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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Reviews: 763
Hads: 1,613
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 23.34%
Wants: 35
Gots: 199 | 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 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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Photo of priwen
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
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

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Photo of GiaLvo
1.95/5  rDev -43.8%
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 +4.9%
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 -27.4%
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 -0.6%
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 +17.3%
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.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +9.2%
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 -18.2%
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 +12.7%
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!

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Photo of KFBR392
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -12.7%
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 -0.3%
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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Photo of duckdown
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I love this stuff - I can’t add anything to the reviews that hasn’t been said (and said better than I ever will), so I will just say that I whole heartedly recommend it to anybody looking for a great sessionable beer that you won’t get tired of. Fantastic with all types of food, especially stuff like pizza or wings, I am a definite fan. I purchase the tall cans from the LCBO here outside Toronto for $2.40 CAD each

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2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On-tap. Shaker glass @ Freiburg (Barcelona). Golden color & Crystal clear appearance. White froth & fairly good retention. Herbs & mint, flowers & honey to the nose. Sweet maltiness at first sip. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Clean bitterness, minty freshness & spicy touch. Dry bitter finish. Easy drinkable.

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Photo of Tennwilliams
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although I enjoy this one either way, it's best served at room temperature. It isn't as smooth as some other pilsners I've tried, but it does have a good quality to it. I fell in love with this one while stationed in Baumholder, Germany. I was still a wannabe beer connoisseur and Bitburger was the first one to intrigue me.

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Photo of lhommedieu
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm planning on cloning a Tannenzaepfle pils this spring and was looking through "Brewing Classic Styles" for some ideas on German pilsners. Jamil Zainasheff has been brewing a Bitburger clone for several years that he calls "Myburger." After trying it I can see the appeal.

Less is more. This is the beer that you drink with a grilled hot dog, mustard, and bun, potato chips, dill pickle, and cole slaw. Add a baseball game on the tube and you're set for the afternoon. Although its the perfect summer time quaffing beer, it would also go well with German foods in fall or spring. Pair it with grilled wurst, mashed potatoes, and sour kraut, or Hasenpfeffer with semolina dumplings, and a side of caramelized carrots or Brussels sprouts, for example.

Clear, pale straw color, excellent, though subdued nose. Taste is a great balance of pale malt and noble hops, with a fine, dry finish. The right carbonation gives this a nice bite but the malt and hops shine through, and again, that dry finish at the end is perfect.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a clear hay colored beer.

Smell - it is malts and a little bit of hops.

Taste - It has a decent taste, better than other similar beers.

Mouthfeel - a good amount of carbonation.

Overall - Not bad compared to other similar beers.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
1.69/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Bitburger pours a straw golden color with a lot of bubbles and a small head. There is a an aroma like dirty dishwater. The taste is watery, soapish, and also tastes like dirty dish water. Very light, which helps it, but just undrinkable. Overall looks good, but tastes bad.

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Photo of dougbassett
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- # 35 of the ones I've reviewed here.

We all have our biases, and so I'll straight up state that I'm partial to German and Eastern European styles. I like the clean simplicity of the best of them, they have an appealing honesty, for lack of a better word. Bitburger is an example of this: it's a German Pilsener. It's not exactly incredibly complex or deep, but it's a damn good example of the breed.

Can seems to have been the way to go with this: I've had Bitburger before in bottle and it seemed a little washed out and lifeless. In can, though, it's a very assertive beer. Pours out with the classic yellowish-brass you want out of a Pilsener. Nose of hops, a nice straightforward blast of tangy hops in the taste with a dry, crisp, bitter finish -- again, the sort of thing you want in a Pilsener.

Incredibly refreshing beer, the sort of thing you want now and then. Or at least, the sort of thing that I want now and then. Recommended, especially if you can get it in cans. Those who like Pilsener Urquell are particularly directed to this.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.74/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This a great tasting beer. Real subliminal taste to it. Bitburger is way better then most lagers out there even Germany lagers.

Appearance : e yellow with lots of carbonation.

Smell : some grains e with a noble hoppys.

taste : It is verry well balanced . It has an evanescent taste to it The weight of the beer is ideal; not ludicrously heavy, not too light. Linger noble hops to it.

Overall : Drinkability is astronomically high. Meaning very session able beer. I would buy this beer again. One of the good find for the year

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Photo of smakawhat
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Real nice golden lemon yellow, and shining crystal clear body. Wonderful pinhead slow rising carbonation with the bubbles all seemingly 1/2 inch apart from one another as they rise. Head is soapy white, bleach and bright, with some creamy consistency and leaves a nice top. A classic looking pils.

Good solid simple nose. Doughy pils malts, and herbal grass hop, with some slight perfume like detergent floral senses. Some nice herbality to match. Pretty basic and appealing.

Palate comes in a little subdued. Sweet malts but less bakery freshness sensing flavors. Light bodied and very fleeting palate with muted crispness. Flavors seem to be in the front of the mouth with hardly any aftertaste. Muted hop and mild herbality with a light bitterness.

Overall an easy drinking, but much lighter yet still flavorful German Pils.

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Photo of brewolero
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Refreshing and a lovely contrast to all the international style lagers at a Bolivian beer festival. Biggest noticeable difference was the dryness delivered by more present hops and a grainy aftertaste. No fruitiness whatsoever. Second time trying this, and while I might have preferred it out of the bottle versus in a can, it was still a welcome contrast to the barely pilsners available here.

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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.