Jever Pilsener | Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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BEER INFO

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:
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Added by maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Ratings:
706
Reviews:
327
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
16.11%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Good lacing. Neutral aroma and appearance. a little yellow,drying.Below average mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about. Tad of hops, lawnmower.Wasn't horrible but flavour is minimal and not too drinkable. I wasn't getting much here, maybe on a different night.

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Photo of acurtis
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 2 inch white head that fades to a thin cap. Foamy splotches of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grass, and very slight skunk. Taste is of grains, grassy notes, with a bitter hop kick on the finish. There is an astringent bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pilsner with a very refreshing and authentic taste.

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Photo of spycow
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just can't get into these pilsners, the look of the beer isn't too bad. It looks like a a yellow bodied beer with a foamy white head that has light carbonation bubbles rising from the glass. The smell to me is not pleasent, makes me feel like it's gone bad or something. The taste is grassy, very much like fresh cut grass. Some earth and leafs may be in there too. The mouthfeel was light and easy to drink thankfully. I don't ever need to have this one again.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down but left lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose along with notes of malty sweetness and hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a good balance between a slight amount of sweetness from the malts and a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness.
D: The beer is quite easy to drink and really opens up your palate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Described as a true-to-style beer for a German Pilsner by the BJCP guidelines. After a few sips, it's easy to see why. The success of this beer lies in the balance of malt to grain, sweetness to bitterness, earthiness and softness, raw and refined. Opens with a pungent noble hop aroma (green bottle accentuate the pungent smell -- but not quite light-striken). A nice malt / grain blended sweetness comes across with a mild corn flavor, green apples, and pilsner malts. Flavors of the grain and malt flavors come through nicely, while the hops subside to a bitter-balancing role. Nicely round and malty in the texture, offering hints of bread flavors and a mild astringent feel. Finsihes quite clean and refreshing. No problem drinking this one.

10-25-05 On-tap (3.5,2.5,3.0,3.5,3.0)
A decent beer (for a pilsner). It has the light vegetable, light malt, light straw color that you'd expect. Mainly a clean brew with slight noble hop character. Not skunked. Perhapse a bit of graininess, acidity, and sulfer-like aromas. Flavors are pretty mellow and viscous for a pils. A good beer to enjoy with a pizza or a hot dog.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Another green glass ensconced Euro-pils. What oh what will this be like? Dj'ever have this - hah!

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, one quite predictive of its future transformation, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy bone-white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of fuzzy sheet lightning lace around the glass as it slowly settles to par.

It smells of mildly crisp, bready cereal malt, a bit of aged lemon flesh, a subtle hard water minerality, and earthy, leafy, and moderately skunky grassy hops. The taste is more bready, grainy, breakfast cereal malt, but generally lacking the crispness from the nose, a middling mess of overripe, mushy lemon, more wet, musty stone, and some edgy, kind of acrid grassy, leafy, metallic hops.

The bubbles are fairly laid back, with only a small burbling astringency, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, with a sort of pithy adjunct to an otherwise unheralded smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malts still holding tough, as the perky, if a tad tarnished noble grassy, earthy hops sniff at the fringes.

I'm guessing this is actually a pretty decent German pils on tap, or closer to the source. The BB date is early next year, so, well, I'm not one to point fingers (hah!), but this record is getting pretty old and dated. This is just all right in its present incarnation, something to drink when the lawnmowin's all done, and the thinkin's not yet begun.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Draught into .3 litre glass in Berlin, Germany.

A: Clear gold with half finger, thin head of poor retention.

Sm: Fresh clean barley. Light scent.

T: Clean barley with stale finish. A bit bitter on the finish. Nothing new. Built rather blandly. Not difficult to balance only one note.

Mf: Too wet; coarse in the wrong places.

Dr: A bit shite for Berlin prices.

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Photo of emerge077
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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 dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A staple at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Bright and clear gold with a dense white cap, this is a great looking beer. It smells great too, spicy and grassy noble hops at the forefront with a clean lager yeast character beneath. The hops smell bold and fresh, nearly overwhelming the light pilsner malt backbone. Dry and sharp on the palate, zesty and spicy hop flavors are prominent. There's a sturdy but extremely dry and clean malt profile; in fact, this is a remarkably clean beer in general. The finish is long and very bitter and sharp, showing just enough restrain to make it quaffable and refreshing.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with with a pretty large head that settled pretty quickly into a soapy like top,a nice fresh aroma of grass and "green" herbs along with a slight iron note but its very slight.Taste is quite bitter and herbal a big dose of hops in this pilsner just lightly sweet after awhile but the hops are most prevalent in this brew thats for sure.A interesting pilsner quite bitter but a real quaffer would go down real easy on summer day the bitterness is quite refreshing,a nice beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although this review is for draft, I wanted to point out that the word "herb" on the bottled product means "dry" or "bitter" and is indicative of this North German pilsner's very dry style. Crystal clear and bright golden in color with a bright white head that holds fairly well. Very nice appearance. The aroma is quite hoppy as pilsners go - very noble, lightly grassy and highly floral. Some light, grainy malt aroma is present as well. The body is light-medium with a crisp carbonation. The flavor starts dry with a burst of hop bitterness, warming as it crosses the palate to reveal a firm grainy maltiness, and finishes long and bitter. The emphasis is definitely on hop bitterness with around 45 IBU's! Very one sided in many ways, but also with quite alot of finesse! A somewhat unique, refreshing and enjoyable pils. Very drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with strong lager yeast and grain flavors that are quickly followed by a mild light malt sweetness. The hop presence is mild but complementary and provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are others in the style that I would pick first but this is still a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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 ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Kegatron
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold with a at least 2 finger widths of poofy brite-white foam that sticks around for a fairly good sized retention that left big rings of lace. The aroma is sweetness, some citrus, light hoppiness, and I'm sad to say, a slightly skunky odor.

The taste is malt sweetness, a subdued breadiness, some citrus notes, and a light hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a clean, crisp feel.

Hmmmm. This wasn't a terrible Pils but everything just seemed kind of subdued at times. I'd definitely like to revisit this in a keg sometimes, as I don't think the green bottle did it any favors.

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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
3.6 out of 5 based on 706 ratings.
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