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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | 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 woodychandler


3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bitte, ein Bit, indeed! I CAN dig it.

My pour created two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head, but with low retention. Color was a straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a Saaz snap which immediately identified it as a pilsener. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite Saaz bite on the tongue. Finish was crisp, dry, refreshing, perfect after running around in Albuquerque, NM looking for ice.

Beach/Shore: Sure, but you just have to find it in a CAN first.

Serving type: can

07-31-2009 23:48:07 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Jayli


3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Publick House 7/24
This beer poured a light, clear, straw colored yellow. One finger of white head, retention was average and left very little lacing on the glass. Nose is of strong grain and bready malts, with a slight touch of piney hops to it. Taste was rather flat. Grain dn bready malts dominate though not blended well. The finish has a bit of a hop kick but doesn't mesh all that well. Light to medium body, moderately carbonated, crisp finish to it. Based on ABV this is highly drinkable, but I have had better offerings of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 18:37:57 | More by Jayli
Photo of drabmuh


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitburger Pils on draught. I have had Bitburger Pils in the past. It is an interesting beer. It has an odd flavor that one does not expect from a Pils. As you drink it, the flavor becomes more pronounced. The beer is clear, as you would expect, light yellow in color. The carbonation is steady but it doesn't form a head. There is no lacing on the glass and I cannot recall what the smell is. It is a good beer to try, and I have ordered it on multiple occasions. It is not my favorite beer but everytime I order it I end up trying to describe the flavor to myself. If you see this beer on draught at a bar someplace, check it out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 16:41:02 | More by drabmuh
Photo of HalfFull


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 12 oz. mug. Pours a clear light golden in color with an inch of foamy white head. Decent retention with limited lacing follows.

Light in hops and in malts on the nose relative the the Dinkel Acker that preceded it. Has a bit of a smoky/roasted character to the grains, yet doesn't show the sweet syrupy influence. A touch bready but rather light overall in texture.

Flavor follows the nose with light hops and a balanced and slightly grainy malt sense. Smooth and light bodied make for an easy drinking Pils. Nothing to excite and nothing to distract.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 03:34:58 | More by HalfFull
Photo of david18

New York

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

Had a quarter liter of this before dinner at a fancy german restaurant. The most disappointing part was the size of the beer. I could have had five more but my wife wanted wine. A very drinkable pilsner that rivals with Radeberger as my favorite. Would highly recommend, especially on tap in germany.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 07:04:38 | More by david18
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.6/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear pale yellow with ample carbonation and a stark white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving nice lacing.

Nose is full of crisp grainy flavors with a kiss of euro hoppage.

Taste is, simply put, exactly what i want in a german pilsner. Great, crisp, grain bill perfectly balanced by minimal euro hoppage.

Mouthfeel is nice and light with ample carbonation and crisp dryness.

Drinkability is downright as good as it gets. I can drink about 12 of these things without breaking a sweat on a boat in 20 foot seas during a bout of food poisoning while lifting weights and studying for an exam and simultaneously swashbuckling with hoardes of mud goblins riding on the backs of man eating swans with my eyes closed.

Overall, IMO, the finest mass produced pilsner of any kind on the market. It's rare to find a beer of this quality within its given style that is so incredibly available. A fine beer, and one that will definitely be nearly everpresent in my refrigerator. The perfect lawnmower/anytime beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 08:24:10 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of beertunes


2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a straight pint glass. I'm just revisiting a beer I haven't had for a few years. Poured a bright,clear yellow with a sharp white head that had moderate retention and no lacing.

A slight skunky aroma reached the nose first, but was not overpowering. Most of the scent was the expected subtle earthiness of the style with a slight hop tang on the end. The favors were similar, without the skunk. Smooth malt sweetness merged into a pleasant hop spicieness on the back of the tongue.

The body was light and clean, as expected. Very drinkable, as pilsners tend to be. Overall a good example of what a pilsner should be. I expect that having this beer closer to the source, instead of halfway around the planet from it's source, would raise this brews rating. A good introductory pils to use as a baseline for exploring the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2009 09:43:54 | More by beertunes
Photo of philipquarles


3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head that disappears quickly. Smells faintlly of light, grainy malt with a bit of grassy hop character. Tastes of standard pils malt with clear bitterness in the background. Dry finish. Not a lot going on. Light body with too little carbonation. Pretty characterless.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 19:11:06 | More by philipquarles
Photo of Evil_Pidde


3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A few years ago I spent some time in Germany, where I had this beer on tap more than once. I liked the beer and when I found it i Sweden in the liqourstore i bought myself some bottles to reminisce. I just poured the first one into a tulip glass:

A: Light golden. Just a small head.

S: Hops! Malt. Nothing stands out, but I like this smell.

T: Hops! A little malt. Well balanced. Neat and clean.

M: A little plain.

D: A good (typical) german beer with obvious hoppy bitternes. This is a beer you wont grow tired of. A rather uncomplicated beer that wins in the long run since they havn't messed it up - don't fix what's not broken.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 18:56:37 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of buschbeer


2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I poured vigorously into a Shipyard Export pint glass to little head which quickly went away. It smelled skunky like a lot of imports do. It actually tastes better than it smells. I guess it really doesn't have that much taste. I could probably drink a few of these if there were no other options. Fortunately, I have a lot of better beer in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 20:07:52 | More by buschbeer
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

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

Couldn't believe that I had not reviewed this bier yet, as it is my favorite pils.

A: golden color, clear, moderate carbonation.
S: nothing exciting here. Nothing to drag you into the bier, but nothing pushing you away either.
T: Refreshing taste that leave a moderately dry finish. Mostly grains in taste.
M: crisp and not too filling
D: Could have this all day long. A great bier to have on a hot summer day.

Do yourself a favor and have one of these. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 20:17:36 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of diamondc


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The price on this beer is hard to beat, a 4 pack (1 pt .9 oz) for $5. Poured into a hefeweizen glass. L 209 2 6 05:23 on the bottom of the can.

This beer looks exactly how a pilsener beer should look like. Bright golden yellow, lots of giant bubbles, a nice foamy head and some minor lacing.

There's a giant sourdough/bolillo aroma that hit me right away. I can't detect any floral or spicy aromas that you get with German pilseners.

The taste is very bready with some medium floral/grassy hops on the aftertaste. There's a dash of sulfur towards the bottom of the glass. I don't get that many citrus flavors, in fact it's a bit soapy towards the end.

These German pilseners are made for drinkability. The hops contribute to a dryness which leads to another gulp. There are better tasting pilseners out there, but this beer is on another level compared to American micro pale lagers.

Serving type: can

06-11-2009 04:38:46 | More by diamondc
Photo of jsh420


3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours clear pale yellow with a 1/2 white finger head that left no lacing

smell is mostly sweet cereal grains and light light grassy hops

taste/mouthfeel - thin light smooth and creamy grains and tiny bit of hop bitterness - i detect no citrus which most german pils have this drinks more like a czech pils or munich helles

drinkability is great - this is a perfect summer pounder

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 04:42:04 | More by jsh420
Photo of colts9016


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pokal glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A Medium straw color in the body of the beer. There is a one finger head that didn't have much of retention. The head is bright wight foamy and creamy leaving some lacing on the glass. There is a lot of effervesce in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant.

Nose: There is a good malty presence in the beer with some spicy floral and citrus with some wood.

Taste: A good malty prescence a subtle sweetness. There is a descent spiciness in the beer that is floral and citrus with a touch of wood.

Overall: A mouth feel of the beer is creamy and slightly carbonated. The Mouth feel of the beer is astringent and crisp. The finish is lightly medium. This is still a descent drinking pils. There is some metal taste in the beer from the can.

Serving type: can

06-04-2009 23:40:39 | More by colts9016
Photo of biggmike


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden yellow color with a small white head that dissipated quickly. This beer is clear enough that you could almost read a book through it. Aroma and taste are of graininess and the hop bitterness is evident as well. Has a nice mouthfeel. I have come to appreciate the style and this is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 16:57:01 | More by biggmike
Photo of smgordo13


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

Poured into a Pilsner Glass. It pours very clear, leaves a slight head that doesn't stay for long. Golden in color but easy to see through.

Little skunky smelling. Nothing over powering, little bit of everything in it.

Smooth with just an ever so slight bitterness, and a little bit hoppy. Good all in all.

Heavier than I expected from the coloring. For as hoppy as it is it is still very smooth, just a very minute bitterness to it.

Honwestly for the price I can drink Bud and save quite a bit of $$$. it is good but it isn't exceptional.

All in all i am ok with the beer. It didn't do anything to make me jump back in my seat and stare at it but it is smooth and refreshing and all in all a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 22:46:29 | More by smgordo13
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Rather dapper image of the founder/spokesman for the brewery on the label.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two hefty fingers of puffy, finely foamy bone-white head, which leaves some random snow rime lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of bready, semi-sweet cereal grain malt, a bit of soft lemon citrus, and prominent floral, grassy noble hops. The taste is more reservedly sweet, crackery, grainy cereals, a more acerbic lemon edginess, and spicy, herbal, wild grassy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy in its above average frothiness, the body a heady medium weight, mostly smooth, and maybe a tad creamy from the effervescence. It finishes rather dry, the malt going somewhat biscuity, as the lingering hops maintain their stature, perhaps getting a little bit skunky.

Not a bad German pils, with a number of pleasant enough assets working for it - would be a good candidate for a session, especially given the lower ABV, at the very least for a round or two.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 20:36:01 | More by biboergosum
Photo of bl400315


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pilsner glass. pours golden with a thick head that dissolves in about 30 seconds, great clarity. smells grainy with sweeter hops. subtle hint of the hops, a very light, not too complex pilsner taste. lighter body in mouth, moderate carbonation. had this with pizza, complimented it very nicely. very smooth and affordable, drinkability is decent- have gone through two before i reviewed one.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 17:32:47 | More by bl400315
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

4.99/ 4 pint cans. A good value pounder.

a: clear yellow body, white head and spiderweb lacing.

s: a light skunky aroma.

t: Light pilsener malt and an almost nonexistent hop note.

m: thin, watery, smooth, lower carb for style,

d: not great, but good fro the $. I've heard people say this is great on tap in Germany. Here it is merely average.

Serving type: can

05-11-2009 23:03:16 | More by BradLikesBrew
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
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.