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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

Bitburger Premium PilsBitburger Premium Pils

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1,177 Ratings
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Ratings: 1177
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%

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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001)
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Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bitburger Pils @ 4.8% , served from a 500 ml can purchased for $2

A-pour is a pale gold from can to glass with a big white head leaving a frothy lace along the pilsner glass

S-more classic German hops , malt , & barley

T-has that crispness that German pilsner are famous for

MF-low mild carbonation , weak medium body

Ov-ok beer , almost a one and done

prost LampertLand

Serving type: can

07-06-2013 06:03:11 | More by LampertLand
Photo of Caj1


4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what the deal is with the low scores for this beer; maybe not enough people have had this on tap, but I cannot stress enough how much of an improvement I saw between tap and bottle; it's almost like I was drinking a different beer. Granted, it's not a perfect beer, but for what it is, a relatively inexpensive pilsener, you cannot beat it.

This pours a nice golden straw color with a great deal of head; I needed to let some head dissipate before topping it off. As my beer connoisseur friend described it, this is a head beer, and needs a chance to foam up properly. The head dissipates at a moderate pace, and it was a drinkable level after about a minute. Clarity is great and the beer is nice and bubbly.

Smell is fairly standard; a little bit of bread and a good deal of hoppy citrus and pine without being overwhelming. Taste is close to perfect; sweet, light and crisp with enough hop bitterness and acetyl flavors to add some complexity. Mouthfeel is as close to perfect as you can get; this stuff goes down so smooth that I put down three pints before even realizing it. I will use the word "crisp" again, but this is smooth and refreshing, the perfect summer beer and a very nice break from the ales and stouts I've been knocking back lately.

The stuff in the bottle is pretty good, don't get me wrong, but the stuff in the keg just does not compare. I am giving this the high rating it deserves.

To good health and good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 03:26:53 | More by Caj1
Photo of rand


2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Downtown SD at the Neighborhood on a warm evening, thought this sounded refreshing. Poured into a pint glass, the beer reveals an pale straw-yellow and forms a unusually frothy head that leaves sticky lacing all over. Subtle grassy scents and citrus are packaged in a bready bouquet. The palate is slightly malt-forward and crackery, quickly dried by hop essence. There are few nuanced flavors, and the light and bubbly mouthfeel doesn't help matters. Short, dry finish...this brew highlights the boring side of Reinheitsgebot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 01:49:21 | More by rand
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale, golden, effervescent

Aroma: Floral, citrus

Taste: Hoppy, slightly bitter

Remarks: This was one of my first reviews, so there wasn't much to go on.

I didn't like it enough to put a bumper sticker on my car, unless it said "Bitte, kein Bit"

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:17:36 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of mjurney


4.41/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color, clear. Lots of small carbonation rising up. Small frothy head.

Biscuit malts, herbal hops, very crisp.

Very rich, biscuity, pale malts, a little honey. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly spicy-herbal, just a little lemony. Finish is dry-bitter, yet very crisp. Body is light, very crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, good amount of fizzy carbonation.

Outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 19:57:21 | More by mjurney
Photo of elNopalero


2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw gold yellow

Honestly I had higher expectations for thus beer. Looking for a easily accessible, seasonable pilsner with some pleasing grassy characteristics.

What I got smelled of corn and cereal although it had no reason to do so, with a rounded flavor and sweetness emphasizing more of the same. I wasn't expecting greatness but I had been hoping for a little more spark and life from this one. Wondering if the hops have faded, or it’s normally this way. Meh.

Serving type: can

05-30-2013 09:01:56 | More by elNopalero
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.36/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap in a classic pils glass at Bier Station in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City. I'm shocked the rating is so low on BA. I suspect that having it on tap makes a significant difference.

A - Bright, transparent golden body with traces of carbonation drifting up gently. Pour renders a lacy two-finger head that dissipates after a minute or two. Healthy lacing sticks to the side of the glass as I drink it down. That eventually yields to a faint silk.

S - Dominated by crisp grains, barley, a hint of light yeast.

T - Clean but subtly complex. Hints of phenol dance around bold, bready malts with just a suggestion of hops.

M - Effervescent and medium bodied. Aftertaste is pleasant and reminiscent of the primary original flavors

Overall a fantastic beer. Easily at the top of my list when it comes to pils. I may have to try some out of a can/bottle to see if that makes a big difference.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 20:19:07 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of Carlton1964

New York

1.69/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Sludge is the first word that comes to mind...swill is a close second. Almost no head, no lacing, a horrible stale taste that lingered in my mouth followed my trauma of drinking this stuff. Hard to believe this is made in Germany. I will note...Born on date on bottle says it was made 7 months ago. Not sure if this made it worse, but it sure didn't get better with age.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:59:15 | More by Carlton1964
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Crystal clear straw color with rising bubbles. Foamy, soapy white head. Nice rings of lacing.

Aroma: Faintly sweet, grainy.

Taste: Sweet grains and malts lead into a subtle hop presence. Bright finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Overall: Great session beer, clean and refreshing.

Serving type: can

04-25-2013 19:01:57 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of JoeAmerican77


2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

"Germany's No. 1 draft beer" Poured from 1 pint can into a pilsner glass... One finger of snowtop over a dark yellow translucent beer. Aromas of pale malts and sweet grass barely hit the nose. Truly it smells like a gentlemens Keystone Ice. Somewhat grainy sweet, with bitterness towards the back and an acrid flavor reminiscent of a garden weed. The mouthfeel is extremely bubbly which masks the lighter body.

Overall it has flavor, which is good, and it is better than many mainstream Pilsners. I would choose it over any BMC.

Serving type: can

04-23-2013 10:05:15 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of dar482

New York

4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In comes in a straw light yellow color.

The aroma has big grassy hops.

The flavor is quite refreshing. It has a gentle kick of grassy hops and then a clean malt finish. The hop bite actually stands out a bit compared to some other pilsners. There's a good amount of carbonation. The cleanness and the easy finish is where this beer stands out.

For me, it also comes extremely cheap. Somehow it's around $6 for four 16 oz. tall boys.

A stand out pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 02:55:14 | More by dar482
Photo of FlatRabbitRed


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden, well carbonated, nice head, bitter German Pilsner.

Not a favorite of mine, but it is nice to slide them into the rotation. It is what you would expect from this type of beer, with the exception that it lives up to it's name. A little more bitter than you would expect.

When a beer is crisp and refreshing up front, followed by a bitter after taste... they always make me think they were designed that way to make you take another drink to get some relief from the bitter.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 12:21:45 | More by FlatRabbitRed
Photo of FLima


2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pale golden color with a two finger head with low retention.
Aroma of malt and grassy hops. Although pure malt it has a hint of adjunct lagers smell.
Tastes like a German Pilsner, bitter taste from its grassy hops. Crisp and firm with a lingering bitter finish.
Light body with good carbonation.
Decent, not great, standard Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 23:03:43 | More by FLima
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on draft at The Mark, South Bend IN

A: clear yellow; no head; no carbonation; no lacing--wow disappointing appearance
S: not much; a bit of yeast and lemon
T: buttery, bready flavor; not complex; semisweet; pretty flavorful for a pils

Not all that remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 17:22:54 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of delta490


3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml can into an imperial pint glass. Color is an almost-medium gold and it had a big creamy white head that doesn't last long, but leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is nice, with floral and bread. It has a pleasant sweetness, mimicking the aroma, but balanced against a nice hop bitterness on the finish. It has a thicker mouthfeel and a little carbonation which make it quite pleasant. All in all, a nice German pilsner.

Serving type: can

02-16-2013 09:03:07 | More by delta490
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500th review on BA.

Appearance: Pours a super clear straw color. Lively carbonation. Head is bright-white and starts off big and pillowy. Quickly drops to a small, spotty cap and tight, bubbly collar.

Smell: Crisp pale malts. Pilsner malt sweetness. Wet cracker. Grassy with a touch of earth. A bit sweet, pushing something like corn. Bright indistinct fruitiness in the back...apple skin? Overall sweet graininess. Slightly floral with some herbal elements tossed in as it warms.

Taste: Light, pale malts. A bit watery. Very light. Almost comes across crisp, but ultimately falls a little short. A lingering earthiness. Grass, a touch of hay, and some leafy, slightly floral hops. Very light. A bit of lingering bitter leaf, but finishes relatively clean. Pale grain. A touch of cracker.

Mouthfeel: A bit fuller than expected, more firmly in medium than one would think. Moderate to high carbonation. A bit crisp. Smooth.

Overall: Bitte ein Bit. Sure, why not

Before the age of 8 I thought this was as far as beer went. It was all my family and their friends drank in Germany. Crates and cases. I hated this beer, it was one of the main reasons I never drank. I found it fitting to put this at 500. I can firmly say that it's not terrible, hell, it's even good. I can see why they were drinking these like water...it is, but it's tasty water. Thank you nostalgia.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:49:58 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of rdeaton


3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The main thing I have to say about this beer is that I love the smell of it. It has the most wonderful floral hops aroma I have ever smelled in a non-IPA. Not everyone agrees with me.

It is a nice mild light malt with a nice amount of bitterness. I see it as a well balanced beer.

This is what American domestic beer should be. Never have an American domestic after drinking this, unless you want to see what adding corn does to beer (I did this, very sad).

For a moderately priced beer, it is a good buy. If you have never had a beer before, I would start with this.

a-looks like beer, stronger head then a domestic, little bit of lacing

s-my favorite beer smell that is not an IPA

t-well balanced by the time you are half way through

m-a bit thicker than you would expect, fills me up

Serving type: can

02-02-2013 01:32:06 | More by rdeaton
Photo of mnrider


3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. White/Gold Can. Freshness date on bottom.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a whipped looking white head.
Light carbonation. The head turns thin with little lacing.

S: Crisp sweet grains, malts and light dry hops. A little watery but
still pretty average.

T/M: Bitter hops, plenty of grain, malts. Good balance. Overall a
little subdued in the taste. Crisp, plenty of carbonation. The finish
is clean with a pleasant linger of hops and grains.

O: Light taste that needs more of a punch. Still has great drinkability
and stands up well to other Pils. Worth a try.


Serving type: can

02-01-2013 19:19:05 | More by mnrider
Photo of mndlssphlsphr


2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I cannot say that this was good, but good enough. This fits through the realm of anything in the grocery better than a lager. This beer has a good mouthfeel, otherwise you are able to taste a mix of hoppy malty tricks. The smell is a tad sour, but it still lasts me beyond the hour. This has a nice color, a color that tells me that everything is ok and that it is time to grow a little garden and spend my time studying the terms of an examined life.

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 04:01:43 | More by mndlssphlsphr
Photo of Premo88


4.69/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

serving: 500 ml (pint 0.9 oz) can ... bit of a "tall boy" poured into a glass mug

A: golden ... a perfect pilsner color with a great head that sticks hard; perhaps lighter yellow than golden but awesome.

S: huge biscuit sweet bread malt and loads of grass

T: could drink this beer everyday and never get tired of the perfect mix of green/bitter hops and light sweet malt.

F: lightweight but full of carbonation.

O: as underrated a brew as any you can name. it's full of good barley taste and stings your tongue with those wonderfuly spicy noble hops. and this one doesn't dry me out like other pilseners, making virtually a perfect German version. LOVE IT!

Serving type: can

01-18-2013 08:44:26 | More by Premo88
Photo of ghisty

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

firstly, iam biased as a lover of all things pils. secondly our selection in eastern canada barely ranges to steigl. so i'll take what i can get. anyway. bitburger.

appearance: vigorous pour into regular barstock pintglass. very clear, cascades of bubbles, perfect 1.5" head, head stays nicely even after a few drinks down, laces show each drink.

smell: not alot of nose to this pils, got a slight hoppy funk near the start, not skunky almost a distant woodsmoke smell, mixed with a few grassy grainey notes, pretty awesome when you can actually catch a sniff, but youve gotta try.

taste: starts off sharp and crisp with a very strong pilsner style, *another drink*,smooth fluffy and easily drinkable after the first snap , i find it's almost to the halfway mark down the pint until i can really get a feel for this beer, at that point it levels out to a nice grainey pils .which might be why its a fave of mine, its understated, but it has depth. kind of a tough one define, think pilsner...but very clean, and foamy,almost dry at times, but thats in an endearing way.

mouthfeel-sharp to start, strong hop presence. levels out like nothing ive ever had, finish is clean with a bit of foamy dryness that just makes me want to drink more of it.

overall: if pils is what you are after this is a good choice, i personally love this beer, and could talk about it for as long as required,pairs up amazingly with just about anything spicey. cooked meats. whatever. its a great beer. and i find it cuts that hankering for a crispy pilsner like no other.

Serving type: can

01-09-2013 00:27:31 | More by ghisty
Photo of beergoot


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow body with a lasting, one-finger thick white head. Grain-like aroma, slightly toasty.; hints of grass. Toasted malt flavor; slight caramel undertone; good hop bitterness to counterbalance things; very light citrus hint peeks through every few sips. Light bodied, crisp, dry finish; smooth mouthfeel.

Slightly better than the sum of its parts. I would like to taste a freshly packaged version, especially on tap. Nice balancing act between the malt and hop components.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:29:16 | More by beergoot
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
no born on dates

A: Pours a rather unappealing light straw color yellow with just over 1 fingers width of white head. Its clear, but Im surprised to see tons of sedimentation suspending throughout the glass. Leaves zero lacing.

S: Not much on the nose. Some pale-like malt aromas, non-specific sweetness that is somewhat citrusy, and a touch of hop spice. Not a ton going on, but it actually smells pretty good for the style.

T: Similar to the nose. Not a lot going on. A generic sweetness, some very mild spiciness are the only hop notes.

M/D: Clean, crips, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is high.

O: Overall, not bad. The style in general is rather blah in my opinion, and this is no different. Minimal aroma and flavors, but what is there is pretty good. Certainly better than the BMC options that are out there, but not something I would choose to drink again. Pretty good for the style though.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:05:37 | More by zac16125
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer appeared a nice light golden color with visible carbonation rising to the top of the glass that had a nice 2 finger, white, foamy head that was retained nicely. The nose was a light malty sweetness, as expected from a good pils. The taste of the beer was good and it followed the nose, but with a hint of spice, which was probably attributed to the hops. The beer had a good feel to it, nicely carbonated and light. The beer was extremely easy to drink. The beer was clean, crisp, and one that I will definitely be drinking again.

Serving type: growler

01-03-2013 05:16:56 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of JamesMN


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent light golden/straw hue with visible carbonation rising quickly towards a pillowy off-white head.

Aroma: Not much there but clear hint of corn. A very small tinge of grassy hops.

Taste: Like a liquid corn chip but not in an entirely bad way as there is more flavor to it than the average American mass produced lager. Grassy hops leave a bit of flavor and a hint of bitterness in the finish, which is decently crisp. It's oddly likable but I have a feeling it would have tasted better when it was originally brewed in 1817.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent yet with a certain smoothness. Between thin and medium in body. Very good drinkability and refreshing.

Final Thoughts: "Germany's No. 1 Draft Beer" is pretty much what I expected. An average adjunct lager. Would I drink it again? Probably not, but it is cheap and would go nicely with pizza and a football game...

Serving type: can

12-28-2012 05:33:50 | More by JamesMN
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.