Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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84
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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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Photo of weizendoc
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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!!

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of Bcant
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of alankwak
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of mobyfann
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of OatherS
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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".

Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of crookedhalo
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of mgdeth
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of mschofield
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of BeerBob
4.65/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of Joey7F
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of Beastdog75
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of frank4sail
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of Quaffer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of kbub6f
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of jcalabre
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
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

Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.