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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Reviews: 302
Hads: 627
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 23.12%
Wants: 22
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden,clear color with a two inch head and respectable lace.
Not much aroma except for some hops and malts.
The taste was of mild citrus hints and hops with a dash of grains.
The feel was light,high carbonation with a crisp,mildly bitter finish.

Notes: A decent brew. I could have a few on a really hot day,but nothing special going on here.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/11/12 notes. Had from a bottle at Idle Hands in the LES New York. 8 oz. pour at their Wednesday tasting in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear pale yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bread, and light floral hops, but not much at all. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of grains, floral hops, lightly bitter hops, wheat, and bready malts. Again, a bit bland and average.

m - Low body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall an average pilsener. Not much going on in the nose or taste, though neither are bad. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a Waterford crystal pilsener glass.

Appearance: A crystal clear straw gold body with unusually large carbonaion. A perfectly white, rocky, uneven head with average retention leaves bubbly lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Spicy, grassy hops and not too much else. Pungent but one dimensional.

Taste: Malt is prominent, but somewhat buttery. Hops are present in a balancing way, with a lot of the same notes as in the nose - lots of grass. Not too much goin' on here, but it's stylistically accurate, if not groundbreaking.

Mouthfeel: Big bodied and moderately even, thin.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, though perhaps not more so than average for the style. I've had better pilseners, and considering this is a style that has a very definite place and time, it's probably not one I'd seek out again, but I don't regret buying it once.

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Photo of emerge077
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 03.20.12

Into a 0,3l stange, it pours a bright gold with dense soapy foam. Slow trails of ascending carbonation. Great retention, with plenty of patchy lacing to boot.

Boom! Skunk. Lightstruck green bottle skunk you can smell from several feet away. Cooked cereal grains, pretty unappealing at first. Puffed rice and wheat, something vaguely smoky oddly enough. Vaguely floral and grassy as it warms.

Honey and butter crackers from the pale malt, grassy bitterness from a noble hop presence. Body is crisp but a little watery. Loses a bit of carbonation towards the end. Ok, not great. More bitter than many German Pils, but as skunky as Heineken. Go with the draft or minikeg version...

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at Redbone's

Almost perfectly clear, offering barely a suggestion of gold when you look through it. Milky white head.

Brisk, fresh scent.

Slighty grassy bitterness. Vegetal, grainy sweetness with a suggestion of corn that I find off-putting. Almost stony finish, achingly dry.

Light bodied with a slight bite.

It is what it is.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-poured a bright straw yellow(common pils coloring)with a bubbly white head that left some nice looking lace

S-this one smells the way that Hineken tastes,extreme skunky/funky

T-much better than the nose,grainy with floral notes and a suttle Euro taste that finishes hoppy and sweet

M-thin and light body,lots of carbonation,pretty clean finish for a Euro Pils

D-any number of these would be wonderful at any given time or place,solid light German brew

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a bright yellow color lager with a large pure white color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes is not really noteworthy. Taste is also dominated by light cereal notes with some residual sugar notes with light dry hoppy notes. Body is light with good carbonation. OK pilsner bit nothing to write home about.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the cambridge - served in pils glass

Pours a hazed golden color with a thicker topping of white head. Retains before fading into some stringy lacing on the glass and a slick of film.

Snap of grassy hops and faint citrus. A little bitter with bready, biscuit malts.

Lemongrass and soft hop bitterness up front. Smooth grainy malts with biscuit and toasted grain. A touch of breadiness and clean hops. Finishes slightly bitter.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and crisp on the tongue. This drinks fine but there's definitely more expressive, interesting pilseners readily available.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pee yellow with good carbonation and a light wite head. Nose is grains, sknuky. Taste is very much unappealing. Notes grains, thin feel. Mouthfeel is rather thin, rough around the edges, skunky and not so good. Bitter hops leave an aftertaste. Not one I would drink again or recommend.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review: Can of Jever Pilsener: 4.9% ABV

The Classic Northern German Pilsener with the famous bitter taste.

The appearance was one of a clear golden yellow, with a pretty decent sized foamy head that stuck around, with good lacing. This Pilsener looks lovely, a very clean looking brew with a good body. Good carbonation and looked tasty

The aroma had a smell of malt and herbal hops with a hint of citrus. A strong lager smell

The taste, wow, that’s a taste and a half, initial shock, full of tastes from start to finish. Sweet grainy lager malts and hops, with a slightly metallic tang to it. Very hoppy bitter taste!

Dry grass finish with strong bitterness. Overall, a good solid dry pilsner that’s tasty, VERY TASTY!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pour is pale straw yellow with white head. Nose has strong malt aroma, doughy and some light bread crust, caramel, and grassy hop behind. Taste is more doughy, caramel, maybe diacetyl, faint grassy hop. Light body and soft carbonation, very creamy on the palate.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of bultrey
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of cbl2
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of Tone
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, very slight hops, and some pale malt. Fits the style of a German Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast cleanliness, and a slight metallic flavor. Overall, nothing I would try again, and not a good example of a German Pilsener.

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Photo of tone77
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a combination of sweetness and skunky. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet, finishing a tad bitter. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold with a at least 2 finger widths of poofy brite-white foam that sticks around for a fairly good sized retention that left big rings of lace. The aroma is sweetness, some citrus, light hoppiness, and I'm sad to say, a slightly skunky odor.

The taste is malt sweetness, a subdued breadiness, some citrus notes, and a light hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a clean, crisp feel.

Hmmmm. This wasn't a terrible Pils but everything just seemed kind of subdued at times. I'd definitely like to revisit this in a keg sometimes, as I don't think the green bottle did it any favors.

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Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Good lacing. Neutral aroma and appearance. a little yellow,drying.Below average mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about. Tad of hops, lawnmower.Wasn't horrible but flavour is minimal and not too drinkable. I wasn't getting much here, maybe on a different night.

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Photo of DaveBar
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a medium sized white head that is gone in 1min. VERY light gold color and clear

S- Not much here at all. A touch metallic if anything

T- Good malt and hops. Very close to a Heineken without that hop bite.

M- Dry and crisp

O- Pretty good but will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with...... Roasted potatoes tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning


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Photo of WesWes
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of HeavyCsOptician
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Again I am a pils guy so this one is in my comfort zone. I have stocked this one in my fridge also. A friend got me this brew as an experimental piece and have to say I am satisfied.

Appearance is a light shade with a small head.

The slinky smell and taste that was prominent to others does not seem that distinguished to me.
The taste is smooth and feeling is parallel to the smoothness.

The alcohol taste is not pronounced which I prefer. Very good brew to drink if it is going to be a high volume consumption night.

Would recommend Jever if a pilsner fan.

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Photo of ffejherb
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at Calan Street in Reading, PA on 2/9/08.

A - Very light, clear golden body with an extremely bubbly head, about 1/2-finger in width. Very minimal carbonation for a pils. Lacing was decent and kind of spotty.

S - Light grassy hops with some lemon and faint biscuity malt. Kind of fruity. A little weak.

T - Quite watery, but still has some grassy hops and lemon tang in the flavor. Some fruity characteristics with sweet apples and pears.

M - Very thin and watery with flat carbonation. Very mild hop bitterness in the finish. Just a tad fruity in the finish.

D - Would definitely like to try this again. I think this one was tapped at the end of the keg. However, I didn't get charged for the beer, which was nice!

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Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just can't get into these pilsners, the look of the beer isn't too bad. It looks like a a yellow bodied beer with a foamy white head that has light carbonation bubbles rising from the glass. The smell to me is not pleasent, makes me feel like it's gone bad or something. The taste is grassy, very much like fresh cut grass. Some earth and leafs may be in there too. The mouthfeel was light and easy to drink thankfully. I don't ever need to have this one again.

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Photo of bob3701
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Very clear pale yellow in color with a decent head and laced OK. The aroma says German pilsner but I found this to be a very dry and bland tasting beer. I had picked it up from seeing it in the '300 beers to drink' book but I really think there are a lot better brews out there than this one. It was drinkable.

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Photo of Loki83
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the owl club in Roseville

A: dark urine in color, wimpy head with little lacing possibly due to a bad pour
S: smelled like spices
TandM: spices, and a slightly unpleasant taste and mouth feel
D Not terrible, but I had to force myself to finish my pint, worth trying but I won't have it again

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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.