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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316
Ratings:
675
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
23.4%
 
 
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Photo of phishgator
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Nice fluffy white foamy head with a clear light straw/gold color. the carbonation is high as is expected. The aroma of spicy grassy hops is all over this one. There is bit of cereal grains that give off some good notes as well. The taste follows the nose. Nice spicy bitterness throughout the entire brew and the grains show through as well. The brew is mild and is ideal for a hot summer/spring day. A great German pilsner.

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Photo of taylocd
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into pilsner glass; best by date of 11.2011 on bottle

A - The Jever Pilsener poured up a very pale and clean straw color similar to many American adjunct lagers. It had a bit more respectable amount of head, but like those AAL's, it dissipated quickly and left no lacing. I can't knock the color, but I would have hoped for a bit more head or lacing. 3 of 5


S - There is a respectable aroma to the beer, but I don't know how best to describe it. It has a bit of grainy or dry grassy smell that is similar to most pilsners but somehow different. I wish I had a better grasp of my olfactory senses so that I could describe the smell better... Regardless of my shortcomings, the aroma of this one was better than average 3.5 of 5

T - The beer has much more pronounced bitterness than many pilsners that I've tried. The Jever has more than average bitterness, but not so much as to make it odd for the style as it retains the bready finish characteristic of pilsner...4 of 5

M - The brew seemed to be slightly flat, but not too far out of the norm for the style. As expected, it was an easy drinker 2.5 of 5.

Overall - Though no one area was exceptional, and most were merely average, I really enjoyed drinking the Jever. It is plenty tasty and quite satisfying. I would certainly buy this one again. 4 of 5

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Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another gem that i dug out of the back of the fridge. needed a nice one to start off the night! poured into a pint glass on 5/6/11

this one pours into the glass a nice golden hay color with a huge head of nearly three inches that never seems to let itself go down coating the sides with some nice lacing and tons of carbonation. Aroma is light grains, bready notes, hints of l;ight clove maybe and a touch of some earthy grass notes. Nothing crazy but it does the job. Very light and clean flavor, crisp, refreshing nothing out the ordinary in any way. Was easy to throw down with a clean and refreshing aftertaste, overall not bad at all could easily but down two or three.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, that's what I'm talking about. This is how they should smell. It's perfect. Pils should be mild, but they need to stink. This does, and beautifully.

Everything else about this brew is well balanced. It might be a little weak on bubbles - flattening out easily. A very mild taste. Light easy drinking. But aromatic out the wazoo. It's a good buy for that. I want to buy it to drink one warm.

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

.33cl botltle poured into Jever flute. Freshness date 24-06-11.

A: Straw with nice thick head. Decent retention and some pretty but small lacing.

S: Spicy light noble hops.

T: Perfect balance between relatively simple malty sweetness and light noble hoppiness. This is a great example of a true to style Pilsener on the hoppy side.

M: Some viscosity indicates medium attenuation. Carbonation low but sufficient.

Overall a great Pils. Get it and if you don't enjoy it, consider that your palate might need some training.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

This is one of the lightest coloured authentic pilsners I've seen! A very pale golden that's completely transparent, with a healthy head that leaves decent lacing down the glass. The aroma on this is bready malts and grains with some nice noble hops. The taste follows the nose, with the clean, bready malts and slighly aggressive grains pairing with the nice, zesty hops. The hops leave some nice bitterness on the end.

The mouthfeel is nice, it's not as heavily carbonated or as drying as the style can sometimes be, and the drinkability is quite good. A solid pilsner that doesn't stand out as anything special, but still an enjoyable beer.

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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 ktrillionaire
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a pristine golden hue and is capped with a sturdy white head. Bubble streams feed the froth consistently, and suggest a radiant and effervescent brew (which it is.)

S - The nose has some malt sweetness and woody herbal hop; the same exact character can be found in the flavor, especially on the finish.

T - Clean flavor is the theme, lending impressions of sandwich bread, spring minerals, a sweet and bitter interplay and earthy dryness. The more I drink it, the more I can taste the sublime transposition of the base malt into this delectable libation; the preservation of the malt's essence through the brewing process is wondrous. The hop adds a small amount of herbal zest, but is generally a counterpoint of bitterness to the malt.

M - Crisp, clean, refreshing.

D - This is the type beer they all want to be. Who? BMC, that's who. But they'll never come close to this...

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

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light golden color, with a fluffy white head. Good retention, some decent lace.

Smell- Earthy hops and a bit grassy. A tad spicey.

Taste- Grassy earthy hops again, with an almost candy like sweetness in the middle, slight lemon. Clean dry and crisp finish, and actually somewhat bitter. Some spice on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Lighter body, medium carbonation, smooth throughout.

Overall- Excellent example of the style and a great beer overall. Very refreshing. I see myself drinking lots more of this in the future.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
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 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 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 jameswaldo
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend gave me a couple 11.2 oz bottles, best before June 26, 2011, from a deli on Eddy St, Collegetown, Ithaca, as he'd heard it was especially good. Yes! I generally prefer IPA, finding most pilseners insipid, watery, boring. Not this Friesland brew!
Poured it high into a pint glass, finding a good sturdy head that dissipated quickly, leaving a thin ring of foam at top. Beautiful straw blond color, delicious yeasty hoppy malty aroma. The Hallertau hops in there sing a gorgeous bitter floral chorus. Again, I usually prefer a bouquet of different hops, but this one variety can stand up for a gorgeous solo so rich you'd think it was a chorus. Taste is crisp, transparent, the malt and yeast so perfectly balanced with the hops that you have to imagine there's something really special about even just the water in this beverage. Mouthfeel is bracing, a bite just sharp enough, makes you want a liverwurst onion sandwich on pumpernickel with hot mustard and horseradish. Do both, if you can! The aftertaste lets the hops hang on so delicately, and yet with bitter authority, that you have to wish these little bottles were twice as big. Such a good beer, this! I found it disappeared faster than the usual brew, leaving no lacing on glass, a lack I'd usually deplore if it hadn't tasted so good. So easy to swallow! I find local beers much more politically correct, but again I have to make an exception for this stupid little glass container hauled all the way here to Upstate NY from Germany: it's worth it! Well, it's worth getting your friend to give it to you, anyway. My "drinkability" index usually depends on whether I can afford to drink it; after all, if I'm not "able" to purchase the stuff, I'm not able to drink much, either. As I don't know what a 6-pack costs, I'd say I'd gladly pay up to $9 for 6 tiny bottles of a beer this good.

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Photo of CDRSchafer
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a bottle first and found it exceptionally average.

Next I had it on tap and found it to be much improved.

Not as dry as most German pils. Dry at first, almost as much as a Bischoff on tap, but then with a little surprise at the end, slight twinge of sweetness in contrast to the start.

Wouldn't buy it in a bottle again though, it's pedestrian at best there. Might as well get a Bitburg.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 jwhancher
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last night at the best German bar in Philly, Brauhaus Schmitz. Had a liter served in a giant sized glass mug. A very nice, clean drinking German pils. So good that my wife made me switch beers and she finished the liter for me. (I was left drinking Hofbrau Dunkel.). Would consider having this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: The pour is a slightly clouded, but for the most part clear, straw color with a big white head.

S: A really clean and crisp nose with light malts and just a bit of cracker/bread. There's a really good floral and earthy hop character and a touch of citrus zest. A touch of lager yeast is present as well.

T: The flavor is just as great! A solid, but light, malt flavor with floral, earthy, and perhaps a touch of grassy hop flavor. There is a mild bitterness but a really crisp and refreshing flavor.

M: A light to medium body with a lively carbonation and a dry finish.

D: I'm surprised to see the ratings for this beer. Easily one of the best pilsners I've ever had.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a typical German pilsener, complete with the typical look, smell, taste. This is not the best beer of this type I have had, but it does well. All 5 ratings slightly above average, beer has a very clean and crisp taste. This is definitely worth giving a try.

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Photo of beikes
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best German Pilsner I've tasted, and well down to number two on the list. A good hoppy beer without raw (corn) grain and other superfluous additives, with a beautiful and lasting foam. A very clean taste of malt and hops, and have absolutely no bi-flavor of either metal or corn. Carbonic acid is just in the closet, and rarely has there been so good proportions in a German (or any) Pilsner.

Keywords: Fresh, grassy, hoppy

Jever Pilsner should be enjoyed chilled or cold, and this is beer that complements your warm summer night..

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Photo of Samp01
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a bubbly white short lived head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruitiness. Taste is sweet malts, corn, light cereal, and some light citrus hops. Palate is light to med body. good carbonation, and crisp mouth feel. Finish is sweet malt, cereal, ending with some good bittering hops. Overall a nice Pils, crisp, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L, Germany, best by May 2011. Well-chilled into a Willibecher.

More golden than most Pils, but still quite pale. Excellent head makes up for color deficiencies, as does the very good lacing.

The nose is dank and lagerific. Lots of aromatic Noble hops emanating from this beer. Excellent.

Bone-dry and very bitter. Pleasantly malty-biscuity mid-palate, but with absolutely no malt sweetness to be found. Almost harsh in its dryness, though I dig it. Simple and refreshing, with pretty good hop flavor-- earthy, woody and spicy. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, with medium carbonation. Though it wouldn't be true to style, I think this beer could use a touch more malt just for color and weight (but this might push it out of the German Pils category into more of a Czech styling). They could still ferment the hell out of it to keep it dry.

This might be my new favorite German Pilsner. How did I ever forget about Jever? Dry, no-nonsense beer here.

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

11.2oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.29. Best before 5/20/11 according to the rear label. In the interests of full disclosure, I have to mention that I drank a hell of a lot of this beer on-tap when I was studying in a town in Germany not more than about 40 miles from where this beer was brewed. I have fond memories of it and have not encountered it stateside...until now.

Poured a clear,straw color, with lots of bubbles arcing skyward. There was an inch of white foam on top. The head dropped after a couple of minutes, leaving a white skiff of foam atop the beer. "Beer neglige"-style lacing.

Slightly skunky in the nose at first, but once it slightly warmed up there were also floral, perfumey hops, notes reminiscent of freshly cut grass, and freshly baked bread.

Herbal hops and bready malts balance one another out rather well. Drier than most pils at the swallow.

Light bodied, with a slightly prickly, effervescent mouthfeel.

Rather drinkable, with a little more hop presence than a lot of less characterfull pilseners. If it was a little cheaper, I'd drink a lot of this. As it is, I'm happy to find that my memories of this beer were not too terribly diminished by the taste of reality.

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Photo of afksports
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Amity Hall in NYC during lunch break from class. What's up Nicola!

The beer is clear. Bubbles rising through the filtered sheen just like you want in a pilsner. There's a nice sustaining thin head. Smell is clean too, with a hint of hops. Maybe pine. The taste lets those hops come out, and they are the most dominant flavor. Besides that, it's pretty boring. Good carbonation, nice finish, drinkable.

Well done, but boring. Like a burger with no fixin's.

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