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Bitburger Premium Pils | Bitburger Brauerei

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Bitburger Brauerei
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Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

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Reviews: 788 | Ratings: 1,708
Photo of sjccmd
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grainy sweetness, graham cracker, almost white wine-like in the aroma. Fruity and herbal hops. Bready malts, clean lager aroma. Balanced but perhaps more on the malt side. Slightly minerally.

Pours clear light gold with a small white head. Good lacing and head retention.

Crisp and clean upfront giving way to slightly sweet malts. Firm bitterness on the finish. Slightly toasted bread and graham cracker. Just a hint of sweetness but finishing quite dry and solidly bitter.

Medium high carbonation and light body. Enough malt and hops to keep it interesting on the palate.

Very clean, but lots of character.

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Photo of stcules
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Greenish yellow, clean. A normal foam.
Clean smell, too, but a bit flat. Malt in the front, just a bit of hop, not a lot more to say.
In the taste more bitterness, after a honeyed start. Dry aftertaste, some hay.
Not too bad for a macro produced pils. Clean, drinkable, dry.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is not the best.

Smell is ok.

Loving the bitterness and hoppiness. Complex flavour with very nice after-taste, everything works well together. Gutsy, hard hitting flavour. really like it actually. Has a very natural, organic taste also. Nice fizzy bitterness in the mouthfeel...

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of 330ml bottles.

Straw, pale color with nice rocky white head. Great, clean refreshing German pilsner. Tastes even better on tap.

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Photo of meecrob
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer is available almost everywhere in Germany. Everybody in Germany knows this brew and has at least drank it once. For me there is nothing special about this pilsener. The taste is too hoppy,bitter and bit dry for me. I think its also overrated. There are better german pilseners out there.

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Photo of delcobrewzzz
4.59/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply phenomenal old school 'session' brew....blows away any American Adjunct swill. Really.

Refreshing.....slakes your thirst...pleases the tastebuds.

$18 a 12-pack in PA...despite the style difference, reminds me of a less 'bitter' (in a good way) Lord Chesterfield. Or should I say, a sweeter one? Either way, it's the best of both worlds. Time to mow the lawn!

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Photo of ordybill
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA.
This beer has a clear golden yellow color with a medium sized white head. It has a a nice hop and citrus smell that matches the flavor. I found this to be a really good pilsener.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD 8/18/15. Clear golden pour. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Typical pilsener nose of biscuit and a hint of hops.

Light body with a thin textured smoothness. Perfectly carbonated with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is border line outstanding. Intensity is moderate, as is complexity, but it is very well balanced. The main lacking ingredient is hop flavor. The middle delivers a mild bitterness against a balancing biscuit sweetness. It is clean and fairly crisp. The finish is a slow fade of residual bitterness.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz. can dated 2015-04-10. Sampled on August 11, 2015.

It looks like pilsener should with its bright yellow, heady color.

Breaded malted aromas with a subdued grassy hop character. But the malts are the main thing.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a malty sweetness with a burst of grassy bitterness as it finishes clean. It is really what a pilsener is all about.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Rocky white head dissipates fairly quickly. Crystal clear and a bright gold in color. Light carbonation.

Smell: Biscuity malts and faint metallic hops.

Taste: More of the same. Light bittering note on the tail end.

Feel: Crisp and watery. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Pretty dang good example of a German Pils. Not complex but pretty well balanced. At $7 for a 4 pack of tall boys, its at a pretty good price point. Thumbs up.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color, big fluffy head that disappears quickly, with a little lacing. Just a good German pils all the way through. Malty body with dry finish. Good wet mouthfeel. Just a good standard pils.

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Photo of lowers87
2.77/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Dull yellow, urine color, very clear
Smell: Grain, wheat, field smell, light floral not much
Taste: Very watery, light, low carbonation, light grain, not a lot going on
Feel: Watery, extremely light, drinkable
Overall: Feels like you could drink a lot of these and not get drunk. If your looking for taste or smell in your beer, move along. Nothing really going on here.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light golden yellow, typical pilsner color. Frothy head.

Bready, light grassiness.

Light banana, light floral notes, apple juice.

Light carbonation, light mouthfeel and ABV.

Very simple and sessionable beer. Too bad there is no complexity or flavors.

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Photo of DeeZee83
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am rating this as a Pilsner and how it stacks up to other pilsners I have had in the past.
Poured into a standard Pilsner glass from a large pint can. Appearance is clear gold with decent carbonation and a sudsy head with good lacing. Smell is mainly just grassy with a very slight hint of sweet malt. Taste is very crisp and clean, was not skunked given that it was in a can. The bready malts and earthy hops are superbly balanced with no lingering aftertaste. A perfect representation of the style with an extremely high drinkability.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden, large white head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is grassy and bread. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter. Medium body.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden yellow in color and very clear. Pours a foamy two finger head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma- Citrusy/herbal hops and sweet grainy pilsner malt.

Taste- Herbal/spice hops, citrus, mild bitterness, and sweet grainy pilsner malt (again).

Feel- Light/medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a sweet yet dry/crisp finish.

Overall- Great flavor and super easy to drink as a pilsner should be. The malt is great adding a sweet/dry combo to the taste and the herbal/spice hops add a nice bitter kick.

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Photo of adtrick
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time diving into German beer with this one. I know that German beer has to abide by the purity standards set in 1516, so the flavors made by the three main ingredients water, barley, and hops can only take this one so far. However this beer being the macro standard in Germany is much better than the major beer companies here. The best way I can put it, is that this beer tastes like a better coors light. It just tastes like a better common light beer. Which isn't a bad thing, but it is nothing I would go out of my way to try again.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can into nonic pint. "05.03.2015". consumed on june 1, 2015

a: pale yellow, transparent, 2 fingers of white head

s: big crackery pils malts + pungent grassy hop presence. quite a strong aroma

t: good balance of sweet, bready, cracker-like pils malts and a grassy, bitter, and slightly floral european hop character

m: a bit watery, and also lacking in carbonation. nice dry finish

o: a delicious german pils that could benefit from more body and carbonation

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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I've come to the conclusion that the reason that most European beers are served at warmer temperatures is because most European beers taste better as they get warmer. This is definitely one of those beers. If you want the really bitter taste, drink this ice cold because it really mellows out and becomes much smoother the closer it gets to room temperature, but that's the way I like it.

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Photo of ohbeer89
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Even though I poured this from a 500mL can into a standard pub pint glass, it still had that "green bottle beer" taste about it that makes almost every euro lager taste the same to me. It's billed as "Germany's No. 1 Draft Beer" on the can and accordingly tastes like a German version of Bud Lite.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. One of the better entries for this style in my opinion. Pours a nice golden with a weak white head. Smells grainy & slightly sweet - tastes similar along with a pleasant crisp dryness to offset the malt. This pils has nice carb & actually a pretty decent body. If we're talking premium lagers this is definitely one of the first that I think of.

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Photo of akdo
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a straw drink into our glass. The two-finger head is pretty resilient. By the time I was about to finish my glass, the only thing left was a crown and some lacings on the top. The smell did not have anything in particular. Like any light beer and kellerbiers, the hops were not too aggressive. They are just there to give this beer the desired bitterness.

Moreover, I was surprised to see that this is not too watery compared to other lagers, pilsners or kellerbiers. It is also a very refreshing beer that pairs well with German sausages. In fact, the sausages will leave its fat in the beer, which will reduce the feeling of crispness on the back-end.

Overall, this is not a beer I would buy on a regular basis. However, of all the industrial beers, it is the least worse I have tried.

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Photo of Germanstylefan7896
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a really good value. Excellent all around, very smooth. Seems very easy to get a hold of now, well worth a try if you have never had it.

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Photo of Arminius757
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Call me a baised but I grew up on this stuff. Being born in Bitburg, when I came of drinking age, this was my go to pils. Pours a nice golden color, clear with a nice white head. Good, clean, chrisp taste, little sweeter than some pils you can get here in Germany.
There are plenty of better Pils in the world, but this is my go to. Just remember the old motto of Bitburger, 'Abends Bit, morgens fit'

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Photo of drmeto
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-clear straw-golden with a big white head with moderate retension
-low visible carbonation
Follows the nose with a bready finish
-medium carbonation,light-medium body
sweeter than your avg. Pilsner.
watery during the middle of the palate.
As far as german Macro Pilsners go,its one of the better ones

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