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

Poured into a pilsner a very light straw color with a fluffy one finger crown atop,multiple broken rings of lace were left behind as it settled.Herbal hops,lemon oil,and crushed malt aromas,lighter but pleasant.A healthy does of herbal hops stand out most on the palate mixed with a sturdy toasted malt bill,a lot of flavor in a "small" package.This to me is like a north German pilsner in a way with its sharp hop profile,its hefty malt bill goes great with it.A wonderful beer to have while grillin outside like I will be today.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From can to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/12/11
*From notes

A: Clear as day. Extreme straw-bale light gold, like a lemondrop held up to the sun. 1.75 finger head on a standard pour with some really attractive lacing - some of the best I've seen for a pils.

S: Slightly sweet, though overshadowed by bittering hops.

T: Rather hoppy up front, and as it lingers, there's a clean line of pale malt that's really satisfying.

M: Light and fluffy.

O: This is a prime example of a craft lawnmower beer. It's got summertime written all over it. Low ABV, big drinkability. On a hot and sticky day, pass me a Joe's.

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Photo of headbucket
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A pale, golden/yellow color. A nice foamy, frothy heady with a decent pour. It subsides to a small foam layer on top of the beer after a few minutes. Patches of foam, lacing left on the glass.

S: Grass and maybe a little bit of citrus in there. A bit of a grain and straw scent as well. Not a bad smell, just not very strong at all.

T: A light, crisp flavor of grass and slightly herbal or earthy hops that are spicy in their bitterness. A grain or bread flavor of malt at the back end. The sharp bitterness overpowers this bread/grain flavor on the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and sits medium heavy on the tongue, nicely filling the mouth.

D: The lightness and mouthfeel are very nice. The taste isn't so great to me. The grassy hops are nice at first, but their is a sharp, bitterness that over powers and hangs over the malt in the after taste which I'm not so fond of.

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright pale golden yellow with a thin white head that reduced to a thin wisp of a cap and left light, web like lace.

S-Light spicy herbal hops with a subtle zing of lemon zest.

T-More of a zip on the palate with an assertive grassy, herbal, lemon zest bite up front with a simple, yet supportive, underlying base of mildly sweet biscuit malt.

M-Light bodied, sharp with a good crisp bite. Good lingering spicy aftertaste.

D-Solid, certainly nothing crazy here, but an aggressively hop and rather tasty and pleasant drinking American slanted light lager. A nice beer to have around for backyard BBQ's and family picnics.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from the can.

Appearance: Transluscent yellow, small amount of white head. Lively bubbles.

Smell: Some noble hop character here.

Taste: Wow! A big, clean bitterness, with lots of spicy hop flavor. I'm thinking Saaz hops? Don't recall much in the way of malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp, light bodied.

Drinkability: With the bright and spicy hop flavor and light body, this is very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: a pale, golden, straw color with a better than average size head.
S: nothing truly jumps out here. I pick up some bread like malts but they are accompanied by hints of citrus and pine needles.
T: balance best describes the taste. While it is heavily hopped, the malts are there so as to not skew this beer to an IPA. I pick up the breads first and floral hops toward the back.
M: very smooth with a nice crisp bite at the end. Mid to high levels of carbonation.
D: considering the flavorful taste, great balance and relatively low ABV, this is session ready. Nice beer to ring in the spring and stick with in the summer.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a can after work on Friday. Wow, I'm not sure what's so American about this at first with the big kick of spicy lemon herb hops. I suppose the malt is a bit more grainy and dry than a German pils. I love a good IPA or pils, but the bitterness here is just a touch close to astringent. Otherwise this is a heck of a pilsner.

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

A new offering from Avery... in a can?!

A- Uber pale straw colored body with a beastly head that looks like it is made of ice cream. Retention is nice and a nice web of creamy lace sticks on the glass.

S- I find the aroma to be full of floral hops with a decent backdrop of sweet, light malt. Maybe a bit of straw.

T- Pale caramel malt with a good amount of floral hops. Bread notes also shine through from the yeast. A decent amount of sweetness.

MF- Light body with high carbonation. A fair amount of bitterness and a somewhat watery feel.

DB- Sort of a hard beer to go about reviewing. The flavors are fairly straight forward and light. A little bit sweet for me but pretty balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an uber pale beer that pours out hazed. Initially it's paler and deepens toward the top of the glass, but eventually it evens out until the haze lifts and what I've got here would be appropriate in color for a Kolsch. As best I can analogize it, this beer is the color of white gold. A soft, smallt white head forms, nearly one finger tall. It's pretty dense but doesn't stick around quite long enough. It leaves pretty good lacing behind.
As with Avery's canned IPA, enjoyed yesterday, the aroma is good but just lacking the strength for a 4. Dry hops with a hint of dry malts offer up a flowery, herbal, woody smell with a touch of grains and a note of grass. I can see where the classification can break down here. It's got similar characteristics to a pils, and pilsner malts are likely used, but it's a bit unusual to have an abundance of Noble hops as the primary presence and no Saaz. It's grassy, yes, but no light touch of sulfur akin to the style. Anyway, on to the flavor...
Everything about this beer is dry. The main component is a raw hops bitterness, most akin to pine, almost like pale SN Torpedo (almost). Crackery malts lie underneath and grains are still plenteous, but this is a hop-forward pils (APL?). The raw, dry flavor is really "plant stalk" in character, and I would liken it to a raw dandelion root bitterness. It somehow isn't overpowering or off-putting. This is a nice, quaffable beer with plenty of character and a great summer crossover crisp/clean and hoppy.
I say clean, though it's not perfectly so. The mouthfeel is good, though, with an appropriate light-medium body and good crispness leading to an adequately smooth finish. Dry is the operating word here.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a shaker pint. Pale straw body with a generous cap of frothy white foam. Nice retention with a fair amount of lacing that's just sticky enough to cling to the glass.

Quite a clean nose, but hints of actual flavor are peeking through, toasted grains and pungent hops. And indeed it proves to be quite tasty, not too mention surprisingly full-bodied. Crisp and easy-drinking, but those hops are quite potent, earthy at first, then quite bitter in the finish. As a pilsner, this would get decent marks. As an American pale lager, it's pretty damned good.

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Photo of david18
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure why this is classified as an American Pale Lager but the beer is called a Pilsner. I actually think the Beer Advocate classification is a little closer and, as such, is a pretty good example of the style. I recently had a sixteen ounce draft of this at Rattle & Hum in Manhattan.

The color was a very light straw with a bright and active carbonation. A little hazier than a typical beer of the styel.

Smell was of hops and a little light in the malt. Maybe a little bit of citrus.

Flavor is a little light but very refreshing.

I hope to find this beer in the summer because it should be a very drinkable option during the hot weather. I noticed the picture featured a can, which makes it that much better.

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Photo of soze47
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beers like this always make me want to ask a question:

Is this supposed to taste like a high quality version of a BMC american swill beer?

If so, than should I judge it based on its resemblance to a style that is decided inferior, or should I compare it to high quality lagers that are designed to taste like the real, European styles?

Appearance: Extremely clear and almost a vibrant/glowing golden straw color. The head leave some doily like lacing.

Aroma: Very earthy and almost grassy. The biscuity malt is there too, but I was a little surprised by the hop forward nature here.

Taste: Great balance of flavors here. The malt, bready and biscuity, is much more pronounced here than on the nose, but it is never a solo malt taste. The ever-present hops lend a nice, earthy bitterness to the entire flavor progression. The linger is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one is light and bubbly in the mouth, which is a perfect body to carry this robust under 5% ABV beer. If this was heavier, I think the malt/hop balance wouldn't work as well as it does. This is a great boat beer and one that works really well out the can.

Overall: I think Avery achieved a good balance that helped me answer the questions I stated above. This beer has elements of European lagers, but it is distinctively unique and way better versions of BMC swil-style adjunct lagers. It has a sweetness that is subdued and a hoppiness that is strong enough to achieve balance, but not take over. This isn't a great beer, but it is a good beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pilsner in a can...

Pours a very large 3 finger head that reaches just to the top with some overage of my Portsmouth tulip. The head is pasty white and fluffy, and fades semi slowly with lots of sticky lacing over brilliantly clear golden wheat lighter colored beer, so clear I can see the finger print I just made on the glass and the one spot I missed drying and it got a small water spot.

Nose brings lot of light wheats and malts, a bit of a light lager yeast fruit aromas, a crisp lager aroma, and some light noble grassy hops.

Taste is light, bringing light grassy and noble hops to start, that get a little bitter, spicy, and fruity, almost a chewy hop pellet bitterness, and really starts to get astringent, the light wheat and malt pilsner below that are barely detectable, very light lager crispness and fruits, but just overpowered by the hops. A pilsner is a beer that is supposed to let the malts and wheats shine through, especially with the nice crisp lager flavors, the hops just destroy that in this beer. It finishes even more bitter and astringent, almost begging to wash it down with an IPA or something else. The flavors just don't mesh well. A decent dry crisp finish, that would go great if the hops didn't just kick my ass (and I'm a hop head, but when it counts).

Mouth is lighter bodied and crisp, decent carbonation.

Drink is not so great, it would be great if not for the hops, bringing some light malts and wheats, a nice crisp lager and pilsner flavor profile, and dry crisp finish, but the bitterness of the hops and astringency just go way overboard.

OK Avery, I hope you are reading this. I know there is a huge hop following, and many hop heads all over the place, and there's a big contest for who can bitter their beer the most, or cram the most hop profile. But there's a time and place for hops, and a hop profile for each style. I understand trying to break down the walls and expand the various styles, but this is just overboard. A nice pilsner with some light noble hops, something like Noble Pils actually, adds a nice touch to it. This, however, i just waaay to much. I'm a hophead actually, I love hops in many ways, but when I'm drinking a pilsner, I don't want my hops to overpower it so much I think I'm drinking hop juice! A pilsner is delicate and sessionable, a summer/spring beer mostly, but this just smacks it in the face and drags it out to the curb to be runover by the bus and have the neighbors dog piss on it, piss a golden shower of hops... OK maybe a little too much imagery, but seriously, too much!

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Photo of JizackFH
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a clear very light pale yellow straw color. It has a 2-finger white head on it. the head has decent retention, and leaves very nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is a bit grassy. There is also a bitterness and hoppy presence. I am also getting some biscuity malt as well.

T - The taste is of lightly toasted malts, and there is also a nice noble hop bitterness. Also, I there is a nice earthiness to it. The finish has a lingering bitterness.

M - This has a light body and average carbonation. It is smooth and coats the mouth nicely. I think this is a good feel for this style.

D - There is good drinkability here. It goes down smooth, and has good flavor. There is a little more bitterness than I'm used to in a pilsner, but it's good.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoah, Joe. This is a very light colored lager - like macro-light-colored. Pale yellow. White fizzy head. Like looking at a mug of draft bud light.

But there the worries end. First a sharp stab of steely hop aroma with some sulfur, then you taste the earthy-metallic, lemony, soapy hop flavor.

Light bodied, prickly carbonation, decidedly sharp bitter hop biting finish.

For fans of Tuppers Hop Pocket pils and Sam Adams Noble Pils.

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

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Extremely pale straw-colored body. Big white pillowy head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: An overwhelming floral hoppy aroma.

T: Medium crisp clean hoppy bitterness. Breadiness from the malt. Incredibly refreshing.

M: Light as a feather, good carbonation.

D: Definitely the best fizzy pale lager I've ever had. Both thirst-quenching and flavorful.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.66/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft pour In a pint glass

A: golden, crystal clear, white head

S: german malts, floral, fresh.

T: malts, light hops, fruity, floral, really great tasting beer

M: crisp, clean,

D: easy drinking, smooth beer great tasting, this is a tasty brew well done extreamly clean...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly-light golden-straw color. Beer is almost completely transparent with some visible carbonation. Single-finger white head doesn't last all that long. The nose isn't really all that reminiscent of a pilsner--I don't get any of those crisp, herbal, and/or floral hop notes. The taste falls down even harder, especially when paired with the mouthfeel. Sure, there are some faint hops lingering in the background, though I wouldn't call this a pislner at all.

Even calling this an "American Pilsner" is a misnomer. This is a lager that has a bit of malt but lacks the hops and crispness of anything remotely resembling a pilsner. With that said, this wasn't a terrible beer and had no obvious flaws in the brew process. I wouldn't have a problem with this beer if it were simply classified as a pilsner; however, Avery decided to use "pilsner" in the name. I think it's better-classified as an American Pale Lager, which has been done here on BA.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but left a delicate web of lacing covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of bready malts as well as floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: A moderate to strong amount of bitterness from the hops overshadows the flavors of bready and grainy malts. The finish is quite bitter and also has notes of peppery spices.
M: It feels light-bodied, crisp and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. I would definitely try this again if I am looking for something that's light-bodied and has a lot of bitterness.

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Photo of zimm421
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appears a very clear, golden color with an impressive off-white head, which leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is very malty, with a nice fruity undertone going on. Some slight hop aromas, but not a whole lot going on there. The taste is not very bitter, and is full of light, sweet flavors up front. Definitely something that reminds me of summer, even though it's certainly not here...

The mouthfeel is very crisp and light with a higher level of carbonation. This beer goes down easily, and is definitely enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Clear ,bright gold in color, with a bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Soft malt and grain notes
Taste-Lightly toasted malt, pleasant hop bite.
Lingering hop presence throughout. Good flavor for a lager. Session-worthy. Would pair nicely with a round of spicy appetizers or throw in a cooler for some float-fishin' and some homemade deer jerky.

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

On tap at the brewery. Pale yellow, malt aroma, IBU a significant 42 and it's tehre and felt. Lacey, hoppy. arbonation is there though not obtrusive. Average muthfeel, a good American style pilsner. Served a little cold, as it would be at most bars.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, light fruit, and a definite maltiness.

T: Tasted of malt, a little citrus, and some hops. A generally well-rounded flavor, with a somewhat earthier quality to it than most of its style.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Overall, a well done, drinkable beer. This would be a good brew for the summer.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - very light straw color, pretty bright sunshine-like yellow when the light hits this. Head is sort of soda-like yet dense and about a half-inch in thickness. Looks nice and clean and clear as it should with some tiny bubbles streaming upwards to freedom.

Aroma - a bit malty, some fresh-cut grass notes, a bit of citrusy hoppiness and slight hints at earthiness.

Taste - that first sip will have you re-thinking the mere notion of a canned pilsner. Erase every possible thing you've been told because this is something entirely different. One taste and the bite of the hops, the solid malt profile and the addictive crispness snap of a finish and you'll be hooked. Plenty of bitterness from all those hops as well as a mineral, almost iron-like, flavor as well. This one has the dryness associated with the style but that just keeps your face pressed in the glass after each sip.

Overall - The hoppy bitterness and the all out bite of a finish of this pilsner are what really sets it apart. I could get used to drinking pilsners if they all tasted like this! Share this with any potential craft beer drinker and call it you're good beer deed of the day.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely! I'm bummed that this was my only one. I need more for when all the snow melts and its time to barbecue.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very clearish-yellow. It appears to be quite well carbonated and leaves a fine lacing on the glass. Does not appear to be as watered down as many other pilsners.

Smell - It smells of light fruits, and more specifically, banana chips. It has a natural spring harvest smell to it. It creates an image of a golden wheat field at sunset in my mind.

Taste - It has a very crisp and concise taste to it. There is definitely no mistaking that it is a stronger-tasting pilsner, despite its low ABV. It has grassy and wheat hints to it. What surprised me was the prominent hop finish. It isn't something I've come to expect from Pilsners; but it was a nice and slightly bitter touch.

Mouthfeel - A very light hoppy feel in your mouth, while swirling around brings out the earthy tones.

Drinkability - It is very drinkable and enjoyable. The light hoppy finish makes it distinct from other pilsners. The addition of earth and grassy hints is a pleasant addition.

All in all, Joe's Premium American Pilsner is a refreshing, natural-tasting pilsner with a slight bitter hop finish. Quite a radically different take on the American Pilsner.

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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 634 ratings.
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