Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Premium PilsPaulaner Premium Pils

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378 Ratings

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Reviews by alankwak:
Photo of alankwak
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw colored, clear and light. Nice. My gawd what a doorknob of a wonderful head(composed of small bubbles which is A+). Great head retention and very good lacing.
S: Tad weak here but acceptable. I thought I get a whiff of saaz but didn't. Oh well.
T: Wonderful. Lightly hopped but enough, very nice pils. This must be very well lagered to have such a tame yet full taste...yummy.
M: Medium mouthfeel, you don't feel as if your drinking bread and you shouldn't. Very light which is nice. Yet a nice mouthfeel for the style of beer.
D: Very good here. I could down many of these fine pilsners.

Overall: I really liked this this fine german pilsner. All that's missing is a little more saaz aroma.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Very light yellow in color and almost clear with a rather disappointing head.

Smell – Nice, earthy floral hops make up the majority of the aroma here. There’s also a hint of fruity sweetness.

Taste – This one has some good carbonation for a Pils, and the flavor profile seems to be supported by a much stronger malt base than I picked up from the nose. The finish is light and fruity.

Mouthfeel – More on the carbonation. It was there, but lacked the fluffy, tickling character of a good Pils. The dryness was interesting; there’s definitely sweetness at the finish, but that dryness holds true and seems to almost suck the saliva from your cheeks.

Drinkability – I didn’t think that this was a classic representation of the style and otherwise wasn’t too impressed. I guess after reviewing their incredible Hefe Weizen I expected a little more.

Not bad, just not good.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This a pale, clear, golden color with a thin, bright white head. The aroma is beautiful, a soft cloud of muted hop and sweet grain, unadulterated by any sulfer notes. The main word to describe this beer is SOFT. Everything is so subtle and balanced. The flavor is light, sweet, a little bready with touches of alcohol, metal, and sulfer, which all have their place and are balanced in their own way. Totally clean aftertaste, though the finish is unabrupt. Not perfect, but a pretty dreamy pilsner.

Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz Euro style brown bottle with a freshness date stamped on the lower right hand corner of the label.

Appearance: Crystal clear shimmering bright pale golden brew, the mid-sized bubbles race to the top to keep the white lace in good form.

Smell: Fresh baked bulky rolls come to mind, malt sweetness is present as well as a delicate herbal hop aroma. Fresh aromatics entice the nose.

Taste: Very smooth and increasingly crisp mouth feel within the deceptive medium body. Swirling malt flavours wrap around the taste buds leaving bread crust flavours, very well structured malt profile with a lightness yet not lacking in complexity at all. Hops are solely one flavour that is like a wave in the tide of bitterness, perfectly round bitterness blankets the palate with a balancing effect. Herbal hop flavour surrounds the tongue with a soft and pleasant taste throughout. Clean other than some low level grainy husk flavour, alcohol is faint but slightly warming. Fresh cut hay in the mouth during the finish, not dry and not sweet but somewhere in between (even though it says extra dry on the label this is still not a "dry" beer compared to other lager or pilsners in around the world).

Notes: Tasty little pils here, well place flavours and relatively delicate other than the husk character. A clean and fresh example to the euro pilsner style and great for someone that wants to jump ship from the big macro lager freighter.

Photo of Mora2000
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is basic pilsener with a lot of pilsener malt. The flavor is more of the same, with some malt and grain notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very basic.

Photo of puertobrewing
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on a pilsner glass.

Appearance - light golden with a nice one inch dense head that dissipated very slowly.

Smell - the smell is very subtle but everything is there: the malt, some yeast, noble hops and a very tiny hint of dried herbs.

Taste - again very subtle yet complex in its own way. So well balanced that I cannot identyfy any other flavor than that of a good and tasty pilsner.

Mouthfeel - right on the spot. Light body without taking away flavor and the right amount of carbonation to make it a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Overall - Paulaner has surprised me with their craftmanship on their brews. This beer ain't the exception. There may be better pilsners out there but Paulaner's Premium Pils is among the best in my humble opinion and it is also by the book on how the style should be.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear golden straw color with a nice bubbly white head lies nice and thick with great retention, lacing forms nice rings with each sip. Aroma: Light grassy with a slight hint of lemon tone to it, great herbal European hop aroma very nice German pils. Taste: More of the lemongrass sweetness finishes dry with a nice bitterness date says 12-03 but this tastes very fresh to me with no off flavors at all very clean finish excellent refreshing pils. Mouthfeel: Strong carbonatin lighter bodied lager excellent summer sipper nothing spectacular but solid to the style. Drinkability: Once again awesome refreshing, crisp, and somewhat flavorful compared the "true pilsner" by Miller.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

German beer is an engineering masterpiece. Premium Pils is no exception. The beer is golden blonde, crystal clear and has firm bubbles rocketing up through my pilsner glass. The head is a glorious three fingers of white pillowy goodness. It fades but never completely and has some thin lacing.

The nose starts out very scary. As soon as it's poured there is a whiff of skunk. It fades like a fart in the wind, leaving crisp malts and a grassy hop. Nice but I keep expecting more skunk and find that it tarnishes my enjoyment.

The taste is up there in my book for a Pils. Clean, refreshing and balanced with flavors of crushed grain, honey and lemon zest. PPP is a bright satisfying beer with an excellent flavor.

Easily drinkable with a great mix of hoppy bitterness and sizzle from carbonation. It seems that I can't get enough of this beer because of it's satisfying nature. Then again I did just mow the lawn in 100° heat and maybe I was looking for a cool refreshing drink. Either way I'm going to have some more and go to bed early.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden colored beer! This Paulaner was brewed in June of 2007. I read this before the first sip and was somewhat worried it would be skunky. Thankfully it tasted rather fresh. Here's to darker bottles!

Bit of a coppery hoppy smell that I have come to associate with an easy going lager. This is a good thing! Nothing at all like I expected.

Smooth with the right amount of bitterness. I was impressed. This is a good lager. I enjoyed this as an after dinner treat. Used the brew to wash down a grilled New York Strip and baked potato and a few fresh onion slices!

Light and easy going with a slightly hoppy aftertaste that is quite enjoyable.

This stlye of beer fits well into my lifestyle with it's character and ability to go with dinner or as a simple refreshing easy drinking lawnmower beer! I will recommend this to a few of my buddies who enjoy this style!

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a traditional beer mug

A- nice bright yellow a bit darker than I would have expected, with a foaming white head that disappated quickly

S- I did not get much of a nose on this beer, which I notice is contrary to other reviews, some malt is all I got in the nose.

T- good about covers it. clean up front with a surprising amount of hop bitterness in the finish. However not as clean I as would have liked.

M- some carbination light but again a bit lacking

D- an easy drinker and an ok session beer. Lacks a bit of complexity.

Notes- it seems like this beer was missing something. This beer to me seem like "clse but no cigar" Overall a good beer that I would have again. But not my favorite of the style. Spaten premium lager is a better choise overall.

cavat- I have discribed this beer as missing something yet still have it rated well. How does this work? German Pilser is my favorite style of beer so while I may find it lacking compared to the spaten, it was still one of the better offerings out there.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is the pale yellow-gold of the typical pils. A nice white head forms and leaves decent lacing. Carbonation is really very lively.
A light malt profile is first on the nose along with some mild hops with a grassy, earthy note and a biscuit aroma as well.
There's a nice blend of malt and hops. The grassy earthiness in present in the flavor with an herbal leaf coming out underneath and especially in the finish. I get a little tint of something, as though it's more of a grass clippings than fresh grass. It doesn't hurt the otherwise well-balanced and clean flavor much. There's a note of fresh bread and grains as well.
The body is on the light end of medium. Carbonation is active, making this one quite crisp.
This is a good brew and certainly a step up from the macro attempt at "real pilsener taste." Perhaps this would be a good gateway beer before introducing a newbie to, say, Prima.

Photo of anders36
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a pale yellow colour with a nice large longlasting head. Has a malty grassy, slightly grainy aroma. The flavor is sweet malty with grassy hints. Also some grainy hints. Medium mouthfeel with a long bitter aftertaste. An okay German pilsener.

Photo of appenzeller
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: exceptional clarity light gold, one-fingered head that dissipates with minimal lacing.

Smells faintly of floral/grass, good freshness to aroma.

A prototypical excellent Bavarian pils. Good carbonation, well crafted clean beer. Fairly neutral taste compared to other German/Czech pilsners that are peers.

I love pilsners, this is a very good technical one with good balance, lightness, and clarity. However, just a half-notch below a few other top pilsners in its peer group.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very solid pils.
Pours golden with nice effervescence.
Floral hop aroma.
Also floral on the buds, with a faint lemon rind kick. Bready maltiness backs this up. Finishes with more hops, and some lingering, pleasant grassy flavor.
Light, and easy to drink, yet holds the attention with it's presence in the mouth.
Great hot weather brew

Photo of Bcant
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp, clear and golden with a fluffy white head about 3 fingers that disappeared fast. Strong grain, bread-like aroma. Lost of malt flavors but not sweet or syrupy, defiantly enough hop to balance things out, but that is about all the hops do, as they do not stand out tremendously, aside from providing a dry ending. Very palatable, but not at all challenging. A good example of a pills but not the Plutonic form.

Photo of pmcadamis
1.54/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - A dull shade of gold with a flimsy head that soon reduces to a haze of dishwater film. Crystal clear with lots of tiny champagne bubbles. Swirling brings up a thin cap of white foam, and there is a good amount of spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Saltine cracker pils malts with subtle clean hop notes. Typical German pils nose.

T - Bitter and clean. Saltine crackers, salty cheese-whip, and metallic mineral flavors. I don't really care for mineral flavors in my beers, and this one is like sucking on a penny. Wow. This is no good. Makes my fillings hurt.

M - Thin, extremely carbonated, acidic, sour, and metallic.

D - Terrible. This is overly salty and metallic. I can barely finish this one....I will though (I don't believe in wasting beer....there are thirsty kids in China and my mom taught me to always clean my plate).

Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean gold, with a nice white head and big loopy lacing -- not detailed, but appealing nonetheless.

Nose is bready and toasty. Exemplary malty lager.

Taste is clean and smooth -- malty but well-balanced with a light kiss of hops at the finish. A delectable and enjoyable pilsner.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: White cotton foam that thins out into a delicate layer of lacing; almost like a lid sealing the rest of the flavors.

Smell: Lemon and a bit of caramel. Subtle and fresh. Fairly citrusy overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sticky caramel biscuit-ness with a hint of lemon soap. Very sudsy and clean. Maybe a tad sticky in the finish, but it's fantastic overall.

Overall Drinkability: Excellent balance for a pilsener; hit's all the right notes.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing straw gold body topped by a frothy bright white head that holds quite well. It eventually receeds but keeps a thin surface covering and leaves some very nice lace. The nose is fragrant with a bright, fresh, sweet malt atop a light grassy, floral and mildly spicy hop aroma. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation that's lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma indicates with a firm bitterness and floral/grassy hop flavor. Well balanced. It finishes dry, crisp and clean with just some minor residual sweet malt and lingering bitterness. Very refreshing! A nice, easy finish. Overall, it seems to fall somewhere between a Bohemian and German Pils. Very well done and exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Large head but doesn't last too long and leaves a little lace. Clear, golden color. A lot of tiny bubbles rising constantly.
Smell and taste are pretty standard for a pilsner.
Body feels light to medium, smooth and well carbonated.

The best thing about this beer is the drinkability. It has a nice mouthfeel and is very refreshing. After you have a sip, it makes you want more.

Photo of cjgator3
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. The bottled on freshness date clearly marked on the side of the label. Thank you Paulaner for indicating the freshness because it is difficult to find fresh German imports here in the states.

Pours a golden yellow color with a nice white head that possesses some pretty good lacing and retention. The aroma is grainy malt with a good dose of spicy grassy hops. The taste is malt with a nice snappy bite from the spicy saaz hops in the finish. The taste is crisp and refreshing, everything you expect in a good German Pils. This beer is nothing that is going to knock your socks off, but it is definitely a tasty and highly drinkable Pilsner that is a wonderful session beer in the summer. Recommended.

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

Picked up a 6'er at Cellar's in Woodbury. Poured a straw yellow with a tall white head. The aroma and flavor have a great mix of spicy, fruity hops with dry, bready malts and hard water. This is a classic pilsner through and through. A great example of the style and a must try.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured two fingers of head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma is a good dry grain with a touch of lemon.
The taste is quite smooth. A little mild bitterness throughout. It has a nice balance.
The texture is a little fizzy with a light body.
Enjoyable and easy drinking.

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

Pours with a pillowy huge snow white head that settles into a clear golden-yellow hued glass of beer. The nose offers notes of a clean sweet maltiness followed by a nice showing of floral and grassy hoppiness that begs for a swallow. The taste is nicely bitter hops ahead of light-bodied clean-tasting malt base that finishes pleasantly behind the initial bitterness. A very tasty and albeit very drinkable German Pils...right up there with the best of 'em (Bitburger, Jever, ect.). The lack of "heaviness" makes this a superb hot weather or session drink.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a golden clear hay color. Very thin head dissapated to a thin ring. A bit of lacing.

Aroma is the most bland of the pilsners I have been drinking. It really just has a faint pils aroma. Very faint. Had to sniff it several times to try and draw and aroma out.

Taste is the least flavorful of the past 8 or 9 pils I have recently drank. It's got an ok pils taste. Slight bite in the finish. It could just use a boost in flavor. More pils taste would be nice.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry and high carb.

Overall a refreshing pils but I still would rather buy a couple other 6packs of pils available to me

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Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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