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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,360
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 18
Gots: 72 | 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 DJSteadman
4.85/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time i discovered this beer was in Hamburg and i was very skeptical at first as i was only 18 and i had never had a beer with the now familiar pilsner taste. I drank this beer every day the three weeks i was there and after the first week I had fallen in love with its golden color and i could drink it for nights on end. Drinking this beer in america is much different because, coming from the midwest, it is usually very old and kind of has a stale taste. Even with this though this beer is still amazing and i would drink this beer every single day if given the chance. It is hard to find in the liquor stores but when i can get ahold of it, it always makes things that much better especially during finals weeks. This beer is by far my favorite beer and the best beer i have ever tasted thus far.

DJSteadman, May 17, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(notes from 3-14-2010)

$2.50 for a large can...IN NEW YORK? "Sure, why not," I thought...While I wasn't disappointed with this, I wasn't impressed either and would love another shot at this on tap or perhaps with a fresher canned date than 9-22-09 to open on 3-14-10. Poured into a pint glass, this settled a clear light golden yellow color under a one-inch head of medium density. Light malt feel and low bitterness but a refreshing and decent choice above the other $2.50 and under singles at my supermarket...

albertjr21, May 17, 2010
Photo of Kaiser777
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitbuger is a great pislner not heavy at all but still satisfying.

A- When you pour it into a pokal it's has a reaction like champagne the bubbles is simply out of this world and the way the foam sticks to the glass as you drink it, which if you know means it's going to be a great beer.

S- For a pilsner I was very surprised buy it's sense for being a pislner, it's has an American smell for being an a German pislner.

T- Is phenomenal I could drink a thousand of these in one night, which I don't recommend, but it is amazing way better then I expected I'm glad my friend recommend this beer.

MF- Love how the bubbles never disappear in your mouth and settles in your palate like it should with a distance of bubbles and a true pilsner taste.

D- All I can say is if you couldn't drink this beer all night there is seriously something wrong with you, no disrespect but this is one of the best pilsners I have ever tasted!

Kaiser777, May 12, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz can, pilsener, "20.05.2010" is stamped on the bottom. I'm assuming this is the best by date.

Slightly chill hazed banana yellow. On top is an eggshell head, soft in appearance, and better looking than most pilsener heads.

Sweet grain, slightly husky and corny. Faint cracker quality and nutty bread with traces of caramelized sugar. Only faint floral and lemon hop aroma. A bit musty.

Rather sweet, with grain and a little residual corn. Right at the end the mouth is given a twinge of lemon zest as the BA German Pilsener description predicts, as well as a little soapiness.

Very soft in the mouth, heavy for a pilsener, and not prickly like one either.

I'm enjoying this, it has more to offer than American macro. A good replacement summer quencher.

brewerburgundy, May 06, 2010
Photo of Rhettbuck
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I found this beer in a case of cans in a random liquor store. So its probably not the best possible experience. Likewise, I'm told by my German friends that American Bitburger is not nearly as good as that found in Europe. That being said, the beer was pretty darn good.

Normally I don't go for a pilsner, but if more American pilsners were as good as this then I would. The beer had a golden amber color and LOTS of hops. I drank it at slightly above room temperature, which lent a lot more flavor to the beer.

I would recommend this beer for anyone that wants a typical European drinking experience. Sure, there are lots of better European beers, but Bitburger is a popular beer, whereas most of those microbrews are going to be more obscure. Think Guinness in Ireland, except that it is Germany.

Rhettbuck, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of DrinkinSurfer
2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Straw/golden with a flimsy white head

Smell: Faint of hops

Taste: Starts smooth with malts then finishes with a light bitterness reminiscent of biting aluminum foil

Mouthfeel: Light body with a fair amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable... if you like aluminum

I am disappointed with this beer. maybe i should have waited longer to drink this one as I had an Old Rasputin yesterday, so my taste buds might be overly harsh.

DrinkinSurfer, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Stimack
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing some discussion on this beer I decided to pick some up. Decided to go with cans as I felt that they would probably have held up a little better over time and distance. The brew pours to a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that had great retention and left a nice amount of lacing. Carbonation is good as bubbles are flowing up from the bottom of the glass. Nice aroma, grainy malt scent with some slight hops that seem to give off lemon and a slightly medicine smell. The flavor is good, seems to be a refreshing brew, nice real summer brew because of the lightness, crispness, carbonation and sweet malt and lemon flavors from the hops. I am glad that I picked this brew up, nice to get a understanding of what a Pilsner should be, will be one that I will try to get friends to try this as I think this could be a nice break from some of the macro stuff that they insist on. As far as drinkability, on a warm day I could really have a number of these, especially at the 4.8% ABV, they go down very easily.

Stimack, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a can of this at Norm's the other day. I think this was canned either 12 May 2009, which sucks, or 5 Dec 2009, which is much better.

In my krug, this beer is a crystal clear light yellow with a dense white head with rather great retention and some lacing. Plenty of carbonation is visible

The nose is decent, solid even. Light grainy, husky character with a moderate lemon and earthy hop character. The earthy character is rather noticeable. The grain character is surprisingly rice-like too. Sweetness is low, this beer is about average? The palate opens crisp with a moderate grainy character, almost a touch astringent, there's some chalky character as well. Hop character is low, there's just a little bitterness and some earthy and lemongrass flavors are present, but this isn't wholly exciting. Light in body with high carbonation, this is decent stuff. The chalkiness is a bit of a detriment, but I'm looking forward to a fresher sample.

DefenCorps, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of rednrag
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into semi-frosted mug.
Big fan of German beer, and this does not dissapoint. Color is about the same as other German pils, maybe just a tad paler.
Smells good, some hops and a fresh aroma.
Taste is good.
The Germans play second fiddle to no one in the world when it comes to beer.

rednrag, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of soju6
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on-tap in Weisbaden.
Was presented in the proper Bitburger glass with the full head expected on a German Pilsner. The smell has a uniqque sweetness. The taste is crisp with a little sweetness and finishes with a nice bitterness at the end. This beer is refreshing, smooth and easy to drink. This is a good example of what a German Pilsner should be. Is a good beer for more than one or as a session beer.

soju6, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pilsener glass a pale straw. Thin wispy head and very little visible carbonation bubbles apparent.

Freshly mowed lawn and spices make up the hop-centric nose of this beer, though it's gentle. Very clean.

The taste is sweet malty goodness. Crisp, clean, and with a hint of spicy Noble hops, a very nice example of a German Pilsener.
The body is medium, but with little carbonation. Very smooth and easily drinkable.

MrHassellYaHurd, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of rlyinsrd
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now available exclusively in the handy 11.2 oz bottle. Because as we all know it was way too cumbersome lugging around all that extra weight in the 12 oz. size. Thankfully, they didn't decrease the price or improve the quality so not that much has really changed.

rlyinsrd, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitburger Premium Beer was yellow in color with a small white head that reduced to nothing. I double checked the best by date and the Bitburger was fresh. The aroma was grainy and a little skunk, I checked the date again. The taste was creamy, grainy sweetness and buttery. The mouth feel was light to medium bodied and oily, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was good. Bitburger would make a very good session beer. Nothing particularly special, but better that the run of the mill lagers, macro or micro.

kegger22, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Poormon79
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear beer. very nice smell. almost kinda flowery. leaves vitualy no lacing. head disapears very fast. taste is very nice. typical pilsner taste. somewhat kind of fruity, cant quite put my finger on it. al around very nice beer. only downside was it was some what pricey at $9 a sixer

Poormon79, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Medium golden coloured brew, with about 2 inches of foamy head. Decent retention, some lacing. Took quite some time before all evidence of a head disappeared.

Light malts, floral hops, apple and pear to the nose.

A good, easy-drinking pilsner. Bready up front, with the hops taking a floral character before leaving with a crisp bitterness. Nothing too exciting, but it's certainly quite drinkable.

Light, spritzy carbonation. A little bit under-carbonated, actually, but the body is a bit heavier than most run-of-the-mill pilsners.

Cheap, well-made, goes down well. Not the greatest pilsner out there, but it's still a good patio drinking beer; it's mouthfeel is conducive for sessions.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, hazy golden color with a creamy, white head.

Sweet-tart candyish malt nose with floral hops. Pretty nice overall.

Crisp, balanced flavor with a lemony backdrop. This is a refreshing pils, nothing too crazy going on, good with food, and better than I expected.

brownbeer, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a crystal clear fizzy yellow color with a thin white head that holds some decent retention but nothing great with almost no lacing on the glass. Not the greatest looking pils I've ever seen.

S= I can smell it from a ways away that's for sure. The smell is a grainy one for sure. A little sweet in the smell real typical of german pils with a small hop aroma but not much.

T= Taste is just like the smell. A light grainy taste with a little sweet malts in it. Nothing too great. A little bit of a hop bite. Nice hop taste but little bite to it. The finish is a little bitter but nothing over the top.

M= A little too light on carbonation for the style. Super clean and crisp.

D= Not bad at all. Tastes like a German pils to me. Basic and good. Nothing crazy and definitally sessionable.

jjanega08, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of ludachris
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden straw hue that is slightly hazed with one finger of quickly dissipating white head that still leaves a decent amount of patchy lace.

Fresh grass, a light fruitiness, yeast, and biscuit are what make up the nose. Somewhat subdued and nothing outside of the box.

Grassy and floral hops are more upfront and assertive in the taste and are paired with a light fruity character that makes its way towards the back where it is lost to biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is light and snappy with a good, refreshing pilsner quality. An easy drinker but not all that flavourful.

This seemed like the German pilsner at its most basic level. It has everything you look for in the style (fruity, hoppy, clean, and balanced), but it doesn't make you think you're drinking an exceptional pilsner. It's good for something simple, relatively cheap, and for drinker on a hot day, but I can think of better pilsners readily available to me that would do the same job.

ludachris, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Wisconsin
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Upon pouring into the glass, there is a white half finger head that rises above a complete translucent, straw colored body. The head fades to a small ring with trace amounts of retention scattered in between. Occasional carbonation strands trickle up to the top of the beer.

S - Not a whole lot of uniqueness here. The skunk smell is present but nearly as pronounced as other Euro beers. A faint citrus like sweetness is also present but is not overwhelming either. Overall the nose is rather dull aside from the characteristics mentioned above.

T - Taste doesn't differ much from the smell. A slight skunkiness is present but nothing that is too hard to handle. The citrus notes are also present but are too faint. Hops are hardly noticeable and really leave you wanting a little more.

M - Light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Light amount of skunkiness as the beer enters but nothing too overbearing. An ample amount of carbonation arrives to cleanse the palate and before being followed by the citrus sweetness and faint hop profile. Finish is clean and crisp.

D - Not the most taste fulfilling beer I have had, but definitely a beer that I could enjoy on a hot summer day or once in a while from time to time.

Wisconsin, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of GoApps
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff.
Pours clear and gold with a foamy white head.
Lovely nose, spicy and floral. Really inviting.
Nice on palate. A solid bitter bite at end to accentuate dry finish. Something about the body is really enjoyable. Lean but not watery at all.
Well done beer.

GoApps, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bitburger Premium pils has a super clear, pale, golden body. The massive head is bone white and is really rocky and thick. I could actually take the foam and set it down on something and it would still hold its shape because it's basically a solid object. Great retention, pretty good lacing.

As soon as I crack the can I get a whiff of the beer. Mostly just a bland, grainy aroma. There is something off about the smell too, but I can't put my finger on it; it isn't a good thing whatever it is.

This beer doesn't really taste bad, but it doesn't taste like much either. A hint of pale malt is once again there with a light grainy flavor. That weird off flavor pops up in the taste too, but it isn't as strong. The finish actually has a good dash of grassy noble hops too.

The body is actually a little bit creamier than Most pilsners I've come across, but it's still pretty light.

I bought this Bitburger because I wanted a pilsner and this one was in a can. There isn't anything wrong with it, but I found myself not really wanting to finish it. I probably won't buy this one again.

Hojaminbag, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of WeimtimeBier
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a finger thick pillow head that dissipated quickly. Light gold in color.

S- Sweet staw smell from the malt. Nice and basic with a floral and spicy noble hop aroma.

T- Clean, crisp, and basic like any good lager. Good malty straw flavor and a bigger then average hop finish for a lager. Hops were crisp and sharp, mixing well with the malt.

M- Like the Taste, the mouthfeel was clean and very crisp. Carbonation was higher then average.

D- Very drinkable. A great session beer in my opinion. Nothing overpowers this beer and the hop flavor balances the malt taste letting you drink this one most of the night.

A very enjoyable lager

WeimtimeBier, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of PartyBear
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear body with a light golden colour. It pours with a giant pillow white head, and insanely active carbonation. The aroma is light and grainy, with a slight floral hoppiness, and a sweet toffee malt backbone. The flavours are quite subtle at first before an even earthy character comes through with a bittersweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very light and massively carbonic. Decent pilsner, not the best I have had though.

PartyBear, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A clear, pale yellow liquid with a thick and creamy white head that has some excellent retention. Not too bad.

S- Light fruit like apples and pears and a nice hop bite. Plain and light, but on target.

T- Light fruitiness with a bit of a unique oat aspect and a nice hop aspect to it as well.

M- Creamy and smooth up front with a decent hop bite at the end that keeps things crisp and refreshing.

D- This drinks great for the style. A definite session beer. I'm going to be keeping this around.

david131, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color with a good amount of carbonation running up the glass and into less than a finger of white, foamy head that doesn't last long and leaves little lacing around the glass. Reminds me a bit of an American Macro in appearance.

The smell is pretty good, but I really can't gauge the intensity of the nose because I have a cold. Still, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt; I can pick out some grassy and lemony notes; it's pleasant but not too complex.

Clean and crisp, but like the nose, not too much there. I can appreciate some mild buttery maltiness as well as a little citrus and a faint amount of grassy hops at the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is on par for this being a light summery beer. Crisp because of the fairly substantial amount of carbonation that accompanies a light mouthfeel.

Bitburger pils certainly isn't the best German Pilsener, but it's enjoyable. It's a poolside beer for when you're not paying too much attention to minute details because it's just a simple, semi-tasty, clean-finishing beer. Relatively low ABV makes it an easy drinker as well. If you're here for flavor, look at Victory's Prima Pils or Sam Adam's Noble Pilsener, but this is a decent alternative to some American macros, I guess.

feelmefoam, Feb 09, 2010
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,360 ratings.