongue, though, is the bready malts, which quickly succumb to the hop onslaught. What's unique here is the restraint that accompanies the power of the hops; it isn't big and oily, and the hops don't sit on your palate; instead, they burst out with flavor, then dry up and disappear completely. It's a light touch, but a powerful one. Thin, razorish mouthfeel that reminds me of the original mix on the "Raw Power" album by the Stooges -- stretched thin like a rubber band, you can feel it ready to snap back on you.
Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. It's not terribly observant of style -- it leaves other German pilsners in the dust in terms of bitterness and power -- but it is, to mangle a phrase, its own beer. Unique, confident, and daring you to like it. Wonderful.
02-11-2007 20:30:16 | More by geexploitation
3.25/5 rDev -8.5%
Served in a pilsener glass at fridge temperature. Best before 30.08.07.
Appearance- Among the lightest and palest yellows I have ever seen... but the lackluster color gets boosted by some fantastic streams of carbonation, which help create the craggy finger-thick head. Lacing sticks to the sides of my glass.
Smell- Enormous wallop of Hallertau hops, obliterating any other potential aroma. Spicy fresh cut grass.
Taste- Bone dry and spicy, the hops grip the palate and dry the tastebuds... leaving behind some bitter hop burps. Nice, just not that interesting.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Extremely light in body, the effervescence gives just enough tingle to keep this from being just average. It's a damn easy beer to session, with enough of a bite to warrant the next sip. This is a beer that calls for "less geekin and more dreenkin!"
02-03-2007 01:40:55 | More by yelterdow
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
Pale gold color with brilliant clarity. Decent sized creamy white head that had pretty decent retention.
Noble hop aroma, and otherwise a clean lager character - no off aromas.
Grainy maltiness and strong hop bitterness dominate at first impression. Finishes fairly dry and very bitter. Lingering stale bitter taste (was right at "best before" date, so may have been picking up on a tinge of oxidation).
Light to medium body, medium carbonation. A bit of astringency (harsh hops or oxidation?)
A nice hoppy lager overall. Hard to say how much the potential oxidation was hurting, or if it was just exceptionally bitter. In any case, a bit harsh for a session beer.
01-21-2007 19:57:56 | More by mpyle
2.15/5 rDev -39.4%
Not impressed with this one. I should know, "never drink anything in a green bottle". It let's light through and ruins the beer making it skunky. This one was skunky, very light, and left a Heinekenesk aftertaste. Probably had good ingredients, but couldn't taste them. Straw color but poured not a head, like a beck's or heineken. Tasted of some malts, few hops but very skunky bitter. Not recommended.
01-06-2007 03:23:44 | More by bigdeuce
4/5 rDev +12.7%
A gift from a friend who went home to Germany over the holidays.
This poured a typical Pilsener pale yellow with a decent head that quickly subsided, smell is a tad skunky but not terrible. This one makes up for that really quickly in the flavor department, bitter in the initial flavor, finishing with a beautiful aromatic barley malt finish. The bitterness in this beer is actually quite refreshing, and this one goes down really quite easily.
I'm very disappointed that this wonderful Pilsener is not available here in Ontario. This is one of those brews that I would say to get if it is available to you as it is quite good. Highly recommended.
01-04-2007 01:24:34 | More by funkengruven
3/5 rDev -15.5%
Originally reviwed September 23, 2005. Thin lemon yellow pour, with lots of carbonation and nice super white crisp creamy head. Plain wheaty malt aroma with so depth, but strong. Flavor is more plain malt, with lots of good texture and a few subtle nuances, but no real depth. Some smack of whole grain crackers. Palate is a little dry. Finishes smooth and clean. A little hoppy metallic taste that makes this beer a tinge off.
11-27-2006 23:43:16 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
Pours a pale golden yellow with a modest head that lingers well. Malt and hops evident in the smell. Taste is crisp and clean with mellow hops and a very smooth finish. A very drinkable brew that is well balanced and quite enjoyable. Not quite on a par with Prima Pils, but quite good.
11-12-2006 20:11:20 | More by techdiver
2.73/5 rDev -23.1%
Bought this 330ml bottle from the Systembolaget. Had a BBD of 07/07, but...
Appearance - light, rather thin straw colour, with wispy bleached white head that vanished quickly.
Smell - mildly light-struck, with an earthy, aged nose. Behind that a hint of lemongrass (?) and honey.
Taste - Skunked beer (however mild) never tastes that good. The noticeable hop punch was a welcome departure from many standard pilsners, leaving a long, salty bitter snap at the end.
Mouthfeel - clean, but uninspiring.
Drinkability - a hot weather beer. No more, no less.
10-14-2006 16:10:35 | More by lagomswedish
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.