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:
No notes at this time.

Added by maxpower on 02-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
706
Reviews:
327
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
16.11%
 
 
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25
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Photo of dansmcd
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear pale yellow body capped by a finger of porous white head after an aggressive pour.

S - Strong aroma of vita wheat crackers takes me back to my childhood. Salt, sesame seeds, grass.

T - Same cracker character. A sweetness in the malt profile.

M - Moderate in carbonation and body.

O - Reasonably satisfying pilsener. Nothing exceptional here though.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Stignacious
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of T-34-85
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheSarge
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jever has the appearance of a typical German Pils: a fair amount of bright white head, which sticks around a good bit forming into light lacing. The body is golden and very clear.

Jever has a strong lemony hops aroma, probably about the starkest I've smelled in a while. There are sharp herbal tones, and a slight sweet undertone.

Again, this brew is on the hoppy side. It kind of reminds me of a light Hallertau Imperial Pilsner by Sam Adams.

With the hoppiness higher than other Pilsners, I expected an oily feel to this, but it bites you pretty hard and leaves the palate slightly dry and coarse.

I had this beer a long time ago, and didn't enjoy it so much. Now with a more mature palate, I can say this is a good example of the German Pils variety.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light golden body. Minimal head with little lacing.

S: Clean floral, grassy hop bitterness dominates.

T: Like the nose, this beer is dominated by a clean, floral, grassy hop bitterness. Slight breaded malts in the background.

M: Light body, heavily carbonated. Refreshing.

D: Overall a very solid german pils. A solid, refreshing beer for a nice warm day. Not as complex as what the american craft brewers have been pulling off with this style, but a good find nonetheless.

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Photo of Lawnboy33
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Tschnab
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of aleigator
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, light yellow color, with a decent, froth head, which collapses soon, leaving back a spotted lacing.

Offers a refreshing grassiness, together with herbal hop notes, blending into bready, dough bread malts. Malts reveal a sweeter, toffeeish impact, as the beer warms up, while leafy hops still remain easily recognizable.

Has a higher, bubbly carbonation, slamming dry hops immediately on the palate, gently balanced by bready malts.

Tastes of a soft, grassy hoppiness, together with wet hay and a refreshing, slightly metallic carbonation. This gets balanced by a bready maltiness, which turns a tad sweeter, as the carbonation leaves the palate, while the taste remains focused on the gentle hops. Finishes with a cold dryness among toffee malts and some straw.

Very refreshing and hoppy Pils, with a well working european hop bill, ending with a punchy grassiness.

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Photo of prisdefer
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
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 civicm87
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Winston3737
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark green 11.2oz bottle. Best before date on back label.
Light gold in color with a snow-white, fairly long lasting head and some sticky lace. The aroma of fresh cut hay with a herb garden smells. Fresh hop, a faint sulfuric smell and a faint maltiness. The malt body is somewhat light and has a clean herbal and slightly grainy character. The abundantly applied Hallertau hops are spicy, lightly citrusy and a bit metallic, creating a bit of a back of the throat edginess and bite. The taste of hard water adds to the intense bitterness.

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Photo of AmitC
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveBar
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a medium sized white head that is gone in 1min. VERY light gold color and clear

S- Not much here at all. A touch metallic if anything

T- Good malt and hops. Very close to a Heineken without that hop bite.

M- Dry and crisp

O- Pretty good but will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with...... Roasted potatoes tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning

Enjoy

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Photo of Domingo
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
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 KStark
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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 CurtisD
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MPSTARR
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of putnam
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend brought me two bottles from Germany. This was one of my favorite beers when I was there 10 years ago. Expires Feb. 5, 2003, printed on the front label...easy to read. Upon breaking the seal, the room fills with an intense smell of sticky hops. There is a beautiful honey, burned suger and nougat maltiness coursing underneath, but from nose to tail this beer is all about the noble bud. "That's dry." Bitter, dry, but not out of balance. On the back are the words "Zutaten: Wasser, Gerstenmalz, Hopfenextrakt, Hopfen." I'm struggling with my own dogma. Is it OK to add hop extract? It seems like a manipulation. And in fact, the hoppiness, while very entertaining, seems a bit exaggerated, almost cartoonish. I would complain more if I thought they were hiding something, but it seems clear that the other components are very well done. My conclusion is that they are shooting for an extremely hoppy style, which, if they used fresh, or at least whole hops, would be prohibitively expensive. I give this beer high marks for uniqueness and personal sentiment.

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Photo of clarknova
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobob10
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
3.6 out of 5 based on 706 ratings.
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