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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,265
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 44 | 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 rjimlad


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly straightforward German Pils that's quite drinkable without causing offense. Pale amber with a thin head. Very faint malt aroma. Flavour is a pleasant malt with a fine hop balance. Mostly bread flavoured. True to style without showing anything extraordinary. Very drinkable, though and a pleasant enough barbecue beer. A good beer to start the conversion process for macro swillers. I'd buy it again if there was nothing more interesting about.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 07:47:47 | More by rjimlad
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light yellow with a big fluffy two finger head that didn't last too long. The smell has some malts but also an aroma the reminds me of citrus peels and lemon. The taste starts off with some floral hops that give way to some of the citrus with some lemon and grapefruit flavors that end with a little sweet malt. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, a little thicker than water with some very light carbonation. This is pretty drinkable beer, although the hops and citrus might be a bit much for having more than one at a time.

Serving type: can

11-17-2008 02:30:59 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, can't believe I've never reviewed this one as I've had it many times.

Pours a crystal clear light straw yellow, very thin looking colour, and a thin white head forms, quickly settles to a ring around the glass, and then disappears entirely. Smell is very toasty, biscuits, honey, grass, light floral and herbal hopping, maltiness is great, no adjuncts, very crisp aroma and very enjoyable. Taste is similar, sweet and malty up front, honey, corn syrup on toast, biscuits, light bit of floral, very dry bready finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Nice malty pilsener. Had this on tap in Frankfurt once and its far from the hoppiest pilsener but still damn enjoyable for being cheap and easy to find.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 03:29:56 | More by Viggo
Photo of kinger


2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Stinging, biting aroma and taste. This one isn't terrible but it's a little rough around the edges. Aroma is sharp and noticeable. Decent pour, real light yellow with nice fluffy white top and good lacing. Thin and oh so watery the flavor is weak. A biting hoppiness overpowers a lacking malt content. It's drinkable but the finish is rough as well. For the buck it's a solid bargain but if you want a good pils keep looking.

Serving type: can

11-11-2008 02:59:53 | More by kinger
Photo of hustlesworth


2.17/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- super clear goldenrod yellow, rising bubbles of various size, and a short lived fizzy white head.

S- a definite cannabis skunkiness underlaid by pale malt sweetness. and some apple, pear, and white grape. whether the reefer flavor is hop funk or what, i can't say, but it seems to complement the pleasant orchard fruit aromas.

T- taste does not play out the same way, as a completely generic and somewhat metallic flavor washed over my palate. pale and raw grains, stale spice cabinet, old dried out lemon, dried pasta, grass clippings, and cardboard. a tangy bit of hops and yeast pop in mid way easing out to a bland but clean apple peel finish.

MF- standard light, overly fizzy, watery with some refreshing properties, but mostly disappointing and uninviting.

D- perhaps this would be better mid-summer, but aside from the decent aroma, right now it seems like a pale euro-lager lacking the character of a good german pils.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 14:12:49 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of russpowell


3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been a while since I've had this in a can, here goes:

Pours an effervescent straw & 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Average lacing & minimal head retention

S: Perfumy & lemony hops, a whisper of vegetal odor & then breadyness as this warms

T: Lemony hops, a hint of grainyness & dryness up front. Slight honey malt notes & grassy hops as this warms, along with a touch of pears. Finishes with lemmony hops, & a touch of green apple, refreshing, but not as flavorful as I recall

MF: Overgassed at first, light bodied, okay balance

Drinks okay, the hop profile I remember is gone, if we have an old can or the beer is the same & I have changed. Worth a try, but not a solid as I remember it being

Serving type: can

10-30-2008 02:49:21 | More by russpowell
Photo of WHROO


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Straw, 1 finger white head, receded to nothing but a slight ring clinging to the glass. Typical lager carbonation...lively enough. Did look flat halfway through the glass though

S: Not too strong, little grassy hops...& a hint of fruity sweetness as it warmed, some grains. A little skunky.

T: Grain malts, doughy, & a hefty hop bitterness kick to finish.

M: Light to medium with a comfortable level of carbonation.

D: Not brilliant, but not ugly either...the balance of grainy malts against the bitter kick was not too bad...would have enjoyed maybe a tad more sweetness or more aromatic tasty hops to give it more complexity.
Would I go back? maybe, not in a hurry though. Would like to try this in one of those 5lt kegs - it maybe an improvement.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 07:45:12 | More by WHROO
Photo of Offa


4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a nice, tasty German pilsner.

Golden, it has with a medium, slightly airy white head that steadily shrinks to a thin foamy top and leaves only a hint of lace.

The aroma is very nice and very German, with grass, herbs, grain, flowery citrus and a hint of sulphur.

The taste has a lot of grain, fresh apple, and herbal hops that have a flowery-lemony character as well. It has light sweetness and a balancing bitterness that just dominates the finish. It's crisp and light, very clean, yet tasty and lively-tingly.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 18:37:17 | More by Offa
Photo of tronester


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a small, white head. Smells of freshly baked bread and yeast. Quite a sweet taste with a German yeast strain providing a nice flavor. Nice bitterness to round things out. Mouthfeel is medium, high carbonation. Extremely drinkable, it would be easy to drink many of these. This is an easy drinking, inoffensive, yet flavorful beer. This is also a good beer to drink when you are drinking several. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 03:41:45 | More by tronester
Photo of Durge


4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew at Teske's German restaurant in San Jose where it poured a clear light golden color with a goodly white froth of head that dies down within a couple of minutes and lots of lacing. The aroma is light flowery cherry, mild and clean. The flavor is a clean grassy hops and wheat. A very pleasant blend and certainly easy drinking. Perhaps a little thin but not so unusual for the style. A solid pilsner on tap. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2008 04:05:59 | More by Durge
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 16 oz. can of this for $1.15

Oddly enough, the 12 oz variety was $1.40.. weird marketing going on there.

Anywho, for being cheaper than almost any other beer in the store it's pretty good. It's got a lot more taste than any American macro's which are higher in price and it's very drinkable. The next time I'm hanging out with my friends and wanna have some cheap beer I'm gonna go for a Bitburger.

Serving type: can

10-13-2008 21:12:43 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of BierFan


3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: This is probably the most pale Euro-lager that I've ever drank. Seriously, it looks like it's half pilsner half water.

Smell: It has a very light aroma. I was able to detect some hops. Kinda skunky smelling as well.

Taste: Tastes like an American macro-lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 21:00:43 | More by BierFan
Photo of guntherhophead


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: yellow and thin(watery) with little, lacey head that disapates quickly. Little carbonation.
S: floral hops with grapefruit. A pepper background with slightly malty, sweet corn.
T: floral hops up front. Thin bitter citrus, grapefruit with a slightly malty finish.
MF: Decent MF and deceptive because it appears to have little to no carbonation but MF prooves otherwise.
D: The can states Germany's #1 beer and I'm sure that's totally unbiased. I can name several German beers that are better. This one may be better on tap and in an ice-cold, thick, frosty glass. It's not bad but probably tastes better after 2 or 3.

Serving type: can

10-05-2008 14:14:49 | More by guntherhophead
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was about a half inch of creamy head and some so-so lacing.

S: Oddly enough, this one was a bit on the skunky side, considering it was in a brown bottle. Other than that it was just mediocre, with a little tinge of hops.

T: Had a slightly hoppy flavor up front but little else. Very thin and watery.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Below medium-bodied.

D: This is really just an average beer in most every way. Not much flavor or personality to speak of. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 14:13:34 | More by avalon07
Photo of supercolter


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent enough german pils. Appearance is rather lack luster. No real head or lacing. Pale straw yellow in color. Smell is pretty faint but some notable hops and sweet malt extract smell come through. Taste is a bit more pronounced, especially the hops. Mouthfeel is average, light and carbonated. Drinkability is good, pretty smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 01:55:57 | More by supercolter
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can

A- Pours a clear, bright yellow, low rising carbonation and a very large white head.

S- A funky cloudy nose of mellow pale malt and weak doses of common pilsner hop.

T- A muddled malt character, salty, with notes of crackery yeast.

M- light grainy body.

D- Not terrible not good.

Serving type: can

08-30-2008 16:12:45 | More by ATPete
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a thin white sudsy head that faded quickly. Visible carbonation was soft-medium per style.

A: a light aroma of spicy hops and fresh grains on the nose.

T: The beer starts out with a light grain flavor and palate and a touch of creaminess for mouthful. The flavor faded quickly off the tongue and was very clean. The flavor is soft, mellow and truly grain based to provide a good light session drink. It finishes crisp with some cereal grains, hay and warm herbal hopping.

M: smooth on the tongue with a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

D: decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 22:40:46 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

2.4/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear light golden color with a fluffy sticky head. A light husky grain aroma. Light and husky on the the palate with some grainy biscuitness. There is a unpleasant character toward the finish. I am not sure what it is, corn maybe skunkiness? I am not sure. The point is, I really didn't like it that much.

Serving type: can

08-19-2008 22:35:42 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of FatSean


4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my kind of affordable lager.

Poured from a 500ml can into a 20oz tulip pint. Golden-straw color with a moderate head. The head faded into minor lacing rather quickly.

This beer has a nice biscuity/bready scent with the Euro-hop funk (not a bad thing).

Taste is bitter, and a bit simple, but the malts do appear. The beer has a thin quaility to it that I enjoy, I'm not a fan of the overly-thick brews.

Drinkability? Stellar. This beer may be the German Budweiser but I could drink it all day and not get bloated or too bored.

My next step is to try it in the 5l mini-keg.

Serving type: can

08-07-2008 00:23:21 | More by FatSean
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in a pokal)

A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body with a sea of microbubbles swirling about. There is a thin white foam meniscus of head that last for a bit.

S- The light sulfury cider smell gives way to dry pale malt and raw grain with a slight sweetness followed by a faint honey hint finish that increases just a bit as the beer warms.

T- The dry pale malt flavor has notes of mineral water and a faint sweetness to it. There is a soft sulfury carbonic acid taste to the sharp noble hop finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tiny tongue scrubbing bubbles of carbonation at the finish.

D- This beer has some good flavors with some good depth to it. Even though the beer is pretty dry it has some nice sweetness to it to give it more character.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 18:32:07 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Seanibus


2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is merely OK. With so many other great German Pilsners (both authentically German, like Radeberger, and American-made versions, like Victory's Prima Pils), this should be pretty low on your list.

Pours a radiant yellow, but with little carbonation or head. The aroma is strongly pilsner grain. This has a powerful Pilsner flavor with good hop bitterness, but it dissolves to a slightly unpleasant sourness at the end, not unlike a Budweiser or similar mass produced American Lager. The mouthfeel is light and thin.

Nothing wrong here, of course, just nothing to keep me coming back.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2008 16:26:06 | More by Seanibus
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Clear, pale yellow. A finger or less of head reduces to a thin collar with some minimal lacing.

S - Strong spicy hops balanced by a touch of sweet malt.

T - In line with the nose. A clean, thin, malt profile builds in sweetness through mid palate, and then gives way to the spicy hop flavor. Malt is very bready and biscuity leading into flavors of white pepper, salt, grass, and even a touch of coriander from the hops.

M - Crisp and highly carbonated, and a little thicker than others of the style. Thickness helps balance out the bitterness present in other German Pils.

D - A wonderful beer, probably the pilsner most suited to my tastes. I wouldn't mind making a night of these, especially with the low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 03:46:58 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of Haybeerman


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright straw yellow color. Two inch fluffy white head slowly receded to a quarter inch. Thin lacing all the way down.

S: Light, slightly sweet malt with bread underneath. Slightly bitter hops.

T: Malt, slightly metallic at the end but finished really clean. Nicely balanced malt, hops and carbonation.

M - Light bodied and perfectly carbonated. Balance and clean finish were its hallmark; certainly not a very complex beer (not in a bad way).

D: This beer will leave you wanting more. Highly drinkable without filling you up.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 02:49:14 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of nem2006


2.1/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer poured a pale yellow with a small white head that faded quickly, but maintained good carbonation in the glass.

The smell was an extremely strong skunky smell. I thought it would go away as the beer warmed but even after it came to room temperature, it still smelled of skunk. Somewhere in there I smelled hay or grass.

Not much flavor at the start, a bitter finish and even a little skunk at the end.

I was really disappointed with how skunky this was, it may have been one of the worst ones I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 21:48:44 | More by nem2006
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A- Well there was virtually no head on this and I gave a fairly hard pour....as well, there was very little in terms of lacing. The colouring is a light straw and is very clear. The carbonation seems more on the heavy side. Not overly exciting to look at I have to say.

S- As soon as I opened the bottle, I could smell the hops. This has a very clean, crisp aroma...somewhat grassy and grainy. There is also a clean spicyness and some citrusy notes in the backround. Definitely there is not a sweet malty aroma to this brew.

T- I like this! It's very refreshing, and well balanced. I could taste the malts initially but very quickly the dominant bitter hop flavors cut right through the sweetness. I love the dryness of this beer, with it's leafy, woodsy tastes. Very simple, very enjoyable. The finish leaves a pronounced clean bitter taste on the palate, that makes me quickly want to have another sip.

M- I didn't feel that this was a very full beer, as I had read.
Fairly thin, and a fair bit of carbonation, although it dissapates as time goes on, best characterizes this beer. Great thirst quencher!

D- I think this would be an excellent session beer. At the pub, this would be a natural to go with salted nuts, as it will cleanse the palate nicely. A good patio beer, and very enjoyable....much closer to the intended style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 03:40:37 | More by ChrisCage
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,265 ratings.