Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 22
Gots: 96 | 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 MNJR
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, crisp, refreshing, no heavy or off flavors. An all around winner in the Pilsener category. Better than many other Pilseners I've had (including Urquell). Clear, golden color, lemony, slightly spicy in the nose. Has a bit of a bite to it from the nice, sharp carbonation and spicy finish. Clean and very drinkable. I always remember enjoying this one. I've easily bought this 20 times over the years, but I rarely pick it up at the store because it's kind of hard to find. Whenever I bring it home and crack one open I am not disappointed.

Photo of HopBacchus
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a decadent frothy head. The head subsides slowly leaving mild lacing. The nose is very subdued sweet malt and a faint skunky aroma. Its flavor is smooth and sweet with a faint hop finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and pleasantly light bodied. This is an above average export pils for certain. Not a great deal of flavor but very pleasant and does its job nicely. Very versatile would be splendid in hot weather.

Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bitburger German Pilsner starts with a golden yellow pour that has a very white head on it. The head faded and you left with some lacing but hardly any. The smell is of fresh grains and cut grass, Not my favorite smells when it comes to beer. The Flavor is nearly the same as the aroma but with a little spark of bitterness in the end. It's a lighter brew so you can drink it easily. Not really what I want in a beer but I guess it's ok for whoever likes it.

Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Clear golden straw with two fingers of fluffy white head that lasts a while.

Smell. Grassy, floral hops, some bready yeast and light grains. Smells good.

Taste. Grassy bitter hops, some light grains, bitter finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, prickly carbonation.

Overall. Nice stuff. Would be great at the beach.

Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair/good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around five minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, hops, metallic, grass

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with corn and a little bit of hops. It also has a bit of grassiness to it and some lemon zest flavour. It finishes with a grainy slightly bitter after taste.

Overall - I'd say this is an above average euro-beer. It's decent for the style and would be good for the warmer weather. I'd still be Radeberger before this though..

Photo of Bigmuff
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an ice cold 16 ounce can into a frosty Carnival Cruise souvenir tulip glass circa 1995. There is a freshness date of 09-30-2011 on the bottom of the can which comes from a 4 pack sold at Trader Joes.
The beer pours gold like the lettering on the Bitburger logo with 1/4 inch of white head which dissipates after a minute or so.

Smells as it should... light malt with a touch of hops... not strong smelling but definitely European.

The taste is a crisp, light and refreshing malt followed up by a rather neutral but bitter hop signature.

I really like how bitter after taste of this beer helps to quench ones thirst and clear the palate.

This beer on tap at a local German restaurant but I have not tried it from an ice cold can into a frosty glass.
It certainly seems to improve the flavor.

High marks for Bitburger.

Photo of giblet
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured pale yellow into my glass with a white one inch head. slow steady carbonation. smells nice like a grassy bread. nice malt taste with a good hop balance. this is nice.

this can was brought back from germany by a friend. so it is an original.

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow body with a small white head

S- Mild pilsener aroma

T- Grainy malt up front, hay/grassy hops finish this bitter and crisp. A nice balance

M- Light-bodied and on the higher end of carbonation but it's still in there for the style

D- VERY drinkable, complex enough to get you come back for more and the sessionable ABV is nice

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bitburger Premium Pils has a medium, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with not too many bubbles streaming. Little lacing is left behind. The aroma is a wonderful bready barley malt and slight sweetness. Taste is likewise bready and sweet, with appropriate hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Bitburger Premium Pils finishes crisp, refreshing, and semi-dry. Terrific! Try one!


3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle.

Pretty unimpressive color, light honey yellow. No head and very little lacing, but great clarity. Smells malty & spicy. There's a good dose of noble hops. Very German. Not much complexity but surprisingly fresh-smelling. The taste leads off with a pretty good mix of spicy hop and sweet malt character. The body manages to be light but not thin. Hops take over on the swallow but never really become that assertive. The beer doesn't taste very strong or complex or interesting. Its real strength is the balance. It's very refreshing, and while you won't find anything new or exciting here, it is without a doubt a pleasant drinking experience. Highly quaffable. A superb session beer if you're in a German kind of mood.

Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served from the draught into a .51L Bitburger pint glass (which we later 'borrowed') in the John Hewitt pub in Belfast.

A: Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a two finger head that reduces to a half finger head in about one and a half minutes.

Sm: Hops, barley. Quite strong, actually.

T: Barley. Hoppy notes are biased in balance towards the open. Clean finish. Built a bit blandly.

Mf: Nicely coarse until the finish - exactly the opposite balance in texture of what it ought to be. If the coarseness were in the finish, I'd crave the next sip. Crisp on the finish. A bit too coarse on the open.

Dr: 3.50 pound? Are you fecking kidding me like? Look elsewhere for great beer, lads, but give this a go if you come across it - just don't pay more than 2.50 quid. Fuck's sake.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When considering a pilsner, is there really any better choice? With ultimate drinkability, bready malts, and spicy/floral hops, this crisp lager hits the spot time after time while avoiding many flaws that plague most.

The beer pours a bright golden-straw color with steady streams of carbonation that fuel an airy and froathy head. Moderate on retention and light on lace- the beer could show a touch better head character.

Dry bread maltiness adds a malty-grainy sweet scent that invites drink after drink. Floral hops with a sharp spicy note gives the perfect earthy balance to the grain/malt sweetness for a complex nose that seems effortless.

Flavor hold serve with a malty sweet upstart with a crisp grain flavor. Light notes of honey suckle and apple give a mild fruity note that's mostly yeast and hops. But the spicy- peppery bitterness gives a distinct crisp and refreshing finish to the beer that's remarkable compared to others of the style. Without screaming complexity, this pilsner has an exquisite balance of flavors without shying away from boldness.

The soft creamy upstart gets confidence from the sweeter taste upfront. But the beer makes quick work of the sweet maltier components and usher in a bitey, yet clean and crisp grain astringency, and minerally 'snappy' finish. Quite dry in the end, the beer defines what it is to be drinkable.

With one sip, the beer becomes spicy-sweet and floral. With the next- bitter, biting, and minerally. All the while, the beer keeps giving waves after wave of flavor for such a simple beer. It's actually quite nice and welcomed.

Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2 into a Pilsener Glass. The back label has a "Best Before" date that reads 062911.

Appearance: A super clear and bright yellow gold beer fills my glass and is capped by a bright white head of loose foam. This head settles quickly and sets up a thin wispy layer of slick lacing.

Smell: Grassy, hay like and lightly floral hops blend with light biscuity pale maltiness. It is simple but nice.

Taste: Just a slight malty sweetness seeks into a mostly dry pale biscuity malt character balanced by modest hay like and floral hops. The finish is fairly crisp feeling with mellow hop bitterness.

Notes: It's a solid clean and very drinkable lager.

Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Got it on tap at Wolff's German beer bar in Albany, where it comes in a mug. Body is clear, light-golden in color with a small white head.

S: Cereal grains with a touch of fruity sweetness and floral hops.

T: First impression: well-balanced. Light grainy malt up front with a nice grassy hop bitterness at the finish. After a few sips I notice a bit of fruity sweetness somewhere in the middle, but it's offset by that dry, grassy bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, carbonation is fairly sharp but inoffensive.

D: Very good. Would be a nice beer to have, ice cold, on a hot summer day.

Photo of Lemke10
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought this in a 8-pack Beers of the World variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

A rather simple German Pilsner. Pours a pale golden color that is slighty cloudy with a fast diminishing head. There is the scent of cheap grains and wheats. Has a very grainy taste to it a slight lemon hint to it but overal rather weak and simple. If you like a simple imported beer, give it a try otherwise this one is pretty forgetable.

Photo of bventure
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale clear golden yellow. Small white head, subsides to thin persistent film.

Sweet, floral, slightly musty smell.

Taste pleasant enough, starts sweet, finishes bitter. Hints of citrus.

Feels smooth, not too light, light to medium carbonation.

Better than run-of-the mill pilsner. Quite bitter, quite tasty. Decent stuff, would drink again.

Photo of jar2574
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow color, thin white head. Less carbonation than I expected. Nice smell, plenty of hops and an earthy, yeasty scent. Good taste. Smooth, a good pilsner. The mouthfeel is a little lacking though - it's a smooth beer and there's not quite enough bitterness for a pilsner.

Photo of IndiaBeerFC
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried it for the first time, it just tasted like another general beer. Nothing to offer from taste perspective.

The appearance seems to be ok but taste was average, could really make out if its a international beer or local beer.

Nothing unique to offer.

Photo of al3
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice frothy top, some lacing, dissapates quickly

S - fruity, sweet corn, light and airy

T&M - Well balanced, sweet and somewhat buttery up front, with a slight hop bite on the finish. Feel is appropriate for the style and is not too thin.

D - more than a few

I've had this beer from tap, bottle, and can and I would recommend avoiding the bottle experience. Stick to a draft or find a can 4pk and a pint glass to go with it. Nothing really unique here, but it is a solid beer and a easy drinker.

Photo of miketyree24
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Great cheap german beer. Reminds you of golden wheat fields and beautiful rivers flowing through a german country side. And reminds you of a college kid who has more respect for themselves than to drink cheap no taste session favorites.

Pours golden yellow. really beautiful color.

Smell is sweet but very light. Can get the hop aroma as well as malts. I got hints of grain and even hay or grass. Great blend of smellls for this surprisingly good pilsner.

The taste is sweet and hoppy. You can pick out the grain taste and really goes down smooth despite the carbonation.

Very drinkable beer. I could easily drink 4 or 5 pints of this no problem.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB date of Oct 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A very clear light golden colour with nice carbonation. Small head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin film. Smells of light malt and grain; also a hint of hops. Good aroma for a lager.

Clean crisp taste with distinctive bitterness (typical of better German lagers). Light malty flavours with notes of grain; no real hops flavours but the bitterness seems to cover the tongue when swallowed. Smooth with some tingling from the carbonation. No real aftertaste to speak of.

A lager with an above average flavour - very refreshing. Goes down nicely, and I would have this again if I came across it in a pub.

Photo of bryehn
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 OZ bottle poured into a branded mini pilsner glass from a gift pack. Pours a clear, light golden color with practically nothing in the way of head after just a few seconds.

I find the aroma very fresh for a European beer, with grainy and flowery tones that get accented by a sweet malty aroma with faint citrus notes.

Bitburger feels a bit watery on the tongue, creating a clean and refreshing drinkability. I could serve this to just about any casual beer drinker, but for me its lacking any real body.

The beer falls short in the taste department, as its bitterness feels a bit overbearing, with little sweetness to balance it out besides a resiny-feeling aftertaste.

I find this a fairly pedestrian beer. It certainly isn't gross, nor does it have anything particularly wrong with it. It just doesn't do anything to set it apart from other German pilsners.

Photo of Zimbo
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll never forget the look I once got from a German cousin when I once mentioned this beer. It was a borderline angry combination of disgust and disappointment. And I remember feeling he was being pretty harsh but it was enough to put me off trying-until now.

This, amongst a host of other more mainstream beers fell into the shopping trolley over Christmas to ensure that we had 'mass appeal' beer for visitors. This was really all that was left.

Quite pale yellow, the nose suggests some balance between malt and hops with bready aromas. No head retention.

Some reasonable bitterness which hints at a burliness but is really pretty flacid and short term without much development.

A missed opportunity, I now understand where my cousin was coming from.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass.

A - Translucent yellow pour. Almost no head at all and what little it had recedes immediately. No lacing.

S - Puts off a very sweet smell. Has a bit of a grainy smell as well. Light all around.

T - Wheat, little bit of a lemony citrus. Just a touch sweet like the smell.

M - Pretty well carbonated. Light bodied. Crisp.

D - Absolutely. It's my go to beer to bring to friends and not drink Bud, Miller etc. Have a few and relax.

Photo of guitarsnbeer
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drinking a favorite of mine, some bitburg.

pours a average looking, clear light yellow with nice streams of bubbles arisin'.

smells like fresh herbs with some light grain in the backround.

i enjoy the taste of this beer a lot. tastes more than the smell, more fresh grass and rosemary. cool

mouthfeel is nice it certainly is well carbonated but not overpowering whatsoever.

i can drink bitburger anytime, anyplace. at the going rate it is by far my go to beer to have around and goes exceptional with my homemade pizzas

Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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