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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
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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 meeekyh
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have not purchased this beer quite a few times but tonight I decided to buck the trend. Cans of beer can be quite good so I hope this doesn't disappoint.

Color is typical pils, golden and mostly clear with a white head.

Smell is clean and crispy with a good hop profile and light malt. Very good citrus, lemony, in the nose.

Flavors are likewise clean and tangy with a great grain heart.

Feel is light and carbonation is crispy.

This is a very, very drinkable beer and gets a top spot for my money.

Slainte and Prost.

meeekyh, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Bierschenker
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We can buy six-packs of 0.5L at every LIDL-store.

It was served in a 0.5 stein. The beer has a straw golden colour. Some carbonation is running through. While pouring a large snow white head developed, but it was gone within a minute.
The beer has a strong sweet malty scent. I also recognize grains.
It has a fresh bitter-sweet malt taste.
The mouthfeel is good, it has a pleasant thickness.
The aftertaste leaves some a slight zest of malt on the tongue and some bitter tones in the mouth. It is a bit sweet and ends dry.

I love this beer, simple, honest and good.

Bierschenker, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of fsimcox
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, almost transparent straw color. White head dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of hops and grass, faint hints of citrus. Not much going on here.

Tastes of malt and hops, a little sweet, and a hint of bitter hops finish. Not much after taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and light, with some carbonation. A dry finish.

Certainly an easy drinking Pils. A good example of this style.

fsimcox, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of harrymel
2.15/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes on 07/06/10

Poured from bottle to pint

A: Pours with low/no visible carbonation. No head.

S: Smells mostly of yeasty bread. Maybe a hint of peppercorn.

T: Sweet bread with a bitter, resiny finish.

M: Low carb. Lighter body, falls quickly down throat.

D: Not impressed, a little too yeast dominant.

harrymel, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured decently hard but got minimal head that is white and bubbly. I would call the color bright straw, which is nearly clear.

S-Noble hops, grass, and malt.

T-Surprisingly good and refreshing. Noble hops, white grape juice, and a nice grassy malt backbone. Its very smooth and has a delicate character to the flavor. The white grape juice/white wine flavor really dominates making this beer taste really good.

M-It has a nice amount of carbonation and some body to it, which make it very smooth.

D-Very drinkable given its good flavor and low abv.

Overall, the appearance and smell of this beer is misleading. It tastes really good and is easy to drink. I recommend this if you are looking for something easy to drink, yet delicious.

thegodfather2701, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Never been a fan of this in the can but the bottled version is acceptable.

True to the style and a step above Beck's, not really easy to compare to Warsteiner, but not to the level of Veltin's. In my mind, this is the best way I can describe it but I'll try to elaborate a bit.

Typical clear yellow body with a white head, retention and lacing could be better.

Smells of spicy hops, slightly metallic with a hint of malt sweetness.

One can taste bland cracker malts, almost a raw pearl barley flavor. That is the backbone. Grassy hops are the ribs and the cartilage that holds it all together is the spicy/herbal hop bitterness, mostly in the finish.

Light and thin in the mouth with a smooth and refreshing finish.

Nothing special but exactly what a low to middle grade version of the style should be. A good beer for Gemütlichkeit!

Sachsenfreude, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of NODAK
4.43/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma is pleasant, if not rather light. Noble hops and some grassiness/hay are present.

Body of the beer is rather sweet with an obvious cereal grain sweetness on it prevailing. This leads into a pretty solid hop bitterness from the Noble hops. Some husk and barley linger around after the swallow, but all in all it is a very clean and refreshing beer.

This style doesn't excite most people I know, but this is an example of a very solid pils. The body is delicious and the bitterness level is right on. I approve.

NODAK, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of thomasdidymus55
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light golden, clear well carbonated with a nice head med. lace. The smell is slightly skunky. Crisp taste but a little on the bitter side. I think room temp. is better for this beer as the chill tends to retain the bitterness. I was stationed in Bitburg Germany and tasted quite a few of these..I can get a few of these down w/no problem.

thomasdidymus55, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of sfprint
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Basically no head, little carbonation, light gold.

S: Horsey malt, smells more like a barn. The hops also smell barnlike.

T: Fairly bland, though bitter. Inoffensive. Everything is pretty subtle aside from the bitterness.

M: Pleasant sting. almost medium body.

D: Easy going down. I would compare it to an American Budweiser for drinking: easy to drink a lot, but tastes way better.

sfprint, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of treque
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: completely traslucent, pale yellow color, lots of carbonatation and permanet. White, 2 finger, consistent head. It neves dissapears at all, some waste is left behind

S: some sweetness and hops. A tiny baked bread is present

T: refreshing, what you need in a hot day. Ligth body, even there is some sweetness at the very beggining it ends with a nice bitter taste that claims to get another sip

I was a little bit worried to get a metalic taste, but i didnt find it at all

In summer or a hot day would take 2 or 3 without thinking

treque, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle. Pours straw color with a little white head and much carbonation. Sweet malt and light hops aroma. Taste is stale grain and light perfume hops. Light body and long earthy finish. There is nothing special in this brew, I expected much more.

mikeg67, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of mbrown26
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a pilsner glass.

A: A golden color with absolutely no head. Some lacing. A little hazy.

S: Didn't get much of a smell.

T: A little bit on the drier side.

M: Watery and thin.

D: Easy to drink, but not necessarily a good thing.

mbrown26, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright white head quickly settles to a skim with a ring. It covers a crystal clear, light straw-yellow beer, with steady streams of carbonation rising from the bottom.

A light scent of wafer biscuits and mineral water precedes the flavor of similar note. Not a lot of depth, but recognizable cereal grains. Good hop presence and creamy carbonation make it easily drinkable and a good session beer.

Perfectly fine to wash down a burger or two.

tubacharlie, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of A380
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely clear yellow with a fine white head. this beer smells like strong grains and hops and tastes quite pleasantly bitter with nice smooth crisp tastes along the tongue. Definitely a good german pils! i love this, its not so strong yet not weak in any way! definitely worth a try. the perfect carbonation and perfect bitterness along with the sweet malts makes a very good beer!
give this guy a try !!!

A380, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, mostly clear, a fizzy two finger head that lasts a bit, lots of lacing, plenty of rising bubbles.

Smells grainy and malty, slightly lemony.

Tastes a bit above average for the style. Nice balance between malts and hops. Hop bitterness is mild but lingers nicely.

Feels dry and light to medium bodied.

Drinks pretty good. Easy to down, doesn't get boring too quickly.

EDIT: found one in the back of the fridge, revisiting it now. Upped my previous rating of mouthfeel from 3 to 3.5. It really aint that bad of a beer, I certainly would far rather have one of these than the cheep American swill we all refer to as BMC!

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of CrazyMike
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow appearance with minimal head. Smell is sweet and grainy, but is light overall.

Taste is slightly sweet and malty. Picked up a wheat, citrus taste. Very light bodied with minimal carbonation. Leaves a small malty, dry aftertaste, but almost nonexistent.

Overall this beer seems watered down with little distinguishing features. It is easy to drink and refreshing though. Drink it when it's hot outside.

CrazyMike, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single bottle at Trader Joe's a while back for $1, and it's been sitting in my fridge till I cracked it open last night. Poured it into a Bitburger .04l stemmed glass. Sunshine yellow color, clear body, with lots of carbonation and a decent looking fluffy white head. Smell was somewhat musty and skunky. Taste was nothing spectacular. Tasted a lot of corn flavor and heavy on the malt, though the malt did not weigh this beer down. I found it halfway smooth and easy to drink. My overall impression is that one Bitburger is palatable, but I could not drink a few of these in one night.

morebeergood, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet Euro lager kind of smell, with small hints of earth and skunk. In the taste, small dry to a clean standard Euro lager taste, with hints of earth and a small hop. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste. Just another kind of standard Euro lager.

OWSLEY069, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - hazy golden straw colour, fluffy white head

smell - floral, grassy notes

taste - hops, slight lemon peel, slightly sweet malt in the back of it, wheat, grains

mouthfeel - bitter upfront, light body, well carbonated, taste lingers slightly on the aftertaste, clean finish

drinkability - this is a refreshing beer for anytime you feel like having something nice and clean

keithmurray, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear pale golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, wheat, citrus, and stale bready malts.

t - Tastes of wheat, light bready malts, and grain. Pretty average.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - Fairly easy to drink because of the low ABV, but I don't think I'd really look to order it again. Nothing really stood out in the smell or taste, just a lot of grain and bready malts. Wouldn't order again.

mdfb79, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours with a nice, light, yellow colour. A foamy head dimples a bit as it lowers. The lacing is rather streaky.

In the smell, honestly, is a hint of "country air" (some of you will know what I mean). There is some... grain? Grass? Apple?

The flavour is fine. Pretty much the same as the smell, without the "country" component.

The feel is OK. It's light, but not too watery. Its finish is dry, and the carbonation is just about right.

Overall, it's a good beer to sit and have a few of.

PEIBeerGuy, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a urinary yellow with a loose white head that disappears fast and lots of fizz. Faint sweet grain on the nose. Cornbread and honey malts with slight herbal spice hops. Slightly tingly leave and a tin foil tang. Thin, crisp and gassy.

Where's the noble? Really nothing special here.

StJamesGate, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of mbusster88
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with foamy soap head. Aroma is of grain, very light not to bold. Head does not last long as it dissipates, leaving small trace. Grain, some bread and hay upfront in the taste. Good bitterness in the drink itself. Okay beer, very good for the style, just not my preference.

mbusster88, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

.5l can. Best-by date stamped on bottom of can.

Pours very clear, very yellow. A tall & airy white head appears. Smell is light, and very grainy, like a silo. Pilsener all the way. Tastes good, a mineral top exists with the sheer biscuitness. Bitter finish, and maybe a little "canny" but that's not enough to draw the drinkability down, because I could drink these all day. A solid imported German beer for a good price.

sixerofelixir, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of bryman1999
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: slightly hazy pale gold w/ a nice head that dissipates but leaves some ok lacing

smell: strong malty smell w/ a slightly pungent funk to it somewhere that kinda comes off in a weird way

taste: nice and clean at the start w/ a nice malty flavour mid-palate followed by a nice and surprisingly long dry finish where I can definitely taste the hops shine through

mouth feel: nice and round, seemingly over carbonated but the way this carbonation dissipates on the tongue compliments the finish

drinkability: it actually feels like quite a 'full' beer w/ the long finish which kinda of hinders the quaffability. it just has a feeling on the tongue that makes you want to stop and give the beer some attention for a moment

overall a pleasant beer w/ some standout attributes. at the same time there are a couple turn-offs. it all seems to come together nicely in the end but there are a few pointers that this beer is a macro

bryman1999, Oct 02, 2010
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.