Jever Dark | Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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Jever DarkJever Dark

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Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-28-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of clarknova
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of phishbone23
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Thomas Biesl poured into a half-liter mug.

A--Black cherry bordering on cocoa brown body with thin small (quarter inch) off-white creamy head. Not much retention and no lacing.

S--Enh. Maybe some sweetish caramel malt notes, and a tinge of dark fruit (dates?), licorice, and sulfur.

T--Both sweet and deep. More of that lovely licorice in there, along with some grape fruitiness, like those dark purple concord grapes. Flavor is sweet but not like raisins. More toffeeish flavors and caramel from the malt. Sulfur doesn't make itself known in the flavor profile, nor do you catch my hops--just enough bitter to balance.

M&D--Needs a little more pep from the carbonation, as the lack of it, or even less than a lot of it, tips this a little to the sweet side. Drinkability is fine--as with most lagers, you could stick with this for an evening and not regret it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque reddish-brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is not strong but it malty and a little spicy, with a hint of fruit, and definitely tempting. Rich flavor is mainly malty with a fruity undertone - mostly cherry - and a strong hoppy tone, a little bitter and a little sweet. Texture is fairly smooth and lively, leaving a bit of a tingle. Wunderbar!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jever- Dark Lager

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- Dark black. Lifeless, no bubbles no head.
Smell- Light roasted coffee bean with a touch of licorice.
Taste- Coffee, malt, and black licorice.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp. Flavor buds in the end.

Overall- A very good tasting beer. Doesn't look all that but it makes a nice session beer.

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A kind gift from my German flatmate who brought this beer back from her hometown, Stuttgart. 330ml dark brown bottle, BB 18/05/2007, served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: dark caramely brown in colour, coming with a frothy beige head with very good retention; gentle and constant carbonation. Looking good.
S: the caramely and gristy maltiness blends harmoniously with the slightly ashy edge of hops and the distinctive sour edge of pale lager, while in the background a flow of thicker, bready maltiness lingers. Not like Jever Pils at all, even if these two beers are remotely related, but the aroma is really good and well-mixed.
T: the dryish, bitter-sweet notes as of raw chestnuts prevails from the very beginning, gradually bringing aboard surprisingly mild and light caramely malts but intensifying dryness from the celebrated hallmark hoppyness of Jever Pils... akin to rubbed dried-grassy and leafy hops. The clean bitterness manifests itself freely towards the very end of tasting, coupled with a delicately sour-ish edge of pale lager.
M&D: clean and crisp on the mouthfeel, softly carbonated, medium-bodied--this beer is of as high quality as Jever Pils is. Somehow I find it quite different from other more traditional Munich Dunkels, and the bitter and dry hoppyness plays a key part in this beer's quaffability. Sincere thanks to my dear flatmate Diddie!

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Photo of aquatonex
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time at Croxley Ales in Franklin Square.

Pours deep brown like a stout, a little thinner though. Not much head at all, could be the way it was tapped. Not very carbonated. Decent lacing. Smell consists of heavy toasted malts, slight sweetness. Taste follows with a very nice mix of bitterness and sweet maltiness. I think it was a little too sweet, but otherwise was very nice. Good, rather refreshing, very interesting.

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Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light body but a richly malted dark beer taste. Good head and some lace on this dark brown colour. Some roast mid-sip with coffee and nuts and hop bitterness at end, best of show of what was on-tap at Ludwig's in Philly, though it isn't saying a lot..

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jever Dark, eh? Eight years of my life spent in the German speaking world, including several weekends just a stone's throw from the Jever brewery, and I'd never seen Jever Dark until it appeared in a Moscow grocery store. Go figure. Green long neck 33cl bottle with a black and red label. Purity law applies, of course. Best before 7/22/04, I opened it on 4/2/04.

Beautiful clear dark burgundy hue under an almost brown one finger head that displays great contour as it slowly settles to film, leaving nice lace on the glass most of the way down. The nose is well balanced between caramel and flowery hops. The mouth is fairly heavy, but only lightly carbonated. The taste is very smooth, with roasted malt to open, followed by a healthy dose of good crisp bitter hops. I don't think this is as hoppy as Jever pale, but it's much hoppier than your average German dark beer. This hophead is a happy camper.

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

Beer served on tap at Ludwig's Philadelphia. Sample had a great nose, so I guess it was really fresh.

Beer appeared stout-black in the glass, generous pearly white head. Nose when cold was one of roasted grains with slight hop notes. As beer warmed in the glass, biscuty Munich malt notes appear.

Taste followed the nose mostly. Cold, the beer had a roastyness and nut notes (maybe a slight oatyness), not much sweetness. As the beer warmed, the sweeter malts became more assertive. Nice agreeable hopping provides good counterpoint and balance.

Mouthfeel was thin and refreshing. Too interesting to quaff, but sessionable nonetheless.

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Photo of stirgy
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a deep mahogany-brown color and was topped with a thin but very creamy off white head. Clear and well carbonated. The aroma gives off burnt caramel, peanut brittle and roasted almonds. The taste is slightly bitter from the roasted and chocolaty grains with a slightly sweet, slightly burnt caramel smokiness. The body is medium to light with a roasted toffee-like bitter aftertaste left on the tongue. Dark, rich and very enjoyable.

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

Aroma has caramel and licorice. Almost black color. Licorice and coffee flavors, with just a bit hops. Caramel and tobacco aromas. Deep dark brown color. Very little head, a roasted malt taste - kinda woody at times. Real strong bitter finish. Gritty palette and thin. Lacks the assertiveness of Jever pils, but still an above average, decent, beer.

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Jever Dark from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
3.87 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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