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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 55 | 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 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

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.

Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.