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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,414
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 malty
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500 ml can.

Pours a brilliantly crystal clear golden yellow with active visible carbonation racing upward forming a tight and billowing bright white 1 1/2 " head. Great lacework.

Sharp & clean scents of citrus and sourdough bread. Crisp malty nose with an earthiness reminiscent of wet river rocks.

Clean, crisp (again) and fresh flavors of Pils malt whose foundation is solid and light all at the same time. Soda cracker-like flavor AND dryness (texture). The hops are very apparent. Yes, there's that earthy mineralness again - very nice.

Mouthfeel is every so slightly on the lighter side of medium bodied with a long dry finish. Playful carbonation contributes well to the texture but doesn’t bombard the tongue, thus not taking away any of the perceived flavors.

Drinkability is way up. You could drink this with just about anything. Very unintrusive and well received by newbies and beer geeks alike.

Overall a spectacular pils that I've never tasted any fresher than this offering. I believe this is key when reviewing such a delicate and dainty style. The dryness of this beer really captivated me. A basic but still very elegant. Great pils.

malty, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a glass from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a clear golden with a frothy white head that holds nicely for a bit leaving some lace but eventually dissipates. The smell is sweet and malty, but quite mild. The taste is also mild, pale malt balanced with just enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. The mouthfeel has enough body and carbonation is decent. Overall, a good pils, not too much you can say bad about it, but it certainly doesnt overly impress.

MSchae1017, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So-so Euro pilsner that borders on an American macro lager.

Good appearance: straw yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Smell is okay. Very weak, but I can smell some hops and a decent malt base. Not terribly impressive, but only a minor hint of skunkiness.

Taste is a step back. Very harsh citrus notes, and the hop zest is almost overwhelming. Hardly any malts what-so-ever. Slight grassiness present.

Unexciting mouthfeel. Carbonation could stand to be turned down about.

Ice cold, this is a great beer for the summer. Easy to drink and a better taste than American macros.

BDTyre, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured aggresively into a 22 oz mug, this pils throws up a three finger powdery foam head that drops to a haze over the course of a few minutes. The brew is crystal clear light gold.

Smells of sweet malts with faint hints of an indeterminate fruit. As with all pilseners, the scent is a little to weak for me to really pick out alot of nuances that a more sensitive nose might detect. I think I've burned out my olfactory lobes with too many stinging DIPAs and sickly sweet porters.

The taste is sweet and clean on the palate, and the deep malt hides a hint of hop that only shows itself after the initial wave of sugary sweetness subsides. There is a slight acrid bitterness in the finish that is very subdued, but seems out of place in the midst of all of the malt.

All told, this is a decent pils that would benefit from a bit less bitter aftertaste and a bit more depth of character.

pmcadamis, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bright light gold with wonderful carbonation and a solid dollup of white cream. Aroma and flavor are rather on the sweet side of the German Pilsener style for me. I prefer quite a lot of dryness in my GPs that this beer lacks. Still, body is light and refreshing. Aroma is pleasing pilsner malts and spicy hops. This is in no way a bad beer, just not my style.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Bitburger Premium Pils was golden in color. It had a medium size white head that dissapeared rather quickly, becoming only a thin ring, and leaving no lace behind. The smell was average with light malts followed by light hops. It had a light malt and hop flavor with a slightly bitter finish. This was a crisp and refreshing, medium to light bodied, easy drinking beer.

afinepilsner, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of stephendr
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yellow appearance- small head with small bubbles- slight pineapple, and hop nose- sweet/sour taste – light creamy body – short refreshing aftertast Yellow appearance- small head with small bubbles- slight pineapple, and hop nose- sweet/sour taste – light creamy body – short refreshing aftertast Yellow appearance- small head with small bubbles- slight pineapple, and hop nose- sweet/sour taste – light creamy body – short refreshing aftertast Yellow appearance- small head with small bubbles- slight pineapple, and hop nose- sweet/sour taste – light creamy body – short refreshing aftertast

stephendr, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark, billowing gold with a large head that dies quickly.

Smells of deep, incredibly crisp pilsener grain and grass and flowers and hay. And it ends with a marked hop bitterness that it surprising in the style.

Tastes fantastic! Hands down the best imported european pilsener taste I've ever come across, and I can't help but thank the can for this remarkably crisp and fresh taste. It starts off with a big burst of grain, hay, and fresh fruit (not plums or any other of the sweet fruits of old beer). Ending on a really nice, dry, single hop.

Easy drinking and tasty. No wonder the Germans hold it in such high esteem.

mynie, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlike some other mass produced pils, i rather care for this one. Reminds me of good times in Hamburg

Served in a 300ml Bitburger Pokal

Appearance - Pale straw, lively beading with a thick full white head

Smell - Sweet maltiness, very fresh.

Taste - Refreshing, unexpectedly sweet with a smooth feel and not overly dry finish.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation with a silky finish

Drinkability - Can be unexpectedly sweet on the finish, very light and fresh. could drink a few easily but perhaps not a classic refreshing bitter dry pils

seanyfo, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at 40 degrees in a standard pils glass. Bright gold color with rocky head. Aroma was grainy and a bit sulfuring. The front end of this beer was unexpectedly malty, average mouthfeel. The middle and finish became drier as the the bittering hops kicked in. Very little aftertaste.

Not a bad Pils for an industrial lager. I do remember this bit alot more hoppy in the past; all the same an improvement over other European competitors.

jpkoch1962, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of vancurly
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was purchased in one of those 5 litre, self-tapping aluminium kegs. Upon opening, the pressure was so great it took a minute for the head to subside (I spent that minute wiping beer up off the floor). After pouring 3 glasses, the pressure finished, so I then neeed to depress a button at the top of the tin, to allow air in. This was per instruction, although I expected to get more than 3 glasses (750 mls) before needing to do this.
It should be noted that this serving type is for immediate drinking.... once the button is in, you have to drink it in the one sitting, before it goes flat.
Dense white head, pale golden yellow in colour.
Nose restrained, some hay & grainy notes. Typical Eurolager in taste, but with quite a bitter back palate...."rusty" said my mate Paul.
The flavour is mouthfilling, and noticably grainy. But has no spritz in it, so feels a bit cloying.
I have tasted Bitburger in bottle & on tap in pre-BA times, and quite enjoyed it. So I hoped the 5 litre keg would be more than just a novelty. Unfortunately not.

vancurly, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.05/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just do not understand why the German public like this beer so much, they can't get enough of it.

OK. It looks like a beer, is crisp and keeps its head for a while, but for me it is tasteless apart from a slight dryness in the mouth.

When in Germany (I go maybe 3 times a year), I walk away if the bar only sells Bitburger. In the UK, Adnams Brewery of Southwold distribute and sell it draught in most of their pubs, but who would drink Pils if Real Ale was on offer?

Years ago I visited the brewery and drank all over the town (of Bitburger) afterwards, still couldn't force myself to really enjoy it.

BlackHaddock, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a light golden color, highly carbonated with a small (one finger) head. No lacing.

S - Smells of corn and yeast. There are also some floral aromas and hoppy notes.

T - It is slightly sweet and hoppy. There is a bitter aftertaste.

M - It is crisp and light bodied.

D - It is a nice pilsner and very affordable, too.

zeff80, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large can. The appearence is that of an average pilsner. The smell is very hoppy. The taste is very good and refreshing. The beer starts with a very small amount malt followed by a wonderful, crisp, refreshing hops taste. This beer is very good with food or just as a good flavorful, but easy to drink session brew.

AustinBeerLvr, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured light yellow, with plenty of nice carbonation streams at the bottom of the glass. Head was outstanding at first, but receded very quickly, my biggest complaint.

S - Smell was of cereal. Fruity pebbles stood out the most.

T -Taste is light hop fixed with alcohol. Spicy tones, which fades into a lemonish aftertone. Citrus type flavors come together for a sour/sweet finish. It finishes dry.

M - Mouthfeel is light on the palate..

D - Easy to get a few of these down.

Good for the German Pilsner style, and it's quite easy to have a few of these.

HoustonTX, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I really don't know how this one passed the "1516 purity law"??? The drinkability is good, as it is a terrific summer brew. Very light and crisp. Appearance is a bright yellow, overcarbonation, pours a little head but no retention. Very light taste, not much hoppiness..I guess true to style. Smell was the worst part. Extremely skunky, like other German macros. The style I don't care for(german/chek pilsners) but this one isn't even good for the style.

bigdeuce, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml can.

SLightly hazy straw color with white foamy head and strong carbonation.

Aroma is fairly typical, noble hops, very clean and light cracker maltyness with a hint of fruit and grain.

Moutfeel is light, very carbonated with a tart dry finish. Bit overcabonated for me.

Taste is grainy and hoppy, lacking a bit in smoothness and with only a hint of maltyness it leaves me wanting more.

Overall a typical german pilsner, much better than the BMC trio have done. Nice overall in both color and taste. Very drinkable.

kgotcher, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of StonyB
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have drank Bitburger many times previously. This review was from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance - Golden hay/straw color. Bright white head that fades gradually. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Familiar European Pilsener-style aroma; pungent floral hop aroma that exhibits a certain skunkiness. Moderately assertive.

Taste - Mildly bitter, crisp, refreshing, pretty bold flavor for the style. Slight lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thin, well-carbonated.

Drinkability - High drinkability, not filling in texture nor in alcohol, served cold could be a good session beer.

Bitburger, in my opinion, is an above average example of a German Pilsener. A good choice if you want something refreshing but with more character than a typical macro. Also a fine choice as an appetite stimulant before a meal. Worth trying if you haven't.

StonyB, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a small large bubbled head that disappeared quickly.
Aroma is hop sharp and bready yeast...with a hint of corn (I know, the corn surprised me too as I'm sure they don't use that in the brew, but it is definately in my bottle).
taste is sharp hops again with a little malt and...there it is again, corn chips...the hops and malt balance eachother nicely but for some reason I can't quite get over the corn chip taste and smell.
Mouthfeel is nicely sharp from hops and carbonation with a nice drying that makes you want more (especially if you like corn chips <sigh>).
It's actually quite thirst quenching and enjoyable....except for..yep...the corn. I like the hops used and they really do balance in the brew excellently. Perhaps the corn is a fluke in this bottle or my taster today. Other than that it's a very respectible summer brew.

IntriqKen, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In honor of the host country of the World Cup, I decided to pick up a 12 pack to enjoy while watching the games. 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass, bottle has Bit05 and L5439J on it

A—pours clear golden yellow with a ¾ inch fizzy white head that fades away in a few minutes, sparse lacing is produced

S—sweet grains, hay wheat, straw, nice hop tones, more aromatic than other pilsners I have tried

T—good. Grainy, slight lemon, touch of vanilla, malty sweetness is there, some spices that I can’t make out as well

M—crisp and refreshing, light bodied, mild carbonation

D—a good session beer, I think. As I watch the Cup, these go down very easy.

hanco005, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of utahbeerdude
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Visual: Clear, pale straw color; only mildly persistent, slightly creamy head; average carbonation.
Aroma: At first almost no aroma. After warming a bit a bit of spicy hops comes through, but only a bit.
Flavor: Almost no flavor until the finish, when a bit of bitterness comes through, A little, subdued bitterness hangs on in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Fairly light body. A bit of a dry aftertaste.
Overall: Quite clean, but not much happening with this beer – it only does a bit of everything. Much better German pils can be easily found out there – Beck's for one.

utahbeerdude, May 31, 2006
Photo of AltBock
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle with a simple oval white label stating their name and their motto Bitte ein Bit. There is also on the front a small gold picture of what I guess would be their founder. For some reason I found the picture quite disturbing. It must have been the look on his face I found disturbing. Other than that, in this small picture he is wearing a bow tie, a glass full of Bitburger in his right hand, and giving the ok salute with his left hand. The back label has the usual Govt. warning and a number that is no use to the consumer. What ever it is, mine is Bit 05 L 5340 S.

Appearance: When poured into a mug, the beer was a clear golden yellow color with plenty of carbonation bubbles racing through out the glass. The head of foam was disappointing. All I got was just a little skim of white foam and even that dissipated quickly into oblivion. If I wanted anything, I had swirl it around the glass and even that came as fast as it went.

Smell: The aroma was just as I expected from a mass produced German Pilsener, plenty of hops and little malt in the background. Average at best.

Taste: Nothing to get excited about, this beer had a nice decent average taste to it. There was a big taste of hops in the beginning and then it all ended with a slight sweet malty taste. The taste put the word Bit in Bitburger.

Mouthfeel: Again, just what I expected out of this beer. Had a nice decent average mouthfeel. The mouthfeel was smooth, very carbonated, not watery, and with a slight hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Fellow BA Pepeton said I should give this a try since it was his favorite session beer and I get this beer anywhere. I could see why it would make for a nice session beer. It's affordable, decent, and it's everywhere. Maybe the appearance would've been better for me if I would've got this out of a can. If I see it in a can, I'll see if I can get a better appearance out of it.

AltBock, May 18, 2006
Photo of TheSarge
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm partial to Bitburger Premium Pils. I enjoyed this beer often when I was stationed over in Germany.

Bitburger pours with a golden, ultra clear body. Head build up is quick due to the ultra high concentration of CO2, a typical trait among Pilsner style lagers. The head dissipates rather quickly to leave behind a small lace that lasts all the way through.

It smells a bit toasty and biscuity at the same time. Tastes a bit like it smells, but with a slightly bitter finish; however, still all together clean.

This is a very smooth and refreshing beer. For kicks try mixing it 1/3rd cola, the Germans do it all the time. It oddly gives it a slight coppery taste.

This is much bolder than our American style Pilsner beers. Don't buy this thinking it's a German version of Miller Lite. Ich will noch ein mal!


TheSarge, May 16, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden body with a beaten egg white head that leaves occasional splotches of lacing

Smell: Cracked barley malt and a bit of noble hops are present

Taste: Starts out with a grainy, malty taste that is joined by some noble hop flavors after the swallow; the finish is crisp and balanced but the overall impression is restrained

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: What this beer lacks in flavor it makes up in drinkability; refreshing and inoffensive with just enough flavor to make it worth drinking

brentk56, May 07, 2006
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
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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