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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,462
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 23
Gots: 116 | 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 BigRedN
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Normally I pass this over due mostly to price. However, on a recent trip to my local favorite I noticed a large display stack of this beer on sale for $4.99. For that price I had to try.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass (what else?). Beer is bright golden, clear, formed a tight 1/4 inch head that disappeared to almost nothing. Left a thin ring and no lacing. Plenty of carbonation bubbles are evident though.

Smell: A little malt, but what I notice is a pleasant hop aroma. Herbal hops, grassy with a hint of butter.

Taste: A decent malt backing, balance by a subtle hop bite in the middle and at the finish. I am impressed by the balance and the mild, understated flavorings of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking, a little slick feeling.

Drinkability: Very high. This is one of those beers where you say I'll just have one, and before you know it the whole 6-pack is gone and you have to get another "one".

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

My eyes shoot like hollow-tipped bullets at tap-handles whenever I enter establishments. More often than not my bullets hit kevlar; stopped, dead in their tracks with Budweiser and their ilk. Sometimes I'm surprised, finding gems like Unibroue or Three Floyds...more often than not it's "settle with Sam" or "water for me, please".

Park Place Grille in Fort Wayne, IN will never be entered in BeerFly, or make waves in culinary circles. It's a good restaurant in expensive, shiny clothes. But they have excellent seafood in this landlocked hellhole, and they have Bitburger, an old stand-by...you do the math. Broiled haddock and German beer - seemingly incongruent but amazingly synergistic.

This more-than-likely-ubiquitous-in-Germany brew comes in an oversized, overchilled glass and does nothing spectacular for my eye or whiffer. Simple pilsner malts and sharp, on-point noble hops. Tiny champagne bubbles whirling up from the vat of brewski before me.

The taste of this beer is nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary...nor should it be. Bitburger pils is simply a good, middle-of-the-road German beer that just so happens to absolutely blow the doors off of anything mass produced in this country.

Which is why its so shockingly good. This is what schwill beer should taste like.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 355ml brown glass bottle, color coded white, black and gold crown cap, main & neck label; rather simple looking but a quality presentation.

Appearance: Pale hay colored yellow body with a large white expansive frothy sheer white head that looks fantastic. Slowly settles down a thin but stiff cap which has a cavitated surface. Solid conditioning throughout.

Nose: Clean nose, spicy hops and a light Pilsner malt background. Hints of sweet malts, grain and spicy hops. Very pleasant.

Taste: A very welcome and tasty Pils. Low line hops but with a strong bitterness which balances well against the sweetish malts. Light grains, dry bitter aftertaste is pleasing and very moorish. Teutonic and clinical in its sheer presentation, but exceptionally clean.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning is just right lending a moderate feel to the body. Good from the bottle.

Drinkability: Crack one, then another, and then another…..hey I may as well finish the entire 6 pack now right??!

Overall: A super clean drinking Pils that I have passed over many times, but a 6-pack of this makes for a good Saturday Night brew whilst munching on snacks and watching a slew of the BBC’s Young Ones DVD’s.

Nothing wrong with this one! Goes great with….well, erm…anything.

A Solid Pils.

Photo of jimbotrost
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can from LCBO in Sarnia, Ontario. Purchased 10/4 reviewed 11/04. medium bright gold pour with a small white head and light carbonation ( low for style). Nose reveals some malt, very light, and some neutral yeastiness. Flavor starts crisp and malty and then hops come into play. Slightly syrupy in tail end of the flavor and into the finish. May have been old at time of purchase.

Photo of Brian700
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that hangs out for a while. The aroma is a little citrus along with a nice hop aroma. I think this is Germany's version of a belgian beer. It has everything a pilsner should have with a little extra in that it seems to have a little bit of a sweetness as well as a little bit of citrus to it. I like this beer a lot. There is a nice hop presence in this beer as well. The mouthfeel is great. Overall it would say this is one of the most drinkable beers I have tasted. I would definately recommend this one to anyone.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a creamy white head that hangs around quite well. Lots of visible carbonation. Smells of citrus and herbal hops. The taste is rather unimpressive. Some herbal hoppy bitterness through the entire sip and aftertaste. Nothing else. Very simple beer. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. Notes: It is easy for me to see why this beer is to Germany what the big three are to America. It doesn't have much flavor, but is easy to drink.

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

This has the serious potential to become one of my favorite pilsners! A nice, healthy yellow color, not too light, with a hearty foam on top. Comes with a heavy mineral scent (75% pleasent to 25% unpleasent, really) that, if it doesn't smell great, at least gives it a unique quality.

Hefty hop bitterness, but not without a few malts. Much stronger than many of the domestic pilsners I've become used to. A very common style, done well. Can't go wrong here.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold color, with a nice fluffy white head. Carbonation is going crazy, sticking to the sides of the glass, and making it's way to the tip. Nice looking beer. Smell is light crisp malt, grassy in nature. Taste is big on malt and metallic flavors, pretty standard fare for a German Pilsner. Hops could be more prominant, grassy malt more subtle. Not a bad beer, just extremely average.

Photo of TinusTime
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale straw colour with a stark white 2 finger head. Picture a text book German Lager and you have this. Smell is a bit of malt and spice, but nothing jumps out too much. Taste is crisp with enough malt backbone to balance the drying hops that approach in the middle and allow this to finish bone-dry. I did notice a some what mettalic bite, but i tend to notice that with a lot of pilsners. Mouthfeel is good and smoother than I had thought it would be. Drinkability is a little above average as it would make a good, but not great hot weather beer. Overall a little better than I had expected it would be.

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

Pale yellow with a thin white head. Smells zesty with hint of lemon. Soft grains and faint sweet malts. Meduim light body with a decent amount of carbonation. Taste is a faint hoppy bitterness up front and then is followed by some grassy grain. Goes down well with any heavy meal. This is and average pilsner beer. The flavor is not a strong as I would like. It is worth a try.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cleay light yellow. Not too light colored. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom. Great thick white pillow-like head. Good retention, and lacing. Grassy notes, along with pale malty aroma. Light flavored malt, complimented with grassy, spicy German hops. Light body, high carbonation. This was very drinakble. I would have enjoyed a bit more malt flavor but this seems to be a pretty decent beer.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saazy, lemony aroma; faded yellow-pages color; persistent CO2. The taste is classically Bavarian though modestly so. The label gave no indication of a bottling date though the freshness tasted reasonably intact. The skittish, white head dissipated quickly and the brew trailed no lace. My beer also left a slight, unpleasant paste to the tongue though I’m willing to attribute that to my personal biochemistry and not necessarily to the beer itself.

This is a very simple beer; a workingman’s Bavarian.

Photo of rowew
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Abbey in Seal Beach. Served in a 20 oz mug bearing the Bitburger logo. Nice white head that stayed pretty well. Smell is clean malts and a hint of hops. Beer tastes smooth and refreshing, with a nice bitter finish. Very drinkable, and a nice crisp flavor. Light to medium bodied but very nice carbonation fits the style well. Very enjoyable with my meal.

Photo of alexgash
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright yellow straw with a medium-sized, cotton-white head. Looks to be well carbonated. Light malt aroma--honeyed bread, pungeant, vegetal minty hop smack. Light skunk. Taste is dry cardboard-tinged, grainy malts up front. I think this would be much better fresh, say in Germany. Considerable noble hop bite. Almost Saaz-y in it's snappy sea air bitterness. Finish is bitter, with traces of bready malt. Again, I would like to try this fresh. Light bodied, with a lively, dry feel. Refreshing.

Photo of allengarvin
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold appearance, many fine bubbles streaming up from the bottom. Slight head. Aroma is sweet, grainy malt, with only a very light touch of hops. Moderate bitterness balances the sweet maltiness adequately, but there's almost no hop flavor. Finishes dry and clean. Crisp, delicate mouthfeel.

Drinkable, but on the low end of hop presence, for a German pils. Resembles a Helles more.

Photo of shapudding
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 05.2005, and coded LM3249
Poured this large bottle into my very tall Widmer bros pilsner glass to a perfect fit. Clear and golden with tons of carbination rising up to a ton of very thick, white head. The nice layering settled as a thick, frosty white cover. Surprised to find scents of sasafrass and cola... Bitey carbination, but not too much at all, from all that I can see, I thought there would be tons of it. Tastes like floral hops and nicely malty, with a tiny bit of honey sweetness towards the end of each sip. Just a bit of bitterness left on the back edges of your tongue. Nicely drinkable, goes down very easy.
Very nicely gifted to me by my workbud, Dennis, who gave up this single bottle carried over from Germany from his friend. This is his favorite, but he knows I am a beergeek, so this was lovingly carried in to me in an icepacked cooler for my enjoyment. Good friends!

Photo of ahking
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours nicely with swirling bubbles and a foamy head. Unfortunetly the head disappears quickly and everything goes downhill from there. Not what I expected from a German pils. Hops are present, but more fruity than bitter to me. Flavor is too typical of a imported German beer (Warsteiner, etc.) -- sort of a lemony, wheat grass. I have been to Germany twice and none of the beer I had there (which were many) tasted like the stuff we get imported. For a better example of a German pils, check out Paulaner.

Photo of sachsich
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good German beer, but not the best. Very clean and crisp from the first to the last sip. I believe that the beer could use a little improvement on the appearance and smell. One thing that makes a good pils stand out is the first smell of the special hops that are used

Photo of BeerBob
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitburger pours a bright gold from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle. Head goes to about two fingers then briskly collapses to a broken ring with bits of foam here and there.

Nose is toasted malt with a bit of hops. Palate is mostly a bright toasted malt, bitter hops and the bite of carbonation that come together for a well balanced brew.

Light and refreshing, Bitburger Premium Beer goes down smoothly and has a pleasant bitter hops aftertaste sure to go well with most foods.

Photo of joecast
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear gold lager color with little head formed from the pour, and even less remaining.
sweetish malty aroma with some fresh hop (as in plant) aroma. cant really pick any specific hop trait except that there is some sort of freshness to it. mainly malt though.
nice full malty flavor with a very crisp bitterness. mouthfeel is light with the carbonation giving it some substance.
overall, a very well made, full flavored lager. nothing particularly remarkeable, but far from disappointing.

Photo of RoyalT
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light straw yellow in color with a pure, white, full head and plenty of carbonation.

Smell – The grainy malt here was laden with refined sugar and lacked the aroma of Noble hops.

Taste – Thankfully the taste backed away from the sugary-sweet nose, but the grain was rather average and, again, lacked a good hop compliment.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Pils has some decent carbonation but otherwise was a bore.

Drinkability – This is a mediocre excuse for a German Pils.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with a pure white head that leaves good lace. Head retention is very good. The aroma is mellow, of cracker-like pilsner malts, German noble hops, and a little bit of bitterness. The taste is of floral, spicy, grassy hops and a malt character reminiscent of Ryvita crackers. Hop bitterness and some metallic notes enter in the finish. The mouthfeel is quite full bodied for a pilsner with smooth thick carbonation. The aftertaste is pleasantly hoppy. This is a very good pilsner, its definitely hoppier than Pilsner Urquell.

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

This beer pours a typical pilsener yellow, not much different than a American macro-pilsener. There is little to no head and sporadic lacing. It is pretty average for a macro German pils, but it is a decent warm summer day session beer. It is a hoppier version of Warsteiner Premium in my opinion. I am still trying to find a German Pilsener that blows me away.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap poured into a Bitburger mug. It pours a light gold color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The small is malty and grassy, slightly floral. Classic pils smell without any skunkiness, but is just a little light on the nose. The taste is also grassy, with a good malt background. It has a great hop finish, very crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is just a little light and watery. The drinkability is through the roof though. A nice pils that brings me back to my trip to Germany when I was 16.

Photo of TongoRad
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale gold with a thick long lasting white head.

The aroma is clean and fresh- a perfect balance between creamy malt character and strong grassy hops.

The flavor features a clean malty profile and a nice hop bite, crisp on the palate. The finish is of noble hops which ties in quite nicely with the aroma.

Do not overchill this beer and you will be rewarded with a good glimpse into how enjoyable a German Pilsner can be.

Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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