Jever Pilsener | Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Brewed by:
Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by maxpower on 02-18-2002

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3.59
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Photo of flyingpig
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml Bottle from Whole Foods Giffnock (£2.39):
I found this one to be quite a poor beer when I tried it again here, it was actually terrible in places with far too much bitterness coming through and a really dry feel that didn't help matters at all. The body was a thin one but this wasn't anything too serious, it was the taste that was the real problem here with very little to it at all. I don’t think this one will be a beer I go for again.

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Photo of mobrado
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The quintessential, refreshing, hoppy Northern German Pilsener. Bitter & dry, begging you to keep on drinking. You don't have to ask me twice. One of the best beers in the world.

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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 DenisKolkin
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Looks like a new addition to the LCBO line up. Purchased for about $2.25 CDN.

Appearance - clear bright golden color. Finger and a half of white foamy head. Good retention and sufficient lively bubbles to give an attractive appearance.

Smell - floral and grassy with just a hint of the graininess that accompanies many other pilsners. Very clean and relatively fragrant. A bit metallic though.

Taste - clean and crisp, lightly grassy and a touch more floral than other pilsners. Dry grass finish with strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel - clean and crisp, well carbonated with dry finish. Quite nice.

Overall - a good solid dry pilsner that's tasty, thirst quenching and just damn good. Recommended.

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Photo of kidrogers
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

I was at hopleaf in Chicago and asked for a good pilsner, this was what I got and couldn't have been happier. Solid and not overdone for the sake of just overdoing it like some many.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Jan/13. On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Second try. On tap. January is not as conducive but still OK.

05/02/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Crisp & clean. Just a hint of hops. Good stuff.

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

Good clean tasting pilsner made with proper ingredients. Nicely grassy, grainy nose carries on through to taste. Properly bitter finish. Well made.

Clear straw gold with an impressive head settling to a decent cap and lots of lace. Looks good, smells and tastes good.

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Photo of surfcaster
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Crisp, clean, well carbonated. Nice bite, not too bitter. My bottle shop always keeps them in the case box to avoid the light. Solid German Pilsner and great representative of the style.

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

Had from fresh bottles right from the closed case, only about 40 days old.

Fresh-Pretzel like bitterness. Clean and complex.

Highly recommended. World class German Pilsener.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can into nonic pint. best before june 18, 2015. consumed on june 24, 2014

a: three and a half fingers of fast-dissipating off-white head on top of a transparent pale yellow body

s: grassy crackery malts, slight citrus. pretty strong and inviting aroma here

t: follows the nose. malts all around (bread, crackers), as well as a prominent herbal hop bitterness that's hard to ignore and nears being harsh. hints of lemony citrus notes. shy spice flavours. overall this is clean and very hoppy

m: light bodied, medium carbonation

o: a really bitter but great pilsener. i don't usually drink lagers but i enjoyed this

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; best before June 18 2015. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear, pale straw-yellow colour, topped with one finger of sparkling, fizzy white head that wastes no time fizzling itself right out of existence. A narrow collar and a swath of lace remain - it's a pretty typical-looking Euro lager. The aroma is inviting enough, and certainly appropriate for the style - lots of grainy, crackery pale malts, some honey sweetness, and a wisp of grassy hops. Nothing fancy, but it works for me...

The same can be said of the flavour profile - this is a pretty standard pils with no real surprises or serious flaws to discuss. Grainy pale malts dominate at first; somewhat bready or biscuity, with a light note of lemon. The finish is where the undoubtedly noble hop bill starts to shine - quite grassy, almost herbaceous, with a mildly skunky feel about them. Finishes dry. Light-bodied and easy to drink, with crisp, biting carbonation of the sort you'd expect from a pale lager.

[Updated Mar 20 2016]

Jever Pilsener is refreshing, approachable, and highly sessionable - in essence, a prototypical German pils. An otherwise unremarkable beer, but like most German pilseners imported into this province, it's still pretty good value for the price point. A regular purchase for me over the past few years, and a little underrated by me last time.

Final Grade: 3.75, a respectable B+.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased and poured into a generic pint glass at Magpie Irish Pub in Rochester, NY.

After looking at the bottle, it looks like it best by last year. Uh oh. Let's see how it tastes anyway, and if it held up.

It pours a very clear light yellow, with some amber tinges. There is barely any head, and barely any lacing.

Smells very faint, like some grassy hops, some slight skunk, and a little bit of sweetness.

The taste is similar, and a bit stronger. There is a pleasant classic pilsner hop bite up front, slightly peppery and grassy, but the finish on the beer just doesn't quite work- the malt is a bit too sweet, and there's some slight skunk flavor.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

This was one was just ok- had some good elements up front- the hop flavors- but finished weak, with clearly old malt flavors and some skunkiness.

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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 dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: April 26, 2014... GLASSWARE: Jever pokal... OCCASION: revisiting an old favorite... APPEARANCE: misty, murky golden yellow body; rocky, sporadic white head laces with wispy tentacles; medium effervescence... AROMA: holy Hallertau! metallic iron hammer a la Thor or a nine-iron to the nostrils--subtler hints of fragrant apple and pear with a bit of dough...a stronger, more forceful pilsner... PALATE: medium-bodied, crisp, almost biting mouthfeel--softens at the finish; highly drinkable, with a more lagerish body than expected...TASTE: apple/pear and good ol' Hallertau; a rather simple formula that also gives off fragrant waves of other fruits... OVERALL: a pleasant variation on the Bavarian theme--a pilsner that is a bit less clean and crisp, but retains enough of its style to cleanse and pucker; refreshing yet substantial...

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Photo of Flounder57
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Skunky lager yeast, pilsner malts, some sweetness, herbal, and grassy.

Taste: Pilsner malts, layer yeast, herbal, spicy, grassy, a little sweet, and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, a little dry, light, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Easy drinking and traditional pilsner. A little more skunkiness than I would like, but still and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jever Pilsener has the smogginess of a downtown core in summertime rush-hour but maintains a light and bright lemony complexion all the same. The beer looks somewhat blanched, as if it were left in the sun to dry out (what foreshadowing!). Its head is so soapy you'd think someone washed their hands in your glass; some of the suds stick while others don't.

Some of the bottles in this six-pack were so heavily light-struck you would have needed a forensics team to prove what they contained was in fact beer. My glass smells as though it were sprayed by a skunk. Somewhere in the backdrop of this particular sample, however, are the familiar scents of grainy pilsner malt and grassy hops. It may not be a lost cause after all...

Not entirely, anyhow. The flavour, likewise, doesn't stand tall with the hefty grain bill and zestful hoppiness of a proud German pilsner, but there's enough biscuity malt and grassiness to give some indication of its Lower Saxon roots. If not for that particularly off-putting combination of 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol, I reckon this could be a refreshing, very serviceable pils.

When car companies discover a defect in their parts or models they consult an actuary to calculate whether it'd be more financially advisable to recall the product or just pay out whatever lawsuits may ensue. Corporate owned breweries often have a similar discussion with their marketing departments: 'How much will green bottles affect our beer' versus 'how much extra beer will we sell if we use them'?

All too often unfortunately, the conclusion is to go ahead with it even despite the well-known fact that green glass can have awful consequences for delicate, light-bodied lagers. Sadly enough there's a good percentage of the population who, having only tried industrial import, actually perceive this skunkiness as a sign of quality! It's not. And Jever should know better.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

0.4 litre, on-tap in a lovely locals bar called 'Thomas Eck' in Charlottenburg, Berlin on 17th Jan 2014.

Very surprised I've never written about this Pilsner before: never mind, I've done it now.

Comes the usual pilsner way: light golden colour, clear and bright with a snowy white head that refuses to stay very long.

The nose is herbal and grassy with a trace of citrus.

In the mouth it is dry, crisp and refreshing, those herbal and grass notes in the smell also appear in the taste. There is an underlying malty base but the hops give the beer it's flavour.

Always been a better Pilsner than most, especially if you prefer a dry taste compared to some of the slightly sweeter ones.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml green bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Fridge temp, probably in the vicinity of 40. Date on the bottle appears to be 06 14. Friend from work brought one back from a business trip to Germany.

Pours very clear, very light yellow, with a medium sized, quickly dissipating head, and lots of fizzy carbonation. Smell blasts you with skunkiness when you open the bottle and start to pour. This fades somewhat, and lets me smell grassy, yeasty lager. Something slightly spicy about it. if it wasn't for the skunk blast, I'd give it a better aroma score.

Taste is kind of pleasant. Nice bitter, slow aftertaste, finishes very slow. Sweetness, a hint of honey, up front. Slight lemon-rind bitterness. More of that grassy character.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Overall, I like it. I'm going to have to follow through on this half-assed plan to try more pilsners and see what they're all about.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale straw color with 2 fingers of foam that falls quickly. leaves a ring and film on top. Nose is skunk. But that dissipates. Then you have a very light grain sweetness. grass and herbal and if you don't finish it too fast because I bet you might you will meet a touch of citrus. Lemon. Earthy. With some herbal and a spice that's truly herbal.

Taste is great. I love ti . it's coarse, it's established. It's bot some herbal and some grass and only a light touch of grain sweetness on a truly light and crisp body. This is clean. Flows like water and it should. It's a pils. It goes in a big pitcher on the table. To fill you glass again and again. it's not heavy. It's a bit leafy a bit coarse a bit earthy and it is semi astringent in the dry finish. I love this beer because it drinks like it should. Easily with plenty to engage the palate and no thing heavy or out of place. Leafy. Crisp.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330 mL bottle into a Becker pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. Label reads: Best before 05.20.14.

A: Slightly dull golden yellow with a nice burst of effervescence following the pour. 1/2 finger white head with ok retention. Light lacing. Nothing fancy.

S: Nice noble hops. Grassy. Light biscuit and mild bready sweetness. Really no off-scents to speak of.

T: Slightly sweet pilsner malt gives way to a classic, pretty fresh-tasting, German hop bitterness. Quite dry in the finish. No alcohol presence. Crisp and clean. Very nice for the style.

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation with appropriately light body. This drinks itself.

O: Really nice pilsner with a delightfully dry finish. Thoroughly enjoyed punishing these in triplicate. Would love if it came in tallboy cans...

Prost!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma was bright and spritz with perhaps hallertau hops. It was also spicy and pungent. Pale malts along with pils makes a good balance. Smells alot better then most of the German pils I've had lately.
The appearance was clear but not brilliantly clear since there was a very slight haze. The color was golden yellow with a tall bright white head. Interesting to watch the oversized bubbles float to the top.
The tall head receeded quickly to a thick collar. Lots of lacing around the glass. The lack of retention and hazy body was the reason for the lower appearance score.
The taste is very good, it's big and bold. It drinks dry and crisp with a bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Hop flavor for a pilsner is bold and sassy with a floral/piney taste. Malts have a crisp sharp taste.
On the palate it drinks a thin med.
I liked this beer it was good and full flavored. With big hoppy IPA'S and RIS these days it's easy to think these beers flavorless and bland.
Jever is not and if you like prima pils from Victory you will like Jever's pils beacause it has a similar taste.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Zum Schneider in New York, NY.

Straw yellow in color, very clear, with a medium white head. Slight lacing on the glass. Mild aroma with light floral hops. Crisp flavor, medium-dry finish, and light bodied. Did not pack the bitterness or flavor that I crave from a good pilsner. Nothing wrong with the beer, there are just way better versions of the style out there.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I poured this bottle of jever pilsener into my pint glass with some good tunes on

A: golden clear with a lot of carbonation. Medium size head that with great retention

S: grass and German malts is what I pick up here.

T: definitely grassy with the German malts and a nice little hop kick in there to balance it.

M: Crisp clean and dry.

O: I enjoyed drinking this little pilsener. I recommend trying a fresh bottle it's got good enough complexity for a pils and it's a good representation of the style

Edit: Had this on tap recently and I recommend to try it too if you find it.

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Photo of FLima
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of pale malt and grassy and floral hops.
Taste follows nose, sweet pale malt with herbal hops. A hint of spices. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
Very sessionable and refreshing beer. A bit too light, but with clear hops notes that gives a nice dryness and bitterness.

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Photo of BWED
2.02/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle poured into a pils glass

A- Clear light straw. Light white head holds at an 1/8". Some lacing.

S- Skunk hop, dry straw malt.

T- Not a lot of flavor up front, but a strong dry malt and bitter hop finish come in.

M- Noticeable carbonation with a long dry and bitter finish. Real long finish.

O- Bad. The malt tastes stale. The finish of this beer is not pleasant, and it only makes me want to chug this down in a flash to never deal with the bitterness. Maybe that's why they chug it down in the nightclubs all over Germany. I couldn't finish this beer.

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