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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG visit their website

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 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

Photo of TheSarge
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jever has the appearance of a typical German Pils: a fair amount of bright white head, which sticks around a good bit forming into light lacing. The body is golden and very clear.

Jever has a strong lemony hops aroma, probably about the starkest I've smelled in a while. There are sharp herbal tones, and a slight sweet undertone.

Again, this brew is on the hoppy side. It kind of reminds me of a light Hallertau Imperial Pilsner by Sam Adams.

With the hoppiness higher than other Pilsners, I expected an oily feel to this, but it bites you pretty hard and leaves the palate slightly dry and coarse.

I had this beer a long time ago, and didn't enjoy it so much. Now with a more mature palate, I can say this is a good example of the German Pils variety.

Photo of BarrelO
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Best before 2/24/10.

A: Pale gold body. Not much of a head.

S: Pretty much all noble hops.

T: Mostly hoppy bitterness. Enough bready malt to balance.

M: Light and crisp.

D: If those ShamWow commercials taught me anything, it's that the Germans always make good stuff. This isn't the best pils I've ever had, but it's a fine example regardless.

Photo of kevman527
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...

A - Had a white frothy 3 finger head, with retention, golden yellow color.

S - Malty, kind of sweet smelling, earthy notes, couldn't detect much hops in the smell.

T - Malty, yeasty, kind of spicy from the hops. Left a pretty bitter aftertaste.

M - Smooth and fizzy.

D - Very easy to drink several of these, would make for a good lawn mowing beer. A very decent Pilsener, much better than any of the American Macro's.

Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden pour with a nice tight head that eventually dissipates. mild pilsner, grass, straw. quite musky. that is the headline of the beer. a nice straw musk that seems to make the beer. give it an earthy quality. a nice bitter finish. well balanced... mild apple malt, honey. peppery pilsner with an earthy quality to it. dry. good carbonation. would like to see a bit more minty quality.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a thin white head over a clear, gold body.

Smell - 4.0
Very fresh and appetizing, sweetish pale malt with layers of grassy and lemony hops.

Taste - 3.5
Phwoar! I had heard that Jever was famous for its bitterness, but it still took me by surprise. Malt base is there, but is overwhelmed by the rough, dry bitterness that borders on astringency. Hops give a strong grass, herb and lemon flavour.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Bitterness and dryness give the beer a rough mouthfeel which does nothing to aid drinkability, although the carbonation level is appropriate for style.

Drinkability - 2.5
Far from sessionable, I would drink this again, but never more than one.

OVERALL - 3.45
A worthwhile beer, but one that needs a lot more malt for balance and drinkability.

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

Had this on tap at the Capital Ale House in Richmond Downtown. Pours a nice golden color in a pilsner glass. It had a soft hoppy floral smell. Quite soft in the taste and ends with a nice crispiness. Got the same floral tase in the finish with a good amount of dryness. Quite easy to drink. A pretty good example of the German pilsner style. Will try again.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with an inch of snow white foam. Fine layering of lace on the way down. Very slight effervescence.

Smell: Pilsner malt nose with a distinct graininess. Noble hop scents of flowers and a spicy herbaceousness. Minor whiff of skunkiness initially.

Taste: Pils malts with a dying grainy taste and a touch of honeyed sweetness. Pleasant Noble hop character that's all at once spicy, floral, and grassy. Medium-high bitterness transitions into an almost mouth-puckering dryness. Final little bumps of clover honey try to peek through, but, for the most part it's quite dry. Finishes, well, dry and rather crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It could be a bit fresher and would probably be much better on tap, though this still was fairly solid.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with plenty of tiny effervescent bubbles racing to the top to maintain a fizzy white head. Nice rings of lacing in my Jever glass. Nobel hops show their thing and if they aren't your thing it isn't worth trying. The hops are spicy with a light hay and lemon background.

Tastes is full of those hops in the German use of the plant, not the American overwhelming destroyer hops. An easy drinker and fizzy light mouthfeel. Some interesting soft floral tones add complexity. Slightly musty. Likely better fresh from the tap, but not too bad from the bottle.

Photo of Offa
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely on the bitter side for a German pilsner, but not as bitter as I had expected and overall is a bit bland. Mostly, it is just thoroughly dominated by the hops which clearly are strong relative to the rest if not strong in an absolute sense.

Gold, it has a very big white head slowly shrinking to a permanent foamy, small head and nice, lasting rings of lace. It looks pretty good.

The aroma is freshly hoppy and grassy and herbal, very German but light, airy, crisp, and flowery. It's mostly herbal, flowery, with hints of pine and sulphur.

The taste is soft, light flavour with a faint bready-honey malt base under very dominant hops, withherbal-floral hop flavour being light and airy again but without much competition from the malt. The hop bitterness is not truly strong but again has little competition and the herbal-grassy, almost medicinal, bitterness (with faint hint of lemon rind) sticks all around the mouth, dominating from start to finish and lingering stuck to the sides of the toungue and cheek. In the right circumstances, it could be very satisfying but overall is too light in character and the bitterness, though not strong, is too insistent.

Photo of Tone
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, very slight hops, and some pale malt. Fits the style of a German Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast cleanliness, and a slight metallic flavor. Overall, nothing I would try again, and not a good example of a German Pilsener.

Photo of drtth
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in Jever Pilsner glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Nice yellow/gold color and completely clear with a frothy head of small bubbles that stay around for a long while.

Smell: Soft smell of floral hops, grassy and clean.

Taste: Soft but definite hop bitterness with some clear malt undertone but dry and spicy throughout.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with medium body and a medium finish with a pleasant bitterness to the end.

Drinkability: A nice, refreshing drinkable pils with no discernable faults and some pleasant virtues. I could easily have several servings of this one. A nice clean well made pilsner style beer.

Photo of Cresant
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 11.2 oz. green bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. DAted 15-05-09. The body was pale yellow with a bright white, pillowy head. This faded to a clotted film. A lazy bead rose to the top.

Smell was crisp earthy hops. Hay. Nice.

Taste was a soft green grassy bitterness. Earthy, spicy hops. There was some alcohol prickle before the finish. Husky grains peak as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was slightly thinner than expected. Soft carbonation.

I first became aware of Jever through Michael Jackson's book and I have sought this beer for years.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a light yellow with a two-finger head and lots of visible carbonation. The nose is kind of similar to a macro, with a bit of hops. The taste is a tiny bit of malt followed by a surprising amount of fairly bitter hops with some floral and citrus notes. The mouthfeel is a a little thin with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a pretty average beer, worth a try if you can get it for cheap.

Photo of smcolw
1.28/5  rDev -64%
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
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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