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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Reviews: 761
Hads: 1,596
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 23.05%
Wants: 36
Gots: 191 | 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 kitsgrad84
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed many many of these throughout my travels in western Germany. If you only a sniff of aroma from this pils you may not think much, but it is very drinkable and refreshing. I see many low ratings but I personally have to rate this pils higher. Yes its crisp while being thin but less skunky than others in region. Really have to recommend this to you if you are in western Germany and wetting your whistle while staying in a local castle. Cheers

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Photo of gurkgurkgurk
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

You don't reach for this beer expecting a ton of flavor, full body, or anything new and ground-breaking. You reach for it when you want a cold, refreshing, and good tasting pilsner.

It's crisp, with a lingering skunky-ness, and alcohol after-taste. It leaves a thin head, with minor lacing. It does however taste clean, the sharpness of the hops shines through, as well as a little malty-ness. For a pilsner, it is very good.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: pretty skunky when I first opened the bottle; after 10 minutes or so, that was greatly reduced; not sure I've ever experienced that before; I can now clearly get cracker; still don't get any hops;

T: a little grainy with light malt; light bitterness through the long finish; no crispness and no hops other than the bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: flavor was disappointing;

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Photo of pkalix
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

minimal carbonation, thin white head. weak aroma (which I might have enjoyed when I was younger).
dry, tasty, pilsner.
my, how my taste buds have changed....

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It´s a good beer, maybe one of my favorite pilsners. It smells dull but has a lot of flavour, hoppy aroma and taste, It´s also very cheap here in Mexico.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.51/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clarity with light straw color and long lasting fluffy white head.

Getting a lot of German nobles hops in the nose, pils malt very noticeable with hints of DMS but is appropriate for the style.

Nice crisp, dry taste with a nice balance of noble hops and pils malt, small hints of DMS

Feel could be slightly more carbonated, still has good crispness to it, pleasant bitter aftertaste

A fine, fresh example of a German pilsner, a beer I would down a sixer of on a hot summer day.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very enjoyable light tasting german pilsner. Not heavy at all. A great afternoon or evening brew when you are being involved with athletic activities on the weekend and don't want to be weighed down with a heavy german lager. (Leisure athletic activities with friends of course, bocce, horseshoes, etc ). Goes with most BBQ foods like an North American pilsner would, U.S. or mexican. Just wish they could market it at a lower cost in the U.S. of A. So I could share the love.

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Photo of Moose90
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in the past, updating review from notes.

A — Pours a rather light, and crystal clear pale yellow color, very light overall. There is a nearly white colored head that sits atop of the beer and leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S — Smells quite grainy and a bit sweet, little bit of Pilsner malt and a bit of the lager yeast character, but its mostly sweet.

T — Clean and bright, bit of a grainy malt undertone, though it's fresh and clean for the most part, little bit hoppy and bitter.

M — Light bodied, with a quick finish, little bit of residual sugar and sweetness.

O — Nice overall, a bit sweet and grainy, but really not bad, could drink this all day long.

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Photo of Logan12321
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very light yellow with an average amount of head, doesn't stick around for all that long though. No distinct aroma from it, smooth to drink, slight bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.28/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Sully's
Crystal clear light golden color with a good sized moderate lasting frothy white head. Loads of DMS when this was first cracked then the skunk seemed to slowly crawl away. Sweet bready pils with a hint of ash and aluminum foil. Light floral hop aromas as well as hints of light pomme fruit. The flavor is light bready pils, earthy spicy hop, a bit of sulfur and metal with some sweet fruit. Uhm yeah, I'm not going to finish this bottle.

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Photo of titvs
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 2A). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L507.04.2014. AROMA: grainy aroma. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: very pale straw color and translucent. average white head with low retention. TASTE: slight grainy sweet flavour with medium-low bitterness that lingers into a semi-dry finish. no hop flavours. PALATE: light body with medium carbonation. OVERALL: a bulk german pilsener that lacks noble hops presence.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.64/5  rDev -23.9%
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 ...

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Photo of Gajo74
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow, almost golden, clear with visible carbonation. Modest head and thin lace retains only until about halfway through the drink. In the nose, there is initially a strong grassy aroma, followed by lightly toasted malts, perfumy and floral. Sweet bready malt taste which is well balanced by a mild hops flavor that is felt in the back of the tongue and especially in the slightly dry finish. Light and refreshing feel. The only drawback is that the soft carbonation didn't make it as crisp as I would have liked.
Overall, a very simple but flavorful beer. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Myotus
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

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Photo of safaricook
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of argock
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
2/5  rDev -42.4%

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.

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Photo of louisianajones
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

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Photo of Milchad
3.33/5  rDev -4%

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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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