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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | 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:
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(Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of BCMan
1.63/5  rDev -54.2%

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.

BCMan, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

Naerhu, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of jtw5877
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

jtw5877, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

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!

Globetrotter, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

UncleJimbo, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%

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!

clvand0, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

allboutbierge, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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


Bierman9, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

maxpower, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of AaronRed
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

AaronRed, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of nomad
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

nomad, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of stoutman
3.95/5  rDev +11%

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.

stoutman, May 28, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

tavernjef, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of Riggo
4.45/5  rDev +25%

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.

Riggo, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of Reverand
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Reverand, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of yen157
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

yen157, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of Todd
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

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 ...

Todd, Oct 26, 2002
Photo of putnam
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

putnam, Sep 19, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

NeroFiddled, Sep 01, 2002
Photo of goindownsouth
4.93/5  rDev +38.5%

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!

goindownsouth, Jul 13, 2002
Photo of John
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

A mainstay on tap at MacGregor's (my local) for some time. I thought, since I recently visited Germany and had a sort of personal renaissance of German pils/lagers that I would give it a try. As it turned out, it was a perfect way to start out the night before moving on to something a bit more substantial (there's too many choices here to lock into one beer). Light, biscuity grain beneath a lively but reserved hop. Well done and a prime example of the style.

John, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

Presentation: 11.2 oz green long neck bottle with a freshness date on the front label. This is one of those durable glass bottles that are reused.

Appearance: Pale yellow and crystal clear with a light webbing of white lace all the way down the glass.

Smell: Grassy hop, honey and herb in the aroma … quite clean.

Taste: Light to medium in body with a bold crispness. Big accent of hops, noble hops without a doubt … very soft but not with out giving a spicy herbal bitterness first. A little thin on the malt but it makes up ground with a pale bready flavour and snappy graininess. Finishes on the dry side with a clean grainy and hoppy palate.

Notes: Definitely a thirst quencher pils, light enough to suck down on a very hot day while sweating at the bbq grilling some turkey sausages to pair with the next Jever.

Jason, Jun 14, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

Very good German pils, its bitterness makes up for anything it lacks in its taste, an underated German pils.

rastaman, Feb 18, 2002
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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.