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

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Reviews:
247
Ratings:
624
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
21.29%
 
 
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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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Photo of yemenmocha
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very pale golden color with modest head that recedes to a thin layer within minutes. Nose is light but a little herbal, clean, perhaps floral and grainy. Lighter body but not watery. Sweet, soft grain comes through with floral hops to round things out. Short finish. Far superior to any adjunct lager, but seems a little uninteresting... even for this American Pale Lager style.

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Photo of pweis909
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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 biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, from a grocery store across from my hotel in mid-town Denver. "Utterly American", yet made with imported German hops and yeast. OK.

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some stellar layered melting cloud lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale malt, a bit of stale lemon juice, white pepper, and earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is more crackery, slightly bready pale grainy malt, a touch of orange and lemon rind, a mild dose of petrol, and a slight rearrangement of leafy, earthy, musty, and grassy noble hops.

The bubbles are a tad edgy, and just perfect enough for the style, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, contending with a small clammy pithiness. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the grainy pale cereal malt bleeds out, amongst some lingering lemon and peppery notes.

A tasty, pilsner-esque (I wonder why) pale lager, flavourful, and easy to put back in numbers, I presume. Just a bit of astringent gasohol (despite the low ABV) does well to bolster this impression, as well as pour water on this whole American concept of claiming ideas as their own.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Very pale straw colored body with crystal-clear transparency. Lots of big carbonation bubbles throughout the body, which sits under a sticky and frothy bone-white head.

S- Lots of pilsner malts, fresh grass, dried grass, dash of citrus.

T- Lots of pilsner malt comes through giving this one big flavor for a very light beer. Noble hop flavors provide lots of bitter, grassy notes with hints of citrus.

M- Light, refreshing, somewhat sticky, medium carbonation.

O- Pretty good take on a pilsner, I could definitely knock a few of these out.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light straw colored yellow and had a reasonably tight cohesive head.

The scent is typical Pilsner with bready grains, cereal malts, a backdrop of hops and a light sweetness.

The label states that this is somewhat unorthodox in the world of Pilsners or light lagers and I whole heartedly agree. The hop character is very strong and tasteful but balances well with the grain and malt character. The hops are not too piney or herbal but reflect a deeply floral taste.

The feel is light and crisp with appropriate carbonation and a sessionable complexion.

I will rank this amongst my very favorite in the the world of lagers as it tastes good, is light and easy but holds a different level of complexity for this style.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From can to pint glass. Very pale gold in color. Bordering on straw, or even light straw. Let's go with straw. This beer is too light to have gold in the description. Very clear with one stream of rising bubbles. Fine bubbles. Composed a nice head that has surface crags. Great retention and great lacing. Surprisingly, one fantastic looking brew.

Uber pale, grassy, and lightly sweet. Citrusy note chimes in with pith and salt. Plant-like greenness and hop leaf. Low bitterness, so far. Mild, but good.

Sweet pale malts with a salty cracker tone. Herbal and grassy hops can't pull too far away from the light sweetness. A little fruity with notes of apricot and a mild bitterness, like chewing on a peach pit. Very crackery, but not stale. A little grapefruit or white grape, depending on the gulp. Mind you, this is dry like a pilsner should be, maybe sweeter like a Czech. But, the sweetness comes from nuances of fruit essences implied and pale grain notes. A little spicy in the finish, like green peppercorn. Not too shabby. I'm gonna inflate the score a bit, because I like the result more than what quality would probably speak for.

So damn drinkable, it's insane. Goes down like sparkling water. Light, but airy, with enough bitterness to call it a day. Summery and fresh and everything great in-between.

A stand-up job. I must say, there are few beers this pale a color that I enjoy this much, short of Belgian pales and American wilds. Light, but sprite. So sessionable, it's ridiculous.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewed on tap 2/4/2015, rated up from 3.19:
Decent pilsner with a slight hop bite at the end.

A: light golden and clear, visible carbonation, nice fluffy white head
S: didn't notice much of anything, little grain and grass
T/M: little but of body on it, at least it's not as light as it looks. Cereal grain taste, maybe some light herbal notes and a hint of citrus. These grow and turn a bit grass, starting early and growing slightly throughout. Definitely not a strong beer, and a dry grassy pull on the tongue by the end.
O: a solid pilsner with some hops bite that is always appreciated

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Photo of mpedara429
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A little bit poured out from the can into a double shot glass. It was a very clear golden yellow in color with a frothy white head.

S: Yeast and a semi sweet and tart apple like smell.

T: Similar to the smell, the finish is grassy ad earthy. A nice hop bitterness that was pretty surprising.

M: Light to medium body, slightly creamy. Medium carbonation.

O: Pretty impressed by the hoppiness and complexity of this beer for the style. It's nice to see craft beer companies putting out American Pilsners to give people a real taste of the style aside from the typical commercial garbage pilasters.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the final out-of-state brews I grabbed while I was in Missouri. Wish we still had Avery here in Indiana…feel free to come back any time, guys.

A: An inch of white foam rises over a pale yellow body that’s a little too still for the style: sparse bubbles drift slowly from the bottom of the glass to the top. As the body drops, a thin sheet of lacing appears.

S: A typical lager nose, but with a hardy yeast character at the fore; aromas of vanilla and overripe banana are dominant, providing a full, sweet character. Hops are surprisingly limited, showing only a catty grass character just in the background. Crisp malt notes of straw, cornbread, and fruity wheat are evident, as well.

T: Joe hits with a spicy, floral tone of Noble hops, much more complex than in the nose – a potpourri of flavors from lemon peel and grapefruit to ginger and dandelion, giving the palate a peppery dryness. The rest of the body is clean, but the flavors are a bit too chewy to be lager-crisp: the malt-yeast combo manifest with tastes of white bread, thick pancake batter, banana, and a very mild hint of cooked vegetables. Finishes a tad dry, a lemon hoppiness lingering.

M: For a pilsner, this is fairly thick. That lack of fizz, though, helps this one go down in a more dignified way – I’d imagine this being a more run-of-the-mill if it were bubbling constantly. The world needs less fizzy yellow beers.

O: So Avery…feel free to move back here whenever you want. If you keep making beer like this, I’m sure we’ll be able to find some shelf space for you.

Note: According to some websites, the date code on this could very well represent a brewed-on date of June 2011. I really doubt that a lager could hold up that long, but if it did: hell yes, Avery! Next time I’m in town I’ll have to try it fresh.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Corn yellow with a good clarity, a quick paced carbonation factor and a chalky white head that was thin, creamy leaving a generous coating of spotty lace. Short retention hold.

S: Nose was pilsner grains, nobel hops, and dried corn stalks.

T: Flavor comes with a bite of bitter hops, flowery, dried corn stalks and grains. The hop level is pretty high, though not spicy, more dried, bitter with some dried hay. There does appear to be a faint lacquery-vinyl hint to this which may be attributed to poor craftmenship or just a off batch, which is not uncommon with such a light bodied beer.

M: Could be crisper in the mouthful, light bodied, nothing to exciting going on here, some off flavor twang, not really tight, slightly creamy.

O: Overall the laquery-vinyl off flavor could just be a batch oriented occurence, but was very noticeable, especially upon warmer temps. May be just a bad batch, but otherwise would still garnish ordinary results from me.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 3, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured golden straw clear color with 1-2 fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles brewing. Average lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice retention on the top on the way down.

Smelled a sharp whiff of spicy malts that almost immediately went away. Doughy bread came to mind. Also corn and hay. Those spices were lingering on the nose after.

Much more flavor in the taste compared to the nose. Very smooth. Bread, lemon grass, dough and cereal. Still those pleasant spices, which I can’t name.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, refreshing, clean finish.

A pretty good pilsner overall. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head

S: Perfumy hops, bready & crackery notes

T: Follows the nose, dry & some pear notes & a touch of herbal bitterness. Grainy, crackery, with white grape & lemon. Finishes dry, grainy, crackery & fruitty

MF: Light body with crisp carbonation, good balance

Super drinkability, really like this one for the style, would buy this again during the dog days of Summer, which will be here in about 3 weeks :P

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Photo of homebrew311
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Appearance is ridiculously pale, a few shades darker than water. Frothy white head forms and retains leaving splotchy markings on side of glass. The nose has firm cereal grain profile paired with light herbal hops and notes of lemon rind and grass. Taste is mild up front and has a grainy backbone that shines on the finish. Mouthfeel is feather light with moderate carbonation. Overall, a simple beer with mild flavor. Tastier than adjunct lagers, but not a whole lot going on.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright, clear, yellow, with a thin head that fades quickly

S - grassy,grainy, herbal

T - grassy, herbal, faintly spicy, a bitter finish

M - medium to light bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, hoppy, refreshing lager. This is definitely a beer worth trying.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into 6oz. Leine's bar glass.
Very pale slightly cloudy with full white head.
Slightly sweet and pale malty aroma. Only hints of hops.
Bitterness shows through right away. Some balancing malt and sweetness. Finish is drying, slightly bitter and quite extended. Some tartness pushing to sourness show and leads to some puckering.
Light body but not really watery, just enough heft to give it a little feel.
Finishing sourness is a little off-putting. This is alright. I like the can.

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Photo of Huffs
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, light head developed which lasted a short while and some modest lacing. Appearance was a slightly hazy, straw color. Aroma was of a light citrus, not much else. Taste was a slightly bitter citrus with a slight sour on the back. Mouthfeel was light and aftertaste was slightly bitter and sour.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very pale yellow color, but appearance recovers with a full creamy head. Head lingers well throughout consumption and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty full pilsner hops - floral with some spices. Flavor is milder than the aroma - more floral and some spices with some pilsner presence.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Pale straw with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Nose
Light bready malts with drops of apple juice and corn.

Taste
Light breadiness and corn husk with notes of adjunct-esque apple juice. Decent amount of bitterness. Touches of grapefruit and grass.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

Overall
Tastes a little Adjunct-laden. Corn and apple?? Kind of weird...

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent, refreshing version of a pilsner. The best lager beer that I've tried. The appearance is clear and clean in the glass. The beer is smooth enough to drink from the can. The aroma gives a light bitter presence. The beer is crisp and smooth. The mouthfeel is not just refreshing, but more satisfying than you would expect. It is slightly richer and doesn't just wash past your palate.

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Photo of stephens101
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A fabulous white head breaks apart ragged and chunky. Pale, brassy yellow in color.

Typical aroma with some grass, fresh grain and a twist of lemon.

Tastes lemony up front with some lemon peel thrown in, a bit of sweetness, some grain and green apple in the finish

Clean and dry going down and perfectly light bodied.

A couple of these and visions of summer are already dancing in my wintery head.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temperature.

L – Straw color with 4-finger white bubbly, frothy head. Really nice retention and patchy lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Biscuity and grainy malt with a good amount of floral and earthy noble hops.

T – Starts off sweet with bready and grainy malt. Bitterness builds with a solid dose of earthy, floral, and herbal hops and continues to build toward the finish. Really hoppy for a pilsner.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy but crisp mouthfeel, and a spicy, bitter, and slightly dry finish. Spicy and floral hop bitterness lingers.

O – This is a pretty good pilsner. It’s a little too hoppy for my liking. Easing back on them would probably do the beer some good, balancing out the bitterness with the malty sweetness. Still, it’s a pretty tasty and drinkable beer. I probably wouldn’t seek it out again due to the offsetting hoppiness, but I can never really complain about using too many hops.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big white head falls into a decent lacing above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Sour grain malts, citrusy lemon and other hops in the aroma.

Lemony bitter hops with some lighter light grains taste.

A dry aftertaste with some of the citrus hops hanging around on this light bodied beer.

Seems like a basic pilsner style beer, nothing bad about it but not of the outstanding or noteworthy variety either.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Shaker pint glass. Date stamp on bottom of can is 12183B7 09:00272

Appearance: Light hazy yellow....beer glows a bit when held up to the light. When I first poured it I saw a bit of a Mountain-Dew yellow. Decent white head upon pouring that slowly died back to a persistent thin white foam across the top. Nice thick sheets of lacing.

Smell: Some malt and grain and a bit of lemon citrus. As the beer warms up you can finally smell the hops in full depth - and the lemon is still there as are the noble hops.

Taste: Crisp with quick transition into bitter hop finish. Hop finish is lemon, with some noble hops thrown in at the end as well with some malt underneath, but just barely. A beer definitely on the bitter side of things, but it's not excessively bitter.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, good thickness underneath. Hops definitely sticking to the teeth with this one.

Overall / Drinkability: A very interesting take on this style of American beer, and definitely quite hoppy. I'm not sure if it is as drinkable as the brewer claims, but I could see this beer pairing with a lot of American dishes as well, and I find it enjoyable enough that I wouldn't mind having another one another time....but not in one sitting. It's too hoppy and not light and refreshing enough. A good beer, but not a highly drinkable pilsener as described on the can.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a lighter clear golden color with a small white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – Overall it was quite light. The aroma was of a bready nature with hints of a herbal nature as well as some citrus hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready taste mixed with some lemon citrus hop flavor. There is a lighter caramel sweetness up front that is soon lost more toward the middle of the taste as a herbal hop flavor greets the tongue. At the end, a grapefruit citrus hop takes over the herbal and blends with the bready flavors to leave a crisp and bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to lighter side with a carbonation level that is slightly above average. Good for the style.

Overall - Rather flavorful for the lighter abv. but retaining a nice taste profile. Quite nice and easy drinking.

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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
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