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%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
108
For Trade:
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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 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 clvand0
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought me back a non-widget pint can of this upon his return from his homeland of Germany. It pours a yellow/light golf color with a nice, large white head and it leaves a little lacing on the glass - Very clear body on this one. The aroma is of hay/corn husks, light malts and pleasing hops. Great smelling for a German Pils - no skunkiness here. The flavor is very clean and smooth. It has a nice strong taste upfront that leaves the palate completely bare after a second - very interesting - makes it sooo easy to drink. The upfront taste is filled with soft malts and some slightly spicy hops as well - I detected a nutty taste as well - possibly almonds. Great beer!

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Photo of wavz
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer I had in Germany. And my first impression is that Germans know what they are doing when it comes to beer. We were in Travemunde during a summer fest when I first tried this beer. Light golden color. Nice head, but it is a lighter beer so it doesnt stick around long. Crisp clean tight well balanced taste, much better then most Pils I have tried. So when in Rome (or Germany).

Wavz

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

a long while back this brew used to be sold in 33cl bottles at the discount shop on the corner ... it used to be my favorite back then, light straw colour, great taste, and especially the long lasting rough tingling dryness on the tongue .... meanwhile I only get it in the specialised shop (Drinks of the World) which is also described on this site and where I have to get special brews at a less moderate price these days ...

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Photo of dedbeer
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kidrogers
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

I was at hopleaf in Chicago and asked for a good pilsner, this was what I got and couldn't have been happier. Solid and not overdone for the sake of just overdoing it like some many.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330 mL bottle into a Becker pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. Label reads: Best before 05.20.14.

A: Slightly dull golden yellow with a nice burst of effervescence following the pour. 1/2 finger white head with ok retention. Light lacing. Nothing fancy.

S: Nice noble hops. Grassy. Light biscuit and mild bready sweetness. Really no off-scents to speak of.

T: Slightly sweet pilsner malt gives way to a classic, pretty fresh-tasting, German hop bitterness. Quite dry in the finish. No alcohol presence. Crisp and clean. Very nice for the style.

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation with appropriately light body. This drinks itself.

O: Really nice pilsner with a delightfully dry finish. Thoroughly enjoyed punishing these in triplicate. Would love if it came in tallboy cans...

Prost!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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 spry
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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

Photo of ronin926
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of fridrew
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of joeseppy
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Transparent gold. Aroma malt and hop. Mildly sweet dark biscuit malt. Definite hop presence. Plain and simple bitter beer. No sweetness on the bitter I guess is what I'm trying to say. Very crisp and dry with a lingering bitterness. Lots of hop in this one. They say brewed with ancient well water-okay then. Really a delicious Pilsner with an aggressive hop presence.

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Photo of Realale
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale clear yellow. Fine bright white head settles quickly to a thin, incomplete cap.

Nose is wonderful leafy green sappy noble hop over slightly sweet biscuity malt. Slight undernotes of iron and sulphur. Wonderful pilsner nose.

Medium weight in the mouth with a good balance of hop flavor, hop bitterness and malt to the finish, where the hop bitterness really comes to the fore. I love a bitter finish, but this is a bit rough and just slightly harsh.

Nice soft mouthfeel lets the malt do its best to balance the hops. Quite drinkable, and refreshingly bitter.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitburger
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best German Pilsener imho. Lots of bitterness and hops.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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 mempath
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice fluffy, white dense head with interesting splotching lacing. light golden-straw.

herbal nose of grassy hops...almost a hint of lemon-mint.

refreshing, minty-hop bite with a lingering finish of yeast, malt. nice. stealthily shifts to a dry aftertaste. interesting. not complex, but not simple either. at first i thought the sweetness would stick around cloyingly, but not at all. loving the bitter afterburn. a nice change from the american 'pils' from victory and sam adams (simply different breeds, of course). crisp yet smooth without a sense of thinness (despite the light color and general 'un-heaviness' it sugests). a very nice pils. very quaffable. in quantites. but best with food i bet.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although this review is for draft, I wanted to point out that the word "herb" on the bottled product means "dry" or "bitter" and is indicative of this North German pilsner's very dry style. Crystal clear and bright golden in color with a bright white head that holds fairly well. Very nice appearance. The aroma is quite hoppy as pilsners go - very noble, lightly grassy and highly floral. Some light, grainy malt aroma is present as well. The body is light-medium with a crisp carbonation. The flavor starts dry with a burst of hop bitterness, warming as it crosses the palate to reveal a firm grainy maltiness, and finishes long and bitter. The emphasis is definitely on hop bitterness with around 45 IBU's! Very one sided in many ways, but also with quite alot of finesse! A somewhat unique, refreshing and enjoyable pils. Very drinkable.

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Photo of JLeege
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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 DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
3.6 out of 5 based on 706 ratings.
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