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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001)
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Photo of HardTarget


3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard brown 12 oz bottle with a code on back, but no discernable date. Served in a Bitburger Pils glass.
Aroma: A crisp “Grolsch” type nose, noble aroma hops I assume. No malt smells noted.
Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a white frothy head that settled down into a thin coat of multi-sized bubbles.
Flavor: Some light malt flavor comes out to balance the beer nicely. A very clean lager-like profile and an over all mild flavor with a soft grainy note at the end.
Mouthfeel: Light body with a gentle mouth-coating oiliness. The beer gives the slightest hop prickle at the end.
Overall Impression: This was one of the beers I cut my teeth on about 20 years ago when I lived in Germany. I really never had one once I got back to the states, and since I’ve been getting into better beers, I’ve avoided this one because I considered it sort of the “Coors of Germany”. I only picked this one up to review for another beer karma point and didn’t expect much from it. I’m cheerfully surprised. This is a light beer, but it has enough malt to give a rich taste, and enough hops to keep it lively and balanced. Can’t call it complex, and given all the extreme beers I’ve been drinking of late, this is a little brother by comparison, but this brother held his own. I’m going to pick up a six-pack of this when it starts warming up, it should make a great summer “cold one”. Recommended: especially for meeting your Coors drinking friends half-way.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 07:20:03 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Zorro


3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold.

Smell is a nice malty and floral aroma. The hops give this a nice hay smell.

Taste is lightly sweet with a nice hop bite. Probably the best German Macro Brew lager.

Mouthfeel is light for a German beer.

Very drinkable, when I was in Europe this is what we drank until the bar ran out and then we started on the Warsteiner.

USAF Europe, Supporting the German Beer Industry for more than 50 Years! ;)

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 23:32:48 | More by Zorro
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Although this is probably less of a macro than say, Beck's or St. Pauli Girl, nevertheless I wasn't expecting all that much out of Bitburger, supposedly one of the more popular pils in Germany. This one turned out to be somewhat of a surprise. It is somewhat of a simple pils, but a very pleasing one and I can imagine myself drinking many of these in one sitting. The bottle itself has an elegant look about it, from the raised glass lettering of "Bitte ein Bit" to the white label with gold lettering (and let's not forget the miniature portrait of the guy on there - Herr Bitburg I presume?)

Bitburger pours a somewhat bright yellow color with a decent foamy white head that retains for about a minute before thinning out. The smell was quite simple, with just light malts and maybe a few husky whiffs. The mouthfeel was thin and fizzy, but very quenching, and was par for the style. A light sweetness is detected up front with the first sip, and the clean, crisp malty flavor is certainly the predominant characteristic here. The hop presence is on a low-moderate scale here, lending some light grassy/minty qualities and a slight dryness in the finish. The light dryness continues into the aftertaste along with some toasty grain flavors, and this beer finishes with no alcoholic warmth.

This beer might be considered bland by some, but for me it is a well made German pils that adequately serves its purpose as a thirst quenching beverage. A very quaffable beverage indeed, and I wouldn't mind having this with some beef rouladen or some other German food. Without sounding too cliched, this is simple yet effective.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 08:12:21 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

Another LCBO steal at about a dollar something American, 500ml tall can. Appearance: Golden straw color white vibrant head lace is ample spread evenly, not bad at all. Aroma: Sweet grainy 2 row base malts with a mild dose of German hops biting around the edges very balanced comes to me as unoffensive but decently flavorful. Taste: Solid all grain German pils with the alcohol blended within a uniform flavor, the hops are the bite or zing in the finish that make this beer worth my time. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture light body not the worst, pretty solid for an accessible German pils. Drinkability: A good go to for watching football games, can't complain solid nothing spectacular but good.

Serving type: can

02-19-2004 22:06:16 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow, almost limpid. Small white head with fine lacing, but it leaves very fast and completely. Grassy/herbal aroma. As it enters the mouth, the malt is there and fades for nice bitter hops. Very dry finish. Under average medium mouthfeel. Tremendous balance overall and pretty cheap here at 7.99 for a six-pack. Good pick

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 18:58:56 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of downes51


3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just another Pils. There are so many and they all look and taste just the same. But.. on the positive side at least it's not sickly or sweet like (for example) Oranjeboom, you CAN smell the hops just about, and it's a nice colour. Nothing special, but worth a sip if there is nothing else takes your fancy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2004 17:54:18 | More by downes51
Photo of smcolw


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a beautiful golden color, Bitburger Pils on tap is crystal clear. However, there was no head to evaluate, nor was there any beading of carbonation. So, there was no lace.

Like smelling water, there was little to detect in aroma. After my third pass, I think I noted some hop.

Surprisingly, the flavor was clean and crisp, yet it was almost "round" like an ale. I would prefer some more hop to round out the taste.

The carbonation of the beer was good, like a pilsner should be. The beer was light, but not watery.

In summary, this was an okay brew--no harm, no foul. An innocent beer that would offend very few.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2004 03:07:21 | More by smcolw
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A nice appearance with lasting creme. Ok smell. But that's the end of this. Metalic in can taste. Strong carbonation and water. The type of beer you expect in the summer at a soccer game. Appreciation to the marketing rep who bought me a can to review in Toronro.

Serving type: can

02-01-2004 00:21:36 | More by Sammy
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful pale gold color which produces a thick white head in my fluted glass. The aroma is of grain and a faint hoppy spiciness. A mellow grain sweetness is in the taste as well as a sharp bitterness in the finish. It has a very light body, and is well carbonated. A very clean beer that is straight forward and to the point. Not a bad pils, perhaps missing that special something, but it is quite serviceable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 02:00:33 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of WesWes

New York

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a light gold color with a spotty lace head. The aroma is weak. It has a weak hop and malt aroma. It also has a grainy scent to it that compliments the usual lager smell. The taste is dry and a bit skunky. It has pale malt flavor that finishes a bit grainy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is not that good. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 01:03:39 | More by WesWes
Photo of BCMan


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

I'm not a fan of the pilsner which is probably why I didn't think to highly of this beer. It pour like a fresh beer that generated some descent foam but that didn't last. The color of the beer was "fizzy yellow" and didn't seem that appealing. The tast was very suble and finished with a bitter after taste. As the beer warmed, the bitter after taste grew more and more bitter. I think one was enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 19:33:14 | More by BCMan
Photo of CRJMellor


2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crisp, clear golden yellow. Very little head, lace is moderate and lots of carbonation bubbles racing for the top. Aroma is hop dominated, citurs and resins with moderate amount of pale malt. Taste is very vacant on the front 1/2, very light and watery, then bitter, acrid taste on the finish. Just not pulled off very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 19:22:22 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of ElGordo


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a pretty big, foamy head. Not much on the nose at all, maybe just a hint of astringency. Floral, slightly bitter hoppiness (Hallertau?) on the tongue at first, developing into a more pronounced, lingering bitterness. Finishes crisp and dry. OK, but I guess I may have a categorical dislike for German pilsners. I prefer it to Jever, but I think Pilsner Urquell has this one beat hands down.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 04:51:10 | More by ElGordo
Photo of surfmeister


3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: yellow, crystal clear, opalescent two finger white head lacking staying power
Smell: very subtle, was hoping for more bread
Taste: well balanced, crisp with fine carbonation, bitterness appropriate to a pilsner, again I like to be hit harder with bread/yeast smell and flavor
Mouthfeel: carbonation level too high, made for a fizzy mouthfeel
Drinkability: You can pound this beer due too it's light body, but there's better pils out there

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 18:03:04 | More by surfmeister
Photo of diablo14


3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not especially exciting brew the ol' bitburger, but having said that, you can sure put em away without noticing youve just had 6 or 12. for a 'boring' lager, at least you can tell its been well made. that makes a mammoth difference to any beer, and bitburger is no exception.

being made with local spring water, youd expect this to be light, clean and refreshing, and it is. light golden almost yellow color with foamy vivid white head that usually has staying power if poured correctly. plenty of bubble action fires up the sides of the glass. nothing too complex in smell or taste. nose has a tinge of malts, floral hops and straw like notes. flavor has subtle malts, again with some straw along with lemon zest. crisp hop bitterness that lingers on the palate and goes well alongside the carbonation. light bodied and very easy to drink.

a top beer to drink with food or if youre in for a long night of watching sport or partying, bitburger will satisfy any thirst. there are more complex tasting lagers around, but few refresh like this one. a rung or two below the very best but still holds its own.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 12:05:07 | More by diablo14
Photo of allboutbierge


2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was fairly unimpressed by this one when I finally sat down to write a few notes on it for review.

Color is a dry and grainy gold with a fizzy head. Aroma is fairly dry, starchy, and plain. Nothing really to draw you into the beer. Flavor is much the same and offers only the weakest flavors. No real elements of bitterness, just a mild 'straw-like' flavor. Mouthfeel is light and goes down like water.

Closest thing Ive had to an American macro offering since Ive been here.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 15:27:25 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-500 ml can, freshness date stamped on bottom.
-Poured a clear, light golden in color. Average head that slimmed to very minor. Very little lacing.
-Smell was average, nothing special.

Not a bad beer, it had a slight bitter taste which I expected. It was still sharp and pleasing. It seemed to get better as it warmed up slightly. Overall an average to slightly above average beer.

Serving type: can

11-29-2003 04:56:16 | More by canadianbarman
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter golden color witha pretty nice blooming head that stays pretty well,a light grainy aroma with a light iron-like tinge to it.This beer has a sharp hop edge to it ecspecially in the finish there is a malt bready backbone with a iron flavor in there as well but the bitter finish is the main thing I get from this beer.A quaffer for sure something to drink when u want flavor and quanity.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 02:43:12 | More by oberon
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
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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