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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,277
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 18
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear with little straw color and a decent head which leaves specks of lacing and sticks around.

S- Refreshing with spicy, herbal hops on top of a light bread like, husky grain flavor.

T- Gentle bitter hops but with plenty of flavor. Balanced very well with the light malt character but rather bland.

M- Moderate carbonation and wholesome body.

D- Very drinkable and very affordable for an import.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 23:11:30 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of HURTemHIZZY


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

Pours a fairly bright yellow and can be seen through clearly. Formed a white, foamy head that took 2 or 3 minutes to disappear. Smelled of pils malt, with some definite sweetness. Tasted, again, of pils malt with only a hint of noble hops. I enjoyed the first half way more than the second, with its bitterness outweighing its flavor by the end. I enjoyed the beer, but as it was advertised as "one of Germany's best," I was a little disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 01:31:09 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours yellow--not too pale, not too bright. Definitive lager/pils colors. Thick, very-white foamy head on top.

Smells very sweet and floral, very enticing.

Tastes include a mild spiciness, a strong bitterness, and just a touch of mild sweetness--but only in the first few sips. After that the bitterness takes over.

Lots of carbonation and bite in the mouthfeel.

Although this is not necessarily my favorite, you can tell it's a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 21:32:49 | More by fullsweep
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

Crystal clear pale yellow under a thin white head. Light biscuity pils malt aroma with a floral, somewhat tart hoppiness. Taste follows suit...sweet pale malt, fairly crisp, finishing with some noble hops. Light bodied, crispy bitterness lingering. No complaints downing quite a few of these on a warm spring day.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 23:06:44 | More by wedge
Photo of Mistofminn


3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with an impressive white pluming head. Great carbonation, which I didn't expect from a canned Lager. Head dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Grainy aroma, also a tinge of honey is noticeable. Also has a sweet character, from the pale malts. Very sweet.

Much like the nose would lead you to believe, this one is very sweet. Also has a lemon citrus taste. Pretty much what you would expect.

Light and crisp. Ample carbonation. Nothing too impressive. Very drinkable, as most lagers are. Can't say I've overly impressed, but this is definitely a nice substitute for your typical American macro.

Serving type: can

04-18-2009 19:54:46 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of gonzo46and2


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with a two finger head and nice clarity.

Aroma is lemony pale malts with touches of herbs and honey. Cracker-like malts and slightly nutty. There was also a hard to describe new shoes, rubber or clean canvas smell.

Taste is well balanced with a touch of bitterness and wasn't too dry. There was a dusty characteristic that wasn't that pleasant.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin.

Drinkability is pretty high as with most pilsners. For the style, it's average.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 20:26:59 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of LittleCreature


3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a finger of white head over a pale, straw coloured body.

Smell - 3.5
Sweetish but clean aroma of grain, white bread.

Taste - 3.5
Classic German pilsener taste; very clean, slightly sweet pale malt, grain flavour, very balanced, moderately bitter, dry finish with a slightly metallic flavour from the hops.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Perhaps a little undercarbonated, very light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
Not the most interesting pilsener, but very much sessionable.

OVERALL - 3.55
A very simple beer, there are better of its style, but it's much better than the majority of pale lagers being consumed in Australia.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 13:00:12 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of biggred1


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

Lemon yellow with a fat, soapy white head of foam that leaves some sliding lace on the glass. Grassy hops and toasted grain in the nose. Taste is much like the smell, buttery toast with a mild citrus hop bite. Finishes dry. Light bodied and effervescent,this is the only beer I know of that tastes way better from the can vs. bottle (I haven't had draft). A refreshing lawnmower beer.

Serving type: can

04-04-2009 21:49:08 | More by biggred1
Photo of projectflam86


3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clean yellow color with a thin white head that has ok lacing.

S- Slight grassy hop nose with some detectable malt.

T- Sweet and malty bread flavor with a bit of hops in the finish.

M- Light bodied and crisp. Ok carbonation.

D- Average brew with an average taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 19:41:20 | More by projectflam86
Photo of 01121987

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

oh my god, this is two canned beers in a row that i have bought that have this weird flaky haze in them. this is a friken lager here, whats with that?
ok so it loses points on that but overall i would call this a good beer. clean, smooth, refreshing, what else do you want in the summer>? ok its not summer yet but im pretending.

Serving type: can

04-04-2009 02:57:42 | More by 01121987
Photo of Beernoisseur


3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up as a matter of expanding my beer horizions. I am trying to appreciate more styles right now.

It pours a surprisingly bright yellow, with only a suggestion of haze. Enthusiastic carbonation keeps the bubbles flowing, and the head sticks around for longer than I'd expected.

The smell is....interesting. It's not at all what I expected. It smells like I would imagine a shoe factory would smell in the 1930's. I don't really know what that means, but it's the image that came to mind, so there you go.

Flavor? not bad. Certainly better than the smell would suggest, but nothing astonishing. There is a little bit of belgian flair right on the opening, but once that subsides, you're left with a faily standard pilsener. Crisp, fairly dry, with a clean finish. Not bad. Not great, but not bad.

This beer was a tad watery, but that could be the style. Average drinkability. I'd not say no to it in the future, but I'd look to see what my alternatives were before settling on this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 01:02:56 | More by Beernoisseur
Photo of AccidentalKate


3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice gold. Small head to start, but evaporates quickly. Slight Belgium lace.

Smell: Floral yet acrid beneath it. It's only a slight aroma, not strong at all.

Taste: A bit of bitterness at first, quickly replaced by the grain. Leaves a nice undercurrent of malt on the finish, but the bitterness holds the back of the back, leaving the malt taste with a bit of metallic roundness with it. Meh.

Mouthfeel: I expected a livelier experience. The drink seemed limp and near lifeless. For a Pilsner, I expected more carbonation. This beer does not pop in the mouth.

Drinkability: Only slightly above average. The maltiness in the finish makes it stand above American Lagers. But It could be much better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 23:20:06 | More by AccidentalKate
Photo of SchlaflyFan


4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful German pilsner. Pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy with a small head. No real lacing left on the glass. Smells slightly of hops and grain. Not overpowering. Taste is just what you expect from a German pilsner. Slightly hoppy with a dry flavor. Excellent taste and very very drinkable. Beer is as light as a macro American lager and that makes it go down smooth and easy. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 03:46:03 | More by SchlaflyFan
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white head. Some floating sediment of some sort...not really sure about this one, but here goes.
Smells nice and hoppy, originally I thought it was skunky but the more it opened up the more hoppy it became.
The taste is about the same as the smell, a piny hop flavor, a little one dimensional, but good.
The mouthfeel is a little off, but not bad.
If not for the sediment I could put back quite a few of these. I would like to try again when I can be a little more sure of freshness.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 22:09:39 | More by grayburn
Photo of therica


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I reviewed this before, from a nitro-keg (26 Oct 2006) and gave it an A-. This is from the bottle, and not as impressive but still a solid standard-beer.

A= light yellow, little head, little lacing, modest small bubbles rising.

S= hops, malts, nothing overwhelmingly noteable.

T= slightly dry taste, mild hops bitters & florals, mild malts, not much else to note. Still better than a Budweiser because there isn't any corn or rice in the mix.

M= light dry bitterness on the tongue.

D= probably a session-beer if you're not in beer-ranatic mode, fine with most meals or for parties, just a very standard typical non-US pilsener with more character than Heinekin and Stella Artois.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 21:07:35 | More by therica
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 500-ml can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - nice yellow colour, with decent head and some lace. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - straightforward barley-hop aromas.

Taste - very clean taste with just a slightly bitter element in the middle. The end is very interesting as the taste just sort of goes away as a dry beer would do but it leaves your mouth...wet.

Mouthfeel - I actually really enjoy the balance of this beer. Not a tonne of taste but smooth.

Drinkability - this stuff would go down in quantity. I'll seek it again.

Serving type: can

03-03-2009 01:52:44 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of cedricwarner


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale bubbly yellow, and not unlike champagne. Not much to the aroma, just some faint maltiness.

The taste is just the smallest touch of grainy malt sweetness followed by a lingering noble hop bitterness without any of the floral or spicy qualities that make a top notch German pilsner.

It's not an incredible beer, but it's quite drinkable, no off flavors to speak of, and the price at $9.50 for 8 half liter cans (roughly a 12 pack of 12 oz. bottles) means that this is my go-to beer when I don't have much to spend.

Serving type: can

02-19-2009 23:14:21 | More by cedricwarner
Photo of JonathanL7890


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color. Substantial 4 finger head.
Smell is malty , sweet. Very much like a Munich Helles.
Taste: Pretty light, no hop bitterness.
Moutfeel: ok. 3.0 average sums it up.
Drinkability: Drinkability is pretty good. I polished off a 500ml bottle pretty easily. I could down a few of these.

Not like a pilsner at all. No hop presence to speak of. This is more like a Munich Helles or at least a Dortmunder but I've had much better styles of any of these.

Overall an average drink that I would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 22:07:17 | More by JonathanL7890
Photo of endovelico


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

Taken from notes. Reviewed under medium strength artificial light. Best before date: 23/07/2009. Poured into a Semi-balloon glass. Reviewed on 31 / 01 / 2009

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-orange brew. Medium effervescence. One thinger white head that immediately collapses into a thin collar.

Aroma: Citrucy / lemony aroma and Saaz like hop aroma character. Slight smell of adjuncts.

Taste: Slight malty sweetness and hop like spyciness and citrus character. Adjuncty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Medium Bitterness. Finishes sweet then clean. Medium Carbonation. slightly Oily.

Drinkability: Alcohol barely noticeable. Its enjoyable as a session beer but the body seems to light and the oiliness hurts its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 20:30:12 | More by endovelico
Photo of 1099


4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of these the other day because it was imported and eye-catching...boy I was not disappointed!

I sampled it straight from the bottle, so I didnt get a look at the appearance, but the consensus is its good, so I'll roll with that. Smells like beer to me, and I don't get any off putting smells like I do with some of the other beers I've rated. Taste is exceptional...very smooth malty, biscuity taste that fades slowly into a nice balancing hoppy finish. No aftertaste. Wow, I like this. Moutfeel is good and I could drink a lot of these if I could afford to!

This was worth the money, and I'm sure I will be buying this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 06:28:45 | More by 1099
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.65/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at a new bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called The Richardson (on corner of Richardson and Graham). Off the tap it had a gorgeous pale yellow color. Nice grainy/hoppy scent to it.

It had a semi-sweet taste with a classic Pilsner bitterness to it. This beer is quite carbonated and very refreshing. To be honest the mix of bitter and sweet makes this one of my favorite Pilsners. Excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 17:38:36 | More by Amalak
Photo of CampusCrew


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

Had one on my honeymoon in Barcelona. Also requesntly in Germany.

appearance: golden amber hues, pure lager, rising bubbles, good head

smell: balanced hops, very plesant session for a hop head

taste: clean and refreshing. liek a lager should be

mouthfeel: thin not thick. good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth. went well with my seafood paella

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 13:46:08 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Kolsch


3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Appearance is rather disappointing. Very little head and no lace retention at all.

Smell is floral & grassy with a bit of cologne thrown in as well.

Taste is same as smell. Cologne and floral hops. I love a good Kolsch as it is my favorite style of beer. I would consider this a cross between Kolsch and a Pilsner. Very drinkable and you will find yourself ordering another and another...

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2009 03:28:18 | More by Kolsch
Photo of smedley


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow, about a finger of white head, disapeared in about a minute. Visible carbonation bubbling to the top of the glass.

S - Surprisingly fruity - peaches, berries and apples, slightly floral

T - Light, but the fruit from the nose comes through. Slight hop finish, which seems to lessen as I drink more.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp

D - Prettd rinkable beer, expected from a pilsner. Was really expecting a German Bud Light, but was presently surprised by a bit of complexity. Not overwhelmed here, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 02:51:49 | More by smedley
Photo of czfreeman


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember that this was probably the first beer I drank when I traveled with family to Germany last year-duruing which my eyes were opened to "really good beer"
Pours out light hay-golden tone, active head dissapears quickly, light, bubbly, and carbonated.
Smells of light breads, Hallertau hops, light florals, and an overall "lager" smell.
Tastes of light tart biscuity malts, a sharp, quick bite of light hops, finishing clean with a mouth tingling carbonation and bitterness.
This is an easy drinker, nice to session with. Would make a great light aperitif beer, drink with seafood.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 06:01:02 | More by czfreeman
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,277 ratings.