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Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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 TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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

gonzo138, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
4.43/5  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.

scoobybrew, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Winter, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a traditional beer mug

A- nice bright yellow a bit darker than I would have expected, with a foaming white head that disappated quickly

S- I did not get much of a nose on this beer, which I notice is contrary to other reviews, some malt is all I got in the nose.

T- good about covers it. clean up front with a surprising amount of hop bitterness in the finish. However not as clean I as would have liked.

M- some carbination light but again a bit lacking

D- an easy drinker and an ok session beer. Lacks a bit of complexity.

Notes- it seems like this beer was missing something. This beer to me seem like "clse but no cigar" Overall a good beer that I would have again. But not my favorite of the style. Spaten premium lager is a better choise overall.

cavat- I have discribed this beer as missing something yet still have it rated well. How does this work? German Pilser is my favorite style of beer so while I may find it lacking compared to the spaten, it was still one of the better offerings out there.

mcarroll10177, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 12 oz bottles, poured into 22 oz glass. Brilliant, crystal clear gold color with a large frothy head and fine lacing after every quaff. Grassy, dusty hop aroma on top of a light malt nose. Classic pils taste, with light, slightly grainy malt with good bitterness and a dusty, floral hop flavor. A slightly sulfurish flavor at the end, but mostly a dry, clean flavor. Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel.

A good German pils, with obvious flaws. A great session beer, even if it's not all that exciting.

allengarvin, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of sevineyes
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle.

A: Poured with an inch of frothy head. Very light yellow in color.

S: Love this smell. Roses and pepper. Subdued lemon peel. Pepper dominates.

T: Begins sweet. Turns a bit sour and ends with a mace-like bitterness.

M: Smooth. Not dominated by carbonation.

Overall: Really wish the taste lived up to the smell. Love the aroma, but not too enamored by the flavor.

sevineyes, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of rokoch27
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traditional Paulaner aroma with a hint of toasted malts comes from a thin, straw brew. It isn’t tasteless, but doesn’t really have a distinct flavor other than a sharp tinge when you first swallow. This is a crisp, light lager that is what Budweiser tries to mimic. That being said, it makes me think of cheap, tasteless brew that leaves one wanting. Ok beer, not worth the import price.

rokoch27, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of weizendoc
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ozs. poured into my Paulaner weisbierglas. Pours a rich frothy head that would overflow the glass if I didn't slurp it off. The head subsides to thin foam layer after 2 pulls. This pils noses of nuts and floral hops. The malt hits you up front then you get a wonderful hoppy mid-palate and finishes with malt and nut aftertaste. Rings of lace are forming with each pull.

Overall, this is up there with the best pils I've had. It's less rich than Spaten, Konig or Pils Urquell. I find it very clean and dry on the finish. Good brew!!

weizendoc, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This a pale, clear, golden color with a thin, bright white head. The aroma is beautiful, a soft cloud of muted hop and sweet grain, unadulterated by any sulfer notes. The main word to describe this beer is SOFT. Everything is so subtle and balanced. The flavor is light, sweet, a little bready with touches of alcohol, metal, and sulfer, which all have their place and are balanced in their own way. Totally clean aftertaste, though the finish is unabrupt. Not perfect, but a pretty dreamy pilsner.

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Bcant
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp, clear and golden with a fluffy white head about 3 fingers that disappeared fast. Strong grain, bread-like aroma. Lost of malt flavors but not sweet or syrupy, defiantly enough hop to balance things out, but that is about all the hops do, as they do not stand out tremendously, aside from providing a dry ending. Very palatable, but not at all challenging. A good example of a pills but not the Plutonic form.

Bcant, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of alankwak
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw colored, clear and light. Nice. My gawd what a doorknob of a wonderful head(composed of small bubbles which is A+). Great head retention and very good lacing.
S: Tad weak here but acceptable. I thought I get a whiff of saaz but didn't. Oh well.
T: Wonderful. Lightly hopped but enough, very nice pils. This must be very well lagered to have such a tame yet full taste...yummy.
M: Medium mouthfeel, you don't feel as if your drinking bread and you shouldn't. Very light which is nice. Yet a nice mouthfeel for the style of beer.
D: Very good here. I could down many of these fine pilsners.

Overall: I really liked this this fine german pilsner. All that's missing is a little more saaz aroma.

alankwak, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of mobyfann
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid .70EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 20.07.2005

The beer pours a clear golden base, medium white pillowy head, great retention and nice layered lacing effects. Not much here, touch of hop here maybe a little there.

The taste has some more depth but no fruity flavor, nothing impressive but it is still somewhat pleasant, slightly floral aftertaste. Not too shabby here, the head gives the beer a great starting point, a little heavy in the mouth. Would I have another, sure maybe one more, but there are many better pils in line that would take your place.

Final Thought: Pils is my prefered style but this one falls short in my opinion. It is a decent brew but aside from it's appearance, it is marginally better than average. Paulaner did bad.

mobyfann, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is clean but sweet with little hops .It has a very refreshing flavor. A decent malty backbone with a sweet grassy finish and a little bitterness from the hops. I wish American pilseners were this good.

RushLimbmalt, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of OatherS
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has plain white label.

Appearance: Nice thick head, pours to a champagne appearnce. Very light in color with lots of bubbles.

Smell: Slighty skunky aroma, very German smelling if you have had experience with lots of German beer.

Taste: The flavor is not too impressive, not very noticable. Somewhat bland in comparison to other pils I have had, but still OK.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly somewhat flat tasting, not bubbly in the least.

Drinkability: As has been mentioned by other reviewers, this would make a good intro into foreign pils varieties as opposed to the american macro "pils".

OatherS, May 24, 2005
Photo of alexgash
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

alexgash, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
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.

crookedhalo, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of Shaw
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.

Shaw, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of mgdeth
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.

mgdeth, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
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.

Hibernator, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of mschofield
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.

mschofield, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of BeerBob
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.

BeerBob, Jun 29, 2004
Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.