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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1176
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%

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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 AmyfaceNYC

New York

2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin, yellow, no head to speak of. But this beer has a little more hoppiness and flavor than your average pilsner. I like the dry finish and the hop element. Also like that this is more full-bodied than other pilsners. But at the end of the day, it's still a pilsner, but you could do worse (or better--like, IMHO, Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner). I found this beer drinkable but not particularly enjoyable--I prefer something with more flavor and/or complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2014 03:41:03 | More by AmyfaceNYC


2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On-tap. Shaker glass @ Freiburg (Barcelona). Golden color & Crystal clear appearance. White froth & fairly good retention. Herbs & mint, flowers & honey to the nose. Sweet maltiness at first sip. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Clean bitterness, minty freshness & spicy touch. Dry bitter finish. Easy drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 01:03:39 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of Caj1


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

I don't know what the deal is with the low scores for this beer; maybe not enough people have had this on tap, but I cannot stress enough how much of an improvement I saw between tap and bottle; it's almost like I was drinking a different beer. Granted, it's not a perfect beer, but for what it is, a relatively inexpensive pilsener, you cannot beat it.

This pours a nice golden straw color with a great deal of head; I needed to let some head dissipate before topping it off. As my beer connoisseur friend described it, this is a head beer, and needs a chance to foam up properly. The head dissipates at a moderate pace, and it was a drinkable level after about a minute. Clarity is great and the beer is nice and bubbly.

Smell is fairly standard; a little bit of bread and a good deal of hoppy citrus and pine without being overwhelming. Taste is close to perfect; sweet, light and crisp with enough hop bitterness and acetyl flavors to add some complexity. Mouthfeel is as close to perfect as you can get; this stuff goes down so smooth that I put down three pints before even realizing it. I will use the word "crisp" again, but this is smooth and refreshing, the perfect summer beer and a very nice break from the ales and stouts I've been knocking back lately.

The stuff in the bottle is pretty good, don't get me wrong, but the stuff in the keg just does not compare. I am giving this the high rating it deserves.

To good health and good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 03:26:53 | More by Caj1
Photo of rand


2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Downtown SD at the Neighborhood on a warm evening, thought this sounded refreshing. Poured into a pint glass, the beer reveals an pale straw-yellow and forms a unusually frothy head that leaves sticky lacing all over. Subtle grassy scents and citrus are packaged in a bready bouquet. The palate is slightly malt-forward and crackery, quickly dried by hop essence. There are few nuanced flavors, and the light and bubbly mouthfeel doesn't help matters. Short, dry finish...this brew highlights the boring side of Reinheitsgebot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 01:49:21 | More by rand
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.36/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap in a classic pils glass at Bier Station in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City. I'm shocked the rating is so low on BA. I suspect that having it on tap makes a significant difference.

A - Bright, transparent golden body with traces of carbonation drifting up gently. Pour renders a lacy two-finger head that dissipates after a minute or two. Healthy lacing sticks to the side of the glass as I drink it down. That eventually yields to a faint silk.

S - Dominated by crisp grains, barley, a hint of light yeast.

T - Clean but subtly complex. Hints of phenol dance around bold, bready malts with just a suggestion of hops.

M - Effervescent and medium bodied. Aftertaste is pleasant and reminiscent of the primary original flavors

Overall a fantastic beer. Easily at the top of my list when it comes to pils. I may have to try some out of a can/bottle to see if that makes a big difference.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 20:19:07 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of dar482

New York

4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In comes in a straw light yellow color.

The aroma has big grassy hops.

The flavor is quite refreshing. It has a gentle kick of grassy hops and then a clean malt finish. The hop bite actually stands out a bit compared to some other pilsners. There's a good amount of carbonation. The cleanness and the easy finish is where this beer stands out.

For me, it also comes extremely cheap. Somehow it's around $6 for four 16 oz. tall boys.

A stand out pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 02:55:14 | More by dar482
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on draft at The Mark, South Bend IN

A: clear yellow; no head; no carbonation; no lacing--wow disappointing appearance
S: not much; a bit of yeast and lemon
T: buttery, bready flavor; not complex; semisweet; pretty flavorful for a pils

Not all that remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 17:22:54 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of Cyberkedi


4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear golden yellow, darker than most pilses I have been served, with a thick, fine-bubbled ivory head. Strong, malty aroma has an overtone of sweetish pear, almost like a cider. Crisp, malty flavor has a firm fruity note, mainly pear, and just a hint of hops. Smooth texture has good body and good fizz. Overall, a very good pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 22:02:02 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of sim0n17


3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Local generic Pils, but a good staple. Kind of the "Budweiser" of German Pils. It has an acquired after taste, but is not stale, bitter, or unfresh. Looks decent, a little dark/dingy for a Pils. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel okay in general, but quite nice on a warm summer's day - like many beers :-)
Overall, a 3.5 for "nostalgia" but does not travel well to the States having had it in a bottle back home. Have it on tap in Germany and it's good as gold - enjoy!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 17:36:25 | More by sim0n17
Photo of gopens44


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

A- Pale effervescence in yellow beneath a stark white and frothy head with great lacing

S - Fresh and clean barley aroma like walking about in a brewhouse with just the perfect amount of hop sharpness hanging around

T - Hop bitterness at first followed quickly with a mild and pleasant malty backbone.

M -- Just a touch oily with a mild bitter aftertaste.

O -- Very pleasant and refreshing. Low ABV ensures a good time to tip back a few without getting sideways.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 20:24:02 | More by gopens44
Photo of rarbring


3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden beverage, a white firm head leaving some lacing.

Smelling mainly of lemon and fresh cut grass and some nettles.

The taste is sweet white bread, lime juice, some grape-fruit peel and fresh cut grass bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft and refreshing texture, a dry finish.

Still a nice well balanced Pils, clean and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 13:07:05 | More by rarbring
Photo of flyingspatula


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I never even noticed this on the Irish Lions menu before, so I thought I would try it. This is a better than average pilsner. It has a nice copper color, and that traditional pils/lager smell. The taste is pretty good! Nice maltiness, some hops flavor. A nice dry mouthfeel. Went very well with my food!

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 14:50:11 | More by flyingspatula
Photo of aepb1


4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow body with a small white head

S- Mild pilsener aroma

T- Grainy malt up front, hay/grassy hops finish this bitter and crisp. A nice balance

M- Light-bodied and on the higher end of carbonation but it's still in there for the style

D- VERY drinkable, complex enough to get you come back for more and the sessionable ABV is nice

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 17:16:48 | More by aepb1
Photo of kojevergas


2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served from the draught into a .51L Bitburger pint glass (which we later 'borrowed') in the John Hewitt pub in Belfast.

A: Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a two finger head that reduces to a half finger head in about one and a half minutes.

Sm: Hops, barley. Quite strong, actually.

T: Barley. Hoppy notes are biased in balance towards the open. Clean finish. Built a bit blandly.

Mf: Nicely coarse until the finish - exactly the opposite balance in texture of what it ought to be. If the coarseness were in the finish, I'd crave the next sip. Crisp on the finish. A bit too coarse on the open.

Dr: 3.50 pound? Are you fecking kidding me like? Look elsewhere for great beer, lads, but give this a go if you come across it - just don't pay more than 2.50 quid. Fuck's sake.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 00:48:14 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Got it on tap at Wolff's German beer bar in Albany, where it comes in a mug. Body is clear, light-golden in color with a small white head.

S: Cereal grains with a touch of fruity sweetness and floral hops.

T: First impression: well-balanced. Light grainy malt up front with a nice grassy hop bitterness at the finish. After a few sips I notice a bit of fruity sweetness somewhere in the middle, but it's offset by that dry, grassy bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, carbonation is fairly sharp but inoffensive.

D: Very good. Would be a nice beer to have, ice cold, on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 21:45:51 | More by Kendo
Photo of mdfb79

New York

2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear pale golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, wheat, citrus, and stale bready malts.

t - Tastes of wheat, light bready malts, and grain. Pretty average.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - Fairly easy to drink because of the low ABV, but I don't think I'd really look to order it again. Nothing really stood out in the smell or taste, just a lot of grain and bready malts. Wouldn't order again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 04:15:36 | More by mdfb79
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 Schwarzwald


3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful in glass, very light color but a very consistent light caramel color. First taste is very light, a little too cold to get full flavor. A little time to warm and the flavor starts to expose. Pear and apricot with a light lemon aftertaste. Very easy to drink. It was very good with the heavy German food that I was eating. I was a little disappointed with the lack of flavor when colder and the lack of real luster. It is just a good beer, not really something I will seek out. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 02:03:16 | More by Schwarzwald
Photo of jmhart


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a pub in Aachen

A- Came out a pale gold with a light white head.

S- Noble hops and malt. Fairly average smell. A little straw to it with a few herbs.

T- Crisp hop flavor with a nice malt back. Light earthy flavor, maybe a bit of grass. Very light flavor.

M- Definitely light bodied with a little carbonation. Slightly oily.

D- Light bodied, crisp, pretty refreshing. A little bitter for a hot day, but sitting outside on an April Aachen afternoon it was pretty nice.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 23:43:32 | More by jmhart
Photo of honestdave


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Germanfest 2010

A: Poured from Germanfest pitcher into my 12oz dixie cup. Light, pale gold color with light foamy, frothy head. Nice lacing down the cup.

S: Hoppy smell. Nothing really special though.

T: Nice hop bitterness with refreshingly dry, malty aftertaste.

M: Light bodied. Little carbonation.

D: Easy to enjoy several at a time. Light alcohol makes this an enjoyable beer by the pitcher or glass German boot for that matter.

Summary: The hoppy bitterness make this unique pils enjoyable for huge gatherings such as Germanfest. I had this beer several times during the festival week. Bitte ein Bit!

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 16:40:37 | More by honestdave
Photo of soju6


4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on-tap in Weisbaden.
Was presented in the proper Bitburger glass with the full head expected on a German Pilsner. The smell has a uniqque sweetness. The taste is crisp with a little sweetness and finishes with a nice bitterness at the end. This beer is refreshing, smooth and easy to drink. This is a good example of what a German Pilsner should be. Is a good beer for more than one or as a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 12:18:38 | More by soju6
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium yellow-gold with a thick and rocky white cap.

The aroma was floral with a grainy sweetness and some mineral notes.

The taste was a mix of floral spiciness, lemon, grains, and light malts. Finishes quite clean.

Lighter bodied, crisp and clean, with moderate carbonation.

A solid easy-drinking German Pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2009 02:18:09 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of CHSLBrew


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

Poured into a 12 oz. glass at the Oktoberfest on the Minneapolis Riverfront. Sipped on it while listening to a polka band do their thing :D

A-Clear deep golden brew. Pretty much no head on arrival, just sparse bubbles. Bubbles rising from the carbonation did not stick around for long, so this lack of head seemed partly due to low retention, and not just a bad pour.

S-Perfumy hops with a sense of a very crisp malt underneath. Still, rather too thin.

T-Herbal and perfumy hoppiness joins a grainy smooth German-tasting maltiness. Dry overall maltiness, finishing dry and perfumy.

M-Higher carbonation is borderline harsh, but still rather appropriate. Body is medium-lightish, very easy.

D-Quite drinkable, largely attributable to its smooth, easy body. Also, the ambiance of drinking this beer while listening to straigt-up polka music surely helped put me in the German beer mood.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2009 20:56:34 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of Jayli


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

Had on tap at The Publick House 7/24
This beer poured a light, clear, straw colored yellow. One finger of white head, retention was average and left very little lacing on the glass. Nose is of strong grain and bready malts, with a slight touch of piney hops to it. Taste was rather flat. Grain dn bready malts dominate though not blended well. The finish has a bit of a hop kick but doesn't mesh all that well. Light to medium body, moderately carbonated, crisp finish to it. Based on ABV this is highly drinkable, but I have had better offerings of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 18:37:57 | More by Jayli
Photo of drabmuh


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

Bitburger Pils on draught. I have had Bitburger Pils in the past. It is an interesting beer. It has an odd flavor that one does not expect from a Pils. As you drink it, the flavor becomes more pronounced. The beer is clear, as you would expect, light yellow in color. The carbonation is steady but it doesn't form a head. There is no lacing on the glass and I cannot recall what the smell is. It is a good beer to try, and I have ordered it on multiple occasions. It is not my favorite beer but everytime I order it I end up trying to describe the flavor to myself. If you see this beer on draught at a bar someplace, check it out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 16:41:02 | More by drabmuh
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