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Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Paulaner Premium PilsPaulaner Premium Pils

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320 Ratings

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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Photo of RandomExile


3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pale gold, straw, translucent; fluffy white head, fades within a few minutes, but leaves a persistent, latticed lacing
S: fresh, paper/straw
T: bitter, moderate hops, grassy/herbal/straw, faintly reminiscent of mate`
M: light-bodied, smooth, moderately carbonated, just edging into dry, yet coating
O: Excellent pilsner, light and grassy.

250mL / Pilsner Glass / Schmankerl Stube, Hagerstown, MD

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 00:43:20 | More by RandomExile
Photo of spoony


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Vail, Colorado into a pokal glass.

A-The brew is very light in color, not quite golden-hued yellow. It is crystal clear with a decent display of chunky carbonation. The head on my pour was about one finger tall and white. The brew leaves decent-sized chunks of lace on the glass.

S-This brew is dry on the nose, nearly chalky, with a little bit of cracker and biscuit. Hops are floral and very mild, as you would expect from a pils.

T-The taste is also on the dry side, verging on chalky and metallic. The biscuit/cracker malts mostly dominate any hop flavors that might be lurking here and the result is very crisp and very bitey.

M-The feel is light (although pretty typical for the style) with a chunky, assertive carbonation. Easy to drink.

O-This brew is a decent example of a German Pils. As noted above, it packs a bit too much dry malt flavor that mostly overwhelms any suggestion of hops. The taste is so dry that it verges on metallic and grainy, and while that is sort-of what I expect from a German Pils, a little more hop balance or sweetness would go a long way here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 18:44:36 | More by spoony
Photo of Uniobrew31


4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at a great German beer bar.
served in a tall Pilsner glass by a bartender who knows how to pour a pilsner. perfect head and clear yellow body
smell was great, bread and spicy hops were prominent
taste was near perfect, fresh bread with a dry biting finish. great on a hot afternoon
mouthfeel was perfectly balanced between the malt and hops. resin on the back end
overall this was a great beer, I have had it in bottles and it doesnt compare to the draft version. definitly a "much better on tap" beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 18:57:26 | More by Uniobrew31
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a yellow color with a billowing white head. The head faded slowly over time to give a medium amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is bready with an ever so light hint of caramel and some light hops aromas of floral, citrus and pine note.

Taste – The taste has a bready base through and through. At the start it is on the drier side with it sweetening more toward the middle with hints of honey. The sweet however is fleeting and leaves the taste again at the end. During the sweet taste transition a lighter hop and light spice flavor begins to develop. These developing flavors are light, but give a nice balance to the malt base. In the end a dry bready floral and spied flavor is left on the tongue. All the flavors and transitions are subtle, but all are quite nice.

Mouthfeel – The body is very light with the carbonation level being quite high. Both are fitting for the more subtle flavors and transitions.

Overall – It is very easy to drink and a fantastic session beer. Simple but good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 00:22:33 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of bnes09


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw color transparent lager. Weak head with patchy retention. Lots of visible bubbles.

Fresh grass and pine aroma with bread grains. Clean, fresh and inviting.

Bready malt with a refined character. Crisp hop flavor, grasses and herbs. Mild honey sweetness. Well balanced.

Light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Crisp, clean finish.

A good pilsner. Crisp, tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 03:29:22 | More by bnes09
Photo of womencantsail


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells like a good pils should with some light but fragrant hops giving the beer a touch of grassy, floral, and earthy notes. A clean bread aroma from the malt and maybe just a touch of corn.

T: The flavor is more of the same, here. Great crisp flavors provided by both the malt and hops. Clean bread and malt with a nice grass and floral hop character. Refreshing and easy to drink all the way through the glass.

M: Fairly light in body with a lively carbonation and a crisp finish to it.

D: A damn good pils and really just the thing to drink after a day of heavier beers and rich food.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 23:05:43 | More by womencantsail
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow colour with nice white head. Some lacing down the glass. Very light smelling, some grassy hops and grains. This is very balanced and pleasant, but the flavours aren't exactly exciting me either. A little bit of sweetness from the malt to go with the mild bitterness. Very clean flavour. Carbonation level is good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 15:36:49 | More by kwjd
Photo of mjw06


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not that I'm an expert, but so far this pilsener is the truest to style that I have had, or at least closest to my judgements about what a pilsener should taste like. A very clean and crisp taste and feel. An incredibly mild and moderate spice on the mid of the tongue to a little bitterness on the mid-back of the tongue. While refreshing for its lightness, the mouthfeel was medium bodied and well carbonated with bubbles that felt large but smooth.

Incredibly refreshing and a good taste. Not too much, simple and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 21:43:13 | More by mjw06
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Paulaner Bräuhaus, in the Munich Airport.

Bubbles, froth and a shinning shade of gold make for a gorgeous looking pilsner and Paulaner Pils has all the right things in all the right places. Its clarity is immaculate with an easily visible carbonation. Its head is fleshy though not fat and despite some porousness it leaves imprints of lacing that resemble the inlay of a computer microchip.

It can be awfully hard to find well-hopped, aromatic pilsners in the pasteurized bottles and cans that make it over the Atlantic; actually being in Germany, you're more likely to come across the expressly hoppy, traditional style of pilsner but that's not a guarantee. This beer is a benchmark example of the style but it leaves much to be desired bouquet-wise.

I'm finding more of what I was looking for in the taste: soapy, grassy Noble hops. That being said, I'm not finding a ton of them and what little of the pungent, sassy cones are being tasted is mostly afforded only by virtue of such a light, clean, relatively tasteless malt bill. Mild-tasting a beer though it may be, it's not its flavour that makes it so fantastic...

It's the unparalleled level of casual, carefree quaffability! They should hand this thing out to marathon runners at the end of a race; there are few beers so incredibly gratifying and refreshing (especially if thirsty or in hot weather). It is a simple and plain beer, to be sure, but it achieves a level of drinkability that can only be described as 'stupid'.

When it comes to clean, refreshing lagers the Germans wrote and still own the handbook. What defines their brewing scene is not the scorning of convention, but the perfection of it. While many North American drinkers approach a beer like this with a type of stoic resignation, I can assure you that to have it in its native land is something memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 17:29:06 | More by biegaman
Photo of Jayli


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

Consumed 6/11 at El Galleon in Avalon, CA
Served in a pilsner glass.

A: This beer pours a clear, dark yellow straw color with a two finger of pristine white sudsy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving spotty lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is grain, light grassy hops, touch of pepper, and pale malts.

T: Taste starts with a pale malt flavoring mingled with some hints of pepper. A light breadiness takes over the middle with a finish that is of grassy, earthy hops.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, clean and crisp body.

D: Goes down very easy, nicely blended. This was the perfect beer on a warm day hanging on Catalina Island.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2010 14:12:15 | More by Jayli
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear lightened gold body topped with a thin, semi-dense head. Doesn't look spectacular...just thirst quenching, which is good enough.

Balanced nose. Light in both biscuit and slightly spiced hops. Herbal and floral.

Tastes very well balanced, yet the flavors are all pretty light. Biscuit malt with a dash of black pepper and herbal notes. A slight zing to it from the hops gives it a refreshing finish. Overall this beer is great to drink. Would like to see it a smidge more dry in the end, but that's just me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 04:37:58 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of DoubleJ


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Draft Picks Pizza Pub (La Habra, CA), on to the beer:

Golden straw colored. The head is thick, frothy, and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Aroma is clean with grass and hay. Lovely mix of flavors in the taste. Floral hops upfront, this gives way to the dominant pale malt sweetness and honey notes. Bits of butter. The hops pick up where they left off in the finish with a mild finish. Good and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2008 04:43:58 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Chinon01


3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Thin dismal head. Sweet gold color.

Nose - Subtle hop and a little grain.

Taste - Lacks the floral and grass notes you'd expect from a German Pils. Low malt and metallic notes and assertive hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability - Average mouthfeel with good drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 16:30:13 | More by Chinon01
Photo of schoolboy


4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ha ha. Watch out for this stuff. I was in a nice bar in Vail and there weren't too many choices for tap beer. I started with (and stuck with) this because it was a perfect presentation in a tall glass. The aroma was so good. I didn't think it would kick my butt.

I ended up staggering around a bit. I am glad I didn't have yet another (they are so drinkable, you forget that it will do you in). Then again, I did get a free shot of Patron from the barkeep (it pays to tip nicely). Maybe it was the Patron, or maybe not, but the Paulaner smelled very good and went down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2007 21:40:01 | More by schoolboy
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong bready malt with a smattering of noble hops.
The taste consisted of robust bready malts and an earthy hop spice.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with vigorous carbonation.

Overall a very tasty and easy drinking pils.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2007 16:54:56 | More by plaid75
Photo of dnichols


3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was served a 12 ounce serving in a plastic cup at the Puyallup, Washington Oktoberfest.

A: It has a clear medium golden color with a small bone-white head that was short lived.

S: It had a grassy and floral hoppy aroma that hid all other aromas other than alcohol.

T: It started with a slight malt sweet burst that was quickly overwhelment by the grassy and spicy hops and dry aftertaste of alachol.

M: Light body with a dry aftertaste.

D: A completely average Pilsener that is over hopped and poorly balanced.

Comment: I will stay away from this pilsener in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 03:25:03 | More by dnichols
Photo of vancurly


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Bavarian Bier Cafe, York Street, Sydney.

The German barman warned us that Aussies don't like this sort of beer.... so we gladly accepted the challenge, whilst pretending we didn't know our hefes from our pils....

He gave us a weird look when we later told him it was an excellent example of style, and asked if it had Hallertau in it... ;-)

A: Golden, white, tight head, excellent carbonation & lace

S: Green, herbaceous noble nose. Light malt, grainy/husky notes.

F: Chewy malt up front, backed up with strong but balanced hop flavours. Medium bitterness, and good flavour.

M: Well balanced, thirst quenching, more-ish.

D: It never ceases to amaze me how some beer "professionals" seem to do more to deter drinkers than encourage them.... this is a fine beer, and a shame that "Aussies don't like it".

Methinks the warnings should be replaced with a more positive pitch, and the average Aussie bloke given the chance to experience what pilseners & lagers should really taste like.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2007 01:26:25 | More by vancurly
Photo of mgdeth


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden color. Good beer lace, moderate to low carbonation.

Smell - Nice mild malt aroma, and maybe a little bit of hops. Pleasing.

Taste - Light malty flavor mixed with a shpritz of hops. Crisp. Light. Refreshing. Tasty. The hops tend to hang around, and don't really appear too much until the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel, but not watery. This is what real pilsner should be like. Are you listening American macro brewers?

Drinkability - I think this beer is highly drinkable. This is a smooth tasting and easy drinking beer.

Comments - It puts Heine to shame, that's for sure. Good stuff. Some domestically (United States) produced beers might top it due to being fresher. I definitely recommend this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 04:39:31 | More by mgdeth
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow crystal look. Lots of carbonation in the glass. Lasting white head with good lacing. Quite a good looking beer. Not much smell at all to be detected. Taste is dominated by crisp clean malt with a touch of roasty flavor as well. Also the finish leaves lemon notes on the tongue as well. Solid smooth medium mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2004 04:01:29 | More by frank4sail
Photo of beergoot


3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, light straw color to the body and topped with a soft, foamy white head. Crisp, bright light grain notes in the aroma; dry grass. Slightly herbal flavor with a rather mild, light grain taste with a fairly bold hop bitterness. Light, crisp, clean and dry mouthfeel.

Nothing extraordinary as far as things go yet definitely drinkable and refreshing. Classic light malt and hop bitterness combination that will certainly satisfy folks looking for this traditional style of lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:29:57 | More by beergoot
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb


4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Pilsner Urquell footed pilsner glass. Pours a clear golden with a creamy three finger head that leaves mild lacing behind. Had aromas of grainy cereal, sweet honey, and grassy hops. The mouth looses those grassy hops and enhances the sweet honey. Grainy and sweet all the way down, and a touch of bitterness finishes it up. This beer just slides down the throat with ease, and the honey aftertaste lingers for a long while.

Overall: A little less hoppy than I expect out of a german pilsner, but that did not ruin this excellent beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 20:12:41 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
Photo of sb3000

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great beer from a legendary brewery!

Pours a faint straw blonde with chalk white head that leaves very slowly.

Aroma leans more toward malt than hops. A slight wet dog and sweet corn impression.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and refreshing,

Tastes very similar to the aroma. Malty with a faint dank hop note. Some corn notes at the back of the tongue.

Final thoughts...a very tasty beer, but I would prefer a better balanced malt/hop character. Still an above average example for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 03:26:09 | More by sb3000
Photo of Fatehunter


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 05:12:35 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:05:40 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of stakem


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle into a pils glass. The brew pours a clear light yellow color with a finger of white head. The cap fades slowly leaving a full wall of lace on the glass. Rising bubbles maintain a thin film and a swirl revives a half finger and paints spotty lace.

The aroma is a mix of fresh cereal-like grain sweetness somewhat footy and cheesy with sulfur and herbs. The hops present themselves with a touch of grass and minerals. Overall a pretty typical smelling pilsner offering.

The flavor is malty with a bready to biscuit grain character that provides a soft sweetness contrasted by zesty herbal hops that are grassy and mildly rindy. Some carbonic quality and mineral across the back before finishing sweet with that fresh grain appeal.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Balanced, crisp and refreshing to say the least. This is not my favorite in the style but not bad by any stretch. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 15:02:18 | More by stakem
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Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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