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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 | 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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Photo of simonjohansson
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: fresh earthy hops, citrus, herbs and sweet malt.

Taste: a lovely taste of sweet malt (bread, butter) and earthy, spicy fresh hops, some citrus as well. It is dry and the taste is somewhat "pure". Simple but great.

This is one of my favorite beers! When you get tired of IPAs, DIPAs, IS, Trappist and all that - you can always go to Jever.

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Photo of kevinglin
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a green, .5l bottle, dated 10.08, into a tall pils glass. Pale yellow in color with a somewhat rocky, white head.

Musty, damp, green aroma was also reflected in the taste. Definitely a Eurolager, and I'm not sure if the green bottle contributes, but this beer had much more "greeness" to it than other Pils I've had that come in brown bottles. No real dominance of hops in the taste, just a slight hint of bitterness, but also no real malt profile.

I've had better pils and doubt I would pick up Jever again given there are other offerings readily available in my area.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-poured a bright straw yellow(common pils coloring)with a bubbly white head that left some nice looking lace

S-this one smells the way that Hineken tastes,extreme skunky/funky

T-much better than the nose,grainy with floral notes and a suttle Euro taste that finishes hoppy and sweet

M-thin and light body,lots of carbonation,pretty clean finish for a Euro Pils

D-any number of these would be wonderful at any given time or place,solid light German brew

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 8/25/06 at the 36th Germania Society Ofest in Cincinnati.

Appearance - sunny golden color; large fluffy head well over the top of the souvenir Germania liter mug. Good sheet lacing down the sides.

Aroma - somewhat sweet and grainy. Fresh but average.

Taste - a robust grain taste. Hardly any sweetness coming through at all, well-attenuated I suppose? Plenty of hop bitterness on the swallow and aftertaste and on through to the finish.

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth, good carbonation and crispness. Fairly clean at the end.

Drinkability - a good summer pick, right tasty on-tap, and a nice change of pace from all the OFest style beers.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear light to medium straw color with plenty of dense, moussey white head. Aromas of fresh grain, graham cracker, a little sulfur, floral Hallertau hops (though muted). On the palate, the light pils malt presence dominates while a firm bitterness, medium floral hop flavor and a very dry finish. A very refreshing beer, perhaps a little old, not nearly as good as some domestic examples (Prima Pils and Brooklyn).

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am listening to the Cinematic Orchestra's score to The Man With a Movie Camera while reviewing this pilsener, which is an excellent CD if you can find it. It works well with or without the film itself. It also works well with this beer. GREEN bottle gives a "Best Before" date: 14.11.08

A: Jever Pilsener pours a pale yellow-golden color capped by a big frothy, albeit rocky, white head which recedes to about a finger of head but then stays throughout the entire drink. It tends to lace well. I imagine that if my glass were perfectly clean, it would probably lace even better. (I'm not saying my glass was dirty!) There was a beautiful display of very active carbonation as well, even more so than champagne.

S: The smell of flowery Hallertau hops greets the nose immediately out of the bottle. Not much else.

T: There is a surprisingly strong malt character in this pilsener. The beer is well-balanced, but I was sort of caught off guard by the very present sweet malt taste. Those more immediate malts are balanced by a grassy hop taste shortly afterward. Yet the taste is somewhat lacking in complexity.

M: There is a very smooth mouthfeel that is a pleasure to drink. The carbonation that was so present in the appearance is not really here.

D: It's odd that while I don't find this beer to be exceptional in any way, I can easily see myself drinking this beer any time I wanted a Pils. It was very easy to drink and I liked it enough that I would return for another.

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Photo of botham
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

half liter bottle into pilsner glass. pours a clean straw color with a few fingers of pillow-like white head.

aroma is clean, with pale malts and floral yeast mainly, and a distant fruit note as well. simple yet refined.

taste is more of the same. almost identical to the aroma.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a smooth texture and mildly bitter finish.

drinkability is good. there is decent flavor here, with mildly impressive compexity despite a very simple palate.

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Photo of letsgopens
2.16/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I usually attempt to write my full review before glancing at any others to prevent the possibility of creating any predisposed biases, but in this case I couldn't help myself. It blew my mind that a great deal of people enjoyed this beer! Now I'm not saying it's the worst German Pils I've had, but it's certainly down there somewhere. I'm almost questioning the quality/freshness of this particular bottle. In any case, here goes...

The brew appears to be completely translucent with a pale yellow hue. The soapy, rocky foam recedes fairly quickly and leaves some short, but thick lace behind. Some sparse, rising bubbles can be plainly seen throughout the body of the glass.

I'd say the aroma is really the low point of this brew. Pretty dim and lackluster with some mild spice and dim, pale malt. Very mild and somewhat unappealing. Its got a distinct, unfresh smell. I'm really not taking any pleasure in the aroma of this beer.

Very husky, starchy grain comes through in the flavor initially. Rather unpleasant and astringent. Dry rice-like grain and a great deal of pale malt. I hate to use the phrase "skunky" but this one hits the nail on the head. Slight, weak hop and sweet cereal. A slight toffee taste lingers bellow the unpleasantness in the finish. Not good sir, not good.

A crisp but certainly not clean feel along with a starchy character that leans toward dry. I suppose more husky than normal dry, but you get the picture (maybe). An odd buttery texture kind of lingers. The drinkability is decent I guess with an ABV just under 5%, but trust me I doubt I'll be drinking another one any time soon.

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Photo of ROMER79
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jever poured straight from a tap comes out an almost transparent gold with a one finger white head straight into a Jever glass. The hops and wheat aromas were present. Lemon, lime, and other citrus flavors pulled through with a hoppy after note. It was a refreshing beer and very easy to drink. Great for a session beer.

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Photo of Skidz
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0,5L can

Pours out bright gold with a nice creamy white head with good staying power. Lacings all around.

Crisp grassy hops and light crackery malts on the nose. Faint hints of lemon rind lend a bit if citrus character.

Sharp bitter hops up and down. Very little malt presence, grassy and bitter grapefruit rind dominate.

Light and substantially refreshing in the mouth. Full carbonation and fairly thin mouthfeel.

A very nice pilsener. Probably one of the more bitter pilseners I've had, but nothing short of delicious.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
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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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The green bottle of Jever Original Friesland Pilsner dons a simple yet attractive green and gold label. The beer pours a clear pale golden color. The aroma is a balanced mixture of grassy hops and pale malt with a slight twist of lemon. The beer is light and highlights a bitter dryness throughout. A slight hint of breadiness provides some balance as the beer finishes quick and dry. Overall, I think it would be refreshing on hot summer day.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green bottle packaging.

A: Pale yellow color, thin white head, decent retention with some small carbonation bubbling.

S: Faint malt on nose. Sour malt flavor and funky raw vegetables for flavor.

T: Palate is flat, with some earthy hop bitterness that stands out against an otherwise bland malt backing. There was some metallic ting upon warming. light corn and grains were detected.

M: Mouthful was bland and thin and uneventful with some fizzy carbonation.

D: Disappointing and not very drinkable, bland flavor. overall less then average in every category.

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Photo of ffejherb
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at Calan Street in Reading, PA on 2/9/08.

A - Very light, clear golden body with an extremely bubbly head, about 1/2-finger in width. Very minimal carbonation for a pils. Lacing was decent and kind of spotty.

S - Light grassy hops with some lemon and faint biscuity malt. Kind of fruity. A little weak.

T - Quite watery, but still has some grassy hops and lemon tang in the flavor. Some fruity characteristics with sweet apples and pears.

M - Very thin and watery with flat carbonation. Very mild hop bitterness in the finish. Just a tad fruity in the finish.

D - Would definitely like to try this again. I think this one was tapped at the end of the keg. However, I didn't get charged for the beer, which was nice!

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Proteus93
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Crystal clear amber, thick and creamy off-white head.

S: Hops, grassy, vegetable (greens), mild pine scents - perhaps a bit overly skunky.

T: Pine, very mild peppery notes. Bitter greens & what seemed like quite substantial hops.

M + D: Moderate carbonation, a bit of zing... I've had this before and recall it being a bit sweeter & smoother. This particular bottle seemed like it may have been rather skunked. I look forward to re-reviewing it in the near future, but this one ended up being the first beer (other than notable, poor quality macros) that I have poured half-through. Unfortunate.

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Photo of jkrich
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle with a best by date: 10/01/08 which seems a long time to remain fresh for a pilsner in a green bottle.

The beer poured a surprising deeper gold than I expected for a german pilsner. There is a sustained creamy 1/4 inch head with a vigorous bubbles like a champagne.

Because of the green bottle there was that ever so slight skunk odor that did not diminish the enjoyment of this beer. Of course, you can smell the european hops.

This pilsner is described as very dry, but I did not find it especially dry to my palate. However, it does have a faint bitterness and soft malt background to give it some character. The carbonation is what one would expect in a pilsner.

An excellent example of a german pilsner; unfortunately, I don't think this beer travels well in a green bottle. It would have been better to taste this one from a brown bottle.

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Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bright gold with a fluffy white head that held fairly well and left some nice lace. nose was hoppy. kind of funky and stinky and musty with a mildly sweet malt backbone. taste was the same. hops played the main role with a mild malty thing happening. nice dry, bitter finish. on the heavy side of light bodied. very food friendly and a great refresher.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - Served cool in a half pint the lager is extremely clear w/ golden hues and a thick white head. There is lace but only a small amount.

S - Mostly hops in the aroma w/ noble character. Spicy hop notes w/ herbal sweet aromas supporting.

M - Without much malt to han onto the grassy hops seem brash.

T - A very crisp and hop influenced taste that mellows into a slight malty taste after the effervescent/spice hop flavor w/ light acidity a appealing hop tastes are fleshed out.

D - Not my first choice of Pilsener, but for my first taste this wasn't too bad. I would like less acidity in the hop flavor. I could drink several of these in a session, since they are not overly malty the hop flavor gives a certain dryness that makes it better than average drinkability wise.

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

Beer bottle (50cl.), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : Jever pilsener is known to all beer lovers worldwide for its bitterness (IBU = 44). Light golden color, with white foam head.
Smell : grassy aroma.
Taste and Mouthfeel : very hoped (herbed), dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German pilsener style.

Review translated from french 5-27-2008.

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

Served on-tap at the Canal Street Pub in Reading Pa.
Served as a crystal clear brilliant golden colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is malty, with some bread-like qualities noted.
Taste ismalty sweet, with a light refreshing crispness.
Finishes is light and refreshing.
A nice easy to drink beer that went well with our meal selsection

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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 smcreator
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden yellow with a thin film of head.
S: Nice malt smell that is refreshing.
T: It has a semi-sweet initial taste with a surprisingly bitter finish. Unfortunately, it has the bitterness of, say, an IPA but does not have the hop flavor so the bitterness is not so pleasant.
M: Moderately smooth the whole way through the drink.
D: Easy to drink as it has not real character, but it would only really be good as a bar or party drink… not a beer for enjoying by itself.

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

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a clear light golden colour... White head poured fairly big and foamy then faded quite quickly to patchy layer.... no real carbonation... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Faint biscuity malts, light peppery hops, spicy fruits (light lemons, apples), some saltiness, light honey sweetness, quite a lot of herbal notes, light grassy / floral traces...

Taste - Light peppery / herbal hops, quite sweet fruits (oranges, lemons, light limes), honey, quite sweet malts, faint medicinal notes, some corn, salty traces...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with just a little bite... Light body... Very drinkable and sessionable...

Overall - A pretty good Pils... worth a try...

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Photo of diablo14
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's getting harder and harder to find satisfying lagers and pilseners these days. Even the finest in the genre seem to be dumbing themselves down for the consumption of the masses. So it was with great delight that I saw Jever pilsener in the fridge, standing out like a beacon amongst all the dross.

Usually I would ignore a beer that has a light, almost lemon yellow hue (see Becks). Fortunately, the huge foamy head and energetic carbonation bely the dire possibilities the color suggests. There are plenty of nostril clearing hops, and hints of fruit and cut straw on the nose. It does get a little skunky, but I always find this with lagers out of a can.

The taste is a little bit malty, a little bit fruity, with the ever present grassy tones. it's not too big, but it's clean, crisp and finishes with marvelous blasts of hops. Goes down an absolute treat, and a real winner on particularly hot days (or nights). Everything here is where it should be, but the hopping of this beer, its great bitter finish and crisp feel are what sets Jever apart from a crowd.

Lay this one on your boring lager drinking buddies and they won't know what hit them. Jever pilsener is, to my mind, one of the classic interpretations of the German style.

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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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