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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

Bitburger Premium PilsBitburger Premium Pils

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Ratings: 1179
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%

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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001)
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Photo of ipogios


4.9/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best lagers in the world with no doubt in my opinion (the other one is Leffe Blonde)!!!. It has a beautiful gold appearance and it is served in a beautiful BITburger glass. Refreshing taste and perfect smell. This German Lager is simply REAL BEER. Keep up the good work at BITburger!!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2002 05:34:42 | More by ipogios
Photo of DJSteadman


4.85/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time i discovered this beer was in Hamburg and i was very skeptical at first as i was only 18 and i had never had a beer with the now familiar pilsner taste. I drank this beer every day the three weeks i was there and after the first week I had fallen in love with its golden color and i could drink it for nights on end. Drinking this beer in america is much different because, coming from the midwest, it is usually very old and kind of has a stale taste. Even with this though this beer is still amazing and i would drink this beer every single day if given the chance. It is hard to find in the liquor stores but when i can get ahold of it, it always makes things that much better especially during finals weeks. This beer is by far my favorite beer and the best beer i have ever tasted thus far.

Serving type: can

05-17-2010 21:28:21 | More by DJSteadman
Photo of nortmand


4.8/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint can, light amber golden body with a white head, leaving a nice lace.

Aromas of caramel graininess mingle with a solid noble hoppiness.

Sweet grains up front, followed by a smooth balance of malt sweetness and bitterness on the back of the tongue. LEaves a clean, assertive bitterness.

Very nice pils, probably the best German pils I've had. Easy drinking and very cheap, but still a flavorful, high quality beverage.

Serving type: can

09-18-2006 21:57:48 | More by nortmand
Photo of Geiseman


4.8/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best session beers from anywhere, the amount of bite is perfect.
Crisp and clean, an excellent choice with or without food
Bitburger is so well balanced they can go down quickly, sometimes too quickly.
I have a long lists of favorites with a couple of picks per style and this is one of my top 2 in German Pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 17:58:10 | More by Geiseman
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden-yellow beer with a head that started out big and white, but quickly diminished leaving a fine lace on both the surface as well as the glass. Smelled grainy with some spicy hops and a very, very faint trace of pale malt. It tasted exactly the way it smelled. Very clean tasting, too. Not as bitter as Jever, but more balanced. Very dry finish. Some astringency tightened up the back of my throat.

The best German pils I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 06:48:13 | More by yen157
Photo of bbluemzbeer


4.73/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This a great tasting beer. Real subliminal taste to it. Bitburger is way better then most lagers out there even Germany lagers.

Appearance : e yellow with lots of carbonation.

Smell : some grains e with a noble hoppys.

taste : It is verry well balanced . It has an evanescent taste to it The weight of the beer is ideal; not ludicrously heavy, not too light. Linger noble hops to it.

Overall : Drinkability is astronomically high. Meaning very session able beer. I would buy this beer again. One of the good find for the year

Serving type: can

10-31-2013 19:16:58 | More by bbluemzbeer
Photo of Premo88


4.69/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

serving: 500 ml (pint 0.9 oz) can ... bit of a "tall boy" poured into a glass mug

A: golden ... a perfect pilsner color with a great head that sticks hard; perhaps lighter yellow than golden but awesome.

S: huge biscuit sweet bread malt and loads of grass

T: could drink this beer everyday and never get tired of the perfect mix of green/bitter hops and light sweet malt.

F: lightweight but full of carbonation.

O: as underrated a brew as any you can name. it's full of good barley taste and stings your tongue with those wonderfuly spicy noble hops. and this one doesn't dry me out like other pilseners, making virtually a perfect German version. LOVE IT!

Serving type: can

01-18-2013 08:44:26 | More by Premo88
Photo of stewart124


4.68/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to see this in a can since I have only had it in the bottle previously. 16.9 fl. oz.

Pours a straw golden color with a rocky white head. Leaves a pretty lace around the glass.

Smells of grassy/floral hops with a slight malty aroma.

The taste is wonderful! It is really a great malty profile with a great bitterness and clean finish. The malt background is beautiful. Continental pilsner malt at its best. This is hoppy but just enough to balance the malts. Something spicy, maybe saaz here. Great mouth feel with a lingering sharp/clean bitterness.

Very easy to drink and I would encourage anyone that has had this in a bottle to try it against the can. It must handle the westward journey better in this 16.9oz can.

Serving type: can

02-01-2008 22:34:56 | More by stewart124
Photo of SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This stuff's damn good. Smells really good and pours a nice pale golden colour with usual thin pilsner style head. I like the taste and could easily drink a bunch of these. Its smooth with a slight taste of malt maybe? and a little bitterness. A relatively dry beer. Not too much aftertaste.

I'll drink it again

Serving type: can

12-27-2002 19:19:42 | More by SaunaKing
Photo of Thrasher


4.65/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fantastic beer and one of the best pilsners in the world, if not the best. Clear pale gold with large poufy head that leaves lace. Delicate aroma of spicy hops. A supremely appetizing beer. It is delicate but not weak, light but not insipid. The epitome of balance. If you don't like this beer then you don't like beer. I'm actually surprised that this beer isn't better reviewed; I guess most users on this site prefer bigger beers. Well this beer may be light but it is not bland. If you're still in doubt, pick up a fresh six of this and discover why pilsner is the most popular style of beer in the world.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 23:03:34 | More by Thrasher
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.65/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at a new bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called The Richardson (on corner of Richardson and Graham). Off the tap it had a gorgeous pale yellow color. Nice grainy/hoppy scent to it.

It had a semi-sweet taste with a classic Pilsner bitterness to it. This beer is quite carbonated and very refreshing. To be honest the mix of bitter and sweet makes this one of my favorite Pilsners. Excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 17:38:36 | More by Amalak
Photo of RollTide05


4.64/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome German Pils. I will say that it seems much fresher in other parts of the world. I drank a lot of this in Hong Kong an it had more of a fresh hop character and was certainly better than the bottles that I've had in the US. This is one of my favorite styles and I think that Bitburger is one of the best even though it is kinda run-of-the-mill. I really like that the hops come through so much in such a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 16:25:07 | More by RollTide05
Photo of Jhandy


4.63/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got to enjoy and love this beer in Mainz, Germany on vacation. This was the beer of choice on tap at my hotel bar and after getting used to the first which was a hoppier and slightly more bitter(but in a wonderful way) beer then I was used to fell in love with it and drank it almost exclusively. Two weeks on a Bitburger beer diet and I had a hard time adjusting to anything else.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 03:13:02 | More by Jhandy
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.6/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear pale yellow with ample carbonation and a stark white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving nice lacing.

Nose is full of crisp grainy flavors with a kiss of euro hoppage.

Taste is, simply put, exactly what i want in a german pilsner. Great, crisp, grain bill perfectly balanced by minimal euro hoppage.

Mouthfeel is nice and light with ample carbonation and crisp dryness.

Drinkability is downright as good as it gets. I can drink about 12 of these things without breaking a sweat on a boat in 20 foot seas during a bout of food poisoning while lifting weights and studying for an exam and simultaneously swashbuckling with hoardes of mud goblins riding on the backs of man eating swans with my eyes closed.

Overall, IMO, the finest mass produced pilsner of any kind on the market. It's rare to find a beer of this quality within its given style that is so incredibly available. A fine beer, and one that will definitely be nearly everpresent in my refrigerator. The perfect lawnmower/anytime beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 08:24:10 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of cokes


4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I think of a template for a good pils, this is the beer my mind conjures up. A classic example.
Provides a glistening golden body. Head is everlasting.
Tempered German hop spice on the nose, with toasted bread and pale pils malts.
Taste follows suits with cracker-like dryness up front, switching midway to a fuller breadiness. Lightly toasted hues. Perfect amount of tingling German hop zest. Paper dry at the finish.
Solid medium bodied. Rushing carbonation.
Drinkability approaches infinity. We are talking liters here.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2002 00:34:29 | More by cokes
Photo of pezoids


4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very pale golden yellow color with a large foamy head and plenty of carbonation. A definite beer of quality here. Pleasing grassy aroma along with some graininess. This beer has just about everything I need in a Pils. Very drinkable with a clean finish. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 04:19:50 | More by pezoids
Photo of MikeP


4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. Simply outstanding.

It tastes just as you'd expect a good German beer to taste. It’s not molasses-ale thick, cause it’s a beer, not an ale. It’s not orange, or brown, or black, cause it’s a beer, not a stout.

Hops are spicy and flavorful, not just generically bitter. They’re well balanced against the body of the beer - its flavor profile, which is delicious. The weight of the beer is ideal; not ludicrously heavy, not too light. Everything is so well balanced, so tasty, so delicious, that you feel that it’s all just ideally right. Just right, and nothing else. And, the pleasure doesn’t fade as you drink. This is a superb beer.

Serving type: can

10-14-2013 16:55:15 | More by MikeP
Photo of lhommedieu

New York

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm planning on cloning a Tannenzaepfle pils this spring and was looking through "Brewing Classic Styles" for some ideas on German pilsners. Jamil Zainasheff has been brewing a Bitburger clone for several years that he calls "Myburger." After trying it I can see the appeal.

Less is more. This is the beer that you drink with a grilled hot dog, mustard, and bun, potato chips, dill pickle, and cole slaw. Add a baseball game on the tube and you're set for the afternoon. Although its the perfect summer time quaffing beer, it would also go well with German foods in fall or spring. Pair it with grilled wurst, mashed potatoes, and sour kraut, or Hasenpfeffer with semolina dumplings, and a side of caramelized carrots or Brussels sprouts, for example.

Clear, pale straw color, excellent, though subdued nose. Taste is a great balance of pale malt and noble hops, with a fine, dry finish. The right carbonation gives this a nice bite but the malt and hops shine through, and again, that dry finish at the end is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 21:11:08 | More by lhommedieu
Photo of PatandDavid


4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am so glad to see this at Redbones, because it means I don't have to go to Jacob Wirth to get this on tap.

Color: Sunny yellow, pale and golden

Smell: slight, very slight

Taste: I like this beer. This is a sesion beer, so I can 4 or 5 and not worry. Slightly malty, but less so than other German pilsners. Hops are not going to knock you out at all, so it's not the crispest pilsner you will ever drink. But if you want some smooth, pilsner action, this will do the trick.

Mouthfeel: I like when the beer is in my mouth!

Drinkability: I gave it a five. I can drink this all day. If I see it on tap, I will.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2003 06:56:52 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of Stubbie1


4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Great Pilsener on tap or in a bottle. Thick white head that sticks to your nose. Nice color and a taste that is crisp and smooth. Goes great with any type of food. I had this beer fresh at the brewery...Life can't get any better...can it?

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2002 15:13:13 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This delightful Pils pours a bright golden color with a sturdy white head and nice trails of webbed lace. A very nice floral hop aroma with a fading sweet malt fragrance. The full lightly roasted malt is rounded and lightly sweet. A bright and edgy citrusy and spicy hop flavor rules the glass. Hoppy, but not overly bitter and becoming very balanced as the glass is emptied. Worth having another! Pleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 14:22:35 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of keilerdunkel


4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am just about to leave my local beer store, and what do I see in the closeout bin standing next to a ton of old Christmas beers but a 1.2 liter can of bitburger premium...after reading the wonderful article by therealbeerfly on lagers - how could I refuse?

After mowing the lawn, I pop the top and am rewarded with a bright yellow, crystal clear beer topped with a majestic fluffy white head with tons of carbonation following a medium pour into an imperial pint glass. This is what I expect with a pils.

aroma is mellow hops- grassy/ floral classic german pils character. The taste too, is a wonderful balance of malt and hops nothing overpowering. The mouthfeel is very crisp for lack of a better word where the bitterness is present but does not overpower. It is what Prima Pils would be - without trying to beat you on the back of the head with hops

I enjoyed this immensly and will not hesitate to purchase again. It proudly states "Germany's #1 beer" on the can. If the #1 beer in the US had the same personality, I would have no complaints.

Serving type: can

08-15-2005 13:29:05 | More by keilerdunkel
Photo of Offa


4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a nice, tasty German pilsner.

Golden, it has with a medium, slightly airy white head that steadily shrinks to a thin foamy top and leaves only a hint of lace.

The aroma is very nice and very German, with grass, herbs, grain, flowery citrus and a hint of sulphur.

The taste has a lot of grain, fresh apple, and herbal hops that have a flowery-lemony character as well. It has light sweetness and a balancing bitterness that just dominates the finish. It's crisp and light, very clean, yet tasty and lively-tingly.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 18:37:17 | More by Offa
Photo of david18

New York

4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a quarter liter of this before dinner at a fancy german restaurant. The most disappointing part was the size of the beer. I could have had five more but my wife wanted wine. A very drinkable pilsner that rivals with Radeberger as my favorite. Would highly recommend, especially on tap in germany.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 07:04:38 | More by david18
Photo of NODAK


4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma is pleasant, if not rather light. Noble hops and some grassiness/hay are present.

Body of the beer is rather sweet with an obvious cereal grain sweetness on it prevailing. This leads into a pretty solid hop bitterness from the Noble hops. Some husk and barley linger around after the swallow, but all in all it is a very clean and refreshing beer.

This style doesn't excite most people I know, but this is an example of a very solid pils. The body is delicious and the bitterness level is right on. I approve.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 02:55:45 | More by NODAK
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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.