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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 84 | 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 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.

downes51, Feb 17, 2004
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.

smcolw, Feb 01, 2004
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.

Sammy, Feb 01, 2004
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.

Gueuzedude, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of WesWes
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

WesWes, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of BCMan
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

BCMan, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

CRJMellor, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of ElGordo
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

ElGordo, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of surfmeister
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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

surfmeister, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of diablo14
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

diablo14, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

allboutbierge, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of canadianbarman
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

canadianbarman, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

oberon, Nov 27, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Rumrunner, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

Globetrotter, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of Ardon
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

Ardon, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of leeenglewood
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

leeenglewood, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of flaminghomer
2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

flaminghomer, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

crookedhalo, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Boilermaker88, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of Mustard
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9oz. brown, plastic, "widemouth" bottle; no "best before" or "bottled on" warning; no ABV %; purchased for $0.99 from the Westwood Whole Foods on Gayley.

Appearance: Pours an orange-tinged, straw color with good to very good clarity; small to non-existent head; little in the way of lacing.

Aroma: Primarily of grain, bready malts and herbal, spicy hops.

Taste: Firm, pleasing malt presence upfront and throughout; gentle hop bitterness in the finish; large grain notes pervade; herbal, spicy hop flavors; ever so faintly buttery; light to medum bodied with a crisp yet creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: I'm not a big fan of German Pilseners; all things considered, however, still found this to be surprisingly enjoyable.

Mustard, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of Nytemare
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a very clear yellow. Fair amount of carbonation, with a white fluffy head. I poured a little heavy and got about 1 1/2 inches. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Hard to smell anything, but there were some light malt bready smells.

Taste: A light malt profile with just enough hops to give it a bitter finish. Nothing overly exciting, but nothing bad either. Kind of bready. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink. I could see how people could sit and drink these all day long.

Not my style of choice, but if I'm lookin' for something to drink after spending a whole day out on the lake, or working in the yard, I could easily drink this. Not bad.

Nytemare, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the local pub and it was poured in some really cool wheat-beer glasses (extra tall and vase shaped). Poured a yellow color with a medium head that died off slowly. The aroma was a little grainy and wheaty with some malts present. The flavor was very Pilsner-like with some wheats apparent as well. Drinkability is much better off the tap than from the bottle and the mouthfeel is pretty smooth.

clvand0, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear. Pale golden yellow in color with a white head.
Aroma of pungent, earthy hops and grainy malt.

Taste is crisp, light, and refreshing. Grainy, biscuity malt with a solid hop balance. The steady dose of balanced hop bitterness really makes this one enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a tad fizzy, plenty of carbonation to go around.
Very drinkable. I was left wanting another.

Overall, a good pilsener I look forward to having again. When I think German Pilsener, this will now be the beer that comes to mind.

PhantomVodoo, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass and had to slow down as the head was forming up over two fingers deep. Yellow-gold in color, not much bubble action.

Skunky aroma, on the lighter side, and a light dose of peppery spice. After the head dies down to a thin covering, I can't pick up anything but the hint of skunkiness, but nothing else. Too bad, so far the canned version is better than the bottled...

Taste has a good base of malt and a trace of hop balance toward the finish. Aftertaste is rather pronounced with a noticeable bitterness and staying power. Still, I can taste a hint of skunkiness too, which detracts from a rather well made product. About halfway into the beer, either I am getting used to it or it is lessening in strength.

Mouthfeel is great. The pils flavor enhances the pils lightness to keep it from tasting watery. Carbonation is above average.

Drinkability - lesson learned. I'll avoid bottles, the canned Bitburger is more immune to the effects of shipping, storage, etc. The bottles have some of the same quality of the cans, but skunk is something I really dislike.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 12, 2003
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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