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Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Photo of pojo41
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful, crystal clear, straw-colored pils. It pours with a decent fluffy white head which dissipates quickly. Not overly malty or much hop bitterness. Slightly grassy flavor.
Pilsners are generally not rated very highly because they are not terribly complex. But, for easy drinking, they are hard to beat. This is a good, easy drinking, traditional German pils.

Photo of RedBaron
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful summer pils from a wonderful brewer.

Appearance: Straw gold color; Pours with nice flourishing head that sustained well.
Smell: Nice slightly hopped beer. Smelled like a freshly cut lawn.
Taste: Light, crisp flavor. A nice malty foretaste with a dry finish. Reminiscent of Jever pils, but with a more floral flavor of a southern German pilsener.
Mouthfeel: fairly full-bodied for a pils, but with a great malty sweetness/dry hop balance.
Drinkability: With summer in full force now, this beer truly satisfies the thristy drinker. A perfect tonic for those warm, "dog days" of summer.

The brewers at Paulaner seem to click with each lager style they churn out. This was my first "Premium Pils" Paulaner that I've tried. I've been a fan of this brewer for many years, especially of Salvator and the Hefe-weiss. But whereas Salvator is a great, beefy "winter-y" beer, the pils is the perfect compliment to a warm summer day. If you like the Hefe, I'd definitely say you'd wanna give the pils a fair shake. I'd like to try a tap version of this sometime...

Photo of DogFood11
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed this yet as its fairly easy to find at my local haunts and I'm a sucker for a German Pilsner. I usually can't pass these up. Poured this brown bottle into a pils glass. Head is sticky and has some girth to it. Body is yellow with waves of carbonation.

Smelled like freshly cracked grain. Kind of raw and mostly an herbal hop presence. I would imagine there may even be some saaz in this as the hops are snappy and dry. This is smooth for most of the offering and then it finishes very, very dry. I like this combination. A very good pils. Not up there with the elite but it has no glaring flaws and will quench your thirst without costing you your first born.

Notes: This was an incredibly fresh six pack and tasted just as I remember having at my favorite pub in Bitburg, Germany. Good distribution is something to applaud.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh so slightly hazy golden brew, white lace doesn't have a lot of volume, but lacing is decent.

Biscuity sweet pale malt, with herbal hops backing up. Crisp and clean.

Earthy, grassy hops are a prominent flavor feature, pale malts with a bit of sweet grain husk. Bready finish, mostly clean (just a hint of adjunct grain), slightly dry.

Not a bad pils, with nice flavors of fresh hay, herbal hops, and characteristic German yeast. Recommended for the style, which, while not my favorite, is extremely refreshing at the right time.

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

A Pils from the big guys? A Pils from München? A Pils from Paulaner? Schauen wir mal!!!

Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr brew at a wonderful facility here in München located east of the Isar. I love being able to ride my bike to work and smelling the aromas from the mash-in and boil. München is special!! Gar keine Frage!!! What the hell are they brewing PILs in München for? Weißbier, Yes! Helles, Yes! Dunkles, Yes! A Pils? I can say this, if you for whatever reason have the opportunity to visit the brewery or are even luckier and know someone that can get you in(I had the pleasure), DO IT!!! Even without the tour its worth it. The brewery is built into a hill and the Biergarten overlooks the downtown area. Very very nice!!! Anyways back to the Bier….

The Bier pours up a big rocky head that clings to glass like its clinging for life. Needless to say it’s very lacey on the glass and close to picture perfect. The color was on the light golden side and very well filtered. The aroma was built with a very nice hop aroma that begins with a grassy/herbal note t and then finishes minty. Doesn’t knock you in the face but is really nicely done. The malt aroma is very soft and delicate. Some hints of grain are to be found in the aroma but they are subtle. The lager yeast shows through with a mild sulphur aroma. The flavor begins with a solid but mild upfront bitterness. This Bier has, surprisingly, a lot of mouth feel for a PILs. Even for a southern German Pils. With this said is still doesn’t exhibit any sweetness due to the smooth bitterness. This Bier is very well balanced. The hops continue their role here with a delicate herbal touch.

Why does Paulaner make a Pils?
Pils in 2005 accounted for 61% of the Bier served in Deutschland….
I have a different opinion…They brew one because they can and they do it well!
Zum Wohl!!!

Photo of Patrick999
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grooving on pilsners lately, so I thought I'd try this.

Filled my pilsner glass nicely - blond color, and head actually stuck around and left rings of lacing, unlike Pilsner Urquell.

Smell is very, very neutral. I smell absolutely nothing skunky or off, but nothing really wants to stand out, either. Mild grassy hops.This beer is screaming at me. Just shut up about the smell and drink already!

Taste - Pretty standard - taste follows smell here. High marks for being as dry as it suggests - dry but still rather soft. The noble hops are there, some cereal grains are there, but again nothing is standing out. It tastes good, though. A very solid, if unspectacular beer.

Mouthfeel is one of this beer's strong points. Carbonated well and dry, but not harsh at all. Finishes very clean.

Drinkability is exceptional. It couldn't be better. Refreshing and uncomplicated - but still a quality beer. Damn near perfect as session material.

Photo of smcolw
2.31/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.82/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the better of the pilsners anywhere. Appearance might not be the best, but the aroma and especially flavor and mouthfeel are superb! This one poured witih a slight head and no lace. A slightly hazy light amber color. Aroma is a very fragrant hop with light malts. Flavors the same. A crisp beer. Excellent body. Just want to drink more. Very balanced. A premier session beer. Bitter sweet finish.

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.

Photo of stephendr
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a frothy white head - nose of hay , grass , mild hopps , melons , and grains – taste of grain , hay , grassy , malt , and slight bitter hops- body light , crisp , and mildly carbonated – aftertaste of slight sweetness , and low acidity

Photo of evanackerman
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beer pours a light golen color with a foamy bright-white head,

aroma is of baked rolls with a nice noble hop presence

taste is well-balance herbal hops and brady malt, very clean

mouthfeel, medium bodied smooth and crisp

drinkability, vey good sessioner.

overall, a highly enjoyeable go to pils with very few flaws.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant golden color with champagne bubbles, but a not-so-frothy head. The nose is grassy, and quite fragrant with noticable hops. The taste is hugely refreshing, and pleasantly buttery, with a slightly metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel can be characterized in the same way, really smooth until the very end. The finish, however metallic, is very dry and crisp. Drinkable as hell.

Photo of pmcadamis
1.54/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - A dull shade of gold with a flimsy head that soon reduces to a haze of dishwater film. Crystal clear with lots of tiny champagne bubbles. Swirling brings up a thin cap of white foam, and there is a good amount of spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Saltine cracker pils malts with subtle clean hop notes. Typical German pils nose.

T - Bitter and clean. Saltine crackers, salty cheese-whip, and metallic mineral flavors. I don't really care for mineral flavors in my beers, and this one is like sucking on a penny. Wow. This is no good. Makes my fillings hurt.

M - Thin, extremely carbonated, acidic, sour, and metallic.

D - Terrible. This is overly salty and metallic. I can barely finish this one....I will though (I don't believe in wasting beer....there are thirsty kids in China and my mom taught me to always clean my plate).

Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very clear and light straw/gold color. Head is a thin, white foam. Some lacing towards the top of the glass, but the head is gone rather quick. Looks kinda weak...

Smell: Light malts and a lot of fresh bread. Nice, but seems a bit one-dimenional. Plus no hops, grains, or other elements.

Taste: Again, mostly bready-malts, plus a very slight bit of grains and hops. It's not bad, but missing some flavors I'd like to taste in this type of beer.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light-bodied with a good crisp-ness and a clean finish. Good tingly sensation from the light carbonation as well.

Drinkability: The alcohol and the taste are not excessive at all, and I could manage quite a few of these too.

Overall, I think this is an OK German Pilsner. It's generally quite average, but it's really quite drinkable and there's no major complaints about it. Nothing skunky here either. I probably won't get it again, but if I didn't have better choices available I'd probably get this somewhat often.

Photo of Cresant
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated "produced on: 07/05" into a pilsner glass. Three finger of white head faded to a clotted cap and remained throughout the drink. A chill haze was present in the pale yellow body despite being served at 48-50F.

Smell was floral hops. A strong aroma of honey appeared about 1/3 into the beer. This immense and pleasant aroma stayed around until the end.

Taste was light, crisp, citric hops. Acidic and well balanced with an enjoyable drying finish.

Mouthfeel was smooth yet somewhat zesty. Body was thin to medium. I enjoyed this one more than I anticipated.

Photo of goochpunch
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale golden color with tons of dancing bubbles in the body, thick frothy head, and rings of sheet lacing. Aroma is a mix of clean, pale malts, grassy and hay-like hops, and a slight sulfur hit. Flavor is malty and bready with some of those earthy hops thrown in the mix. Finishes extremely dry. The hop bitterness seems to fall flat in the end and doesn't contribute a bright punch like I'd hoped. Mouthfeel is light, however, there needs to be more carbonation in this one. Although this isn't jaw-dropping, it's incredibly drinkable, like most half-decent lagers.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a nice thick head. The smell was a little citrusy. The taste was not very hoppy, but smooth and balanced. It was easy to drink and highly sessionable. It had a nice crispness. If I wanted to just chill with my friends and have a great beer that I didn't have to think about too much, I would consider this beer.

Photo of jubnat
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a pilsner glass. Small head, though nice carbonation, pale yellow color. Head has a pleasant aroma to it. Tastes pretty ordinary to me. Nothing stands out in any way. Pretty standard, though not bad. It just doesn't do anything for me. Very boring, and overpriced.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Crystal clear, golden straw in color, not much head. Carbonation looks pretty good as a steady stream of bubbles rises to the top.

Smell--Faint malts, I really don't notice too much of a smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Crisp and refreshing. Notable malts--almost a grainy taste-- at first, followed up nicely by hops as it slides down the throat. Good carbonation.

Drinkability--This is a good pilsner--I could easily have a quite a few of these.

Photo of anders36
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a pale yellow colour with a nice large longlasting head. Has a malty grassy, slightly grainy aroma. The flavor is sweet malty with grassy hints. Also some grainy hints. Medium mouthfeel with a long bitter aftertaste. An okay German pilsener.

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

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle sealed with a colorful crown cap. The main label has white background with black and gold edges and has the words ‘Paulaner Premium Pils Extra Dry’. No strength listed but this bottle was produced on 01.06.

Appearance: Pale straw golden body with an incredibly clear look. White head is limited in strength but remains at ¼” thick and never rescinds. Below average carbonation. Average looks.

Nose: Dry nose, soft with some lager tones which has some hop character, but it is reticent to promote itself. Low key to say the least.

Taste: Light grain, pale malts and a dry hop finish. Middling carbonation supports all of the flavors but the real upfront note is the dryness. Clean and simple with a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel: Soft palate, low carbonation plays down the dry tones of this lightly hopped lager. Overall it seems to lack a little, but what it does do, it does well.

Drinkability: This is a Six-pack beer with little to no detrimental qualities to keep you from enjoying its clean dry lines for most of the night.

Overall: Run of the mill stuff, but pretty good nonetheless.

Photo of gonzo138
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours into glass a pale straw like golden color, low white head, laces well

S- light crisp sweet malty sweet aroma, mild hop smel noticable as well

T- smooth clean taste, with nice semi-hoppy bitter finish

M- very light body, good carbonation

D- all pilsners are very drinkable and this is one is no exception, a nice beer that you could drink quite a few of

Photo of scoobybrew
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pilsner flute. It has a clear light golden color with a nice thick head with excellent retention. There is a wonderful nice gentle hop aroma balanced with a crisp malty smell. The taste delivers everything in the aroma. It's such a delicate, wonderfully balanced hop and malt taste, with a great hop finish. It is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent pils and a great example of the style. I haven't had this good of a pils since I was in Austria early this year.

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

Pours a clear golden with a frothy white head. Aroma of floral hops and malt. Thin, soft mouthfeel. This pils is crips and fulfilling. Bready, sweet malt flavor with a nice assertive bitterness compliments of the Hallertauer hops. The finish is dry. Classic German pils. If you're going to stock your fridge with a pilsner beer, this might as well be the one.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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