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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,461
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 23
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 feelmefoam
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color with a good amount of carbonation running up the glass and into less than a finger of white, foamy head that doesn't last long and leaves little lacing around the glass. Reminds me a bit of an American Macro in appearance.

The smell is pretty good, but I really can't gauge the intensity of the nose because I have a cold. Still, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt; I can pick out some grassy and lemony notes; it's pleasant but not too complex.

Clean and crisp, but like the nose, not too much there. I can appreciate some mild buttery maltiness as well as a little citrus and a faint amount of grassy hops at the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is on par for this being a light summery beer. Crisp because of the fairly substantial amount of carbonation that accompanies a light mouthfeel.

Bitburger pils certainly isn't the best German Pilsener, but it's enjoyable. It's a poolside beer for when you're not paying too much attention to minute details because it's just a simple, semi-tasty, clean-finishing beer. Relatively low ABV makes it an easy drinker as well. If you're here for flavor, look at Victory's Prima Pils or Sam Adam's Noble Pilsener, but this is a decent alternative to some American macros, I guess.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle 4,8% abv.

Appearance: Pours a light straw colour, with a reasonable head that dissipated quickly leaving very little lacing.

Smell: Not much in the way of smell, lightly hoppy, slightly soapy, some grain. Better than the average macro-lager but far from special.

Taste: Light malt, grain, a touch of citrus and finishes with a good hops taste after swallowing.

Feel: Light body and high carbonation.

Drinkability: Crisp and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer's day, I could definitely drink a few of these.

A solid pilsner and one I would buy again.

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a pokal.

A: Pours gold tinged with orange with a thin (but creamy) white head. Generous lacing throughout.

S: Barley malts and nobles hops, not overpowering when cold, but become more intense as the beer warms.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation.

T: Slightly sweet,citrusy, with the Saaz hops becoming really dominant towards the end, lending an earthy quality. The malt provides a really nice balanced flavor here. Aftertaste is hops and rye bread-like.

D: This is a really smooth, well balanced pilsener. No complaints here. Would make a good session beer.

Photo of erz316
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good goto beer when you just want one can of something. the color is a clear but slightly turbid. good lacing and head retention. there is not mcuh to talk about int he nose, a bit metallic and a touch of the hopsthe taste has too many hops for my definition. otherwise it is just real easy summer drinking.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Twist top bottle mmm too bad. Almost no head at all and what was there was gone in seconds. The color was lemon honey and champagne . Just a tiny bit cloudy. I wonder what kind of filtering they do.

S - Lots of airy smells that spread throughout the room quickly. A fair amount of pale malt smells. And I found a bit of peach smells. Not strong not too much hop or yeast smell.

T - Sweet malt like the last sip of a root-beer float. The hops bite softly like a kitten.

M - Smooth, rich, medium-heavy body. Malty and delicious.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink. This could go with so many different kinds of food.

Photo of tone77
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is of mild grains. Taste is very mild, some grains, a tad biier, a bit lacking in flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall I must say I was not impressed.

Photo of wknight167
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours a translucent straw yellow with a one finger head that fades quickly and leaves some slight lacing.

Nose- Sweet malt with floral hops and some lemon/green apple tartness.

Palate- Sweet and fruity (green apple and pear) up front and dry and grainy finish.

Mouthfeel- Clean and smooth, light in body and carb as expected.

Overall- not a bad example, but not stellar either

Photo of mulder1010
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip---- too lazy to get a pint glass!!

A-- Poured a pale yellow color. A decent half finger head with no real lacing on this.

S-- Malt, a little hops and on the floral side. Is fairly sweet as well, not as watery as other versions are. A little more substance than the norm.

T-- Sweet and floral in the mouth. Pretty straightforward beer and can not complain too much.

M-- The sweet and floral part may get to be a bit much but has a good feel to it. Very appealing in a lot of ways because it is different. Crisp and fairly clean on the palate.

D-- Easily do 3 of these. Very drinkable but better off doing them cold. A bit more complex than the standard stuff but this is great on a warm summer day or even just to change pace. the floral part keeps it interesting. On the cheap side and tasty. May be better pils' out there but this is good.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.34/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the best pils / lagers out, period.

A - It pours a very pale gold; super clean looking with good wispy white head and champagne-like carbonation.

S - It's clean and bready, with a grainy hop; it smells like the quintessential German Lager.

T - Mmmm its good, refreshing and slightly sweet with a well-balanced dryness from the hop

M - Thin and refreshing, sharp carbonation, clean finish.

D - One of the most drinkable beers on earth.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Straw colored and clear. About a 1/2" head formed and quickly left.

Smells of malt, maybe some spicy hops.

Tastes of bready malt. A little sweet. Some hops in the end.

Mouthfeel is light. Really easy to drink. This would definitely be refreshing on a hot day. Now my favorite style, but I would buy again.

Photo of auxiliary
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clearn golden color with a nice white head, but then it just turned into a pond.

Smell: Hops and grains present.

Taste: Grainy up front and then some hops towards the end. Mild bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light body.

Drinkability: Toolight, not much flavor here for me.

Photo of taigor
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into seidel glass.

A - Pale yellow, golden transparrent color with medium head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Wheat, barley and other grains. Some floral hints present as well.

T - Again wheat and slightly bready with good hoppy bitter finish.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

D - Very good drinkability due to lightness and low abv.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml can poured into a tulip.
A- Pale yellow, a little hazy. Nice looking head disappears quickly an leaves nice lacing a thin ring.
S- Apple, strong grain. Malt
T- Grain. Sweet in the end, bitterness tastes a little processed/artificial. Malt as it warms up.
M- Light. Might be a perfect mouthfeel for the style (I need more experience)
D- I can drink this all night. Probably anyone who likes beer can too.

I really like this beer for high/rapid consumption. It costs less than local macros here but tastes a lot better. You can drink it knowing your consuming a good product but don't have to worry about savoring every subtle aroma etc.

Photo of jhtipton
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was pale golden. Nothing significant to report.

Smells like a good pilsener.

Tastes really good, like a pilsener.

Mouth feel was fine.

Extremely drinkable. A decent session beer.

I purchased this at the Post Exchange in Korea for approx $4.50 for a six pack. What a bargain. I poured mine in a Pilsner and enjoyed thoroughly. Better than most mainstream pilseners.

Photo of roddwolff
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer named like a burger,

A: Pale yellow, almost free of bubbles, foamy head is two fingers thick with good lacing;

S: Floral hops;

T: Smoky malt with biscuity essences, plus notes of floral hops;

M: Dry and slightly salty, high bitterness, high carbonation, medium body;

D: My favorite german beer to drink a lot.

Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into pint glass.

Nice, golden and clear. Good looking stuff.

Smells like your standard German import. Hops, musk.

Euro brew flav. Good amount of sweetness.

Good carbonation. Finishes dry.

Could drink these all night with ease. Good, sessionable beer. Worth spending the extra five dollars to buy this instead of Miller Lite or whatever.
Mass produced Euro beers>>>American macros.

Photo of sevopie
4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly murky straw yellow with a fluffy slightly off-white head that laces decently.

Very light on the nose. Some sweet corn notes, a bit of another grain, and a bit of mustiness.

The taste is where this one shines. The initial attack is very sweet graininess, with a touch of corn and sugars. The finish adds the slight hop bitterness, but the sweet is what mostly lingers.

Fairly robust body for the style, and rather creamy. A little less carbonation than I would have anticipated, but works pleasantly with the sweetness.

Really easily drinkable, I could put back a few of these. The aftertastes are very pleasant, and the ABV keeps it in the sessionable range. Might be my new favorite pilsner.

Photo of bob3701
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Very light yellow in color. Produced a nice head that slowly disapated with some lacing. Has a nice light German lager taste. Back in the 70's my first year college roomate was a guy from Germany. This beer was brewed in his hometown and he always said we should try to import it to US. It is a good German lager, better than more well known brands. It is a much better buy too. Not sure why it is not bigger than other German beer in the states.

Photo of Natural510
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A transparent light gold with fluffy, cotton-like head and streams of rising bubbles sums up the appearance when poured from the .5L can.
Scent is grainy and vegetal, with hints of barley and corn.
Breaded mallt with a grassy, corn-like overtone, light smattering of hops and somewhat metallic finish makes up the bulk of the flavor. Inoffensive, grainy aftertaste in the finish.
Crisp, easy-drinker. Not the best pils I've had, but at $1.25 a can it works with a spicy or greasy meal.

Photo of Geiseman
4.76/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best session beers from anywhere, the amount of bite is perfect.
Crisp and clean, an excellent choice with or without food
Bitburger is so well balanced they can go down quickly, sometimes too quickly.
I have a long lists of favorites with a couple of picks per style and this is one of my top 2 in German Pilsners.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my homie Jeff for a can of this one. You paid $4 for a 4pk of pint cans? Really? 10/4/09. from notes.

Pours a pale straw color with a cloud-like pillowy white foam of two fingers. Leaves a ton of lacing, but minimal retention.

Very subtle aroma overall. Noble hops and crackery malts are faint. The taste follows with a clean hop bitterness, negligible off flavors and surprisingly crisp. Light malt character. Simple but successful.

Smooth mouthfeel, a tad higher carbonation than preferable. Great drinkability, definitely could put a few of these back, and especially at this price.

Photo of prosper
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My last review must have been on an old or off beer... this second bottle - you could tell it was the same beer, but everything was a bit 'brighter' and more vibrant.

Pours a rich yellow, very very clear, thin rocky head that fades quickly. Nothing special, about what you'd expect for the style.

Smell is vaguely vegetal - greenish, characterful german pils malt, no doubt. Perhaps a faint impression of snappy spicy hops, but that could just be in the imagination. Again - nothing outstanding, about what a german pils SHOULD be.

Taste is about as you'd expect... grainy green-pilsner malt, slight lemony zing from the carbonation. Very clean. Pleasing bitterness; there is decidedly more bittering here than in most american lagers. There's a lot of character from the pils malt coming through to keep things interesting. The hop bittering only comes through in the aftertaste, and its character is mostly a non-descript herbal bitterness. Again - not anything special, this is what german pilsners SHOULD be about (though not many live up to the promise)

Decent enough mouthfeel - it's not thin and sharp like many other light lagers. Crisp, though, moreso than a pilsner urquell

Drinkable, perhaps a bit boring, but in the end - that's what a pils is.

Photo of Kromes
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A crystal clear pale straw color with a very thin white head.

S: A nice malt aroma with a big floral hop smell.

T: Good pilsner malt flavor with some great floral noble hops. The finish is clean and dry with a little bit of tang and bitterness in the lingering floral hop flavor.

M: Good carbonation level, nice light body.

D: This is a very well crafted pilsner, good drinkability. Not my favorite style, but I can definitely appreciate a well crafted beer that you can drink alot of.

Photo of CRichardsMN
2.82/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Light golden color with a single finger white foamy head which falls very quickly to a bubbly ring and no lace. Looks kind of dead when you get to about a half glass.

Smell:
Smell no malts but definitely a grassy / musty odor with a bit of hops.

Taste:
Very slight sweetness and incredibly grassy. Tastes much like a high end green tea actually... Finishes with a mild bite of hops and a healthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel:
Fairly full mouthfeel for a medium bodied beer is attained by the quick hit of carbonation.

Drinkability:
Pretty decent beer. The grassy flavor is an interesting break from typical malty lagers and I look forward to using them to break up monotony.

Comment:
My first bottle of this was less than appealing and I think was poorly shipped. I was just given another by a friend and though I cringed at trying it again, I did it anyways with a good deal of surprise and appreciation. A good change from the first experience and I hope the rest I find are the same.

I've always heard that this beer is the norm (not to mention fantastic) wherever you go in Germany. I would love to try it in it's homeland.

Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden straw color with a white head.

S- Sweet, bready malt with a slight aroma of spicy hops.

T-Very similar to the nose: bready, slightly sweet malt with a bitter finish.

M-Pretty smooth, not over-carbonated like some pilseners I've had. Finishes with a dryness in the throat.

D-Really easy to drink. This is the first pilsener I've really liked. I think others that I've had have suffered from being light-struck, but since this canned, it suffers no such fate.

Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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