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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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


Brewed by:
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Germany

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A nice appearance with lasting creme. Ok smell. But that's the end of this. Metalic in can taste. Strong carbonation and water. The type of beer you expect in the summer at a soccer game. Appreciation to the marketing rep who bought me a can to review in Toronro.

Serving type: can

02-01-2004 00:21:36 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours a clear light yellow with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. A nice patchwork of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grass, and white grapes/grape juice. Taste is of grain and grass flavors with some grape juice as well. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsener that I got on the cheap at Trader Joe's. Glad I picked one up.

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 02:59:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know nothing about this beer except that it's a German pilsener. I picked it up as a single and have absolutely no preconceived notions about it.

Medium straw yellow with a shockingly bright white, foamy, yet semi-sticky head. The cap is already starting to leave some chunky scraps on lace on my pint glass, so that's a pretty good sign. The nose reached my nose from several feet away as I was commenting on the appearance, and that preview--as well as the main event--isn't all that wonderful. The beer smells sour, grain-like and a little skunky. Not an encouraging sign.

I can't say that I really like the flavor, but it isn't as bad as I'd feared. The minor skunkiness is present, but does seem to be fading as the beer warms, strangely enough. If I concentrate, I can get past it and appreciate a lightly malty, lemony, slightly hoppy vibe that isn't half-bad. The finish is crisp and clean and the body/mouthfeel is appropriately light and quenching.

Bitburger Premium Pils is definitely better than most American macro lagers, but that doesn't mean that it's good. It'd be a decent choice on a hot day, but I doubt that I'd crack one open if any halfway decent beer was available.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 23:26:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Ahh gotta love the 4th of July parties. We did ours early this year and had the normal cooler full of the big boys, but always have to have something light on tap for afternoon drinking sessions. My job was to secure it. I got us a nice little barrel of Bitburger. Poured a very clear, golden yellow with a huge white fizzy head. Lots of visible carbonation was evident in the streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great light looking pilsner, exactly what was needed.

Smell was rather non descript with a light grainey smell mixed in with a bit of bready yeast. Nothing spectacular here, but the aroma was not really expected to be. Now for the first sip, one word, refreshing! Very crisp and clean, with an expectional smoothness. Refreshingly light and perfect for the hot afternoon weather. Taste was your typical german pilsner, and designed to be nothing more. Lots of grain and thats about it. Really don't have anything negative to say about it as far as taste, it was your staright up pilsner.

Overall I would say it was the perfect call for the day. Everyone enjoyed and it went well with all the food. Kept us entertained until it got darker and some of the big boys started coming out. Definatly a good summertime beer!

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2007 15:49:34 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden body with a beaten egg white head that leaves occasional splotches of lacing

Smell: Cracked barley malt and a bit of noble hops are present

Taste: Starts out with a grainy, malty taste that is joined by some noble hop flavors after the swallow; the finish is crisp and balanced but the overall impression is restrained

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: What this beer lacks in flavor it makes up in drinkability; refreshing and inoffensive with just enough flavor to make it worth drinking

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 18:41:12 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Can: Poured a golden color pils with a medium clear white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of floral malt with some grassy hops. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice sweet touch of malt and a floral hops ending. Definitely interesting for the style and something that always match well wit spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 15:55:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When considering a pilsner, is there really any better choice? With ultimate drinkability, bready malts, and spicy/floral hops, this crisp lager hits the spot time after time while avoiding many flaws that plague most.

The beer pours a bright golden-straw color with steady streams of carbonation that fuel an airy and froathy head. Moderate on retention and light on lace- the beer could show a touch better head character.

Dry bread maltiness adds a malty-grainy sweet scent that invites drink after drink. Floral hops with a sharp spicy note gives the perfect earthy balance to the grain/malt sweetness for a complex nose that seems effortless.

Flavor hold serve with a malty sweet upstart with a crisp grain flavor. Light notes of honey suckle and apple give a mild fruity note that's mostly yeast and hops. But the spicy- peppery bitterness gives a distinct crisp and refreshing finish to the beer that's remarkable compared to others of the style. Without screaming complexity, this pilsner has an exquisite balance of flavors without shying away from boldness.

The soft creamy upstart gets confidence from the sweeter taste upfront. But the beer makes quick work of the sweet maltier components and usher in a bitey, yet clean and crisp grain astringency, and minerally 'snappy' finish. Quite dry in the end, the beer defines what it is to be drinkable.

With one sip, the beer becomes spicy-sweet and floral. With the next- bitter, biting, and minerally. All the while, the beer keeps giving waves after wave of flavor for such a simple beer. It's actually quite nice and welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 08:42:40 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some thin lacing in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The initial taste is rather malty, which transitions to becoming slightly bitter in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable, particularly on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 14:40:21 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Pours a lighter golden color witha pretty nice blooming head that stays pretty well,a light grainy aroma with a light iron-like tinge to it.This beer has a sharp hop edge to it ecspecially in the finish there is a malt bready backbone with a iron flavor in there as well but the bitter finish is the main thing I get from this beer.A quaffer for sure something to drink when u want flavor and quanity.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 02:43:12 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug at Bauer's Brauhaus.

Tall can into tall mug. Lovely. This stuff pours a clear straw topped by a healthy bit of white froth. The nose comprises light grass, sweet flowers, mild wheat, and a touch of cornmeal way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more corn tossed in for good measure. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a very solid pils, easy-going all the way.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 07:19:54 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Rather dapper image of the founder/spokesman for the brewery on the label.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two hefty fingers of puffy, finely foamy bone-white head, which leaves some random snow rime lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of bready, semi-sweet cereal grain malt, a bit of soft lemon citrus, and prominent floral, grassy noble hops. The taste is more reservedly sweet, crackery, grainy cereals, a more acerbic lemon edginess, and spicy, herbal, wild grassy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy in its above average frothiness, the body a heady medium weight, mostly smooth, and maybe a tad creamy from the effervescence. It finishes rather dry, the malt going somewhat biscuity, as the lingering hops maintain their stature, perhaps getting a little bit skunky.

Not a bad German pils, with a number of pleasant enough assets working for it - would be a good candidate for a session, especially given the lower ABV, at the very least for a round or two.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 20:36:01 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very clear, faint yellow hue, big, though soon-to-crumble head, bone white. Par for course.

Aroma: soft and soapy...floral hops, not much else...some lemon zest.

Taste: clean, light, wet...lacking in flavor. Some minor malt, lackluster texture, scant hops, if any. Falls firmly in the "eh, it's beer" category. Moist and minimal, like they like it.

Doesn't totally suck, yet I can't really recommend it, unless your utmost criteria that it be yellow and watery.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 11:08:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready malts, grain, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast followed by a significant malt sweetness. There's a god hops presence that comes in provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this beer is worth drinking for a while if your choices are limited.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 03:18:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been a while since I've had this in a can, here goes:

Pours an effervescent straw & 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Average lacing & minimal head retention

S: Perfumy & lemony hops, a whisper of vegetal odor & then breadyness as this warms

T: Lemony hops, a hint of grainyness & dryness up front. Slight honey malt notes & grassy hops as this warms, along with a touch of pears. Finishes with lemmony hops, & a touch of green apple, refreshing, but not as flavorful as I recall

MF: Overgassed at first, light bodied, okay balance

Drinks okay, the hop profile I remember is gone, if we have an old can or the beer is the same & I have changed. Worth a try, but not a solid as I remember it being

Serving type: can

10-30-2008 02:49:21 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a light gold color with a spotty lace head. The aroma is weak. It has a weak hop and malt aroma. It also has a grainy scent to it that compliments the usual lager smell. The taste is dry and a bit skunky. It has pale malt flavor that finishes a bit grainy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is not that good. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 01:03:39 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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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zeff80

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a light golden color, highly carbonated with a small (one finger) head. No lacing.

S - Smells of corn and yeast. There are also some floral aromas and hoppy notes.

T - It is slightly sweet and hoppy. There is a bitter aftertaste.

M - It is crisp and light bodied.

D - It is a nice pilsner and very affordable, too.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 20:03:45 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful pale gold color which produces a thick white head in my fluted glass. The aroma is of grain and a faint hoppy spiciness. A mellow grain sweetness is in the taste as well as a sharp bitterness in the finish. It has a very light body, and is well carbonated. A very clean beer that is straight forward and to the point. Not a bad pils, perhaps missing that special something, but it is quite serviceable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 02:00:33 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bitburger German Pilsner starts with a golden yellow pour that has a very white head on it. The head faded and you left with some lacing but hardly any. The smell is of fresh grains and cut grass, Not my favorite smells when it comes to beer. The Flavor is nearly the same as the aroma but with a little spark of bitterness in the end. It's a lighter brew so you can drink it easily. Not really what I want in a beer but I guess it's ok for whoever likes it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:59:36 | More by Knapp85
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.05/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just do not understand why the German public like this beer so much, they can't get enough of it.

OK. It looks like a beer, is crisp and keeps its head for a while, but for me it is tasteless apart from a slight dryness in the mouth.

When in Germany (I go maybe 3 times a year), I walk away if the bar only sells Bitburger. In the UK, Adnams Brewery of Southwold distribute and sell it draught in most of their pubs, but who would drink Pils if Real Ale was on offer?

Years ago I visited the brewery and drank all over the town (of Bitburger) afterwards, still couldn't force myself to really enjoy it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2006 21:06:15 | More by BlackHaddock
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Poured into pilsener glass.
Pours straw yellow with a 1-finger fluffy head that slowly descends to half its size and stays around. Some trailing lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of floral and grassy notes, with a hint of sulfur.

The taste is of grainy sweetness and grassy, floral hop crispness. A subtle apple-like fruitiness lingers in the background. A basic, but refreshingly flavorfull, pils taste. Fresh for being an import.

Clean, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

An easy-drinking, classic pils. Drinks quickly, though a touch of soap does come through eventually. A good go-to beer for a summer refresher, to watch a game on tv while eating some munchies/bar food, or as an easy "session" brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 21:29:47 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a crystal clear straw with a white head that does not stay around long. Nose smells like a wet rat. Yes. I said that. Flavor is actually pretty sweet with a smooth tone to it overall. Feel is good. Nice level of carbonation. Slightly thin, but doesn’t feel like it is totally watered down. Extremely drinkable. Easily a session brew. For what it is, quite a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 13:12:48 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Another LCBO steal at about a dollar something American, 500ml tall can. Appearance: Golden straw color white vibrant head lace is ample spread evenly, not bad at all. Aroma: Sweet grainy 2 row base malts with a mild dose of German hops biting around the edges very balanced comes to me as unoffensive but decently flavorful. Taste: Solid all grain German pils with the alcohol blended within a uniform flavor, the hops are the bite or zing in the finish that make this beer worth my time. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture light body not the worst, pretty solid for an accessible German pils. Drinkability: A good go to for watching football games, can't complain solid nothing spectacular but good.

Serving type: can

02-19-2004 22:06:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a beautiful golden color, Bitburger Pils on tap is crystal clear. However, there was no head to evaluate, nor was there any beading of carbonation. So, there was no lace.

Like smelling water, there was little to detect in aroma. After my third pass, I think I noted some hop.

Surprisingly, the flavor was clean and crisp, yet it was almost "round" like an ale. I would prefer some more hop to round out the taste.

The carbonation of the beer was good, like a pilsner should be. The beer was light, but not watery.

In summary, this was an okay brew--no harm, no foul. An innocent beer that would offend very few.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2004 03:07:21 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

A: Brilliant clear yellow, with thick white head.

S: Malty, with a hint of hops.

T: Malts upfront, with dry Saaz hoppiness to follow.

M: Delicious, dry and refreshing.

D: Good, an easy drinking pils, nothing special, just a good tasty beer. A little expensive, but worth it if you want a good example of a Northern German pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 01:57:41 | More by Halcyondays
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