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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,472
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 23
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 drperm
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The price was right, and it's not owned by a multinational conglomerate, so I thought I'd give it a whirl in my most recent mix-6. Glad I did!
Sometimes, you just want a German pils, which may be another way of saying, sometimes you just want an unassuming lager. Bitburger fits the bill wonderfully. No gimmicks, no IBU boasts, no high-test headache inducements from ABV overload. Just Bier.
For a Saturday afternoon in late summer, this one's got quaffing written all over it.
Golden straw colour with a lovely white head.
Nose of fresh grass, crisp grain, and the faintest of wildflower meadows.
The taste is well-balanced between clean grains and noble hops, with a lovely bitter snap at the very end.
The mouthfeel cries out for Bratwurst or potato salad, or maybe even smoked fish.

For the price and the straightforward high-quality simplicity, this one's hard to beat.

Photo of pijiu
2.26/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Champagne color, thin and dissipating head.

S- Light grain smell with hint of forest leaves. Not much to the bouquet here.

T- Very light palate. In fact, it drinks like a light beer. Sour note in the middle. Taste is not complex. Hops most notable flavor.

M- Very light thin and crispy mouthfeel.

O- Easy to drink, but not too much too it. Forgettable beer.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose classic lager, taste is also very traditional - quite watery with a touch of sour beers specific to that class and spreads the flavors slightly unpleasant - that prevents the beer to go further in the flavors offered. Just a bit of bitterness to raise a bit of malt but it's finally all.

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured perfectly clear and honey colored with a small millimeter or so head that dissipated quickly.
It certainly has a distinctive smell for such a clear beer. It may look like an American lager, but it doesn’t smell like it. Those cheapo grains that all our breweries use are not present. It smells a bit like apples and spicy hops.
The taste is surprisingly more of the same, which is surprising since I wasn’t expecting the taste to in any way resemble apples, but it kind of does. It’s got some simple spicy hops in there, but not too much. It’s got a very clean grain flavour, nothing like an American lager. I’m thinking this is totally free of adjuncts. This is a good beer. I wasn’t expecting it to be, but it definitely was. Delicious, refreshing and easy and fun to drink. For a lager that looks so overly clean, it really surprised me.

Photo of Stocean1
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a can at the LCBO. Light yellow, crisp and clear, poured a two finger fluffy white head, good retention with plenty of lacing. The smell is grainy with grassy hops. Notes of light fruit and bisuit. Taste follows the nose. A well balanced pilsener with a nice amount of bitterness on the back end. This brew is light bodied with decent carbonation. This was better than I expected and was refreshing after a long day in the sun.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. A nice patchwork of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grass, and white grapes/grape juice. Taste is of grain and grass flavors with some grape juice as well. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsener that I got on the cheap at Trader Joe's. Glad I picked one up.

Photo of powellmg
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served @ 38F in a pilsner glass.

A clear, yellow beer with a thin, white head. Aroma is fresh hay with a bit of citrus. Taste is crisp and bitter with a slight alcohol warmth, and a lingering finish.

I find that Bitburger is much better out of a glass, for some reason; out of the bottle it can be ordinary.

Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale gold colour and achieves a quickly sinking, white frothy head. Looks pretty good.

S- What there actually is smells good, but it seems fairly subdued. Mainly, there is citrusy, grassy hops on the nose. Smells decent enough.

T- Taste is actually quite good. Being light on the palate is not necessarily a bad thing. Stylistically, this definitely hits the mark. Basically, there is a good level of malty sweetness on the very front followed by a restrained but still pleasurable level of hops. While not incredibly impressive, this is still fine in its own right.

M- Good mouthfeel. This is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a Pilsener. Crisp and with a decent fizzle while not being too watery. You really can't go too wrong with this.

O- This is a pretty good beer. It's not blowing me away or anything like that, but I would certainly have this over any of Australia's mass produced bullshit any old day of the week. I find it hard to believe that this is one of the more common beers over in Germany- hell, if that's the case, then I'm moving! At least I wouldn't be offered Carlton Cold anytime I'm at a mate's place!

Photo of Tschnab
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A very adjunct-lageresque yellow pour, thankfully saved by a healthy head and a good amount of lace.

S- floral hops and grainy cereal aroma. Not much else here.

T- Pretty standard, but for some reason it is really working for me. Light hops and grain, very smooth, very refreshing, definetly not as hop-forward as other pilsners, but just really drinkable.

O- not the greatest pilsner, but still available, affordable, and underrated.

Photo of jbsg02
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack the other night to try out. Pours like a light lager. Not much of an aroma on this beer. Pretty light on the hop flavor, I would classify this more as a lager than a pilsner. Pilsners should have more of an upfront hop flavor in my opinion. Can taste some maltiness, my guess is that it is brewed with a double or triple decoction. No complaints on the mouthfeel, was on the higher side of carbonation.

Photo of bubseymour
2.82/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - ok. Very little head but some lacing.
Smell - super skunked...horrible

Taste - actually despite the skunked smell it tastes ok. Slight hop crispness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - watery but ok

Overall - Tastes like a german pilsner but lacking in good flavors. Ok to drink

Photo of rvdoorn
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: The beer pours a golden-yellow color with a huge white head
Smell: Malts, grain, grass and light flowery hops. Very light smell.
Taste: Malts, with a light hoppy, bitte dry and grainy finish.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, thin bodied
Overall: Nice football tv-evening beer

Photo of stjaernstoft
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitburger Premium, ABV: 4.8%.
330 ml bottle, 11.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: Clear, bubbly, yellow to golden liquid, and a good-looking, white head that leaves some lacing.

S: Fresh, malty smell of grains, citrus, and flowers.

T: Clean, bitter taste, with a great touch of bread and lemon. This is both crisp and absolutely gorgeous.

M: Big bitterness, quite generous carbonation, and a medium-sized body, leaving a nice, bitter aftertaste. Extremely drinkable.

O: One of the best lagers (pilseners) I've ever had. No doubt. It's crisp, and rather rich in taste. An instant hit. Enjoy it as it is, share it with friends, cure your dry throat, or perhaps drink it with grilled (or pan-fried) pork or steak. It's only 11.90 SEK!

Bitte ein Bit!

Photo of scubazook
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass

A: Clear golden yellow in color with white thin head disappeared quickly. Very clean.

S: Grainy malty, a bit spicy very floral noble hop aromas.

T: Crisp, very bitter, dry finish. Moderate grainy malt flavors up front. Hop bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium light body.

O: Thirst quenching dry crisp yet flavorful grainy moderately malty beer. Nice having it on a hot summer day with some German sausages.

Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden beverage, a white firm head leaving some lacing.

Smelling mainly of lemon and fresh cut grass and some nettles.

The taste is sweet white bread, lime juice, some grape-fruit peel and fresh cut grass bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft and refreshing texture, a dry finish.

Still a nice well balanced Pils, clean and refreshing.

Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filtered clear, straw yellow, with a snow white puff of foam.

Bitter but crisp hoppiness with a strong grass and black pepper component and mild lemon pith beyond that. Malt is clean and stays in the background with a faint graininess and some honey notes. Ultra dry, crisp, and clean.

Goes down easy at the end of the 40th-something day straight of 100+ degree heat. The quality and craftsmanship of German brewed lager packaged in a vessel with superior preservative attributes equals a nice drinking experience.

Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL can into my Radeberger pokal.

Brilliantly clear, pale straw liquid with a lasting shock white head of thin cream. Sticky lacing, superior retention.

Brisk aromatics: biscuity (though almost buttery) malt; clean hay-like hops. Mountain river water; little else.

Moderately bitter, vaguely herbal palate entry - though this quality is effaced by the malt notes and the flavor gives way to a purer bitterness. Dry, one-note finish.

Good carbonation, crisp, faintly papery feel.

Classic, if unexceptional example of the style. Good value.

Photo of MattyV
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden yellow colour with a 1 finger white head that shows decent lacing and retention. Weak aroma of sweet grains, mineral, and some grassiness, not much overall. A lightly bready malt backbone with lots of grainy sweetness and a surprising snappy, slightly peppery bitter finish. Light and prickly, effervescent body. Crisp and refreshing pils, could do a fair bit worse in terms of imported options.

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml can into a mug. Clear golden color, small head that melted quickly. Not much in the way of scent, some pilsnerish smell in you lean into it. The taste has that familiar pilsner sting, with crisp finish and decent hop hints. Not all that spectacular/stand-out for the style, but very solid for an everyday kind of "go to" beer, especially during hot summer days.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a pale straw color, white head you'd expect to find with the style, nothing more than that. The smell is a mix between pilsener and adjunct lager, one I like...and one I don't. This leans towards the unfavorable side. Everything thing else meets expectation but does not exceed it. This is a simple easy drinking pilsener, but it's incredibly underwhelming in regards to setting itself apart from any macro on the market. I can drink it, but it really wouldn't be a top choice.

Photo of CaptainInsaneO
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It's yellow. I mean I wouldn't even call it gold, it's kind of just yellow. Nothing wrong with that. Carbonation rises to the top and settles into a moderate ivory head.

S: It doesn't really have a distinct smell... how bizarre. I mean if you get your nose right up in it you can pick up a little touch of hops and alcohol, but the smell doesn't really exist so at least its not obtrusive.

T: Honestly I'm getting a lot of grape. Grape, curious... anyway it has a nice subtle hint of malt up front and then a serious taste of grape comes in the body. Subtle honey finish.

M: You feel the carbonation but its not heavy, it goes down light and easy.

O: Grape drank. legit, I'm digging this beer. There's a solid german pils on the base but right up top is a serious taste of grape drank. GRAPE DRANK!

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can into a snifter...appearance is super golden and clear with a decent white head that subsides quickly. Body still has carbonation though. Nose is pilsener but lacking in that lovely yeast funk that the best have. It's a bit sweet on the tongue but still very clean and an easy drinker. As far as mainstream brews, this is a good one. I'd drink this over Budweiser or Miller anyday, and it's not that much more expensive. Goes well with standard BBQ fare, sausages and burgers.

Photo of aasher
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an ultimately clear and bright golden yellow in color with a one finger bright white head. It smells of only slightly sweet malts with light honey. It's sufficient but not as potent as it probably should be. The flavors are clean and refreshing. It tastes of soft sweet and slightly bitter pale malts with a soft sweet finish. It's ok but pretty standard. It drinks fine, crisp and clean. It drinks very well for non-swill out of a can. Overall this beer is very drinkable, especially on hot days. This is a lawnmower drinker hands down. I'd recommend it if you're looking for something that's TOO easy to drink for random occasions.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very pale, crystal clear watered down gold. Nice foamy head. This beer, when poured into the mug, looks just like a typical foaming topped German beer mug youd see in a cartoon or as a bottle opener etc. The same beer color and head and all.

S - Super light nose. Hard to detect anything really with a beer this light. A nice sweet honey scent with some light grassy grains.

T - Light floral notes with some faint honey sweetness on the back of the tongue. Vaguely metallic, possibly from sitting in this can? A soft hop touch in this one.

M - Very very light in the mouth. Very drinkable, its almost funny how easy this goes down.

O - Standard pilsner. Not a bad beer here just not alot going on. Very light and a great thirst quencher.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden colour with a white fluffy head that reduces to a film.

S - A liitle hop and some strigent grassy notes.

T - Crisp grains and flavours of malts witha little citrus

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - A very nice lager and very sessionable

Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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