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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 94 | 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 everetends
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the bottles I saved from my buddy's bar. Poured into a pilsner glass. How novel.

A: Poured a straw yellow color, very clean filtered. Had some decent carbonation activity and poured a big white head. The head had almost no retention though. Pretty average in appearance.

S: Smell is of earthy/floral hops, grains, and lemon. Simple but still smells tasty.

T: Taste is of earthy grains first, followed by some floral hops. There is a sweetness there but it is well cut with hop presence. The is a touch of lemon citrus and a bit of tartness coming from somewhere. Not bad at all.

M: Very nice. It has an almost creamy body but it still goes down easy and refreshing. Has a good amount of carbonation to quench that thirst.

D: Very much so. Perfect brew for summer or any hot day. I may be biased towards these German beers, but I love them. Rarely can I find one that I can't stand. This one holds up to being a good beer.

Photo of sraimondi
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I have had this one many times on draft and in the bottle, this is my first time with the can (500 ml tall boy).

Poured into a standard pint glass. Alot of foam. Head retained throughout with some nice sheet lacing too. Light straw color which is a bit lighter than the usual Euro macro pils.

Not much smell; can pick up some faint grassy tones.

Taste is solid for a macro pils. Nice spiciness with the malt backbone prevailing at all times. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel is very good, almost creamy. Probably my favorite attribute of this brew.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer, great for a humid summer day, as is today in NW Connecticut.

I really think this beer is good in a can. I have had the bottle version many times, and while they use brown glass, the can version is devoid of any skunkiness and I think provides for a creamier mouthfeel for some reason.

My new beer of choice when I want to dip into a Euro macro Pils.


Photo of asabreed
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with little head retention, a decent amount of carbonation, but nothing that should look like a pils or separates it from any others of the style that I've seen.

Smell: Some graininess, mild herbal hop and citrus, and pils malt. Not sure if it's noble hops I'm getting, but the hops are faint and I wish it was more aromatic.

Taste: Aroma comes through to the flavor, but much of it seems too muted. It's balanced and refreshing, with pilsner malt flavors and herbal hops with mild citrus, along with some graininess, mild dough and bread flavors, but not a long finish, and not strong flavors for the style and a non-domestic.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-bodied, with a bit too much slickness and a watery feel, and seemingly could be a bit more carbonated.

Drinkability: I had this at a local bar, and it was a nice switch, but if I'm looking for an imported pils next time, this won't be my first choice.

Photo of billybob
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very light very clear golden color with a one finger white head that fades quickly and no lace. earthy aromas with a grainy malt taste and some astringency slightly bitter and very dry finish. carbonation ok and mouthfeel light. easy drinking beer if you like that dry finish.

Photo of morimech
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml can. I probably would not purchase this beer if it was not available in cans. Long live cans.

Pours a very pale yellow with one inch of white head that had decent retention. Very little if any lacing is left on the glass.

I smell sweet malt with a little noble hop aroma sneaking in. Perhaps some graininess is also detected.

Seems a little adjunct heavy in the taste. It does redeem itself with a notable noble hop bitterness. Finishes very dry. I could see if this beer was served warmer than optimal, it would be nearly undrinkable.

Has a light body and a moderate to low carbonation.

It is a session beer with the light body and low ABV. Availability in cans is a huge plus and wish more brewers of lighter beers would use that option. Also more affordable than other import pilsners.

Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Revisited on 28/06/08. BB 12/11/2008, served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: straw to very pale yellow colour, coming with a tight and pillowy white head with good retention; moderate and constant carbonation for a bottled lager~~
S: lightly toasty and juicy grainy malts play the main theme, mixed with a dryish-floral German hop note and a delicately, lime-like fruity aroma. The sound depth of tartness (a sign of good lagering) lends some weight overall.
T: a mouthful of softly toasty, grainy and slightly corn-ish malts (added with a touch of plastics!) and some lemony flavour prevail upfront, leaving the floral flavour of noble hops to gradually emerge; the aftertaste has a semi-dry and clean palate, with a relatively low-level bitterness (for a pilsener) in the end...
M&D: The mouthfeel is consistently soft as well as refreshing, underlined by a lingering, dryish finish of hops in the background. A mild-flavoured pilsener overall, it drinks pretty well despite suffering a little from the lack of body.

Photo of oneeye
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good looking Pilsner. Straw yellow with lots of carbonation. A little white fluffy head.

Smells sweet and earthy. You can smell grain and hops.

Crisp grainy hay with bitterness of earthy hops. Sweet clean light lemony bitterness that lingers. The flavors are simple but with lots of flavor.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

This beer is between a sipper and a session beer.Not one you want to pound or one you want to nurse.

Photo of JEdmund
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inch-and-a-half head, dissipating quickly; straw yellow and completely clear; normal level of carbonation bubbles; no lacing

Mild hoppiness and maltiness; thankfully no skunkiness which I half expected; some doughy notes appear after it warms some

Taste & Mouthfeel
Very light and clean; some upfront hoppy flavor; moderate level of malt to give this beer some body; a light and tasty graininess appear as it warms;

I expected a little more from this German import. It's certainly not flavorless, but overall on the light side. It does get better once it's warmed and is probably the best pils to be found in Guatemala.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden/yellow...insanely well-filtered...small head. Nothing special, but par for the course.

Familiar pils aromas of straw, lemon and hops...nice fruity backup to the clean pale malt and polite hop presence.

Flavor is grainy, in a good, clean, earthy way. A little bit of sweet corn flavor appears but the beer is saved by crisp hops, green apple, lemon, fresh-baked white bread, and just the slightest toasty zing.

Mouthfeel is about the best aspect of this beer, achieving a balance between dry crispness and buttery creaminess. Nearly uncanny. Very nice.

It's easy to under-rate or under-value a beer like this, because too many American macro brewers haven taken this style and squeezed the life out of it. Bitburger Pils isn't the best in its class, but it's refreshing, flavorful and well-done...an easy pick on a hot summer day. If you don't go in expecting an Extreme Big Beer Imperial Wallop, you'll get what the brewer intends, which is just a solid, refreshing pilsner. Would love to have this on tap in its homeland.

Photo of simonjohansson
1.93/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smell: malt (white bread, hay) slightly earthy hops, some citrus. Taste: watery sweet malt and almost no bitterness from the hops.
The taste is just too thin, and without the hops, the malt is too sweet.

I like german pilsner - this was, however, a disappointment. It is in no way near Jever, for example. It needs more hops.

Photo of treyrab
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass

A: Very clear gold color with 1" head that leaves little lacing

S: Smell of the normal German grassy notes.

T: Taste of the very clean grassy notes with the tettnang hops that leave a great bitterness

M,D: This beer is very drinkable due to its lightness, very good


Photo of elniko
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured form tall boy can into bottle

A: Light lager appearance, head quickly dissipated.

S: Malty on nose, very mild.

T & M: Solid taste, I'm not giddy about his beer. Everything about about it is quite average. Solid pilsener.

D: Definitely drinkable, this is a beer that is definitely sessionable. Very nice that it comes in cans, I will be taking it with me to a pool party where glass bottles not allowed in a few weekends.

Photo of Lenny2884
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours fizzy yellow like a standard American light lager with a tiny head that fades to nearly nothing. Smells almost skunky, similar to Heineken. Tastes better than the smell would indicate, but still nothing to write home about. Malt character isn't bad but this is definitely a one time try for me. Glad someone gave this to me and I didn't buy it.

Photo of orangemoustache
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty average yellow with a nice looking two fingers of bleach white head that retains nicely and even leaves a little chunky lacing as it slowly drops.The nose is not so nice and borderline musty with some faint hoppy spicyness.Slightly sweet malts are first to hit the tounge,with subtle skunkieness not far behind.The finish is spicy and dry,but,clean and very crisp.This is pretty average stuff,I had only one this time,but would not shy away from having it again with food or for a nice thirst quencher.

Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet grainy malt and spicy hops. The taste is a very nice pils, with sweet grainy malt and a spicy and crisp hoppy finish. Overall, this is a very nice pils that would make a very nice session brew on a hot summers day. Recommended.

Photo of Portertime
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't care for this beer too much. Got it in a can and served it chilled in a pint glass. Poured the typical yellowish gold color of a pilsner. Smell had cereal grains, corn, malt, and some grassy notes. Taste was astringent and not much of finish. Had some cereal grains and light malts in the front. The fizzyness turned me off.

Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance has a light straw color with a nice crisp head. Smell is lightly sweet with grains and hops. Taste of light honey, grainy, earthy with a good hop bite. Mouthfeel is light, crisp with carbonation that goes down smooth. A good crisp beer on a warm evening.

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3" white head with very good retentionand light lacing. Straw gold with endless streams of carbonation. Sweet, hay, grassy hops, cracker, slight citrus all make up a great pilsner aroma. Sweet biscuity malt, herbal grassy hops and a light, lingering bitter finish. Somewhat thin in the mouthfeel but a dry crisp finish and good carbonation make up for it. Good drinkability...a session beer for golf, bbq, river.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In germany, from a bottle to a pils glass.

Pours a clear yellow and has a nice white head. Aroma of malt, fresh hay, spicy hops and fresh fruit. Taste is a balanced german pils, light malt, firm hop bitterness. Clean and delicious.

Nothing like what ends up on shelves and displays in Canada, fresh beer is the way to go.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bready, fairly sweet malt base offers a touch of caramel and a firm buttery note. The hops have a leafy, vegetal character with some nice grassiness.

Classic, drinkable flavor. Not as malty or sharply spicy as many modern pils (which I like, by the way), but I enjoyed this one quite a bit.


Photo of Schmidts
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a nice head that goes quickly.Smells of Hops and Grass. The taste is nice and refreshing starts a little hoppy and a slight bitterness ends smooth. The mouth feel is good and it is very drinkable I am on my second one right now! I nice German Pils at a nice price. Not my favorite but a nice German beer!

Photo of clayrock81
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into my pils glass and received a light gold body with a huge frothy head, as expected, with decent carbonation and minor lace patches. A hoppy smell, somewhat airy and grainy though, with not much else. Smooth yet crisp, this is a alright hoppy beer that goes down noticeable but not bitter. Simplistic yes,
with nominal citric or malt flavors of any kind, but a decent beer to be had. Won't seek this out again, but wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured like translucent, liquid gold out of the 12 oz bottle. Nice, foamy 2-finger head sitting atop a really light, but nice looking brew. Smell had a slight sweet tinge to it. The taste was good; light in both flavor and color, malty sweetness, reminiscent of pale euro macros, yet better. Just a touch of hop bitterness came through towards the swallow. Overall, nice beer. Not a huge fan of pilseners, but this one tasted like it was made well. Refreshing and clean finish.

Photo of Atlas1
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitburger in a can? Go figure. Not sure how this is going to go, but it was too hard for me to pass it up. I don't get to review too many German canned pilsners often.

Pours a thin, clear straw gold color with a light one-finger white head on top that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. A rather plain-looking beer. The nose is slightly malty. Stirred up, it's also a bit dirty smelling (but not offensive). Earthy, yet buttery. Light, with maybe a faint scent of lemon. The taste is just fine. Malty and butter again, but crisp and clean. No fruit, but faintly herbal. A pleasant flavor, but nothing overwhelming. I saved a bit from the can to taste as well, and it was fine, but I prefer it from a glass. Mouthfeel is solid and full, and much creamier for a canned pils than I expected.

A fine beer, this Bitburger in a can. Totally blows away any American macro attempt at a pils that might come in a can here in the States. I'm not so sure I would run out and grab a case of these for a saturday afternoon barbeque, but you never know. If the selection was limited.... A good summer pils, for anyone tubing down the river, or planning a camping trip.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a transparent golden straw yellow into a pilsner glass, gave rise to a fluffy 2" white head that laced quite well

Sm - Light maltiness and hops, hint of breadiness

T - surprisingly well balanced malts and hops. None were overpowering the other, but it did lean towards the malty side. Slight metallic taste at the end but finished quite clean

M - Light bodied and refreshing. Carbonation was just enough to capture the tongue. Like I said, very clean finish left the mouth asking for more.

D - highly drinkable. I could easily down a few of these in an hour.

Overall - This was a good example (in my opinion) of a German pilsner beer. It looks like any other pils but its taste is more balanced than some. Its sweetness combined with its good drinkability makes for a great session beer. Good to have with a variety of foods, including steak/potatoes, pasta with light sauce, sausages, cheese, and pizza! Will buy again.

Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.