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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 94 | 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 GClarkage
2.03/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this beer on tap at the Toronado in September of 2004. Well, I was expecting a clone of Radenberger, but this fell far shot of it. I may need to re-review this one because I had it immediately after a flemish sour beer. Maybe my taste buds were shot at this point. Anyway, it was a very pale yellow color, left little or no head and next to no lace. Smelled very outdoorsy, like grass or maybe hay or something. Extremely light on the carbonation. It felt like I was drinking a cask conditioned beer, but it wasn't. Very flat and watery with very little aftertaste. Very disappointed in this one. Could have been a bad sample or my taste buds though. May try again sometime.

Photo of chilidog
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at what I felt to be a fair price for eight, pint plus cans. It poured a nice looking gold with a good size white head that stuck around awhile. Some lace to be had but faded. The aroma seemed of same old can mixed with grass and sulpher. The taste also carried the grassy grain, some sweet malt and lastly a crisp hop bitterness at the finish. The mouth is left tart and dry. Over-all not a bad beer to have on hand. Its easy to drink, macro friendly, while at a price and volume to do the job either with a meal or on its own.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at a brew pub that was without its own brew(license problem)

Her appearance was a clear golden/yellow color with a good carbonisation, but the head disapeared very quicky. A shy fruity smell was possible to rescent but not much. Her taste wasnt really what I am use to as a Pilsner.
She was thin, light, and no bitter or hoppish feel to that beer.

A very drinkable beer, but not a true pills in my book!

Photo of usualpulp
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an average golden color with a shortlived white head.

The beer has a strong grassy smell, nice hoppiness too. Smells like your average pilsner, not much standing out.

The beer tastes pretty good, crisp with a good hop bite on the tongue. It is sweeter than most other euro pilsners I have had, but nothing that takes away from the hops and grassy flavors.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin, but it doesnt have a bad aftertaste like some pilsners get. There is a medium level carbonation, seems like it could have used slightly more in my opinion.

Overall Bitburger is a good beer, easy to drink, refreshing, definately something I would buy if i wanted to drink several in one sitting.

Photo of pootz
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one sleeper pilsner on this side of the drink. This beer is well put together and a good rendition of the traditional mellowed, dry finish, medium bodied pilsners from northern Germany. Pours a very pale yellow...clear with some particulate in it...a white chunky cap reduces to a nice lace quickly as the effervescence dies down. The nose is very aromatic without being overpowering...Tattenag hop tang with a more herbal bouquet and some nice light biscuit malt notes. Starts very mellow then builds to a light silky body permeated with a good balance of hop tang and malt presence then the finish is the best part of this pil...it goes into a lovely dry clean finish where the herbal tones are departed then a lingering metallic twang of the Tattenags remains.

Photo of cypressbob
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a fizzy yellow hue, little head and retention

Smell, faint flowery aroma, mainly a malty hint wiht a slight hint of hop

Taste, dry, malty body with a slight hop bitterness, crisp finish

Fairly average pils, but still, refreshing and crisp

Photo of koolk
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow, with a small head that immediately leaves with no lacing. Low carbonation. Kinda dull looking.

Very faint aroma of malt, with barely any noticable hops. Very very quiet on the aroma front.

Taste has initial grain and wet cardboard flavours that rool out into a slight hop bitterness, with a refreshing aftertaste. No great depth of flavour but more intresting than the nose.

Overall a standard characterless pilsner.

Photo of theozag
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer settles into your glass with a clear yellow-gold color with a middling-thin head that tends to last. Its smell is sweet, soft, and something like generic citrus. Bitburger starts sharp and smooth. It is full-bodied with caramel, sugar, and white grape flavors. This beer has a metallic aftertaste that gets stuck on your tongue and is tough to escape.

Photo of jimdkc
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking pilsener: Pale, crystal-clear gold color with a medium bright white head and fine carbonation streams racing for the surface. Smell is mild, mostly malty. Taste is grainy malt, not very hoppy, with a clean, dry finish. Nice mouthfeel, very drinkable. Most macro drinkers would probably not mind drinking this, even though it's more flavorful and a better made beer!

Photo of bark
2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is clear, pale yellow. The small white foam dissolves quickly into small, small traces of foam on the glass.

The smell is fresh, sourish and quite plain. There are some notes of diacetyl.

The carbon dioxide is medium strong with medium bubbles that vanishes away at once.

The taste develops in a few steps: Firstly, there is a small rush of yeast and diacetyl. Then, a sweet body is replaced into a well-crafted, generous bitterness.

Basically, this is a standard German pils with a little more diacetyl than expected. This special tone is dangerously close to a skunk beer, way beyond the best before date.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know nothing about this beer except that it's a German pilsener. I picked it up as a single and have absolutely no preconceived notions about it.

Medium straw yellow with a shockingly bright white, foamy, yet semi-sticky head. The cap is already starting to leave some chunky scraps on lace on my pint glass, so that's a pretty good sign. The nose reached my nose from several feet away as I was commenting on the appearance, and that preview--as well as the main event--isn't all that wonderful. The beer smells sour, grain-like and a little skunky. Not an encouraging sign.

I can't say that I really like the flavor, but it isn't as bad as I'd feared. The minor skunkiness is present, but does seem to be fading as the beer warms, strangely enough. If I concentrate, I can get past it and appreciate a lightly malty, lemony, slightly hoppy vibe that isn't half-bad. The finish is crisp and clean and the body/mouthfeel is appropriately light and quenching.

Bitburger Premium Pils is definitely better than most American macro lagers, but that doesn't mean that it's good. It'd be a decent choice on a hot day, but I doubt that I'd crack one open if any halfway decent beer was available.

Photo of CrescentFresh
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow. This beer was highly recommended to me by a full-fledged German at work (who got deported 2 weeks ago...Visa issues). I think I must have gotten some from a bad batch. Smell was OK, which caused me to look forward to the first swig. Taste was strong, but resembled my last bacteria-infected batch of homebrew. I did not like it. It was almost chewy, like it had some bread in it, and this just didn't feel right to me. I could not finish a whole beer.

Photo of Andreji
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If anyone is expecting any exceptional tastes from this sort of "premium" fallacy, they've chosen the wrong beer. This one, as most of the european macro pils counterparts, follows a basic pattern of "yellow/golden translucid pour with small white head", and much of the smell and taste unamazingly are way too metallic for my belgian loving palate. This beer is, in fact, one of the strongest tasting in that domain which actually becomes repulsive. 'nuff said.

Photo of DPMomutant
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a finger-thick head and a very light golden body, even for a pilsener. Only a tiny bit retains after a few seconds.

Smell is more hops than skunk, but I catch some. Not too objectionable, especially against other German-style pilseners I've had lately.

This has a clean taste at the start with a pretty bitter finish. More than I want, especially in this style.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with some carbonation with average consistency.

The beer is reasonably drinkable, but I'd probably not want something quite as bitter after a couple. It isn't bad for it's style but not something I'd want to seek out too much.

Photo of oggg
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3 years ago this beer was bitter bitter and bitter.

Last Friday, it poured a clear yellow with a modest white head. There's a nice spicy aroma. The initial taste is a hop bite unlike most other beers I've tried. Metallic? Not really unpleasant though, just different. Feels different. The bitterness gives way to a clean light malt flavor. The beer ends with a very dry finish. Light to medium body. Actually a very well done pilsener.

Photo of Bierman9
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed my first "Bit" in years (perhaps ever) at Anam Cara Publick House yesterday. Has a very pale, yellowish/straw color, and is clear throughout. Head was white and creamy, though quite short-lived. Did leave a nice bit o' lace in the glass. Had a grassy nose, with a nice bit of sharp, hoppy zestiness. Body was a smidge thinner than medium, and it was just a touch rough on the tongue, though not too bad at all. Taste combined some bready/crackery malt at the start, followed by the grassy, sharp hoppiness previously detected in the nose. Pretty decent Pils, all in all, though the hop bitterness tends to grow stronger as I quaff, taking a bit off the drinkability aspect.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Photo of HardTarget
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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! ;)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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

Photo of downes51
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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