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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Reviews: 772
Hads: 1,647
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 23.56%
Wants: 36
Gots: 217 | 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 Gajo74
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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 +4.9%
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 +14.9%

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 -12.1%
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 +11.2%
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 -42.5%

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 -6.6%

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 +0.6%

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 -4.3%

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 -10.9%
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 +6.6%
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.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
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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Photo of priwen
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
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

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Photo of GiaLvo
1.95/5  rDev -44%
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.

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
2.52/5  rDev -27.6%
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!

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Photo of Moilovesu2
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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!!

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Photo of Foyle
4.07/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2.84/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of silverevo9
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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Photo of KFBR392
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color. The head is about a finger high and completely white in shade. It has decent retention for the style, too. A nice ring of lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: There's a good amount of noble hoppiness here, and while it's a bit sulfury, it stop short of being 'skunky'. I'm also getting hints of malt sweetness and butter. Very straightforward, but it works decently.

T: Again, this is a simplistic and straightforward beer. A touch of crackery malts hit the palate at first, before some earthen noble hops finish it off. It is what it is - not very interesting, but easily drunk and devoid of off notes.

M: Vibrantly carbonated and light on the palate, while a touch of lingering sweetness helps to keep it balance. One could chug this if so inclined.

O: If this is the German equivalent of Budweiser, I now know why ze Germans denigrate our macro lagers - this shits all over most of the BMC crew from a great height. No, it's not interesting or great, but it will get you by in a pinch. Good for parties, fishing, or any other activity that benefits from shutting your brain off.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 500 ml can into a pint glass, straw colored with a large foamy white head lat lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: slightly sweet, pale malt, grassy, grain, slight mineral water

T: slightly sweet up front, cereal grain, biscuit, slight grassy peppery hops at the finish

M: light with high carbonation, clean palate

O: OK mass produced pilsner, not stellar but quite easy to drink and refreshing, serve cold

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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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