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Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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319 Ratings

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Ratings: 319
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 hustlesworth


4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- super clear golden with a nice sticky white head and thick lacing.

S- bright, floral, and lemony with a nectar sweetness and grassy notes. smells great but rater delicate.

T- mineral water and grainy malt sweetness is complimented by zesty hop flavor but not too much bitterness. lemony, herbal, and grassy in the finish with fading cracker like malt and bitterness felt in the throat.

MF- it's not too light and has some heft to it. carbonation is finely bubbled and supports a constant thick head. body is pretty dry but not extra dry.

D- a delicious and extremely drinkable german pils, and a nice change after stuffing myself with oktoberfests for the past 2 months.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 06:52:17 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of puertobrewing

Puerto Rico

4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 05:13:21 | More by puertobrewing
Photo of yemenmocha


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

Pours beautiful golden, with creamy white up top for the head. Nose has some herbal notes, clean, and a trace of the mis-characterized "skunk" oilyness. Palate offers a nice balance of malt sweetness and herbal hop quality. Very refreshing, easy drinking, but yet also sufficiently flavorful to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 03:15:14 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of fx20736

New York

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Pilsener Glass.

Pale Gold with streams of tiny carbonated bubbles streaming relentlessly upwards. Two fingers of white head leave blots and patches of lacing.

Aroma: bready malt, spicy, floral hops

Mouthfeel: Soft. Very soft. This has the softest mouthfeel of any beer I can recall. It is like drinking silk.

Taste: bready malt with just a tinge of herbal hop bitterness. Beer finishes crisply and dry.

Notes: Very drinkable. At 4.9% abv this is a real sessioner and a beer even macro drinkers would drink. This is another quality beer from Munich. These breweries seem very confident in their abilities and don't seem pushed to try and be the next thing in beer. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 00:37:10 | More by fx20736
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.13/5  rDev +11%
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
Photo of BeerCon5


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

Pours a clear golden color with about 1 1/2 fingers of bubbly white head.

The scent is of sweet malt and some light hop notes.

The taste is of dry, bitter hops, some toasted bready malt, some grain also.

Fairly light bodied, very crisp and smooth, high carbonation.

This was a very nice pilsener, very balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 13:22:15 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:44:04 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of codfeast


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

bottle to pint.

A: clear yellow, thin head, good lacing

S: European malt, yeast, and hint of citrus.

T: Malt start, hop finish.

M: Medium+ carbination, creamy, tingle on the tounge, nice dry finish.

O: Easy drinking, refreshing, straight forward pilsner. Great on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 06:08:35 | More by codfeast
Photo of rtepiak


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

a rather sweet pils with a proper clear look and smaller head. an older bottle. nose of straw, mild apple pie yeast and pilsner hopping. palate is sweet and the dry cut is not as brisk as would be expected. light body either way but not as dry as the bottle would have one thinking with the extra dry comment. still quite drinkable and simple... palate is more of the nose but with an unexpected linger of malts. won't deny this at its prime... probably much better.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 00:06:54 | More by rtepiak
Photo of SamN


4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful straw color, with just a slight chill haze and a perfectly pilsner thick, creamy head. Thick already is leaving lacing behind on my flute glass. Wonderful pilsner appearance. Smell is very aromatic of grassy/somewhat flowery hops with some cracker like malts in the background. Full spectrum of aromas, from sweet, floral, hay/grass, fruitiness and light biscuity malts. Wow, really fantastic aroma, I am impressed. Taste is crisp and flavorful with a hoppiness that never overpowers or becomes too bitter. Taste evolves into an apple fruitiness and finishes slightly sweet with pilsner malts and a lingering, pleasant bitt

Overall, an outstanding German pilsner. I am blown away by the quality here, an absolute favorite pilsner for me, and one of the best beers from Germany that I've yet tried. Prost, indeed!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 05:58:14 | More by SamN
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a mostly clear golden color with a finger of white head; retention and lacing are minimal.

S: Pale malts, crackers, grassiness, and a little caramel.

T: Wet grains, strong cracker malt, and some light fruity flavors.

M: The body is medium-light with average carbonation.

O: There is absolutely nothing exciting about this beer. It's very mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 13:26:16 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of StaveHooks


3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a slightly hazed gold with a thin white head.

S - sweet malt, lemon, honey, grassy hops.

T - follows the nose except for the toasted husk grain flavor. Fairly sweet, lemon, grassy hops, semi-rich sweet bready malt. Finishes slightly bitter and doesn't dry out much at the end.

M - Medium creamy body, good carbonation.

Big malt presence. Doesn't finish as dry as expected but still good. Nothing outstanding. A good but average pils.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 18:32:12 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There it is in my glass, billowing foam, crystal clear and straw colour. I anticipate great things, but bring to my nose and can smell only sweet bready malt and a vague floral hoppiness. Not much going on in either flavor or aroma. Fairly crisp, but not sharp. Carbonation high, the bubbles rise constantly. A slight floral and citrus aftereffect but the drink itself is fairly boring.
Bit of a disappointment here, was expecting a less malty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 01:44:12 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of RonaldTheriot


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

Paulaner Premium Pils has a very thick, white head and a clear, highly effervescent golden appearance. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is bready and pleasant. Taste is a good blend of toasted barley malt and prickly and mild hop bitterness, which shows up right off the bat. This is a round beer. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Paulaner Premium Pils finishes crisp, refreshing, and pretty dry. Overall, this is a good beer, and I recommend giving it a try.


Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:43:23 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of CrazyDavros


2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a large quickly fading head.
Nose shows some grassy/spicy noble hops with sweet biscuity malt. Subtle but nice.
Flavours disappoint in comparison, only a little of the hops transfer through. There's a faint biscuity malt character but otherwise its pretty grainy and boring.
Higher carbonation would be good.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 10:53:10 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; pale clear yellow. Bleached white head, leaving some lacicing. Dissipates to a full coating of film that remains through the drink

smell; spicy, wet, and sour, a bit fermented. Reminds me of Sauerkraut with cloves, allspice, peppercorns, juniper, and caraway. A smell I like but I'm not sure if it belongs with a Pilsner, a bit too funky I suppose, yet well blended and complex.

taste; sour malts and citric bitters. Leaves a grainy aftertaste with some herbal hops and mild hints of alcohol sweetness. Hop bitters remain in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; nice froathy carbonation on the tongue. Crisp in the finish, dry as the label suggest but not so much so as to leave much of a mouthfeel after swallowed.

drinkability; another great session beer, easy to drink, light in the stomach.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 18:54:46 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Photo of tapman


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a splash of gold, a froth white head rises to 2 fingers before quickly dispersing. Appears less carbonated than others of the style, body is crystal clear and holds an excellent lace.

Pale malt, grain aroma when combined with those earthy, floral hops creates a sweet biscuit aroma.

Sweet pale malt and delicate hops, though the hops are more pronounced in this brew than I usually encounter. Big dose of mineral in the finish.

I miss the carbonation in this one. I feel that a sharp pils creates a pleasing, crispy texture when it contains adequate amounts of CO2. Not watery, however.

Like the review says, a good pils.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 23:35:49 | More by tapman
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 Gmann

New York

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a pillowy pure white head that left tons of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is almost non-existant. Some very light hay like malt with some very light grassy hops.

The taste is of a dry malt, slight grain sweetness. Some grassy hops to round out the flavor. The flavor is stronger than the aroma but is still fairly light for the style.

The feel is light with tingly carbonation. Lightly sweet on the palate and finishes a tad dry from the malt and grassy hops.

A refreshing and light pils. Not as crisp as I would like and I would like to see a bit more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 23:58:28 | More by Gmann
Photo of rootbeerman


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours pale straw to golden. with a finger and a half of foamy white head, that is slow to fall.
S: lightly sweet malt, very grassy and wet hay hops
T: not too different from smell, very straight forward flavors slightly grainy malt. grassy and lightly bitter hops
M: crisp and light high carbonation to suit the style.
D: very sessionable, flavors are balanced and price is fair for an import.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 22:40:17 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer pours a yellow straw color with little head. The smell while weak, does smell a bit offensive. There was initally no taste but finishs dry, and a bit like ginger ale, slightly malty taste. Very light easy to drink taste. Overall not bad, light but has a very dry aftertaste that saves it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 04:23:11 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of jkrich


3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown, 11.2 ounce bottle with a "Best before" date on label. It is interesting that this brewery is now using 11.2 oz. bottles; at least they have a freshness date. The german pils poured a slightly darker golden color than is typical of german pilsners. It is very clear and bright with an attractive, fluffy white head.

The aroma was standard noble hops and a nice inviting perfumy odor you normally don't experience with this style.

The initial flavor is a gentle cracker like malty sweetness; the label states this is "extra dry", but the bitterness is rather faint and comes forward in the aftertaste. Overall, a very refreshing import.

The carbonation is gentle and subdued and the mouthfeel is slick and mildly sweet. The pilsner leaves a fresh, clean taste on the palate.

I generally prefer a little more hop bitterness with my pilsner, but this south german interpretation is excellent for subtle bitterness. While their are many domestic pilsners I would prefer, this one is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:24:14 | More by jkrich
Photo of bmwats


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pilsner.

A: Light golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Plenty of bubbly carbonation clings to the sides of the glass, and rises persistently throughout. Pours about a 3 finger, foamy, white, cascading head. Settles, leaving little craters and peaks as it does, and some sparse dry, sticky lacing as well.

S: A little malt, very yeasty. A bit of a fresh baked bread aroma.

T: Tastes like it smells. Lightly malted, yeasty, not much else.

M: Light body, light bitterness, slightly dry steely aftertaste.

D: Easy drinkin'.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Really nice appearance with a giant full head. Nose is nothing special, but typical of the style. Flavor, the same.... nothing special, but true to the style, and nice, clean, and pure. Overall, this is a pretty solid quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 04:30:54 | More by bmwats
Photo of Mora2000


3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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
Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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