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Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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353 Ratings

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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Photo of tronester
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Crystal Clear pale yellow with a thin bright white head. Smells very slightly of sulfur and malt. Taste is a dry cracker like malt flavor up front, followed by a yeasty middle, and a nice, earthy bitterness in the finish. Very nice bitterness levels that balance out with the malt. Mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation. Super drinkable, this is a great German Pilsner. The sample I had was very fresh, and that no doubt makes a difference.

tronester, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An enjoyable pilsner.

I have noticed it is harder to find a pilsner I enjoy because its almost as if the lightness of the beer causes the impurities and mistakes to stand out more.

This one is a very nice beer, the color is very light due to the fact that it is a pilsner, and it tastes pretty good!

It has a refreshing after-taste that actually leaves me wanting another.

Feels nice on the tongue, very bubbly.

I would buy it again.

Spineypanda, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of crossovert
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Paulaner Premium Pils, in a 12 ounce bottle. Produced on 04/08, so it's a bit old. Oh well, here goes the review:

Pours crystal clear gold with a white head that quickly dissipates. It leaves some large, soapy looking bubbles behind. No apparent yeast flaoties, just some sparse tiny bubbles rising to the top.

Not too much of a smell, it's an aged pils what am i to expect? Has a slight hint of both hops and malt.

Body is good, medium, with nice carbonation. Tastes a little more than it smells. Has some subdued malts and sour hops. Doesn't taste fresh, it has kind of that stale feeling, the flavor just kinda rolls off your tongue and into your throat with a sort of nothingness. It actually has a nice slightly bitter aftertaste with nice burp taste, but on the tongue its pretty unappealing. But overall this is about as un-robust as a pils gets. Could be the age, I will try to re-review when I get a fresher bottle.

crossovert, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

jbphoto88, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Brenden, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid looking Pils, with all the right elements: crystal clear, pale gold, bubbly streams of carbonation, medium white foam. The head holds pretty well actually. The aroma is mild but decent. Lightly sweetened malt with a lemony bite.

Barely sweet, bready malt kicks off the flavor. Gets a little tangier in the middle before drying out a bit, and a decent bitterness finishes things off. Nicely balanced, clean, and refreshing. The mouthfeel is light, the carbonation nice and forceful to create the sensation of more body than there is.

Overall a very decent Pilsener. I am partial, a bit, to some of the American versions with a little extra hoppiness, but this is only just a notch below some of my favorites. I sadly overlooked this beer for quite some time...

bennetj17, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of meatyard
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, medium-yellow with a white 2-finger head that falls quickly leaving an interesting ring at the top.
The smell is a light lemon and a malt following.
The taste starts with the lemon hops flavor and it lingers throughout then there is some very mild, biscuity malt followed by a light bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, light and bordering on dry.
Drinkability is better than just OK. This beer isn't bad nor really good. It middles itself throughout the glass. It's another one of those "much better than a BMC, especially on a hot day".

meatyard, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of hockeyhead
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i love pilsner
A: pours pale golden color with a fine fluffy head with little bubbles sugesting a lot of carbination in this one
S: smells very flowery and malty with a nice smell you dont get from others
T: starts of malty with biscut tones then simmers to a flowery spring bitterness that slowly drys
M: light body and just the right amount of carbination this beer is very good
D: i can slam these not filling some other pilsners you will find

hockeyhead, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Mebuzzard, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of katan
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint dated 02/08.

A - Pours a neutral golden color. Very clear with no hazing, and lots of carbonation bubbling. Head formation is vigorous, and is bright white.

S - A edgy grainy smell, almost associated with DMS in a bad homebrew. Some might call it skunky. Has some earthy undertones.

T - Starts off with a flavor dominated with light pilsner malt and some of that cooked corn graininess. Mid-stream doesn't change much, except for a hair of bitter balance. Finishes with almost no flavor but comes back with a vengeance in the aftertaste. A sweet malty note with a grainy edge.

M - Carbonation bite is certainly noticeable. Mouthfeel is generally thin however. Little to no filming.

D - Pilsners are supposed to be easy drinking - and I guess this one falls on the lower end for me. Why ? It seems its carbonation is making it extremely filling. The DMS notes are also bothersome.

A beer that is 1 year 4 months old shouldn't be that bad, but I'm guessing its age is a contributing factor.

katan, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of McStagger
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coming back to an old favorite style. German Pils = delicious.

A: Poured into a flute. Exceedingly bright, light and transparent. Straw colored, with two fingers bleached white head. Retention is good for the style, as is lacing. Carbonation is moderate to minimal, with a smattering of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface.

S: Clean, bright. Herbal, leafy notes. Cracker like malts, with a bit of sulfur and lemon oil.

T: Exceedingly bright and clean. Cracker malt intro, interwoven with bits of yeasty doughiness. Noble hop bitterness in the mid palate, with a grassy, herbal tinge. Notes of straw and milled grain are prevalent throughout. Finishes completely and utterly dry.

M: Appropriately light bodied, but with enough of a backbone to keep from becoming thin or seltzer-ish.

O: Paragon of the style and an awesome "outdoor" beer. Gonna see this one again with the summer months coming up.

McStagger, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant gold with exceptional clarity and mild carbonation. Frothy white head has good retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Lemon, pepper, plus an almost agave like sweetness.

T: Sweet initially from the pale malts. Bitterness comes on right away with a pronounced pepper and lemon bite that's also a touch metallic. Finishes quite dry, with a lingering lemon rind flavor.

M: Medium light body feels just about right for this style.

D: I had this back to back with Paulaner Original Muncher and found this to be the more interesting of the two. The low ABV and light flavor make this an extremely easy to consume beer.

Rayek, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of youngblood
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a shimmering summer gold into a Pils glass. Nice carbonation sends little bubbles from the bottom of the glass all the way to the top. Smaller (half finger) pure white head disappates quickly.
Smells very clean. I mean very very clean. I get some fresh cut grass on this from the hops, but there's a semi-yeasty smell in there also, a bit biscuity.
The taste is very clean and concise. It's a very focused beer. You can drink this without being distracted by uber-complexity, but this still remains a work of art. It feels very light on the tongue and goes down very nice. High drinkability due to a low abv and such clarity (in regards to flavor and scent) throughout the beer. I really love this pils.

youngblood, May 02, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent pale golden color with a few inches of fluffy white head. Definitely looks appealing.

Smell is sweet and sugary. Has some peppery and spicy characteristics as well.

I can't say the same about the taste. It is pretty bland, but has more honey-like sweetness to it than anything. There's a slight hoppiness to it but it is barely noticeable. It is actually pretty smooth and pleasant.. it just lacks complexity.

This is a decent pale lager, and it definitely beats BMC macro lagers if I could put them against each other. In general, beers of this style I find to be a little uninspiring. For the style, this is pretty good.

webmanspidey, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Compared this to Radeberger and Bitburger Pilsners. Radeberger was the winner but the contest was close.

Pours a bright gold with a sticky two fingered head that fully recedes but laces a bit.

Aroma of subtle malts and grassy to herbal hops.

Tastes well balanced bitter and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is more rounded than the other german pilsners I tried along side this one.

gonzo46and2, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a fluffy white head. Smell is sweet and grainy with an equal amount of sharp, floral hop character. Taste is again grainy malt with hop bitterness, but it seems slightly faint and watery. Clean, dry finish. Medium palate with good carbonation.

philipquarles, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear golden color with a half inch white head, kind of fizzy. It falls to a skim, the carbonation bubbles oddly seem quite large. No lacing.

Aroma is pretty mild overall. Just a bit of graininess and some herbal hops.

Taste has some slightly sweet maltiness up front with a touch of toastiness. Herbal hop flavors set in midway through and last throughout. Some clove-like spiciness in the finish. A bit of a minerally taste as well.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very crisp, nearing harsh. Pretty easy to drink.

This was pretty good, but there are definitely better German Pils out there.

roadhouse, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yellow color with a very bubbly medium white head that leaves quickly with ok lacing.

Aroma is of light earthy, citrus German hops. Not much else, slightly corn aroma, typical pils aroma.

Taste is much of the same. Slight fiant hop flavor with pils yeasty flavor. Not bad. Typical though. Simple.

Light bodied and bubbly, just a bit dry in the end. Very faint hop bitterness. Hop flavor lingers a little.

Good session beer.

hoplover82, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a crystal clear golden color that produced a foamy white head that had a little retention and did not lace the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced were sweet earthy malts, maybe some honey

T - This beer had flavors of sweet bready malts, some light melon-like notes, subtle earthiness

M - The body on this beer was light to moderate, crisp, and had moderate carbonation that fit the style well

D - This is a real Pilsener, very crisp, clean, and offers true drinkablility, great to go with a hot Louisiana summer (and spring and fall, for that matter) after running or mowing the lawn

cvfish, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Jekster
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear shinny light gold color with faint pure white bubbles. The beer appears quite effervescent like champagne as bubbles continue to cascade to the top of the glass after a strong pour.

Smell: This beer has a definitely sweet malt aroma. It is reminiscent of light honey or honeydew melon. There is a slight noble spice aroma of faint orange peel or cut grass. All aromas come across subtly but provide a clean refreshing smell to the beer.

Taste: The flavor has a slight malt bready backbone followed by a faint spice and lingering grassy bitterness. Much like the aroma the beer is easy on the palette with subtle flavors that dissipate quickly.

Mouthfeel: This beer is extremely light in body and almost dances on your tongue due to the effervescence. It is dry, crisp and extremely refreshing.

Drinkability: I could easily pound back a few of these while sitting out in the hot sun or eating a nice lunch at a brewpub. The flavors are more overpowering and leave your pallette feeling clean and not overwhelmed. It's a perfect session beer.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: If you are looking for an extremely light Pils, pick up a six pack. It would be the perfect beer for playing a round of golf, or to pair with light salads, pretzels, or or other salty bar snacks. It's extremely thirst quenching and a definite quaffer in my book.

Jekster, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of diamondc
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big, bold frothy head on the pour. There's a few streams of big bubbles. Classic pilsener appearance.

Smells like sweet corn, a little bit of grass and mounds of dirt.

There is an initial sweet malt taste, then an earthy herbalness of the hops at the end. Not that overly complex, but very balanced.

Definitely a quaffer. A minor sticking point is that the carbonation dies towards the end of the glass. I could drink a six pack and not even blink.

diamondc, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of alexskovan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy gold with a fizzy white head that dropped quickly. Very faint aroma of mown grass competing with CO2 nose buzz. Taste is smooth and underwhelming with a slight bitter bite at the end. A good "cold and refreshing" beer. A Euro macro essentialy. Solid but unremarkable.

alexskovan, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Spikester
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured gold with a one-finger white head. Very good amount of lacings.
Aroma is floral hops.
Taste is bitter floral hops, grassy, some lemon, slight leather, sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is slight astringent.
Drinkability is exceptional.
Awesome Pilsner. Not many better than this Paulaner.
No skunk whatsoever!

Spikester, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been on a bit of a pils kick lately. A quick burst of carbonation upon the pour leads to a two-finger airy white head. Retention is good and a sinewy lacing is left behind. Color is a clear, golden straw. Smells a bit vegetal and floral with some grain and sweets in the back. Tastes grassy and hoppy with that good pils crispness that we all love. This beer has true and exceptional drinkability, and not the kind that confuses drinkability will lack of taste.

stephens101, Nov 14, 2008
Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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