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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

Bitburger Premium PilsBitburger Premium Pils

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1,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 1178
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 Tennwilliams


3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although I enjoy this one either way, it's best served at room temperature. It isn't as smooth as some other pilsners I've tried, but it does have a good quality to it. I fell in love with this one while stationed in Baumholder, Germany. I was still a wannabe beer connoisseur and Bitburger was the first one to intrigue me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 16:30:32 | More by Tennwilliams
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 Captain_Komamura


3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a clear hay colored beer.

Smell - it is malts and a little bit of hops.

Taste - It has a decent taste, better than other similar beers.

Mouthfeel - a good amount of carbonation.

Overall - Not bad compared to other similar beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 03:00:31 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of smakawhat


3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Real nice golden lemon yellow, and shining crystal clear body. Wonderful pinhead slow rising carbonation with the bubbles all seemingly 1/2 inch apart from one another as they rise. Head is soapy white, bleach and bright, with some creamy consistency and leaves a nice top. A classic looking pils.

Good solid simple nose. Doughy pils malts, and herbal grass hop, with some slight perfume like detergent floral senses. Some nice herbality to match. Pretty basic and appealing.

Palate comes in a little subdued. Sweet malts but less bakery freshness sensing flavors. Light bodied and very fleeting palate with muted crispness. Flavors seem to be in the front of the mouth with hardly any aftertaste. Muted hop and mild herbality with a light bitterness.

Overall an easy drinking, but much lighter yet still flavorful German Pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 20:28:29 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Tomais


2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Head fades slowly with some lacing. Smells is okay initially, but bready and stale as it goes down the glass. To be fair, I've drank good pils that also didnt smell great further down the glass, but with this one it's strong and off-putting as you take a drink from the glass (stange). Taste is mainly bitterish hops yet suprisingly thin, especially at the finish. Metallic finish as well. Not sure I even want to finish this - I really dont know why this beer is so popular here in Germany. Tastes a little better as it warms slightly - I'd say 40-45°F is a bit too cold for it.

This is the first time I've drank it from a glass - it's more palatable from the bottle.

Edit// I've had a bottle since @ cellar temp (it's drank a lot here) - it tasted much better (from the bottle still).

33cl "Stubbi" bottle.
BB 17.04.14

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 17:11:10 | More by Tomais
Photo of micromaniac129


4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A brilliantly clear straw colored brew. On the pour I produced a moderate size head. It was loose and frothy and faded quick. Gentile carbonation was some streaming threads of bubbles makes for a classic pils.
This beer had a good hop nose with floral hops and a spicy or sharp component. Malty sweetness balanced the aroma.
Taste has a refreshing and sweet malt bill with a hint of grains. The hops are light and floral with that same slap in the face spicyness that was present in thenose.
Drinks soft and sweet but finishes with a dry semi bitter finish.
A good beer, easy to drink with some character.
Back in the days of USAFE I drank this beer like water.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 12:46:04 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale, golden, effervescent

Aroma: Floral, citrus

Taste: Hoppy, slightly bitter

Remarks: This was one of my first reviews, so there wasn't much to go on.

I didn't like it enough to put a bumper sticker on my car, unless it said "Bitte, kein Bit"

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:17:36 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of mjurney


4.41/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color, clear. Lots of small carbonation rising up. Small frothy head.

Biscuit malts, herbal hops, very crisp.

Very rich, biscuity, pale malts, a little honey. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly spicy-herbal, just a little lemony. Finish is dry-bitter, yet very crisp. Body is light, very crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, good amount of fizzy carbonation.

Outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 19:57:21 | More by mjurney
Photo of Carlton1964

New York

1.69/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Sludge is the first word that comes to mind...swill is a close second. Almost no head, no lacing, a horrible stale taste that lingered in my mouth followed my trauma of drinking this stuff. Hard to believe this is made in Germany. I will note...Born on date on bottle says it was made 7 months ago. Not sure if this made it worse, but it sure didn't get better with age.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:59:15 | More by Carlton1964
Photo of FlatRabbitRed


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden, well carbonated, nice head, bitter German Pilsner.

Not a favorite of mine, but it is nice to slide them into the rotation. It is what you would expect from this type of beer, with the exception that it lives up to it's name. A little more bitter than you would expect.

When a beer is crisp and refreshing up front, followed by a bitter after taste... they always make me think they were designed that way to make you take another drink to get some relief from the bitter.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 12:21:45 | More by FlatRabbitRed
Photo of FLima


2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pale golden color with a two finger head with low retention.
Aroma of malt and grassy hops. Although pure malt it has a hint of adjunct lagers smell.
Tastes like a German Pilsner, bitter taste from its grassy hops. Crisp and firm with a lingering bitter finish.
Light body with good carbonation.
Decent, not great, standard Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 23:03:43 | More by FLima
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500th review on BA.

Appearance: Pours a super clear straw color. Lively carbonation. Head is bright-white and starts off big and pillowy. Quickly drops to a small, spotty cap and tight, bubbly collar.

Smell: Crisp pale malts. Pilsner malt sweetness. Wet cracker. Grassy with a touch of earth. A bit sweet, pushing something like corn. Bright indistinct fruitiness in the back...apple skin? Overall sweet graininess. Slightly floral with some herbal elements tossed in as it warms.

Taste: Light, pale malts. A bit watery. Very light. Almost comes across crisp, but ultimately falls a little short. A lingering earthiness. Grass, a touch of hay, and some leafy, slightly floral hops. Very light. A bit of lingering bitter leaf, but finishes relatively clean. Pale grain. A touch of cracker.

Mouthfeel: A bit fuller than expected, more firmly in medium than one would think. Moderate to high carbonation. A bit crisp. Smooth.

Overall: Bitte ein Bit. Sure, why not

Before the age of 8 I thought this was as far as beer went. It was all my family and their friends drank in Germany. Crates and cases. I hated this beer, it was one of the main reasons I never drank. I found it fitting to put this at 500. I can firmly say that it's not terrible, hell, it's even good. I can see why they were drinking these like water...it is, but it's tasty water. Thank you nostalgia.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:49:58 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of beergoot


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow body with a lasting, one-finger thick white head. Grain-like aroma, slightly toasty.; hints of grass. Toasted malt flavor; slight caramel undertone; good hop bitterness to counterbalance things; very light citrus hint peeks through every few sips. Light bodied, crisp, dry finish; smooth mouthfeel.

Slightly better than the sum of its parts. I would like to taste a freshly packaged version, especially on tap. Nice balancing act between the malt and hop components.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:29:16 | More by beergoot
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
no born on dates

A: Pours a rather unappealing light straw color yellow with just over 1 fingers width of white head. Its clear, but Im surprised to see tons of sedimentation suspending throughout the glass. Leaves zero lacing.

S: Not much on the nose. Some pale-like malt aromas, non-specific sweetness that is somewhat citrusy, and a touch of hop spice. Not a ton going on, but it actually smells pretty good for the style.

T: Similar to the nose. Not a lot going on. A generic sweetness, some very mild spiciness are the only hop notes.

M/D: Clean, crips, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is high.

O: Overall, not bad. The style in general is rather blah in my opinion, and this is no different. Minimal aroma and flavors, but what is there is pretty good. Certainly better than the BMC options that are out there, but not something I would choose to drink again. Pretty good for the style though.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:05:37 | More by zac16125
Photo of jaimenavarrog


2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Color amarillo brillante
Espuma blanca
Dura muy poco
Sin mucho aroma
Aroma nada espectacular
Medio cuerpo
Sin final
Didn't like it very much is just One more of bunch out there
Is a beach Beer for me, i like beers with more body and more smell
Clear yellow color
Foam dosn't last much

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:35:15 | More by jaimenavarrog
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light golden with well proportioned white head. The head is durable and leaves acceptable lacing.

Aroma & Taste: The unimpressive, light aroma is accompanied by a slightly better but still weak flavor. The body is thin but has good carbonation.

O: not really flawed, but too weak and unengaging.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 03:26:42 | More by chinchill
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear and pale gold, with a thin head and minimal lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hops are the first things I notice. Grain with a hefty dose of hay mixed in are also present.

T: Sweet malt is minimal. The dominant flavor is grass-like. A tangy-bitter hops finish is strong enough, but there's not enough malt so it feels unbalanced.

M: Crisp enough, but carbonation (like the head) was rather lacking.

O: I might recommend it to a horse or another animal that likes the taste of grass, but just "OK" for the human palate. I was thirsty enough to finish it, but I wouldn't buy another.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 15:44:30 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of TheBrewo


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a pale golden colored brew. It holds a brief one finger head of big white bubbles. This boils down to a mere film across the head, with only specks of lacing to be seen. Carbonation is active, and no haze or sediment is noted. The nose is sickly with adjuncty grain. White baking flour is huge, with grassy and yeasty bites here and there. Very dry. A faint fruity sweetness comes on the way back, while an equally as distant juicy hop bitterness comes in for balance. Our first impression is that it is not as bitter as we were expecting. As we sip, pale and adjuncty grain hits first. Here the grain does give a thick metallic bite and bitterness, but this fades throughout the progression of the sip. White sugar adds a balance, and an additional lemon bitterness helps keep it on the fresher side. The middle peaks with grassy hop bitterness, acting synergistically with the dirty grain to deliver a puckering punch to the palate. The finish is creamy and metallic. The hops are gone by now, but the bittering grain persists in lesser quantities and strength. The aftertaste shares that same bitter quality, along with stone and mineral, baker’s yeast, flour, and thick adjuncty grain. The body is lighter to medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is puckered and left with bone dry astringency. Each sip carries nice froth and slurp, with a clean finishing pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer goes down easily.

Overall, what we like best about this one was the drinkability. The flavoring never became overwhelmingly bitter, and actually loosens up quite a bit by the end of the sip, allowing for a cleaner, fresher finish. The nose seemed overly adjuncty, and was not entirely inviting, but we were happily surprised once we dug into the flavoring.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:31:55 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Abel25

4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Longtime favorite. My brother was stationed in Spicier-Efel and brought it to my attention in the 80's. For him, it was the local brew and they picked it up by the barrel for the weekend. Lucky bastard.

Grreat light tasting, drinkable beer. Thin head when poured, nice light white ring. Light yellow, wheat color.

Slight corn taste, but no one taste is overwhelming. Pairs with whatever you throw on a grill. I am going to have to visit there someday

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 01:21:26 | More by Abel25
Photo of 1234Jack

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good smell out of the bottle. A little spritzy, but still light through the mouth.

Bright golden color. Good carbonation. No head, but I pour to avoid one.

Nice bottle, looks German and medieval/official, gold leaf, special bottle with raised lettering and with raised barrel logo on the neck.

Taste reminds me of Heineken, but not as skunky (i.e. still tastes good even if not near-freezing in temperature).

I like most German beer, but this was $8.99 for a box of six, which to me is on the spendy side. $8.99 for six (and these are 11.2 oz bottles) to me means it better be very good beer, and I think this beer is good, but not amazing. So, what I mean is, it's a little overpriced in my book for how good it is. The price is comparable to Leffe and Hofbräuhaus, but I think those beers are slightly better than this.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 04:28:51 | More by 1234Jack
Photo of DrDemento456


3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pure bright yellow with just a 1/4 inch of head that quickly turns to a lace ring.

S - Smells of mild lager yeast, mostly corn, and actually some hops.

T - Actually quite good far from being sweet or overly hoppy than other Pilsner's I do get some mild corn, sweet malts, and a hoppy finish. It's good in it's simplicity.

M - Light and crisp a nice beer.

Overall damn fine cheap german beer thats easy to chug. Much better than typical American swill.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 05:09:47 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Stella Artois stemmed glass, Pure withe head sitting over clear pale yellow liquid. Nose is grassy/hay-ish, slight floral hoppiness there too, not too shabby. Flavor is light bodied, crisp, bitter, clean...very quenching. The finish is a nice bitter note left on the palate after the swallow. Great session beer, great on a hot day like today. One of my top German Pils, very refreshing served on the chilly side.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 22:30:32 | More by beerluvr
Photo of BierStein711


3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into weizen

Three finger head

Dark yellow

leaves good lacing, carbonation moderate

Smells like skunk, but not as bad as Heineken.

Tastes like pilsner malt, great hops, and fine grains.

Overall, I am having this beer again on tap. It was a fine example of the style. This is a good one for beginners as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 04:17:48 | More by BierStein711
Photo of heygeebee


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw, quick fizz splash and head is gone.

Aromas of hops/dough.

Taste is refreshing and hop-driven, some sweetness on palate, moderately firm bitter finish ensuring difference between a Pilsener and Euro Pale lager.

Mouthfeel light and carbonated

A Good Pilsener, if not a great one

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 09:03:54 | More by heygeebee
Photo of ckollias


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a thick, white, 3-finger head that quickly dissipates in to a wispy lace.

S: Pilsner aroma with a lemon and herbal hop background.

T: Slightly tart flavor with a herbal hop middle and dry finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Very flavorful famous German pilsner. Just a “bit” as they say.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:08:44 | More by ckollias
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