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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 Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by maxpower on 02-18-2002

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319
Ratings:
685
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
23.68%
 
 
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Take this for what's it's worth.

The best buy date on the bottle: April 21 2010.
Glass: pilsner

Pale, pale straw yellow. Pencil-width head - died off quick, as does the lacing. Skunky aroma with hints of piss-covered urinal. This dies off as it warms up. But not a whole lot.

A sharp sting on tip of the tongue. Feels good - lightly smooth, but not watered down.

Tasted better than the smell, thankfully. Standard pilsner flavors. Smidge of spice and hop/grain up front. A little sourness at the back. The nicer parts of the flavors linger after each sip.

Despite the cons, it's actually quite drinkable and I'm hoping that the past-due-itude and maybe light infiltration has to do with the funk. I'll gladly try it again.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsener glass at fridge temperature. Best before 30.08.07.

Appearance- Among the lightest and palest yellows I have ever seen... but the lackluster color gets boosted by some fantastic streams of carbonation, which help create the craggy finger-thick head. Lacing sticks to the sides of my glass.

Smell- Enormous wallop of Hallertau hops, obliterating any other potential aroma. Spicy fresh cut grass.

Taste- Bone dry and spicy, the hops grip the palate and dry the tastebuds... leaving behind some bitter hop burps. Nice, just not that interesting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Extremely light in body, the effervescence gives just enough tingle to keep this from being just average. It's a damn easy beer to session, with enough of a bite to warrant the next sip. This is a beer that calls for "less geekin and more dreenkin!"

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Photo of silverking
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- golden straw with a pure white head. Not as lively looking as other Pilseners I've had. Anyway, nice head retention and great lacing.

S- biscuity grain, a little skunky. Not a good start here.

T- better than the smell. A little sweeter than expected, with a decent herbal/spicy hop bitterness. Really pleasant actually.

M- light, gentle carbonation, refreshing. The finish is watery.

O- aside from being light struck, it wasn't bad.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the 11.2oz skinny bottle a crystal clear golden yellow with a half inch of creamy bubbly head sitting on top. Lots of active carbonation present. The aroma begins with a toasted pale malt character. Sweet grains intermingle with a spicy, grassy hop that's quite pronounced. A mellow skunkiness is present but not distracting.

First sip brings a wave of creamy, toasted grains with light lemon zest undertones. A crisp, spicy herbal hop slides in midway through the sip and flows down with a nice bitterness at the end. I get an odd metallic flavor that's a bit offputting as well. Otherwise, this is a nice pilsener.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit dry with plentiful bubbles throughout. Goes down smooth and has a nice body for a pilsener. The metallic twang leaves me not wanting another. I was happy to try it, but it's not something I'd personally seek out again. Thanks to kmpitz2 for tossing me this one.

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Photo of Todd
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served in a 0.5l branded mug at Restaurant Leibniz-Klause in Berlin.

Appearance: Pale golden/yellow beer with an ample creamy foam lace.

Taste: Quite herbally with a faint dose of anise in the back. Thin, low sweetness. Hops takeover with a coarse, earthy, rindy, citrus peel flavour that builds to a semi-astringent level. Dry finish.

Notes: An okay pils. Some of the flavours seemed a bit odd though, out of place and balance ... or rather forced. Especially the hops -- hop extract?

Used this beer to wash down my plate Königsberger Klopse ...

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Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

(Revisited with a sample on tap in 2015). Clear and very light golden in appearance, looking like a watery light beer. It has a rather short-lived white head that does leave some lacing.

The aroma is a balanced mix of hops and malt that is stronger than expected given the light color. The taste is stronger yet, especially the hop note and the surprisingly bitter (but not objectionable) aftertaste.

O: decent pils.

(revised following bottle sampled in August 2013)

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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 nomad
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bright yellow pils color, very little film of a head, and a little film for lace. Not much of a nose, just a trace of hallertauer scents and some toned down florals. Taste was definite Hallertauer and other hops and a little drop of sugar. Had a very thinned out malt and fairly long dry finish. Slid down easy like water. A plain old pilsener but luckily not as bad as an american one, but no czechvar either. Taste and finish weren't that appealing to me.

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Photo of shapudding
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at the Drafting Room as their style of the month.

Light and golden, scented lightly of hops and citrus. No real head to speak of. Slightly bitter with a slight peppery bite. Not too much intensity, but more flavor than I expected for the color. Nice and dry. Carbination is just right.

Not something I would go out of my way to get, but decent.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, I have to admit I'm not a big pilsner fan, but chose this as the best of the bunch at a local restaurant. The appearance was a typical straw/light gold hue with a fairly impressive white head. The aroma was that typical pilsner smell... don't know how else to describe it... with maybe a little more spice.

Now for the taste... the mild sweet flavor is helped greatly by a spicey hop finish. Much more crisp and flavorful than most pilsners, and maybe even a little too bitter for me for this style (but I'd take overly bitter with flavor over lack of flavor any day). The carbonation is just right, and the beer pairs nicely with burgers & sausages. Of course, I'm reviewing this in the middle of winter... I'd might just rate it higher if I was enjoying this brew at a mid-summer BBQ...

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a light yellow with a two-finger head and lots of visible carbonation. The nose is kind of similar to a macro, with a bit of hops. The taste is a tiny bit of malt followed by a surprising amount of fairly bitter hops with some floral and citrus notes. The mouthfeel is a a little thin with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a pretty average beer, worth a try if you can get it for cheap.

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Photo of Samp01
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a bubbly white short lived head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruitiness. Taste is sweet malts, corn, light cereal, and some light citrus hops. Palate is light to med body. good carbonation, and crisp mouth feel. Finish is sweet malt, cereal, ending with some good bittering hops. Overall a nice Pils, crisp, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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 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 czech.....no question.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a half finger of frothy foam. Aroma is grainy, husky, DMS-like cabbage aroma as well.

First sip is a quick burst of malt, quickly overshadowed by a brief hoppy flavor, and the finishing bone dry. Minimal bitterness, minimal sweetness. Has a grainy flavor, with noble hops poking their way in as well.

Overall, a good hot summer beer, thanks to the dry finish. Not something I'd particularly crave or seek out again. Perhaps this tastes better closer to the source.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden,clear color with a two inch head and respectable lace.
Not much aroma except for some hops and malts.
The taste was of mild citrus hints and hops with a dash of grains.
The feel was light,high carbonation with a crisp,mildly bitter finish.

Notes: A decent brew. I could have a few on a really hot day,but nothing special going on here.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/11/12 notes. Had from a bottle at Idle Hands in the LES New York. 8 oz. pour at their Wednesday tasting in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear pale yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bread, and light floral hops, but not much at all. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of grains, floral hops, lightly bitter hops, wheat, and bready malts. Again, a bit bland and average.

m - Low body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall an average pilsener. Not much going on in the nose or taste, though neither are bad. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a Waterford crystal pilsener glass.

Appearance: A crystal clear straw gold body with unusually large carbonaion. A perfectly white, rocky, uneven head with average retention leaves bubbly lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Spicy, grassy hops and not too much else. Pungent but one dimensional.

Taste: Malt is prominent, but somewhat buttery. Hops are present in a balancing way, with a lot of the same notes as in the nose - lots of grass. Not too much goin' on here, but it's stylistically accurate, if not groundbreaking.

Mouthfeel: Big bodied and moderately even, thin.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, though perhaps not more so than average for the style. I've had better pilseners, and considering this is a style that has a very definite place and time, it's probably not one I'd seek out again, but I don't regret buying it once.

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Photo of emerge077
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 03.20.12

Into a 0,3l stange, it pours a bright gold with dense soapy foam. Slow trails of ascending carbonation. Great retention, with plenty of patchy lacing to boot.

Boom! Skunk. Lightstruck green bottle skunk you can smell from several feet away. Cooked cereal grains, pretty unappealing at first. Puffed rice and wheat, something vaguely smoky oddly enough. Vaguely floral and grassy as it warms.

Honey and butter crackers from the pale malt, grassy bitterness from a noble hop presence. Body is crisp but a little watery. Loses a bit of carbonation towards the end. Ok, not great. More bitter than many German Pils, but as skunky as Heineken. Go with the draft or minikeg version...

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at Redbone's

Almost perfectly clear, offering barely a suggestion of gold when you look through it. Milky white head.

Brisk, fresh scent.

Slighty grassy bitterness. Vegetal, grainy sweetness with a suggestion of corn that I find off-putting. Almost stony finish, achingly dry.

Light bodied with a slight bite.

It is what it is.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-poured a bright straw yellow(common pils coloring)with a bubbly white head that left some nice looking lace

S-this one smells the way that Hineken tastes,extreme skunky/funky

T-much better than the nose,grainy with floral notes and a suttle Euro taste that finishes hoppy and sweet

M-thin and light body,lots of carbonation,pretty clean finish for a Euro Pils

D-any number of these would be wonderful at any given time or place,solid light German brew

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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 Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a bright yellow color lager with a large pure white color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes is not really noteworthy. Taste is also dominated by light cereal notes with some residual sugar notes with light dry hoppy notes. Body is light with good carbonation. OK pilsner bit nothing to write home about.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the cambridge - served in pils glass

Pours a hazed golden color with a thicker topping of white head. Retains before fading into some stringy lacing on the glass and a slick of film.

Snap of grassy hops and faint citrus. A little bitter with bready, biscuit malts.

Lemongrass and soft hop bitterness up front. Smooth grainy malts with biscuit and toasted grain. A touch of breadiness and clean hops. Finishes slightly bitter.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and crisp on the tongue. This drinks fine but there's definitely more expressive, interesting pilseners readily available.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pee yellow with good carbonation and a light wite head. Nose is grains, sknuky. Taste is very much unappealing. Notes grains, thin feel. Mouthfeel is rather thin, rough around the edges, skunky and not so good. Bitter hops leave an aftertaste. Not one I would drink again or recommend.

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