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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

523 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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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
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

mdfb79, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +9%

This is a good example of a pilsner, though nothing extraordinary. It poured a straw-yellow with a decent head. It had a moderate to heavy carbonation. It tasted very grainy (grassy) and somewhat hoppy. Overall, it had a refreshing taste. One of the better pilsners from Germany, IMO.

jwc215, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of smcolw
1.25/5  rDev -64.9%

In the past, I have lamented the presence of green bottles. I have found it interesting that the lightest beers often come this way. It is a shame that a potentially good beer gets completely ruined by becoming skunked.

Thus the score above. After purchasing a $12 six-pack of this beer to compare to other pilseners in a tasting, this was rated the worst beer out of 14; all because it was horribly skunked.

smcolw, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.78/5  rDev +34.3%

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a classic pale yellow with a light soapy head, spots of lace, good head retention.

S: Clean, vibrant smells of grass/lawn clippings, very minor malt.

T: Here we go, this what I've been looking for in a true German Pilsner. Incredibly flavourful, brilliantly floral noble hops, grass, matched with an understated but perfectly balanced bready malt makes this one work to perfection.

M: Crisp, clean and smooth, but a little soapy/light at times, minor quibble.

D: This beer is fantastic, glad I finally saw it show up in CA, I should have bought more than the one single. It could give the legendary Reality Czeck a run for its money, and that's saying something. A great surprise. The preeminent example of the German style.

Halcyondays, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

BlackHaddock, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +16%

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 kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%

Draught into .3 litre glass in Berlin, Germany.

A: Clear gold with half finger, thin head of poor retention.

Sm: Fresh clean barley. Light scent.

T: Clean barley with stale finish. A bit bitter on the finish. Nothing new. Built rather blandly. Not difficult to balance only one note.

Mf: Too wet; coarse in the wrong places.

Dr: A bit shite for Berlin prices.

kojevergas, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

InspectorBob, May 27, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

weeare138, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

tempest, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%

BB 30/08/2006, served chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a clear, very pale straw hue; moderately foamy white head with good retention, plus moderate fizziness.
S: lightly dusty upfront, with an intense and focused aroma of dried grass, sourly doughy and soothingly aromatic, and a subtle, lovely millet-like grainy maltiness manifesting itself limitlessly... Not terribly complex, but well-balanced and ve...ry clean; more hops hide behind the malts after swirling the glass.
T: very bitter herbal hops, toasted malts with an intriguingly "plastic", dried grassy and unidentified spicy edge of hops steal the stage from the very beginning... quickly leading towards an almost "rice-spirit"-like prevalent dry palate that overtakes most German Pilseners I've tried; also, the omnipresent bitterness (the intensity of which is reminiscent of Chinese dried herb powder) goes deeper and deeper (utterly appealing to a Bitter-drinker as I am)... the dry-ish aftertaste is even slightly similar to the mouthfeel after chewing lots of water-biscuits, i.e. "mouth-water-licking" in a sense... well, I might have gone too far~~ BTW, throughout the drink, a mildly sour tinge stays loyally on the side, reminding the drinkers that this is still a well-lagered bier that sparks all the joy...
M&D: as crisp and clean as anyone could hope for, this is a medium-bodied and undoubtedly the most dry and bitter pilsener I've tried. As a convert to much hoppier and aromatic Czech Pils myself, surprisingly I find this beer very enjoyable. And I'm sure the draught version could well become one of my favourites for this style!

wl0307, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +2%

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 Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +16%

Pours a light golden with a thin, pure, white head that leaves some scant lacing. Smells fresh, slightly grainy and with a nice bitter snap. The taste is also crisp and bitter with a nice snap. If anything the tight bitterness grows on the finish. Extremely refreshing and less soft than I remember this being on tap. Really a lovely porch beer on a hot day. excellent use of hops married to a crisp pilsner, with none of the softness of the Czech style. Excellent.

Georgiabeer, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Good pilsner weather, isn't it? It's a 330 ml green bottle, pop the top, and on to the beer:

Yellow straw colored with a few bubbles running up. The foam settles to a small creamy lace and whips good amounts of itself onto the glass. The nose has some wildflower notes, soil, some sulfur, and a whisper of hay.

This is one bitter pilsner. It starts bittersweet with a little honeysuckle, then you start to feel the bitterness unleashed. There are some distinct notes in the pils, like the soil and flowery flavors. There's a sharp bitterness that stings the palate, and it lingers long into the aftertaste.

Jever is not a beginner's pilsner. If bitterness is your quest, then Jever should fullfill that. While sometimes a little too much, I did enjoy the bitterness in general.

DoubleJ, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
1.78/5  rDev -50%

Pours with a three-finger white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is hoppy/skunky. Starts hoppy and bitter, stays that way at the finish and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.95 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.7%

ejimhof, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +12.4%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Jever Pilsener has the smogginess of a downtown core in summertime rush-hour but maintains a light and bright lemony complexion all the same. The beer looks somewhat blanched, as if it were left in the sun to dry out (what foreshadowing!). Its head is so soapy you'd think someone washed their hands in your glass; some of the suds stick while others don't.

Some of the bottles in this six-pack were so heavily light-struck you would have needed a forensics team to prove what they contained was in fact beer. My glass smells as though it were sprayed by a skunk. Somewhere in the backdrop of this particular sample, however, are the familiar scents of grainy pilsner malt and grassy hops. It may not be a lost cause after all...

Not entirely, anyhow. The flavour, likewise, doesn't stand tall with the hefty grain bill and zestful hoppiness of a proud German pilsner, but there's enough biscuity malt and grassiness to give some indication of its Lower Saxon roots. If not for that particularly off-putting combination of 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol, I reckon this could be a refreshing, very serviceable pils.

When car companies discover a defect in their parts or models they consult an actuary to calculate whether it'd be more financially advisable to recall the product or just pay out whatever lawsuits may ensue. Corporate owned breweries often have a similar discussion with their marketing departments: 'How much will green bottles affect our beer' versus 'how much extra beer will we sell if we use them'?

All too often unfortunately, the conclusion is to go ahead with it even despite the well-known fact that green glass can have awful consequences for delicate, light-bodied lagers. Sadly enough there's a good percentage of the population who, having only tried industrial import, actually perceive this skunkiness as a sign of quality! It's not. And Jever should know better.

biegaman, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -43.8%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured a light straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a muddled nobel hop and a husky grain.

The taste was upfront spicy and musty noble with a moderate doughiness. Good residual spiciness.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side with a lingering bitterness and slight artificial sweetness.

Overall a very good Pils. Very spicy and easy to drink.

plaid75, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Latarnik, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Green bottle packaging.

A: Pale yellow color, thin white head, decent retention with some small carbonation bubbling.

S: Faint malt on nose. Sour malt flavor and funky raw vegetables for flavor.

T: Palate is flat, with some earthy hop bitterness that stands out against an otherwise bland malt backing. There was some metallic ting upon warming. light corn and grains were detected.

M: Mouthful was bland and thin and uneventful with some fizzy carbonation.

D: Disappointing and not very drinkable, bland flavor. overall less then average in every category.

beerthulhu, Feb 16, 2008
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.