Jever Pilsener | Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Jever PilsenerJever Pilsener
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:
700
Reviews:
324
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
16.11%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
105
For Trade:
1
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Photo of sendbeer
1.75/5  rDev -51.4%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Rochefort10nh
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrived in front of me sporting a clear yellow color with a thin head which produced barely any lacing. The aroma was of malt, grass and hops. The malt and bitterness levels were nicely balnaced to produce a very drinkable pilsner. The bitterness was more pronounced than other german plisners I have sampled.

The mouthfeel was clean and very crisp, and had a super clean finish. No aftertaste at all. This beer is extremely drinkable and was paired perfectly with the potato pancakes I was eating.

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Photo of stevoj
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The best German pilsener I’ve had, hands down. The perfect amount of hops adds a snap to the taste, and its full of malt/grain flavor. This beer rocks. Like others here, I think this beer is vastly underrated...

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Photo of tone77
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a combination of sweetness and skunky. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet, finishing a tad bitter. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Tally-Ho in Bethlehem, PA.

I've been looking to try this on-tap (no green bottles allowed) and was quite pleased. It looked a clear gold with a little white lacing and had a mild, sweet grainy aroma that reminded more of a Czech pils like Budvar. But then in the taste there was a relative hops explosion, or at least a bitterness on par with SNPA. It was big, grassy, herbal hops malted with a balancing light caramel malt - very tasty. There was a very pleasant lingering bitterness you can't usually find in mass-produced pilsners, but damn, there it was. Al in all a winner. One of the better pilsners I've tried.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WesWes
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a 1" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly grainy pale malt scent with a dry yeast finish and a bit of skunkiness. The taste is awful. It has a watery pale malt flavor with a little bitterness and a dry finish. It goes down cleanly, but has a horrible aftertaste. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average pilsner. It lacks flavor and mouthfeel. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good pilsner weather, isn't it? It's a 330 ml green bottle, pop the top, and on to the beer:

Yellow straw colored with a few bubbles running up. The foam settles to a small creamy lace and whips good amounts of itself onto the glass. The nose has some wildflower notes, soil, some sulfur, and a whisper of hay.

This is one bitter pilsner. It starts bittersweet with a little honeysuckle, then you start to feel the bitterness unleashed. There are some distinct notes in the pils, like the soil and flowery flavors. There's a sharp bitterness that stings the palate, and it lingers long into the aftertaste.

Jever is not a beginner's pilsner. If bitterness is your quest, then Jever should fullfill that. While sometimes a little too much, I did enjoy the bitterness in general.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is corn, wheat, skunk and grassy hops. The flavor is wheat, pilsener malt and grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer smelled a lot more skunked than it tastes, but it was still very disappointing overall.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a muddled nobel hop and a husky grain.

The taste was upfront spicy and musty noble with a moderate doughiness. Good residual spiciness.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side with a lingering bitterness and slight artificial sweetness.

Overall a very good Pils. Very spicy and easy to drink.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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 wrightst
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.74/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a classic pale yellow with a light soapy head, spots of lace, good head retention.

S: Clean, vibrant smells of grass/lawn clippings, very minor malt.

T: Here we go, this what I've been looking for in a true German Pilsner. Incredibly flavourful, brilliantly floral noble hops, grass, matched with an understated but perfectly balanced bready malt makes this one work to perfection.

M: Crisp, clean and smooth, but a little soapy/light at times, minor quibble.

D: This beer is fantastic, glad I finally saw it show up in CA, I should have bought more than the one single. It could give the legendary Reality Czeck a run for its money, and that's saying something. A great surprise. The preeminent example of the German style.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours lightcolored, almost straw-like. Beautiful white large creamy head. Rather slow disspation, leaving quite nice lacings.

S: A healthy doze of bitter hops, German Pilsener-stylee. There's some sweetness from malt and faint citric notes.

T: Lots of bitterhops up front - nice. Faint citric notes balances with nice malt.

M: Aftertaste is long and bitter. Body is light and moderate carbonation.

D: This is a really nice German Pilsener. Rich bitterness balanced with malt - really, really nice.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
3.6 out of 5 based on 700 ratings.
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