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Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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344 Ratings

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

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 Quaffer


4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +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.

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

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

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


2.63/5  rDev -29.5%

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

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


4.13/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

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


3.88/5  rDev +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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

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!

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

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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!

02-01-2003 17:21:22 | More by Kunsan90
Photo of Gusler


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

01-19-2003 15:38:11 | More by Gusler
Photo of maxpower


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

01-17-2003 17:10:24 | More by maxpower
Photo of Morris729


4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

11-26-2002 15:40:04 | More by Morris729
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

11-20-2002 18:00:15 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of stoutman


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

07-14-2002 02:54:38 | More by stoutman
Photo of cokes


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%

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

06-26-2002 21:31:09 | More by cokes
Photo of Bighuge


4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

05-19-2002 20:40:59 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Jason


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

10-18-2001 22:54:51 | More by Jason
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