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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,392
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 77 | 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 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
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woo, a can!

Yellow, 2-3 SRM. Clear with nice carbonation. Nice head, looks great for 2 minutes.

Light sweet malt, hints of grain. Mild fruity floral hop.

Fairly thin bodied, crisp. Light sweet tart fruit. Toasty biscuit malt, touch grainy. Laced with hop oils enough to add some bitterness (~37 IBU, I read) and tartness. Small cooked vegetable taste appears in the middle lingers though the finish. This intensifies with warming and demotes taste from good to simply above-average. Otherwise good.

Not bad, quite enjoyable. Similar to other mass-produced German Pilseners.

MrHungryMonkey, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of vonderbrink
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a bright yellow color. The flavor is bitter and malty with a nice hoppy dryness in the end, which stays in the nice long lasting aftertaste, a good German pilsner. . Nice aftertaste. Thin fizzy head, that did not last long. Would drink again if given the opportunity.

vonderbrink, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of IceAce
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale gold with a wispy foam collar. Little lacing detected, but clarity is good.

Entry is smooth and the midtaste shows the malt presence taking a backseat to the spicy hops. The finish shows slight DMS and low levels of oxidation.

I'd like to try this fresh and bottles like this show why import purchases can be hit/miss.

IceAce, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very clear, faint yellow hue, big, though soon-to-crumble head, bone white. Par for course.

Aroma: soft and soapy...floral hops, not much else...some lemon zest.

Taste: clean, light, wet...lacking in flavor. Some minor malt, lackluster texture, scant hops, if any. Falls firmly in the "eh, it's beer" category. Moist and minimal, like they like it.

Doesn't totally suck, yet I can't really recommend it, unless your utmost criteria that it be yellow and watery.

feloniousmonk, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of fido
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bitburger Premium Pils pours a clear golden yellow color, nice foamy head and nice lacing; Smell is herbal or floral hops aroma, maybe some citric; Taste is malty and sweet; Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with moderate carbonation, Easy to drink.


fido, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bitburger is an excellent pilsner, it pours a wonderful brillent straw, turning golden where the light shines through. the head is a gentle thin white sheet that cover the whole beer.
the aroma is very clean with some prounced honey and malt notes.
the flavor is very malty yet soft with a gentle hop flavor and bitterness, this beer drops off with a lingering mineral and bitterness.
bitberger is a light and refreshing pilsner that goes well with chicken, thai, spicy mexician, and seafood.

plaztikjezuz, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation is ½ the battle, and pouring this baby into a pilsners Bitburger glass that my son brought me from Amsterdam almost brings a tear to my eye.

Nice, stone yellow clear brew, foamy white head and laces. Little pop of euro skunk, but it dies quickly, leaving sweet malts and cooked veggies.

VERY smooth and sweet pilsner, the body is perfect for this lager. I’m pleasantly surprised at how good this beer is (or is the glass making all the difference?)

I’m gonna get more of these, I remember that a 12pack is around $12 – good session stuff!

Vancer, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This reminds me more of a "high end" BMC lager than a European Pilsner. Poured to a light golden color, with thin white head that lingered shortly, and left little lacing. Both aroma and flavor were almost nil, and mouthfeel was somewhat flat. The only decent thing about this was the finish, which was actually thirst quenching, and made this a drinkable beer that would probably be a decent session beer...as long as it is served coId enough.

kimcgolf, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of JOaikido
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml can stamped 23-08-2006 and 23-08-2007 on the bottom (brewed on and best before dates?).

A- Clear golden colour, quite attractive. Good bubbliness. Nice white headof variable-sized bubbles that settles fairly quickly but doesn,t dissappear.

S- A basic, but good and pleasant pale lager smell. Floral and grassy odours with the faintest touch of fruit.

T- Crisp lager with good well balanced hops. Some slightly sweet light malt notes that don't quite fit. Overall, one of the better pilsner/pale lagers I've had.

MF- Crisp, light, refreshing. Misses greatness by being too watery.

D- One of the better easy drinking pale beers I've had. I tend to find pale golden lagers boring, but I enjoyed this one. A pleasant surprise.

JOaikido, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me begin this with, if you've only had this beer from a bottle - please try it from a can or draft. It's almost a totally different beer.
Pours a bright yellow color. A little lighter than a comparable pils, but still bolder than most macro pilsners you'll find. Head forms a nice froth with no effort, but isn't out of control.
Smell is husky and the distinct saaz hops bite. Unlike the bottled version of this brew the canned version lacks that faint skunk present in even the freshest bottles I've found.
For a Pils, this brew has a pretty decent malt profile. Reminds me of a helles with just a little more hops. I still typically prefer the helles style, but this brew is able to carry the pils hoppyness and the helles malt pretty well.
It's a tiny bit thin once the initial head settles a little, but that gives it some quencher quality.
Drinkability is high. Normally it seems like pilsners are a bit too carbonated for me and I feel too bloated from them. Bitburger's a little less carbonated so it goes down easier and doesn't make me feel like I'm going to explode after 2.
It's a solid choice when you can find it outside of bottles. Probably my favorite German pilsner out there.
You can often find 8-packs of these in 16oz cans for crazy prices. I've seen them as low as $6. It's a STEAL at that price. That's a world-class pils at the price of Bud.

Domingo, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of brdc
2.15/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I don't know, I just did not see/feel what some other reviewers did...
First, the appearance: very light yellow with almost no head, and whatever was there disappeared in less than one minute leaving minimal lacing. I thought my glass looked very "ugly" with it.
Smells of nothing, with maybe some hops and alcohol, but the taste is equally not there.
Thin on the palate, feels like a light beer, and of course is easy to drink but really no pleasure.
Not having any more of this one.

brdc, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Butch
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 21 December 2006
Export version in a 12 oz bottle purchased spring 2006

Poured only a shade darker than a macro-pils. Head was a bit disappointing for a pils, at a finger and a half. Head lasted about 2 minutes tops leaving the lageresque trace you expect from an American macro. By the time I was half way through it was gone completely.

Aroma was deep and appropriately sour. Matched with the aftertaste it was outstanding. Best part of the brew.

Taste was dry and almost yeasty. Mouthfeel was light and clean, just what a pils should be.

Overall I enjoyed it. While I was in Germany this was one of my favorites. But when I tried this export version last spring I was disappointed and didn’t pick up the rest until now. Maybe I was in a bad mood that day back in the spring or something, because this time it was fine (same 6 pack). I don’t know that I’ll make a point to try it again as I seldom drink pils, but I might. I certainly will when I get back to Deutschland.


Butch, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours crystal clear straw yellow with a with an impressive fluffy white head. Head has some lasting power, but leaves little lace.

Aroma- A nice mixture of light floral and bittering hops, with some graininess.

Taste- A good mixture of malt, graininess and malt sweetness and floral hop crispness. Good bittering hops aftertaste, tho it's not easy to detect.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. A bit full for a pils, but very creamy for the style to. Clean, smooth and refreshing and well balanced.

Drinkability-Classic pils. Very easy drinking, but complex enough (by pils standards) to be interesting. Very nice. A little mosre lingering and after-taste would have pushed this up into a 5, but very nice.

theopholis, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsener glass.
Pours straw yellow with a 1-finger fluffy head that slowly descends to half its size and stays around. Some trailing lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of floral and grassy notes, with a hint of sulfur.

The taste is of grainy sweetness and grassy, floral hop crispness. A subtle apple-like fruitiness lingers in the background. A basic, but refreshingly flavorfull, pils taste. Fresh for being an import.

Clean, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

An easy-drinking, classic pils. Drinks quickly, though a touch of soap does come through eventually. A good go-to beer for a summer refresher, to watch a game on tv while eating some munchies/bar food, or as an easy "session" brew.

jwc215, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Cresant
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 1pt. 9 oz brown bottle into a pilsner glass. No date. Clear pale yellow body with a lemony head. Fizzy head quickly faded.

Smell was faint and mildly husky.

Taste was slightly sweet with a light hops crispness.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and mildly zesty. I fear this beer was old because it was rather bland. I would like to try this one again, fresh.

Cresant, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of maddogruss
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. The appearance was not very impressive; while the deep gold body color was nice, there was no head at all. The beer had a sweet, malty smell, almost like honey. A sweet taste with a bitter aftertaste; still could taste a sense of honey that was a little too overbearing. A nice, light mouthfeel typical of a pilsner; nothing too overbearning. I believe it's a pretty drinkable beer; tastes ok and goes down light and smooth.

maddogruss, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer was kind of shitty in my opinion. I don't like watered down beers with little flavor. This beer's head was weak and faded incredibly fast. It had a typical pilsner smell, but it was faint. The mouthfeel was thin, but It was crisp. I could chug this beer, but would never look for it I actually wanted to enjoy myself.

jasonjlewis, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Crescent City Brew Pub in New Orleans. They had a problem with their brewing equipment and brought this in as a guest tap.

Served in a tall pilsner glass, the beer is gold with slight a chill haze, bone white head and sticky lacing.

It has a delicate nose of malts, flowers and pepper.

The taste is crisp and refreshing. Good balance of bread like malts and floral hops. Some sweetness emerges late.

The beer has good carbonation and an easy going feel. This is a very nice easy drinker and one nice example of this style.

This is a versatile beer when it comes to food pairings. You can serve it with a pizza, oysters, burger, etc.

I now have a review hat trick with this beer (bottle, cans and on tap). The tap offering just nudges the others out!

Redrover, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of malcontent
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, clear straw. Decent head but excellent lacing with strong retention.

Grainy, yeasty smell with faint metallic (ahh, European hops) scent at the back end of the nose.

Good bitterness with fresh, herbal undertones. Strong cereal tastes are tempered by a crisp mouthfeel. A slight lingering bitterness affects the ejoyment a bit but otherwise pretty solid. Although I don't enjoy this style, I do consistantly rank this towards the top of the genre. One I always come back to.

malcontent, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear on tap into a pils glass. Not much head, and it fell quickly to nothingness. Hoppy for a pils with lots of noble bitterness and little hop aroma. For a macro beer the hop bitterness was a welcome addition and very refreshing. Light body brought the hop bitterness forward, but I would have enjoyed more hop aroma to match the bitterness. Just the ticket for a hot day!

GooberMcNutly, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a remarkably clear light gold with large carbonation bubbles fueling the big 4 finger whit head in my flute. The whit head has a decent retention but not quite impressive. What impressed me was the carbonation bubbles that looked like a lava lamp in the golden body. mmm looks good.

Smell: Unfortunately it doesn't smell as good as it looks. A hint of that classic German smell that I have been told is *not* skunkiness though it would seem to be. The nose it grain and grass, with a hop character that seems a bit flat but suitable I suppose.

Taste: Fortunately, the taste is better than the smell. Bitburger certainly deserves a bit of respect as a major import that is traditional and authentic. It is hardly a craft beer though it a very tasty imported German Pilsener. The flavor starts with a slap of grain bread malt and a sharp pinch in the cheeks from the hops but an overall clean and a dry flavor with an aftertaste that lingers relentlessly.

Mouthfeel: It seems like a light body beer but the dry pokes and hop prods keep it active until the nearly numbing dry of the aftertaste begs for more.

Drinkability: It is simple and extremely quaffable. The nature of this beer is easy quantity drinking. Session beer no doubt IMO.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute. It has a very light golden color with a decent head that is well retained. It has a gentle hop aroma with a trace of malt, not very strong, but decent for a German pils. It has a strong hop profile to the taste, while the malt is present, it is definately secondary. It has a medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

This is a good example of the style. I've had others I would probably favor over it, but it's tasty on the whole and an excellent beer to drink while watching my Tigers in post season play!

scoobybrew, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times on-tap at Spagio--a great eclectic restaurant in Columbus owned by the German Chef Hubert--where you can get it by the half liter or liter . However, this review is based on the 12oz bottle. I would say the draft is slightly superior.

Pours a clear straw color brightened by a golden hue. The head if three-fingers of froth that stick around quite awhile, leaving plenty of lacing. The smell is very yeasty and full of grain, corn and wheat, and has a hint of sulpher.

The flavor is also yeasty and grainy, some sweet malt underneath, a healthy dose of hops, and a small amount of Euro funkiness.

The mouth is light and moderately complex with good carbonation. It's a little watery on the front, but finishes dry in a nice hoppy finale--though some hops would be more gratifying to my palate.

It's very drinkable and pairs well with almost all food, especially spicy dishes. This beer won't bowl you over with complexity, but it makes for a solid session or meal time brew. As I've said, the carbonation and overall character of Bitbuger seems better on-tap.

Osiris9588, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of sewald
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Bright yellow, nice head and beautiful lace.
Smell: Reminds of barley. Very soft citric smell.
Taste: Bittersweet, with some barley on finish.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, leaves some sweet aftertaste.
Drinkability: I've had better ones. For my taste, its too sweet for a pilsner.

sewald, Oct 02, 2006
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,392 ratings.