Jever Pilsener | Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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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:
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Added by maxpower on 02-18-2002

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323
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695
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
16.16%
 
 
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Photo of Naerhu
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big white head that staid proud, deep yellow body.
Light malt and pine aroma.
Racey bitterness on a light malt, bread crust flavor. Spicy floral hops.
Light beer with smooth mouthfeel with a long mild bitterness on the aftertaste. This is a great session brew.
The most interesting and satisfying German pilsner I have had.

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

Had from fresh bottles right from the closed case, only about 40 days old.

Fresh-Pretzel like bitterness. Clean and complex.

Highly recommended. World class German Pilsener.

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

Having a dear friend from East Frisia, this beer finds its way into my rotation more often than most. While I am not a huge fan of the style, I have grown quite fond of Jever.

This nose is nice, light, and effervescent. All the notes you'd expect from a pilsner. The taste follows suit and maintains a playful existence on your palate. Finish is nice and crisp. Great for drinking all day on a North German beach.

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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 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 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 crimsonfloyd
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light gold with pale white head. Smells of smoke and yeast. Sharp grassy and smokey flavor followed by solid malts. Medium carbonation and generally light body. Overall, a very well done pilsner.

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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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