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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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316
Ratings:
675
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
23.4%
 
 
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Photo of MACrist
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For the style.
LOOKS: Pale, light golden, crystal clear beer, plenty of small bubbles rising, one inch foamy white head, leaves nice bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: White crusty bread, grassy.
TASTE: Nice sweetness up front, grassy, mild corn husk, lasting bitterness on finish.
FEEL: Very soft and refined. Medium light body, a little slick but finishes fairly dry. Adequate feeling from carbonation.
OVERALL: Feels softer, more subtle in feel than other pilseners I've had. Really pleasant enjoyable beer.

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Photo of horndecker
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is pale straw with a bright white, lively head of moderate longevity.

The nose is tangy and tart and resiny hops. Sulfur and rye bread.

The taste is very crisp, hop accented, malt at first just a shadow, but eventually a bready, grainy malt emerges. The herbal, bitter hops remains the feature of this pils. Light bodied, sharp and tangy. It finshes dry. A fine thirst quencher.

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Photo of bob3701
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Very clear pale yellow in color with a decent head and laced OK. The aroma says German pilsner but I found this to be a very dry and bland tasting beer. I had picked it up from seeing it in the '300 beers to drink' book but I really think there are a lot better brews out there than this one. It was drinkable.

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Photo of emsroth
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: A pale straw that certainly detracts, but an outstanding frothy head with decent lace. One of the nicer heads I've seen recently.

Smell: The first smell is overwhelmingly skunky, but this is to be expected from imported green bottles. After that fades the aroma is characteristic of imported german pilseners: sweet bready malt, a hint of caramel or something a little darker, a slight floral hop undertone.

Taste and mouthfeel: A slight grainy malt sweetness up front, but this beer has a BITE. Snappy carbonation pairs equally well with an assertive spicy, somewhat grassy bitterness. The most bitter German beer I've had. The malt character, however, is rather weak. It occasionally shows in the end, but it's just a generic sweet flavor. Ends crisp from the bitterness, but with a hint of hop oil that is very nice.

Definitely a sessionable brew.

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Photo of bultrey
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the other hipster-du-jour beer in Brooklyn, along with PBR. Everybody drinks it thinking they are drinking something exotic, but they are really just drinking Heineken with a cool sounding name and matching glassware. Clean, clear golden-yellow color. Classic pilsener nose: slightly skunky, cat-pee, herbal, and floral. Taste differs very little from the aroma. Heavy on the skunkiness, like a Heineken, but with a bit more character. Clean, crisp, lively finish, pretty decent German hops profile. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated with a bit more body than one might expect. Could be a good session brew if you're into this sort of thing, but it's best paired with some spicy food or sausages. Average in every way.

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

Rerated from green bottle: Poured golden and pure, with a solid white foam head. Verrry pilsner-hoppy aroma with a big starch undertow. Smooth with that uniquely German yellow-beer starchiness ... it’s not off-putting necessarily, but it’s clearly something that for some reason surfaces only in mass-produced beers. I’ve downgraded this over my original rating, but this still stands as a good example of a northern German pils, nicely bittered with a solid sweet starchy current beneath it. My original rating (I was much less verbose whenever this was!): Import on draft: golden and still with a solid head. Solid consistency and vaguely bittered, smooth and nice finish.

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Photo of jtw5877
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a really fluffy white head. Smells like a little bit of grain and a hint of skunk. The taste is nice, biscuity maltiness, and a little hopiness with a tiny hint of skunkiness. A free beer given tome by a co-worker, who received it from her sister who received it from a German client.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Jever is much better on tap than out of the bottle in my honest opinion. I think the maltiness is allowed to shine eventhough this beer has a strong hop character.

The beer was poured into a fluted pilsner glass at Rolf's German Restaurant in New York City. This is a beer that can stand up to this place's over the top decorations.

The beer was cold and refreshing. I enjoyed this one with clams.

The head was light and frothy and retreated back to the beer. The aroma is fresh hop and little else.

I am not sure how many IBU's Jever has, but it is substancial for a Pilsner I would imagine. The mouthfeel leaves something to be desired, but in summation this beer is light refreshing and goes great with seafood. I would recommend this one in the spring or summer if you wanted to cool down.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured slightly hazy pale yellow, with a big white head that left rings of lace all the way down the glass. Smell is grassy with a toasted undertone. Taste is bitter and full, comes at you all at once. Hops, toasty grain, and then a clean finish.

This is an unusual pilsner, one worth trying.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Radeberger flute at low altitude.

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles flowing up toward the top of the glass. The head is foamy and stark white with a decent amount of retention and a fair amount of lacing.

S: The smell is relatively strong overall, but malty notes overpower herbal hops on this one. Strangely, I can smell a slight bit of alcohol in the background.

T: Just as the nose would suggest, biscuity malts up front with a less prominent bitterness on the finish. Definitely a little lacking in terms of a hoppy punch.

M: Medium-bodied and dry, although surprisingly lacking in carbonation. No less, a good feel for the style.

D: I don't think this is anything too special, but at least the flavors are very clean.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, I have to admit I'm not a big pilsner fan, but chose this as the best of the bunch at a local restaurant. The appearance was a typical straw/light gold hue with a fairly impressive white head. The aroma was that typical pilsner smell... don't know how else to describe it... with maybe a little more spice.

Now for the taste... the mild sweet flavor is helped greatly by a spicey hop finish. Much more crisp and flavorful than most pilsners, and maybe even a little too bitter for me for this style (but I'd take overly bitter with flavor over lack of flavor any day). The carbonation is just right, and the beer pairs nicely with burgers & sausages. Of course, I'm reviewing this in the middle of winter... I'd might just rate it higher if I was enjoying this brew at a mid-summer BBQ...

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Photo of Lukie
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden hue, with a thick bubbly head. Great lacing and retention, with thick lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma's of slight citrus and woody bark. Not much else really.

Nice malty start, orange and lemon citrus. Full hop whack with nice bitterness. Straw like qualities and a grassy taste makes this very refreshing, yet enough depth to it.

Taste wise, one of the best german pils I have had. It is very unique, which is hard to achieve in pils. Very clean, easy drinking, with great lingering flavours.

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Photo of Wonka
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 fl. oz.
Best Before: 28.04.06

Appearance – gold/straw body with a few streams of carbonation; 1-finger thick, white wispy head at pour with reasonable retention; lace is also reasonable

Smell – skunk smacked me in the nose immediately; based on the ‘Best Before’ date, I wonder if it was mishandled; wheat, grass, spice and noble hop sneak through

Taste – thankfully, the skunk dissipated when taken past the tongue; wheat; slight metal; good floral hop in the close, but that Pepe Le Pew creeps back in the slightest measure between sips; without Pepe, it’d garner a 4

Mouthfeel – very even crispiness; light/moderate feel; really clean close; just a hair dry

Drinkability – easy drinker, but the damned skunk causes me to cut out the nose early in consumption in order to have the best experience

Jever would be a reasonable summer beer if the skunk didn’t ruin the picnic.

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Photo of Riggo
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap on a recent pilgrimage to my old haunt, d.b.a., in Manhattan. In the glass, a clear golden yellow color with a beautiful creamy stark white head. Nose is minerally with leafy, citrus hop notes. Initially a hop bitterness dances on the tongue followed by mineral and grain (wheat? corn?) elements and wonderfully full and solid mouthfeel/body. The finish is very bitter.

A very hoppy beer but a beer with balance nonetheless and an unusually deep, solid mouthfeel for a pilsener. The brewing here is a real lesson in how to incorporate a high-hop/bitter element into a brew without that element sort of floating free from the rest of the beer in an "untamed" way and coming off as astringent. Really an exceptional beer that you don't see too often in America (at least not often enough) and one that sets a standard for pilseners the world over.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle, medium to lighter yellow. Has a nice noble hop aroma, grassy and slightly spicy, taste is the same, starting rather light and finishing a bit heavier with the pronounced earthy/spicy hop bite. A nice full flavored pilsner. Pretty well done.

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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 BeerAmbassador
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light clear yellow color. Fizzy white head that dissipates after a minute or two. Herbal, grassy very assertive Saaz hop aroma, as others have said it has a very typical generic "Pilsner" aroma. Nice and clean with a very hop forward flavor, but a bit one note. Not the best German Pils out there but a nice reminder to branch out and try some other ones.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours two good fingers of stark white head, big soapy bubbles. very pale straw colour, almost a green tinge. Crystal clear.

Lemon and straw jump out on the nose in a big way. light grainy character and that biscuit malt in the back.

Taste follows through with the lemon citrus though more subdued, green wood, severely under-ripe crab apple (bitter and green, not sour), bitter herbs from the hops. Malts follow underneath, nice clean mild bread, think baguette or classic white loaf, tiny bit of cereal grain dust. Finishes super dry and bitter aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, super clean and dry, good carbonation. Not watery but very liquid.

Overall very nice clean crisp pils. Big bitter herb, grassy, under-ripe fruit sharpness with a nice balance of classic mild malt flavours. Nice and dry, cuts like a knife at the end. Very sessionable and a very good pils. I recall Jever having a bit more malt character and more well rounded, slightly softer, hop character when I drank it in Germany. From a tall can in Ontario, still very good.

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Photo of Reverand
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale yellow in color that is crystal clear. Big chunky head that leaves a nice lace to the bottom of the glass. Not much for aroma though. Nice taste that was crisp and clean with a dry hoppy aftertaste. Certainly not the best pilsner but definitely not the worst.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with an off-white, bubbly head that hangs around in a small layer for a long time. The aroma is musty but pleasant, a hint of malt but mostly a faint hoppy aroma. Tastes surprisingly nice given it's so-so aroma. The hops are great and are blended nicely with the malty flavor. Crisp, dry, and very refreshing with a respectable bready body to it. All I could think about was how great this would be with a salmon steak. Perfect for seafood.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsener flute. Appearance is good for a pilsener, tons of champagney little bubbles emanating frome the brew, a nice frothy head. This is a very light colored beer, a light tan.

Scent is almost nonexistent. Taste is crisp, clean, just what I expected from the appearance. Hallertau hops give a nice bitterness, I can't discern any notable malts in this brew, I don't consider that a problem for a pilsener.

Bottom line, this is a very simple, clean, and good technical pilsener--a kind of beer that, lamentably, is almost impossible to find in American brews. That alone gives it a nice grade, it does not have the subtle complexities of flavor of the best Czech and German pilseners, though.

nb-this review was written with the beer served very cold.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp. That one word sums up the best qualities of Jever. I've rarely had a beer as crisp and satisfying as this. The beer pours a clear yellow gold with a snow white head. The aroma is typical pilsener. There's a noticable hop bite at first, pleasant but not overpowering. After the initial hop sensation, there's a pleasant maltiness that's enough to give flavor but not enough to cloy. The taste ends with a crisp dryness, setting you up for the next pleasing sip. The drinkability is off the charts with this one. I sat down with one Jever to drink as I wrote my review; I had finished 4 before I finsihed the review. If you're looking for a Pilsener, look no further.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

dry dry dry, to me way to dry to be a pilsner, more of a mouthful than the appearance would suggest, first approach is difficult based on appearance. so many more choices at this price point, if i could just remember the taste of Michelob Dry perhaps it would come back to me....if you are looking for dry look no further. any other dry comparisons? this is a czech.....no question.

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Photo of atpben
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Capital Ale House in Richmond Downtown. Pours a nice golden color in a pilsner glass. It had a soft hoppy floral smell. Quite soft in the taste and ends with a nice crispiness. Got the same floral tase in the finish with a good amount of dryness. Quite easy to drink. A pretty good example of the German pilsner style. Will try again.

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Photo of al_al1357
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serves from a can a clear golden yellow and an inch of head that quickly dissipates. Not much on the nose. Taste is resemblant of a pilsner with some bitterness on the end. Finish is light, crisp, bitter and smooth.

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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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