Joe's Premium American Pilsner | Avery Brewing Company

Joe's Premium American PilsnerJoe's Premium American Pilsner
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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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Ratings: 639 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a puffy head that has reduced a little and still sits at the upper rim of the glass. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and signs of carbonation comign up throughout the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: bready and sweet malts followed by a light hop aroma similar to lime and lemon.

Taste: lemon, lime, and grassy notes. Sweetness and bready malts in there too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, medium to light bodied, some watery feeling in there, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: This is a sold APL beer from Avery. A nice alternative to my hoppy and high octane beer drinking. This was enjoyed very easily.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This can of pilsner poured a clear medium dark golden color with a fine cap of foam. The aroma is citrus, pepper and grass mixed with pale malt. The malt more than sneaks through on the palate with clean bread and biscuit. The herbal bitterness speaks to the noble hops. This is a clean, solid pilsner.

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Photo of redfox405
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MumboJumbo
1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jwhancher
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear straw yellow color with some bit particles floating about. Head shrinks to a thin lacing. Nice soft-like doughy grain aroma with subtle floral hop aroma. Tastes okay. Nice for a lager but nothing seems to pop. No flaws in this brew. Clean lager flavors. Nice & light. Decent beer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden straw color. Dish-soapy, one finger head that sticks around nicely.

S- GRAINY, with a malty and slight spicy hop backbone.

T- It's a good lager! It's got what is typical of a adjunct lager: grains and malts, but it has a spicy, slight bitter finish.

M- Light-to- medium in feel. Lot heavier than normal lagers, but it's still an extremely easy drinking craft lager in a can!

*Overall, this is a lager that has a good taste. The taste that separates it from any American adjunct lager is the slight spicy and hoppy finish. It's real thurst quenching and refreshing. Solid flavors. Got a can in clearance for $0.99, but did pay around $8.99 for a 6-pack once. That's the beer's only other downfall (the first being it's similar in flavor profile to an adjunct lager).

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Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another in the continuous series of pale lagers that are quite appropriate to a hot summer. This one is thirst-quenching, at least.

A fair buzz of hops, but more on the earthy side, like a slightly diluted Amber Ale. A faint hint of lime and citrus peel, but the crackers come through strongly. I'd go so far as to say they are Stoned Wheat Thins. I don't care for the dirty aftertaste.

This is slightly above average for this cheesy category, but when it's so hot and dry, it has its virtues. From the 12 oz can bought at Grapevine in Denver.

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Photo of jhartley
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can to a pint glass. Some kind of digitized date coding on bottom of can,
A-Pale clear golden yellow with a thick foamy 1 finger head
S-Slight hops and little yeast smell.
T-Wheat and not much on the hops, slightly bitter bite.
M-Dry finish, clean.
O-Pretty decent pilsner, nothing fancy to me at least.

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Photo of chasmandocharles
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp, clean straw gold color. Wonderful, large, thick, creamy, meringue like, white head. Very nice retention leaving a nice ring of lace.

S - Bready, cracker, pale malt. Slight popcorn aroma. Nice floral/herbal hops producing almost a tea-like aroma.

T - Wonderful malt base. Buscuit, cracker, bready malt. A very nice hop burst mid sip to the finish. Floral, herbal, and slightly grassy. Similar to a floral white tea with honey.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Crisp and clean throughout.

D - Very easy and enjoyable to drink. I could sit outside and put these down all day. Great malt body that is very flavorful and a nice bit of hops. Crisp, clean, and enjoyable.

Notes: Excellent Pale Lager. Malt flavor is spot on and just enough hops to keep me interested. Clean and quenches my thirst. Great beer for a style that is often not that good.

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Photo of hiphopj5
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Kendo
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the can into a pilsner glass (after mowing the lawn on a beautiful late-Spring day - so I'm thirsty). Body is pale, pale straw-yellow - there's almost not color to this at all - with a good (2-finger) white, fluffy head. Leaves good amounts of lacing.

S: Mildly soapy with some florally hops.

T: Not a lot going on, taste-wise. Modest amount of grain husks up front, then florally hops at the finish. A slight bitterness lingers on the aftertaste.

M: Light in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: OK. Not worth $11.49 for a six-pack, that's for sure. But inoffensive and easily quaffed.

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Photo of madEthelFlint
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can enjoyed at Star Bar in Denver. Slightly hazed straw gold with sticky, white foam that clings to the glass. Gobs of hops all around - resinous, herbal, peppery, with some bright lemon oil. Firm bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the lean malt body. Assertively hoppy beer that manages to remain in balance with this sub 5% ABV beer. This is exactly what I expected from an Avery-brewed lager.

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Photo of TheBirdSanc
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Countfapula
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rinhaak
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a lovely Pils. Not overly fancy or complex, nothing overwhelms you as unusual. But solidly made and well balanced from the pour to the last sip.

A nose like spring rain, there's a nice citrus presence with a slight hop bite. Dry and crisp, it finishes with a dark caramel malt flavor that sneaks up from behind.

A perfect beer for a hot day out in the sun or with BBQ. Definitely recommended!

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Photo of matthageman
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 can 2012

A: Golden yellow in color, heavy internal carbonation, pours a medium white foamy head, slightest bit hazy

S: Quite fragrant, heavy hops, citrus, flora, and tropical fruits, nicely complex for a "pilsner"

T: Extremely well balanced, excellent bitter and citrus, but light and drinkable at the same time, some herbal elements as well

M: Light in the mouth and very smooth, mild citrus rind aftertaste, but not drying or overpowering on the palate

O: One of the better pale lagers I've experienced, smooth with excellent flavor and fragrance, low ABV but strong in intensity

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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 48% out of 100 with 639 ratings
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