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Bitburger Premium Pils | Bitburger Brauerei

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Bitburger Brauerei
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Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a four pack of cans from a Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau, WI. Bitburger pours a golden hue with a decent head and a nice lacing. The aroma has hints of yeast and a bready Pilsner malt. The flavor is crisp and clean at the start and finishes with a slight bready malt bitterness. Overall this was a decent Pilsner but I have had better also.

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Photo of Spike
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Yellow/gold, highly carbonated, with a white, foamy head that lasts.

S: Grassy Hallertau hops. But very light. Nothing nasty.

T: Green grass. Mild bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, crisp. Some chewiness and a light, sweet finish.

O: Not bad. Not outstanding. Preferred to a Carlsberg or Heineken. Good back garden bbq lager.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - I cant deny that this is a near perfect looking pilsner. Pours a crystal clear light golden color with 3 fingers of Foamy white head, Carbonation is extremely lively and head retention is pretty great to, All around a beautiful beer in the glass!

Aroma - The nose is a light floral bouquet as far as hops are concered I dont get much in the way of leafy or earthy hops, this one definitely smells like that aroma you get when first walking into a florist. Malts seem to be your basic crackery pilsner malt aroma. This just smells all around like a basic german pils, nothing wrong with that,

Taste - Again the taste is pretty floral, followed by a light sweetness of what appears to be honey, The floral hops are fairly bitter and the sweetness really does a decent job at balancing that on the back end its crackery pilsner malts and that bitterness follows through in the aftertaste. Again not bad just not excellent.

Feel - Light bodied and spritzy this is definitely a summertime beer which is perfect for the style, the bitterness is fairly strong but nicely balanced, If not the best flavor mesh you can't argue that this isnt a well executed beer.

Overall - Not my favorite German pilsner flavor combonation and to be honest even the best of the style isn't my favorite kind of beer but with that said this is half decent when it comes down to it all things considered. The flavors have been well executed and produce a good relaxing refreshing summertime beer, Try it out, Cheers!

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Photo of doktorhops
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can’t believe I haven’t touched this one yet (review-wise) as I’ve drunk it at least a dozen times, in and out of Germany, anyway Bitburger (referring to the Pils, their most popular beer) is Germany’s no. 1 draft beer, and I can attest to seeing it at very nearly every pub I entered in Deutschland. Their main slogan “Bitte ein Bit” works both in English “Please a Bit” as a clever pun and German, which wins them my most coveted “bilingual gold star of pun goodygoodness-ness” and also puts them in decent stead as my “German Pilsner of this very evening award” which is awarded every night I drink a German Pilsner [Tuesdays mostly].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: Clear golden body with a nice 2 centimetre white head which loiters around for a while, as it should with a German macro Lager dammit, not much else to add - the lace is good in the glass - better than average looking macro then. 7/10.

S: Bready notes upfront, a bit of light honey as well, something vegetal and vomit-like to the aroma (not good, but nonetheless expected in a macro Lager). Overall the nose is clean, bready and dry - typical German Pils territory, and apart from that slight spew overtone nothing to worry about (smell the floor of your local pub if you need a sense of what I mean). 6/10.

T: Flavour is really mellow and bready with honey tones and a dry finish, quite a spot on German Pils - nothing out of the ordinary, in fact it’s pretty decent given this is a macro Lager. Hops present as a light lemon and a hint of medicinal herbs towards the finish but overall it’s a Helles dry affair here. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, slightly more viscous than expected, with a light carbonation. It all works well as a German Pils package - though I recall my previous German draft Bitburger experiences to be a bit more lively. 7/10.

D: Standard quality German Pilsners don’t get more standard quality than this - Bit is right up there with the König’s, Warsteiner’s and the Jever’s in the classic German Pils stakes. Though I will rate this as a close second to König - König beats it on aroma and price - Bitburger is still a decent enough brew to chug when you need a quick fix of the old GP, or if you’re in Germania and you don’t like the look of certain other beers on tap (I’m thinking about a certain Queen of beers*). 8/10.

Food match: The classic trinity of weißwurst mit senf und brezeln.

*Warsteiner’s slogan: “Eine Königin unter den Bieren” or “A Queen amongst beers”.

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. I understand it is a mass produced product, but compared to mass produced American beers it's so much better. It has a very distinct character to it i can only describe as minerally and it's very pleasant. For quite awhile this was my go to. Don't get me wrong its not amazing , but it's just a really well done example of mass produced, easy drinking and flavorful beer. Sadly not available where I live now.

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Photo of Squire123
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light yellow color with generous white head, fine bubbles and lacing.

Pale malt with touches of light bread, spicy hops.

Very balanced medium malt flavor with overriding hop sharpness.

Seamless texture with something bordering on subdued richness.

Very clean, crisp, refreshing beer, flawlessly made. Very popular in the country of origin where competition is stiff for the consumer dollar.

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Photo of danoneil77
4.84/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My hands-down go-to brew, when I can get a hold of it. For some reason, there are times when no stores have this in stock. My feeling is that there is a good reason for the shortage - this is what beer is supposed to taste like.

Crisp, light, and oh-so drinkable. The instructions on the can say to serve cool, not cold. This may only matter the purest purist. I enjoy this anytime and any temperature.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the keg, it pours golden with a large white head. A bit of floral in the nose. Some bitterness in the mouth, as a good pils should have. An old veteran I knew, post war Polish Labor Service (later Civil Support Group leader), Major P, swore by this beer. Prosit!

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Photo of gautch726
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a yellow gold with a light, white head as a Pils should. Smells a bit acrid. Not a pleasant first impression. The taste is relatively sweet at the start, very floral, but gives way to a bitter aftertaste that once again isn't as nice as it could be. Mouthfeel is light and the beer goes down easy. Overall, an inexpensive pils that'll do in a pinch, but otherwise there are better options.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz can, dated 09.24.15, best before 09.23.16.

My quest to find beer that is both flavorful and economical has recently steered me towards German lagers, and Bitburger fits the bill perfectly.

Straw/pale gold color, bright and shining with brilliant clarity. A small, frothy white head sits on top with good retention, then dissipates somewhat quickly. The aroma is light all around, combining grainy malt with floral hops. Simple, mild and amicable. While the flavor is somewhat plain, what it lacks in strength and complexity it makes up for by being clean and pure. Ordinarily, that is the trademark of a great lager, but the flavors are a little too restrained here. Light bodied with soft carbonation and a slight bitter finish.

Not my favorite German Pils, but at $5.19 for a 4-pack of cans the value is right on. This is easy drinking to the max. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better accompaniment to sushi.

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Photo of matuto
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle (exp. 03/29/2016). Straw and very clear liquid. Foam recedes to a thin layer with small bubbles and a denser ring, leaving laces on glass. Fresh aroma from the grassy hops, showing on mouth a bit faintly. Light body, good bitterness. Presence of carbonation and alcohol are pretty well inserted. I would surely have it again, specially for its good price. Also, I think bottle version is much better than on can.

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Photo of Dravin
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.5 L can in to a Spaten lager glass. Bottled on date of 2015.06.29 with a best by date of 2016.06.28.

Look -- Pours a clear straw with two fingers of tight white head. The head settles down quickly and leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Bready and crackery malt, grassy hops.

Taste -- Same as the nose with a nice bracing bitterness and a mineral note. The flavors while certain pilsner are a bit thin.

Feel -- Decent carbonation but the body is a bit on the thin side. It comes across as water and that's in the context of a pilsner, I'm not comparing it to a DIPA. It is crisp and clean though.

Overall -- Thin and light is the name of the game. It's certainly no light AAL but I've had better Pilsners. I don't think I'll be picking up more but I certainly wouldn't turn down a free one and curiosity might get me to try it on tap to see if the shelf life is the issue.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

33cl bottle

Appearance: clear golden with medium/low carbonation. Builds a small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: lightly malty, crackers, somewhat floral hops, pretty similar to the Konig Pilsner in that aspect. Grassy, maybe a little grapefruit at some point.

Taste: pretty hoppy, almost identical to the Konig Pilsner, bitter grassy flavour, with slight floral notes.

Mouthfeel: light body and carbonation, but it's strong and crisp because of its taste. Nice aftertaste.

Overall: a good session beer, lacks carbonation and body, but the strong taste makes up for it.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a very light, clear gold, initially leaving a one-finger white head but soon thereafter it is gone without any trace whatsoever. on the nose, light malts of hay, cracker and some biscuit underlie a grassy and herbal hop presence. the flavor mostly matches the nose, but with more citrus (lemon, grapefruit) than expected. the finish tends toward bitter and slightly astringent. a little watery. the relative complexity compared to grass bombs is a plus, and it does not bother me greatly that some of the hop flavor comes from an extract, but this beer could potentially benefit from more body and/or creamier carbonation (which would also likely improve the appearance). should maybe consider doing a head to head with Warsteiner next time.

further servings have shown this beer to good effect. Even the appearance has improved with difference glassware and perhaps a slightly harder pour, leaving some lace and a lingering cap. a really enjoyable, long-term brew!

in consecutive-night testing, Bitburger handily beat out HP Munich Gold ( a perennial favorite of mine), though not the same style. Unfortunately for the HPMG, it could not muster enough maltiness or any other quality to distinguish it in a positive way. Pilsner Urquell also put in a good showing, particularly flavor-wise, but Bitburger still seems to have the edge as the golden lager all-rounder.

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Photo of puck1225
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear yellow pour from a can into a pint glass. Thin head and light lacing. Bready smell and taste. Clean, crisp feel and flavor. Not a bad beer but not exciting.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden, medium carb, poor head retention, solid lacing. Smell is adjuncts backed by noble hops. Drinks clean with slight hop bite at the end. Not bad but I prefer the American counterparts

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Photo of Buck89
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a can. Clear golden-straw. Thin white head despite a vigorous pour. Nose was some white bread, cracker, grain and floral noble hop. Taste followed with a nice clean grainy flavor with nice noble hop flavor. Light on the palate and easy drinking.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Whatever man. Needed a palate washer for tonights attempt at mass review. Picked up a pint can of this for two dollar flat. These German brewers are usually pretty generic when it comes to these types of beers by oh well, I know what to expect.

Look - From the pint can into my always classic Bud Light countored a bit more than a pint glass...glass. Pours a moderately dark yellow with a nice frothy and thick two finger white head. Fills out the glass nicely. The carbonation only appears to be medium but the bubbles are fucking huge.

Smell - The smell is extremely clean with a good dosage of light hops that are moderately lemon like in nature. Malts are all there so far in their typical bready levels though turned up to a higher quality bread than most typical German lagers. Bit of corn, but it isn't off putting.

Taste - Flavor profile starts off with a bit of hop bitterness which really surprised me as usually these brews are just skunk havents. The hop bitterness really dominates the flavor profile with a touch of the breads I mentioned in the nose along with a touch of soap like stuff going on in the end. More flavorful that most generic imports, I'll give it that much.

Feel - The feel is about what you would expect. Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation although it isn't so high as to effect how easily the beer is to swallow. Flavors remain virtually all the same as they were.

Overall - It was better than your average German import although it isn't exactly a mind blower. A bit pricy to be worth a regular easy drinker buy but nobody would be offended by it. A clean easy drinker that is fine for a palate washer and actually moderately enjoyable. As always, try to for yourself and come to your own conclusion. .

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Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can (dated 8.27.15)
Consumed: 12.21.15

A: 4.5 Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow-gold. The fluffy, off-white head lasts a couple minutes and leaves a good amount of lace in the glass.

S: 4 Lots of bready malt, lemon, and some pepper on the nose. Hop presence is pretty nice, it a bit sharp.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, bready malt mixed with mild hops giving a classic pilsner flavor. Starts a touch sweet before mild hop bitterness steps in. The yeast adds a really nice flavor, leading into a dry, fruity finish.

M: 4.25 Really nice carbonation with a very crisp and refreshing, yet creamy feel. A little dry on the finish, but overall super drinkable.

O: 4.25 Great pilsner, with nothing out of the ordinary going on; much more restrained than American alternatives. The relatively mild flavors and the overall feel make this a great, highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw yellow that is crystal clear. Lots of carbonation with a big, soapy head. Has a sweet, grainy smell that is slightly soapy. Grassy, grainy, light taste that is very crisp. The hop bite is nice that bites in the end. German pilsners are simply better than the big American companies, however, this one is not as good as other German Pilsners.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and a faint amount of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film (made up of medium sized bubbles) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet grainy malts with a light to moderate aroma of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink, refreshing, and sessionable. This beer would be a good tailgating beer for the beginning of football season when it is still quite warm.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grainy sweetness, graham cracker, almost white wine-like in the aroma. Fruity and herbal hops. Bready malts, clean lager aroma. Balanced but perhaps more on the malt side. Slightly minerally.

Pours clear light gold with a small white head. Good lacing and head retention.

Crisp and clean upfront giving way to slightly sweet malts. Firm bitterness on the finish. Slightly toasted bread and graham cracker. Just a hint of sweetness but finishing quite dry and solidly bitter.

Medium high carbonation and light body. Enough malt and hops to keep it interesting on the palate.

Very clean, but lots of character.

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Photo of stcules
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Greenish yellow, clean. A normal foam.
Clean smell, too, but a bit flat. Malt in the front, just a bit of hop, not a lot more to say.
In the taste more bitterness, after a honeyed start. Dry aftertaste, some hay.
Not too bad for a macro produced pils. Clean, drinkable, dry.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is not the best.

Smell is ok.

Loving the bitterness and hoppiness. Complex flavour with very nice after-taste, everything works well together. Gutsy, hard hitting flavour. really like it actually. Has a very natural, organic taste also. Nice fizzy bitterness in the mouthfeel...

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of 330ml bottles.

Straw, pale color with nice rocky white head. Great, clean refreshing German pilsner. Tastes even better on tap.

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