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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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503 Ratings

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of pezoids


4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an ultra clear and light yellow-straw color. Bright with a decent amount of carbonation. Creamy head of white foam topped this beer off. Yes! The aroma is pure and good. Bitter graininess and super sharp. Hints of breadiness and citrus fruit. The taste is very clean and sharp with a very crisp finish. I love the simple Pilsner and this is a near perfect example of the style. Somewhat buttery on the tongue with a sharp but pleasant hop bite. This is liquid bread. An excellent Pilsner that I need to buy more often. I can only hope my homebrew comes out nearly as good as this.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 04:06:24 | More by pezoids
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jever is touted as one of the hoppier German beers in existence. Having now tried it, I must say that it is hoppy, but nowhere to the extent I was expecting it to be. This brew seems to resemble some Czech pilseners like Urquell more than its German brethren. For some reason, the bottled version seems like it is getting harder to find in my area, so I considered myself pretty lucky in finding this brew. I was also lucky in the sense that this turned out to be one of the more unique and interesting pilseners that I have sampled.

Jever pours a crystal clear gold-hued yellow color with a 1 finger foam that dissipates in around 30 seconds. The smell is of some light, typically German pilsener malts and some sulfuric aroma. Nothing that really arouses the senses, but not horrifying. The mouthfeel is crisp and well-carbonated. Jever contains a biscuity light malt presence, but a well-rounded hop presence seems to be this brew's centerpiece. While some of the "typical" citrus-like flavors were present in low amounts, I found the hop character in this brew to be more of the earthy/grassy type. The hop notes were woody, calling to mind some bitter root/herbal flavors and some spiciness. Grassiness was mentioned before and must be mentioned again. Some of the sulfuric qualities carry over, but do not hinder the beer (and perhaps add to its complexity in a sense). The beer would be considered bitter by an average beer drinker, and dare I say it may in the vein of a Heineken lager although obiviously this is a brew of a higher caliber. A long, drying finish marks the near-completion of the Jever experience, with some hoppy/grassy bitterness continuing on. Jever conludes with a very light alcoholic warmth.

As previously mentioned, this is a very interesting pilsener. Unlike most pilseners I don't think I could partake in a session with this brew. Even though the ABV% is average for the style, this one deserves a bit of contemplation. It affects the drinkabilty somewhat, but this is a brew that should be sampled by all at least once even if lagers are not your thing. Serving this from a brown bottle or (even-better) on tap would improve this tenfold. A good brew that has the potential to be even better.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 08:21:45 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of TheJudge

New York

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a very nice, pure golden color, actually more golden than most Pilsners. It had a nice bright white head, that laced nicely. It was a very carbonated beer

The thing that struck me most was the bitterness, both at the front and the back of the mouth, and it remained all the way through. This is too bitter to be a session beer, and struck me as heineiken on steroids. The hop taste is extreme, and very german/chech, although i cannot quite place it by name. A good beer, but not for everybody.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2004 20:25:20 | More by TheJudge
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrived in front of me sporting a clear yellow color with a thin head which produced barely any lacing. The aroma was of malt, grass and hops. The malt and bitterness levels were nicely balnaced to produce a very drinkable pilsner. The bitterness was more pronounced than other german plisners I have sampled.

The mouthfeel was clean and very crisp, and had a super clean finish. No aftertaste at all. This beer is extremely drinkable and was paired perfectly with the potato pancakes I was eating.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2004 19:30:28 | More by Gavage
Photo of ToolHead


4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle, served in generic tulip beer glass.
Golden colour; OK head. Aggressively and refreshingly hoppy and herbal aroma. The same goes for the taste, which is wonderfully bitter and crisp w/ a long, firm finish. Highly drinkable.
One of my favorite pilsners, this beer is a revelation to the drinker who's grown accustomed to bland, anonymous lagers. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 10:43:53 | More by ToolHead
Photo of BCMan


1.63/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In reading the other reviews of this beer I'm hoping that the Jever I was in some way a bad bottle. It poured with a nice foamy head that slowly faded away. The color was a dark yellow and it smelled very dry. I don't know what to say about the flavor other than I thought it was awful. It was the only beer in my sample case that I had to pour our. I know others have said that they liked this beer in reviews but all of the memers in my beer club agreed that we disagree with the reviews on Beer Advocate.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 13:50:11 | More by BCMan
Photo of Naerhu


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big white head that staid proud, deep yellow body.
Light malt and pine aroma.
Racey bitterness on a light malt, bread crust flavor. Spicy floral hops.
Light beer with smooth mouthfeel with a long mild bitterness on the aftertaste. This is a great session brew.
The most interesting and satisfying German pilsner I have had.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 06:57:34 | More by Naerhu
Photo of jtw5877


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a really fluffy white head. Smells like a little bit of grain and a hint of skunk. The taste is nice, biscuity maltiness, and a little hopiness with a tiny hint of skunkiness. A free beer given tome by a co-worker, who received it from her sister who received it from a German client.

Serving type: can

12-24-2003 23:34:08 | More by jtw5877
Photo of Globetrotter


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, Jever. During my first few stints in Germany, when I was too young to know any better, I hated this beer. Then I became a hophead. Today I try this old enemy for the first time in probably ten years. Green 33cl bottle with a plain label. Purity law applies, of course. Best before 4/7/04, I opened it on 12/12/03 ("Constitution Day" in Russia - the local joke is "Of course they celebrate the constitution on December 12, but they ignore it every other day of the year.") Quick, better get to the review before the FSB (nee KGB) catches up to me.

Clear gold with just the slightist green tint, under a white one fingered head that lacks real Pils body, but lingers well down the glass and leaves some excellent lacing. The nose is strong, but seems skunky to me - definitely a sour cabbage tone to it. The mouth is very prickly, but carries a decent amount of body. The taste? Yup, there are hops here. Good strong floral hops, with some breadiness for balance. But the bread fades long before the bitter, leaving a wonderful hoppy bite at the back of the jaw. The aftertaste is pure bitter, which definitely appeals to me. Yes, my tastes have changed, and Jever will no longer get the snub from me!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 19:06:33 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This pils poured a clear, yellow color with creamy, white foam that persisted but eventually settled and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was modest: bready malt with a touch of grain. The taste was sweetish malt with floral and bitter hops and a light touch of bread and grain. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a decent pils, though a tad too sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2003 06:08:46 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of clvand0


4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought me back a non-widget pint can of this upon his return from his homeland of Germany. It pours a yellow/light golf color with a nice, large white head and it leaves a little lacing on the glass - Very clear body on this one. The aroma is of hay/corn husks, light malts and pleasing hops. Great smelling for a German Pils - no skunkiness here. The flavor is very clean and smooth. It has a nice strong taste upfront that leaves the palate completely bare after a second - very interesting - makes it sooo easy to drink. The upfront taste is filled with soft malts and some slightly spicy hops as well - I detected a nutty taste as well - possibly almonds. Great beer!

Serving type: can

09-23-2003 19:47:30 | More by clvand0
Photo of allboutbierge


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is light and golden with a fluffy off white head. Scent is of strong spices and floral notes that leave a bitter pinch on the tip of your nose. Taste is grainy and quite full flavored for a pilsner...this one is no wussy. It finishes fairly clean except for a slight refreshing remnant of its spice-like qualitites.

One of the few choices widely available in Köln for someone who does not want a Kölsch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2003 13:58:57 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed "vom Fass" at AOBF Stammtisch. This Pils is a pale straw/light golden color, and is clear throughout. Head was white, thin and fine, with a smidge o' lace. Nose was grassy, mildy floral hops, and fresh. Body was medium, yet the carbonation produced a somewhat rough feel on the tongue (though I find this a typical Pils trait). Flavor was mostly hops from start to end; strong, grassy, sharp and floral. Has a mild bitterness, but without a bite to it. A solid example of the style. I don't typically tend to drink Pils, but I enjoy a well-made version, such as Jever. Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2003 15:55:46 | More by Bierman9
Photo of maxpower


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle, pours pale yellow color with a nice white head that clings to the sides of the glass. Some grassy flowery hop aromas, has a light bready dry hoppy flavor, light to medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes dry and bitter, a very good pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 21:57:27 | More by maxpower
Photo of AaronRed

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

To me this is a good beer to drink on a hot summer day when you do not want anything too heavy. It has that nice German crispness upfront, that leads to a nice dry taste and texture. Not much in the way of color or smell, I found this beer to be a bit on the thin side, but with enough character to warrent a decent rating. It has sort of a tangy and slighty bitter appeal, and certainly goes with all kinds of food. A good session beer, but not great- in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2003 10:17:44 | More by AaronRed
Photo of nomad


3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bright yellow pils color, very little film of a head, and a little film for lace. Not much of a nose, just a trace of hallertauer scents and some toned down florals. Taste was definite Hallertauer and other hops and a little drop of sugar. Had a very thinned out malt and fairly long dry finish. Slid down easy like water. A plain old pilsener but luckily not as bad as an american one, but no czechvar either. Taste and finish weren't that appealing to me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2003 08:38:00 | More by nomad
Photo of stoutman


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

Straw gold, good fluffy white head and plenty of condition. Good level of hop aroma with a faint hint of celery, nicely malt sweet with balancing hop flavour and an intensly hop bitter finish that is slightly chalky. In a world of pilseners that all taste the same, this beer is one of the best of its style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2003 17:17:45 | More by stoutman
Photo of tavernjef


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is very light clear yellow, yuk, but thank goodness a nice thick white foam saved this from the depths of pee yellow beer. The head is super thick and about two inches high with some divets and retained its girth for a good while. Smell is faintly bitter sweet of hop with a citrus orange tint and malt. Taste is so clean and smooth, complex enough for layers, with a dry citrus bitterness thats a little harsh but evens out fairly quick with a sweetish malt, and is overall dry in most of its body and feel.
Its a drinkable pilsner, but the dryness is a little rough in most aspects throughout the taste and feel, and some may be put off by it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 16:22:34 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Riggo


4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap on a recent pilgrimage to my old haunt, d.b.a., in Manhattan. In the glass, a clear golden yellow color with a beautiful creamy stark white head. Nose is minerally with leafy, citrus hop notes. Initially a hop bitterness dances on the tongue followed by mineral and grain (wheat? corn?) elements and wonderfully full and solid mouthfeel/body. The finish is very bitter.

A very hoppy beer but a beer with balance nonetheless and an unusually deep, solid mouthfeel for a pilsener. The brewing here is a real lesson in how to incorporate a high-hop/bitter element into a brew without that element sort of floating free from the rest of the beer in an "untamed" way and coming off as astringent. Really an exceptional beer that you don't see too often in America (at least not often enough) and one that sets a standard for pilseners the world over.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2003 13:16:25 | More by Riggo
Photo of Reverand


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale yellow in color that is crystal clear. Big chunky head that leaves a nice lace to the bottom of the glass. Not much for aroma though. Nice taste that was crisp and clean with a dry hoppy aftertaste. Certainly not the best pilsner but definitely not the worst.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 02:12:22 | More by Reverand
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some time now I've felt that Jever is one of those beers that everyone should try at least once in their life. Also, for people that don't stray to far from light (color, body, and malt flavor, not diet) lagers, this is one of the few refuges of hop bliss.

Jever poured very pale yellow but with a thick, chuncky, white head. Nice hop aroma with notes of pale malt and the insides of bread (you know, not the crust!). Tastes quite bitter, unexpectedly so if you have never tried it before. Nice light malt sweetness for balance along with moderate graininess. As the beer warms, the malt flavor becomes more apparent and the hop flavor becomes more one-dimensional and rind-like.

I prefer this to most others pilseners. When I can find it fresh and not light-struck it's a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 11:13:36 | More by yen157
Photo of Todd


3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served in a 0.5l branded mug at Restaurant Leibniz-Klause in Berlin.

Appearance: Pale golden/yellow beer with an ample creamy foam lace.

Taste: Quite herbally with a faint dose of anise in the back. Thin, low sweetness. Hops takeover with a coarse, earthy, rindy, citrus peel flavour that builds to a semi-astringent level. Dry finish.

Notes: An okay pils. Some of the flavours seemed a bit odd though, out of place and balance ... or rather forced. Especially the hops -- hop extract?

Used this beer to wash down my plate Königsberger Klopse ...

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2002 15:00:28 | More by Todd
Photo of putnam


4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend brought me two bottles from Germany. This was one of my favorite beers when I was there 10 years ago. Expires Feb. 5, 2003, printed on the front label...easy to read. Upon breaking the seal, the room fills with an intense smell of sticky hops. There is a beautiful honey, burned suger and nougat maltiness coursing underneath, but from nose to tail this beer is all about the noble bud. "That's dry." Bitter, dry, but not out of balance. On the back are the words "Zutaten: Wasser, Gerstenmalz, Hopfenextrakt, Hopfen." I'm struggling with my own dogma. Is it OK to add hop extract? It seems like a manipulation. And in fact, the hoppiness, while very entertaining, seems a bit exaggerated, almost cartoonish. I would complain more if I thought they were hiding something, but it seems clear that the other components are very well done. My conclusion is that they are shooting for an extremely hoppy style, which, if they used fresh, or at least whole hops, would be prohibitively expensive. I give this beer high marks for uniqueness and personal sentiment.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2002 05:11:50 | More by putnam
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although this review is for draft, I wanted to point out that the word "herb" on the bottled product means "dry" or "bitter" and is indicative of this North German pilsner's very dry style. Crystal clear and bright golden in color with a bright white head that holds fairly well. Very nice appearance. The aroma is quite hoppy as pilsners go - very noble, lightly grassy and highly floral. Some light, grainy malt aroma is present as well. The body is light-medium with a crisp carbonation. The flavor starts dry with a burst of hop bitterness, warming as it crosses the palate to reveal a firm grainy maltiness, and finishes long and bitter. The emphasis is definitely on hop bitterness with around 45 IBU's! Very one sided in many ways, but also with quite alot of finesse! A somewhat unique, refreshing and enjoyable pils. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2002 20:05:18 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of goindownsouth


4.93/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very good German bier. A very light and crisp looking brew out of the bottle. Nice and effervescent. The smell is not as wheaty as say some, but still very good aroma. The first sip is indicative of things to come. This is what a German Pilsener should be. It brings plenty of flavor and aromatics to the party. One of my favorites. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2002 19:40:08 | More by goindownsouth
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.