Jever Pilsener | Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Jever PilsenerJever Pilsener

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Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml can bought at LCBO, Fort Erie ON into a pilsner glass.

Pours light gold with a fairly fluffy white head. Smells grassy, some dankness, a bit of cracker and pepper.

Crisp when it hits the mouth, some dank grassiness, lemon notes, some sweet biscuit, pepper, spice.

This is an above average pilsner, better than most German macro-pils. The combination of quality and price (CAD 2.05) makes it one of the best beer values in Ontario.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can
Canned: Jun-21-2016
Best before: Sep-21-2017 (Consumed Jan-21)

Pours a beautiful crystal clear straw with three fingers solid white that slowly settles to a tight little cap, champagne carbonation in the glass. Herbal grassy nose. Flavor is fairly crisp, cracker malt, pepper and spicy hops. A good cheap (well, if you're in Germany) 'green bottle beer'. It is a little too sloppy and grassy/skunky to really pop for me but it is a well-made beer nonetheless. All the characteristics of a great pils are there, it could be a little cleaner and a touch more biting, but is otherwise quite tasty. This is one of the first beers I had when I visited Germany for the first time and my mind exploded so regardless of any room for improvement, it will always hold a special place in my heart. I like it in a can. The only way it would be better would be if I was in a park or on a train or eating currywurst or something.

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Photo of toom
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of Samichlaus, which I hated. Luckily I had a bottle of Jever to drink, after throwing out the disgusting Samichlaus. I always drink Jever when in Hamburg. Hoppy, refreshing and a joy to drink. Love the dark green bottle and aroma. Strong and satisfying.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Transparent gold. Aroma malt and hop. Mildly sweet dark biscuit malt. Definite hop presence. Plain and simple bitter beer. No sweetness on the bitter I guess is what I'm trying to say. Very crisp and dry with a lingering bitterness. Lots of hop in this one. They say brewed with ancient well water-okay then. Really a delicious Pilsner with an aggressive hop presence.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light gold with pale white head. Smells of smoke and yeast. Sharp grassy and smokey flavor followed by solid malts. Medium carbonation and generally light body. Overall, a very well done pilsner.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jever has a thick, frothy, white head, a clear, golden appearance, some very fine suspended sediment, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of faint malt sweetness, and the flavor is of sharp, strong, grassy hop bitterness, with a background cracker malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Jever finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of tillmac62
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

BBD 11/16. Clear golden pour. Outstanding head volume, very good lacing and quite outstanding retention.

Outstanding nose of light airy grassy hops with a touch of herbal thrown in. Underneath is a grainy note that is not quite cracker biscuit.

Heavy light body that is very smooth with just a slight oiliness. World class carbonation / body balance. Middle effervescence is moderate and the finish is prickly...just the right balance.

The flavor profile is very good but lacks a touch of sweetness for complexity, contrast and balance. Bitterness is mild. Hop flavor consists of grassy up front then shifts to herbal in the middle. Herbal flavor flows through the finish and lingers along with a residual bitterness.

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Photo of Dreizhen
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having a dear friend from East Frisia, this beer finds its way into my rotation more often than most. While I am not a huge fan of the style, I have grown quite fond of Jever.

This nose is nice, light, and effervescent. All the notes you'd expect from a pilsner. The taste follows suit and maintains a playful existence on your palate. Finish is nice and crisp. Great for drinking all day on a North German beach.

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Photo of thatmanphil
4.67/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Probably the grassiest Pils I've tasted. NIce crisp aftertaste and refreshing bite on the pallet. Great Pils! But minus a point for the headache the next day.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Does anyone rate by style? 81? This is a phenomenal German Pilsner. Clear gold, tiny white bubbles creating a nice and sticky lacing, smells of lightly toasted bread. Sweet with good balance from noble hop presence. Overall, a wonderful and easy to drink beer, that has stood up to the test of time. Prost!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've Had this at home and in Hamburg, a northern German city that was a leader in the Hanseatic League of the 16th Century. Jever is brewed nearby and has that influence of a trading city (i.e. it is open to new ideas.) In this case, it used too many hops; making this lager too dry for me. While I enjoyed it both times, this is not a session beer for me.

More appreciative was MJ's 1999 "Guide" that gave it 4 of 4 stars saying it "has a big hop bouquet, a yeasty palate and a robust finish." But he did indicate it had diminished in character after it was acquired by a national group.
You also can find reviews in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and in the "1001."

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Photo of al_al1357
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serves from a can a clear golden yellow and an inch of head that quickly dissipates. Not much on the nose. Taste is resemblant of a pilsner with some bitterness on the end. Finish is light, crisp, bitter and smooth.

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Photo of Moose90
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clean. Clear. Simple. Golden. Light.

A — Clear and clean, minimal head, no lacing.

S — Skunky, piney, Pilsner malt and yeast.

T — Clean and crisp, a bit grainy.

M — Sharp.

O — Okay overall, not bad, not great.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow. Thin but firm head.
Spice and freshly baked bread aroma.
Quite grainy and bitter. Hops are present but not outstanding.
Begged to deceive.

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Photo of crisis1290
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jever Pilsener is a fine tasting beer. I had this on tap at a local German restaurant. I can see this being a solid beer once the weather warms up. A nice clear, pale golden yellow color. Super crisp and refreshing.
Not a bad taste , but I am sure there are better beers in this category.

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Photo of Spike
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Clear, golden, straw coloured. Huge, white head - three fingers that reduces slowly to one finger of thick suds. Plentiful streams of carbonation. Lots of delicate lacing.

Light, grainy nose.

Taste and feel are both disappointing. Lacklustre. Taste is bitter but not crisp. Grainy. Negligible malt sweetness. Feel is a little chewy upfront but finishes thin. Carbonation is more subtle than the appearance would suggest. Bitterness is prominent.

This is very disappointing for the style. Is this a bog-standard, European lager dressed up as a German pilsener? Would not buy again.

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Photo of matcris
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For the style.
LOOKS: Pale, light golden, crystal clear beer, plenty of small bubbles rising, one inch foamy white head, leaves nice bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: White crusty bread, grassy.
TASTE: Nice sweetness up front, grassy, mild corn husk, lasting bitterness on finish.
FEEL: Very soft and refined. Medium light body, a little slick but finishes fairly dry. Adequate feeling from carbonation.
OVERALL: Feels softer, more subtle in feel than other pilseners I've had. Really pleasant enjoyable beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a less common pils, at least here in the states. on tap at j ryans in Syracuse. definitely a distinctive one, slightly heavier and more flavorful on the grain front than is the standard. looks normal, maybe a little less carbonated and heady than the best ones out there, but its clear and golden and fills a pint glass well. smells like dusty german grain, light in color but toasted and bready, more robust than usual for the style, and the taste is similarly potent. almost has a stale bready flavor to it from the grain, and it makes it filling for a pilsener. hops are dosed rather well too, leafy and grassy, very traditional in flavor, just higher in proportion. I like the beer fine, but I have to wonder if freshness is an issue. it tastes somewhat old, and not just in a mature patient lager way, but in an almost past its prime sort of way. im sure this tastes a bit different over seas closer to the source. I suppose I like its heft for the winter, but I always expect a light easy drinking beer in this style, and didn't really find that here, especially with its relative lack of carbonation...

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint pale yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foam bright white head that reduces to a mottled very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light aromas of floral hops and just a hint of skunkiness (likely from the green bottles).

T: Upfront there is moderate flavor of slightly sweet bready malts. That is followed by a light to moderate amount of floral + grassy hops in the finish which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very crisp upfront with a light hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and would pair well with just about any dish - I had it was pasta + slightly spicy red sauce and it complemented the flavors well. Overall, well balanced with a hint of sweetness upfront and a light amount of bitterness in the finish. Enjoyable.

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Photo of gmshedd
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my "go-to" hot-weather pils when I lived near Heidelberg in the '90s. Very refreshing straight from the 0.5 l bottle on a hot day. The bitterness cuts through your thirst "like butta." Not really a sipping beer.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours two good fingers of stark white head, big soapy bubbles. very pale straw colour, almost a green tinge. Crystal clear.

Lemon and straw jump out on the nose in a big way. light grainy character and that biscuit malt in the back.

Taste follows through with the lemon citrus though more subdued, green wood, severely under-ripe crab apple (bitter and green, not sour), bitter herbs from the hops. Malts follow underneath, nice clean mild bread, think baguette or classic white loaf, tiny bit of cereal grain dust. Finishes super dry and bitter aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, super clean and dry, good carbonation. Not watery but very liquid.

Overall very nice clean crisp pils. Big bitter herb, grassy, under-ripe fruit sharpness with a nice balance of classic mild malt flavours. Nice and dry, cuts like a knife at the end. Very sessionable and a very good pils. I recall Jever having a bit more malt character and more well rounded, slightly softer, hop character when I drank it in Germany. From a tall can in Ontario, still very good.

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Photo of aleigator
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, light yellow color, with a decent, froth head, which collapses soon, leaving back a spotted lacing.

Offers a refreshing grassiness, together with herbal hop notes, blending into bready, dough bread malts. Malts reveal a sweeter, toffeeish impact, as the beer warms up, while leafy hops still remain easily recognizable.

Has a higher, bubbly carbonation, slamming dry hops immediately on the palate, gently balanced by bready malts.

Tastes of a soft, grassy hoppiness, together with wet hay and a refreshing, slightly metallic carbonation. This gets balanced by a bready maltiness, which turns a tad sweeter, as the carbonation leaves the palate, while the taste remains focused on the gentle hops. Finishes with a cold dryness among toffee malts and some straw.

Very refreshing and hoppy Pils, with a well working european hop bill, ending with a punchy grassiness.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, Clear golden color with white head. Malty grainy aroma, grassy, hoppy. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Light thin body with average carbonation.

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Photo of drmeto
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear straw-golden with a big,frothy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-fairly bitter
-bone dry
-medium-high carbonation,light body
Quite frankly, the best mass produced German Pilsner.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

dry dry dry, to me way to dry to be a pilsner, more of a mouthful than the appearance would suggest, first approach is difficult based on appearance. so many more choices at this price point, if i could just remember the taste of Michelob Dry perhaps it would come back to me....if you are looking for dry look no further. any other dry comparisons? this is a question.

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