Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Reviews: 750
Hads: 1,552
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 171 | 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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 4/26/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good clean balance of pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice clean balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice German pilsener style. All around clean balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,331 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

DATE TASTED: November 22, 2014... GLASSWARE: Warsteiner pokal... OCCASION: Cavs STILL trying to figure "it" out... APPEARANCE: sallow yellow, mostly clear body with large, consistent bubbles; three-finger sudsy head settles to a chunky consistency; lacing is sparse and filmy... AROMA: lightly aromatic, almost flowery at first; secondary malts are subtler like warm toast... PALATE: reasonably stable backbone, with some fizzle in the throat--a bit dry, oily and elusive....TASTE: a rather fruity pilsner, with some lemongrass and toast mixed in; an unassuming, apologetically soft rinser... OVERALL: a good prelude for nachos and salsa, but the initial experience is shallow, aftertaste is slight, and the rest is generally ho-hum example of the genre ... (757 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hard to properly rate the look considering I'm drinking it at a dark bar, however, from what I can see it is a very pale straw color. I detect a nice hop aroma at first, however, as the thin white lace subsides and I get further along in the drink its a mostly malty aroma. Taste and feel are very clean, malty, bready but very little hops bite or bitterness. Low carbonation. Has neither the spicy quality or the hops kick of other continental pilsners I enjoy. An uncomplicated, very clean and smooth pilsner but ultimately a bit bland for my tastes. (552 characters)

Photo of Myotus
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a very small white head. Is golden in color. Has aromas of hops and malts that create a sweet, floral scent. The hops give it a sweet citrus taste and has a slightly bitter finish. Goes down incredibly smooth (219 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Grainy pils malts on the nose with light spice and a hint of earthiness. Presents a very clean and crisp palate with light grain flavors leading to a crisp, spicy, clean hop finish. Light and dry. (196 characters)

Photo of safaricook
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from a bottle a pale yellow, coarse bubbles, no head (though this probably due to the glass here at the airport buffet at Schiphol.
Aroma is Pilsner malt, not of the grainy kind and continental hop extract without depth
Taste is Pilsner malt with rather strong but unfortunately biting bitterness enhanced by its dry taste
Rather thin though carbonation comes in a balanced way
Northern German Pilsener that is typical but not great. Industrial Lager. Not too bad but also nothing interesting (499 characters)

Photo of argock
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 cl brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 06.23.15 stamped on back label. 12-pack purchased cold at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $14.49.

A: Crystal clear honey-gold with disappointing 1/2-finger stark white head hat dissipated quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Clean crackery, grainy malt and grassy, noble hops with minerally quality

T: Great German pils flavor, clean and crisp, with slight grainy pale pilsner malt sweetness, not corny, which plays well off of the clean, grassy, spicy, and slightly floral moderate hop bitterness. There's a reason this a top example of the German pils style. Well-handled beer -- no skunkiness.

M: Very dry throughout, not a beer to drink for body, but slightly prickly carbonation enhances the dry finish.

O: Excellent beer which is inherently drinkable yet provides plenty of crackery maltiness, grasy hops bitterness, and the classic exquisitely dry finish. Comes off drier than Prima Pils but less hoppy - both are great. (1,019 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Best by date of 08.26.14.
Poured from a pint bottle into a tumbler in mid-March, 2014.

A: See through light yellow.

S: Skunky.

T: Grain, malt. Some flower.

M: Creamy.

O: This did have balance, but it was too skunky. Drain pour. (233 characters)

Photo of louisianajones
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

So I picked this up at Crazy Bruce's in Bristol, CT, as part of a mix-a-six. Poured it into a Guiness glass.

Way too cold (straight out of the fridge) when I first smelled and tasted it. No smell, lots of carbonation and a little bit of skunk. So I let it sit for 20 minutes. While it sat, I noticed very little head which dissipated in no time, and no lacing.

As it warmed, I got more of a typical pils aroma with a hint of skunk, not in a bad way. Very light, crisp, and...pilsener-ish. Not a fan of pilseners, but this one actually seemed to have more body as it got warmer.

For a guy who thinks all pilseners taste the same, I actually kinda enjoyed this one. The skunkiness was just enough to make it interesting. If you're into pilseners, you'll like this one well enough. I'll be going back to my ales, stouts, and porters. (849 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Nice color, clear slightly golden yellow. Pours a 2 finger head and keeps a thin cap. Very smooth and easy drinking, with a present but light hop bitterness. Slight skunkiness. Overall it is an alright beer that I would drink again (and have had before), but not seek out to buy. A 3.5 for a little better than okay. (323 characters)

Photo of Milchad
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%

Overall enjoyable beer. I first had this during a trip to Germany many moons ago. The Germans don't serve it quite as cold as I like my beer, but it still holds up even at 42 degrees without tasting skunky. (206 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After reading all the bragging on the can about the beer, I had to try. I was happy with the beer but not elated. A decent pilsener, small head that went away very fast. Good carbonation and a bitterness that was alright, but lingered a little too long. A nice effort, wouldn't turn away another one (299 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw with plenty of effervescence. There is not quite a finger of head and it dissipates into nothingness very quickly. The nose has the distinct notes of pilsner malt. The flavor profile follows the nose. The body is light and the finish is clean, crisp, dry and bitter.

This is an enjoyable brew but not quite among the best of this style. (357 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale straw colour. More pale than most lagers. Very large amount of bubbles streaming up the tall pilsner glass. An ok head and good lacing left sticking to the sides to the end of the drink.

Lovely herbal hop aroma. Sweet and leafy smelling.

The taste, as with the aroma, is of herbal hops with and is very delicate and pleasant. The finish is very dry with a lingering bitterness at the end of the sip.

There is a great mineral water mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Overall this is a superb German pilsener. Ticks all the boxes for the style and is characterful enough to be considered interesting as well as thirst quenching.

My mark out of one hundred would 87. (672 characters)

Photo of priwen
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light straw. Good carbonation. Decent head that goes away rather quickly.

Smell: Light malt, light hops, and just the slightest hint of skunkiness.

Taste: Malt with a nice touch of bitterness from the hops on the finish. There is a flavor there that I can't quite place, but I find it rather appealing. Nothing off-putting.

Mouthfeel: Clean. Crisp. On the light side of medium bodied.

Overall: An enjoyable beer that is perfect for warmer temperatures. One that I would definitely buy again.

11.2 oz bottle
Best Before: 3/17/15
Served in a Pilsner Glass (572 characters)

Photo of GiaLvo
1.95/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Totally disappointing!
I bought this beer cause I didn't know it but it seemed to have very good marketing (it says "Best German Beer" on the package) so I reckoned I'd give it a try.
When I did drink it though I was bitterly disappointed.
It's your typical grey, monotonous whydidIpayforthis lager beer.
No better than Heinekein. When you pour it it looks promising, with not-so-persistent head and hardly any smell.
But when you do drink it you'll be left wondering whether they were drunk or just in bad (wicked) faith when they called it a good beer, not to mention the "best" beer in Germany. (597 characters)

Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Looking for a euro lager but you're tired of the funk and skunk of Heineken and Stella? Look no further. This one is a notch above.

Pours a really clear and really pale straw color, similar to a typical AAL and the like. Nothing special with the appearance. Smells fresh and bready, with a nice dose of hops for the style.
Tastes about the same, with a touch of honey and a clean finish. This beer is great in that it mostly tastes only of beer, as it should be!

I like it a lot, but the price point is a little high for what it is. That said, if you're in the habit of paying for Stella and the like this would be a pleasant alternative. A good beer. (656 characters)

Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
2.52/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bottle into a beer mug.

My local store had a 15% off sale on individual bottles and I like to try new beers when possible. This one pours a clear light golden color with a small head that quickly fades. As for the taste, it wasn't nearly as good as I'd hoped it would be. The beer was rather bland. It's not the worst Ive had, but I don't think I'd buy it again. At least I didn't pay full price! (411 characters)

Photo of Moilovesu2
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I live on the east coast in the U.S. and I found a 4 can pack of this beer for 5 bucks and thought the price was wrong as it's imported beer which is usually way more expensive in my area. For some reason I can only keep down imported beer. I thought it was going to taste bad since it was so cheap...but I was surprised that it was quite pleasant tasting. My favorite beer is Stella ...and Sapporo (Japanese beer). This one rates somewhere in the middle, being very refreshing and has a kick to it that says... you are drinking beer!! not flavored water :-). I recommend drinking it very cold. It's great with comfort and fast foods and I will be looking for it again...I hope the price remains this low, as it will be my regular basic go to beer. Way way better than any U.S. beer I have tasted. Cheers!! (806 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml can into pint glass

Appearance: pours a 2" thick white head which moderately recedes leaving some lacing. Light golden mostly clear appearance with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: bready malts dominate with some yeast and hops present.

Mouthfeel: light and frothy with a very pleasant finish.

Flavor: lightly toasted barley malt, a bit of caramel, some lemon, grass, and a mild hop bite for balance.

Overall: a delicious and highly enjoyable pilsner. (481 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought in a german supermarket, came in a plastic bottle. It's pretty cheap, less than 1 euro for 1/2 liter.
Drinking it at room temperature.
Look is a big creamy head on a pale golden drink, good carbonation. Very nice lacing.
Smell of citric as well as grassy hop. Interesting in a pilsner.
Taste is more of an ordinary pilsner, but not at all a bad one. Allthough there's a lot of corn malt taste, the balance and the bitterness comes through and keeps up.
Overall it's drinkable, probably better very cold. If you like pilsner, go ahead. (541 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So sweetly golden. A shower of sun. Dough and gentle herbs to fill the nose and then the stem. In the drink is the sap. Kind softness, a touch sweet. Forgiving bitter. (167 characters)

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin, yellow, no head to speak of. But this beer has a little more hoppiness and flavor than your average pilsner. I like the dry finish and the hop element. Also like that this is more full-bodied than other pilsners. But at the end of the day, it's still a pilsner, but you could do worse (or better--like, IMHO, Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner). I found this beer drinkable but not particularly enjoyable--I prefer something with more flavor and/or complexity. (460 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found these cheap, 4.99 for four pints. If I can keep getting it at this price, this will be my go to beer. I drank this through a keg and didn't enjoy it as much as I do now. I would compare this to Konig pilsner, although Konig is much better, this is trying to keep pace. Nice cool refreshing beer. Smell some vanilla, grass, almost candy like. Beer changes in smell as it warms for the better. More of a hop odor to it.Very nice carbonation and straw like color. Lacing in the glass is prevalent and stays. Head created was thick and soapy. Great beer, great price, go for it! (580 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Transparent straw yellow color. Half of head on the pour. Average active carbonation for the style. Some sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Easy front of pleasant prairie grass, cloves, and some banana. Earthy grounded pils malt body. Light fruity hop tones round out the aroma.

Taste: The palate is greeted by some buttery yeast tones. The malt body is filled with heavy nutty tones, earthy grains, corn, and prairie grass. Dry straw meshes with some hop fruitiness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Light sweet front which transitions into a progressively building dry grainy finish. Carbonation is bright and contributes to the lingering dryness on the palate.

Overall: Solid german pilsner top to bottom. The taste is a bit of a different animal then I expected from the aroma but doesn't subtract from the overall enjoyability of this brew. Certainly something that any BA should try out especially for <$10 a sixer. (948 characters)

Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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