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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,390
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 76 | 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 Redteketed
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 7-6

Golden color, nice slowly diminishing head. The noise contains hops (saaz), little fruits and malt.
I like the bitter basetaste, with lots of hop flavor.
Nice dry, light body with some hoppy aftertaste.
Good example of a drinkable German pilsener.

Redteketed, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of decom
1.63/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

looks like an average german pilsener. smells like an average german pilsener. The bad news is that it doesn't taste like one.

Mouthfeel is just terrible, and combined with the taste, made me want to spit it out. And couldn't even finish a whole glass (and it was a small glass).

The marketing hype said a lot about this beer (I had it at a local beer festival), but it didn't quite live up to the expectations. It was said that this beer is really popular in Germany. I found it hard to believe.

Maybe it should've been at a lower temperature or something, but this beer just didn't do it for me.

decom, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This reminds me of a smother creamier American Light Lager with more flavor. It's not MUCH more flavor, as Bitburger is pretty non-invasive on the palatte. Looks like a bubbly field of hay. Smells a bit of wheat. Not much to the taste, just lightly sweet wheat. Not terribly bubbly and not much of an after taste at all. Very drinkable indeed. I could down one after another...but there's better, more interesting beers out there to be had.

JayTheFinn, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of plaid75
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad beer, just not the best example of the genre.

It poured like a typical German Pils. Very typical head with light residual lacing. The aroma was a bit muted and not as hoppy as others. The same goes for the taste - more muted.

Overall, as long as it is ice cold, it is drinkable - just not as crisp as I would have liked.

I was also disappointed that I could only find the beer in a 12 pack.

plaid75, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of Padron4KM
2.23/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle, no freshness date noted.<br>
Clear golden, fluffy white head that disappears rather quickly. <br>
aroma is a little biscut, a little flowery with a touch of skunk piss creeping in.
Sweet, malty, doughy flavors with a clean dry finish.

Padron4KM, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pourd out of one of those 5 liter keg things.
Light Gold color. Good, thick, creamy head. Laced a bit, but was gone after a couple swigs.
Smell had a sourness with some hops.
Taste was thicker than it looked, a bit creamy. More malt than anything else, but not overpowering.
Smooth, would have liked it better cold.

Mebuzzard, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bitburger is another great moderatly priced german beer. I purchased an 8 pack of tall boys and for 7.99. This has been one of the best buys in a long time. Bitburger is suprisingly very smooth with a very pleasent after taste. I highly recommend it.

TeamSeinfeld, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of sevineyes
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle featuring a white and gold label.

A: Pale gold champagne in color. Thick, dense head like beaten egg whites. Leaving chunky lacing.

S: Bitter smelling. Some skunkiness. Sour. Later gives way to some slight citrus tones and some sweetness. Overall smell is still rather subtle.

T: Begins sweet, almost like a weak honey. Gives way into some floral tastes before evolving into a clean spicy flavor. Then comes a sourness on the sides of the tongue. After that, the flavor seems to turn to a buttery or creamy presence before finishing with a bite of bitter that lingers long into the aftertaste.

M: Slick and coating. Carbonation is so small that you get a bit of it initially, but then it goes away.

D: Goes down easy, but the sourness seems to compound as the glass is finished and that doesn't settle as well as it initially seemed to.

Overall: Clean and quenching. Nice balance and evolution of flavor. Isn't anything that I'd shy away from, but just doesn't leave its mark.

sevineyes, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of Ricochet
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in the can a few times, saw bottles and thought I'd review this in the bottle. Pours with no head and is a good , golden yellow, but nothing I haven't witnessed before, but there was NO carbonation in this. I'd like to say this smelled skunky, but it was such a faint scent, it was almost dead on like Heineken in the can.

Mouth was very good. It was bitter and ale like, like a good pilsner, and went very fast and very smooth with a small bread aftertaste.

Taste was, not a Heineken. The hoppiness and alcohol in this beer blended very well, with a cerial malt profile. Still, the hops, not overly hopped, but blended nice, made this a decent pilsner.

The bottle was a plus, brown bottles too. I'm no pilsner fan, but I appreciate when a beer is true to style, and this is right there. On par with some craft pils without the a stronger hop flavor. This would be a good guest beer in my fridge.

Ricochet, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of marcobrau
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A straw colored pils that pours with an ample, slighty rocky head and bright, spicy hop aroma. A hop infused, light-bodied pils, that is fortified with a crisp, malt backbone. The finish is pretty bitter, but not overwhelmingly so, encouraging another sip. This is one of my favorite German pilsners, especially when fresh. Another reason that it can be found in my fridge is the price; I buy it in 4-packs of 500mL cans for $4.

marcobrau, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Tupperwolf, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of biergeniesser
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

biergeniesser, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of murphysbleachers
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

murphysbleachers, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Mandrake, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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).

silver0rlead, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Wasatch, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

atigerlife, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

pentathlete, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

jarmby1711, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

granger10, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

fisherman34, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of Finite
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Finite, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of evanackerman
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

evanackerman, Nov 20, 2005
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,390 ratings.