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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3.59
pDev:
23.4%
 
 
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Photo of jakester
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Expiry date on the back of the label.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a beautiful two finger head of white foam. The head falls to a nice 1/8" coating with fantastic lacing. Carbonation appears moderate.

Aroma is faint biscuity pils malt, very clean, with a pleasant level of DMS, dimethyl sulfide, which most ignorant drinkers refer to as "skunky", but is actually a product of your malt or yeast. Skunky is only from light struck beer, having a smell of mercaptans, the shit they put in narural gas to give it a smell. Also, a very nice clean spicy hop smell comes through later.

The first flavor is, surprisingly, hop bitterness, not real strong or anything, folowed by a slight toasted pils malt, maybe from decoction? Spicy hop flavor is in the back, but there. Dominant flavor is hop bitterness. Aftertaste is bready, hoppy, and bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with bright carbonation. Very refreshing. Finish is also crisp and dry.

This, to me, is one of the better German pilsners I've had in a while. I'd do a case of this anytime.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: served via tap in it's own branded glass, this was a beautiful crystal clear straw gold with a dense lasting white head.
S: floral, grassy, lemony hops and biscuity malts.
T: lightly sweet crackery, bready malts perfectly balanced by smooth hop bitterness. finish is well-attenuated and crisp.
M: light-bodied, effervescent.
D: see above, even better that it's under 5% abv.

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Photo of yen157
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some time now I've felt that Jever is one of those beers that everyone should try at least once in their life. Also, for people that don't stray to far from light (color, body, and malt flavor, not diet) lagers, this is one of the few refuges of hop bliss.

Jever poured very pale yellow but with a thick, chuncky, white head. Nice hop aroma with notes of pale malt and the insides of bread (you know, not the crust!). Tastes quite bitter, unexpectedly so if you have never tried it before. Nice light malt sweetness for balance along with moderate graininess. As the beer warms, the malt flavor becomes more apparent and the hop flavor becomes more one-dimensional and rind-like.

I prefer this to most others pilseners. When I can find it fresh and not light-struck it's a real treat.

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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 RedBaron
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite crisp, dry German pilsener beers.

Appearance: Straw-colored; nice rocky, uneven head
Smell: Good malty nose, maybe even a hint of smokiness to it; low hop factor
Taste: Starts sort of sweet, caramelly; finishes very nice and dry with a definite finishing hop that is wonderful.
Mouthfeel: Very well-balanced beer. Starts understated and sweetish, but finishes nice and dry. Excellent through and through.
Drinkability: Very good beer to have on a cold and/or damp day. Not a quenching beer you'd want after, say, jogging, but more of a beer to reflect on and take away the chill in the air. This beer is one of the more expensive German sixers you'll buy, and consequently the turnover rate may not be too high. Therefore, the freshness may be questionable. (Mine tasted a bit past its peak, but still very good). That said, this is an excellent beer, and even better on draught at a good German bierstube. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of jeffeljefe
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into stemmed pilsner.

A: very pale, clear yellow; not much head, tiny bubbles, some lacing

S: sweet, malty, a little grassiness

T: very drinkable. pleasing level of malt fading into mild-to-medium hoppiness

M: smooth bodied, medium-high carbonation, finishes with a little bitterness

O: would drink again. Prefer this to the pilseners I've tried at my local pub so far

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Photo of ToolHead
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle, served in generic tulip beer glass.
Golden colour; OK head. Aggressively and refreshingly hoppy and herbal aroma. The same goes for the taste, which is wonderfully bitter and crisp w/ a long, firm finish. Highly drinkable.
One of my favorite pilsners, this beer is a revelation to the drinker who's grown accustomed to bland, anonymous lagers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jever has the appearance of a typical German Pils: a fair amount of bright white head, which sticks around a good bit forming into light lacing. The body is golden and very clear.

Jever has a strong lemony hops aroma, probably about the starkest I've smelled in a while. There are sharp herbal tones, and a slight sweet undertone.

Again, this brew is on the hoppy side. It kind of reminds me of a light Hallertau Imperial Pilsner by Sam Adams.

With the hoppiness higher than other Pilsners, I expected an oily feel to this, but it bites you pretty hard and leaves the palate slightly dry and coarse.

I had this beer a long time ago, and didn't enjoy it so much. Now with a more mature palate, I can say this is a good example of the German Pils variety.

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

Blinding sun-yellow, grainy and biscuit nose, tiny and stringy carbonation. An initial blast of Hallertau (German) hops that become a bit bitter. Very dry and thirst-quenching. Some oats and biscuit-like offerings marry well with the hops. Finish is dry, slightly metallic, creamy and lip-smacking good! An outstanding pilsner, highly drinkable.

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

Color is light and golden with a fluffy off white head. Scent is of strong spices and floral notes that leave a bitter pinch on the tip of your nose. Taste is grainy and quite full flavored for a pilsner...this one is no wussy. It finishes fairly clean except for a slight refreshing remnant of its spice-like qualitites.

One of the few choices widely available in Köln for someone who does not want a Kölsch.

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Photo of ckcanady
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden with a medium amount of carbonation. Would like a better carb bit.
S- Clean, earthy hop, herbal
T- Herbal, Hoppy, earthy , bready, light, well balanced and citrusy
M- Light easy drinking Pilsner. Exactly what I would expect a "craft" German pilsner to be
O- A good pilsner. Easy drinking and flavorful. Perfect summer Pilsner. I wonder what it taste like straight from the brewery! Hmm

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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 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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Photo of alankwak
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear beer with decent head retention and lacing.

S: Great grainy/grassy smell along with Hallertau hop aroma. Grainy odor is wonderful with this beer.

T: Smooth, grainy taste. Medium hop bitterness and flavor. Very smooth.

M: Medium/full mouthfeel and good body.

O: Very nice Pils. They seem to use very good ingredients and water along with a quality brewing process.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear yellow gold with nice head, decent retention and tracing.

S-Honey and floral notes, light malt, faint hop bitterness.

T&M-Even clean light malt notes, lightly sweet but not overly so, bitter and refreshing dry finish, floral hops and a taste of honey midway and in the aftertaste. Great balance, light-bodied and moderate carbonation.

D-A very enjoyable beer, easy to drink, sessionable brew.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, best by May 2011.

Pours clear yellow with a large fluffy white head that leaves some clumpy spots of lacing and holds a fair cap.

Aroma is herbal and grassy with some citrus and noble hops, some mineral character, bready and yeasty, moderate to good strength.

Flavor is very nice for the style with some good citrus notes, noble hops, grassy, a touch of light malt sweetness...just a touch, finishes nice and dry. Very crisp and refreshing and quite enjoyable on this nearly 90-degree October day.

Mouthfeel is light but somewhat creamy for the style, good carbonation.

An excellent German Pilsner. We've got a customer who has bought nearly 10 cases of this this year and I can see why!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark green 11.2oz bottle. Best before date on back label.
Light gold in color with a snow-white, fairly long lasting head and some sticky lace. The aroma of fresh cut hay with a herb garden smells. Fresh hop, a faint sulfuric smell and a faint maltiness. The malt body is somewhat light and has a clean herbal and slightly grainy character. The abundantly applied Hallertau hops are spicy, lightly citrusy and a bit metallic, creating a bit of a back of the throat edginess and bite. The taste of hard water adds to the intense bitterness.

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 30/08/2006, served chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a clear, very pale straw hue; moderately foamy white head with good retention, plus moderate fizziness.
S: lightly dusty upfront, with an intense and focused aroma of dried grass, sourly doughy and soothingly aromatic, and a subtle, lovely millet-like grainy maltiness manifesting itself limitlessly... Not terribly complex, but well-balanced and ve...ry clean; more hops hide behind the malts after swirling the glass.
T: very bitter herbal hops, toasted malts with an intriguingly "plastic", dried grassy and unidentified spicy edge of hops steal the stage from the very beginning... quickly leading towards an almost "rice-spirit"-like prevalent dry palate that overtakes most German Pilseners I've tried; also, the omnipresent bitterness (the intensity of which is reminiscent of Chinese dried herb powder) goes deeper and deeper (utterly appealing to a Bitter-drinker as I am)... the dry-ish aftertaste is even slightly similar to the mouthfeel after chewing lots of water-biscuits, i.e. "mouth-water-licking" in a sense... well, I might have gone too far~~ BTW, throughout the drink, a mildly sour tinge stays loyally on the side, reminding the drinkers that this is still a well-lagered bier that sparks all the joy...
M&D: as crisp and clean as anyone could hope for, this is a medium-bodied and undoubtedly the most dry and bitter pilsener I've tried. As a convert to much hoppier and aromatic Czech Pils myself, surprisingly I find this beer very enjoyable. And I'm sure the draught version could well become one of my favourites for this style!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma was bright and spritz with perhaps hallertau hops. It was also spicy and pungent. Pale malts along with pils makes a good balance. Smells alot better then most of the German pils I've had lately.
The appearance was clear but not brilliantly clear since there was a very slight haze. The color was golden yellow with a tall bright white head. Interesting to watch the oversized bubbles float to the top.
The tall head receeded quickly to a thick collar. Lots of lacing around the glass. The lack of retention and hazy body was the reason for the lower appearance score.
The taste is very good, it's big and bold. It drinks dry and crisp with a bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Hop flavor for a pilsner is bold and sassy with a floral/piney taste. Malts have a crisp sharp taste.
On the palate it drinks a thin med.
I liked this beer it was good and full flavored. With big hoppy IPA'S and RIS these days it's easy to think these beers flavorless and bland.
Jever is not and if you like prima pils from Victory you will like Jever's pils beacause it has a similar taste.

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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 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 lstokes
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid German pilsner with very nice lacing and lots of visible carbonation, nutty and hoppy nose, a little bit more musty than I would like and not as clean, but the taste is clean again, spicy floral hops in abundance, probably the most bitter beer you can pick up in any corner store in Germany, sweet malt backbone with a little bit of citrus, and a very dry, cutting, almost astringent mouthfeel helped by that carbonation.

Very solidly drinkable--I would love to try it fresh on tap, but the bottle is for sure my stand-by on late nights in Berlin.

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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.
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