Joe's Premium American Pilsner | Avery Brewing Company

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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: 643 |  Reviews: 253
Photo of jsprain1
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden with a thick white head that lasts well with decent retention and some lacing.
S- Aroma is clean with light grainy notes and a fair bit of noble hoppyness.
T- It's a very clean pilsner. On the hoppy side for a pale lager/pilsner. Nice bit of earthy/woody notes.
M- Light body, maybe nearing medium, with fairly assertive carbonation and a dry finish.
O- A pleasant smooth nice little hoppy pilsner. Pretty good all around.

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Photo of TeachChefs
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a Pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width fluffy white head with small bubbles, mediocre retention but great carbonation. Pale golden color, clear. Some sticky retention.

S- Golden malts and floral hops. Somewhat fruity and very light smell.

T- Very bready taste. The golden malts are subtle but man is this bread-like.

M- Medium bodied and wet.

O- This beer is surprisingly average. I was expecting more.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale, clear gold with a thick, fluffy white head.

S: Aromas of honey, straw, grass, and lemon are present on the nose.

T: Notes of honey, cream, straw, grass, lemon, minerals, and biscuits wash across the palate. The finish is fleeting and relatively sweet with honey, biscuit, and lemon flavors.

M: Medium-bodied and off-dry for the style. Carbonation is oddly restrained and sluggish. Compared to many lagers, this one is a bit sticky and sweet. Not the most drinkable beer of its type.

O: This is a pretty decent little pale lager, but it is a bit rough around the edges. In some respects, it just doesn't come together that well. I'm glad I tried it, but I doubt that I will revisit it in the near future.

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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs...

The beer broadcast classic pils charateristics: golden yellow body with a white head; good lacing. The smell carried a soft malt nose that carried over to the taste. The finish was pleasingly bitter in line with the style. The moutheel was light.

I recall having this in a can a year or so ago and being unimpressed, but having it on tap makes me think I may have been a bit premature in my judgement. A good pils example.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I think I know the guy on the can from somewhere... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a nice finger of white foam. The nose comprises very mild wheat, sweet flowers, grass, and the smallest possible touch of minerals. The taste brings in more of the same, though the flowers may come off a bit sweeter here (not enough to elicit true sugary sweetness or anything, mind you). The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation, a decidedly smooth feel, and a very clean finish. Overall a damn good pils, probably one of the best American takes on the style I've yet come across. It just goes down so smoothly, so cleanly, so nicely...

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow in color with an impressive inch and a half of head, slightly sticky lace. Smell is of typical skunk Pils Malt, a touch of citrus pine and grains. Taste is very clean of a pilsner with a slight bit of hopping and no aggressive grains or malts. Clean Tasting. Mouthfeel is light but very drinkable. Overall not my favorite style but another win for Avery since it's a very tasty Pilsner.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear pale golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of bready malt with spicy hops, and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is a bit hoppier than the aroma with the malt backing this up. There is a nice lingering spiciness that I really enjoy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer that I will certainly drink again.

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Photo of Frozenmoses
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of GreyGhost4
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz can served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a transparent yellow.

Sm: Pilsner malts and light cream on the open. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pilsner malts and a bit of cream. Not watery, but certainly creamy. It's fairly well balanced, and certainly enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but a bit boring. Certainly drinkable, but far from exemplary. I'd have it again, but I wouldn't look forward to it too much.

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Photo of bsp77
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Extremely pale yellow, with a strong, stark white head and some impressive lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple, some straw, and peppery hops.

Taste: Delicate grainy malts with apple and straw. Nice blast of peppery and floral hops on the finish.

Feel: Very light body with high carbonation. This is as expected for an American Pale Lager, but the extreme dry finish makes this refreshing as opposed to watery (as with the macros).

Overall: For an American-style Pale lager (not a Pilsner, Helles, Dortmunder, etc.), this is definitely the best I have ever had. I am drinking a single can of this during the bitter month of January, but may need to get a six pack come summer.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz can served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent straw golden color with a decently thick 2 finger head. Retention is very good.

S - Clean pils malt, floral hops, lemongrass, and light honey. Mild and incredibly pleasant.

T - Strong earthy, spicy, and grassy notes along with a strange (but welcome) apple note. Clean barley builds the foundation. It becomes increasingly bitter as it finishes, but never overwhelmingly so.

M - light bodied, carbonated well, and a bit dry on the finish. Really compliments the beer as a whole well.

D - This is one I'll be coming back to. Sessionable, high quality, and flavorful without being overbearing.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with good retention. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet pale malts and wheat grains with a good presence of floral, earthy noble hops. Also some hints of lemon zest. Aroma is nothing big but pretty solid. Kind of smells like a crisp German Helles lager.

Taste: Sweet and bready pale malts with wheat grains. Solid presence of noble hops adding some spice in the background. Good hints of lemon zest. Tastes moderately bready and sweet. Light but still tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and clean.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the style. Nice use of hops for a pilsner. Easy drinking and flavorful.

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Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of jar2574
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow beer under decent white head and lacing.

Smell is sweet bready malts and maybe a hint of hops.

Probably meant to be an easy drinking session beer. Pretty simple: malts, a little sweetness but less than the smell would suggest. No bitterness.

Too watery though - a beer this thin ought to have more carbonation to stay interesting.

OK but nothing special.

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Photo of Kirch
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of imbibehour
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Kushi sushi DC, into a simple shaker pint glass.

Given with a one centimetere of nice white head, and what a surprising creamy and whipped up topping consistency. Classic gold with some nice rising carbonation. Head clumps, has valleys, and leaves lots of good looking lacing. Very nice.

Nose brings some simple but effervescent hop quality, and some bread white malts. There's a small honey sweetness, but kind of buried. Not too bad.

Light malt body on taste, with a mild bread dough finish. A little dense in the palate but tolerable. Aftertaste seems a lime quick hop sense bitter, but a little fleeting.

Overall pretty solid and enjoyable to drink

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Photo of smithmd4
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear yellow color with a small 1/4" head of small white bubbles on top after a pretty aggressive pour. The head was there, maintained by quite a few bubbles rising until it eventually sunk to a pretty substantial ring where the beer meets the glass...also maintained by bubbles rising. There is a tiny bit of lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: the aroma is really clean with sweet Pilsner malt and floral hops being the most notable aspects. The hopping is pretty high in this beer, but is well blended as is noticeable from the cold beer. As the beer warms, the hops are getting stronger and more complex. Pretty nice aroma overall.

Taste: This beer has much more body and mouthfeel than most in this category, yet it still retains its dryness to make the finish well balanced between bitter and toasty malt qualities. The carbonation is ample for what it is, it is high for other styles, but I think that this beer can use it to keep the finish from being too obviously hoppy. Of course all of this plays in the finish having some acidity to linger on the back of the throat for a while after the sip.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty darn good beer in a sea of mediocrity. It still isn't my favorite style, but this is a good example of one. All this coming from a guy who has drank four of these already, so it must not be that bad. If you drink "the big three" or know someone who does...this may be a good stocking stuffer this Christmas.

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Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 643 ratings