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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

Bitburger Premium PilsBitburger Premium Pils

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Ratings: 1177
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 ThaCreep


2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose classic lager, taste is also very traditional - quite watery with a touch of sour beers specific to that class and spreads the flavors slightly unpleasant - that prevents the beer to go further in the flavors offered. Just a bit of bitterness to raise a bit of malt but it's finally all.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-01-2011 20:26:05 | More by ThaCreep
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
Photo of silverevo9


3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found these cheap, 4.99 for four pints. If I can keep getting it at this price, this will be my go to beer. I drank this through a keg and didn't enjoy it as much as I do now. I would compare this to Konig pilsner, although Konig is much better, this is trying to keep pace. Nice cool refreshing beer. Smell some vanilla, grass, almost candy like. Beer changes in smell as it warms for the better. More of a hop odor to it.Very nice carbonation and straw like color. Lacing in the glass is prevalent and stays. Head created was thick and soapy. Great beer, great price, go for it!

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 20:50:48 | More by silverevo9
Photo of KFBR392


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Transparent straw yellow color. Half of head on the pour. Average active carbonation for the style. Some sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Easy front of pleasant prairie grass, cloves, and some banana. Earthy grounded pils malt body. Light fruity hop tones round out the aroma.

Taste: The palate is greeted by some buttery yeast tones. The malt body is filled with heavy nutty tones, earthy grains, corn, and prairie grass. Dry straw meshes with some hop fruitiness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Light sweet front which transitions into a progressively building dry grainy finish. Carbonation is bright and contributes to the lingering dryness on the palate.

Overall: Solid german pilsner top to bottom. The taste is a bit of a different animal then I expected from the aroma but doesn't subtract from the overall enjoyability of this brew. Certainly something that any BA should try out especially for <$10 a sixer.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 01:06:06 | More by KFBR392
Photo of ThisWangsChung


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

16.9 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color. The head is about a finger high and completely white in shade. It has decent retention for the style, too. A nice ring of lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: There's a good amount of noble hoppiness here, and while it's a bit sulfury, it stop short of being 'skunky'. I'm also getting hints of malt sweetness and butter. Very straightforward, but it works decently.

T: Again, this is a simplistic and straightforward beer. A touch of crackery malts hit the palate at first, before some earthen noble hops finish it off. It is what it is - not very interesting, but easily drunk and devoid of off notes.

M: Vibrantly carbonated and light on the palate, while a touch of lingering sweetness helps to keep it balance. One could chug this if so inclined.

O: If this is the German equivalent of Budweiser, I now know why ze Germans denigrate our macro lagers - this shits all over most of the BMC crew from a great height. No, it's not interesting or great, but it will get you by in a pinch. Good for parties, fishing, or any other activity that benefits from shutting your brain off.

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 18:32:50 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 500 ml can into a pint glass, straw colored with a large foamy white head lat lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: slightly sweet, pale malt, grassy, grain, slight mineral water

T: slightly sweet up front, cereal grain, biscuit, slight grassy peppery hops at the finish

M: light with high carbonation, clean palate

O: OK mass produced pilsner, not stellar but quite easy to drink and refreshing, serve cold

Serving type: can

03-19-2014 01:36:38 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of duckdown

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I love this stuff - I can’t add anything to the reviews that hasn’t been said (and said better than I ever will), so I will just say that I whole heartedly recommend it to anybody looking for a great sessionable beer that you won’t get tired of. Fantastic with all types of food, especially stuff like pizza or wings, I am a definite fan. I purchase the tall cans from the LCBO here outside Toronto for $2.40 CAD each

Serving type: can

03-04-2014 00:51:38 | More by duckdown


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 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 vette2006c5r


1.61/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Bitburger pours a straw golden color with a lot of bubbles and a small head. There is a an aroma like dirty dishwater. The taste is watery, soapish, and also tastes like dirty dish water. Very light, which helps it, but just undrinkable. Overall looks good, but tastes bad.

Serving type: can

11-12-2013 02:11:13 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of dougbassett


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- # 35 of the ones I've reviewed here.

We all have our biases, and so I'll straight up state that I'm partial to German and Eastern European styles. I like the clean simplicity of the best of them, they have an appealing honesty, for lack of a better word. Bitburger is an example of this: it's a German Pilsener. It's not exactly incredibly complex or deep, but it's a damn good example of the breed.

Can seems to have been the way to go with this: I've had Bitburger before in bottle and it seemed a little washed out and lifeless. In can, though, it's a very assertive beer. Pours out with the classic yellowish-brass you want out of a Pilsener. Nose of hops, a nice straightforward blast of tangy hops in the taste with a dry, crisp, bitter finish -- again, the sort of thing you want in a Pilsener.

Incredibly refreshing beer, the sort of thing you want now and then. Or at least, the sort of thing that I want now and then. Recommended, especially if you can get it in cans. Those who like Pilsener Urquell are particularly directed to this.

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 19:09:45 | More by dougbassett
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 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 brewolero


3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Refreshing and a lovely contrast to all the international style lagers at a Bolivian beer festival. Biggest noticeable difference was the dryness delivered by more present hops and a grainy aftertaste. No fruitiness whatsoever. Second time trying this, and while I might have preferred it out of the bottle versus in a can, it was still a welcome contrast to the barely pilsners available here.

Serving type: can

10-21-2013 14:08:41 | More by brewolero
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 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 Chaney

District of Columbia

3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Port City glass.

A: Fizzy yellow straw color, crystal clear, and with a whopping head that kept going and going.

S: Smelled like a cross between fresh bread yeast and Play Dough.

T: It has an odd flavor. Thin, gritty, and with a finish that made it seem almost as if there were no flavor. Not gross, but still a bit meh..

M: Like I said, thin, but with a nice carbonation bill. Very clean.

O: I'd have this again if I were out of other decent options, but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: can

10-07-2013 21:19:07 | More by Chaney
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/16/2014 (assuming that's the best by date, on the bottom of the can):

Into a pilsener:

A: hazy golden yellow colored body with a three finger white foamy head that quickly dies leaving a beautiful spider web speckled lacing truly clinging spectacularly to the glass

S: corn up front, a little bit of rice, and a light grain; after that as it warms a citrus/lemon scent comes through

T: starts mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and then balances to a dry crisp sort of flavoring, leads to a sweet corn aftertaste and a dry crisp finish

M: light, sessionable, carbonation is a bit smoother than most German Pilseners I've had, but hey I'm not complaining as it honestly feels great all around

O: wow, what a great German Pilsener, holy Moses, I would have this again in a heartbeat and am glad I've got some more of these

Serving type: can

10-06-2013 00:14:04 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of fourstringer


4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a sweet tallboy can into a flare pilsner glass with a gentle hand. Date on the bottom reads 03-07-2014. Assuming that is a "best before" date, unless this beer was brewed in the future.

A: Looks good. Golden yellow with nice clarity. Very clean white head with coarse bubbles measuring about 3 fingers wide, even with a gingerly pour. Decent retention for a pilsner. Fades to about 0.5 finger after about 2 minutes, but then hangs around for quite a while. Some lacing.

S: Light grain, corn. Faint pilsner malt. Some funk. Maybe some citrus/lemon and soap starting at about the half-way point. Admittedly, nothing exciting or even particularly endearing.

T: A flash of pilsner malt and sweetness that almost immediately transitions to a very pleasant, classic german hop bitterness that lingers long on the finish. Dry & crisp, for sure. Clean. Honestly, I'd like to add some more descriptors... but the beer is gone. So delicious.

M: Nice carbonation level. Very style appropriate. This brew goes down with supreme smoothness, but always with substance. Full flavor coats the mouth.

O: Ok, I won't lie - I've loved this beer for a long time and have finally reviewed it. Without a doubt, it is my go-to session pilsner. I typically slam it directly from the can, but for review purposes I poured it into a glass. The bottle version is no comparison. The can is where it is at. Not sure exactly what it is about this beer, but I can down these all night and it never gets old. And that bitter finish. Oh hell yes.


Serving type: can

10-04-2013 03:04:17 | More by fourstringer
Photo of Theheroguy


3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very Bright noble hops up front. Smells like malty goodness. Oh wow is this a delicious beer. Previously I wasn't so impressed but I was wrong. This pils has a ton of flavor and goes down easy. So nourishing and refreshing. Head retention isn't so good but whatever you're supposed to drink to this fast anyway. This is an all around great pils.

Serving type: can

08-18-2013 01:38:29 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of Tebuken


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal golden colored beer, white foam that vanishes fairly quickly.Poor aroma,nothing at all.It is very light flavored, a bit sweet if it is not very cold.Bitterness too mild. Well carbonated,big bubbles that shows a light bodied beer.Good for a hot summer, drink it extra cold.

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 13:47:48 | More by Tebuken
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
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can for $2.35 CDN from LCBO into a pint glass.

Appearance - The can i had had wanted to spray its glorious contents everywhere so an aggressive pour into the glass was required. 3.5 fingers of head was yielded that dissipated somewhat quickly, but left a creamy center and significant lacing around the glass.

Smell- Mild scents only here mostly grassy, with some maltiness to the beer. Nothing terribly strong here other than the "smells like beer" comment.

Taste - Fairly mild, not terribly hoppy, but this comes through a bit more in the aftertaste which is a little more bitter than originally expected. Very faint trace of floral notes in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel - Nice finish, smooth and refreshing, but on the low side of carbonation. Not sure if it was my can or the beer overall, but i feel that a little more carbonation may have made it more enjoyable. Nonetheless quite good for the style.

Overall- One of my favorite German Pilseners an especially nice treat on a hot summer's day.

Serving type: can

08-08-2013 23:03:40 | More by DenisKolkin
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