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 Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Photo of FriedichVonostrowo
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I lived for a year in Germany to visit my relative in the early 1970's. I have relatives throughout Western Germany and at least some who used to live in Communist East Berlin. I didn't care for beer or Canadian ale at that time but learned to enjoy it over there, This was my favourite Pils when I visited an aunt in Ostfriesland, they also had an Export which was also good. Pours a bright yellow with a thick white head which diminished rapidly; floral and bitter hops, malt, and grass medium bodied and fresh. Nice hop bite! An excellent beer. Although every time I visited another relative somewhere else in Germany I'd find another beer I liked!

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rubezahl
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bankboy66
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful pour into a pint glass yields a great fluffy head and clear gold color. Has something of a soapy smell....was expected more bread. Taste is a bit citrusy to me at first. Not the finish of other German pilsners I've had being a bit on the bitter side. Not bad.

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Photo of JPNesker
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of VoxRationis
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a Pilsener glass; best through 2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color with modest head formation, leading to a quarter inch, white head but limited retention or lacing.
S: Aromas bready with strong grassy and grainy notes.
T: Palate largely follows nose. Bitterness strong but not overwhelming. Light and generally very refreshing.
M: Light bodied with limited effervescence.
O: Neither the best not worst Pilsener that I have ever had. That said, probably bottom quartile.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Doesn't really do anything well, but not awful. Feels more like a czech pilsener in the body but has the flavoring of a german. Not much carbonation, and the taste is pretty bland. Smell is a little skunky. Meh

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Photo of Giangio
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heerboth
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle says
“P: 12.12.2017”
E: 12.03.2019”

I will assume this means packaged and expires? Seems like a really long time from now for a beer that’s almost 6 months old already.

Anyway, poured into a pilsner (sorry, pilsener) glass. It is a crystal clear light gold with tons of active / lively carbonation bubbling to the top non-stop. The bright white sudsy head eventually settles down.

It has a skunky Euro lager aroma that reminds me of Lowenbrau and St. Pauli Girl. Especially from the bottle. In the glass you get more light Club. Cracker like grain along with a floral smell.

Wow is this this beer bitter. Like Magnum hops, or something specifically for bitterness. Also has a metallic taste. After an adjustment period, the semi sweet grains come through like a buttermilk biscuit with a flowery, bordering on herbal hop flavor following.

A little bit spicy and prickly. Not as crisp as I would have guessed until the very end, then it finishes super dry. A lot of palate fatigue after drinking this one. I would have bet money it was an American version.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to patches with good lacing. Aroma of biscuity pilsner malt, grassy hops, light skunk, lemon and a hint of caramel. Flavor is light, but biscuity malt, grassy hops a lightly medicinal herbal bitterness, hints of lemon and caramel. Finish has lingering faint hints of caramel and somewhat astringent grassy hops with a herbal nature. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. One of the more distinctive pilsners I've had and with a higher hop bitterness level, more like a Czech style than a German one. I have mixed feelings about the medicinal herbalness of the hops, which has some notes familiar with herbal bitters apertifs. Although it was different, it made the finish more astringent than I'd like, perhaps due to a mild malt body. An interesting but somewhat unbalanced pilsner to my taste. The light skunkiness in the aroma was not that noticable in the taste, so this bottle may have been stored correctly.

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Photo of OldBrewer
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - pours a pale yellow with a 3 inch bubbly foam; dropped to 1 inch after a minute; very little lace
S - subtle - malty
T - starts with a malty sweetness, but finishes with a sharp bitterness; some spicy notes
F - good mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, very dry finish
O - good balance but a little tipped towards bitterness

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Photo of dataslal
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lucnifter
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TaunusKnudsen
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JVasky
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Julianpallan
4.71/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Herbal and really bitter. One of the most different beers I've ever tried, this makes it so special.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear light golden color. With an aggressive pour the head was still only one finger, soapy and white. Retention was average at best and there are many sticky spots of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is very subtle. Green and herbal with a touch of spice and bread crust.

Taste is similar, but much more flavorful than the smell suggests. Grassy and herbal hops are most dominant, but held in check by bread crust and biscuit. The finish is moderately bitter.

Feel is light crisp and clean with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall this is a good beer, but there are many better German pilsners out there. The last time I grabbed a 6pk it was skunked, so I waited to review until I got a good one.

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Photo of Sethro
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 54V4G3
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of jhart96
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Themorg826
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look- Light straw, zero head

Smell- Grains and cracker smell, no malt. Very spicy and peppery smell

Taste- Crisp hoppy flavor. Herbs and light biscuit notes

Feel- High carbonation, with pleasant and light mouthfeel

Overall- Crisp and refreshing

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass, as nature intended.
L: Crystal clear lots of carbonation. Great head retention, spotty lace.
S: Bit faint, sudsy, honey, graham cracker
T: Lighter malt notes, biscuit and soup cracker. Hops are much more present here, different from others in that they aren't peppery or spicy and are instead more green and vegetal. Finishes with a bitterness but its soft, not sharp
F: This is cheating. It shouldn't be this easy to drink a beer. If you want to win a chugging contest, this is the beer to do it with. Carbonation is very soft, mouthfeel is lighter than air. Goes back like you wouldn't believe
O: Pretty solid representation of the style. Definitely up there as one of the better pils I've had. Balance is key, this isn't some American pils with 16 different types of hops and a bite take your tongue off. This is a well rounded beer with a classy restraint.

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