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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,280
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 18
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Tupperwolf


2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a very clear, very lagerish yellow with a nice finger.5 head that, unfortunately, falls a bit too fast and leaves traces of lacing. Spotty little bubbles rise through the depths of the pilsener glass.

The smell is distinctly lagerish - and that's not much of a compliment, unfortunately. My first impression was of corn chips, with an asparagus hop background... Kind of an acidic, sour smell.

The taste is gentle honey and slight vegetables, slightly tannic. It isn't terrible, but it's just not my style, so it gets an average score.

Slightly too-spritzy mouthfeel; Not as lush as it should be for a good pils.

I'm not a big lager drinker, but I've had a few pilsners recently that are much more drinkable than this.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 02:44:48 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of biergeniesser


3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle of Bitburger Premium Pils poured a brilliantly clear straw to pale blond, its surprisingly thin pure white head dissipated relatively quickly. Medium sized bubbles evolved slowly, but constantly. The slight remnants of the head laced nicely on the glass.

This Pils had a wonderfully balanced malt aroma; the most notable components of which were malty, bready, grainy and grassy aromas. The aroma also features a mild but balanced noble hop aroma. Truly enjoyable!

The flavor of this beer was dominated by crisp hop bitterness in the front, which faded to allow the clean malt character, which had a bready flavor reminiscent of a fresh baguette, to come through. The beer finished dry with a light pleasant aftertaste of hop bitterness and malt.

This Bitburger has a light crisp mouthfeel with a moderate degree of carbon dioxide bite and a slight, pleasant astringency.

Altogether, Bitburger Pils is a super enjoyable beer and one of the archetypes of the style. One of my favorites, it has dominated my personal beer paradigm for years. A beer for all seasons, the only better way to enjoy a serving of Bitburger Premium Pils, than from the 12 oz bottle, is to find it in the .5l can… or to have it on draft in country.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 15:55:32 | More by biergeniesser
Photo of murphysbleachers


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz Can into a Pilsener Glass:
Appearance: Very pale golden color. Nice big head sticks around for the ride.
Smell: Sweet malt, just a hint of floral hops.
Taste: Sweet malt and just a kiss of hop bitterness and dryness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Not as fizzy as some of the other pilseners I've had and it could benefit from a bit more carbonation.
Drinkability: I can and have had a lot of Bitburger in a sitting. I prefer it on tap. This can may have been sitting around for a while. Generally I like this beer and will take it over most of the other widely available German pilseners.

Serving type: can

01-31-2006 04:00:37 | More by murphysbleachers
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow with a thin head that is retained as a skim on top of the beer. Carbonation is evident, and the bubbles rising make it look kind of like ginger ale. Smells hoppy with a grainy tone. Tastes of floral hops with some alcohol and sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is thin, with a great deal of carbonation, but drinkability is pretty good. It's a pretty average pils, but not a terrible one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 03:37:24 | More by Mandrake
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a super clear yellow golden color with a thin head of white foam that disappeared very quickly. There are a few bubbles rising, but the head vanished and was never seen again.

Aroma: Lots of toasty malts in the aroma. There is a good amount of hops in here also that add a spicy and a bit skunky aroma. The hops are taking on a more floral aroma as the beer warms a bit.

Taste: The flavor is really mild. There is a noticeable toasty malt in your face as you first sample the beer, but then the hops kick in and balance everything out. The beer stays balanced the entire time, and ends up finishing balanced to slightly bitter. The spicy and floral hops are well mixed and make another subtle appearance after the finish which is odd to me. The finish is pretty refreshing overall, but is a bit watery for my taste.

Opinion: This is a clean and well balanced beer. I believe that the bills are little too light for my taste, but that is OK for just a session beer. The balance is appropriate for this beer to make it go down easy. The finish is refreshing, and would do well on a hot summer day. I am a bit more partial to the Helles styles, but this is still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 01:14:10 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of 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
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a thin white head that doesnt retain well but nice carbonation rising to the top. The aroma is spicy noble hops, biscuit like malt and some light yeast character. The flavor also starts off with noble hops that are a bit bitter and spicy, as well as some biscuit and toasted bread malt flavors, light yeast character and hint of alcohol. I have a feeling that this beer would be better if it were fresh. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, this is definately a smooth drinker. A descent pilsner, could use a bit more oomph (maybe it has it when fresher).

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 02:32:07 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of Wasatch


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

A - Pours a clean golden yellow, no carbonation, no head, no lacing.

S - Scents of hops, fruits of some kind.

T - The taste is fruity, and kinda dry.

M - Light body and well balanced

D - Drinkable. I would not buy it again though. I guess I would recommend to other's if it is the only beer available.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 00:22:35 | More by Wasatch
Photo of atigerlife


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pilseners are certainly not a style I have explored in much depth. This beer was given to me, so I gave it a try.

The appearance was golden with a very white 1 finger head. Rather high amount of carbonation with some lacing.
The aroma had some malt notes and floral hops, but I had trouble picking up anything distinctive.
Taste was clean and crisp. Slightly grainy with an ending of hops bitterness, though not overpowering [think IPA light]. Mouthfeel was quite light with some cleansing carbonation.
Overall, not bad. If given one, I would certainly take it and save it for the right occasion. It has certainly perked my interest to explore more pilseners.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 17:37:30 | More by atigerlife
Photo of pentathlete


4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have looked at bottles of Bitburger and given them zero attention in my local beer stores...hey, they're Pilseners...ain't my thang. Then, for Secret Santa '05, Zorro sends me a quarter liter footed Bitburger Pils glass, so now I have to buy at least one bottle. Thanks for the beauty glass.

Man, have I been missing out. Looks superb in the glass, with a crystal clear golden color, small stark white head and champagne bubble carbonation. The nose is crispy bready malts and those German hops (I'm terrible at hop varieties...it's on my resolution list for '06). Taste is a pleasing dry sweet malt with a refreshing hop finish that is satisfyingly dry and finishes long. Mouthfeel is just fine for the style. This is what American macros should strive to be. There is nothing abusive about this (like a popular Czech pils we all know). It's biggest drawback for the typical macro drinker is that it has flavor. Bring some to a get together. It is reasonably priced and readily available.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 01:59:04 | More by pentathlete
Photo of jarmby1711


3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an impressive German Pilsner.
It has a mango quality to the smell as well as the taste.
The hop bitterness is pronounced , however the hops are not at the forfront of the palate. A bold sharp maltiness is
I am guessing the mango flavour is from the hops but the balance and blend is so good it all melds into a wonderful sharp and refreshing taste sensation.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 10:52:47 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of granger10


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

This is a decent enough all around German Pils. I'm not a huge fan of the style but sometimes it hits the spot. Very clean with a light malt profile and a nice hop bite in there. A semi dry finish which is free of off flavors and maintains that grassy hop flavor. Quite a nice hop aroma Malts are slightly grainy and earthy while the hops are predominantly grassy and herbal. It works well. After 2 of these though I was satisfied and really did not care for anymore. If this is Germany's macro then I'm jealous.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 18:10:50 | More by granger10
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

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

A very staightforward, yet solid, pilsner. It’s light-to-medium yellow in colour, with a good amount of carbonation and a floral hops nose. The best thing about this beer is what’s missing: no skunk, no weird adjuncty flavors... just light malt, slightly bitter hops, and a clean finish. Simple and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 16:33:43 | More by fisherman34
Photo of Finite


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

1 Inch or more head, i had to let it sit before adding the rest. Stunning carbonization which went to the end, thick bubbles. Looks as sexy as a pilsner can look. The head maybe leaving a tad to quick. Pale, straw, golden. Nice.

Smells of floral hops not overly spicy, with a quiet bread-like malt. Hint of bitterness in the smell.

Strange moutfeel for this style. It was very smooth for a pilsner, could afford to be a tad more bitey on the tongue and down the throat. As it goes down its coarse on the tongue, a good amount but this tended to contradict itself from the smooth moutfeel. A very faint floral hop, lingering in the background with just the floral hops only very very faint. Leaves a bitter aftertaste all over the tongue which I though was well balanced and great longevity which is always nice.

Overall a great appearance. But contradicted itself with the smoothness of the moutfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 06:58:55 | More by Finite
Photo of evanackerman


4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

nice pilsner, i'm surprised at the poor reviews, judged within style this beer is very good.

nice pale golden color, aroma of freshly cut hay.

taste is beautifully balanced between bitter hops and bready malt.

mouthfeel is a bit thin but standard for pilsners.

drinkability is very high, this would be fantastic on a hot day.

a very nice beer for the style, very refreshing and tasty, i will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 23:52:46 | More by evanackerman
Photo of abcsofbeer


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

This one pours a pale yellow, straw color, which is very clear and very bubbly. The white head is thin, dissipates quickly, and leaves no lace. The smell is of lite malts and somewhat grainy. Smells like a pils, or, a macro brew. The taste is smooth at first and somewhat light. There is a small hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty refreshing brew. Fairly typical of the style except in the hop area, as it is fairly lightweight.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 23:51:10 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of Pepeton


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

This German surprised me in a local Sam's store. Eight-pack 500 ml (a little bit more than a pint) on a price that equalls domestic brews. So it's a bargain.

Pours a pale straw beer, with a very good and lasting 2-inches head. Almost no lacing, though.

Smell is of malts. Period.

Taste is of a lager: Crisp, refreshing (it was almost 100°F down here in Northeastern México), even hoppy.

Mouthfeel is dry, bitter. Not bad at all.

If I still find this beer I'll buy it with no hesitation. It hits the spot on a hot and humid Mexican afternoon.

Especially after making all the kind of errands of had to do prior to the eventual arrival of hurricane Emily. Which is forecasted for my area from Tuesday night to Wednesday night.

Yeah! 24 hours of pouring rain.

God bless us.


I'm reviewing this German pilsener because I had it several times as a session beer.

It's appearance is quite good: Nice 2 inch white fluffy head, and beautiful lacing that follows the beer down the glass. I usually used a pint tumbler.

Smell is, yes, of malts. But bot a period this time: you can find traces of hops and bread dough.

Taste is crisp and bitter. Well balanced though.

Mouthfeel is dry, round and thirst quenching. Hoppy aftertaste.

I buy it on a regular basis.


Serving type: can

10-28-2005 22:53:25 | More by Pepeton
Photo of merlin48


3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz can is a good value in a wrapped pack at the Liquor Barn in Lexington, Ky. Pours into a tall pils glass a clear, pale yellow body with a large, fluffy, white head. The head retains most of the way through, leaving pits and clumps of snow hued lace. Very nice appearance.

Aroma fits the style quite well, leaving scents of sweet pils malt, spicy floral hop, old biscuit, and Lemon furniture wax(Pledge).

Mouthfeel is modest, as per style, with light to light medium body and bubbly carbonation.

Taste features some sweet grainy malt, baked wafers, lemonrind hop bitterness, and sticky breadiness, complimented with floral notes and a kiss of white pepper. Even finish is delightful.

An underrated German classic here. Extremely drinkable, and ideal for a session. Attractively priced.

Serving type: can

10-28-2005 22:33:53 | More by merlin48
Photo of mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

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

Now, I just brushed my teeth and gargled with Scope so my taste buds may be a bit compromised tonight.

Bitburger is nicely balanced and tastes wonderful - a touch dry in the foreground and a wee bit sweet in the background.

A generous head is formed from the pour and gradually relaxes to a thin covering; lace forms down the glass.

I suspect this would make a nice session beer.

A good find and I'll be sure to try it again when the pickings get thin at the local LCBO.

Serving type: can

10-26-2005 04:47:39 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of tesguino


3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A real and good german draft beer; more than american´s; this beer give much in its taste, clear, soft, sweet; smell like flowers, perfumed; good for all mexican food, try with chinese cuisine; serve in a pint glass for more enjoying; 95% recommended.

Serving type: can

10-21-2005 17:06:15 | More by tesguino
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear, clean golden color, not unlike US macros, with one difference. There is NO carbonation in this beer. OK, that's a little strong. I can see a micro bubble or two if I stare long enough.

Aroma is a gentle hops, floral and clean. Maybe a little citrus aroma, very weak. No real strong aroma at all, but what's there is pleasant.

Very crisp, clean flavor, nice balance. Decent maltiness. I drank this right after Allgaur's Buble, and this is a very different beer even though they are the same style- this is much more clean and processed, good for what it is, but it raises my appreciation of the other beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 01:34:31 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is shiny straw with lost of carbonation. Head is a bit on the small side. The aroma is an inviting sweet grain. The taste is a moderately sweet grainy malt with hints of doughy flavor. Didn't notice much hop flavor. The finish is crisp and dry. Great drinkability. This is an choice beer to have in the fridge for when your mood dictates a lighter style beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 18:30:10 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

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

This is good beer. The pour had a nice frothy head that lingered for a while, has no skunky smell to speak of. Taste is mildly bitter like most pilseners but has a smooth flavor of hops. The mouthfeel is not offensive at all, this is a nice drinkable beer that goes well with heavy food like sausages and burgers. I'll be sure to keep a good supply of this in the fridge in lieu of the cliche Macros.

Serving type: can

09-30-2005 00:51:23 | More by funkengruven
Photo of revdrjbob


2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a few of these for free from the new Dan Murphy's in Shellharbour. I'm not normally a ninny lager drinker, but I thought that it "should" be good seeing it's German.

Poured a pale yellow straw with a thick white fluffy head, which dissipated quickly leaving a light lace. Worked well, plenty of carbonation.

Aroma: Very faint hop, big malt, possibly some Munich used. You could smell the CO2. Little much more than that. As it warmed it became dry and grainy, with a slight amount of DMS.

Taste: Sadly this went down way too easily. Clean sweet malt, a lingering dry hoppiness, with bitterness fading on the back palate, ending malty. Very German, very clean, no bad points about it.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not a good beer either. Not one I'd rush out to ever buy.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 10:38:18 | More by revdrjbob
Photo of bubrewer


3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer at noon on a Sunday, so maybe it was the first one they pulled today. I don't know for sure how long the draught lines are in this place, but I think they are direct draw rather than pulling from all the way back in the walk-in.

This beer is pale straw, about the same color and clarity as a common BMC. Aroma is a bit grassy - it really does not invite me to take that first sip, but I do anyway.

First sip is up front bitter, but not a clean, bright bitterness. This is more muddled and thuggish. There is a soapy charachter there that is not very pleasant.

Through this slow pint, things improved. The grassiness in the aroma faded to..well, nothing much, and the bitterness seemed less offensive. By the end of the pint, I was happy with it, but it took a while to grow on me.

Mouthfeel and body were both light and crisp. Not much sweetness - that might have helped with the rough bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2005 04:02:42 | More by bubrewer
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