Jever Pilsener | Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Brewed by:
Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
Germany
jever.de

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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#39,023
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347
Ratings:
760
pDev:
15.97%
 
 
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Reviews: 347 | Ratings: 760
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with a thin, pure, white head that leaves some scant lacing. Smells fresh, slightly grainy and with a nice bitter snap. The taste is also crisp and bitter with a nice snap. If anything the tight bitterness grows on the finish. Extremely refreshing and less soft than I remember this being on tap. Really a lovely porch beer on a hot day. excellent use of hops married to a crisp pilsner, with none of the softness of the Czech style. Excellent.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Lingenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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 matcris
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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 TheDoctor
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Dreizhen
4/5  rDev +12%
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 Domingo
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times on my latest German trip. While not all that common in Munich, pilsners seem to be a greater staple in Bamberg. My review is from the Hofbrau restaurant in old town.
Arrived in a Jever branded pils glass with an odd paper ring around the bottom confirming that the beer in the glass is indeed Jever. It's a nice straw gold color with a fluffy head.
Having had a lot of the local pilsners in Bamberg (and some in Munich, too), I can definitely see that this one is drier. Fresh bread up front, and herbal hops on the back end. Really clean finish. The malt seems to be missing something even though the hops are the focal point.
It would be easy to drink these all day and it did well with my pasta, but it's not as dry and hoppy as I expected. It always just seems like the malts were held back.
Good pilsner, but certainly not one I'd choose over others like Herren, Augustiner, or the Rathaus beers.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear light to medium straw color with plenty of dense, moussey white head. Aromas of fresh grain, graham cracker, a little sulfur, floral Hallertau hops (though muted). On the palate, the light pils malt presence dominates while a firm bitterness, medium floral hop flavor and a very dry finish. A very refreshing beer, perhaps a little old, not nearly as good as some domestic examples (Prima Pils and Brooklyn).

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Photo of seesnow3
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle, Gaffel stange, freshness of March 2012, $2.49/11.2 oz.

Pour-Two finger pearl white head that begins to fade fairly quickly, incredibly active medium sized effervescence, just a bit of lacing, though thin and fizzy on the glass. Pale straw color.

Nose-The second I opened it, it was skunky grain awesomeness. Light skunky grains with a hint of citrus, seems pretty typical.

Palate-Sweet at first, a hint of sour, a good amount of bitter that transforms into a large wave of sweetness. Mostly a malty grain flavor with a little bit of skunk that isn’t too intense with just a touch of citrus, the sweetness is very strong.

Body-Medium light, fairly crisp with pretty active effervescence.

Final-Fairly easy drinking though much sweeter than I expected. Though very good, the sweetness makes it not quite as crisp as I’m used to for the style and a little bit heavy. The alcohol is actually slightly noticeable, but it is good overall. It’s just a little bit unbalanced IMO, though not too distracting

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Photo of Dur921
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of schoolboy
4.39/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, that's what I'm talking about. This is how they should smell. It's perfect. Pils should be mild, but they need to stink. This does, and beautifully.

Everything else about this brew is well balanced. It might be a little weak on bubbles - flattening out easily. A very mild taste. Light easy drinking. But aromatic out the wazoo. It's a good buy for that. I want to buy it to drink one warm.

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Photo of Dylan-K
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of mpyle
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color with brilliant clarity. Decent sized creamy white head that had pretty decent retention.

Noble hop aroma, and otherwise a clean lager character - no off aromas.

Grainy maltiness and strong hop bitterness dominate at first impression. Finishes fairly dry and very bitter. Lingering stale bitter taste (was right at "best before" date, so may have been picking up on a tinge of oxidation).

Light to medium body, medium carbonation. A bit of astringency (harsh hops or oxidation?)

A nice hoppy lager overall. Hard to say how much the potential oxidation was hurting, or if it was just exceptionally bitter. In any case, a bit harsh for a session beer.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden yellow color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-some floral and bready aromas with herbal notes

T-light malt flavor with bready and grassy admixed and crisp hop finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean feel

O-a decent, refreshing pils

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Photo of Risenhower
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a reddish golden with thin white head that lasted for much of the glass and left good lacing. Nose is grainy, similar to a macro, and the mouthfeel of this medium bodied beer is somewhat tingly. Flavor is an odd mix of grain, chocolate and tobacco, all of which led to a short dry finish

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Photo of stjaernstoft
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Jever Pilsener, ABV: 4.9%.
330 ml bottle, 11.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: A clear, straw-coloured liquid, with a quite big white head - nice retention.

S: Big aromas of malt and grassy hops, with notes of day-old bread, herbs and lemons. It feels dry already on the nose.

T: Dry and bitter hops, big flavours of bread and grainy malt, and notes of citrus and hay.

M: The feel is notably dry and bitter. Medium-sized body.

O: A classic Pilsener, I expected something crisp and delicious, but the dryness and all the grainy flavours made it a bit harsh. The price is good, though, it's still a pretty tasty lager, and I think it would do well with tasty home cooking.

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Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Braudog
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rerated from green bottle: Poured golden and pure, with a solid white foam head. Verrry pilsner-hoppy aroma with a big starch undertow. Smooth with that uniquely German yellow-beer starchiness ... it’s not off-putting necessarily, but it’s clearly something that for some reason surfaces only in mass-produced beers. I’ve downgraded this over my original rating, but this still stands as a good example of a northern German pils, nicely bittered with a solid sweet starchy current beneath it. My original rating (I was much less verbose whenever this was!): Import on draft: golden and still with a solid head. Solid consistency and vaguely bittered, smooth and nice finish.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Gajo74
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw color with a foamy finger length head that left a ring and lacing. The carbonation is visible.
The nose is grassy and herbal at first. However, I soon became aware of a sweetness from the cereal grain and even some citrus. There is also a curiously sweet and pungent quality from the hops.
When it hits the tongue there is a sweetness from the toasted malt. The feel is light, however, the carbonation seems rather gentle and not as crisp as I would expect from a Pilsner. However, the beer begins to take on a second phase in which a floral and grassy taste balance out the sweetness. A herbal and increasingly spicy hops bite begins to develop; it's evident in the finish and in the lingering aftertaste. Also, the carbonation suddenly comes to life and brings about some crispness.
A solid and seemingly authentic German Pilsner. Great for the summer, refreshment, and sessions.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap to me in a pint glass, this beer draws a clear, medium golem color with a nice white head that's 1/2 of an inch thick when first poured that settles eventually to nothing at all. Practically no trace of foam at all, maybe just a slight trace. Some bready, just slightly toasted malts make up the smell and not much of anything else and that's okay. Perhaps a bit of wheat here. The tarts is pretty much the same, with a just slightly toasted, bready, biscuity malt flavor with a bit of wheat and a hint of peppery spice that's rounded and balanced out with a nice herbal, floral hop bitterness. Has a crisp, yet also smooth, medium bodies mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish. Easy to drink in a good way. Spot on for the style I'd say. Worth a try indeed.

Eric

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Vinnie_DB
4/5  rDev +12%

Good beer, tasty

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 760 ratings