1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

Not Rated.
Bitburger Premium PilsBitburger Premium Pils

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,483 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 23
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bitburger Brauerei visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (12) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 1,483 | Reviews: 746
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

Photo of flyingspatula
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I never even noticed this on the Irish Lions menu before, so I thought I would try it. This is a better than average pilsner. It has a nice copper color, and that traditional pils/lager smell. The taste is pretty good! Nice maltiness, some hops flavor. A nice dry mouthfeel. Went very well with my food!

Photo of yemenmocha
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden, yet translucent color. White head. Nose isn't so great with some skunk and cooked vegetables, along with some herbal qualities. Very crisp and dry on the palate though. Light bodied, but not watery. Easy drinking. Would like to have on draft to compare side to side.

Photo of drinkofczars
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Normal looking pilsner beer. Bright golden and translucent.

S- Exactly how this type of beer should smell. Slight skunk smell, but I enjoy that in this type of beer. Hops are coming through as well.

T- Perfect light bitter bite. Crisp yet mellow on the taste buds.

M- Smooth, light, refreshing and perfectly carbonated. Gives your tongue a nice zing.

O- Goes down like a bud light, tastes better than a stella. A great beer to have at the beach or after mowing the lawn.

Stellar beer.

Photo of Dubbledown
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased cold at Stoney's. $5.99 for a 4 pack.Poured into a 14.9 oz. nonic.The color is a very pale golden yellow. Big 3 inch head that slowly recedes with excellent lacing. Lots of tiny champagne size bubbles rise to the top. First taste.

In my imagination, this is how our Dads thought Schlitz, Strohs or Falstaff tasted. Of course they don't taste that way now but mabye they did back then. That's how this beer tastes to me.Very refreshing. Clean balance of barley and hops. The kind of pils you probably drank at Yankee Stadium in 1962 when the Mick and Maris were going yard all day. A great value and a good beer.

Grade B- Serving temp. 42 degrees F

Photo of DerekP
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 PINT 0.9 FL OZ can poured into a nonic pint glass. Yellow-gold in appearance with a frothy egg-white head that slims down to a simple rim. Cloudy in the glass.

Smells of grapes, yeast & furnished wood.

Hops carry the brew, hiding what would otherwise be obvious attenuation. Fruity element comes through from inside the hoppy shell. Yeasty in the finish.

An average medium body with a fairly agreeable mouthfeel makes this brew pretty drinkable. It could certainly serve as a gateway selection toward hoppier beers. Buy a can and pour it in a glass.

Notes: $1.79 for a good beer in a can slightly larger than a pint makes Derek highly satisfied.

Photo of MNJR
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, crisp, refreshing, no heavy or off flavors. An all around winner in the Pilsener category. Better than many other Pilseners I've had (including Urquell). Clear, golden color, lemony, slightly spicy in the nose. Has a bit of a bite to it from the nice, sharp carbonation and spicy finish. Clean and very drinkable. I always remember enjoying this one. I've easily bought this 20 times over the years, but I rarely pick it up at the store because it's kind of hard to find. Whenever I bring it home and crack one open I am not disappointed.

Photo of HopBacchus
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a decadent frothy head. The head subsides slowly leaving mild lacing. The nose is very subdued sweet malt and a faint skunky aroma. Its flavor is smooth and sweet with a faint hop finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and pleasantly light bodied. This is an above average export pils for certain. Not a great deal of flavor but very pleasant and does its job nicely. Very versatile would be splendid in hot weather.

Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bitburger German Pilsner starts with a golden yellow pour that has a very white head on it. The head faded and you left with some lacing but hardly any. The smell is of fresh grains and cut grass, Not my favorite smells when it comes to beer. The Flavor is nearly the same as the aroma but with a little spark of bitterness in the end. It's a lighter brew so you can drink it easily. Not really what I want in a beer but I guess it's ok for whoever likes it.

Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Clear golden straw with two fingers of fluffy white head that lasts a while.

Smell. Grassy, floral hops, some bready yeast and light grains. Smells good.

Taste. Grassy bitter hops, some light grains, bitter finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, prickly carbonation.

Overall. Nice stuff. Would be great at the beach.

Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair/good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around five minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, hops, metallic, grass

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with corn and a little bit of hops. It also has a bit of grassiness to it and some lemon zest flavour. It finishes with a grainy slightly bitter after taste.

Overall - I'd say this is an above average euro-beer. It's decent for the style and would be good for the warmer weather. I'd still be Radeberger before this though..

Photo of Bigmuff
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an ice cold 16 ounce can into a frosty Carnival Cruise souvenir tulip glass circa 1995. There is a freshness date of 09-30-2011 on the bottom of the can which comes from a 4 pack sold at Trader Joes.
The beer pours gold like the lettering on the Bitburger logo with 1/4 inch of white head which dissipates after a minute or so.

Smells as it should... light malt with a touch of hops... not strong smelling but definitely European.

The taste is a crisp, light and refreshing malt followed up by a rather neutral but bitter hop signature.

I really like how bitter after taste of this beer helps to quench ones thirst and clear the palate.

This beer on tap at a local German restaurant but I have not tried it from an ice cold can into a frosty glass.
It certainly seems to improve the flavor.

High marks for Bitburger.

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

poured pale yellow into my glass with a white one inch head. slow steady carbonation. smells nice like a grassy bread. nice malt taste with a good hop balance. this is nice.

this can was brought back from germany by a friend. so it is an original.

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of aepb1
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow body with a small white head

S- Mild pilsener aroma

T- Grainy malt up front, hay/grassy hops finish this bitter and crisp. A nice balance

M- Light-bodied and on the higher end of carbonation but it's still in there for the style

D- VERY drinkable, complex enough to get you come back for more and the sessionable ABV is nice

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bitburger Premium Pils has a medium, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with not too many bubbles streaming. Little lacing is left behind. The aroma is a wonderful bready barley malt and slight sweetness. Taste is likewise bready and sweet, with appropriate hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Bitburger Premium Pils finishes crisp, refreshing, and semi-dry. Terrific! Try one!


to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.