Joe's Premium American Pilsner
Avery Brewing Company

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Lager - American
Ranked #151
Ranked #40,540
3.67 | pDev: 13.35%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Joe's Premium American PilsnerJoe's Premium American Pilsner
Notes: "a contemporary rendition of a classic style. Hopped with purpose, Joe's is beautifully bitter and dry with an abundance of floral, Noble German hops. Uber-sessionable. Utterly American. This is Premium American Pilsner."
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 11/9/12: Pours a clear pale straw producing 2 fingers of foamy, moderately lasting white heat that leaves pasty streaks of lacing. Aroma is Noble hops heavy with pilsner malt biscuit and cracker and a hint of sweet grain. Taste is fronted by floral, grassy and lemon hop notes backed by grains, biscuit and yeasty fruitiness; it finishes lightly dry, crisp and a little bitter with a faint mineral hint. Aftertaste is lemony, slightly bitter with the mineral from the finish being present and more prominent. Mouthfeel is light bodied, average carbonation, crisp, lightly dry, smooth but a little thin and quite drinkable.

Oct 15, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 4/19/17, so about a year old.

pale lemon yellow body, slightly hazy. big bright bubbly head leaving very good lacing.

only a very faint malt aroma.

odd tasting beer. all the flavors are muted. faintly bitter, a little touch of grapefruit. quite clean tasting, except in the finish.

mouth around medium, finish slightly sour.

overall, an interesting tasting beer, but not likely i would seek this out again.

Apr 15, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Bubbly clear straw with a touch of chill haze, crowned by an enormous, rocky, pure white head. Excellent retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Chewy dough, white bread, grass, lemon pith, white pepper, cucumber/underripe honeydew melon.

T: Very doughy, like eating raw dough, as the baseline. Lively and zingy with fresh grassy hops, enticing lemon and honeydew melon hints, and a little bit of white pepper and basil. Slightly mineraly and metallic tasting, but not offensive. Finishes crisp and mostly clean--save for a lingering doughy taste--with some lingering grassy bitterness.

F: Fairly ligh-bodied, but the bubbly, fizzing carbonation makes it feel full in the mouth. Rolls quickly across the palate with a pushing sensation.

O: Even at four months, this is a solid, hoppy pilsner. Very enjoyable. I'd love to revisit fresher, if possible.

Jul 22, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$ 2.11 (Including tax)/12 oz can ($ 0.176/oz) at Oppermann’s, Saginaw, MI.
Canned 5/1/16 (Sorry I missed your birthday!). Stored and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – flowery and kind of salty, like a gose. Fades.
Head - When the can was opened there was a fountain of beer. What was left in the can gave a small head (Maximum 1.4 cm, aggressive pour), white, low density, short retention, diminishing to a two mm ring and a thin, scummy looking layer.
Lacing – poor and spotty. An occasional irregular tiny island with tiny bubbles.
Body – light yellow, hazy.
Flavor – Unremarkable. Slightly bitter with a bit of floral. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Very sessionable but the nondescript flavor certainly is not reason to drink more than one.
Palate – light, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 2 (Because of foaming over), Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.

May 17, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale yellow with small, foamy, white head that fades fast.

Smells malt, light citrus, funky yeast, earthy, grassy and hints of pine.

Tastes light malt, grassy, yeasty, pilsner, citrus and hints of pine. Dry finish with short pine linger. Lighter medium body with fizzy medium carbonation.

Feb 21, 2017
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: pale yellow, thin white head that goes away quickly
S: crackers and bready
T: slightly sweet, bready
F: good mouthfeel for a light bodied beer, not crazy about the aftertaste
O: a good American Pils, recommend

Jan 06, 2017
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned on" date 5-1-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear pale, yellow color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, there is significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: white crackers and sweet honey, faint to the nose.

TASTE: initially sweet honey and crackers then a light hop kiss at the end.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer, a little sweet for my liking but otherwise good, this is a safe beer to serve a large variety of guests, anyone who likes beer would enjoy this, great Fourth of July beer.

Nov 14, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-This beer pours a fairly clear straw with a largeish head. The aroma offers very light crackery malts with a hint of spice and bright fruitiness - kiwi, peach, and honeydew melon. The flavor is light, with sweet crackery malts, and quite a lot of the fruity hop character. The mouthfeel is very light and fizzy. Overall this is an enjoyable beer - the outright hop fruitiness is and interesting feature. However, it becomes less pleasant and too sweet as it warms - drink quick.

Sep 07, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can. Pours all pilsy and nice. Aroma stresses soapy hops, clean malt and strong lager yeast. Rather aromatic. Flavor is a potent kick of Euro hops off the bat; hoppier than most. Then comes the traditional lager yeast and pilsner malt flavors. Really drinkable. I did not waste my money on this six pack.

Jul 02, 2016
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bogman44 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty but quickly dissipating head, non-distinct aroma, light yellow wheat beer appearance, citrus piney lingering bitterness, easy drinking and great (believe it or not my palate judges this way) "burp" flavor. Easy drinking at 4.7%

Jun 25, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker golden yellow with a finger of white foam.

Toasted malts and biscuity sweetness, crisp, earthy and herbal hop notes.

Spicy/herbal noble hop bitterness, toast, and biscuits.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, a crushable lager but nothing great.

Jun 07, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can served in a lager glass.

Pale yellow colored body; hazy with a big white head that also emerged from the can itself when the tab was popped.

Aroma: about equal levels of malts and floral/grassy hop notes.

Flavor: Mild-moderate bitterness. Grassy and lemony citrus hop character. with a light cracker palate.

Crisp dry finish.

Mar 25, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, minimal 1/3" white head. Aroma hit the bitter, soapy notes. Light grain.

Grain comes off more sweet in the taste, floral noble hops. High carbonation, zesty presence, hits all the Euro lager notes without skunkiness. Grassy, floral, mildly lemon-esque hops.

Better than average representation of a lager.

Feb 22, 2016
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: very light pale hay in color with a short white head that dissipated quickly. Lacings all around the glass.

Smell: notes of cracker and lemons. Maybe a little bit of rye?

Taste: cracker with a light sweet malt. Little earthy with slight notes of lemon. This is very tasteful. The cracker taste continue to linger around after a drink.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied and refreshing.

Overall: solid pilsner. Perfect when doing yard work or a day of fishing.

Feb 19, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a clear and bubbly pale yellow color into the glass, nice and quickly rising bubbles form an off white colored head which leaves behind some surprisingly consistent rings of lacing.

S — Smell is nice and somewhat assertive on the hop front, I get notes of pine and lemon on top of a lightly sweet Pilsner malt base.

T — Much like the nose, there is quite a hop presence here, almost overdone, but it just trails the edge of overboard. Light and refreshing Pilsner flavors are all here in good accord.

M — Light-Medium bodied, easy drinking and refreshing.

O — Good overall, a nice lighter option from Avery.

Dec 27, 2015
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Antc2382 from New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Swine in NYC village

I really thought this would be better. A: yellow, some lacing throughout, standard. S: typical
pils, not much skunkiness. T: light, slight crisp, I had better but it's ok. F: nothing too smooth but no lingering aftertaste. O: this is an ok beer, just think there is much better out there, style wise and from Avery

Nov 15, 2015
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dar482 from New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy straw.

The beer offers flora hops, lemon grass, honey, onto a lightly sweet crackery malt in the middle, a light mouthfeel, onto a soft grassy bitterness on the finish. A light and crisp American pilsner.

Oct 02, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cambridge Ma On tap.

A- The beer pours with clarity a typical gold color. Medium carbonation leads to a white head with good retention and ample lace.

S- Moderate, balanced aromas of light breads, crackers, cheered on by floral aromas of honeysuckle, flowers, herbs, and grasses.

T - Follows smell. Delicious balanced, the medium breads, light yeast, and somewhat wheaty character is tempered with refreshing herbs of lemongrass, flowers, fresh mowed grasses, mild citrus, and tea-like herbs.

F - Medium-full bodied with the creaminess of malt that finishes in grassy cleansing feel. Very refreshing and crisp.

Great pilsner.

Sep 22, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Brewing Co. "Joe's Premium American Pilsner"
12 oz. can, coded but not freshness dated
$9.99/six-pack, $1.99 per single @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I'm not sure I get the concept here. I had the impression that this was to be like a pre-prohibition lager (based on the label and what not), but I don't really get that it in the end. It's labeled "Premium American Pilsner" but what I get out of it was all German. It tastes like any number of pilsners that you'll find in Germany. It's good, mind you, I'm not bashing it - it's a quality beer, I was just a little thrown by the marketing. Would I buy it again? Sure, but given the cost I might just as well go for a lower priced import (Gilde, Peter's Brand from Holland, Martens from Belgium, Stiegl, Holsten, etc.).

Sep 16, 2015
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allforbetterbeer from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can. No freshness date to be found (shame on you Avery!)

Pours a very light and bright straw-yellow under a crazy snow-white head. This looks the part.

Aroma is classic, with creamy lightly toasted malt and a little snap of earthy (almost sulfury) hops in the noble variety vein.

The taste is dry enough, with a smart interplay of flavors. This isn't quite as crisp as the best European versions, but then again it is labeled as "American Pilsner", so maybe I shouldn't make that comparison. Slightly more lingering bitterness than I would expect, but it doesn't detract.

Conclusion: Excellent packaging and label, good aroma, and good flavor. Nothing mind-blowing here, but another solid beer from a solid brewery.

Aug 21, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A nearly brilliant straw gold pour supports a stiff, clingly, 1” white foam collar that gradually descends while leaving thick lace.
S: Light grain and spice aromas rise form the glass. The spice suggests cooking spice – light sage and thyme, with a faint sulfur scent.
T: A very pleasant palate with light grains, spice and a lingering earthy herbal bitter finish. Very faint apple notes on both the nose and palate.
F: Super creamy, refreshing, crisp, clean and smooth with a medium light body and medium carbonation.
O: A sessionable beer that is full flavored without delivering a knockout alcohol punch.

Jul 31, 2015
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silverevo9 from California

4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The head shines on this beer. Long lasting and thick. For such a light colored beer it doesn't seem possible a head of this magnitude could exist. Follows you all the way to the end of the glass. Smells are not abundant but do get that clean out of the oven bread, biscuit type smell. Stick your nose far enough and the hops present themselves. Malts are all there providing a beautiful balance.The head really does remind me of of an IPA. Well done. Very smooth beer! Feels like emptiness going down. So easy to drink! Recommend this beer as a starter for anyone who is just experiencing the pils for the first time. Should make you an instant fan of the pilsner. One negative is the price point, 10 and change for this. Too expensive. Just the seller getting greedy. Otherwise, very good!

Jul 04, 2015
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Pahn from New York

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

App: clear light yellow. Big rings of lacing.

Smell: slightly metallic. Unimpressive.

Taste: Great, subtle noble hops, nice grainy hit before bone dryness cleans out the finish.

Mf: light bodied and very dry. Moderate carbonation. Not much room for improvement.

Overall: I love a nice crushable thirst quencher like this with clean bready flavors and a really assertive, attenuated mouthfeel. I'm satisfied.

Jun 27, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a golden, yellow color with two fingers of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. Looks like a BMC beer.

Aroma: Doesn’t smell like a BMC beer however! Very aromatic with tons of toasted malt and floral, grassy, hops, as well as notes of caramel, and black pepper. Very inviting and pleasant.

Taste: Doesn’t taste like a BMC beer either! There’s strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by caramel, black pepper and finally, lots of floral, grassy, hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing and nicely effervescent. With an ABV of 4.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent, excellent pilsner! Like Oscar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Joes’ shows what a true American pilsner should taste like! Delicious!

Jun 12, 2015
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes out of the can a clear, bright, bubbly solar yellow with a thick and rather persistent snow-white head. Crisp, malty aroma has a sweet and fruity overtone, mainly pear. Flavor is crisp and malty with a grassy hoppy undertone and more than a hint of fruit. Smooth texture has good body and a fine fizz. A satisfying pilsner.

Mar 14, 2015
Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
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