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Jever Pilsener – a German beer with an intense taste of hops!

A bottle and a glass of Jever Pilsener from Germany.

Jever Pilsener is a typical German Pislner style beer. It is brewed in the small town of Jever near the German North Sea coast. Please notice the amber color of the beer.

Jever Pilsener is one of the most famous German pilsner beer brands, and acknowledged as a beer with a very bitter taste. The advertising slogan to be found on every Jever bottle relates the bitter taste to the dry mentality of the East Frisian people, as thought to be by many Germans and not only Germany, that is. Aware of this issue, a bitter Pilsner is exactly what German beer lovers usually like, so find out more about the brewery and its No. 1 product: Jever Pilsener!


Did you know that Jever is actually pronounced as if it was written “Jefer” in the local dialect? Yet, the TV commercials speak of “Jewer”. This results from the fact that Jever Pilsener is well-known throughout Germany and most Germans would pronounce the town “Jewer”. Therefore, the pronunciation is pure marketing!

Jever Pilsener: it all began in 1848.

It was the year of the German March Revolution when in the small East Frisian town of Jever the Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever brewery started producing beer. In those days there were many breweries in the region and this brewery was nothing special for its time or its beers. Opened by Diedrich König and bought by Theodor Fetköter, it was the latter who largely contributed to the brewery, today famous for Jever Pilsener, and made it grow. He achieved this by clever advertisement and by using special bottles which could easily be distinguished from those of other breweries. And by the way, he was also involved in the construction of Jever’s first water pipeline. After hard times for the family due to the loss of Fetköter’s son during WW1, the Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever was acquired by the Bavaria St. Pauli Brauerei of Hamburg, now part of the Carlsberg Group (German breweries and beer brands).
And then it happened: the popular beer of the brewery was sold as Jever Pilsener for the first time in 1934. Very little has changed up to this very day. Jever Pilsener has a long tradition lasting longer than 80 years.

Jever’s beer label depicts the town’s castle called Schloss Jever. It is located centrally in the old East Frisian town centre.

The Jever brewery and product range today!

Jever Pilsener bottle with a Biertulpe / beer tulip style beer glass.

Jever Pilsener is usually available in 0.33l bottles. That’s enough for a nice German Biertulpe style glass – to be seen on the right.

For many years the brewery of Jever had mainly relied on Jever Export beer being its best-selling beer by far. Yet, the 1960s were the time of Pilsner beer, and so Jever Pilsener became more important to the brewery. The Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever could grow and its glazed towers containing a total of 15 fermentation tanks built in the 1980s soon became a landmark of Jever with a population of less than 14.000. It is worth noticing that each fermentation tank has the astonishing capacity of 2.400 hectoliters each. The brewery is able to fill around 60.000 bottles per hour!


If you are on vacation on the North German coast, you should consider visiting Jever’s brewery with its striking towers. Tours are provided by beer specialists, and you can also have a look at what brewing meant at the beginning of the last century by including the historical brewery museum attached to the facilities. It’s worth it!

Like other German breweries, the Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever widened its beer range in the past years and participated in the boom for low alcoholic or non-alcoholic beer beverages. Thus, the beverages produced by Jever’s brewery are typical for those of a larger German brewery today.

Jever beers & beverages

Please have a look at the spelling of Jever Pilsener. You can also spell the German word Pilsner with an “e”. The Jever brewery does it this way, so it is Jever Pilsener, not Jever Pilsner!

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Jever Pilsener – The Data.

Alcohol content: 4.9 % ABV
Calories: 39 kcal / 100 ml
Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Hops

Learn more about German Pilsner beer!

Jever Pilsener - Our Review


A 0.33l bottle of Jever Pilsener for two. The color of this classic Pilsner style beer seemed like amber and the froth was very consistent and rather long-lasting. This was very promising, and the taste of Jever Pilsener held up with its appearance. Well-balanced and slightly malty in the beginning, the aftertaste was long and strong with lots of hops. We only missed a little more carbon dioxide in Jever Pilsner. But, all in all a great beer with an intense taste and a fantastic Pilsner style one!

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*We tasted this beer with 2 persons and the rating reflects only our personal impression, which we discussed after tasting the beer. The beer was cooled to the recommended temperature for the relevant beer type prior to testing. You may have a different taste and come to other results.

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More Jever Beers!

Jever Light
Jever Light is a light version of Jever Pilsener. It has less alcohol and thus less calories. Our Review on Jever Light!
Jever Fun
Read this review on Jever Fun, the non-alcoholic version of the famous Jever Pilsener.

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