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Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG

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303 Reviews

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Reviews: 303
Hads: 632
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 23.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 83 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 02-18-2002

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from green 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, golden/straw color, with a bright white, fluffy head of foam.
Aroma-Very faint skunkiness(green bottle syndrome), pilsner malt
Taste-Cracker, pilsner malt,short hop bite, very crisp, rather dry, light, quick finish. Crisp, light and refreshing. A fine example of the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 2 inch white head that fades to a thin cap. Foamy splotches of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grass, and very slight skunk. Taste is of grains, grassy notes, with a bitter hop kick on the finish. There is an astringent bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pilsner with a very refreshing and authentic taste.

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Photo of stewart124
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dutches in East Hyde Park.

Straw to golden yellow with a fair amount of head and lace.

Nose is a musty hallertau. Plenty of spice.

The taste is crisp, subtle malt character with a heavy hand of hops. Quite tasty thoughout and finishes dry. There is a nice amount of spice but something just seems a bit muddied or rough. There really isn't anything wrong that I can point out as much as this isn't a great German Pils. Still a nice pilsener.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a half finger of frothy foam. Aroma is grainy, husky, DMS-like cabbage aroma as well.

First sip is a quick burst of malt, quickly overshadowed by a brief hoppy flavor, and the finishing bone dry. Minimal bitterness, minimal sweetness. Has a grainy flavor, with noble hops poking their way in as well.

Overall, a good hot summer beer, thanks to the dry finish. Not something I'd particularly crave or seek out again. Perhaps this tastes better closer to the source.

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Photo of bushwhacker
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass a crystal clear light yellow, foamy white 2 and half head. Lots of carbonation. Smells that ‘kinda skunk-like’ smell found a lot in import pilsners at first, that goes away (my wife smelled it across the room and said that). Taste reminded me of Stella; dry weak bitter taste and mouthfeel. I like this german pilsner. Great for hot summer months.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a clear golden-yellow color, with a nice fluffy head.
Smell: malts, grains, grass and herbal hops.
Taste: Malts, grains, pepper and very low sweetness. Very dry for the style. Aftertaste is dry, long and very bitter
Mouthfeel: High-carbonation, thin body.
Overall: Very dry and hoppy for the style. Different, but nice!

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Photo of armock
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle given to me at Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA by a distributor sales rep.

A - Poured a clear golden yellow with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has that typical green bottle smell I expected better handling from a sales rep hops weren't completely shot though as some grassy scents are present

T - Like the nose slight skunk with some grassy hops and a slight bit of spiciness from the hops

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

O - I would really like to try this beer again on tap or from a can to experience it flaw free regardless its still pretty easy drinking and worth trying if you like pilsners

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
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 PeprSprYoFace
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass. Pours a golden clear hay color. Almost budweiser. Had a decen white head but it turned to a film. Slight lacing.

Aroma is that of heinekin. Vey pilsy and crisp but nothing else.

Taste is ok. It's more hoppy than other pils. Has more of a hop bite. It's crisp and refreshing though.

Mouthfeel is dry and semi high carb.

Overall it's an ok Lager. Not like the other German ones around but more like heinekin or something.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Victory Pilsener glass.

A: Straw yellow with visable carbonation, good 2 fingers of foamy head that settles too a nice ring. Very nice lacing from start to finish.

S: There is a Metallic hoppiness very green, very slight yet bitter sweet malts.

T: Slightly sweet malts, with a very green oily hops. Clean and crisp, after taste is strong bitter and long.

M: Sharp very active carbonation on the tongue.

D: Very nice pilsener fits the style to a tee. Pils from the homeland.

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Photo of Domingo
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times on my latest German trip. While not all that common in Munich, pilsners seem to be a greater staple in Bamberg. My review is from the Hofbrau restaurant in old town.
Arrived in a Jever branded pils glass with an odd paper ring around the bottom confirming that the beer in the glass is indeed Jever. It's a nice straw gold color with a fluffy head.
Having had a lot of the local pilsners in Bamberg (and some in Munich, too), I can definitely see that this one is drier. Fresh bread up front, and herbal hops on the back end. Really clean finish. The malt seems to be missing something even though the hops are the focal point.
It would be easy to drink these all day and it did well with my pasta, but it's not as dry and hoppy as I expected. It always just seems like the malts were held back.
Good pilsner, but certainly not one I'd choose over others like Herren, Augustiner, or the Rathaus beers.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look: Brownish yellow color with very little head and lacing

Smell: A hint of hops and that wonderful snuky smell that you get with german pils

Taste: This beer tasted like I was chewing on a leaf so if that is your thing then drink it up

Mouthfeel: This beer has a bit more body than water and nothing more

Overall: A very boring pils. It lacks flavor and body I would not recommend this beer

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Photo of phishgator
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 taylocd
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into pilsner glass; best by date of 11.2011 on bottle

A - The Jever Pilsener poured up a very pale and clean straw color similar to many American adjunct lagers. It had a bit more respectable amount of head, but like those AAL's, it dissipated quickly and left no lacing. I can't knock the color, but I would have hoped for a bit more head or lacing. 3 of 5

S - There is a respectable aroma to the beer, but I don't know how best to describe it. It has a bit of grainy or dry grassy smell that is similar to most pilsners but somehow different. I wish I had a better grasp of my olfactory senses so that I could describe the smell better... Regardless of my shortcomings, the aroma of this one was better than average 3.5 of 5

T - The beer has much more pronounced bitterness than many pilsners that I've tried. The Jever has more than average bitterness, but not so much as to make it odd for the style as it retains the bready finish characteristic of pilsner...4 of 5

M - The brew seemed to be slightly flat, but not too far out of the norm for the style. As expected, it was an easy drinker 2.5 of 5.

Overall - Though no one area was exceptional, and most were merely average, I really enjoyed drinking the Jever. It is plenty tasty and quite satisfying. I would certainly buy this one again. 4 of 5

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Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just can't get into these pilsners, the look of the beer isn't too bad. It looks like a a yellow bodied beer with a foamy white head that has light carbonation bubbles rising from the glass. The smell to me is not pleasent, makes me feel like it's gone bad or something. The taste is grassy, very much like fresh cut grass. Some earth and leafs may be in there too. The mouthfeel was light and easy to drink thankfully. I don't ever need to have this one again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 schoolboy
4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, that's what I'm talking about. This is how they should smell. It's perfect. Pils should be mild, but they need to stink. This does, and beautifully.

Everything else about this brew is well balanced. It might be a little weak on bubbles - flattening out easily. A very mild taste. Light easy drinking. But aromatic out the wazoo. It's a good buy for that. I want to buy it to drink one warm.

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Photo of atlason
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.33cl botltle poured into Jever flute. Freshness date 24-06-11.

A: Straw with nice thick head. Decent retention and some pretty but small lacing.

S: Spicy light noble hops.

T: Perfect balance between relatively simple malty sweetness and light noble hoppiness. This is a great example of a true to style Pilsener on the hoppy side.

M: Some viscosity indicates medium attenuation. Carbonation low but sufficient.

Overall a great Pils. Get it and if you don't enjoy it, consider that your palate might need some training.

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Photo of shand
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

This is one of the lightest coloured authentic pilsners I've seen! A very pale golden that's completely transparent, with a healthy head that leaves decent lacing down the glass. The aroma on this is bready malts and grains with some nice noble hops. The taste follows the nose, with the clean, bready malts and slighly aggressive grains pairing with the nice, zesty hops. The hops leave some nice bitterness on the end.

The mouthfeel is nice, it's not as heavily carbonated or as drying as the style can sometimes be, and the drinkability is quite good. A solid pilsner that doesn't stand out as anything special, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a slender clear glass cervoise at La Piazza (Berlin, Germany).

A: Clear golden with 1-finger of white-frothy head and substantial lacing.

S: Pale malty sweetness with herbal, noble hoppiness moderate in the background.

T: Sharp herbal hoppy bitterness dominates but the pale malt counters pretty effectively to leave a mineral sweetness in the finish

M: Light-to-medium bodied with sharp, mineral bitterness and a moderately dry finish without much aftertaste

O: Not a bad beer but not as substantial as Konig

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a pristine golden hue and is capped with a sturdy white head. Bubble streams feed the froth consistently, and suggest a radiant and effervescent brew (which it is.)

S - The nose has some malt sweetness and woody herbal hop; the same exact character can be found in the flavor, especially on the finish.

T - Clean flavor is the theme, lending impressions of sandwich bread, spring minerals, a sweet and bitter interplay and earthy dryness. The more I drink it, the more I can taste the sublime transposition of the base malt into this delectable libation; the preservation of the malt's essence through the brewing process is wondrous. The hop adds a small amount of herbal zest, but is generally a counterpoint of bitterness to the malt.

M - Crisp, clean, refreshing.

D - This is the type beer they all want to be. Who? BMC, that's who. But they'll never come close to this...

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Photo of JLeege
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
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 kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Draught into .3 litre glass in Berlin, Germany.

A: Clear gold with half finger, thin head of poor retention.

Sm: Fresh clean barley. Light scent.

T: Clean barley with stale finish. A bit bitter on the finish. Nothing new. Built rather blandly. Not difficult to balance only one note.

Mf: Too wet; coarse in the wrong places.

Dr: A bit shite for Berlin prices.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice yellow clear pilsener with small head that quickly disappears. Nice tiny bubbles.

Smell - Slightly skunky and some notes of hops and straw. Not bad!

Taste - I have to say, this has more hop bitterness than any brew I've had on the other side of the pond let alone a pilsener. Not as hoppy as many American IPAs and Ales but still...you'd swear this was an American craftbrew imitation pilsener. Its a good pilesner but not the best I've sampled as the bitterness lingers a little too long in the aftertaste and the hops hide some of the other flavorings stuggling to work through. I never thought I'd say this for a European made beer but its slightly off balance. I'm also picking up some metallic tastes.

Mouthfeel - very decent for a pilsener

Drinkability - I'm knocking it back a notch in the drinkability rating because of the lingering aftertaste bitterness.

Overall - I'm a big fan of pilseners and although I've been somewhat critical in my review, its still a good beer and worthy of a sampling or revisit. Of the premium pilseners I've sampled, its probably in my top 10 somewhere but not top 2 or 3.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a nice, light, clear yellow in color with a gorgeous white head that left a nice film on top of the liquid.

Smell - The Hallertau jumps out of the glass and the grain is raw and fun. This is a big nose for a pils.

Taste - The hops are just as big at the taste and the grain is sharp and to the point. This is a very big beer.

Mouthfeel - This is a tad bigger than light-bodied with some nice, fresh carbonation.

Drinkability - This isn't traditional but was very tasty, more like a Czech pils than a German one.

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Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
81 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.