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Joe's Premium American Pilsner | Avery Brewing Company

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Joe's Premium American PilsnerJoe's Premium American Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
246
Ratings:
615
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
21.02%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
50
For Trade:
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Reviews: 246 | Ratings: 615
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of bogman44
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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%

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Photo of larryarms847
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Benish
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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

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Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.).

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of silverevo9
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of Pahn
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
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 Cyberkedi
3.34/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured a semi-clear golden body with a thin cap of white head that quickly dissipated. A classic looking lager, true to form and quite nice. Scents of lager yeast, Pilsner malt with a soft sweetness, fresh cut grass hop aromas, spicy, floral hops at lower, but discernible levels and a light sulphur aroma like in some German Pilsners. Overall impression of aroma is of a classic American-style Pilsner that comes across much like its German counterparts in aroma, with a nice balance of sweet malt and classic Noble hop style aromas. Very nice. Flavor begins lightly bitter with a grainy and softly sweet malt presence balancing and floral, spicy Noble hop flavors. This moves into a medium bitter middle with notes of grassy, floral, spicy Noble-like hops and a light sweetness from malt and a graininess. Finish is medium-dry with the Noble hop flavors continuing alongside light grainy malt and biscuit-like malt. Aftertaste is grainy and biscuit malt with a medium level of floral, grassy, spicy Noble hop bitterness. Overall impression of flavor is of a crisp, flavorful, straight forward Pilsner. It doesn't have a wealth of complexity, which is perfectly fine for the style. It is simply a straight-forward, easy to drink, classic beer. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a classic, true to style American Pilsner. Quite nice. Overall this is quite the nice treat. It is a crisp, refreshing, simple American Pilsner that is flavorful, fairly aromatic and quite pleasant on the tongue. It is very well executed and a fine example of a classic, and rather hard to find, American style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is lemon with a little funk in the background. I'm not sure what that's about.
The taste is generally mild, some light to moderate lemon bitterness shows up midway through. The finish is shorter and a touch sweet with a dry bitter note at the very end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Nice, not great though.

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Photo of SamN
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Joe's pours a surprsingly hazy, light straw yellow with a very white, dimpled head. I can tell the lacing here will be great already. Smell is a wonderful, crisp, bright aroma, lots of floral aromas with a bready background. Strong smells, quite good, makes me qant to drink it.

Mmmm, that wonderful pilsner hops really translates well across the palette. Hops are front and center, with a more assertive bitterness than the typcial macro "pilsner"; complex and deep. Great hopping here; Avery are masters of hops here in Colorado. The light malt tastes are present, mostly a bready subtley, but essential to the robust strucutre of the beer. Lingering bitterness makes you want more of that crackling first tastes you get with each sip. The beer is lively, active and most of all, tasty.

Bottom line; a hoppier pilsner that is both sessionable and enjoyably complex. Bold tastes, much more here than your avergae pils. Good stuff.

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Photo of jwc215
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very light golden - more towards pale straw yellow. A thin head soon collapses, but rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of mild grain with a touch of grass.

The taste is of a grainy sweet kiss soon followed by dry, lemony, floral hops.

It is light-bodied. It's more astringent than a lager should be, but the carbonation level fits.

It has a sharp bite to it. It does have a floral character in the finish that gives it a bitter dryness. It's a "different" pils/pale lager. A raw pils/pale lager. More hops doesn't necessarily make a better beer. Even still, it was "interesting". A fine choice for a hoppier lager.

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Photo of FLima
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of herbal hops, pale malt and some lemony.
Flavor of sweet white bread malt with herbal hops, lemongrass, green apples and finishing with a crisp and refreshing orange lemon peel citrusy.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Perfectly executed, balanced and utterly pleasant Pilsner, though I was expecting some extreme hopping. A Pils to have it always in the fridge when you are craving the style. I would not trade this one by relatively boring traditional Pils.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

App: Pours a light yellow with a slight greenish hue. Two finger rocky white head that retains well. Constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, light grainy smell with a little bit of bittering hops aroma on the back of the nose. True to style and a little sweet smelling.

Taste: Mild and sweet malt flavors abound in the true taste. Fore taste is slightly hoppy but overall a little underwhelming. Hints at the special sweet character of some AALs, but without tasting adjuncty. Significant bitterness in the aftertaste that really cleans up the predominant malt flavors and makes for a lingering finish that makes you want to take another sip. Slight lemony citrus flavors, but by no means assertive. Not a whole lot going on but well balanced. Proof that this style can be crafted well. Would make a great session beer or lawnmower beer.

Mouth: Light bodied and heavily carbonated. Refreshing and effervescent. I think this can may have been slightly overcarbed, as it foamed when opened and is making me burp A LOT.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale pale yellow but with a very nice big billowy head. Some lace.

Faint grass and husk with light malt in the nose.

Light and grassy, modestly bitter. Light malt up front. Some bread and grain, light hop bitterness, some grassy notes in the finish. Very easy drinking.

Light bodied and well carbonated.

American pils that wants to be German. Light side without appearing watery. A bit too mild but highly drinkable just the same.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with a smeared code of some kind printed on the bottom of the can. Acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Quite possibly my first review of a beer from Avery Brewing Co., and definitely my first canned beer of theirs.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours three big fingers of fluffy white head. Body is a very pale straw lemon color with some nice clarity.

S - Smell is nice, but faint. Crisp zesty lemongrass, musty yeast, some herbal grains, and some sourdough bread.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp bready malt, fresh grains, lemongrass, lemon zest, bitter pine, grapefruit, & green apples.

M - Smooth and clean, with a sticky, semi-dry finish. Very crisp and refreshing.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this one. Very clean, crisp, and refreshing, with good depth of flavor, and a nice hop twang. Low sessionable abv, and the convenient canned option would make this a perfect summer beer. Definitely recommended.

Avery Joe's Premium American Pilsner ---4/5.

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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
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