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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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1,362 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am so glad to see this at Redbones, because it means I don't have to go to Jacob Wirth to get this on tap.

Color: Sunny yellow, pale and golden

Smell: slight, very slight

Taste: I like this beer. This is a sesion beer, so I can 4 or 5 and not worry. Slightly malty, but less so than other German pilsners. Hops are not going to knock you out at all, so it's not the crispest pilsner you will ever drink. But if you want some smooth, pilsner action, this will do the trick.

Mouthfeel: I like when the beer is in my mouth!

Drinkability: I gave it a five. I can drink this all day. If I see it on tap, I will.

PatandDavid, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of 49degrees
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When it comes to Pilseners, I generally lean towards the Czech versions. Perhaps that a dumb bias, but this style generally doesn't do too much for me. Having said that, the Bitburger Pils is a giant amongst the style and is worthy of some attention.

An surprisingly enjoyable Pilsener which is far smoother than most on the market. While the traditional hoppy characteristics of the Pils are still weigh heavily on the palette, Bitburger has an exceptional clean, almost mellow, maltiness in both its aroma and taste. Quite dry, in the same lines as the Asahi Super Dry, but far more refined.

Pours a very clear, bright yellow sunshine tone, with a thick frothy head. No collar forms on this and the lacing is minimal, but that's to be expected with this style. Certainly an enjoyable brew and I can sense this one being popular sitting on the sundeck come spring and summer.

49degrees, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of doho95fu
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer because I was going to be hanging with macro drinkers and wanted to keep the pace. It is the typical yellow color which is neither a plus or minus, there was little head and average carbonation. The smell was more malty than anything, with few distinctive tones. The taste was lager - just average, slighly watered down with some malt, little hoppiness. I am not a great fan of lagers, but this is better than most.

doho95fu, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Second Pilsner of the evening, but hell, even though its January, its going up to 50 degrees F tomorrow in Minnesota...

Clear straw color with a big fluffy head that spirals down to delicate lace but keeps a 1/8 inch layer in a Pilsner glass as well. Very faint hoppy and peppery aroma. Plenty of carbonation is noticeable early, works with the subtle malt to give a dry impression. Some sense of toasted biscuit mid mouth. Finishes softly, less carbonated (thankfully not fizzy -- the bane of drinkability), little aftertaste. A million miles from a "big beer" but there's a quaffability here.

ADR, Jan 07, 2003
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear golden/straw colored body with a big white head that quickly diminishes to a nice sheet of lace. On the nose you get a good whiff of German hops in the aroma. On the palate the flavor has a nice bitter-sweetness, slight citrus notes in there, light biscuity notes, and perfect bitterness and tingling feeling on the tongue from the hop zest. Body is medium and well carbonated. This is a very good Pilsener…

WilliamPhilaPa, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I approached this beer with something of a negative bias, based on a German friend who calls Bitburger a lowest-common-denominator beer, "the Budweiser of Germany." That being said, while not great, this is better than the bulk of mainstream US beers. Pours clear golden yellow with a finger's worth of dense, nearly white, foamy head. Hops are an evident element of the smell, accentuated by the neutral grain aromas I associate with pilseners. Hops are evident throughout, running dryer as the taste proceeds. While the texture is somewhat watery, the taste remains more substantial than I expected. Mouthfeel is quite clean, and the drinkability is as good as one normally finds in a pilsener. I would rather have a German wheat beer any day, but this isn't too darned bad.

BitteBier, Jan 05, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice German beer. I like it better than Warstiener, which is Germany's Bud. It's a typical Pils, light in color with little to no head. It has a nice refreshing taste that's not too harsh on the buds, but at the same time, it's not too light that you think it's water. goes down smooth and finishes nice and easy. I'm not a huge fan of Pils, but this one is a goodie.

JISurfer, Jan 04, 2003
Photo of Rifrafboy
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is better from the can. It pours dark straw, with a good head. Carbonation abounds. Taste is smooth, with a strong, sweet maltiness that pervades. Hops are present and perfectly accent the finish. This is an excellent example of a premium German pilsner/lager. I found a local store that sells this in tall cans and it is excellent. In bottles, I found it to be less enjoyable, but still quite good. In cans it is awsome. I'll leave it at that.

Rifrafboy, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The archetypal golden amber to straw color as it sets in the glass, crowned by a modest white head and the lace formed by its demise a fine covering sheet. The crisp and clean nose is heavy with malt, pleasant enough to the senses. Front is mildly acidic, the hop pleasing in their spicy bite and the aftertaste malt dry and long lasting, a good drinking beer and one of the few lagers/pils I find worthy of being in my “Stable”.

Gusler, Dec 29, 2002
Photo of SaunaKing
4.65/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This stuff's damn good. Smells really good and pours a nice pale golden colour with usual thin pilsner style head. I like the taste and could easily drink a bunch of these. Its smooth with a slight taste of malt maybe? and a little bitterness. A relatively dry beer. Not too much aftertaste.

I'll drink it again

SaunaKing, Dec 27, 2002
Photo of yen157
4.78/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden-yellow beer with a head that started out big and white, but quickly diminished leaving a fine lace on both the surface as well as the glass. Smelled grainy with some spicy hops and a very, very faint trace of pale malt. It tasted exactly the way it smelled. Very clean tasting, too. Not as bitter as Jever, but more balanced. Very dry finish. Some astringency tightened up the back of my throat.

The best German pils I've had.

yen157, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of Winter
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear pale golden color with lots of carbonation. Thin white head disappeared after about 1 minute. Aroma consisted of hops and a feint floral scent. Thin body with a bready flavor in the midtones as the beer warms. Good crisp palatte cleansing appeal. Finish is dry and a tad bitter. An enjoyable pilsner with a decent overall balance in flavor.

Winter, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of zerk
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a thin, and quickly dissipating head. Aroma and flavor are grainy and spicy... the hops shine through quite well, without adding much bitterness. Begins with some bread and grain flavors, and finishes spicy and dry. With a thin to medium body, and medium carbonation, the beer is very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

zerk, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of Stubbie1
4.45/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Great Pilsener on tap or in a bottle. Thick white head that sticks to your nose. Nice color and a taste that is crisp and smooth. Goes great with any type of food. I had this beer fresh at the brewery...Life can't get any better...can it?

Stubbie1, Nov 21, 2002
Photo of Morris729
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light pale golden color with a thin white head. It is quite aromatic with notes of spicy hops and grains. It has a sweet malt flavor at first with a hop bitterness to follow. It’s crisp, smooth, and dry. Very refreshing! This would go great with some grilled bratwurst and German potato salad.

Morris729, Nov 21, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I think of a template for a good pils, this is the beer my mind conjures up. A classic example.
Provides a glistening golden body. Head is everlasting.
Tempered German hop spice on the nose, with toasted bread and pale pils malts.
Taste follows suits with cracker-like dryness up front, switching midway to a fuller breadiness. Lightly toasted hues. Perfect amount of tingling German hop zest. Paper dry at the finish.
Solid medium bodied. Rushing carbonation.
Drinkability approaches infinity. We are talking liters here.

cokes, Nov 16, 2002
Photo of ipogios
4.9/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best lagers in the world with no doubt in my opinion (the other one is Leffe Blonde)!!!. It has a beautiful gold appearance and it is served in a beautiful BITburger glass. Refreshing taste and perfect smell. This German Lager is simply REAL BEER. Keep up the good work at BITburger!!!

ipogios, Nov 11, 2002
Photo of inebrius
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tang of a sprout sandwich on sourdough. A meager head over a sunny complexion. Smooth, toasty malt cut with a precise amount of bittering hops ends mostly clean except for a few Noble hop flavor whispers. An eruptive force of flavor on the buds? Not quite. An easy drinker? Definitely!

inebrius, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of Shiloh
2.23/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice golden colour and bitter. After taste lingers, limited head that quickly disapates and is to lightly carbonated. Not an impressive brew from Germany. The international container was the most interesting thing about this product.

Shiloh, Nov 02, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear and straw-colored with a decent sized snow-white head, lightly carbonated, lots of irregular broken lace. Aroma of sweet malt and mild hops, and slight citrus notes, quite pleasant. Taste begins with sweet malt, grassy flavors, and a slight sting of carbonation, lemony hops grow more pronounded towards the finish. Finish is dry with a little lingering bitterness at the back of the tongue. A good Pilsener, though there are better. My fiancee really likes this beer, but then she is German.

Pegasus, Oct 26, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a decent German beer. Lightly hopped aroma. Golden color with a medium thick, lively head. Light, almost wheaty flavor made this a nice summer beer but it wouldn't really float my boat as a beer to keep stocked in the fridge. Good introduction to import beers.

Dogbrick, Oct 14, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear pale yellow with a small thin white head that fades quickly. The smell is a mix of a lemon twang and oak mixed with slightly grassy notes. Surprisingly refreshing even from a style that is probably my least favorite. The taste includes the same as mentioned int he smell and has some crispy hops that are balanced quite well. Like I said, I'm not a big fan of this style, but this is a good one for the style. It has a light to medium body and finishes crisp. Very drinkable! Prosit!

BeerAngel, Oct 11, 2002
Photo of putnam
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a single-blind format with bottles of Aass, Heineken, Grolsch, Warsteiner and St. Pauli Girl.
Tan gold color with a mixture of tiny and large bubbles. Can't keep its head. Sweet nose of mango, caramel and some sour yeastiness. A sweet, malty attack with decent balance of pretty toast flavors. The texture is smooth and buttery. Slight hop bitterness combines with roasted grain notes to keep it focused and balanced through the medium-long finish. Another surprise. Based on the commercial sweetness and large bead, I guessed this was Heineken.

putnam, Sep 29, 2002
Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent German pils. Now I can taste what some brewers are trying to emulate. Dry, bright, bitter and easy to drink. Generous carbonation. Smells good, traveled ok. Probably fresher and tastier in "das Vaterland." "Bitte ein Bitt."

EagleTalon, Aug 21, 2002
Photo of StevieW
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale straw color, tight fizzy white head. Uh oh, horrible yet typical Euro-trash skunked lager smell. Taste was pleasantly crisp, sweet malty flavors balanced with a snappy hop bite. Light feel, but not watery. Slightly buttery taste lingers, but sweet. Very evenly carbonated, and definetly an easy drinking light lager. I could see this as a crisp, refreshing, summer pils. A pleasant surprise.

StevieW, Aug 19, 2002
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.