Jever Pilsener | Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

Jever PilsenerJever Pilsener
BA SCORE
40.8%
Liked This Beer
3.56 w/ 710 ratings
Jever PilsenerJever Pilsener
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
Ranking:
#38,384
Reviews:
328
Ratings:
710
Liked:
290
Avg:
3.56/5
pDev:
16.01%
Alströms:
3.46
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
109
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of smcolw
1.28/5  rDev -64%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

In the past, I have lamented the presence of green bottles. I have found it interesting that the lightest beers often come this way. It is a shame that a potentially good beer gets completely ruined by becoming skunked.

Thus the score above. After purchasing a $12 six-pack of this beer to compare to other pilseners in a tasting, this was rated the worst beer out of 14; all because it was horribly skunked.

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Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with an inch of snow white foam. Fine layering of lace on the way down. Very slight effervescence.

Smell: Pilsner malt nose with a distinct graininess. Noble hop scents of flowers and a spicy herbaceousness. Minor whiff of skunkiness initially.

Taste: Pils malts with a dying grainy taste and a touch of honeyed sweetness. Pleasant Noble hop character that's all at once spicy, floral, and grassy. Medium-high bitterness transitions into an almost mouth-puckering dryness. Final little bumps of clover honey try to peek through, but, for the most part it's quite dry. Finishes, well, dry and rather crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It could be a bit fresher and would probably be much better on tap, though this still was fairly solid.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, lightly dusted yellow-amber. The parchment colored crown is chock full of bubbles, although they're small enough and tightly packed enough to give the foam density, character and persistence. Broad bands of pocked lace are beginning to grace the glass; a capper on an attractive pilsener appearance.

The nose is classic noble hops (Hallertau in this case) that could be a bit brighter and more immediate. With a 'best by' date in late summer, I'd expect it to smell fresher. The Hallertau have a mid-range mustiness to them rather than that pungent noble hop 'flowers and spice' that I love so much.

Ditto on the taste buds. I like the flavor more than the nose, although I'm not sure that it's deserving of a higher score. I am somewhat surprised (and definitely delighted) by the hop bitterness. One of the biggest sins that a pils can commit is not being hoppy enough. Jever has cleared that hurdle with relative ease.

The beer is well malted; at least more so than I appreciated with the first several mouthfuls. There's a definite pils malt sweetness underlying all the alpha acid bitterness goin' on up top. That classic noble triumvirate of floral, grassy and spicy applies in spades.

I'm enjoying the beer more and more as I get deeper into the bottle. The body/mouthfeel is somewhere within the broad range of medium, with a fine-gauged, 'just how I'd draw it up' amount of carbonation. While it isn't a standout in the mouthfeel department, there are no real negatives either.

Jever Pilsener isn't world-class, but neither does it deserve to be overlooked. It's solid across the board and is a worthy purchase for those looking for a clean, crisp, noble hoppy pils from a venerable German brewery.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz green long neck bottle with a freshness date on the front label. This is one of those durable glass bottles that are reused.

Appearance: Pale yellow and crystal clear with a light webbing of white lace all the way down the glass.

Smell: Grassy hop, honey and herb in the aroma … quite clean.

Taste: Light to medium in body with a bold crispness. Big accent of hops, noble hops without a doubt … very soft but not with out giving a spicy herbal bitterness first. A little thin on the malt but it makes up ground with a pale bready flavour and snappy graininess. Finishes on the dry side with a clean grainy and hoppy palate.

Notes: Definitely a thirst quencher pils, light enough to suck down on a very hot day while sweating at the bbq grilling some turkey sausages to pair with the next Jever.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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 mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/11/12 notes. Had from a bottle at Idle Hands in the LES New York. 8 oz. pour at their Wednesday tasting in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear pale yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bread, and light floral hops, but not much at all. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of grains, floral hops, lightly bitter hops, wheat, and bready malts. Again, a bit bland and average.

m - Low body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall an average pilsener. Not much going on in the nose or taste, though neither are bad. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.45/5  rDev +25%
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 thatoneguymike
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden in appearance more lively caronation from German Pilseners tonigth oh yeah. Jever is one of those brews I've been meaning to try for a long time since early on in my beer drinking however I now see green bottled industrial Euro pils versus handcrafted small brewery that I have dreamt of. Head forms thick after a vigorous pour fine even lacing just completely sticks to the sides of pint. Aroma is full of moderate sweet cereal grains pale biscuit and slight honey tones come through with a dry heaping load of hop bitterness in their as well, much more Saaz in this situatino. Flavor is full of bitter skunked hop flavor damn green bottles, I wouldn't fear this bottle as much if it weren't for the damn green bottle. I see on the website they make this in cans, that would be ideal for a round of golf or summer concert. Mouthfeel is full of more dryness and spicy hop character with clean crisp carbonation providing burps in my direction. Drinkability is solid all around not the best version of a German pils but I can see why it's looked up to in many folks journey to find fantastic beer.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with best before dating on the label.. Pours very light golden, crystal clear, white medium bubble head, leaves moderate lacing. Nose is grassy, lemony, almost a hint of mint. Crisp, snappy and clean, as expected from any decent pilsner. Finishes with a nice smooth hoppy crispness. All together a decent, if not amazing lager. Enjoyable with some spicy summery fare.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good example of a pilsner, though nothing extraordinary. It poured a straw-yellow with a decent head. It had a moderate to heavy carbonation. It tasted very grainy (grassy) and somewhat hoppy. Overall, it had a refreshing taste. One of the better pilsners from Germany, IMO.

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Photo of Tone
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, very slight hops, and some pale malt. Fits the style of a German Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast cleanliness, and a slight metallic flavor. Overall, nothing I would try again, and not a good example of a German Pilsener.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased and poured into a generic pint glass at Magpie Irish Pub in Rochester, NY.

After looking at the bottle, it looks like it best by last year. Uh oh. Let's see how it tastes anyway, and if it held up.

It pours a very clear light yellow, with some amber tinges. There is barely any head, and barely any lacing.

Smells very faint, like some grassy hops, some slight skunk, and a little bit of sweetness.

The taste is similar, and a bit stronger. There is a pleasant classic pilsner hop bite up front, slightly peppery and grassy, but the finish on the beer just doesn't quite work- the malt is a bit too sweet, and there's some slight skunk flavor.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

This was one was just ok- had some good elements up front- the hop flavors- but finished weak, with clearly old malt flavors and some skunkiness.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
Beer rating: 40.8% out of 100 with 710 ratings
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