Name: Jever Pilsener
Brewery: Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
Country of Origin: Germany
City & State: Am Elisabethufer
Style: German Pilsener
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.90%
First Brewed: 1934
Clear gold in color, the beer sits beneath a modest white head. The aroma is of hops and crisp malt. The accented bitterness is immediately noticeable on tasting but is well balanced against the crisp, drying maltiness. Despite the dry and bitter aftertaste, drinkers should take another sip.
I have’t had this beer before, but I have been on a light beer kick lately. I had a few cans of Coors Light on the golf course yesterday, and have been drinking some light summer beers this week. Total Wine & More put them on sale, so I grabbed a few cases of my favorite summer beers. When I was looking for what beer to review next, I figured this one would taste great on a hot summer day. Angelo also recently reviewed this beer. He is working his way through all the German beers on the list right now.
It is hot outside. It is over 100 degrees outside. I did run 5 miles earlier today, so I need all the help I can get! It was cool learning more about the brewery, too. It sounds like there is a lot of history here. I hope they are able to produce a great tasting beer! Oh, and I am on their website right now. I am going to leave it open while I write this beer. They have music playing in the background and it makes me feel like I am on the beach. Cheers!
In the Glass: The beer looks really desirable in the glass. It has a nice thick white head and a lovely golden yellow color. Granted, in a blind taste test, as thirsty as I am right now, I might say Bud Light looks desirable in a glass! The beer is leaving a nice lace, too. This bottle traveled a long way. I can’t wait to drink it!
Nose: It smells like beer! It has a nice malty aroma to it, and I am not getting much, if any hop character here. That’s OK. I am not drinking this for the hops. This beer smells fresh and is one that should be consumed ice cold. I am excited to see what this beer tastes like.
Flavor: That is not your typical pilsner. There is a lot more character here than I expected. They used the words, “dry” and, “bitter” to explain this beer in the tasting notes. That is exactly what I am tasting. It has a really nice dry start, and the hops kick. The aftertaste is mellow, but the flavor has me wanting more. At least another drink!
Mouthfeel: The beer is quite smooth, and while I can feel a thin layer of bubbles on my tongue, it has a nice consistency as I drink this. The back of the palate is left with a certain dryness that I didn’t expect, but with this style I rarely expect it to be dry.
Aftertaste: There is more drying in the finish, but it doesn’t last as long as I had hoped. I want the finish to just linger, and to leave me wanting more. Granted, I do want to finish my glass, but outside of sitting by the pool, I am not sure I would ever desire this beer again. Especially for the price. If I was in Germany and it was on tap, I might order another one. But this beer is nothing to write home about.
This beer is easy to drink, has nice bitterness to it, and is one that I could drink 6 of before realizing I was even drinking beer. But this isn’t something you will typically find in my fridge. Germany is known for making beer, but I am not sure they make the best pilsner.
Jever Pilsener – The bottle says: “For 15 years, in the Freisland region of northern Germany, the Jever Brewery has used only pure Fresian spring water and fresh Hallertau hops in a beer that has become rized for its distinctive palate and crisp, dry finish – Jever. The Original Freisland Pilsener.”
I’m guessing this beer is pretty boring. Ricky said it’s a pilsner, but I have no idea which one. It looks pretty boring. It’s plain, yellow, clear, and looks like a boring domestic. It smells like bread. There wasn’t a lot of head to it, and what was there has now dissipated almost completely. It’s really hard to give this beer the benefit of the doubt. I guess with having to come up with 1001 beers you should try, there are bound to be some that just aren’t that good and that I disagree with, right? I don’t understand why some of these are even included in the book. I could definitely come up with some that are better than this.
Yep. This beer is boring and tastes like probably about a million other beers out there. It also has a really bad aftertaste. Honestly, to me the aftertaste is kind of like when you accidentally get hairspray in your mouth. I don’t know what Ricky thinks of this beer, but to me it sucks. I think I’d rather have PBR than this! Definitely not one I’d recommend, and I wouldn’t buy it again, ever.