Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Reviews: 750
Hads: 1,554
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 173 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color, big fluffy head that disappears quickly, with a little lacing. Just a good German pils all the way through. Malty body with dry finish. Good wet mouthfeel. Just a good standard pils. (204 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can to snifter. About a finger of dense head, fades fairly quickly. Straw color with bit of gold and very clear. Noble hops on nose, lots of delicate fruits like pear. Honey and bit of golden raisins also. Tastes very much like aroma with addition of lots of bitterness. Balanced flavors and bitterness linger. Feels slightly slick. Moderate carbonation, light body. Pretty straightforward, but true enough to the style. Will buy again. (441 characters)

Photo of lowers87
2.77/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Dull yellow, urine color, very clear
Smell: Grain, wheat, field smell, light floral not much
Taste: Very watery, light, low carbonation, light grain, not a lot going on
Feel: Watery, extremely light, drinkable
Overall: Feels like you could drink a lot of these and not get drunk. If your looking for taste or smell in your beer, move along. Nothing really going on here. (376 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light golden yellow, typical pilsner color. Frothy head.

Bready, light grassiness.

Light banana, light floral notes, apple juice.

Light carbonation, light mouthfeel and ABV.

Very simple and sessionable beer. Too bad there is no complexity or flavors. (255 characters)

Photo of DeeZee83
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am rating this as a Pilsner and how it stacks up to other pilsners I have had in the past.
Poured into a standard Pilsner glass from a large pint can. Appearance is clear gold with decent carbonation and a sudsy head with good lacing. Smell is mainly just grassy with a very slight hint of sweet malt. Taste is very crisp and clean, was not skunked given that it was in a can. The bready malts and earthy hops are superbly balanced with no lingering aftertaste. A perfect representation of the style with an extremely high drinkability. (539 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden, large white head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is grassy and bread. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter. Medium body. (150 characters)

Photo of adtrick
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time diving into German beer with this one. I know that German beer has to abide by the purity standards set in 1516, so the flavors made by the three main ingredients water, barley, and hops can only take this one so far. However this beer being the macro standard in Germany is much better than the major beer companies here. The best way I can put it, is that this beer tastes like a better coors light. It just tastes like a better common light beer. Which isn't a bad thing, but it is nothing I would go out of my way to try again. (546 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can into nonic pint. "05.03.2015". consumed on june 1, 2015

a: pale yellow, transparent, 2 fingers of white head

s: big crackery pils malts + pungent grassy hop presence. quite a strong aroma

t: good balance of sweet, bready, cracker-like pils malts and a grassy, bitter, and slightly floral european hop character

m: a bit watery, and also lacking in carbonation. nice dry finish

o: a delicious german pils that could benefit from more body and carbonation (468 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I've come to the conclusion that the reason that most European beers are served at warmer temperatures is because most European beers taste better as they get warmer. This is definitely one of those beers. If you want the really bitter taste, drink this ice cold because it really mellows out and becomes much smoother the closer it gets to room temperature, but that's the way I like it. (398 characters)

Photo of ohbeer89
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Even though I poured this from a 500mL can into a standard pub pint glass, it still had that "green bottle beer" taste about it that makes almost every euro lager taste the same to me. It's billed as "Germany's No. 1 Draft Beer" on the can and accordingly tastes like a German version of Bud Lite. (297 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. One of the better entries for this style in my opinion. Pours a nice golden with a weak white head. Smells grainy & slightly sweet - tastes similar along with a pleasant crisp dryness to offset the malt. This pils has nice carb & actually a pretty decent body. If we're talking premium lagers this is definitely one of the first that I think of. (364 characters)

Photo of Germanstylefan7896
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a really good value. Excellent all around, very smooth. Seems very easy to get a hold of now, well worth a try if you have never had it. (150 characters)

Photo of Arminius757
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Call me a baised but I grew up on this stuff. Being born in Bitburg, when I came of drinking age, this was my go to pils. Pours a nice golden color, clear with a nice white head. Good, clean, chrisp taste, little sweeter than some pils you can get here in Germany.
There are plenty of better Pils in the world, but this is my go to. Just remember the old motto of Bitburger, 'Abends Bit, morgens fit' (401 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L:
-clear straw-golden with a big white head with moderate retension
-low visible carbonation
S:
-grassy,honey,cardboard
T:
Follows the nose with a bready finish
F:
-medium carbonation,light-medium body
O:
sweeter than your avg. Pilsner.
watery during the middle of the palate.
As far as german Macro Pilsners go,its one of the better ones (339 characters)

Photo of Jsteez
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of kitsgrad84
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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 (452 characters)

Photo of gurkgurkgurk
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
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; (547 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
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.... (157 characters)

Photo of RochefortChris
4.51/5  rDev +28.9%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of vikinggary28
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in the past, updating review from notes.

A — Pours a rather light, and crystal clear pale yellow color, very light overall. There is a nearly white colored head that sits atop of the beer and leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S — Smells quite grainy and a bit sweet, little bit of Pilsner malt and a bit of the lager yeast character, but its mostly sweet.

T — Clean and bright, bit of a grainy malt undertone, though it's fresh and clean for the most part, little bit hoppy and bitter.

M — Light bodied, with a quick finish, little bit of residual sugar and sweetness.

O — Nice overall, a bit sweet and grainy, but really not bad, could drink this all day long. (687 characters)

Photo of Logan12321
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (179 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of titvs
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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. (436 characters)

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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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