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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 26
Gots: 136 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

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Ratings: 1,494 | Reviews: 751
Photo of Jsteez
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent, skunky beer that tastes good on a hot day: Dry, balanced and bitter, with some grainy malt. High and refreshing carbonation; light bodied and fairly crisp. Nice golden yellow color with a creamy white surface and sticky lace on the glass. Not the best I've tasted in this style, but it's better than many offerings out there. It tastes like a better and more flavorful version of Budweiser, IMO.

Photo of Simesta
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Decent for the price but pretty uninspiring.

Photo of kitsgrad84
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed many many of these throughout my travels in western Germany. If you only a sniff of aroma from this pils you may not think much, but it is very drinkable and refreshing. I see many low ratings but I personally have to rate this pils higher. Yes its crisp while being thin but less skunky than others in region. Really have to recommend this to you if you are in western Germany and wetting your whistle while staying in a local castle. Cheers

Photo of gurkgurkgurk
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

You don't reach for this beer expecting a ton of flavor, full body, or anything new and ground-breaking. You reach for it when you want a cold, refreshing, and good tasting pilsner.

It's crisp, with a lingering skunky-ness, and alcohol after-taste. It leaves a thin head, with minor lacing. It does however taste clean, the sharpness of the hops shines through, as well as a little malty-ness. For a pilsner, it is very good.

Photo of ObiBeerCanobi
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure if an exceptional batch, but I found this beer delightful for the style without the skunking that others have noted.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: pretty skunky when I first opened the bottle; after 10 minutes or so, that was greatly reduced; not sure I've ever experienced that before; I can now clearly get cracker; still don't get any hops;

T: a little grainy with light malt; light bitterness through the long finish; no crispness and no hops other than the bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: flavor was disappointing;

Photo of pkalix
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

minimal carbonation, thin white head. weak aroma (which I might have enjoyed when I was younger).
dry, tasty, pilsner.
my, how my taste buds have changed....

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It´s a good beer, maybe one of my favorite pilsners. It smells dull but has a lot of flavour, It´s also very cheap here in Mexico.

Photo of chubenzino
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty mediocre beer for Germany

Photo of RochefortChris
4.51/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clarity with light straw color and long lasting fluffy white head.

Getting a lot of German nobles hops in the nose, pils malt very noticeable with hints of DMS but is appropriate for the style.

Nice crisp, dry taste with a nice balance of noble hops and pils malt, small hints of DMS

Feel could be slightly more carbonated, still has good crispness to it, pleasant bitter aftertaste

A fine, fresh example of a German pilsner, a beer I would down a sixer of on a hot summer day.

Photo of vikinggary28
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very enjoyable light tasting german pilsner. Not heavy at all. A great afternoon or evening brew when you are being involved with athletic activities on the weekend and don't want to be weighed down with a heavy german lager. (Leisure athletic activities with friends of course, bocce, horseshoes, etc ). Goes with most BBQ foods like an North American pilsner would, U.S. or mexican. Just wish they could market it at a lower cost in the U.S. of A. So I could share the love.

Photo of Bali_hi
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Keg of bit burger drank.

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

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bitter lager that's clean but not much else there.

Photo of LexingtonBeer
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sum seems to be a little greater than its parts.

Advisable to have only with a meal.

Photo of supervike
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and smooth. Small amount of hops, but a bit of a bitter finish.

Photo of Logan12321
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very light yellow with an average amount of head, doesn't stick around for all that long though. No distinct aroma from it, smooth to drink, slight bitterness on the finish.

Photo of Red34
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light, crisp and foamy. Everything you want in a pilsner. No frills, just pils.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Sully's
Crystal clear light golden color with a good sized moderate lasting frothy white head. Loads of DMS when this was first cracked then the skunk seemed to slowly crawl away. Sweet bready pils with a hint of ash and aluminum foil. Light floral hop aromas as well as hints of light pomme fruit. The flavor is light bready pils, earthy spicy hop, a bit of sulfur and metal with some sweet fruit. Uhm yeah, I'm not going to finish this bottle.

Photo of Andrewziggy
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lemmon honey grass not a bad drop

Photo of Rivarol
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The second best pilsner in the world.

Photo of titvs
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 2A). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L507.04.2014. AROMA: grainy aroma. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: very pale straw color and translucent. average white head with low retention. TASTE: slight grainy sweet flavour with medium-low bitterness that lingers into a semi-dry finish. no hop flavours. PALATE: light body with medium carbonation. OVERALL: a bulk german pilsener that lacks noble hops presence.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 4/26/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good clean balance of pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice clean balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice German pilsener style. All around clean balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of dacrza1
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

DATE TASTED: November 22, 2014... GLASSWARE: Warsteiner pokal... OCCASION: Cavs STILL trying to figure "it" out... APPEARANCE: sallow yellow, mostly clear body with large, consistent bubbles; three-finger sudsy head settles to a chunky consistency; lacing is sparse and filmy... AROMA: lightly aromatic, almost flowery at first; secondary malts are subtler like warm toast... PALATE: reasonably stable backbone, with some fizzle in the throat--a bit dry, oily and elusive....TASTE: a rather fruity pilsner, with some lemongrass and toast mixed in; an unassuming, apologetically soft rinser... OVERALL: a good prelude for nachos and salsa, but the initial experience is shallow, aftertaste is slight, and the rest is generally ho-hum example of the genre ...

Photo of Gajo74
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hard to properly rate the look considering I'm drinking it at a dark bar, however, from what I can see it is a very pale straw color. I detect a nice hop aroma at first, however, as the thin white lace subsides and I get further along in the drink its a mostly malty aroma. Taste and feel are very clean, malty, bready but very little hops bite or bitterness. Low carbonation. Has neither the spicy quality or the hops kick of other continental pilsners I enjoy. An uncomplicated, very clean and smooth pilsner but ultimately a bit bland for my tastes.

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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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