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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 73 | 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 roddwolff
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer named like a burger,

A: Pale yellow, almost free of bubbles, foamy head is two fingers thick with good lacing;

S: Floral hops;

T: Smoky malt with biscuity essences, plus notes of floral hops;

M: Dry and slightly salty, high bitterness, high carbonation, medium body;

D: My favorite german beer to drink a lot.

roddwolff, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into pint glass.

Nice, golden and clear. Good looking stuff.

Smells like your standard German import. Hops, musk.

Euro brew flav. Good amount of sweetness.

Good carbonation. Finishes dry.

Could drink these all night with ease. Good, sessionable beer. Worth spending the extra five dollars to buy this instead of Miller Lite or whatever.
Mass produced Euro beers>>>American macros.

MirkoCroCough, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of sevopie
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly murky straw yellow with a fluffy slightly off-white head that laces decently.

Very light on the nose. Some sweet corn notes, a bit of another grain, and a bit of mustiness.

The taste is where this one shines. The initial attack is very sweet graininess, with a touch of corn and sugars. The finish adds the slight hop bitterness, but the sweet is what mostly lingers.

Fairly robust body for the style, and rather creamy. A little less carbonation than I would have anticipated, but works pleasantly with the sweetness.

Really easily drinkable, I could put back a few of these. The aftertastes are very pleasant, and the ABV keeps it in the sessionable range. Might be my new favorite pilsner.

sevopie, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of bob3701
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Very light yellow in color. Produced a nice head that slowly disapated with some lacing. Has a nice light German lager taste. Back in the 70's my first year college roomate was a guy from Germany. This beer was brewed in his hometown and he always said we should try to import it to US. It is a good German lager, better than more well known brands. It is a much better buy too. Not sure why it is not bigger than other German beer in the states.

bob3701, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Natural510
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A transparent light gold with fluffy, cotton-like head and streams of rising bubbles sums up the appearance when poured from the .5L can.
Scent is grainy and vegetal, with hints of barley and corn.
Breaded mallt with a grassy, corn-like overtone, light smattering of hops and somewhat metallic finish makes up the bulk of the flavor. Inoffensive, grainy aftertaste in the finish.
Crisp, easy-drinker. Not the best pils I've had, but at $1.25 a can it works with a spicy or greasy meal.

Natural510, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Geiseman
4.8/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best session beers from anywhere, the amount of bite is perfect.
Crisp and clean, an excellent choice with or without food
Bitburger is so well balanced they can go down quickly, sometimes too quickly.
I have a long lists of favorites with a couple of picks per style and this is one of my top 2 in German Pilsners.

Geiseman, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my homie Jeff for a can of this one. You paid $4 for a 4pk of pint cans? Really? 10/4/09. from notes.

Pours a pale straw color with a cloud-like pillowy white foam of two fingers. Leaves a ton of lacing, but minimal retention.

Very subtle aroma overall. Noble hops and crackery malts are faint. The taste follows with a clean hop bitterness, negligible off flavors and surprisingly crisp. Light malt character. Simple but successful.

Smooth mouthfeel, a tad higher carbonation than preferable. Great drinkability, definitely could put a few of these back, and especially at this price.

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of prosper
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My last review must have been on an old or off beer... this second bottle - you could tell it was the same beer, but everything was a bit 'brighter' and more vibrant.

Pours a rich yellow, very very clear, thin rocky head that fades quickly. Nothing special, about what you'd expect for the style.

Smell is vaguely vegetal - greenish, characterful german pils malt, no doubt. Perhaps a faint impression of snappy spicy hops, but that could just be in the imagination. Again - nothing outstanding, about what a german pils SHOULD be.

Taste is about as you'd expect... grainy green-pilsner malt, slight lemony zing from the carbonation. Very clean. Pleasing bitterness; there is decidedly more bittering here than in most american lagers. There's a lot of character from the pils malt coming through to keep things interesting. The hop bittering only comes through in the aftertaste, and its character is mostly a non-descript herbal bitterness. Again - not anything special, this is what german pilsners SHOULD be about (though not many live up to the promise)

Decent enough mouthfeel - it's not thin and sharp like many other light lagers. Crisp, though, moreso than a pilsner urquell

Drinkable, perhaps a bit boring, but in the end - that's what a pils is.

prosper, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A crystal clear pale straw color with a very thin white head.

S: A nice malt aroma with a big floral hop smell.

T: Good pilsner malt flavor with some great floral noble hops. The finish is clean and dry with a little bit of tang and bitterness in the lingering floral hop flavor.

M: Good carbonation level, nice light body.

D: This is a very well crafted pilsner, good drinkability. Not my favorite style, but I can definitely appreciate a well crafted beer that you can drink alot of.

Kromes, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of CRichardsMN
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden color with a single finger white foamy head which falls very quickly to a bubbly ring and no lace. Looks kind of dead when you get to about a half glass.

Smell no malts but definitely a grassy / musty odor with a bit of hops.

Very slight sweetness and incredibly grassy. Tastes much like a high end green tea actually... Finishes with a mild bite of hops and a healthy bitterness.

Fairly full mouthfeel for a medium bodied beer is attained by the quick hit of carbonation.

Pretty decent beer. The grassy flavor is an interesting break from typical malty lagers and I look forward to using them to break up monotony.

My first bottle of this was less than appealing and I think was poorly shipped. I was just given another by a friend and though I cringed at trying it again, I did it anyways with a good deal of surprise and appreciation. A good change from the first experience and I hope the rest I find are the same.

I've always heard that this beer is the norm (not to mention fantastic) wherever you go in Germany. I would love to try it in it's homeland.

CRichardsMN, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden straw color with a white head.

S- Sweet, bready malt with a slight aroma of spicy hops.

T-Very similar to the nose: bready, slightly sweet malt with a bitter finish.

M-Pretty smooth, not over-carbonated like some pilseners I've had. Finishes with a dryness in the throat.

D-Really easy to drink. This is the first pilsener I've really liked. I think others that I've had have suffered from being light-struck, but since this canned, it suffers no such fate.

samie85, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - light yellow, amazing proud white head that lasts.
S - clean light malt smell. touch of a little more character and the german like qualities
T - clean and freash. lingering light bitterness. malt sweetness on the front.
M - dry and malty. quenching and satisfying
D - supreme.

A great pilsner in my opinion. I love it from the giant can while having some brats.

HeroJH, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready malts, grain, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast followed by a significant malt sweetness. There's a god hops presence that comes in provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this beer is worth drinking for a while if your choices are limited.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of jkrich
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with a freshness date.

Poured a beautiful bubbly yellow-golden color with a nice white sustained head.

Spicy european hop aroma - very fresh smelling for an import.

This one started out with a mellow, bready flavor followed by a little hop bite. Very clean and refreshing taste that is well balanced between the malt and hops.

This is light-bodied with lively carbonation with that clean, slick yet flavorful mouthfeel typical of a quality pilsner.

I am surprised by the overall "B-" rating for this one. It is a perfect example of the style. This is Bitburger's primary product and they do it well.

jkrich, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of dbruce86
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Light noble hops, no malt. Very slight vegetable odor.


White, creamy head, dissapate quickly. No lace. straw yellow


Pleasantly bitter initially , no lingering bitterness. No hop taste. Dry, no sweetness.


Creamy medium carbonation. medium light body. Slight warming at end.


Really nice Pilsner.

dbruce86, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a four pack of pint cans for about $3.75. Canned on 7/7/09, best by 7/7/10. I bought this beer mostly because of the low price, but I was pretty impressed with the beer itself.

Appearance in my pilsner glass is a light urine yellow, with complete clarity and a two finger fluffy head. Retention is okay and lacing is good. The only thing I would like to see is some more bubbles streaming up the glass for liveliness.

Aroma is very soft and subtle. Slightly bready, with a bit of floral and spicy hops. A bit of that lager, sulfury smell. Pleasing overall.

The taste has a slight breadiness with a quick bite of hop bitterness. There is a tiny bit of that character I get from lighter lagers that remind me of an adjunct or skunky lager, I'm not sure how to explain it, but it's slight enough not to bother me too much.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth. I'm impressed that this beer isn't overly carbonated, and leaves a very impressive feel.

This beer is drinkable enough for me to have it on my radar for a future, cheap four pack of lager. It's on the light side in terms of bitterness, which really helps in this area.

jeffthecheff, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so another brew that suffers from the detrimental BA Syndrome: Harsh reviews assailing the flaws of its yellow fizzy wateriness, metallic, grainy, etc, etc. Maybe a good comment about the crispness, but bam, D score. Really? Check out the style guides before you review folks!
This brew turned out to be a solid pils, true to style in every respect. This will never be a match for an iipa or an impy stout, at least in this country, but if you can't appreciate a decent Pils for what it is, you're no better than the craftbeer oblivious macro drinker.

This pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow into my purty PrimaPils glass. It's a 500ml tallboy can, which is literally the perfect pour...or would have been if i went a little bit lighter on the pour. A good 4 finger head sat aloft for the first minute, then I added the rest of the can to the glass when it died down. Huge bubbles of foam rotted down leaving some spidery lacing. Plenty of carbonation bubbles coming up. There's a private beer commercial going on for me here at my desk, very tempting looking brew.

Some powerdy yeast, sweet honey, and malt took over the aroma. It's a bit sweeter than american macros, and a bit more complex with some sour apple.

Taste is spot on Pils. Absolutely no skunking, thanks to the can (often a problem with bottle imports), and a sweet mouthwatering honey and biscuity flavor that leads into a good noble hop profile that leaves just the expected amount of metallic twang. As with any canned brews in the past several decades, i've never gotten any inherent flavors, as the cans have a polyvinyl coating...love it when i read peoples reviews who don't know noble hops have that characteristic, and that it's desired. bah.

It's a very drinkable brew, low abv makes it uber-sessionable.

If you can find Bitburger, and it's a decent price, get it.

SurlyDuff, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium yellow-gold with a thick and rocky white cap.

The aroma was floral with a grainy sweetness and some mineral notes.

The taste was a mix of floral spiciness, lemon, grains, and light malts. Finishes quite clean.

Lighter bodied, crisp and clean, with moderate carbonation.

A solid easy-drinking German Pilsner.

Monkeyknife, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 50cl can into my tulip glass.

A: clear gold, with a gorgeous rocky head that is slow to recede. Minimal lacing though, stickage is okay.

S: Not nearly as impressed here, it smells mainly of bitters. Too hard to distinguish much else, and its a bit too imposing.

T: Not bad, not really special. It has a readily present traditional German bitter taste. Weak malt presence, but a good job on a hoppy finish that has some bite.

M: Bitburger feels fairly creamy, with a slightly below average carbonation presence, which I personally enjoy.

D: Considering the price, the good looks, decent flavor and the enjoyable mouthfeel, I'll take this.

AmberMan22, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz. glass at the Oktoberfest on the Minneapolis Riverfront. Sipped on it while listening to a polka band do their thing :D

A-Clear deep golden brew. Pretty much no head on arrival, just sparse bubbles. Bubbles rising from the carbonation did not stick around for long, so this lack of head seemed partly due to low retention, and not just a bad pour.

S-Perfumy hops with a sense of a very crisp malt underneath. Still, rather too thin.

T-Herbal and perfumy hoppiness joins a grainy smooth German-tasting maltiness. Dry overall maltiness, finishing dry and perfumy.

M-Higher carbonation is borderline harsh, but still rather appropriate. Body is medium-lightish, very easy.

D-Quite drinkable, largely attributable to its smooth, easy body. Also, the ambiance of drinking this beer while listening to straigt-up polka music surely helped put me in the German beer mood.

CHSLBrew, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date of BIT09. Pours a clear medium yellow color with a fluffy, large-bubbled head that fades slowly to a pretty nice, thin covering. A few drops of lace adorn the glass.

Smells grainy, floral and a touch sweet. Good balance of light malts and hay-like hop aroma. It has a clean, fresh and tasty nose.

This is a nice, well balanced session lager. Enough flavor and hop presence to keep it interesting. The malt feels 'soft' and the hops provide a grassy, tingling effect. It's not the best German pils out there, but a 12 pack of Bitte Ein Bit is a pretty decent and affordable option. Overall a refreshing, tasty beer.

twiggamortis420, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into schneider weisse glass aug31 2009

A crystal clear straw yellow in color, a fluffy white head that lasts for a few minutes then fades to a thin film that leaves half a ring of lace

S sweet grains with a grassy overtone, and some nice floral hops

T also good, a little bit of lemon that i could not smell but other then that tastes as it smells

M nice and light with a little bite on the finish as it should be

D pretty easy going, i had no problems drinking this one

you can drink something like this in Calgary for the same price as our lame macros brewed over here. for the price this is worth a try on a hot day

wordemupg, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of jbro434
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clear gold with a decent head that fades quickly leaving traces of lacing. Nothing remarkable upfront. Fairly clean and malty with a decent hop kick. A slight bitterness comes up that does not taste like hops, maybe even slightly metallic. This quickly fades, however, and the mouthfeel and finish reminds me of a Fosters for some reason. That is not a bad thing because I like Fosters ok. It is nice and warm today and I could see myself downing a few of these without complaint.

jbro434, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured in a 16-ounce pilsner glass. Clean, clear golden color. A finger of head developed but dissipated almost instantly to a leave a ring around the edge.

Smell: Nice barnyard malts, though there's much more snappy bitterness than there would be in a German lager.

Taste: Oh, malty goodness. That's about it, but it's still crisp and tasty. There is a slight hop bite at the end, but nothing major.

Drinkability: As BevMo! says, it's "BEGGING for a heat wave." Well, it got one, and it hits the spot. There's zero complexity, but it quenches.

TheQuietMan22, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of damndirtyape
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle in a pilsner glass. Well before (6+ months) stale/end-of-freshness date.

Appearance is your classic pilsner - golden yellow, carbonation constantly bubbling up from the bottom of the glass, thin white head upon pouring with a very minor amount of lacing on the glass as I drank it. Foam settled down to 1/16" layer across the top.

Smell at first is a hint of that hop skunkiness along with a mild amount of oranges.

Taste is crisp, nothing sweet but not exceedingly bitter. It doesn't dominate and the tastes present are fleeting.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated and prickly on the tongue, but refreshingly coating of the throat. That feeling of a long drink when you really needed one.

Drinkability - I plan to buy more soon and it went very well with the BBQ spare-rib dinner.

damndirtyape, Aug 22, 2009
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.