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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

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

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
Photo of fx20736

New York

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

Bought as part of a 4 pack of 500ml cans from Beers of the World on 7/27/13.

Poured into a large Pilsener glass served cold.

appearance: light gold with a towering white head. Lack of strong lacing is disappointing.

aroma: classic noble hops overlay the pilsner malt. lovely.

mouthfeel: soft but full

taste: this is a strongly hopped version of the style. malt brings up the rear solidly.

notes: a well crafted example of a very familiar style.

Serving type: can

07-28-2013 15:27:24 | More by fx20736
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bitburger Pils @ 4.8% , served from a 500 ml can purchased for $2

A-pour is a pale gold from can to glass with a big white head leaving a frothy lace along the pilsner glass

S-more classic German hops , malt , & barley

T-has that crispness that German pilsner are famous for

MF-low mild carbonation , weak medium body

Ov-ok beer , almost a one and done

prost LampertLand

Serving type: can

07-06-2013 06:03:11 | More by LampertLand
Photo of elNopalero


2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw gold yellow

Honestly I had higher expectations for thus beer. Looking for a easily accessible, seasonable pilsner with some pleasing grassy characteristics.

What I got smelled of corn and cereal although it had no reason to do so, with a rounded flavor and sweetness emphasizing more of the same. I wasn't expecting greatness but I had been hoping for a little more spark and life from this one. Wondering if the hops have faded, or it’s normally this way. Meh.

Serving type: can

05-30-2013 09:01:56 | More by elNopalero
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Crystal clear straw color with rising bubbles. Foamy, soapy white head. Nice rings of lacing.

Aroma: Faintly sweet, grainy.

Taste: Sweet grains and malts lead into a subtle hop presence. Bright finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Overall: Great session beer, clean and refreshing.

Serving type: can

04-25-2013 19:01:57 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of JoeAmerican77


2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

"Germany's No. 1 draft beer" Poured from 1 pint can into a pilsner glass... One finger of snowtop over a dark yellow translucent beer. Aromas of pale malts and sweet grass barely hit the nose. Truly it smells like a gentlemens Keystone Ice. Somewhat grainy sweet, with bitterness towards the back and an acrid flavor reminiscent of a garden weed. The mouthfeel is extremely bubbly which masks the lighter body.

Overall it has flavor, which is good, and it is better than many mainstream Pilsners. I would choose it over any BMC.

Serving type: can

04-23-2013 10:05:15 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of delta490


3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml can into an imperial pint glass. Color is an almost-medium gold and it had a big creamy white head that doesn't last long, but leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is nice, with floral and bread. It has a pleasant sweetness, mimicking the aroma, but balanced against a nice hop bitterness on the finish. It has a thicker mouthfeel and a little carbonation which make it quite pleasant. All in all, a nice German pilsner.

Serving type: can

02-16-2013 09:03:07 | More by delta490
Photo of rdeaton


3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The main thing I have to say about this beer is that I love the smell of it. It has the most wonderful floral hops aroma I have ever smelled in a non-IPA. Not everyone agrees with me.

It is a nice mild light malt with a nice amount of bitterness. I see it as a well balanced beer.

This is what American domestic beer should be. Never have an American domestic after drinking this, unless you want to see what adding corn does to beer (I did this, very sad).

For a moderately priced beer, it is a good buy. If you have never had a beer before, I would start with this.

a-looks like beer, stronger head then a domestic, little bit of lacing

s-my favorite beer smell that is not an IPA

t-well balanced by the time you are half way through

m-a bit thicker than you would expect, fills me up

Serving type: can

02-02-2013 01:32:06 | More by rdeaton
Photo of mnrider


3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. White/Gold Can. Freshness date on bottom.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a whipped looking white head.
Light carbonation. The head turns thin with little lacing.

S: Crisp sweet grains, malts and light dry hops. A little watery but
still pretty average.

T/M: Bitter hops, plenty of grain, malts. Good balance. Overall a
little subdued in the taste. Crisp, plenty of carbonation. The finish
is clean with a pleasant linger of hops and grains.

O: Light taste that needs more of a punch. Still has great drinkability
and stands up well to other Pils. Worth a try.


Serving type: can

02-01-2013 19:19:05 | More by mnrider
Photo of mndlssphlsphr


2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I cannot say that this was good, but good enough. This fits through the realm of anything in the grocery better than a lager. This beer has a good mouthfeel, otherwise you are able to taste a mix of hoppy malty tricks. The smell is a tad sour, but it still lasts me beyond the hour. This has a nice color, a color that tells me that everything is ok and that it is time to grow a little garden and spend my time studying the terms of an examined life.

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 04:01:43 | More by mndlssphlsphr
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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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