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Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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BA SCORE
84
good

350 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Joey7F
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

Joey7F, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
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.

Beastdog75, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
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.

frank4sail, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
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.

Quaffer, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
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.

beerluvr, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
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.

kbub6f, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
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

jcalabre, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
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.

Bruiser81, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
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.

Pegasus, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of bditty187
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.

bditty187, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
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!

IrishRedRock, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of optikon44
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.

optikon44, Mar 21, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
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!

BeerManDan, Feb 25, 2003
Photo of Kunsan90
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!

Kunsan90, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Next to Pilsner Urquell, this is my favorite “non ale” beer, as it epitomizes the mastery of the brewer’s art. The beer pours a liquid gold with a modest head and the color bright white, as it evaporates the laces forms a satin curtain to drape the glass. Nose is malt, citrus crisp and clean, sweet as is the malt start with a top skinny in feel. The finish has medium acidity with the hops perky in their spiciness, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, and one well worth the try

Gusler, Jan 19, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-yellow color, average fizzy foamy white head, light grainy and flowery aroma. Grainy and mild sweetness turns to a hoppy and bitter dryness in the finish. Light bodied with a fizzy watery mouthfeel, very clean and crisp, this is a very good pils.

maxpower, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear pale straw color with a thin white head. Aroma is dominated by sweet malts and fresh baked bread with some floral notes. It is quite crisp and refreshing in the mouth with a nice flavor mix of sweet malts and bitter hops. One of the top Pilsners on the market.

Morris729, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing straw gold body topped by a frothy bright white head that holds quite well. It eventually receeds but keeps a thin surface covering and leaves some very nice lace. The nose is fragrant with a bright, fresh, sweet malt atop a light grassy, floral and mildly spicy hop aroma. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation that's lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma indicates with a firm bitterness and floral/grassy hop flavor. Well balanced. It finishes dry, crisp and clean with just some minor residual sweet malt and lingering bitterness. Very refreshing! A nice, easy finish. Overall, it seems to fall somewhere between a Bohemian and German Pils. Very well done and exceptionally drinkable.

NeroFiddled, Nov 20, 2002
Photo of stoutman
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hot summer day guzzlin truly make this a "Crown Pils of Europe." Similar to the czechs' Pilsner Urquell. Elegant in both presentation and flavor, Premium Pils' big, dry, hoppy head takes from 7 to 10 minutes to pour properly. The results are bright color, a light, crisp taste and the traditional dry, hoppy Pils finish. Naturally dry, hoppy finish.

stoutman, Jul 14, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very solid pils.
Pours golden with nice effervescence.
Floral hop aroma.
Also floral on the buds, with a faint lemon rind kick. Bready maltiness backs this up. Finishes with more hops, and some lingering, pleasant grassy flavor.
Light, and easy to drink, yet holds the attention with it's presence in the mouth.
Great hot weather brew

cokes, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. Beatiful golden color with carbonation evident. Nice maltiness on the nose as well as a flowery hop boquet. Very nice taste. Has a bit of a bite, but is very easy to drink. Great pils maltiness. Could drink a lot of these.

Bighuge, May 19, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz Euro style brown bottle with a freshness date stamped on the lower right hand corner of the label.

Appearance: Crystal clear shimmering bright pale golden brew, the mid-sized bubbles race to the top to keep the white lace in good form.

Smell: Fresh baked bulky rolls come to mind, malt sweetness is present as well as a delicate herbal hop aroma. Fresh aromatics entice the nose.

Taste: Very smooth and increasingly crisp mouth feel within the deceptive medium body. Swirling malt flavours wrap around the taste buds leaving bread crust flavours, very well structured malt profile with a lightness yet not lacking in complexity at all. Hops are solely one flavour that is like a wave in the tide of bitterness, perfectly round bitterness blankets the palate with a balancing effect. Herbal hop flavour surrounds the tongue with a soft and pleasant taste throughout. Clean other than some low level grainy husk flavour, alcohol is faint but slightly warming. Fresh cut hay in the mouth during the finish, not dry and not sweet but somewhere in between (even though it says extra dry on the label this is still not a "dry" beer compared to other lager or pilsners in around the world).

Notes: Tasty little pils here, well place flavours and relatively delicate other than the husk character. A clean and fresh example to the euro pilsner style and great for someone that wants to jump ship from the big macro lager freighter.

Jason, Oct 18, 2001
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Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.