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Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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BA SCORE
84
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333 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 333
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brassy pils-yellow, clean, with a light, fluffy white head. Nose is honey-covered biscuits, light fruit, and spicy, herbal, vegetal hops. Quite nice really. Sweetish malt flavor backbone--maltier than most pils. Very light cardboard in the middle. Herbal hop surge provides ample bitterness. Finish is bready with a yeasty bitterness. Medium-bodied with a dry, crisp finish. Refreshing and appetizing. One of the better German pilseners I've had so far. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 23:06:53 | More by alexgash
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich golden color with a pillowy white head with decent retention into a traditional pilsener flute. Bready pilsener and pale malt aroma with spicy Hallertau hops near the end. Slight vegetal aroma, too. Clean tasting with some malty, husky sweetness at the beginning and an even transition to the light hoppy, dry finish. Nothing that's reinventing the wheel, just a good pilsener. Very drinkable due to its dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 06:24:51 | More by crookedhalo
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Shaw

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As other BAs have written, I wish more American breweries made pilseners like this beer.

It is quite similar to Czech pilseners. Both have that nice grassy Saaz hop quality. This German take isn't quite as grassy, if that makes sense. Its smell is a bit weak for me and that's the only area I faulted this beer in.

It is crisp with enough good bitterness but malt flavors balance that out. I suppose major US breweries would consider this too bitter for the mainstream beer drinker. While the bitterness is noticeable, it is far from the major taste quality.

The body is light and bubbly. The overall light quality and lower ABV of the beer makes it a good session beer.

This is another good European pilsener to check out.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 06:46:24 | More by Shaw
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mgdeth

Montana

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

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

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pilsner glass. Freshness date labeled on the bottom right corner read 05.05. This beer has plenty of life left.

Apperance is a very clear yellowish golden color. Super carbonation bubbles are racing to the top of the pilsner glass.

Smell doesn't provide much of presence....flowery and doughy.

Taste is very crisp and clean with a slight hop bite. Light and airy. The label reads that this beer is "extra dry" and its true. Dry finish. Very drinkable and a perfect transition beer for individuals that are faithful to the macro beer scene.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 22:43:56 | More by Hibernator
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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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mschofield

Massachusetts

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

Pours a crystal clear yellow tinged gold, topped with a three finger white head. Leaves full webs of lacing.
Light and fresh aroma, grassy and floral.
Lemon zest and light malt make up most of the taste, grass and floral notes.
Light and crisp, not the most exciting or memorable pils, but it's a good session beer on a hot day. Subtle but not subdued.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 03:10:51 | More by mschofield
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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, absolutely delicious... If you have ever had one of those NA brews that tasted crisp and refreshing, wishing that someone, somewhere would make a brew with all the alcohol and taste just as good??? Then this one is for you!

Paulaner “Premium Pils Extra Dry” pours a pure blond from it’s 12oz brown glass bottle.

Head will go well over four fingers in a 22oz beer glass if the temperature is right, this beer has the potential of being foam central.

Nose is a brisk toasted malt, no hint of alcohol or hops, just a pleasant refreshing toasted malt

The bight of carbonation ushers in the hops to the forefront, combining to a crescendo of dry toasted malt with a pinch of hops, for a most pleasant and refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 02:55:31 | More by BeerBob
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Joey7F

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner's Pils is so much more drinkable than the hefeweizen. The fruity/citrusy taste is still a part of both brews but it is more understated in the pilsner. Looks great, smells good, tastes great and you can drink it all night. I love this beer. I now have to consider whether this is my new Pilsner Urquell.

--Joey

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 05:46:01 | More by Joey7F
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paulaner Premium Pils is the second Paulaner beer that I've sampled (the first being the Original München Lager). I found it slightly odd that the brewery made two different golden-colored lagers, but there are some differences that distinguish the two. The bottle also says in smaller print "Extra Dry." This beer isn't really too dry, but it ends up being a nicely balanced pils.

The Premium Pils pours a light yellowish-gold color with a blossoming white head that lasts for about 45 seconds before thinning out. Some sticky lace is left behind. The first aromas I detected was a sugary sweet smell, along with the crisp maltiness. Some light citric hops could be detected, and I slightly noticed some hints of vanilla in the nose as well. The mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, perfect for a pilsener. The initial flavor is slightly sweet as well, with the light malts coming right out at me. I've probably said "crisp and clean" enough times already, but this one is both crisper and cleaner than the Paulaner Original Munich lager. Some decent citric/grassy hop notes are present, and the bitterness is in the low-moderate range. A bit drying, but not enough to warrant the "Extra Dry" tag on the bottle. The dryness and grassiness continue on into the aftertaste, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

While the Munich Lager was malty and had a decent hop presence, this beer seems a bit superior in both departments. This could be considered the "premium" of the two. I know they are technically different styles, (this one a German pils and the other a Münchner Helles) the similarities are there. This a nicely balanced pils that is high in drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 01:31:11 | More by Beastdog75
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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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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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RoyalT

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 02:33:25 | More by RoyalT
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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
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Quaffer

Nevada

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

Appearance: The white head exploded up to a whole four fingers as I poured this beer into my pilsner glass. As it settled down, it became a little fluffy and chunky. It took a long time to finally dissipate and left some nice chunks of foam on the side of the glass in its wake. Also, a number of little floaties remained until I had finished the drink. Those were all qualities that I found strange considering that this is a lager. The golden yellow liquid that sat below the foam had just a hint of haze to it and a relatively light bead.

Smell: There were just hints of sulpher on the nose, but they were very light and overshadowed by the stronger, more pleasant aromas. Hay, sweet grass, and grain wafted up to my nose from the depths of the glass. There was also a bit of a "bite" to the smell that I couldn't quite put my finger on. It wasn't typical of hops, but I'm sure that that was probably what it was.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, but surprisingly smooth.

Taste: To start off, there were some very light grass flavors. These, however, were quickly replaced by a good dose of floral hops. The bitterness sustained itself well into the aftertaste where the sweet grass flavor started to emerge again.

I was pleasantly surprised by this pilsner, which is not a style that I usually enjoy. The bottle says "Extra Dry," which I will agree with to a point. The finish definitely has a dry quality to it, but the sweetness that emerges in the aftertaste keeps this beer from being too dry.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 22:14:18 | More by Quaffer
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 22:51:44 | More by beerluvr
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kbub6f

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, white, foamy head. Clear, yellow-gold beer. Clean nose: some nuts, corn, sweetish... nice. Fresh front: a little fruity. Some maltiness in the middle. Dry finish: corn, hoppy-bitter tang... nice again. Just an excellent, crisp, fresh pils. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 23:09:44 | More by kbub6f
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jcalabre

California

2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this Pilsener on 19 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I'll preface this by saying that I'm not too big on pilseners. So, it comes as no surprise that I found nothing exciting about this beer. It wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't anything I'd go back for

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 23:58:11 | More by jcalabre
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Bruiser81

Kansas

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

The appearence of this beer was nothing special, but not bad. Light golden color with a very bubbly white head that quickly dissapeared.
Aroma consisted of light malt which was backed solidly by grassy hops. Also some hay with a sort of musky smell.
Taste was much better than I was expecting. Sort of a grainy taste followed by sweet malt, all with a slightly hoppy backbone. The hops make themselves most notable in the finish with a strong grassy flavor.
Good mouthfeel, not too thin.
Given how hot its been lately I had to go with a five for drinkability because its so damn crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 02:10:44 | More by Bruiser81
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Pegasus

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear medium golden color with a lavish white head that retains superbly. Streams of fine carbonation drift slowly to the surface to renew the head. The lacing is excellent, ringing the glass walls quite well.

Aroma: Malt, fresh bread, grassy notes, and herbal hops dominate the aroma.

Taste: Begins with thin malt and very strong herbal hops. Beneath this there is a grassy undercurrent which carries throughout the taste. Late in the taste there are some slight fruit notes, lemon being most prominent. Finishes a bit dry with lingering, slightly metallic hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and creamy, remarkably so for the style.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting Pilsener, its strong hop character distinguishes it from many others that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 19:42:21 | More by Pegasus
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent golden hue, a finger’s worth of brilliant white head, healthy retention, unorganized specks of lace. Herbal, grassy nose with fragile malt influence interwoven, slightly sweet; it is a fair bouquet, not as inviting as I would have liked. Regardless I took a sip… no disappointment here. The hops persuasion is excellent, mild bitterness with pleasant herbalness, a hint of spice, and a note of grass… minuscule maltiness trails. The finish is crisp and refreshing… rather long with a spicy hops reminder that lingers on the back of the tongue. Ideal carbonation. Medium body. This is a high-quality Pils… recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 11:30:09 | More by bditty187
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clear golden yellow color, with a big pillowy bright white head that retains quite well. Big aroma of grassy, earthy malts. Smooth with very little traces of carbonation in the mouth. Chewy malt flavors dominate; traces of hops intermingle with some slightly fruity flavors as well. This is a great example of a German pils, and is definitely one of my favorites of the style. Also a good beer for me to be having at the moment since my head still hurts from last night!

Thanks to NeroFiddled for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 18:33:53 | More by IrishRedRock
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optikon44

Connecticut

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

Typical pilsner yellowish-gold color. Develops a nice off-white foam head that stays around for a couple of minutes. Fresh hoppy smell mixed with a little toasty malt. Pleasant and just a bit more pronounced than your traditional "pilsner-style" beer. Taste delivers with fruity hops, slightly sweet malt w/ maybe a bit of peat. Feels crisp and clean, with an excellent blend of bitter and sweet in the finish. Pilsner isn't my favorite style, but I could definitely enjoy one or two of these now and again. I'll be sure to have a few on hand throughout the hot summer months. Plus, I like that this beer comes in a brown bottle rather than green - no skunky overtones.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2003 14:48:15 | More by optikon44
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BeerManDan

California

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

It poured a pale golden yellow in color and light to medium body. Not a lot of foam and little lace of the glass. The aroma was had nothing outstanding, but the taste was dry and well-balanced, with hop and malt character. This would be a nice summer quincher!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 15:13:29 | More by BeerManDan
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Kunsan90

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the two best Pils I can remember drinking, the other Holsten Pils. The beer poured a very clear gold with a white head. While receding , the head clung to the glass leaving nice looking lace work. The smell was a nice balance between the sweet malts and spicy hops. It felt very nice in the mouth; not too heavy, but not on the light side either. A slight, and I say again, slight bitter aftertaste was present. Final outcome, this is/was a great tasting pilsner. It’s very drinkable and I’m highly looking forward to the next one!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 17:21:22 | More by Kunsan90
Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.