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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,412
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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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 DoctorStrangiato
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 500-ml can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - nice yellow colour, with decent head and some lace. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - straightforward barley-hop aromas.

Taste - very clean taste with just a slightly bitter element in the middle. The end is very interesting as the taste just sort of goes away as a dry beer would do but it leaves your mouth...wet.

Mouthfeel - I actually really enjoy the balance of this beer. Not a tonne of taste but smooth.

Drinkability - this stuff would go down in quantity. I'll seek it again.

DoctorStrangiato, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of cedricwarner
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale bubbly yellow, and not unlike champagne. Not much to the aroma, just some faint maltiness.

The taste is just the smallest touch of grainy malt sweetness followed by a lingering noble hop bitterness without any of the floral or spicy qualities that make a top notch German pilsner.

It's not an incredible beer, but it's quite drinkable, no off flavors to speak of, and the price at $9.50 for 8 half liter cans (roughly a 12 pack of 12 oz. bottles) means that this is my go-to beer when I don't have much to spend.

cedricwarner, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of JonathanL7890
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color. Substantial 4 finger head.
Smell is malty , sweet. Very much like a Munich Helles.
Taste: Pretty light, no hop bitterness.
Moutfeel: ok. 3.0 average sums it up.
Drinkability: Drinkability is pretty good. I polished off a 500ml bottle pretty easily. I could down a few of these.

Not like a pilsner at all. No hop presence to speak of. This is more like a Munich Helles or at least a Dortmunder but I've had much better styles of any of these.

Overall an average drink that I would not buy again.

JonathanL7890, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of endovelico
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taken from notes. Reviewed under medium strength artificial light. Best before date: 23/07/2009. Poured into a Semi-balloon glass. Reviewed on 31 / 01 / 2009

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-orange brew. Medium effervescence. One thinger white head that immediately collapses into a thin collar.

Aroma: Citrucy / lemony aroma and Saaz like hop aroma character. Slight smell of adjuncts.

Taste: Slight malty sweetness and hop like spyciness and citrus character. Adjuncty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Medium Bitterness. Finishes sweet then clean. Medium Carbonation. slightly Oily.

Drinkability: Alcohol barely noticeable. Its enjoyable as a session beer but the body seems to light and the oiliness hurts its drinkability.

endovelico, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of 1099
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of these the other day because it was imported and eye-catching...boy I was not disappointed!

I sampled it straight from the bottle, so I didnt get a look at the appearance, but the consensus is its good, so I'll roll with that. Smells like beer to me, and I don't get any off putting smells like I do with some of the other beers I've rated. Taste is exceptional...very smooth malty, biscuity taste that fades slowly into a nice balancing hoppy finish. No aftertaste. Wow, I like this. Moutfeel is good and I could drink a lot of these if I could afford to!

This was worth the money, and I'm sure I will be buying this again in the future.

1099, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.65/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at a new bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called The Richardson (on corner of Richardson and Graham). Off the tap it had a gorgeous pale yellow color. Nice grainy/hoppy scent to it.

It had a semi-sweet taste with a classic Pilsner bitterness to it. This beer is quite carbonated and very refreshing. To be honest the mix of bitter and sweet makes this one of my favorite Pilsners. Excellent beer.

Amalak, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had one on my honeymoon in Barcelona. Also requesntly in Germany.

appearance: golden amber hues, pure lager, rising bubbles, good head

smell: balanced hops, very plesant session for a hop head

taste: clean and refreshing. liek a lager should be

mouthfeel: thin not thick. good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth. went well with my seafood paella

CampusCrew, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Kolsch
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Appearance is rather disappointing. Very little head and no lace retention at all.

Smell is floral & grassy with a bit of cologne thrown in as well.

Taste is same as smell. Cologne and floral hops. I love a good Kolsch as it is my favorite style of beer. I would consider this a cross between Kolsch and a Pilsner. Very drinkable and you will find yourself ordering another and another...

Kolsch, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of smedley
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow, about a finger of white head, disapeared in about a minute. Visible carbonation bubbling to the top of the glass.

S - Surprisingly fruity - peaches, berries and apples, slightly floral

T - Light, but the fruit from the nose comes through. Slight hop finish, which seems to lessen as I drink more.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp

D - Prettd rinkable beer, expected from a pilsner. Was really expecting a German Bud Light, but was presently surprised by a bit of complexity. Not overwhelmed here, but not too bad.

smedley, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember that this was probably the first beer I drank when I traveled with family to Germany last year-duruing which my eyes were opened to "really good beer"
Pours out light hay-golden tone, active head dissapears quickly, light, bubbly, and carbonated.
Smells of light breads, Hallertau hops, light florals, and an overall "lager" smell.
Tastes of light tart biscuity malts, a sharp, quick bite of light hops, finishing clean with a mouth tingling carbonation and bitterness.
This is an easy drinker, nice to session with. Would make a great light aperitif beer, drink with seafood.

czfreeman, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light pale yellow color with a soapy, small white head with no retention. It's clear though there is a lot of sediment in the bottle that causes a bit of haze in the beer.

Aroma is beery, grainy, not entirely pleasant. Cereal and normal Pilsner stuff in there too.

Taste is dry, bland, thirst quenching. Could be hoppier, more bitter and flavorful but besides really good Pilsners they all kind of taste like this.

Watery and light bodied.

I wouldn't have this again.

hoplover82, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of beveritt
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is white with a gold foil border and has Bitte ein Bit "written" in script. No clear freshness date, but BUT 08 is printed on the bottom of the back label.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of pure white head, which bubbles like a soda. This settles quickly, leaving only a very thing, very small island of foam. The beer itself is pale yellow and perfectly clear. Some moderate activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Spicy and sharp hops upfront with slight grassy aroma. Some mild malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: Herbaceous and slightly tangy hop upfront, with a smooth, buttery malt backbone. Long, lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A light and refreshing beer, that is easy to drink and yet, still fairly flavorful.

beveritt, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Bockrules
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a half-litre bottle into a mug

A - pours a light gold with a one finger head. The head falls apart about 2/3 down the glass and only a few splotches of lacing are left behind.

S - Big smell throughout the drink. Floral smells dominate with hints of lemon on a sweet malt background.

T - Lemon and floral hops up front. The body is very well balanced and complex with noble hops popping through a biscuity malt background. A subtle lemon flavor rides on top in the body. Pine hop finish with hints of lemon flavor that slowly fades to a lemon pine aftertaste. Very good.

M - thin-medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Leaves an oily residue on the back of the tongue.

D - Much more complex in the bottle than in the can (although more expensive). My grandparents bought this half litre for me for $2.19, which is a little pricy, but worth it for a damn good German pilsner. Bitburger is a textbook pilsner and is a benchmark for the style.

Bockrules, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of johnd513
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am reviewing from the mini keg. Pours light golden in color with a nice frothy white head that quickly disappears. Smells hoppy, citrusy and sweet with honey. The taste is malty with a floral finish. The mouthfeel is smooth enough and the beer is easy to drink. Nothing spectacular but an easy drinker that is a much better choice than American macros.

johnd513, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of bmwats
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Light golden color. Medium carbonation pours into a half finger white bubbly head which dissipates quickly. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. No lacing to speak of.

S: Light malt and wheat.

T: Wheat, yeast, malt, and sharp hops.

M: Yeast and hops start shock the taste buds. Wheat and hops linger. Light feel.

D: Good brew. Light, good flavor.

Not a whole lot in the way of atmosphere here, as with many pilsners. Decent flavor, and feel. Overall, pretty solid for this style.

bmwats, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of TommyW
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow with a half inch head that quickly fades to nothing.

S- Hoppy with some malty sweetness.

T- Starts off with some malty sweetness. A grassy tastes come in and then tangy hops dominates the rest of the taste. Leaves a slight tangy aftertaste.

M- Thin body, easy carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink, does down well.

Overall, this is slightly above average for a pislner here in Germany.

TommyW, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered this one at dinner. Only beer that stood out against the list of macros and standard imports.

Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas and tastes of sweet malts and some hops. Hops heavier in the tastes. Some grassiness. Sweet. Not a bad beer considering the alternatives.

Notes from 2/14/05

hopdog, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Clockwork420
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to glass.

A - Pale yellow, plenty of carbonation.

S - Smelled alot like some other german beers I have had. Smelled alot like Warsteiner. Cool and hoppy, sweet.

T - Strange. Sweet in the beginning, then earthy grassy quckily followed by an alcohol finsh. After taste is alcohol and hops and slight tangy. Easy to read not complex at all.

M - Thin and watery. Slippery and easy to drink after a few sips.

D - High. It fits for any occasion.

I would buy this again, if I drank at the proper temerature. I drank mine warmer than ususal and it wasnt too bad. Kind of got to like it.

Clockwork420, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of stone3187
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a pale gold color with a hint of malt in the smell. The taste doesn't have much to it but it's clean, no hop character to be found really. I would rather have this than any domestic pilsner but there are better German pilsners out there.

stone3187, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of scottoale
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle with fancy foiled labels (3), a bottling code on back label: LK 1319. It pours a bright yellow-gold with great clarity. It has a 1/2" white foamy, short lasting head and good carbonation is evident.

The smell is pale malts and light hoppiness, a little sweet and very grainy. It smell's a bit pissy, if you will.

A well balanced pale malt intro, short lasting to a bitter hop finish, crisp and clean. Nothing really fancy here, but quite refreshing. Low alcohol isn't noticable, the body is light to medium. No challenge, just easy drinking straight forward pils, simple.

scottoale, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
1.55/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/4/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a fizzy pale yellow colored body. Has a malty aroma. A dry dusty taste, with a bitter aftertaste. Watery, and grainy. Similar to the domestic fizzy yellow in appearance, aroma, taste. Not good.

jujubeast6000, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of germanbeer1
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There's nothing fancy about Bitburger, but compared to the other Pilseners in Germany, it's quite good and very accessible. It has a golden body and a soft white head. The smell is somewhat bitter, but not at all herbal like many other traditional German Pils. This beer goes down smooth with a little bitterness, but that should be expected when drinking a Pils. The trick with this beer is to NOT drink it immediately after pouring. The Germans whom I encountered recommended that it is proper to let the beer sit for 7 minutes before drinking. The appropriate glassware also helps to amplify the taste. Bitburger should not be consumed in anything other than a tulip glass or a pokal; anything else would be a sin. Like most German Pils, this beer is light and easy to drink with light foods.

germanbeer1, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of rjimlad
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly straightforward German Pils that's quite drinkable without causing offense. Pale amber with a thin head. Very faint malt aroma. Flavour is a pleasant malt with a fine hop balance. Mostly bread flavoured. True to style without showing anything extraordinary. Very drinkable, though and a pleasant enough barbecue beer. A good beer to start the conversion process for macro swillers. I'd buy it again if there was nothing more interesting about.

rjimlad, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light yellow with a big fluffy two finger head that didn't last too long. The smell has some malts but also an aroma the reminds me of citrus peels and lemon. The taste starts off with some floral hops that give way to some of the citrus with some lemon and grapefruit flavors that end with a little sweet malt. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, a little thicker than water with some very light carbonation. This is pretty drinkable beer, although the hops and citrus might be a bit much for having more than one at a time.

TheTrevor, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, can't believe I've never reviewed this one as I've had it many times.

Pours a crystal clear light straw yellow, very thin looking colour, and a thin white head forms, quickly settles to a ring around the glass, and then disappears entirely. Smell is very toasty, biscuits, honey, grass, light floral and herbal hopping, maltiness is great, no adjuncts, very crisp aroma and very enjoyable. Taste is similar, sweet and malty up front, honey, corn syrup on toast, biscuits, light bit of floral, very dry bready finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Nice malty pilsener. Had this on tap in Frankfurt once and its far from the hoppiest pilsener but still damn enjoyable for being cheap and easy to find.

Viggo, Nov 14, 2008
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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