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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

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319
Ratings:
685
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
23.68%
 
 
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Photo of avalon07
2.31/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A very skunky beer. It hits you the second you pop it open. Small traces of hops and malt, though.

T: Tasted of mild malt, grain, and a little citrus up front, with some hops in the finish. Like the smell, the skunky quality emerges as well. Overall, it's too harsh and badly done. Not a particularly great flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is an unmemorable, mass-produced beer with little to recommend it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that I grabbed at Chevy Chase the other day. Best by 24 June 2011.

A very light straw yellow with a dense, white head that recedes to a thin disk, leaving a nice layer of lace. I was initially concerned about how clean this glass was, as the last few beers I drank out of it didn't leave much lace, but clearly, it's not the glasses fault. The nose is great. Hoppy (I'll get to that), but there's also a very nice pilsner malt character here. Rather raw, this is moderately rustic and bready with a light cracker-like aroma. The hop character is great. Moderately lemony with plenty of lemon peel, moderately herbal and spicy, there's also a touch of skunk here. Solid.

The palate opens quite significantly hoppy, lemony, zesty, resiny and coating my palate with its wondrousness. Sharp, herbal and intense, it's almost mineral-like in some ways. All of this nearly whelms the malt backbone, which is pretty light but still complex and different enough to appear behind the hops, cracker-like and mildly biscuity. The intensity and character of the hops make me think of a dry, sharp cheddar in some ways. Drying and crisp on the finish with a resiny hops, there's lemon zest and herbal character present. Highly carbonated, this is an effortless drinker. I will have to seek this out on tap.

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Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random mix-a-six grab.

A- Poured from a green bottle into a pint glass with a translucent pale straw-golden body. Frothy white head builds to about two fingers in size. The cap has decent retention but doesn't leave any lace.

S- Herbal, grassy and floral up front. No detection of skunking and not a very strong aroma.

T- A bitter, grassy floral hop flavor up front. The taste also brings notes of bread, light malt, herbal hops and light fruit.

MF- Creamy light body with lots of bubbles. Crisp with a silky overall feel ending with a nice bitterness.

Refreshing and drinkable pils. Probably won't get it again but it was certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had mixed expectations about this brew, but found it to be solidly refreshing and enjoyable. It pours a deep gold color: exceedingly clear, with a brilliant white head. The aroma is full of bready malts, mixed with floral, herbal hops. Slightly grassy, and just a hint of earthy, sulfury, mustiness. The taste is malty, and full of bread-like character. This quickly subsides into a brisk, abrupt hop kick. Finishes with a decidedly bitter snap. Refreshing and solid. I enjoy a good German Pilsner, and this one is worth trying again.

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Photo of stcules
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw-yellow colored. Beautiful head, compact and creamy.
The smell is fresh hop, herbal. Malt in the background, but well noticeable. Very clean.
The taste is characterized by a good dryness, by a good hop bitterness, well amalgamated with the malt.
Fresh and inviting.
Mediu-light body, pils-style.
In the aftertaste the hop again, strong and persistent.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Platinum blonde with blindingly white foam that pits and clings immediately then rings.
Clean cream cracker malts with bit of herbal bite behind it.
Bread dough up front with big grass and coriander hops.
White pepper finish and both herbal bitter and some lingering sweetness to end, like natural cough drops, that lasts forever, turning aspirin. Light, soft, crisp.

Bitterness that is this beer's reputation is certainly there - straight IBUs over any Noble spice (Hallertau and Tettnang here) which is unusual in Germany. Surprised by how soft it is, though, and with some residual sweetness it's just missing a certain snap . A top pils, but not the original version of Prima Pils, which is what I was hoping for.

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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 cpetrone84
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pour is pale straw yellow with white head. Nose has strong malt aroma, doughy and some light bread crust, caramel, and grassy hop behind. Taste is more doughy, caramel, maybe diacetyl, faint grassy hop. Light body and soft carbonation, very creamy on the palate.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear golden yellow with a decent white head. Malty aroma has firm fruity tone that is mainly apple and banana and just a bit sweet. Malty, slightly fruity-sweet flavor is rather pleasing. Smooth, somewhat tingly texture leaves a fruity, subtly sweet finish.

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Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one's a clear yellow with a spongy, soapy white head that retains well and leaves light lacing on the glass.
The aromas in this one are very earthy and clean, with a light sweetness, perhaps some lemon, and a light hops presence. The aroma is fresh, but thin and mild with just a note of musk.
This one's got a clean taste as well, the hops standing out more in the flavor and balancing with a thin malt. Citrus zest and a note of sweetness are underlying. There's just the slightest note of rind and a mid astringency in the back.
The feel is quite crisp and the body is light.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale straw color with a medium thick and fizzy white head that burns away rapidly. Patchy lacing. Aroma of mild hops and hay. Light-bodied and effervescent with a dry mouthfeel. Lightly bitter hops and sour fruit flavors are pretty much the only flavors. The finish is dry and hoppy with some sweetness coming through. Not as easy to drink as most Pilseners. Fairly average all around.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
1.7/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean yellow color, with a white head. In the aroma, a small dryness to nothing at all. In the taste, small dry, light malt, and really nothing at all. A smooth, light, and water bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry malt in the aftertaste. Watery, lack of taste and smell.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is very light clear yellow, yuk, but thank goodness a nice thick white foam saved this from the depths of pee yellow beer. The head is super thick and about two inches high with some divets and retained its girth for a good while. Smell is faintly bitter sweet of hop with a citrus orange tint and malt. Taste is so clean and smooth, complex enough for layers, with a dry citrus bitterness thats a little harsh but evens out fairly quick with a sweetish malt, and is overall dry in most of its body and feel.
Its a drinkable pilsner, but the dryness is a little rough in most aspects throughout the taste and feel, and some may be put off by it.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a nice, light, clear yellow in color with a gorgeous white head that left a nice film on top of the liquid.

Smell - The Hallertau jumps out of the glass and the grain is raw and fun. This is a big nose for a pils.

Taste - The hops are just as big at the taste and the grain is sharp and to the point. This is a very big beer.

Mouthfeel - This is a tad bigger than light-bodied with some nice, fresh carbonation.

Drinkability - This isn't traditional but was very tasty, more like a Czech pils than a German one.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a fantastic pillowy white head that left plenty of lacing on the glass. I could smell the cracker like malt and grassy/hay-like hops from the pour. I could almost smell how dry this brew will be. The taste is of dry malt and grassy hops, has an almost skunky taste to it. The feel is dry and crisp. While it's dry it isn't astringent, leaves a little bitter taste on the tongue. A fine example of a dry and grassy pilsner and one worth trying, though not sure I could drink too many of these in a sitting.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice yellow clear pilsener with small head that quickly disappears. Nice tiny bubbles.

Smell - Slightly skunky and some notes of hops and straw. Not bad!

Taste - I have to say, this has more hop bitterness than any brew I've had on the other side of the pond let alone a pilsener. Not as hoppy as many American IPAs and Ales but still...you'd swear this was an American craftbrew imitation pilsener. Its a good pilesner but not the best I've sampled as the bitterness lingers a little too long in the aftertaste and the hops hide some of the other flavorings stuggling to work through. I never thought I'd say this for a European made beer but its slightly off balance. I'm also picking up some metallic tastes.

Mouthfeel - very decent for a pilsener

Drinkability - I'm knocking it back a notch in the drinkability rating because of the lingering aftertaste bitterness.

Overall - I'm a big fan of pilseners and although I've been somewhat critical in my review, its still a good beer and worthy of a sampling or revisit. Of the premium pilseners I've sampled, its probably in my top 10 somewhere but not top 2 or 3.

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Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a slender clear glass cervoise at La Piazza (Berlin, Germany).

A: Clear golden with 1-finger of white-frothy head and substantial lacing.

S: Pale malty sweetness with herbal, noble hoppiness moderate in the background.

T: Sharp herbal hoppy bitterness dominates but the pale malt counters pretty effectively to leave a mineral sweetness in the finish

M: Light-to-medium bodied with sharp, mineral bitterness and a moderately dry finish without much aftertaste

O: Not a bad beer but not as substantial as Konig

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Photo of MDDMD
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden yellow color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-some floral and bready aromas with herbal notes

T-light malt flavor with bready and grassy admixed and crisp hop finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean feel

O-a decent, refreshing pils

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed "vom Fass" at AOBF Stammtisch. This Pils is a pale straw/light golden color, and is clear throughout. Head was white, thin and fine, with a smidge o' lace. Nose was grassy, mildy floral hops, and fresh. Body was medium, yet the carbonation produced a somewhat rough feel on the tongue (though I find this a typical Pils trait). Flavor was mostly hops from start to end; strong, grassy, sharp and floral. Has a mild bitterness, but without a bite to it. A solid example of the style. I don't typically tend to drink Pils, but I enjoy a well-made version, such as Jever. Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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

Crystal clear straw yellow with a fluffy, frothy white head. Aromas of zesty, grassy noble hops, graham cracker malts, and subtle honey. Crisp and clean, light bodied and refreshing. Dry, bitter hoppiness supported by a nice, solid grainy sweetness. Good Pils.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jever has a thick, frothy, white head, a clear, golden appearance, some very fine suspended sediment, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of faint malt sweetness, and the flavor is of sharp, strong, grassy hop bitterness, with a background cracker malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Jever finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this at a bar before attending a wine event. I felt I needed a beer before a night of wine. I was not familiar with this beer and overall not impressed. However, one thing that was interesting was the uniquely fruity aroma and flavor that was more reminiscent of a kolsch than a pilsner. I would try it again but not sure how many times after that.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This pils poured a clear, yellow color with creamy, white foam that persisted but eventually settled and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was modest: bready malt with a touch of grain. The taste was sweetish malt with floral and bitter hops and a light touch of bread and grain. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a decent pils, though a tad too sweet.

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Photo of CHickman
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold in color with a foamy 1 finger white head that lasted a while; good lacing that slides down slowly.

Smells of grain, malt, corn, light yeast and some citrus hops and or lemon; pretty faint nose overall, which is consistent with pilsners.

Tastes like a basic Euro pilsner with malt, corn, yeast, citrus hops, lemon, grains and the classic metallic aftertaste. Taste was average. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a smooth feel on the tongue and very high carbonation.

High drinkability for those who like pilsners; not my style, so I wasn't impressed enough to really enjoy this beer as it didn't separate itself from any other German pilsner. It went down very easy, but was just very basic to me.

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