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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 23
Gots: 129 | 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 PhageLab
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Average pale yellow fizzy sort of beer. Nothing special here, small head, no lacing, poor retention.

S - Very little aroma on this one, but what I could detect was reminiscent of malts, grain, and grass.

T - Metallic bitterness at first, slight hop nudge, and grainy water. Nothing that really stood out on this one, sort of a disappointment. Not necessarily bad, just nothing really going on, like seltzer water.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, clean watery finish.

D - Decent overall I suppose, it's certainy not a bad brew, just lacking any real flavor. I wouldn't seek another out, but I don't suppose I'd turn one down if offered. Take it or leave it here.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from Trader Joe's.

Pours a golden yellow color that's fairly clear with a big, frothy white head. Head fades rather quickly to an uneven cap.

Aroma is really nice, I thought. Plenty of spicy noble hops with a hint of light malt sweetness. Very crisp.

Taste is similar to the aroma, with light malt sweetness followed by spicy, floral hop taste and a lightly bitter finish. A bit of sourness in the end takes it down a notch, for me.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and smooth, but does have more body and character than the average macro lager.

Very smooth and pretty good. The slight sourness keeps this from getting 4.0's from me.

Photo of shadow1961
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bitburger pours a bit stiff head over a pale yellow brew. Carbonation
is moderate but steady. The nose is light barley malt and lager yeast.
The flavor is light malt and bisquit with a surprisingly sharp medicinal
and grassy hop finish. I was afraid this was going to be just another pale
Euro lager- with that hop finish it is indeed a Pilsner, just not quite as
smooth or complex as better ones I've had. Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, and
a little astringent. Meh. Try it if you find it in a wall-of-beer situation.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 8 fluid onz brown bottle

Appearance : pale yellow color with a small white head that goes away easily.

Smell: Hops are there ,very present>

Taste: some sourness, hops present and some kind of malt far away.

Mouthfeel:very easy to drink feels good on mouth.

Notes: A good beer but Nothing to write home about.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautifully clean, pale yellow colour, good carbonation, a frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves slight lacing

S: grassy, hoppy, with a hint of caramel

T: grassy, hay-like taste with a slight nutty finish, nicely balanced with a slight alcohol bite

M: slightly creamy, light body with a good amount of carbonation, then ends with a subtle watery finish

D: A well crafted, easy to drink lager that would be a great session beer as well as one to enjoy slowly. I would definitely have another.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a 500 ml. can.Pours a very nice clean yellow with a 2 finger bubbly white head and fair lacing.
Nose is of very clean fresh grass,a tinge of spiceyness.Taste is refreshing clean,mild grass,peppery,very smooth with the right amount of bitterness.Carbonation is of medium to high and comes at you kinda creamy at first,goes down very nice with the bitterness aftertaste than the crisp peppery bite at the very end.
Excellant beer for warm weather,actually very enjoyable for anytime.

Photo of SargeC
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden clear, thick white head.

Smell: Herbs

Taste: Crisp start with an herbal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonation adds to fullness.

Drinkability: Unique for a couple of beers, I have never wanted much more than a couple of these. Reminded me of afternoons at Spangdahlem and Bitburg Air Bases.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearence : pilsener style
Smell : spice, pepper and malt aroma
Taste : bitterish taste with malt and hop
Mouthfeel : bitter finish
Drinkability : A well known pils brewered by Bitburger (Dusseldorf). Easy drinking, no originality

Thierry (16/10/2007)

Photo of Stoneman78
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear pale yellow hue with a modest white head that is mostly diminishing and fair lacing
S- Smooth and crisp aroma with very little going on besides some slight sweet malts and grassy hops
T- Initial taste is mostly light, grainy, and sweet malts, than transitions to a smooth, clean taste and finishes with slight dry and bitter grassy hops
M- Light-bodied, slick texture, good carbonation
D- A solid and easy-drinking German pilsener, easily in the session beer range, good in a pinch but nothing too outstanding.

Photo of ralree
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light gold with 1/2 inch head, dissipates quickly to a thin lace.

S: Malt, hops, fruity, a little bready.

T: Hops are very flavorful - just the right amount of bitterness. Ends with a nice bread flavor. For this style, definit

M: Very carbonated. Goes astringent fairly quickly, leaves mouth feeling clean. Not a watery beer, definitely has some body.

D: Fairly drinkable. I'm going to have to burp my way through it since it's so bubbly.

Photo of livingregret
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pint bottle for me...

Appearance: Pours w/ a strong yellow colour topped by a creamy white head about 1 fingers worth

Smell: Pretty nice aroma, nothing to much going on but a nice smell of hop(spice?)and malt

Taste: Light malt taste w/ a slight metallic taste at the end. A touchy of fruit in the background

Mouthfeel: Very light drink, for those accustomed to MGD or something like Coors(any generic beer)this is a good beer to introduce them to. A similar sort of feel

Drinkability: Like I said, this is a great beer to introduce people who are used to some of the other more mass marketed drinks to. I can easily drink a couple of these no problems

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of this for a vacation at the Outer Banks. Sampled this at the hotel halfway down from a pint glass. Would have used a pilsner glass if I hade one.
Drank from a 12oz brown bottle with crimped cap.

Clear golden color with a 2" creamy white head and fair retention a slight steady carbination.

Nice clean modererated noble German nose spicy,woody,grassy with a bisquity edge.

Clean taste lightly toasted grain and a touch of carmell nicley balanced with a good crisp snappy bitterness with a woody/earthy edge.

Light bodied with a zesty hop mouthfeel.
This is my go to German session beer could drink this beer all day long. Great summer beer.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought some cans of this to Bonnaroo Music Festival a couple months back. No glass allowed ... so... we had to make due with what we could.

This 16 oz can poured into my plastic cup to reveal a 1" white head over a clear yellow liquid.

Nose... this is a light aroma... very little going on here... but typical for a pilsner. Slight malt.

Taste: on the good side of average for a pilsner. Light malt and some metallic aftertaste.... (was that the can?). Also some minor fruity taste in the background.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation for this pilsner... richer that any BMC offering. More substance.

Drinkability: Good refreshing summertime brew. Right on style for a pilsner.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a clear straw yellow in color with a white head and lacing. nose is very understated, sweet biscuity malts are detected predominately along with some grassy/vegetal characteristics from the german hops. nice light malt sweetness is well-balanced by the supporting hops. light and crisp mouthfeel. clean finish. not too bad as this is sold at a price that is competetive with bmc, and also it is in a can (would like more imports to be canned), to prevent skunking.

Photo of becktone
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Light gold in color, more like yellow really. Crystal clear with a great big white head. Excellent lacing and retention. This beer looks great.

Nose: Not much to the nose at all, almost no aroma, weird... There is a very faint hop aroma-spicy. Unfortunately the nose isn't as spectacular as the appearance.

Tongue: Hop flavor and bitterness makes itself known quite early. There is also a sweetness that I just can't put a finger on here as well. Hops are floral and grassy with some spiciness as well. There are two flaws with this brew that I'd really like to point out, one is the sweetness which I can now identify as a sweet almost cidery taste, the other is a slight metallic tang. The later could be from the aluminum can....however the cidery taste is not. Overall not bad, but the cidery flavor once identified with my palate I can't seem to ignore it or get over it. Overall this is an alright beer, the hops are almost enough to cover the cidery flavor...

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer is light bodied and goes down quite easy. This brew would make a nice session beer. Carbonation seems a bit low, considering that this style is a lighter styled beer. The finish is dry. Alcohol is slightly noticeable as well. This beer, priced at $3.49 for four 16.9 oz cans is a steal. This is not a bad beer, but when in a crunch for dollars this beer really shines. This isn't a beer I'd seek out to buy again...well...unless I only had a few dollars. It goes down quite smooth and easy despite the slight metallic tang, and the cidery flavor. Because the price is so low on this brew I can't help but say that is is quite drinkable, one of the best "bang for your bucks" out there I'd say.

Photo of drseamus
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first beer I had when I got to Germany. My girlfriends cousin who lives in Germany likes this beer. When in Rome...

It pours a very light golden color with a small white head. The aroma is very malty but with some hop aroma as well. The flavor is malty but with good balancing bitterness. There is some hop flavor at the back of the palette as well. The body is light and this is a good summer beer for someone who wants a beer with some flavor.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

A: Brilliant clear yellow, with thick white head.

S: Malty, with a hint of hops.

T: Malts upfront, with dry Saaz hoppiness to follow.

M: Delicious, dry and refreshing.

D: Good, an easy drinking pils, nothing special, just a good tasty beer. A little expensive, but worth it if you want a good example of a Northern German pilsner.

Photo of leechungsr
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale golden color into a pils glass. Little bubbles rise for a short period of time. ~2 fingers of white head with low retention. Swirling brings back much of the head quickly.
S: Maybe grainy with a hint of hops. Nothing much to describe. No floral scents, no citrus, nothing.
T: Mostly malts with a little hop aftertaste. Nothing special here either.
M: Moderate carbonation, light body. Mouthfeel was actually pretty good. I'm having trouble finding the words to describe it; I can feel the bubbles gently swirling in my mouth and goes down very smoothly.
D: I felt the amount of carbonation was just right for a pils, there just wasn't enough character in its smell and taste to make it a stand out beer. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this one, but I definitely wouldn't avoid it either.

Photo of beeragent
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a light clear gold, forming a minute head, with light spots of lace. The aroma isnt skunky like alot of German pilsners. Instead there is actually noticeable hop aroma. The taste is very crisp and clean, with the taste of light hops. Nothing complex, but good nonetheless. Smooth mouthfeel, and clean finish. This is what I consider to be a very drinkable lager. Overall, I actually enjoyed this beer. I tried a four pack of this beer in the 16oz. cans about a year ago, and had to force my way through them. This is way better than I remember. This is what I expect from a German pilsner.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh gotta love the 4th of July parties. We did ours early this year and had the normal cooler full of the big boys, but always have to have something light on tap for afternoon drinking sessions. My job was to secure it. I got us a nice little barrel of Bitburger. Poured a very clear, golden yellow with a huge white fizzy head. Lots of visible carbonation was evident in the streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great light looking pilsner, exactly what was needed.

Smell was rather non descript with a light grainey smell mixed in with a bit of bready yeast. Nothing spectacular here, but the aroma was not really expected to be. Now for the first sip, one word, refreshing! Very crisp and clean, with an expectional smoothness. Refreshingly light and perfect for the hot afternoon weather. Taste was your typical german pilsner, and designed to be nothing more. Lots of grain and thats about it. Really don't have anything negative to say about it as far as taste, it was your staright up pilsner.

Overall I would say it was the perfect call for the day. Everyone enjoyed and it went well with all the food. Kept us entertained until it got darker and some of the big boys started coming out. Definatly a good summertime beer!

Photo of jettjon
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 oz bottle with no date into a pint glass, it’s pure gold with a few bubbles rising up. No head at all. Possibly I got a “flat” beer. Nose of very mild powdery citrus hops and a bit of sweet malt. Underwhelming. Taste features a touch of hops with a bit of malty mash. Slightly cloyingly sweet finish. Wet cardboard character. Mouth is semi-bubbly and wet, feels a bit thin. Drinkability is ho-hum, with a flat, uninteresting flavor and mouthfeel.

Overall: A very underwhelming Euro-lager. It’s possible that mine was “flat” but frankly I’m not willing to take another chance.

Photo of AlexLMS
2.3/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear with a very pale golden color. The head is white, medium-sized, frothy and not very persistent.
Aroma: weak and kind of grainy.
Taste: malty with a little bit of hops.
Mouthfeel: fair carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: short and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Bitburger is a boring pilsener. No complexity, nothing special about the taste. It can be an acceptable place to begin a German beer try out but nothing else. Definitely not a great beer.

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.

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