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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

506 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | 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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Cresant

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 11.2 oz. green bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. DAted 15-05-09. The body was pale yellow with a bright white, pillowy head. This faded to a clotted film. A lazy bead rose to the top.

Smell was crisp earthy hops. Hay. Nice.

Taste was a soft green grassy bitterness. Earthy, spicy hops. There was some alcohol prickle before the finish. Husky grains peak as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was slightly thinner than expected. Soft carbonation.

I first became aware of Jever through Michael Jackson's book and I have sought this beer for years.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 14:04:42 | More by Cresant
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with strong lager yeast and grain flavors that are quickly followed by a mild light malt sweetness. The hop presence is mild but complementary and provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are others in the style that I would pick first but this is still a decent beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:06:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ronniebruner

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a typical German pilsener, complete with the typical look, smell, taste. This is not the best beer of this type I have had, but it does well. All 5 ratings slightly above average, beer has a very clean and crisp taste. This is definitely worth giving a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:59:37 | More by ronniebruner
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EPseja

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in a pilsener glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Vibrant straw gold with a burst of initial carbonation and an inch-high fluffy white head. Nice lacing, and average head retention.

S - Metallic hoppiness sitting atop green, mellow semi-sweet malts.

T - Easy, gently sweet malts. Very light and airy. Tight, drying hop profile in the finish. Clean and crisp.

M - Tingly and active on the tongue, puffing up to a nice froth. Swallow is a touch gassy.

D - Very nice pilsener that would be welcome at any backyard barbecue. A tad shy on character, but that's what adds to the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 00:57:37 | More by EPseja
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Natural510

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml green bottle; best-by date listed as 21-04-10.

Pours a transparent straw color with a decent heading, all in-line with the style.
Scent of grain and corn with a light malt backing.
Flavor notes of barley, corn and assorted grain. A bit musty, which limits its appeal, but there is a dry bitterness in the finish to round out the flavor.

A basic pilsner; the crispness & refreshment factors are there, but flavor a bit basic and in the end, no different than the hundreds of other German & Czech pilsners on the market.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 16:54:22 | More by Natural510
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; best before June 18 2015. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear, pale straw-yellow colour, topped with one finger of sparkling, fizzy white head that wastes no time fizzling itself right out of existence. A narrow collar and a swath of lace remain - it's a pretty typical-looking Euro lager. The aroma is inviting enough, and certainly appropriate for the style - lots of grainy, crackery pale malts, some honey sweetness, and a wisp of grassy hops. Nothing fancy, but it works for me...

The same can be said of the flavour profile - this is a pretty standard pils with no real surprises or serious flaws to discuss. Grainy pale malts dominate at first; somewhat bready or biscuity, with a light note of lemon. The finish is where the undoubtedly noble hop bill starts to shine - quite grassy, almost herbaceous, with a mildly skunky feel about them. Finishes dry. Light-bodied and easy to drink, with crisp, biting carbonation of the sort you'd expect from a pale lager.

Final Grade: 3.56, a B grade. Jever Pilsener is refreshing, inoffensive, and highly sessionable - in essence, a prototypical German pils. An otherwise unremarkable beer, but like most German pilseners imported into this province, it's still pretty good value for the price point. That reason alone means I will probably return to it in the future. A middle-of-the-road lager that shouldn't ruffle too many feathers.

Serving type: can

06-15-2014 17:52:35 | More by thehyperduck
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down but left lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose along with notes of malty sweetness and hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a good balance between a slight amount of sweetness from the malts and a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness.
D: The beer is quite easy to drink and really opens up your palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:43:09 | More by metter98
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2003 06:08:46 | More by UncleJimbo
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Another green glass ensconced Euro-pils. What oh what will this be like? Dj'ever have this - hah!

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, one quite predictive of its future transformation, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy bone-white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of fuzzy sheet lightning lace around the glass as it slowly settles to par.

It smells of mildly crisp, bready cereal malt, a bit of aged lemon flesh, a subtle hard water minerality, and earthy, leafy, and moderately skunky grassy hops. The taste is more bready, grainy, breakfast cereal malt, but generally lacking the crispness from the nose, a middling mess of overripe, mushy lemon, more wet, musty stone, and some edgy, kind of acrid grassy, leafy, metallic hops.

The bubbles are fairly laid back, with only a small burbling astringency, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, with a sort of pithy adjunct to an otherwise unheralded smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malts still holding tough, as the perky, if a tad tarnished noble grassy, earthy hops sniff at the fringes.

I'm guessing this is actually a pretty decent German pils on tap, or closer to the source. The BB date is early next year, so, well, I'm not one to point fingers (hah!), but this record is getting pretty old and dated. This is just all right in its present incarnation, something to drink when the lawnmowin's all done, and the thinkin's not yet begun.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 03:01:26 | More by biboergosum
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

0.4 litre, on-tap in a lovely locals bar called 'Thomas Eck' in Charlottenburg, Berlin on 17th Jan 2014.

Very surprised I've never written about this Pilsner before: never mind, I've done it now.

Comes the usual pilsner way: light golden colour, clear and bright with a snowy white head that refuses to stay very long.

The nose is herbal and grassy with a trace of citrus.

In the mouth it is dry, crisp and refreshing, those herbal and grass notes in the smell also appear in the taste. There is an underlying malty base but the hops give the beer it's flavour.

Always been a better Pilsner than most, especially if you prefer a dry taste compared to some of the slightly sweeter ones.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2014 08:56:46 | More by BlackHaddock
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emsroth

New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: A pale straw that certainly detracts, but an outstanding frothy head with decent lace. One of the nicer heads I've seen recently.

Smell: The first smell is overwhelmingly skunky, but this is to be expected from imported green bottles. After that fades the aroma is characteristic of imported german pilseners: sweet bready malt, a hint of caramel or something a little darker, a slight floral hop undertone.

Taste and mouthfeel: A slight grainy malt sweetness up front, but this beer has a BITE. Snappy carbonation pairs equally well with an assertive spicy, somewhat grassy bitterness. The most bitter German beer I've had. The malt character, however, is rather weak. It occasionally shows in the end, but it's just a generic sweet flavor. Ends crisp from the bitterness, but with a hint of hop oil that is very nice.

Definitely a sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 18:00:25 | More by emsroth
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Domingo

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times on my latest German trip. While not all that common in Munich, pilsners seem to be a greater staple in Bamberg. My review is from the Hofbrau restaurant in old town.
Arrived in a Jever branded pils glass with an odd paper ring around the bottom confirming that the beer in the glass is indeed Jever. It's a nice straw gold color with a fluffy head.
Having had a lot of the local pilsners in Bamberg (and some in Munich, too), I can definitely see that this one is drier. Fresh bread up front, and herbal hops on the back end. Really clean finish. The malt seems to be missing something even though the hops are the focal point.
It would be easy to drink these all day and it did well with my pasta, but it's not as dry and hoppy as I expected. It always just seems like the malts were held back.
Good pilsner, but certainly not one I'd choose over others like Herren, Augustiner, or the Rathaus beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 23:32:52 | More by Domingo
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can into nonic pint. best before june 18, 2015. consumed on june 24, 2014

a: three and a half fingers of fast-dissipating off-white head on top of a transparent pale yellow body

s: grassy crackery malts, slight citrus. pretty strong and inviting aroma here

t: follows the nose. malts all around (bread, crackers), as well as a prominent herbal hop bitterness that's hard to ignore and nears being harsh. hints of lemony citrus notes. shy spice flavours. overall this is clean and very hoppy

m: light bodied, medium carbonation

o: a really bitter but great pilsener. i don't usually drink lagers but i enjoyed this

Serving type: can

06-25-2014 00:01:59 | More by kevinlater
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - Served cool in a half pint the lager is extremely clear w/ golden hues and a thick white head. There is lace but only a small amount.

S - Mostly hops in the aroma w/ noble character. Spicy hop notes w/ herbal sweet aromas supporting.

M - Without much malt to han onto the grassy hops seem brash.

T - A very crisp and hop influenced taste that mellows into a slight malty taste after the effervescent/spice hop flavor w/ light acidity a appealing hop tastes are fleshed out.

D - Not my first choice of Pilsener, but for my first taste this wasn't too bad. I would like less acidity in the hop flavor. I could drink several of these in a session, since they are not overly malty the hop flavor gives a certain dryness that makes it better than average drinkability wise.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 12:55:49 | More by Slatetank
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice drinkable pilsner that is refreshing and not overly hoppy.

Pours a nice pale straw yellow color with a compact white head that leaves come spidery lace.

Aroma is faintly floral with biscuit malt being the predominant smell.

Taste is balanced slighlty malty to start some refreshing sour notes and a dry hop finish.

Mouth feel is light and crisp.

This is a very drinkable pilsner. One of my favorites, and I love the signature glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 02:54:59 | More by Citadel82
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Skunky lager yeast, pilsner malts, some sweetness, herbal, and grassy.

Taste: Pilsner malts, layer yeast, herbal, spicy, grassy, a little sweet, and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, a little dry, light, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Easy drinking and traditional pilsner. A little more skunkiness than I would like, but still and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 20:48:22 | More by Flounder57
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maxpower

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 21:57:27 | More by maxpower
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Offa

California

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely on the bitter side for a German pilsner, but not as bitter as I had expected and overall is a bit bland. Mostly, it is just thoroughly dominated by the hops which clearly are strong relative to the rest if not strong in an absolute sense.

Gold, it has a very big white head slowly shrinking to a permanent foamy, small head and nice, lasting rings of lace. It looks pretty good.

The aroma is freshly hoppy and grassy and herbal, very German but light, airy, crisp, and flowery. It's mostly herbal, flowery, with hints of pine and sulphur.

The taste is soft, light flavour with a faint bready-honey malt base under very dominant hops, withherbal-floral hop flavour being light and airy again but without much competition from the malt. The hop bitterness is not truly strong but again has little competition and the herbal-grassy, almost medicinal, bitterness (with faint hint of lemon rind) sticks all around the mouth, dominating from start to finish and lingering stuck to the sides of the toungue and cheek. In the right circumstances, it could be very satisfying but overall is too light in character and the bitterness, though not strong, is too insistent.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 18:42:22 | More by Offa
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 02:00:43 | More by Billolick
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Gmann

New York

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

Pours a pale golden color with a fantastic pillowy white head that left plenty of lacing on the glass. I could smell the cracker like malt and grassy/hay-like hops from the pour. I could almost smell how dry this brew will be. The taste is of dry malt and grassy hops, has an almost skunky taste to it. The feel is dry and crisp. While it's dry it isn't astringent, leaves a little bitter taste on the tongue. A fine example of a dry and grassy pilsner and one worth trying, though not sure I could drink too many of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 04:21:41 | More by Gmann
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mpyle

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 19:57:56 | More by mpyle
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ommegangpbr

New York

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

Not sucky.
Served on-tap at the Gingerman in NYC.
A pretty robust, earthy pilsner.
Decent hops bite but not as much as I'd like... more malts than I'd expect from a pilsner.
Almost chewy... drinks pretty easily and cleanly.
Carbonation was just right.
A good pils but not a great one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2005 07:24:01 | More by ommegangpbr
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snaotheus

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml green bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Fridge temp, probably in the vicinity of 40. Date on the bottle appears to be 06 14. Friend from work brought one back from a business trip to Germany.

Pours very clear, very light yellow, with a medium sized, quickly dissipating head, and lots of fizzy carbonation. Smell blasts you with skunkiness when you open the bottle and start to pour. This fades somewhat, and lets me smell grassy, yeasty lager. Something slightly spicy about it. if it wasn't for the skunk blast, I'd give it a better aroma score.

Taste is kind of pleasant. Nice bitter, slow aftertaste, finishes very slow. Sweetness, a hint of honey, up front. Slight lemon-rind bitterness. More of that grassy character.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Overall, I like it. I'm going to have to follow through on this half-assed plan to try more pilsners and see what they're all about.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 04:12:02 | More by snaotheus
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am listening to the Cinematic Orchestra's score to The Man With a Movie Camera while reviewing this pilsener, which is an excellent CD if you can find it. It works well with or without the film itself. It also works well with this beer. GREEN bottle gives a "Best Before" date: 14.11.08

A: Jever Pilsener pours a pale yellow-golden color capped by a big frothy, albeit rocky, white head which recedes to about a finger of head but then stays throughout the entire drink. It tends to lace well. I imagine that if my glass were perfectly clean, it would probably lace even better. (I'm not saying my glass was dirty!) There was a beautiful display of very active carbonation as well, even more so than champagne.

S: The smell of flowery Hallertau hops greets the nose immediately out of the bottle. Not much else.

T: There is a surprisingly strong malt character in this pilsener. The beer is well-balanced, but I was sort of caught off guard by the very present sweet malt taste. Those more immediate malts are balanced by a grassy hop taste shortly afterward. Yet the taste is somewhat lacking in complexity.

M: There is a very smooth mouthfeel that is a pleasure to drink. The carbonation that was so present in the appearance is not really here.

D: It's odd that while I don't find this beer to be exceptional in any way, I can easily see myself drinking this beer any time I wanted a Pils. It was very easy to drink and I liked it enough that I would return for another.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 04:23:25 | More by MusicaleMike
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AaronRed

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2003 10:17:44 | More by AaronRed
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.