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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,456
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 23
Gots: 113 | 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 Durge
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew at Teske's German restaurant in San Jose where it poured a clear light golden color with a goodly white froth of head that dies down within a couple of minutes and lots of lacing. The aroma is light flowery cherry, mild and clean. The flavor is a clean grassy hops and wheat. A very pleasant blend and certainly easy drinking. Perhaps a little thin but not so unusual for the style. A solid pilsner on tap. Nice.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: This is probably the most pale Euro-lager that I've ever drank. Seriously, it looks like it's half pilsner half water.

Smell: It has a very light aroma. I was able to detect some hops. Kinda skunky smelling as well.

Taste: Tastes like an American macro-lager.

Photo of guntherhophead
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: yellow and thin(watery) with little, lacey head that disapates quickly. Little carbonation.
S: floral hops with grapefruit. A pepper background with slightly malty, sweet corn.
T: floral hops up front. Thin bitter citrus, grapefruit with a slightly malty finish.
MF: Decent MF and deceptive because it appears to have little to no carbonation but MF prooves otherwise.
D: The can states Germany's #1 beer and I'm sure that's totally unbiased. I can name several German beers that are better. This one may be better on tap and in an ice-cold, thick, frosty glass. It's not bad but probably tastes better after 2 or 3.

Photo of avalon07
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was about a half inch of creamy head and some so-so lacing.

S: Oddly enough, this one was a bit on the skunky side, considering it was in a brown bottle. Other than that it was just mediocre, with a little tinge of hops.

T: Had a slightly hoppy flavor up front but little else. Very thin and watery.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Below medium-bodied.

D: This is really just an average beer in most every way. Not much flavor or personality to speak of. Pass.

Photo of supercolter
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent enough german pils. Appearance is rather lack luster. No real head or lacing. Pale straw yellow in color. Smell is pretty faint but some notable hops and sweet malt extract smell come through. Taste is a bit more pronounced, especially the hops. Mouthfeel is average, light and carbonated. Drinkability is good, pretty smooth finish.

Photo of ATPete
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can

A- Pours a clear, bright yellow, low rising carbonation and a very large white head.

S- A funky cloudy nose of mellow pale malt and weak doses of common pilsner hop.

T- A muddled malt character, salty, with notes of crackery yeast.

M- light grainy body.

D- Not terrible not good.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a thin white sudsy head that faded quickly. Visible carbonation was soft-medium per style.

A: a light aroma of spicy hops and fresh grains on the nose.

T: The beer starts out with a light grain flavor and palate and a touch of creaminess for mouthful. The flavor faded quickly off the tongue and was very clean. The flavor is soft, mellow and truly grain based to provide a good light session drink. It finishes crisp with some cereal grains, hay and warm herbal hopping.

M: smooth on the tongue with a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

D: decent drinkability.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear light golden color with a fluffy sticky head. A light husky grain aroma. Light and husky on the the palate with some grainy biscuitness. There is a unpleasant character toward the finish. I am not sure what it is, corn maybe skunkiness? I am not sure. The point is, I really didn't like it that much.

Photo of FatSean
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my kind of affordable lager.

Poured from a 500ml can into a 20oz tulip pint. Golden-straw color with a moderate head. The head faded into minor lacing rather quickly.

This beer has a nice biscuity/bready scent with the Euro-hop funk (not a bad thing).

Taste is bitter, and a bit simple, but the malts do appear. The beer has a thin quaility to it that I enjoy, I'm not a fan of the overly-thick brews.

Drinkability? Stellar. This beer may be the German Budweiser but I could drink it all day and not get bloated or too bored.

My next step is to try it in the 5l mini-keg.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a pokal)

A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body with a sea of microbubbles swirling about. There is a thin white foam meniscus of head that last for a bit.

S- The light sulfury cider smell gives way to dry pale malt and raw grain with a slight sweetness followed by a faint honey hint finish that increases just a bit as the beer warms.

T- The dry pale malt flavor has notes of mineral water and a faint sweetness to it. There is a soft sulfury carbonic acid taste to the sharp noble hop finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tiny tongue scrubbing bubbles of carbonation at the finish.

D- This beer has some good flavors with some good depth to it. Even though the beer is pretty dry it has some nice sweetness to it to give it more character.

Photo of Seanibus
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is merely OK. With so many other great German Pilsners (both authentically German, like Radeberger, and American-made versions, like Victory's Prima Pils), this should be pretty low on your list.

Pours a radiant yellow, but with little carbonation or head. The aroma is strongly pilsner grain. This has a powerful Pilsner flavor with good hop bitterness, but it dissolves to a slightly unpleasant sourness at the end, not unlike a Budweiser or similar mass produced American Lager. The mouthfeel is light and thin.

Nothing wrong here, of course, just nothing to keep me coming back.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Clear, pale yellow. A finger or less of head reduces to a thin collar with some minimal lacing.

S - Strong spicy hops balanced by a touch of sweet malt.

T - In line with the nose. A clean, thin, malt profile builds in sweetness through mid palate, and then gives way to the spicy hop flavor. Malt is very bready and biscuity leading into flavors of white pepper, salt, grass, and even a touch of coriander from the hops.

M - Crisp and highly carbonated, and a little thicker than others of the style. Thickness helps balance out the bitterness present in other German Pils.

D - A wonderful beer, probably the pilsner most suited to my tastes. I wouldn't mind making a night of these, especially with the low ABV.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright straw yellow color. Two inch fluffy white head slowly receded to a quarter inch. Thin lacing all the way down.

S: Light, slightly sweet malt with bread underneath. Slightly bitter hops.

T: Malt, slightly metallic at the end but finished really clean. Nicely balanced malt, hops and carbonation.

M - Light bodied and perfectly carbonated. Balance and clean finish were its hallmark; certainly not a very complex beer (not in a bad way).

D: This beer will leave you wanting more. Highly drinkable without filling you up.

Photo of nem2006
2.11/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer poured a pale yellow with a small white head that faded quickly, but maintained good carbonation in the glass.

The smell was an extremely strong skunky smell. I thought it would go away as the beer warmed but even after it came to room temperature, it still smelled of skunk. Somewhere in there I smelled hay or grass.

Not much flavor at the start, a bitter finish and even a little skunk at the end.

I was really disappointed with how skunky this was, it may have been one of the worst ones I have tried.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A- Well there was virtually no head on this and I gave a fairly hard pour....as well, there was very little in terms of lacing. The colouring is a light straw and is very clear. The carbonation seems more on the heavy side. Not overly exciting to look at I have to say.

S- As soon as I opened the bottle, I could smell the hops. This has a very clean, crisp aroma...somewhat grassy and grainy. There is also a clean spicyness and some citrusy notes in the backround. Definitely there is not a sweet malty aroma to this brew.

T- I like this! It's very refreshing, and well balanced. I could taste the malts initially but very quickly the dominant bitter hop flavors cut right through the sweetness. I love the dryness of this beer, with it's leafy, woodsy tastes. Very simple, very enjoyable. The finish leaves a pronounced clean bitter taste on the palate, that makes me quickly want to have another sip.

M- I didn't feel that this was a very full beer, as I had read.
Fairly thin, and a fair bit of carbonation, although it dissapates as time goes on, best characterizes this beer. Great thirst quencher!

D- I think this would be an excellent session beer. At the pub, this would be a natural to go with salted nuts, as it will cleanse the palate nicely. A good patio beer, and very enjoyable....much closer to the intended style in my opinion.

Photo of Rayek
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw color with great clarity and active carbonation. Rocky white head stays well and leaves some lace.

S: Smells of lemon, grass, straw and a little sugar.

T: Dry malt flavor has a touch of sweetness. Spicy pepper bitterness holds a little lemon too. Finishes with a pepper bitterness that slowly fades.

M: Medium light body feels slick and has the right level of carbonation.

D: Nice session beer.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a pokal glass yields a clear pale straw body with lots of little streamers of active carbonation that supports a finger-thick cap of white foam. The foam dies quickly to a ring that leaves a few sparse patches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is dryly malty with a nice dash of crisp herbal, grassy, earthy hops.

Taste is malty with toasty grain, a little caramel note and a subtle, grassy hop bite that brings the drink to a crisp bitter point that introduces a nice dry finish.

Thin, crisp, light and clean, the beer is superbly refreshing with outstanding drinkability.

Photo of ibashmuck
2.79/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Big, full foamy head on a bright yellow body. Smell was a bit "sharp", and also a bit skunky. Smooth to start, mild bitterness at the end. Nothing spectacular here. That skunky smell was a bit off putting, but the taste was decent enough.

Photo of everetends
3.82/5  rDev +11%
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
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.42/5  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
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +4.1%
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.

Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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