Joe's Premium American Pilsner | Avery Brewing Company

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Joe's Premium American PilsnerJoe's Premium American Pilsner

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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."

Added by Mebuzzard on 08-07-2010

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Photo of jheezee
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of Dialectical
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of mlazzaro
4.71/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I feel like Pilsners always get lame reviews because they are so simple. Also they resemble many awful beers out there. But relly they are supposed to be simple, drinkable and delicious, exactly like this beer.

A- flawless looking beer. Clear as can be, no yeast from force carbonation, fluffy white head with retention. Impressive light color considering their website states there are no adjuncts. Good looking beer.

S-Aromas of lager yeast, slight maltiness. Very faint smell, but a good smell.

t+m- Bitter, but sooo good. I have had quite a few examples of pilsners and this beer is exceptional. Very crisp sip, clean lager yeast. light in body, just very refreshing. Would be nice for sunny days and BBQs.

I agree with others that this beer is too expensive . I was under the impression is costs distributors and brewers less money to can beer than to bottle.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This black and silver can features a black and white picture of Joe, Adam Avery's grandfather. A great looking can that's part of an excellent new lineup of packages from Avery. One of the many reasons they are primed for big growth the next few years.

Ten minutes after the pour and there's still a one inch white head atop this clear, pale, light yellow body. Leaves a web of lace as I drink. This is how pilsner should look.

The aroma is light grainy malt with sweet grass and peppery spice from the hops.

Light malt comes first, but just as you are beginning to get a handle on the malt flavors, the hop flavors come busting in. The hops have assertive and bitter qualities you typically find in an IPA, but this is certainly not an IPA, this is a Pilsner, Avery style. Classic noble hop flavors of fresh cut grass, hay, and peppery spice. No skunk.

Light and crisp without being overly sharp. More creamy and rounded than most pilsners.

Many beers waste their prime marketing real estate and put a bunch of crap on the label that tells consumers nothing. Not Avery, they hit this one on the head:

"You're holding 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."

Wow. Like that, a game-changing beer is born, demanding to be heard. "This is Premium American Pilsner." I couldn't agree more. Thank you Avery, thank you for making a Pilsner with balls.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.66/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft pour In a pint glass

A: golden, crystal clear, white head

S: german malts, floral, fresh.

T: malts, light hops, fruity, floral, really great tasting beer

M: crisp, clean,

D: easy drinking, smooth beer great tasting, this is a tasty brew well done extreamly clean...

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Photo of chugalug06
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As always, I rate to style.

A - Very nice big foamy white head. Brew is clear yellow, much like Bud Light, without the unnecessary carbonation... Some lacing too.

S - Very light lemon, amongst other citrus... Very pleasant for the style.

T - Very light and refreshing. Very light citrus.

M - Decent light bitterness. Awesome carbonation too.

O - Quickly becoming a hot weather go-to brew. Quite a nice beer at the end of a long weekend.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshness dating maybe once on the bottom of the can... I can only make out:

A= Pours a translucent yellow color with a small finger of pure white columbian head on it that falls somewhat quickly to a thin skin on the glass. A little lacing is present.

S= A nice amount of hops as opposed to what I normally think of when American Pilsner comes to mind. A little grassy and a little citrusy on the hops with a clean lager yeast. A slight amount of buiscuity aroma is in there.

T= The taste is again pretty impressive for an American Pilsner. A nice mild amount of hops let you know they are there without being overwhelming making it super drinkable. There is a little malt sweetness again very light and a clean lagery finish.

M= Well carbonated.

O= An impressive American Pilsner. I actually like this quite a bit. Super drinkable and yet complex enough to really be tasty. Check this one out and enjoy it on a summer day.

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Photo of bunnyman
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm a regular to the Avery tasting room and a bit of an Avery insider so I was aware of this back with it was in its testing phase, know as the TestaPils. Avery doing a Pils kinda scared me as some other well regarded craft breweries have released less than stellar Pils and I was worried that Adam and crew would fall into the trap of making a "gateway beer" thus taking away from the amazing solidity of their line up.

In essence I should not have worried a bit. Adam wanted a new session beer for the current age and having retired their Redpoint amber, the session beer of the latter age of craft brewing, he wanted something punchier. Joe's is an American Pils but with far more hop character than you expect. They call it a light and refreshing hop delivery vehicle and it is that in spades.

The color is a bright gold that is as clear as you can imagine. The head is amazing - Joe's doesn't produce head it produces a continuous stream of creamy meringue that climbs out of the glass. I've never seen head like this on any beer. The nose is strongly floral from the tons of noble hops. Flavor is very bright with loads of herbal German hops to extent that it makes a good Czech Pils seem not very hoppy in comparison. There is a nice breaddy malt backbone to keep the hops in check and the finish is clean without any off character. Superb.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I CANnot understand the circumstances behind this review. I do not like to review CANs without a picture until either my picture or someone else's picture is approved. it took me two tries to get mine approved, but it was the only one of many of mine still in the queue that was approved today. {Scratches head.}

From the CAN: "This ain't your grandpa's Pils"; "You're holding a [CAN]temporary 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 Ameri[CAN]. This is Premium Ameri[CAN] Pilsner."; and "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, imported German hops and German yeast."

Christ, I hope it ain't my grandpa's anything! Both have been dead since the mid-1970's and while I was willing to try an eight-year old Ameri[CAN] Malt Liquor earlier, that might have been a stretch. That, plus most of my family were not drinkers. It is only my Uncle Steve and I that enjoy tippling, imbibing and bacchanalia. I might have been drinking tea if it were up to my PapPaps!

The Crack reveled yet another craft beer filled to the brim with beer! The Glug looked like pale yellow (ahem!) running into the glass, resulting in two fingers' worth of fluffy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy lemon-yellow, in total, it resembled lemonade. The nose danced, no, sparkled with grassy, lemony Noble hops. Hot damn! Yep, PapPap's beer would have been the Prohibition- era (or after) swill that we are still stuck with. Mouthfeel was medium but the hops were unencumbered, filling my mouth and sinuses with a grassiness that made me long for summer (or the next visit to my dealer). I initially pooh-poohed lager-style beers until somebody turned me onto classically- made beers, vice AALs. This was fantastic! Tasty, dry on the finish, refreshing, no off flavors. I would take an entire cooler full of this to the beach!

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Photo of malcontent
4.51/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hells yes! I could go on and on about this nuances of this particular beer but the simple truth is this; Avery has made a staggeringly drinkable Noble Pils and canned it (angels sing!) without bowing to any particular fad. The appearance is straw with lively bubbles (as it should be) with a nose that treats the imbiber to the flowery-sharp scent that lover of the classic Bavarian style (BA classification be damned) demands.

Crisp yet smooth, Joe's Premium American Pilsner makes me wish my grandfather favored beer over bourbon. This is the kind of beer I should be so lucky to stock with regularity in my fridge.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this one at Falling Rock prior to the Great Divide release party.
I ordered a Blackened Chicken Club sammich, and thought a nice pilsner would do well. Hmm...the Barmen or this one. I chose this one.

An "American Pilsner" I'm listing this as an Am. Imp. Pils. Cuz the label says 'American Pilsner', and this is the closest match. Although the abv is low for this category. I'm all for changing the style. I would say German Pils, but the label says otherwise :)

Pours clear, bright light golden body. The head is outstanding. Looks like vanilla milk-shake if you blow bubbles in it. Tight suds and dense. Great lacing. Top notch here.

Great aroma too. Holy jeepers, this one has promise. Floral, rosy, the citrus is calm yet powerful to break through the sweet malt biscuit backbone. Just needs to be drank.

Almost giving it a '5' here. The taste follows the aroma. Floral, citrus, strong but subtle backbone of malt. A bit of orange comes in, then quickly leaves. Some soft clove and banana on the end.

Feels good. A pinch more carbonation would land a '5' here. So close, perhaps my chicken is too spicy. Still this beer pairs well with it. A crisp, clean finish does so without a sharpness from the hops.
Great beer. Tops in my book.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On to a cold beer after a hot shower:

Into the flute, this beer shows a pale straw yellow color with some bubbles racing through its body. The head on top is fluffy and is an inch thick, eventually putting some healthy rings around the glass. The nose is a simple aroma of mild mixed grasses. The package so far looks good.

Starts a little bitter with grassy and biscuit malt. It comes more grassy notes and a fresh green bite of hops. Sqeaky clean too. Faint honey and pinch of citrus arrives, and then the beer dries to a crisp grassy bitterness that is delectable. It isn't too bitter or over hopped, but make no mistake, there are enough hops in here to satisfy. All this makes for a super drinkable beer.

Moonlight's Reality Czeck cannot be bought in a 6-pack, and until it is, Joe's Premium American Pilsner is the best 6-pack American yellow lager that I can buy, and don't worry I didn't forget about Prima Pils. Avery didn't pussyfoot around this one, future 6-pack purchases await!

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 5/11/11

Thin, pale, almost watery straw color with golden highlights. With the exception of a mild haziness it's quite clear. Two fingers of white, fluffy foam. Retention is thinner but is good and a half wall of lace.

Smells really nice. The Noble hops are in full force. Prairie grass, fresh-cut hay, lemon zest, soft spiciness and floral overtones. Pilsner malt takes a back seat to the hops, blending in subtle notions of toasted grains.

A mild bitterness greets the palate and quickly turns in favor of grassy and lemon-zest hops. Definitely earthy. There's a bit of a spicy twinge but it isn't the focal point. Malts have a more prominent role than in the aroma. Toasted grains and crackers.

Basically light bodied with a granular feel. Carbonation is tilted toward the lesser side of moderate which suits me just fine; it's far from prickly and stays out of the way of the flavors. Clean finish with hints of lemon-grass.

Nice drinking beer. Clean and flavorful without lots of carbonation of too crisp a feel. Nothing wrong with that; just a nice change of pace. As an American Pale Lager this is choice.

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Photo of wddrex
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy straw yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates to a thin film. Some lacing sticks to the glass. The beer smells fresh and floral; lemongrass and slightly citrus hops. The beer tastes refreshing and clean. Lemongrass and floral notes dominate, but there is a clean, dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a very well-made pale lager, and it might be one of my favourite go-to summer beers. It's refreshing, clean, and very sessionable. Well done Avery.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to my man Bennettrox for the CAN!

Light yellow, clear straw color. Very bubbly. Nice 2 finger spongy white head that leaves nice webby lacing.

Aroma is lightly sweet malt...reminds me of a German Pils with the pale malt aroma, but this is definitely hopped up! Nice flowery hop notes, blending nicely with the light sweet nose.

It's got a nice dry, bitter hop bite. The pale malt sweetness is a little more subdued than in the aroma, leaving the hoppyness to shine a bit more.

Crisp, light bodied. Slick though, with a clean finish.

Drinkability is excellent. There's no end to how much of these beauties you can put away with!

This was great overall. I'm in the deep south, so there's nothing quite like a crisp, hoppy lager on a sweltering day, and I'm a damn sucker for em' when I find em! This is one of the best I've had!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full of Noble German hop flavor riding crisp, clean water. Not much pilsner malt flavor

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Photo of shand
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a SA perfect pint.

It's a light golden color with a finger of white head, tons of carbonation. Aroma is brightly hoppy, and the taste follows with crisp malts and floral hops. A solid American-style pilsner, for sure. The mouthfeel is very crisp and highly carbonated, with just a bit of drying feel. The drinkability is very, very good. Overall, a great beer that I'm going to be keeping around, probably going to be rotating with Noble and Prima Pils in my fridge all year round.

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Photo of pweis909
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a craft version of the fizzy yellow pils. It is straw colored and clear a thick white foam that recedes but persists. The malt comes across as crackery and the hops have some herbal and floral character. While both are present in the aroma, they are not strongly so; both become more apparent in the mouth. The sweetness of the malt is light; the beer leans more to hoppy bitterness. While not a flavor bomb, it also is not dumbed down. I find it tasty, to style, and quite refreshing.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear golden hue. Very nice lace retention on the glass and thin head remains through the end

S - The German noble hops are very present. Smells good, and like a pilsner of course.

T - German hops are prevalent, with a slight bitter bite and dry finish. Excellent!

M - Well carbonated and very smooth.

O - An excellent pilsner! Delicious on a hot summer day, or any time you want to drink a few beers but not be hungover because of a high abv

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