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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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303 Reviews

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Reviews: 303
Hads: 632
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 23.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 83 | 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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blinding sun-yellow, grainy and biscuit nose, tiny and stringy carbonation. An initial blast of Hallertau (German) hops that become a bit bitter. Very dry and thirst-quenching. Some oats and biscuit-like offerings marry well with the hops. Finish is dry, slightly metallic, creamy and lip-smacking good! An outstanding pilsner, highly drinkable.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last night at the best German bar in Philly, Brauhaus Schmitz. Had a liter served in a giant sized glass mug. A very nice, clean drinking German pils. So good that my wife made me switch beers and she finished the liter for me. (I was left drinking Hofbrau Dunkel.). Would consider having this again.

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Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bright gold with a fluffy white head that held fairly well and left some nice lace. nose was hoppy. kind of funky and stinky and musty with a mildly sweet malt backbone. taste was the same. hops played the main role with a mild malty thing happening. nice dry, bitter finish. on the heavy side of light bodied. very food friendly and a great refresher.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jever has the appearance of a typical German Pils: a fair amount of bright white head, which sticks around a good bit forming into light lacing. The body is golden and very clear.

Jever has a strong lemony hops aroma, probably about the starkest I've smelled in a while. There are sharp herbal tones, and a slight sweet undertone.

Again, this brew is on the hoppy side. It kind of reminds me of a light Hallertau Imperial Pilsner by Sam Adams.

With the hoppiness higher than other Pilsners, I expected an oily feel to this, but it bites you pretty hard and leaves the palate slightly dry and coarse.

I had this beer a long time ago, and didn't enjoy it so much. Now with a more mature palate, I can say this is a good example of the German Pils variety.

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Photo of ToolHead
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of jeffeljefe
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into stemmed pilsner.

A: very pale, clear yellow; not much head, tiny bubbles, some lacing

S: sweet, malty, a little grassiness

T: very drinkable. pleasing level of malt fading into mild-to-medium hoppiness

M: smooth bodied, medium-high carbonation, finishes with a little bitterness

O: would drink again. Prefer this to the pilseners I've tried at my local pub so far

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Tally-Ho in Bethlehem, PA.

I've been looking to try this on-tap (no green bottles allowed) and was quite pleased. It looked a clear gold with a little white lacing and had a mild, sweet grainy aroma that reminded more of a Czech pils like Budvar. But then in the taste there was a relative hops explosion, or at least a bitterness on par with SNPA. It was big, grassy, herbal hops malted with a balancing light caramel malt - very tasty. There was a very pleasant lingering bitterness you can't usually find in mass-produced pilsners, but damn, there it was. Al in all a winner. One of the better pilsners I've tried.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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Photo of jakester
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: served via tap in it's own branded glass, this was a beautiful crystal clear straw gold with a dense lasting white head.
S: floral, grassy, lemony hops and biscuity malts.
T: lightly sweet crackery, bready malts perfectly balanced by smooth hop bitterness. finish is well-attenuated and crisp.
M: light-bodied, effervescent.
D: see above, even better that it's under 5% abv.

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Photo of yen157
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CDRSchafer
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a bottle first and found it exceptionally average.

Next I had it on tap and found it to be much improved.

Not as dry as most German pils. Dry at first, almost as much as a Bischoff on tap, but then with a little surprise at the end, slight twinge of sweetness in contrast to the start.

Wouldn't buy it in a bottle again though, it's pedestrian at best there. Might as well get a Bitburg.

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Photo of tastybeer
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks rather nice in a pilsner kind of way. Light straw gold and bright white head. Bits of lace hang around the glass and retention isn't bad. Aroma is clean, crisp and loaded with happy noble hops. Flowery, grassy and herbal. Sniffable indeed. Taste is pleasing. Nicely bitter to keep you awake on those lazy summer days and flavors match the aroma well. Effervescent carbonation and nice grape-like dryness mix for a good refreshing feel. No problems with drinkability. Goes down nice and easy as it should.

A good solid pils that I'm likely to return to again.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear straw yellow with a fluffy, frothy white head. Aromas of zesty, grassy noble hops, graham cracker malts, and subtle honey. Crisp and clean, light bodied and refreshing. Dry, bitter hoppiness supported by a nice, solid grainy sweetness. Good Pils.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another gem that i dug out of the back of the fridge. needed a nice one to start off the night! poured into a pint glass on 5/6/11

this one pours into the glass a nice golden hay color with a huge head of nearly three inches that never seems to let itself go down coating the sides with some nice lacing and tons of carbonation. Aroma is light grains, bready notes, hints of l;ight clove maybe and a touch of some earthy grass notes. Nothing crazy but it does the job. Very light and clean flavor, crisp, refreshing nothing out the ordinary in any way. Was easy to throw down with a clean and refreshing aftertaste, overall not bad at all could easily but down two or three.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 11.2 oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
In my opinion, this is a classic example of a great German Pilsener...
Pours a light-gold, slightly straw-colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded...
Crisp, pepperish aroma with slight nuances of vanilla...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a sharp, pepperish bite characteristic of a Pilsener...
Good stuff...

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Photo of atlason
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.33cl botltle poured into Jever flute. Freshness date 24-06-11.

A: Straw with nice thick head. Decent retention and some pretty but small lacing.

S: Spicy light noble hops.

T: Perfect balance between relatively simple malty sweetness and light noble hoppiness. This is a great example of a true to style Pilsener on the hoppy side.

M: Some viscosity indicates medium attenuation. Carbonation low but sufficient.

Overall a great Pils. Get it and if you don't enjoy it, consider that your palate might need some training.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Canal Street Pub in Reading Pa.
Served as a crystal clear brilliant golden colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is malty, with some bread-like qualities noted.
Taste ismalty sweet, with a light refreshing crispness.
Finishes is light and refreshing.
A nice easy to drink beer that went well with our meal selsection

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Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sunny, somewhat warm day in early fall. I've been thinking of trying this brew, but never remembered to pick it up.
Poured into glass-light golden body, light perfect Pils head, good-really good carbonation. Nice
Aromatically light, grassy, citrus, Hallertau comes through in a light peppery punch. Lemon, fresh hay, biter herbal note reminescent of parsley.
Flavor follows suit. light herbal, crisp, refreshing. Nothing extrodinarily different, but Jever definatly has a nice herbal, sharp pepperiness in the flavor that is often missing in many standard examples.
Overall the glass is empty before I realized it. really good, light, and refreshing.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Jan/13. On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Second try. On tap. January is not as conducive but still OK.

05/02/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Crisp & clean. Just a hint of hops. Good stuff.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl.), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : Jever pilsener is known to all beer lovers worldwide for its bitterness (IBU = 44). Light golden color, with white foam head.
Smell : grassy aroma.
Taste and Mouthfeel : very hoped (herbed), dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German pilsener style.

Review translated from french 5-27-2008.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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


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Photo of Naerhu
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.