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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Reviews: 760
Hads: 1,592
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 23.05%
Wants: 35
Gots: 190 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
2.51/5  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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of nickfl
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of bone white head with decent retention but little lace. The body is pale gold and perfectly clear.

S - Malty and grainy with hints of honey. Mild aroma of earthy, herbal hops.

T - Slightly sweet malt character up front, followed by weak herbal hop flavor and a honey/ graham cracker note from the malt. The finish is crisp and dry with mild bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, with a nice pils character. I personally prefer more assertive examples of the style, but this is an overall solid pilsner that leaves little to complain about.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 16 oz. can of this for $1.15

Oddly enough, the 12 oz variety was $1.40.. weird marketing going on there.

Anywho, for being cheaper than almost any other beer in the store it's pretty good. It's got a lot more taste than any American macro's which are higher in price and it's very drinkable. The next time I'm hanging out with my friends and wanna have some cheap beer I'm gonna go for a Bitburger.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 4/26/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good clean balance of pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice clean balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice German pilsener style. All around clean balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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