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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Reviews: 772
Hads: 1,646
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 23.56%
Wants: 36
Gots: 215 | FT: 0
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Bitburger Brauerei
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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 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

L:
-clear straw-golden with a big white head with moderate retension
-low visible carbonation
S:
-grassy,honey,cardboard
T:
Follows the nose with a bready finish
F:
-medium carbonation,light-medium body
O:
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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Photo of Jsteez
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent, skunky beer that tastes good on a hot day: Dry, balanced and bitter, with some grainy malt. High and refreshing carbonation; light bodied and fairly crisp. Nice golden yellow color with a creamy white surface and sticky lace on the glass. Not the best I've tasted in this style, but it's better than many offerings out there. It tastes like a better and more flavorful version of Budweiser, IMO.

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Photo of kitsgrad84
3.62/5  rDev +4%
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 +11.2%
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 -4.6%
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 +10.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +29.6%
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 -2.6%
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 +0.6%
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 -18.1%
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 -34.5%
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 -21%

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 +5.7%
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 -24.1%
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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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 772 ratings.