Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

557 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 46 | 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:
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(Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of smcolw
1.25/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

In the past, I have lamented the presence of green bottles. I have found it interesting that the lightest beers often come this way. It is a shame that a potentially good beer gets completely ruined by becoming skunked.

Thus the score above. After purchasing a $12 six-pack of this beer to compare to other pilseners in a tasting, this was rated the worst beer out of 14; all because it was horribly skunked.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a reddish golden with thin white head that lasted for much of the glass and left good lacing. Nose is grainy, similar to a macro, and the mouthfeel of this medium bodied beer is somewhat tingly. Flavor is an odd mix of grain, chocolate and tobacco, all of which led to a short dry finish

Photo of germanbeer1
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is can be identified by it's extremely herbal smell and taste. It has a nice golden color with a white head. The extremely herbal taste causes for a very bitter reaction. In order to maximize the taste from this beer it is strongly recommended that it be poured into a tulip or pilsener style glass.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden,clear color with a two inch head and respectable lace.
Not much aroma except for some hops and malts.
The taste was of mild citrus hints and hops with a dash of grains.
The feel was light,high carbonation with a crisp,mildly bitter finish.

Notes: A decent brew. I could have a few on a really hot day,but nothing special going on here.

Photo of DLReeves
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recent discovery as I move thru the thousands of world beers. Found it at our local Consumer Beverages Beer store in WNY. This is a local establishment that has LOTS of international and microbrew beers available for retail sale.. Pleasant Taste, little hoppy, short head foam, maybe I'll find it at Ocktoberfest in Munich next year...as usual, if it tastes good, I drink it..

Photo of Clydesdale
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Perfectly clear yellow with a small, dense white head that sticks awhile. Lacing sticks pretty well to the glass.

S: Mostly grasslike hops, slightly herbal with some hints of sweetness. Clean overall.

T: Big, bitter hop bite, with some spicy herbal character. Pretty weak in the malt department, but there is a crisp graininess. A lingering, puckering, almost soapy bitterness that is a tad overwhelming at the finish.

M: Lightish body, extremely crisp and clean, with a dry finish.

D: The finish just seems a little off. Not that the bitterness is wrong necessarily, but just not quite balanced in my opinion. It's crisp and refreshing, but not all that delicious honestly.

Photo of Lukie
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden hue, with a thick bubbly head. Great lacing and retention, with thick lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma's of slight citrus and woody bark. Not much else really.

Nice malty start, orange and lemon citrus. Full hop whack with nice bitterness. Straw like qualities and a grassy taste makes this very refreshing, yet enough depth to it.

Taste wise, one of the best german pils I have had. It is very unique, which is hard to achieve in pils. Very clean, easy drinking, with great lingering flavours.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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