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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 84 | 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 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.

clayrock81, Apr 16, 2008
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.

Bamabrew22, Apr 16, 2008
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.

Atlas1, Apr 14, 2008
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.

DmanGTR, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pilsener glass.

A- It poured a straw yellow with lots of carbonation and a 1 finger white head that became a solid lace that stuck nicely.

S- There was a nice play between the doughy malts and floral hops.

T- There was more balance between the flavors suggested in the aroma. It had a great dough flavor that was followed up by earthy hops.

M- It had a solid feel for a very clean beer.

D- It's an easy drinker that could be consumed in decent volume. It's also versatile enough to go from a lawnmower or party beer to something that pairs nicely with pizza or burgers off the grill.

Overall, I feel it's a really nice example of the style.

GRPunk, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of bone white head with decent retention but little lace. The body is pale gold and perfectly clear.

S - Malty and grainy with hints of honey. Mild aroma of earthy, herbal hops.

T - Slightly sweet malt character up front, followed by weak herbal hop flavor and a honey/ graham cracker note from the malt. The finish is crisp and dry with mild bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, with a nice pils character. I personally prefer more assertive examples of the style, but this is an overall solid pilsner that leaves little to complain about.

nickfl, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Pencible
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured a light yellow with very little head. It smelled of mostly yeast with a little hops. It tasted mild with just a touch of hops bitterness, no malt, and slight yeast. The dominant flavor was light citrus. The texture was thin with fairly strong carbonation. Overall it was decent for a pilsner, but that's not saying much.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsener glass. Pretty much the same color as piss. Despite a rather hard pour, there isn't much head. What foam there is is bright white and fizzy. It disintegrates rapidly, leaving no lace.

Aroma is at first lemony and tart, then grainy and sweet. Pretty classic pilsener nose.

Taste is on the light side even for the style. Grainy malt provides sweetness and hops provide a refreshing tartness. Zesty, grassy, and clean.

Carbonation is on the heavy side considering the body is paper thin. Very refreshing and crisp, a superior alternative to any macro, infinitely drinkable.

illidurit, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Plain white label with gold letters and the phrase "Bitte ein Bit" written in black, located above the Bitburger monikor. On to the beer:

Into a stange it goes, the beer is a crisp straw color with a dense rocky head on top. In the aroma, there are sweet grains and straw. The taste can be described as sweet, but without the graininess. Hop bitterness is lower than expected, but the beer has a good balance. There's a light husk twang too. Mouthfeel is moderate with low carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

I think I've found a lager I can bring to the beach on a summer day, and that is Bitburger. The next time I'm there, I'm sure to "bitte ein Bit".

DoubleJ, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Crystal clear straw-like color with an initial big foamy head that quickly settles to spotty covering leaving minimal lace.

Very grainy with slight mineral almost, metallic notes; light grassy hops.

Grainy, full Pils malt flavor, slightly sweet but balanced (more by metallic edge than hop impression). Medium mouthfeel but strong carbonation stings the tongue like a macro lager.

Overall, a very drinkable (especially considering price, about $1.39 for 16 oz) pilsner from a can.

BeerZack, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've drank this everywhere around Germany and then again back in the states out of a mini-keg.

I live right next to Bitburger here so what I drink is pretty fresh. Back in the states whatever you call it that flowed from that mini keg sucked horribly. We didn't even finish it.

Anyway, this review is for the beer found here.

I like how this beer looks. It's light and clear, golden, and somewhat actively carbonated. Gives this otherwise normal Pils some activity. The head is always a good two fingers and hangs out for a while before you look back down and realize it's gone.

Smells like boring normal beer. Nothing stands out, like I said just smells like beer.

The beer is bitter the whole way through with a quick finish. Light and somewhat refreshing and decently aggressive. For the price it's an ok brew, I've never seen one above 2 or 3 euro besides at bitburger beer fest. (You'd think it'd be cheaper there?!)

A drinkable beer, never turn one down but never go out of your way to find one.

BleedBlueUSAF, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of larsee01
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown glass bottle poured into pint glass

A--Bright golden color. Clear and pretty carbonated. Small thin head quick to dissappate.

S--Mild hoppiness with mild, pleasant German Pils skunkiness. Fresh and clean.

T--Starts with a mild, skunky-hoppy bite. Straw-ish sweetness with some malt coming thru. Smooth and crisp with tickling bitter finish. Not bland, but simple

M--Crisp, fresh and thin. Not much lingering around.

D--An easy drinker and refreshing. Some of the character of more aggressive German Pilsners, but smooth and approachable. Sessionable for sure.

larsee01, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jerusalem Tavern in London...

A: Golden body with an off white head... typical german pilsner look... inviting

S: Faint floral hops with malt base.. a bit lacking in power

T: The taste makes up for the deficiencies in aroma... the malts are rich and bitter... the european hops come through with a hint of spice and a nice refreshingly crisp floral punch

M: Medium to light bodied... would of prefered a bit more weight

O: A good beer to drink a few at the pub

callmemickey, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of sjohansen
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an overly processed clear yellow. A one finger head quickly disappears leaving a small cloud on top of the brew. Lots of carbonation constantly floating to the top, giving an otherwise plain brew some activity.

Grassy notes, not really a whole lot else going on in the nose.

There is something interesting in the taste. Can't yet put my finger on it. I eventually decide it's similar to a tart fruit note, almost pomegranate. Overall, it's very crisp. Pretty decent bitterness from the hops, which was quite surprising from the lack of any visual characteristic the brew had. The finish is probably the most interesting part of the beer. Very dry and tart.

Although it may not be a bad import, this falls pretty far down on a list of things that need to be tried.

sjohansen, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold pour, little head. Smell is light malt, hops and a touch of yeast. Crisp, refreshing, fairly light. A nice little bite, some breadiness, but not overdone. A good pilsner all around, and although a syle I'm not crazy about, I could definitely see getting this again at times.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought this over the other night, and I thought it was pretty good. Pilseners are not my favorite style, but I liked this one better than most. Thanks Jesse.

Poured a (I am assuming) 16oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance - It is a straw yellow color that is completely transparent. It produced a solid 2 finger head that dissipated to a thin halo around the perimeter of the glass.

Smell - It had that pilsener malt scent - very crackery. It also had notes of hay, grass, and floral hops.

Taste - It tasted very similar to the way it smelled. It was crackery, hay and grass like, with a flowery hop flavor. Very crisp. There is a lemon flavor that is very pronounced as well, but mostly absent in the scent. Has a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - It is definitely light bodied. It has a watery mouthfeel, it is just about as easy to drink as sparkling water. The carbonation died very quickly, which left much to be desired.

Drinkability - This was a really easy drinking beer, and easily sessionable at 4.8 ABV. I normally desire something with more punch as far as beer is concerned, but this would make a fantastic lawnmower beer, or a great beer on a hot day outside.

MiguelMandingo, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of stewart124
4.68/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to see this in a can since I have only had it in the bottle previously. 16.9 fl. oz.

Pours a straw golden color with a rocky white head. Leaves a pretty lace around the glass.

Smells of grassy/floral hops with a slight malty aroma.

The taste is wonderful! It is really a great malty profile with a great bitterness and clean finish. The malt background is beautiful. Continental pilsner malt at its best. This is hoppy but just enough to balance the malts. Something spicy, maybe saaz here. Great mouth feel with a lingering sharp/clean bitterness.

Very easy to drink and I would encourage anyone that has had this in a bottle to try it against the can. It must handle the westward journey better in this 16.9oz can.

stewart124, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a restaurant in Germany. Arrived with a solid two finger head upon a medium bright gold base, plenty of carbonation. Some lacing left behind.

Smelled a bit bready and malty, not very complex but nothing offensive going on either.

Tasted crisp and clean, of wheat and breads with a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel was good. Very refreshing and with nice carbonation. Slightly thin to medium bodied.

It had been a long time since I'd had this, and it was better than I remembered. A nice and easy drinking beer, although nothing really special or distinguishable about it. It's what I'd call a good "social" beer.

JBogan, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clear golden/color with a thick head that quickly dissipated. The aroma is hoppy and somewhat grainy. The taste is cereal with some fruit/floral notes. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Overall, this is a more flavorful brew than I had expected – changed my perspective on Pilsners.

barefootbrewer, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from the Boise Coop for $1.65.. poured into my smaller weizen glass.

Nice thick 2" head atop a crystal clear light gold brew.

Aroma is first clean pale malts and then secondary spicy hoppiness.

Flavor is pretty much the same with a lightly balanced bitter backbone.. pale malts mid palate melts into spicy/herbal hops with a slightly husky finish. Body is light but right where it should be... carbonation is prickly.

This is nearly spot on to what my idea of a good German pils should be.. In my opinion, though.. could use just a little more malt flavor and hop aroma.

JohnGalt1, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a tallboy can into a Boulevard pint glass. Poured a clear straw with a frothy white head that left sticky lacing down the glass. Aroma is soft and grainy. Taste is what a lager a Budweiser could only aspire for. Slightly grainy with an earthy tone and leaves a slightly sugary taste on your lips. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. This is the perfect session beer. Yummy.

hwwty4, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I first discovered Bitburger Pils when I was living in Germany. It was then that I realized that a lager can actually taste good.

The beer pours an extremely clear straw yellow with a flurry of bubbles floating up from the bottom. On top a small foamy white head quickly dissolves leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is bready, with a fair amount of flowery hop mixed in. At first it seems skunky, but after a second it's more of a honey smell. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, with a firm carbonated bite on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is much like the aroma, crisp biscuit malt followed by a bitter flowery hop flavor. Once gone the bitter hop flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a well balanced, easy to drink beer. I could drink several at one sitting without getting bored with it.

WanderingFool, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of elricorico
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale golden and very clear. Started with three fingers of rocky white head. Fading to about a finger with some sticky lacing left.

Grainy sweetness in the aroma and slight hop spice. Not bad at all.

Wow, I didn't expect something so bland! Feels flat, tastes semi-sweet and one dimensional. Almost has the mouthfeel of a gatorade with just a touch of carbonation. Hops finish? Not so much.

This could stand in for an American Macro-lager...

Ok, it is warming up and I'm starting to find a little flavour. It is now a bit warmer than I would drink most pils, and the flavour is still light, but at least it is making an impression. Up a full point on taste if you allow it warming time.

elricorico, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack of pint cans in Colorado. Figured i'd give it a shot as it was on sale.

White Can-No Freshness Date or Anything

Appearance: Poured from the can a pale gold color with about a 2 in. head that quickly reduced to a thin film on the top of the glass. Nothin too impressive

Smell: The smell is what I commonly think of as beer smell, nothing is too apparent, but there is a faint smell of hops

Taste: Much better than I expected, the hops and malt are balanced, and there is enough of a hop bitterness in the end that begs for another drink to find more.

Mouthfeel: Exactly what I'd expect for a pilsner, not overly carbonated, and in general a refreshing feeling.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, a good session beer for sure,I think I could probably drink these all night.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

you can get these in some stores here in beijing

nice deep, golden straw color. clear and effervescent. head fades quickly but retains a ring of foam. it leaves behind slight lacing, but that also disappears soon.

aroma is faint breadiness and lightly sweet malts, slightly flowery noble hop is certainly present. quite fresh, actually - no skunkiness.

taste is also bready with hint of sweetness, which is then nicely compensated with a dry, clean, bitter hop finish.

not too fizzy, decently smooth, not too thin.

rather pleased, i must say.

tai4ji2x, Jan 10, 2008
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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