Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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3.23/5 rDev -9%
So, I have to admit I'm not a big pilsner fan, but chose this as the best of the bunch at a local restaurant. The appearance was a typical straw/light gold hue with a fairly impressive white head. The aroma was that typical pilsner smell... don't know how else to describe it... with maybe a little more spice.
Now for the taste... the mild sweet flavor is helped greatly by a spicey hop finish. Much more crisp and flavorful than most pilsners, and maybe even a little too bitter for me for this style (but I'd take overly bitter with flavor over lack of flavor any day). The carbonation is just right, and the beer pairs nicely with burgers & sausages. Of course, I'm reviewing this in the middle of winter... I'd might just rate it higher if I was enjoying this brew at a mid-summer BBQ...
02-13-2005 22:14:21 | More by apintofknowledge
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
This arrived in a nice gold color with a bit of deep amber. The head was small and lasted well, and the lacing was minor.
The smell is a nice combination of herb and hop. The taste brings out a lot of hops. The mouthfeel was heavier than expected but goes well with the taste.
This one seems to be unique for its color and the readily apparent hops.
01-09-2005 11:18:42 | More by watermelonman
4.16/5 rDev +17.2%
Dark green 11.2oz bottle. Best before date on back label.
Light gold in color with a snow-white, fairly long lasting head and some sticky lace. The aroma of fresh cut hay with a herb garden smells. Fresh hop, a faint sulfuric smell and a faint maltiness. The malt body is somewhat light and has a clean herbal and slightly grainy character. The abundantly applied Hallertau hops are spicy, lightly citrusy and a bit metallic, creating a bit of a back of the throat edginess and bite. The taste of hard water adds to the intense bitterness.
01-02-2005 04:32:18 | More by BeerResearcher
3/5 rDev -15.5%
This is the other hipster-du-jour beer in Brooklyn, along with PBR. Everybody drinks it thinking they are drinking something exotic, but they are really just drinking Heineken with a cool sounding name and matching glassware. Clean, clear golden-yellow color. Classic pilsener nose: slightly skunky, cat-pee, herbal, and floral. Taste differs very little from the aroma. Heavy on the skunkiness, like a Heineken, but with a bit more character. Clean, crisp, lively finish, pretty decent German hops profile. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated with a bit more body than one might expect. Could be a good session brew if you're into this sort of thing, but it's best paired with some spicy food or sausages. Average in every way.
11-06-2004 03:40:17 | More by bultrey
2.88/5 rDev -18.9%
The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a 1" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly grainy pale malt scent with a dry yeast finish and a bit of skunkiness. The taste is awful. It has a watery pale malt flavor with a little bitterness and a dry finish. It goes down cleanly, but has a horrible aftertaste. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average pilsner. It lacks flavor and mouthfeel. It's one and done for me.
10-16-2004 23:25:04 | More by WesWes
3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a light gold with with a pretty large head that settled pretty quickly into a soapy like top,a nice fresh aroma of grass and "green" herbs along with a slight iron note but its very slight.Taste is quite bitter and herbal a big dose of hops in this pilsner just lightly sweet after awhile but the hops are most prevalent in this brew thats for sure.A interesting pilsner quite bitter but a real quaffer would go down real easy on summer day the bitterness is quite refreshing,a nice beer.
10-16-2004 12:23:00 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
Extremely light yellow with good carbonation...nice white head tops this offering. Smell is lightly hoppy. Taste is lightly sweet initially then finishes in a sharp bitter hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a slight creaminess. Drinkability is what you woul dtypically expect in a Pils...crisp....good for a hot day.
08-27-2004 22:51:56 | More by edchicma
4.5/5 rDev +26.8%
Another nose of cereal, hamster cereal, dried and compressed bitter greens formed into a ring then thrown into a box with oats and millet and squash seeds. It's resinous--like the smell on your fingers after stemming and seeding a bag of purple shorthair--until it warms up a bit and a mellow natural sugar bases the bitter vein of iron that extends half an hour beyond the last sip. A quality pils along the lines of Veltin's and EKU.
08-27-2004 02:43:43 | More by inebrius
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
Served in the 12 oz. green bottle into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a foamy white head. The smell is a nice noble hoppiness. The taste is a somewhat strong Hallertau hopping, with a good malt backing. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, this one wouldn't be bad to have a few of.
This is one I'd been looking forward to giving a try, mostly since everyone said this was the hop pils to give a try. Well, now that I've had it, it's certainly good, with a better-than-average hop bite to it. Though it doesn't quite reach the level of the great American pilsners, this is still a damn enjoyable beer, one that I'd have again, and proof that something good can come in a green bottle!
08-16-2004 03:29:32 | More by beergeek279
4/5 rDev +12.7%
Had this in the bottle while in Germany, and gave it a 3.5%. This rating is for the on-tap version, which I recently enjoyed at Redbones...hmm, I do like beers on-tap. Anyway, no surprise at the color, clear golden yellow when served, I was able to enjoy watching the slowly rising carbonation. I also liked the perfumey hop aroma it came with. Medium bodied, I found slight crispness and some sweetness from the malt. I also have written in my notes a bit of a woody note...over-all, more enjoyable on tap here in the US.
08-15-2004 15:24:29 | More by PatandDavid
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
12 ounce bottle, with best before dating on the label.. Pours very light golden, crystal clear, white medium bubble head, leaves moderate lacing. Nose is grassy, lemony, almost a hint of mint. Crisp, snappy and clean, as expected from any decent pilsner. Finishes with a nice smooth hoppy crispness. All together a decent, if not amazing lager. Enjoyable with some spicy summery fare.
08-05-2004 02:00:43 | More by Billolick
3/5 rDev -15.5%
Note: This was a "gift" my uncle brought over the other night. He loves pilsners for their drinkability. I don't, for their lack of character...
Crystal clear pale yellow/gold with 1/4" white head. Rather still.
Crisp grain like aroma with faint hop presence. Nothing special
Crisp, goes down easy with mild malt presence at the end, but overall bland and unflavorful. Not worth the effort of a return visit.
08-03-2004 02:16:29 | More by cbl2
3.23/5 rDev -9%
Served at the Drafting Room as their style of the month.
Light and golden, scented lightly of hops and citrus. No real head to speak of. Slightly bitter with a slight peppery bite. Not too much intensity, but more flavor than I expected for the color. Nice and dry. Carbination is just right.
Not something I would go out of my way to get, but decent.
07-05-2004 15:22:40 | More by shapudding
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
Pours your average pils color with a typical white head. Big fresh, hoppy nose of the Hallertau variety. Dimethyl sulfide evident but not offly so. Dry and spicy hop profile paired with sweet malts, but not too sweet. Very distinguished. Wickedly drinkable. What Czechvar is to the Saaz, Jever is to the Hallertau. Wish it was available in my area.
07-03-2004 14:45:31 | More by crookedhalo
3.3/5 rDev -7%
Light golden clear por with a big ole cake like head under tons of lace that hung around through the drink.
Lacks a nose here. Malty creaminess at best. Hmmm...
High malt & grain start that settles to a dry and slightly hop finish. Nearly Heineken bitter skunk as warming takes place.
A decent drinker that can get bitter.
Last swigs: On tap as a featured flavor of the month at The Drafting Room. Great balance that holds a pilsener flavor over a Heineken bite. Just caught wind that Pilsener Urquell is the source of the first pilsener offering. Oh!
Beer is good. Happy pilsener beering.
07-02-2004 03:40:34 | More by blitheringidiot
4.2/5 rDev +18.3%
Very pale clear yellow. Fine bright white head settles quickly to a thin, incomplete cap.
Nose is wonderful leafy green sappy noble hop over slightly sweet biscuity malt. Slight undernotes of iron and sulphur. Wonderful pilsner nose.
Medium weight in the mouth with a good balance of hop flavor, hop bitterness and malt to the finish, where the hop bitterness really comes to the fore. I love a bitter finish, but this is a bit rough and just slightly harsh.
Nice soft mouthfeel lets the malt do its best to balance the hops. Quite drinkable, and refreshingly bitter.
05-24-2004 02:41:40 | More by Realale
4.45/5 rDev +25.4%
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.
04-22-2004 04:06:24 | More by pezoids
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
04-16-2004 08:21:45 | More by Beastdog75
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
02-26-2004 20:25:20 | More by TheJudge
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
02-16-2004 19:30:28 | More by Gavage
4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
01-27-2004 10:43:53 | More by ToolHead
1.63/5 rDev -54.1%
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.
01-15-2004 13:50:11 | More by BCMan
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
12-29-2003 06:57:34 | More by Naerhu
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-24-2003 23:34:08 | More by jtw5877
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
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!
12-12-2003 19:06:33 | More by Globetrotter
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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