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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

Bitburger Premium PilsBitburger Premium Pils

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Ratings: 1176
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 Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Pale yellow pour. Medium head.

Smell: Very light and floral. Only a hint of hoppiness.

Taste: Smooth and light. Moderate hop bitterness in the body. Nice hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Slightly dry towarsd the end.

Drinkablility: A little light for my liking. But still a decent pils.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 15:42:55 | More by Popsinc
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright yellow-gold body with a steady stream of bubbles, topped by a foamy, tight white head three fingers high. Good lacing. Nose is mostly hay/fresh cut grass. Firmer bodied than I expected. Nice full mouthfeel. Taste is extraordinarily balanced, a bit of malt up front, a hint of hops at the end. Could have used a little more hop bite. Extremely clean. A notch above both Bud and Becks.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 20:28:08 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in a 500ml white can, with about 10 different languages on the can. This stuff gets around! And it should too, it's pretty good, although nothing overtly remarkable. Good head that fades fast, clear straw colour, a touch of malt and hops on the nose, and a decently balanced flavour. It's very drinkable, goes down very smooth, great hot weather beer. Another notch in bringing me over to the pils style.

Serving type: can

06-17-2003 17:41:02 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of TheDM


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This draft brew from the GermanFest in Fort Wayne, IN poured a thin straw yellow carbonated body and a very small head (once again, it was served to us and may have bee poured off). It had a very mild malt aroma and hoppy flavor. It had an initially small hop bite to it that smoothed in its finish along with leaving an excellent lacing.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 06:38:07 | More by TheDM
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This delightful Pils pours a bright golden color with a sturdy white head and nice trails of webbed lace. A very nice floral hop aroma with a fading sweet malt fragrance. The full lightly roasted malt is rounded and lightly sweet. A bright and edgy citrusy and spicy hop flavor rules the glass. Hoppy, but not overly bitter and becoming very balanced as the glass is emptied. Worth having another! Pleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 14:22:35 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a 12oz bottle.

Poured a crystal clear yellow with a fair head that faded into a thin covering with fair lacing.

Aroma wass very crisp and clean with a lightly toasted pils malt, hops, and some yeast.

Tasted very crisp, clean with a lightly lemon sweetness and toasted pils malt. FInishes with a slight hoppy spice finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 18:46:38 | More by Loki
Photo of Reidrover


3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok bought in the 12 oz brown bottle..like the simple gold "Bitburger" on the white label "Bitte ein Bit"
Have to say after pouring this into a pilsner glass its pretty average for the style..medium yellowish /gold with a small bubbly pure white head..some good carbonation strings.
The aroma is very well done for a pilsner..the sharp smell of the hops is present..like newlly mowed hay.
I liked the taste of this beer,.started with a malty sweetness , which seemed to transition into a more honeyesque one . then buttery and followed by a good sharp bitterness from the hops very well done.
Very nice feel on the tongue.
Very drinkable lager beer IMHO..good summer beer..and i got it at a reasonable price $5.69 a sixer

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 20:10:33 | More by Reidrover
Photo of SteveP

United Kingdom (England)

2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A lightly sweet body soon replaced by clean, crisp hops developing a dry bitterness. A classic pilsener, but its soft, laid back nature is lost on me. It's enjoyable, and the clean, crispness is pleasing... but.... a refreshing drink is all I see here.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 14:32:20 | More by SteveP
Photo of tavernjef


3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a clear, light yellow, soory but it looks like pee. Poured with a favorable large head, white and foamy with some divets and was about three fingers high, lots of retention, and created patchy lace. Smells faintly of sweet malt and hops, very clean, but somewhat plastic-like with a thin earthy hint. Taste is evenly distributed between a slightly sweet malt and a dry hop. Feel is firm but light and watery, clean, and soft with a drying feel throughout the finish and slightly bitter sweet. Its quite drinkable, but left a little empty, easy drinkin' for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 09:43:27 | More by tavernjef
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Delightful appearance on the pour with the brew having a nice light gold look with a beautiful off-white, foamy head. Unfortunately the beer produced no discernible lacing and quickly lost its head. The smell had a distinctly hop overtone above the malt base. The taste was nicely bitter and carbonation created a certain crispness to the mouthfeel. Slightly astringent in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 03:58:16 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very classy and delicous german pilsener beer that is above average in all categories. This beer came in a yellow glass bottle but it was not 'skunky' at all...yay! This beer poured a beautiful golden colour with a nice fluffy white head. It smelled of hops and light malts. It tastes very simple, but very refreshing...the perfect pilsener beer, perhaps. The mouthfeel on this beer was very crisp but a bit thin. The drinkability is off-the-charts! A very good german rendition of a pils and good drinking all around!
I raise my glass to Ipogios and say drink well!...

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 12:13:17 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Scooter77


4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional pilsner. Pours a golden/straw yellow color with a medium sized, bubbly head. The glass is full of carbonation. The aromas of citrus and light malt give way to an abound of floral hops. Taste is crisp and refreshing, matching the aromas very well. Just give me some bratwurst, warm potato salad, and a Bitburger and I’m in heaven.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 05:11:29 | More by Scooter77
Photo of lipschitz

Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 355ml brown (not green!!) bottle, best before date of July 2003...suitably fresh
Appearance: Very pale yellow, inordinately clear. Immediate foamy head, which dissipates rapidly into a faint collar, then.....gone.
Smell: Expected Euro-lager skunkiness, grassy, with floral overtones.
Taste: Tastes as it smells, which isn't bad, just not much there. A slight sweetness, followed with a whiff of hops, then it dissapears, leaving a slight lingering taste of grain.
Mouthfeel: Watery, yet foamy simultaneously. Leaves a slight citrus oil feel on your tongue
Notes: Claims to be Germany's #1 draft beer.....unfortunately I am drinking it from a bottle. This is not offensive, but it is also not highly recomended either. Rather, it is a decent example of the style, but not an exceptional one. I could buy this agian, and would not mind drinking it at all, but alas, I probably won't.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 20:40:40 | More by lipschitz
Photo of aracauna


3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap and I was very impressed by the huge creamy head (especially since the place I got it from tends to pour carefully or something since you rarely get much head on the beer. Nice mouthfeel that matched the creaminess of the head. Very reserved on the hops, but well balanced and refreshing. Had a slight bubblegumminess that gave it a little complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2003 21:07:13 | More by aracauna
Photo of bditty187


3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale gold, nice hue; actively effervescent yet little head development, smallish-white, bubbly, poor retention, surprisingly little/no lace. Cleanish nose, a kiss of sweet malt, notes of hay. Soft yet grainy palate, mildly bitter, shades of sweetness, minor malt backbone. Decent mouthfeel, just enough carbonation, drinkable. Finish is clean, crisp, a little lingering sweetness. I can’t say I will bother with this one again; there are much better Pilseners… Bitburger is right around average.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 13:24:35 | More by bditty187
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BTL - Pours a clear golden color. The head reminds me of shaving cream. Hops are very notable in the nose. Powerful and bitter hops to the palate with a subtle malt undertone that is again overpowered by the hop after taste. The first impression is rather decent. I would have expected an ugh factor in the after taste yet was pleasantly surprised to find none. Well balanced and complex flavors here with a proper bit of aging to allow the hop flavors to mature and avoid the ugh factor. Nicely done.

Draft - I had the chance to try this one again but on draft at the Flying Saucer. And of course it seemed a bit better. Smoother texture and feel. The taste is a bit more balanced for lack of a better term. And I sucked it down so damn fast. Man i really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2003 11:31:53 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of freed


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the first legal beer I ever drank. I had it in Germany when I was 17. I didn't really like it then, but thought I'd give it another try at the local German resturaunt. Given the long standing tradition of many of these beers, I must have been the one whose taste had changed.

The beer is a light golden color, which would be fine if not for comparison of domestic "pilsner" hues. It has a stronger bitterness than american pilsners, but its still subdued compared to many German and Czech pilsners. The body of the beer is very light, and its not a filling beer. However, once the food arived, the beer played well as sausage washer-downer. Though I really like pilsners, this is not one I'd make a habit out of buying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2003 18:11:21 | More by freed
Photo of AudioGilz


3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light, clear, straw color. A large white head quickly dissipates to a lace. The aroma is simply hoppy. The taste is simply refreshing, with a zingy carbonation. The finish is a little dry and hoppy and doesn't last very long. This is a wonderful session beer. I think I might have found a great beer for all day Nascar purposes. I'm freezing right now, but I know this beer will come in handy when it's 90 degrees.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 23:58:39 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an excellent pilsner. Number three on my list, only behind Konig and Pilsner Urquell. Just as crisp and refreshing as both of those, but a little lighter in taste and body. Pours a beautiful, golden sparkling glass of beer. Nice head, decent retention. Hoppy, grassy taste and smell. Very clean, top quality. This is what the "big three" should be making!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 22:57:52 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of PatandDavid


4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am so glad to see this at Redbones, because it means I don't have to go to Jacob Wirth to get this on tap.

Color: Sunny yellow, pale and golden

Smell: slight, very slight

Taste: I like this beer. This is a sesion beer, so I can 4 or 5 and not worry. Slightly malty, but less so than other German pilsners. Hops are not going to knock you out at all, so it's not the crispest pilsner you will ever drink. But if you want some smooth, pilsner action, this will do the trick.

Mouthfeel: I like when the beer is in my mouth!

Drinkability: I gave it a five. I can drink this all day. If I see it on tap, I will.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2003 06:56:52 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of 49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When it comes to Pilseners, I generally lean towards the Czech versions. Perhaps that a dumb bias, but this style generally doesn't do too much for me. Having said that, the Bitburger Pils is a giant amongst the style and is worthy of some attention.

An surprisingly enjoyable Pilsener which is far smoother than most on the market. While the traditional hoppy characteristics of the Pils are still weigh heavily on the palette, Bitburger has an exceptional clean, almost mellow, maltiness in both its aroma and taste. Quite dry, in the same lines as the Asahi Super Dry, but far more refined.

Pours a very clear, bright yellow sunshine tone, with a thick frothy head. No collar forms on this and the lacing is minimal, but that's to be expected with this style. Certainly an enjoyable brew and I can sense this one being popular sitting on the sundeck come spring and summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 19:34:50 | More by 49degrees
Photo of doho95fu


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer because I was going to be hanging with macro drinkers and wanted to keep the pace. It is the typical yellow color which is neither a plus or minus, there was little head and average carbonation. The smell was more malty than anything, with few distinctive tones. The taste was lager - just average, slighly watered down with some malt, little hoppiness. I am not a great fan of lagers, but this is better than most.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 07:10:59 | More by doho95fu
Photo of ADR


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Second Pilsner of the evening, but hell, even though its January, its going up to 50 degrees F tomorrow in Minnesota...

Clear straw color with a big fluffy head that spirals down to delicate lace but keeps a 1/8 inch layer in a Pilsner glass as well. Very faint hoppy and peppery aroma. Plenty of carbonation is noticeable early, works with the subtle malt to give a dry impression. Some sense of toasted biscuit mid mouth. Finishes softly, less carbonated (thankfully not fizzy -- the bane of drinkability), little aftertaste. A million miles from a "big beer" but there's a quaffability here.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 08:27:18 | More by ADR
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear golden/straw colored body with a big white head that quickly diminishes to a nice sheet of lace. On the nose you get a good whiff of German hops in the aroma. On the palate the flavor has a nice bitter-sweetness, slight citrus notes in there, light biscuity notes, and perfect bitterness and tingling feeling on the tongue from the hop zest. Body is medium and well carbonated. This is a very good Pilsener…

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 07:18:09 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of BitteBier


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I approached this beer with something of a negative bias, based on a German friend who calls Bitburger a lowest-common-denominator beer, "the Budweiser of Germany." That being said, while not great, this is better than the bulk of mainstream US beers. Pours clear golden yellow with a finger's worth of dense, nearly white, foamy head. Hops are an evident element of the smell, accentuated by the neutral grain aromas I associate with pilseners. Hops are evident throughout, running dryer as the taste proceeds. While the texture is somewhat watery, the taste remains more substantial than I expected. Mouthfeel is quite clean, and the drinkability is as good as one normally finds in a pilsener. I would rather have a German wheat beer any day, but this isn't too darned bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 14:20:08 | More by BitteBier
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