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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 15
Gots: 63 | 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

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Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Ratings: 583 | Reviews: 295
Photo of Skidz
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
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!

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
2.64/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of jkrich
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bright gold with a fluffy white head that held fairly well and left some nice lace. nose was hoppy. kind of funky and stinky and musty with a mildly sweet malt backbone. taste was the same. hops played the main role with a mild malty thing happening. nice dry, bitter finish. on the heavy side of light bodied. very food friendly and a great refresher.

Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - Served cool in a half pint the lager is extremely clear w/ golden hues and a thick white head. There is lace but only a small amount.

S - Mostly hops in the aroma w/ noble character. Spicy hop notes w/ herbal sweet aromas supporting.

M - Without much malt to han onto the grassy hops seem brash.

T - A very crisp and hop influenced taste that mellows into a slight malty taste after the effervescent/spice hop flavor w/ light acidity a appealing hop tastes are fleshed out.

D - Not my first choice of Pilsener, but for my first taste this wasn't too bad. I would like less acidity in the hop flavor. I could drink several of these in a session, since they are not overly malty the hop flavor gives a certain dryness that makes it better than average drinkability wise.

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl.), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : Jever pilsener is known to all beer lovers worldwide for its bitterness (IBU = 44). Light golden color, with white foam head.
Smell : grassy aroma.
Taste and Mouthfeel : very hoped (herbed), dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German pilsener style.

Review translated from french 5-27-2008.

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Canal Street Pub in Reading Pa.
Served as a crystal clear brilliant golden colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is malty, with some bread-like qualities noted.
Taste ismalty sweet, with a light refreshing crispness.
Finishes is light and refreshing.
A nice easy to drink beer that went well with our meal selsection

Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Described as a true-to-style beer for a German Pilsner by the BJCP guidelines. After a few sips, it's easy to see why. The success of this beer lies in the balance of malt to grain, sweetness to bitterness, earthiness and softness, raw and refined. Opens with a pungent noble hop aroma (green bottle accentuate the pungent smell -- but not quite light-striken). A nice malt / grain blended sweetness comes across with a mild corn flavor, green apples, and pilsner malts. Flavors of the grain and malt flavors come through nicely, while the hops subside to a bitter-balancing role. Nicely round and malty in the texture, offering hints of bread flavors and a mild astringent feel. Finsihes quite clean and refreshing. No problem drinking this one.

10-25-05 On-tap (3.5,2.5,3.0,3.5,3.0)
A decent beer (for a pilsner). It has the light vegetable, light malt, light straw color that you'd expect. Mainly a clean brew with slight noble hop character. Not skunked. Perhapse a bit of graininess, acidity, and sulfer-like aromas. Flavors are pretty mellow and viscous for a pils. A good beer to enjoy with a pizza or a hot dog.

Photo of smcreator
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden yellow with a thin film of head.
S: Nice malt smell that is refreshing.
T: It has a semi-sweet initial taste with a surprisingly bitter finish. Unfortunately, it has the bitterness of, say, an IPA but does not have the hop flavor so the bitterness is not so pleasant.
M: Moderately smooth the whole way through the drink.
D: Easy to drink as it has not real character, but it would only really be good as a bar or party drink… not a beer for enjoying by itself.

Photo of mdagnew
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a clear light golden colour... White head poured fairly big and foamy then faded quite quickly to patchy layer.... no real carbonation... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Faint biscuity malts, light peppery hops, spicy fruits (light lemons, apples), some saltiness, light honey sweetness, quite a lot of herbal notes, light grassy / floral traces...

Taste - Light peppery / herbal hops, quite sweet fruits (oranges, lemons, light limes), honey, quite sweet malts, faint medicinal notes, some corn, salty traces...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with just a little bite... Light body... Very drinkable and sessionable...

Overall - A pretty good Pils... worth a try...

Photo of diablo14
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tastybeer
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of vancurly
2.16/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.57/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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).

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.82/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Ungespundet
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Dogbrick
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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