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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,461
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 23
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

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Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of GrillMeister
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of BMoney575
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of khiasmus
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 :-)

Photo of kkipple
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
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...

Photo of andrewmartin
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of choyhosoi
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of penguinjive7
3.51/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of cichief
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Cwrw
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of vanrassel
3.57/5  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.

Photo of drinkininthewood
2.47/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of alexskovan
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of billysj
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of vonderbrink
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of IceAce
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of fido
3.42/5  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.


Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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