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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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538 Ratings

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | 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 edchicma
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

edchicma, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of inebrius
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

inebrius, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

beergeek279, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PatandDavid, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Billolick, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

cbl2, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of shapudding
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

shapudding, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

crookedhalo, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

blitheringidiot, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of Realale
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Realale, May 24, 2004
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.

pezoids, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
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.

Beastdog75, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of TheJudge
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.

TheJudge, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Feb 16, 2004
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.

ToolHead, Jan 27, 2004
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.

BCMan, Jan 15, 2004
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.

Naerhu, Dec 29, 2003
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.

jtw5877, Dec 24, 2003
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!

Globetrotter, Dec 12, 2003
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.

UncleJimbo, Dec 03, 2003
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!

clvand0, Sep 23, 2003
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.

allboutbierge, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
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


Bierman9, Sep 14, 2003
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.

maxpower, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of AaronRed
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.

AaronRed, Jun 08, 2003
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.