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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

554 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of RedBaron
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite crisp, dry German pilsener beers.

Appearance: Straw-colored; nice rocky, uneven head
Smell: Good malty nose, maybe even a hint of smokiness to it; low hop factor
Taste: Starts sort of sweet, caramelly; finishes very nice and dry with a definite finishing hop that is wonderful.
Mouthfeel: Very well-balanced beer. Starts understated and sweetish, but finishes nice and dry. Excellent through and through.
Drinkability: Very good beer to have on a cold and/or damp day. Not a quenching beer you'd want after, say, jogging, but more of a beer to reflect on and take away the chill in the air. This beer is one of the more expensive German sixers you'll buy, and consequently the turnover rate may not be too high. Therefore, the freshness may be questionable. (Mine tasted a bit past its peak, but still very good). That said, this is an excellent beer, and even better on draught at a good German bierstube. Worth seeking out!

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

Rerated from green bottle: Poured golden and pure, with a solid white foam head. Verrry pilsner-hoppy aroma with a big starch undertow. Smooth with that uniquely German yellow-beer starchiness ... it’s not off-putting necessarily, but it’s clearly something that for some reason surfaces only in mass-produced beers. I’ve downgraded this over my original rating, but this still stands as a good example of a northern German pils, nicely bittered with a solid sweet starchy current beneath it. My original rating (I was much less verbose whenever this was!): Import on draft: golden and still with a solid head. Solid consistency and vaguely bittered, smooth and nice finish.

Photo of number1bum
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear golden color with a 1" off-white fluffy head, some sticky lacing and decent retention. Smell is hoppy and bitter. Taste is bitter noble hops up front, finishing smooth with nicely balanced malt backbone. Grainy taste as well, with a bit of a burnt taste, which gives it a bit of a skunky quality, although I think that is intentional so I'm not going to detract for it. Leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste, but is smooth and crisp on the palate. Not a bad German pilsener but not my favorite.

Photo of geexploitation
4.78/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours very light gold, almost yellow, with a thick, delicate, perfectly white head that eventually dissipates to dust and a collar. Very spiky aroma of fragrant hops, Tettnang supposedly, that has a less sea-air quality than the Czechs do, and more of a simultaneous juxtaposition of sinus-clearing oily hop notes and sweet, slightly honeyish malts. Brilliant nose. On the palate, bitterness is considerable -- it's a quick attack, a blitzkrieg of hops. The first sensation on the tongue, though, is the bready malts, which quickly succumb to the hop onslaught. What's unique here is the restraint that accompanies the power of the hops; it isn't big and oily, and the hops don't sit on your palate; instead, they burst out with flavor, then dry up and disappear completely. It's a light touch, but a powerful one. Thin, razorish mouthfeel that reminds me of the original mix on the "Raw Power" album by the Stooges -- stretched thin like a rubber band, you can feel it ready to snap back on you.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. It's not terribly observant of style -- it leaves other German pilsners in the dust in terms of bitterness and power -- but it is, to mangle a phrase, its own beer. Unique, confident, and daring you to like it. Wonderful.

Photo of yelterdow
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsener glass at fridge temperature. Best before 30.08.07.

Appearance- Among the lightest and palest yellows I have ever seen... but the lackluster color gets boosted by some fantastic streams of carbonation, which help create the craggy finger-thick head. Lacing sticks to the sides of my glass.

Smell- Enormous wallop of Hallertau hops, obliterating any other potential aroma. Spicy fresh cut grass.

Taste- Bone dry and spicy, the hops grip the palate and dry the tastebuds... leaving behind some bitter hop burps. Nice, just not that interesting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Extremely light in body, the effervescence gives just enough tingle to keep this from being just average. It's a damn easy beer to session, with enough of a bite to warrant the next sip. This is a beer that calls for "less geekin and more dreenkin!"

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

Pale gold color with brilliant clarity. Decent sized creamy white head that had pretty decent retention.

Noble hop aroma, and otherwise a clean lager character - no off aromas.

Grainy maltiness and strong hop bitterness dominate at first impression. Finishes fairly dry and very bitter. Lingering stale bitter taste (was right at "best before" date, so may have been picking up on a tinge of oxidation).

Light to medium body, medium carbonation. A bit of astringency (harsh hops or oxidation?)

A nice hoppy lager overall. Hard to say how much the potential oxidation was hurting, or if it was just exceptionally bitter. In any case, a bit harsh for a session beer.

Photo of bigdeuce
2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not impressed with this one. I should know, "never drink anything in a green bottle". It let's light through and ruins the beer making it skunky. This one was skunky, very light, and left a Heinekenesk aftertaste. Probably had good ingredients, but couldn't taste them. Straw color but poured not a head, like a beck's or heineken. Tasted of some malts, few hops but very skunky bitter. Not recommended.

Photo of funkengruven
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from a friend who went home to Germany over the holidays.

This poured a typical Pilsener pale yellow with a decent head that quickly subsided, smell is a tad skunky but not terrible. This one makes up for that really quickly in the flavor department, bitter in the initial flavor, finishing with a beautiful aromatic barley malt finish. The bitterness in this beer is actually quite refreshing, and this one goes down really quite easily.

I'm very disappointed that this wonderful Pilsener is not available here in Ontario. This is one of those brews that I would say to get if it is available to you as it is quite good. Highly recommended.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviwed September 23, 2005. Thin lemon yellow pour, with lots of carbonation and nice super white crisp creamy head. Plain wheaty malt aroma with so depth, but strong. Flavor is more plain malt, with lots of good texture and a few subtle nuances, but no real depth. Some smack of whole grain crackers. Palate is a little dry. Finishes smooth and clean. A little hoppy metallic taste that makes this beer a tinge off.

Photo of techdiver
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with a modest head that lingers well. Malt and hops evident in the smell. Taste is crisp and clean with mellow hops and a very smooth finish. A very drinkable brew that is well balanced and quite enjoyable. Not quite on a par with Prima Pils, but quite good.

Photo of lagomswedish
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this 330ml bottle from the Systembolaget. Had a BBD of 07/07, but...

Appearance - light, rather thin straw colour, with wispy bleached white head that vanished quickly.

Smell - mildly light-struck, with an earthy, aged nose. Behind that a hint of lemongrass (?) and honey.

Taste - Skunked beer (however mild) never tastes that good. The noticeable hop punch was a welcome departure from many standard pilsners, leaving a long, salty bitter snap at the end.

Mouthfeel - clean, but uninspiring.

Drinkability - a hot weather beer. No more, no less.

Photo of mcallister
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Macro-esque. Light golden with a flimsy sputtering white head. Some trace thin lace.

Nice saaz hop aroma aromas with a malty background and a hint of lemongrass. Yet no "wow" factor.

Below average. No complexity. Thin weak body and mouthfeel. Again hints of lemongrass, but lacking any substance. More of the saaz in the mouth and malt would have been welcoming and spiced things up a little.

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

This was the first beer I had in Germany. And my first impression is that Germans know what they are doing when it comes to beer. We were in Travemunde during a summer fest when I first tried this beer. Light golden color. Nice head, but it is a lighter beer so it doesnt stick around long. Crisp clean tight well balanced taste, much better then most Pils I have tried. So when in Rome (or Germany).

Wavz

Photo of ernie
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very pale yellow, with a relatively high carbonation and decent long-lasting white head.

Smell is grassy, hoppy, with a slight touch of pale malt.

Start is uncompromisingly dry, bitterness well felt from the first moment. Body medium, angular. Mouthfeel crisp, general taste rich in bitterness, disclosing the diverse character of hops in a most perfect way.

Aftertaste long, bitter, pleasant. Probably an unbalanced beer, but an enjoyable and very drinkable one. Recommended!

Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 30/08/2006, served chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a clear, very pale straw hue; moderately foamy white head with good retention, plus moderate fizziness.
S: lightly dusty upfront, with an intense and focused aroma of dried grass, sourly doughy and soothingly aromatic, and a subtle, lovely millet-like grainy maltiness manifesting itself limitlessly... Not terribly complex, but well-balanced and ve...ry clean; more hops hide behind the malts after swirling the glass.
T: very bitter herbal hops, toasted malts with an intriguingly "plastic", dried grassy and unidentified spicy edge of hops steal the stage from the very beginning... quickly leading towards an almost "rice-spirit"-like prevalent dry palate that overtakes most German Pilseners I've tried; also, the omnipresent bitterness (the intensity of which is reminiscent of Chinese dried herb powder) goes deeper and deeper (utterly appealing to a Bitter-drinker as I am)... the dry-ish aftertaste is even slightly similar to the mouthfeel after chewing lots of water-biscuits, i.e. "mouth-water-licking" in a sense... well, I might have gone too far~~ BTW, throughout the drink, a mildly sour tinge stays loyally on the side, reminding the drinkers that this is still a well-lagered bier that sparks all the joy...
M&D: as crisp and clean as anyone could hope for, this is a medium-bodied and undoubtedly the most dry and bitter pilsener I've tried. As a convert to much hoppier and aromatic Czech Pils myself, surprisingly I find this beer very enjoyable. And I'm sure the draught version could well become one of my favourites for this style!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, lightly dusted yellow-amber. The parchment colored crown is chock full of bubbles, although they're small enough and tightly packed enough to give the foam density, character and persistence. Broad bands of pocked lace are beginning to grace the glass; a capper on an attractive pilsener appearance.

The nose is classic noble hops (Hallertau in this case) that could be a bit brighter and more immediate. With a 'best by' date in late summer, I'd expect it to smell fresher. The Hallertau have a mid-range mustiness to them rather than that pungent noble hop 'flowers and spice' that I love so much.

Ditto on the taste buds. I like the flavor more than the nose, although I'm not sure that it's deserving of a higher score. I am somewhat surprised (and definitely delighted) by the hop bitterness. One of the biggest sins that a pils can commit is not being hoppy enough. Jever has cleared that hurdle with relative ease.

The beer is well malted; at least more so than I appreciated with the first several mouthfuls. There's a definite pils malt sweetness underlying all the alpha acid bitterness goin' on up top. That classic noble triumvirate of floral, grassy and spicy applies in spades.

I'm enjoying the beer more and more as I get deeper into the bottle. The body/mouthfeel is somewhere within the broad range of medium, with a fine-gauged, 'just how I'd draw it up' amount of carbonation. While it isn't a standout in the mouthfeel department, there are no real negatives either.

Jever Pilsener isn't world-class, but neither does it deserve to be overlooked. It's solid across the board and is a worthy purchase for those looking for a clean, crisp, noble hoppy pils from a venerable German brewery.

Photo of Absumaster
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually one of the best pilseners I have ever tasted! It pours bright golden colour with small lacing. Smell was just perfect, it was almost like smelling freh hops, so resinous, hoppy, cannabis, wow I love to stick my nose in the glass.
Taste was full of hops and bitterness, a malty backbone, refreshing like a good pilsner should be with a typical German pilsner taste. A dry aftertaste and thin body, which make it highly drinkable.
If you like hoppy pilsner, this beer is for you!

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine had his brother-in-law bring this over from Germany, and it was a nice pilsner that I hadn't previosuly heard of. The packaging looked cheap, but the beer was pretty good.

Very pale yellow with tightly packed bubbles in a fairly weak head with little lacing. Smell was somehow "import smelling" without the skunky methyl-butyl-thiol smell that we usually associate with the green-bottle-beers. Taste good - an above average pilsner.

I liked it - and if it were more widely available here, I would gladly take it over some of the more common German lagers like Beck's, Krombacher, Warsteiner, Bitburger.

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good example of a pilsner, though nothing extraordinary. It poured a straw-yellow with a decent head. It had a moderate to heavy carbonation. It tasted very grainy (grassy) and somewhat hoppy. Overall, it had a refreshing taste. One of the better pilsners from Germany, IMO.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear straw color with a thin white head that fades.Light lacing on the glass.

Light aroma of grainy malt with a light hop scent.

Crisp and grainy malt taste upfront followed by a nice hop bitterness. Only a light hop taste becomes present at the very end. Finishes quite dry with a lingering bitterness.

Body seems slightly thin for a pils. Could use a little more carbonation.

I have no problems drinking this, but just an average pils overall.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 12 oz bottle. Poured into a pilsner glass. The beer is an incredibly clear light straw color with a finger of white head that falls to a full coat over top. A very active carbonation boils from the bottom of the glass, helping maintain the head. As the head receded to a light coat, it left a good bit of solid lacing on the glass. Initailly the nose was big in the green bottle mercaptain skunkyness. After letting it sit, I find solid grainy character from the pilsner malt with just a touch of honey sweetness. There is a touch of herbal noble hop in there, but the pilsner malt is dominant. Flavor is definately dominated with grainyness. This is followed by a light herbal hop and a mild biterness and a light metallic flavor on the finish. I'd like the hop flavor to be more prevalent in this. The feel is light with a moderate carbonation. This one is an okay pilsner. I don't think I would go out of m way for it again, but I wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of jakester
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Expiry date on the back of the label.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a beautiful two finger head of white foam. The head falls to a nice 1/8" coating with fantastic lacing. Carbonation appears moderate.

Aroma is faint biscuity pils malt, very clean, with a pleasant level of DMS, dimethyl sulfide, which most ignorant drinkers refer to as "skunky", but is actually a product of your malt or yeast. Skunky is only from light struck beer, having a smell of mercaptans, the shit they put in narural gas to give it a smell. Also, a very nice clean spicy hop smell comes through later.

The first flavor is, surprisingly, hop bitterness, not real strong or anything, folowed by a slight toasted pils malt, maybe from decoction? Spicy hop flavor is in the back, but there. Dominant flavor is hop bitterness. Aftertaste is bready, hoppy, and bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with bright carbonation. Very refreshing. Finish is also crisp and dry.

This, to me, is one of the better German pilsners I've had in a while. I'd do a case of this anytime.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the 11.2oz skinny bottle a crystal clear golden yellow with a half inch of creamy bubbly head sitting on top. Lots of active carbonation present. The aroma begins with a toasted pale malt character. Sweet grains intermingle with a spicy, grassy hop that's quite pronounced. A mellow skunkiness is present but not distracting.

First sip brings a wave of creamy, toasted grains with light lemon zest undertones. A crisp, spicy herbal hop slides in midway through the sip and flows down with a nice bitterness at the end. I get an odd metallic flavor that's a bit offputting as well. Otherwise, this is a nice pilsener.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit dry with plentiful bubbles throughout. Goes down smooth and has a nice body for a pilsener. The metallic twang leaves me not wanting another. I was happy to try it, but it's not something I'd personally seek out again. Thanks to kmpitz2 for tossing me this one.

Photo of jdhilt
1.78/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a three-finger white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is hoppy/skunky. Starts hoppy and bitter, stays that way at the finish and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.95 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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

a long while back this brew used to be sold in 33cl bottles at the discount shop on the corner ... it used to be my favorite back then, light straw colour, great taste, and especially the long lasting rough tingling dryness on the tongue .... meanwhile I only get it in the specialised shop (Drinks of the World) which is also described on this site and where I have to get special brews at a less moderate price these days ...

Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.