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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 18
Gots: 48 | 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 Rumrunner


3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint .9 oz. brown bottle.

This is a mellow beer.

Pours a clear yellow color. Good head to start that disappears quickly. Decent lacing. Smell is not enjoyable. Musty moldy grass and wheat. Tangy and medicinal.

Flavors are very nice but mild. A decent wheat and grain flavor. A nice toasty flavor. Some brisk dry hops. Very simple and a weak tangy aftertaste which is unpleasant.

This beer is crisp and light. Very airy. An easy drinker it could be consumed in mass quantities. Nothing special comes to the forefront. This beer is so mild and plain there is not much else to write about.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 09:21:06 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of Globetrotter


3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this on tap at a Jamaican-themed bar in central Moscow. It came out (in a Carlsberg glass) clear gold under a marvelous three-fingered contoured ivory head that settles very slowly into cliffs of foam clinging to the side of the glass. Now THAT's what a German pils should look like! The nose was very mild, mainly of malt, but with a touch of hoppy flowers in the background. The mouth was light, but not as carbonated as I would have expected. The opening is pleasant, featuring mainly light malt. The finish brings out the distinctive German hoppy bitterness that leaves a nice crisp aftertaste. Definitely a session beer - I'll have another, and another, and another and...

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2003 20:31:40 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of Ardon

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very golden. Typical lager/pilsner look. Decent bubbly head.

Smell: Nothing really. Not too much going on.

Taste: Very hoppy and sharp.

Mouthfeel: Once again sharp with a crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Good for a session.

Notes: Not too much going on here. A decent hoppy pilsner. Paired well with a smoked meat and saurkraut sandwhich.

Serving type: can

11-11-2003 22:30:04 | More by Ardon
Photo of leeenglewood


3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden yellow with a fluttered for about 30 seconds then champagne like bubbles crept up to form a few patches of lace. Smells of husky grain, earthiness, and slight almost transparent sweetness. Taste almost is of slight sweet malt twinge then completely balances out with slight hop burp. Mouthful is thin but overall this beer is rather drinkable, good for session.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 05:54:52 | More by leeenglewood
Photo of flaminghomer


2.1/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

i bought a twelve pack of this beer today because it was only 10 bucks and i wanted the bottle for my collection.

i had two guests over today.

guest number one (a young college student) usually drinks bud light and coors light. i offered her one, she accepted and enjoyed it.

guest two usually drinks michalob ultra, coors light, or busch light. since this is my girlfriends dad he knows about my passion for quality beer so i'll often encourage him to sample what i am drinking. he rarely enjoys any of them and most of the time makes a look of disgust after the first sip. he drank two bitburgers in about a half hour without one little peep about the taste. i noticed these reactions before i had the opportunity to sample this beer myself.

later in the evening, after the music was turned down and the midnight snacks were partaken of, i tried one.

they were right, this beer sucks

over a year later i have grown to like this beer alot. it is a great beer for the money.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 07:55:04 | More by flaminghomer
Photo of crookedhalo


3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find out upon glancing at the label that Bitburger is imported to the US from a distributor not more than 30 miles from where I reside. I guess that puts any of that "this beer's skunked" crap to rest. I sometimes get tired of talking brewing chemistry with people that might not get it. -You see, it's DMS (dimethyl sulfide), it can be a natural part of the brewing process. Some beers like Heineken and Grolsch and some other German lagers actually "shoot" for this.- Bitburger is one of these beers, however, the DMS isn't as prevalent as in others. This beer's very nice in the sense of it's drinkability. It isn't particularly complex by any means. It's like a catchy folk song with meaningful lyrics that only contains three chords.
I'm not really going to get into tastes and smells and all that. We've all had a German lager or knockoffs of the style. I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 07:07:49 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 12oz. brown bottle. Poured a clear pale straw color with a large fluffy white head. Decent carbonation but minimal lace.
Smell was very light, of malt and a grassy aroma.
Taste was only slightly malty initially before a decent amount of hops flavor asserted itself. Finish had a mildly strange corn flour taste mixed in with a pleasant hops taste.
Feel was light, crisp, and clean.
Overall, not a bad beer. Not one of my favorite styles but I can see how this beer could be a all-day beer. A decent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 18:27:46 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9oz. brown, plastic, "widemouth" bottle; no "best before" or "bottled on" warning; no ABV %; purchased for $0.99 from the Westwood Whole Foods on Gayley.

Appearance: Pours an orange-tinged, straw color with good to very good clarity; small to non-existent head; little in the way of lacing.

Aroma: Primarily of grain, bready malts and herbal, spicy hops.

Taste: Firm, pleasing malt presence upfront and throughout; gentle hop bitterness in the finish; large grain notes pervade; herbal, spicy hop flavors; ever so faintly buttery; light to medum bodied with a crisp yet creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: I'm not a big fan of German Pilseners; all things considered, however, still found this to be surprisingly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 08:15:10 | More by Mustard
Photo of Nytemare


3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a very clear yellow. Fair amount of carbonation, with a white fluffy head. I poured a little heavy and got about 1 1/2 inches. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Hard to smell anything, but there were some light malt bready smells.

Taste: A light malt profile with just enough hops to give it a bitter finish. Nothing overly exciting, but nothing bad either. Kind of bready. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink. I could see how people could sit and drink these all day long.

Not my style of choice, but if I'm lookin' for something to drink after spending a whole day out on the lake, or working in the yard, I could easily drink this. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2003 11:41:20 | More by Nytemare
Photo of clvand0


3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the local pub and it was poured in some really cool wheat-beer glasses (extra tall and vase shaped). Poured a yellow color with a medium head that died off slowly. The aroma was a little grainy and wheaty with some malts present. The flavor was very Pilsner-like with some wheats apparent as well. Drinkability is much better off the tap than from the bottle and the mouthfeel is pretty smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2003 19:17:47 | More by clvand0
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear. Pale golden yellow in color with a white head.
Aroma of pungent, earthy hops and grainy malt.

Taste is crisp, light, and refreshing. Grainy, biscuity malt with a solid hop balance. The steady dose of balanced hop bitterness really makes this one enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a tad fizzy, plenty of carbonation to go around.
Very drinkable. I was left wanting another.

Overall, a good pilsener I look forward to having again. When I think German Pilsener, this will now be the beer that comes to mind.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 04:11:27 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass and had to slow down as the head was forming up over two fingers deep. Yellow-gold in color, not much bubble action.

Skunky aroma, on the lighter side, and a light dose of peppery spice. After the head dies down to a thin covering, I can't pick up anything but the hint of skunkiness, but nothing else. Too bad, so far the canned version is better than the bottled...

Taste has a good base of malt and a trace of hop balance toward the finish. Aftertaste is rather pronounced with a noticeable bitterness and staying power. Still, I can taste a hint of skunkiness too, which detracts from a rather well made product. About halfway into the beer, either I am getting used to it or it is lessening in strength.

Mouthfeel is great. The pils flavor enhances the pils lightness to keep it from tasting watery. Carbonation is above average.

Drinkability - lesson learned. I'll avoid bottles, the canned Bitburger is more immune to the effects of shipping, storage, etc. The bottles have some of the same quality of the cans, but skunk is something I really dislike.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 02:12:03 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of budgood1


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a lemon yellow sunny colour with wheat straw tones. very small and limited white head, leaving the slightest rings of lace. clean and "pilsy" aroma...a floral hoppiness aroma rises from the glass....quite inviting. light pils maltiness in the taste; quite hopped up and tasty. crisp and clean refreshing with a somewhat dryish finsh. the mouthfeel comes off as slightly watery, but appropriate for the style. i could see europeans slamming pitchers of these as we americans slam pitchers of budweiser after work. it's just bitburger is a hell of a lot tastier. this german pils is highly drinkable and extremely rewarding. a nice pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 23:36:02 | More by budgood1
Photo of garymuchow


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A .5L bigneck plastic bottle.
My brother refers to this as the Hamms of Germany. I don't believe he means it in a derogatory manner.
Pleasing hops aroma with base of malt. Good looking classic German pils. Yellow clear bubbles rising, big full white head with lacing.
Flavors feels a bit dull or flat. A mix of malt (slightly grainy) up front followed by bitter hops in middle to a long finish. Pretty uncomplicated. Slight watery quality to taste.
Appropriately thin, very refreshing and easy to drink.
No big issues. A little too unpleasantly bitter for my taste, but good basic pils and drinkable for style.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 15:20:13 | More by garymuchow
Photo of pezoids


4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very pale golden yellow color with a large foamy head and plenty of carbonation. A definite beer of quality here. Pleasing grassy aroma along with some graininess. This beer has just about everything I need in a Pils. Very drinkable with a clean finish. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 04:19:50 | More by pezoids
Photo of cretemixer


4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Germany's number 1 draft beer and my favorite canned beers.
Pours a clear, yellow gold with a pure white head. Retention is good. A solid layer stays for the duration.
Clean, malty aroma. Slight lemony notes as well and a bit of a mineral edge.
Snappy bitterness on the first sip gives way to a smooth maltiness. Overall well balanced & dry with a lingering bitterness.
The body is light and easy with nice steady carbonation.
I can (and have) drink a bunch of these in one sitting. In fact, the one I just reviewed was left over from my day of racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. I brought 2 eight packs of 500ml cans (one for each race) and came home with one can. Hell yeah, it's drinkable.

Serving type: can

08-11-2003 22:48:44 | More by cretemixer
Photo of beerguy101


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small head. Aroma is malty. A light bodied pilsner. Malty and hoppy. There are some herbal tones going on here as well. Light tasting, smooth and refreshing. Hey, it is a lager after all. Nice drinking beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth and dry, Aftertaste is slightly bitter and somewhat herbal.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 02:44:55 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Thrasher


4.65/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fantastic beer and one of the best pilsners in the world, if not the best. Clear pale gold with large poufy head that leaves lace. Delicate aroma of spicy hops. A supremely appetizing beer. It is delicate but not weak, light but not insipid. The epitome of balance. If you don't like this beer then you don't like beer. I'm actually surprised that this beer isn't better reviewed; I guess most users on this site prefer bigger beers. Well this beer may be light but it is not bland. If you're still in doubt, pick up a fresh six of this and discover why pilsner is the most popular style of beer in the world.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 23:03:34 | More by Thrasher
Photo of hotstuff


3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Pilsener poured a small white head and there was some lacing observed on the sides of my glass. The hue of this beer was pale yellow and there was carbonation observed. It had a hoppy nose to it and it was very bitter tasting and it had a lingering aftertaste to it as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 19:04:18 | More by hotstuff
Photo of woemad


3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice, inoffensive pilsener. Gold colored with a nice, white head. Smelled of sweet malt and floral hops. Tasted pretty much as it smelled, with just enough hops to give it a nice, crisp citrusy finish without creating any bitterness. All in all, a nice pilsener, not a terribly complex beer but perfect for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 22:01:19 | More by woemad
Photo of beergeek279


3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12 oz. bottle. The appearance was a very pale amber, with a bit of head retention. The smell reminded me more of a hefeweizen than a pilsner.......very yeasty. The taste was a bit malty, with a kick in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was somewhat heavily carbonated. Drinkability-wise, I'd have another, but probably move onto another beer shortly.

I found this beer on the menu at a typical chain restaraunt, and certainly was an interesting find. Although certainly not a classic, it stood out as unique amongst all the other typical selections, and certainly something I'd have again if I went there another time.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 16:52:55 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Realale


3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a full gold, with a thin white 1/2" head that settles quickly to an incomplete cap.

Gentle, slightly sweet grainy malt predominates on the nose, with excellent support from a floral/spicy hopiness. Very appetizing.

Mid-weight in the mouth, with a good round maltiness. The hops kick in on the mid-palate and don't let go until the very end of a long, long finish. Great bitterness, and spicy hop flavor, while still maintaining its balance. A refreshing level of carbonation keeps it all in check.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 06:33:39 | More by Realale
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Pale yellow pour. Medium head.

Smell: Very light and floral. Only a hint of hoppiness.

Taste: Smooth and light. Moderate hop bitterness in the body. Nice hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Slightly dry towarsd the end.

Drinkablility: A little light for my liking. But still a decent pils.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 15:42:55 | More by Popsinc
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright yellow-gold body with a steady stream of bubbles, topped by a foamy, tight white head three fingers high. Good lacing. Nose is mostly hay/fresh cut grass. Firmer bodied than I expected. Nice full mouthfeel. Taste is extraordinarily balanced, a bit of malt up front, a hint of hops at the end. Could have used a little more hop bite. Extremely clean. A notch above both Bud and Becks.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 20:28:08 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in a 500ml white can, with about 10 different languages on the can. This stuff gets around! And it should too, it's pretty good, although nothing overtly remarkable. Good head that fades fast, clear straw colour, a touch of malt and hops on the nose, and a decently balanced flavour. It's very drinkable, goes down very smooth, great hot weather beer. Another notch in bringing me over to the pils style.

Serving type: can

06-17-2003 17:41:02 | More by IronDjinn
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.