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Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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84
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336 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 9/2012.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy 1/2 inch beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, malt, and some cracker and bread aromas. There is also a slight Play-Doh aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is pretty much the same with some herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too great in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 05:23:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale lemon with nothing but a few rapidly rising bubbles to disturb the pristine interior. The chalk white cap is tight with a mega-bubbly surface and peaks at about two fingers before beginning to deflate, depositing nothing more than speckles and spatters of lace as it does so.

The nose is more hoppy than it is malty, but it's a near thing. Grassy, spicy Hallertauer is the sole variety in use. If the hops were brighter and more snappy the aroma would appeal to me more. Not bad, but I expect more from such a well-known, well-regarded German brewery.

As far as flavor is concerned, I might as well repeat that previous sentence. Although hops still have a stranglehold on malt, a little pils malty sweetness is evident. Again, those Hallertauer don't taste as fresh and as lively as they might, possibly due to their long trip across the Atlantic Ocean. I have no doubt that this is a much better beer on-tap in a Munich beer bar.

The body/mouthfeel is well within the bounds of acceptable for the style and there's really nothing that I'd change about it. It's neither too light nor too heavy and is neither too well-bubbled nor too sparsely-bubbled. Having said that, it really doesn't stand out in any way either. I don't know about 'extra dry' as the label claims, but the finish is on the arid side.

Paulaner Premium Pils, although it isn't what I'd call a lackluster version, isn't up to snuff compared to some of the other classic German pilseners. It's still drinkable though and is crisp and refreshing enough to warrant a purchase for those with an affinity for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 12:23:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of biscuit malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the low alcohol content makes it sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 00:55:35 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-21-2013 01:07:04 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very solid Pilsner with no obvious sign of flaws. Opens with a bright straw color, fair head formation and retention (could be bolder). Aromas of well-attenuated malts and a profound grassy, herbal hop scent. The malt flavor is very bold and rich for a Pils, but low on sweetness makes it very drinkable. Some hop flavor (grassy) comes through at mid-palate and rides into the finish. Light apples come from the grains, and spices from the yeast give enough roundness and variety to keep the beer from becomming dull. Medium, round texture with a creaminess upfront, but thinning late. Hop dryness and bitterness linger in the throat and proves palate cleansing. Certainly one of the better Pilsners out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 02:52:30 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, flaxen-hued body with a medium-small-sized, white head.

Smell: Lightly grainy scent of pilsner malts with vague, vague notions of citrus and honey backed by some spicy dried herbs.

Taste: Malts tasting of lightly toasted grains with a low level of sweetness. A single drop of honey accompanies the sweetness. Herbaceous, grassy hop profile with sufficient bitterness needed to balance out the light sweetness. A single drop of lemonade accompanies the hops. Drying, lightly zestful finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Fine and refreshing, subtle though satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 17:14:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-29-2013 04:29:47 | More by jaydoc
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zeff80

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. A golden/yellow color with a 2 finger, white head that left lacing.

S - All it smelled like was corn.

T - It tasted like grains and malty. It left a somewaht bitter aftertaste.

M - It was very crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is a pretty good German Pilsner. Although I like some other Paulaner products much better.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 15:24:10 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 18:00:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice two finger head of white foam with decent retention and lace. Light golden body with good clarity.

S - Sweet malt aroma with a honey note and a slight herbal hop aroma.

T - Malt up front with some grainy, honey character. Some subdued herbal hop flavors assert themselves in the middle and it finishes sweet with a chalky, lingering bitterness.

M - Somewhat light body with moderate to high carbonation and light astringency.

D - Reasonable drinkability. Overall, it is a well balanced and stylistically accurate pils, but the hop and malt character are both a bit subdued.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 06:54:12 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2001 22:54:51 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden yellow, formidable froth atop, snow-white.
Nose is dry,quiet, lightly hoppy, with tiny traces of honey and flowers.
Very smooth on the tongue and down the throat. Starts dry, gives a sweet tingle at the back. Extraordinarily light-bodied, without being simple or lacking in flavor. Just enough taste on the palate to make each sip beckon the next. Very nice lager, indeed. I'm not the biggest fan of this style, but it's an excellent example, and I can see it come in especially handy when thirst-quenchin' is the order of the day.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 07:53:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 23:45:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden and Eatery enjoyed chilled in a pub glass from the brown 11.2 oz bottle with best before 3/14 date.

The color is bright golden with great clarity and thick white cap with great retention and thick lace on the glass with fine bead. The smell is light and floral hops have a mild aroma when slightly warm with mild grainy aroma. The feel is very good with dry body and moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with a decent amount of bitterness to give a nice texture for the malt to contrast.

The flavor starts somewhat on the light side but builds with mild malt toastiness and subtle spice in the hop flavor as it increases in temperature with some mild yeast flavor and herbal hop accents which have a slight floral edge. The freshness is there and malt is not too mellow and the hops contribute with a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Overall I was not sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with the flavor and drinkability of this pils.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 00:05:06 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It smells of pale and wheat malts. It's light with a bit of sweetness. The taste is decent. It is smooth with a wheat zing to it. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks very well. This is one of the better pils I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 03:01:18 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 04:04:31 | More by Mora2000
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Violent pour creates a small egg-white head that dies off quickly. Crystal clear, light straw in color.

Smells like some of the Non-alcoholic brews--like raw grains. No discernible hop. Disappointing.

Has a sweetish quality to the taste but has a dry finish. Slight hop in the swallow. The body is appropriate for the style although the carbonation is little high.

Not my cup of tea for a pilsner. It has too many of the bland flavors I associate with the American macros.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 00:24:06 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, subtitled "Extra Dry,"

A: Golden, pale, yellow, with a medium, white head, which looks great in the beginning, but fades fast.

S: Primarily bread malt, but quite fragrant and robust for a pils.

T: Great, simple pils taste, very malty, backed with great dry hops, Saaz possibly, maybe Hallertau, maybe both, definitely of the noble variety.

M: I wouldn't call it extra dry, but its plenty dry for me in a pilsner, smooth, and soft.

D: Exceptional drinkability, this was just what I needed on a hot summer night, it would be a great choice for all occasions, in which you need an easy-drinking, tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 06:23:47 | More by Halcyondays
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 04:36:05 | More by tempest
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-12-2014 03:34:14 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

4.03/5  rDev +8%
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
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-29-2013 18:24:04 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev 0%
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
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