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."

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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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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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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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