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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001)
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Photo of leechungsr
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale golden color into a pils glass. Little bubbles rise for a short period of time. ~2 fingers of white head with low retention. Swirling brings back much of the head quickly.
S: Maybe grainy with a hint of hops. Nothing much to describe. No floral scents, no citrus, nothing.
T: Mostly malts with a little hop aftertaste. Nothing special here either.
M: Moderate carbonation, light body. Mouthfeel was actually pretty good. I'm having trouble finding the words to describe it; I can feel the bubbles gently swirling in my mouth and goes down very smoothly.
D: I felt the amount of carbonation was just right for a pils, there just wasn't enough character in its smell and taste to make it a stand out beer. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this one, but I definitely wouldn't avoid it either.

leechungsr, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a light clear gold, forming a minute head, with light spots of lace. The aroma isnt skunky like alot of German pilsners. Instead there is actually noticeable hop aroma. The taste is very crisp and clean, with the taste of light hops. Nothing complex, but good nonetheless. Smooth mouthfeel, and clean finish. This is what I consider to be a very drinkable lager. Overall, I actually enjoyed this beer. I tried a four pack of this beer in the 16oz. cans about a year ago, and had to force my way through them. This is way better than I remember. This is what I expect from a German pilsner.

beeragent, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh gotta love the 4th of July parties. We did ours early this year and had the normal cooler full of the big boys, but always have to have something light on tap for afternoon drinking sessions. My job was to secure it. I got us a nice little barrel of Bitburger. Poured a very clear, golden yellow with a huge white fizzy head. Lots of visible carbonation was evident in the streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great light looking pilsner, exactly what was needed.

Smell was rather non descript with a light grainey smell mixed in with a bit of bready yeast. Nothing spectacular here, but the aroma was not really expected to be. Now for the first sip, one word, refreshing! Very crisp and clean, with an expectional smoothness. Refreshingly light and perfect for the hot afternoon weather. Taste was your typical german pilsner, and designed to be nothing more. Lots of grain and thats about it. Really don't have anything negative to say about it as far as taste, it was your staright up pilsner.

Overall I would say it was the perfect call for the day. Everyone enjoyed and it went well with all the food. Kept us entertained until it got darker and some of the big boys started coming out. Definatly a good summertime beer!

mikesgroove, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of jettjon
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 oz bottle with no date into a pint glass, it’s pure gold with a few bubbles rising up. No head at all. Possibly I got a “flat” beer. Nose of very mild powdery citrus hops and a bit of sweet malt. Underwhelming. Taste features a touch of hops with a bit of malty mash. Slightly cloyingly sweet finish. Wet cardboard character. Mouth is semi-bubbly and wet, feels a bit thin. Drinkability is ho-hum, with a flat, uninteresting flavor and mouthfeel.

Overall: A very underwhelming Euro-lager. It’s possible that mine was “flat” but frankly I’m not willing to take another chance.

jettjon, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear with a very pale golden color. The head is white, medium-sized, frothy and not very persistent.
Aroma: weak and kind of grainy.
Taste: malty with a little bit of hops.
Mouthfeel: fair carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: short and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Bitburger is a boring pilsener. No complexity, nothing special about the taste. It can be an acceptable place to begin a German beer try out but nothing else. Definitely not a great beer.

AlexLMS, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a rather small white head, not much lacing left on the glass. The smell is faint, slightly grainy, a very light grassy hop. The taste is a balance of honey malt, noble hop, pretty smooth but not distinctive. Perhaps too balanced. The feel is light and rather smooth, not crisp, for a Pils. A very servicable Pils, needs a bit more of a hop presense. Good not great.

Gmann, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a can of this on a flight to Frankfurt today. It was poured into a glass, showing an extremely clear bright yellow color, white head. Looked unremarkable, hard to distinguish from any number of pilsners. The smell was kind of maltier than I expected, I thought a real pilsner would be more hoppy. A touch of light bitterness in the after-taste showed the hops were there though. I don't really recommend this beer, but it isn't totally bad. It's not a drain pour but not interesting enough to return to.

TurdFurgison, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of GrillMeister
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer to drink at the 2007 U.S. Grand Prix and was very pleased with it. Saved the last can for this beer review.

Although I'm drinking from a 500ml can, this beer has an excellent appearance. It has a wonderful foamy head.

It's smell is faint. but excellent. It smells as a beer should.I'm not good at detecting ingredients from the aroma, but I the smell of this beer.

Taste is excellent. A slight hoppy aftertaste. Tastes like beer should.

Mouthfeel is great. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is wonderful. Even on a very hot race day it was extremely refresthing. This beer is a reason to drink beer. I'm grateful to my fellow beer advocates who recommended it.

GrillMeister, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes 5/30/2007 pours a three-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Hoppy/grapefruit nose. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is balanced, late maltiness then slight lingering bitter aftertaste. 500ml glass on-tap (with meal) at Zum Domstein Restaurant Trier, Germany.

jdhilt, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-22-07

Pours a very clear yellow with huge, bubbly carbonation. A sizable head stays on top, with big, craggy lacing.

Smell is mostly piney hops, with a subtle malt underneath.

Taste is decent, a corny malt backbone gives way to a light hop flavor and bitterness. The aftertaste is good, though, clean and light.

Mouthfeel is right on, the carbonation adds a refreshing kick.

Drinkability is very good, light and flavorful. A good beer, but I've had much better for the style.

BMoney575, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to kkipple as I steal one out of the fridge... :-)

A- Pale yellow with three fingers of head after a hard pour. Wanted to rate it higher for the head, but let's face it, it has the color of urine. Should be a little more golden and attractive.

S- Hops, a hint of grain and corn, just a touch of malt way in the back... an average pilsner nose.

T- Balanced. So balanced as to taste almost like nothing, except a hint of corn and a mildly hoppy finish. Refreshing, but not impressive.

M- Highly carbonated with an extremely light body, almost that of carbonated water. Good for the average pilsner grade.

D- While there is absolutely nothing special about this beer, it's far better than most available pilsners out there... pick up a Pilsner Urquell if you want to do one better, but if it's not around... this is a refreshing summer beer, especially for the money. (and especially if you rent from kkipple and can grab one out of the fridge :-)

khiasmus, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of kkipple
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So this Bitburger Pils has been knocking about my local booze emporium lately, while outside it's been running 95 degrees and my car AC is anemic... I stopped in and grabbed a cold 12-pack for something like 10 bucks. 45 minutes later I was drinking it.

Goes into my cylinder glass a real watery, pale yellow, quite fizzy, capped with a soapy, loose white head that lasts about 5 minutes. Bitburger Pils is wonderfully clear.

Nothing amazing in the nose, I get Saaz hops, honey, bready malt, and a metallic, seltzer water smell. Oddly, a hint of smoke... or maybe the heat has got to my head.

Unfortunately, it all falls apart in the taste department. This is a very light-bodied beer, as expected, but has an unpleasant metal / corn flavor that nearly drowns out the bitter hops. On the plus side, it's crisp and somewhat refreshing. I get a hint of citrus-lemon. Also pick up a light bread and minor hop bitterness, but not much else. Thankfully I don't detect any skunk. The corn / vegetal / iron flavor is kind of gross, and really hurts this beer... I'm not sayin' Bitburger is horrible, but there are so much better beers for just a little more cash.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, bitter, and a hint of dryness. Finish is dry, vegetal, and metallic-bitter.

Bitburger is disappointing... for the money, spend a little more and get a Prima Pils, Trumer Pils or even a Pilsner Urquell. Just hard to justify buying this one. I'm now left wondering what to do with the other 11! Guess it's time for another party...

kkipple, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of andrewmartin
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start off by saying I'm not a huge fan of the style (I prefer hoppy American pilsners), but its beer, so it can't be all bad.

A: Pours a pale, clear gold with nice head. The carbonation was pretty cool, hard to decribe, but cool.

S: Crisp malts-that can't be corn in the nose, can it?

T: Crisp clean malts all around

M: Very light and dry

D: A solid german pils, can't go wrong if you are in the mood.

andrewmartin, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of choyhosoi
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I popped open the six I had bought and opened the first one into a glass and noticed the straw coloring and the foam which looked very inviting.It had a grassy scent. The taste was pretty average. This was one of those beers that I tried and dont have anything bad to say but I was expecting more out of it.

choyhosoi, May 27, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden color with a fluffy white head. The smell is grainy with a bit of herbal hints. The taste is rather grassy mixed with the grain and herbs found in the smell. A little bit of hops attempts to balance these flavors but it doesn't quite get there. The feel is lite on the tongue and the carbonation is done well. This is an easy brew to put down. Not too much to this one and it is very grassy, but good for a summer brew on a hot day.

penguinjive7, May 23, 2007
Photo of cichief
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Very light straw yellow, with a white head.

S- Very little nose, some hops.

T- Tastes of cereal grain (corn?), with a clean hoppy finish.

M- Fizzy, but not overdone for the style, thin body.

D- A refreshing beer, very drinkable, but there are better examples of the style out there.

cichief, May 13, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glowing pale golden beer holds a few streams of carbonation. Fluffy white head pours tall, but fades quickly to a thin film that leaves a short ring of lace above the beer. Mild aroma of pungent herbal hops and light Pils sweetness. Lightly sweet and grassy flavor up front fades towards the end. A faint bitterness in the finish is a bit too little too late. Mouthfeel is light and crisp as it should be. It's a bit light on the hops all around, but otherwise it's fine.

HappyHourHero, May 11, 2007
Photo of Cwrw
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in its own unique light-brown bottle, with their trademark "bitte ein bit" logo on the bottle. A nice classic but simple looking bottle. It pours a very clear light yellow with a decent bone-white head at around 1 inch. The lacing is decent enough. The aroma is not huge, but it's not meant to be. Just balanced hits of lightly roasted grain, plenty of light German hopping. Extremely balanced and fresh tasting. The taste is one that makes you hungry before a meal and is a perfect summer quencher after working in the yard. Again, nothing over the top, nothing unique, just very balanced and extremely drinkable. Light hopping and plenty of grassy, clover tastes. This goes down exactly as a good pils should, and that is why I have rated it highly--with style in mind, not just personal taste. A classic German pils. And an excellent driving beer. Just kidding.

Cwrw, May 06, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer started with an underwhelming pour into my pilsener glass — a small head that shrank almost immediately to a thin ring. The smell improved things with whiffs of bread, grass, spicy hops and a slight sulphurous undertone.

This is a well-balanced German pilsener with nicely sweet bread quality to the malt and hops that provide a slightly bitter aftertaste. The carbonation was lively and the beer was medium-bodied with a slightly sticky finish that coated the palate. Highly quaffable, but a little indistinct.

vanrassel, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 500ml tall can

A- clear pale gold color. Small head, some lace.

S- grainy, pilsner malts, some fruity/floral notes.

T- pilsner malt, bitter/floral hop flavor, slightly grassy, fairly bitter, grainy aftertaste.

M- very crisp clean beer. Light bodied, and the carbonation is on the low side of moderate.

D- fairly good.

Overall not the best pilsner ive tasted but its worth a try.

drinkininthewood, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color into my Bitburger flute glass (let's face it, beer always tastes a little better when served in namesake glassware, I got this one in a gift pack years ago when I was still a beer neanderthal), with mediocre ivory head and plenty of visible carbonation. Grassy hop bitterness and crystal malt to the nose.

Not much to complain about here, mild but agreeable taste with a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is a little watery but this is easygoing and easy to quaff. This is light, summer's day fodder.

daliandragon, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear gold with a two finger white head. Grassy aroma, uncomplicated. Taste is crisp and clean, with a bitter finish. A fairly typical German Pilsener, but tastes well-made and honest. A little on the bitter side for the style perhaps.

A solid choice when you're in the mood for a Pilsener.

alexskovan, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I like to revisit this beer once a year or so. Great memories of my years living in the Eifel Region. My place was located less than a mile from the brewery and that fresh grain and hoppy aroma was always a pleasant start to my days.

Poured into a pils glass it is a yellow bodied brew with carbonation clinging to the side of the glass. Tight white head maintains a solid cover on top of the brew. Ring lace.

Soft grain at the get go gets slightly husky as it warmed. Nice drying hop bitterness about 3/4 of the way through. There is a slightly woody kendlin type backer and charcoal suggestions. Very refreshing. My only complaint is the grainy taste up front gets a bit annoying towards the end of each beer.

Notes: Nostalgia may get the best of me here but as subjective as I can be this is a solid, refreshing well brewed beer. I remember it having a bit more depth and there was this drying charcoal presence that was delightfull. I still get some of that but its probably more a west coast palate change than anything they've done. Pick up a sixer.

DogFood11, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of billysj
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 Pint bottle of Bitburger Premium Beer

Appearance is a clear yellow with carbonation. The head faded quickly after pouring.

Strong smell of hops and little malt.

Taste is average. There's a grainy taste with the mixture of hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation.

Overall a decent pilsner. I prefer other pils over this one, but I can easily drink Bitburger Premium Pils again.

billysj, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this back to back with Perla. This one is definitely more bitter and have a bit more hops flavor. The aroma is more bready grains with tinge of grassy hops. Flavor is a little flat but still has some hops grassy/spicy flavor. A pretty nice pilsner, and in a brown bottle. I wish the czechs would pick up on this. Try this is you're into pilsners.

tempest, Mar 23, 2007
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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