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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,341
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 17
Gots: 68 | 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 AccidentalKate


3.38/5  rDev -2%

Appearance: A nice gold. Small head to start, but evaporates quickly. Slight Belgium lace.

Smell: Floral yet acrid beneath it. It's only a slight aroma, not strong at all.

Taste: A bit of bitterness at first, quickly replaced by the grain. Leaves a nice undercurrent of malt on the finish, but the bitterness holds the back of the back, leaving the malt taste with a bit of metallic roundness with it. Meh.

Mouthfeel: I expected a livelier experience. The drink seemed limp and near lifeless. For a Pilsner, I expected more carbonation. This beer does not pop in the mouth.

Drinkability: Only slightly above average. The maltiness in the finish makes it stand above American Lagers. But It could be much better.

03-13-2009 23:20:06 | More by AccidentalKate
Photo of SchlaflyFan


4.08/5  rDev +18.3%

Another wonderful German pilsner. Pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy with a small head. No real lacing left on the glass. Smells slightly of hops and grain. Not overpowering. Taste is just what you expect from a German pilsner. Slightly hoppy with a dry flavor. Excellent taste and very very drinkable. Beer is as light as a macro American lager and that makes it go down smooth and easy. Very refreshing.

03-11-2009 03:46:03 | More by SchlaflyFan
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white head. Some floating sediment of some sort...not really sure about this one, but here goes.
Smells nice and hoppy, originally I thought it was skunky but the more it opened up the more hoppy it became.
The taste is about the same as the smell, a piny hop flavor, a little one dimensional, but good.
The mouthfeel is a little off, but not bad.
If not for the sediment I could put back quite a few of these. I would like to try again when I can be a little more sure of freshness.

03-10-2009 22:09:39 | More by grayburn
Photo of therica


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

I reviewed this before, from a nitro-keg (26 Oct 2006) and gave it an A-. This is from the bottle, and not as impressive but still a solid standard-beer.

A= light yellow, little head, little lacing, modest small bubbles rising.

S= hops, malts, nothing overwhelmingly noteable.

T= slightly dry taste, mild hops bitters & florals, mild malts, not much else to note. Still better than a Budweiser because there isn't any corn or rice in the mix.

M= light dry bitterness on the tongue.

D= probably a session-beer if you're not in beer-ranatic mode, fine with most meals or for parties, just a very standard typical non-US pilsener with more character than Heinekin and Stella Artois.

03-08-2009 21:07:35 | More by therica
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2%

Poured a 500-ml can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - nice yellow colour, with decent head and some lace. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - straightforward barley-hop aromas.

Taste - very clean taste with just a slightly bitter element in the middle. The end is very interesting as the taste just sort of goes away as a dry beer would do but it leaves your mouth...wet.

Mouthfeel - I actually really enjoy the balance of this beer. Not a tonne of taste but smooth.

Drinkability - this stuff would go down in quantity. I'll seek it again.

03-03-2009 01:52:44 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of cedricwarner

New York

3/5  rDev -13%

Pours a very pale bubbly yellow, and not unlike champagne. Not much to the aroma, just some faint maltiness.

The taste is just the smallest touch of grainy malt sweetness followed by a lingering noble hop bitterness without any of the floral or spicy qualities that make a top notch German pilsner.

It's not an incredible beer, but it's quite drinkable, no off flavors to speak of, and the price at $9.50 for 8 half liter cans (roughly a 12 pack of 12 oz. bottles) means that this is my go-to beer when I don't have much to spend.

02-19-2009 23:14:21 | More by cedricwarner
Photo of JonathanL7890


3.1/5  rDev -10.1%

Pours a pale golden color. Substantial 4 finger head.
Smell is malty , sweet. Very much like a Munich Helles.
Taste: Pretty light, no hop bitterness.
Moutfeel: ok. 3.0 average sums it up.
Drinkability: Drinkability is pretty good. I polished off a 500ml bottle pretty easily. I could down a few of these.

Not like a pilsner at all. No hop presence to speak of. This is more like a Munich Helles or at least a Dortmunder but I've had much better styles of any of these.

Overall an average drink that I would not buy again.

02-06-2009 22:07:17 | More by JonathanL7890
Photo of endovelico


3.33/5  rDev -3.5%

Taken from notes. Reviewed under medium strength artificial light. Best before date: 23/07/2009. Poured into a Semi-balloon glass. Reviewed on 31 / 01 / 2009

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-orange brew. Medium effervescence. One thinger white head that immediately collapses into a thin collar.

Aroma: Citrucy / lemony aroma and Saaz like hop aroma character. Slight smell of adjuncts.

Taste: Slight malty sweetness and hop like spyciness and citrus character. Adjuncty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Medium Bitterness. Finishes sweet then clean. Medium Carbonation. slightly Oily.

Drinkability: Alcohol barely noticeable. Its enjoyable as a session beer but the body seems to light and the oiliness hurts its drinkability.

02-05-2009 20:30:12 | More by endovelico
Photo of 1099


4.2/5  rDev +21.7%

Bought a sixer of these the other day because it was imported and eye-catching...boy I was not disappointed!

I sampled it straight from the bottle, so I didnt get a look at the appearance, but the consensus is its good, so I'll roll with that. Smells like beer to me, and I don't get any off putting smells like I do with some of the other beers I've rated. Taste is exceptional...very smooth malty, biscuity taste that fades slowly into a nice balancing hoppy finish. No aftertaste. Wow, I like this. Moutfeel is good and I could drink a lot of these if I could afford to!

This was worth the money, and I'm sure I will be buying this again in the future.

02-01-2009 06:28:45 | More by 1099
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.65/5  rDev +34.8%

I had this at a new bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called The Richardson (on corner of Richardson and Graham). Off the tap it had a gorgeous pale yellow color. Nice grainy/hoppy scent to it.

It had a semi-sweet taste with a classic Pilsner bitterness to it. This beer is quite carbonated and very refreshing. To be honest the mix of bitter and sweet makes this one of my favorite Pilsners. Excellent beer.

01-31-2009 17:38:36 | More by Amalak
Photo of CampusCrew


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%

Had one on my honeymoon in Barcelona. Also requesntly in Germany.

appearance: golden amber hues, pure lager, rising bubbles, good head

smell: balanced hops, very plesant session for a hop head

taste: clean and refreshing. liek a lager should be

mouthfeel: thin not thick. good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth. went well with my seafood paella

01-28-2009 13:46:08 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Kolsch


3.8/5  rDev +10.1%

On tap.

Appearance is rather disappointing. Very little head and no lace retention at all.

Smell is floral & grassy with a bit of cologne thrown in as well.

Taste is same as smell. Cologne and floral hops. I love a good Kolsch as it is my favorite style of beer. I would consider this a cross between Kolsch and a Pilsner. Very drinkable and you will find yourself ordering another and another...

01-10-2009 03:28:18 | More by Kolsch
Photo of smedley


3.9/5  rDev +13%

A - Clear yellow, about a finger of white head, disapeared in about a minute. Visible carbonation bubbling to the top of the glass.

S - Surprisingly fruity - peaches, berries and apples, slightly floral

T - Light, but the fruit from the nose comes through. Slight hop finish, which seems to lessen as I drink more.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp

D - Prettd rinkable beer, expected from a pilsner. Was really expecting a German Bud Light, but was presently surprised by a bit of complexity. Not overwhelmed here, but not too bad.

01-10-2009 02:51:49 | More by smedley
Photo of czfreeman


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%

I remember that this was probably the first beer I drank when I traveled with family to Germany last year-duruing which my eyes were opened to "really good beer"
Pours out light hay-golden tone, active head dissapears quickly, light, bubbly, and carbonated.
Smells of light breads, Hallertau hops, light florals, and an overall "lager" smell.
Tastes of light tart biscuity malts, a sharp, quick bite of light hops, finishing clean with a mouth tingling carbonation and bitterness.
This is an easy drinker, nice to session with. Would make a great light aperitif beer, drink with seafood.

12-31-2008 06:01:02 | More by czfreeman
Photo of hoplover82


3.05/5  rDev -11.6%

Pours a light pale yellow color with a soapy, small white head with no retention. It's clear though there is a lot of sediment in the bottle that causes a bit of haze in the beer.

Aroma is beery, grainy, not entirely pleasant. Cereal and normal Pilsner stuff in there too.

Taste is dry, bland, thirst quenching. Could be hoppier, more bitter and flavorful but besides really good Pilsners they all kind of taste like this.

Watery and light bodied.

I wouldn't have this again.

12-30-2008 19:18:43 | More by hoplover82
Photo of beveritt


3.45/5  rDev 0%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is white with a gold foil border and has Bitte ein Bit "written" in script. No clear freshness date, but BUT 08 is printed on the bottom of the back label.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of pure white head, which bubbles like a soda. This settles quickly, leaving only a very thing, very small island of foam. The beer itself is pale yellow and perfectly clear. Some moderate activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Spicy and sharp hops upfront with slight grassy aroma. Some mild malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: Herbaceous and slightly tangy hop upfront, with a smooth, buttery malt backbone. Long, lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A light and refreshing beer, that is easy to drink and yet, still fairly flavorful.

12-29-2008 02:28:52 | More by beveritt
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +24.1%

poured from a half-litre bottle into a mug

A - pours a light gold with a one finger head. The head falls apart about 2/3 down the glass and only a few splotches of lacing are left behind.

S - Big smell throughout the drink. Floral smells dominate with hints of lemon on a sweet malt background.

T - Lemon and floral hops up front. The body is very well balanced and complex with noble hops popping through a biscuity malt background. A subtle lemon flavor rides on top in the body. Pine hop finish with hints of lemon flavor that slowly fades to a lemon pine aftertaste. Very good.

M - thin-medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Leaves an oily residue on the back of the tongue.

D - Much more complex in the bottle than in the can (although more expensive). My grandparents bought this half litre for me for $2.19, which is a little pricy, but worth it for a damn good German pilsner. Bitburger is a textbook pilsner and is a benchmark for the style.

12-28-2008 09:18:57 | More by Bockrules
Photo of johnd513


3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

I am reviewing from the mini keg. Pours light golden in color with a nice frothy white head that quickly disappears. Smells hoppy, citrusy and sweet with honey. The taste is malty with a floral finish. The mouthfeel is smooth enough and the beer is easy to drink. Nothing spectacular but an easy drinker that is a much better choice than American macros.

12-27-2008 01:20:58 | More by johnd513
Photo of bmwats


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Light golden color. Medium carbonation pours into a half finger white bubbly head which dissipates quickly. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. No lacing to speak of.

S: Light malt and wheat.

T: Wheat, yeast, malt, and sharp hops.

M: Yeast and hops start shock the taste buds. Wheat and hops linger. Light feel.

D: Good brew. Light, good flavor.

Not a whole lot in the way of atmosphere here, as with many pilsners. Decent flavor, and feel. Overall, pretty solid for this style.

12-24-2008 05:20:08 | More by bmwats
Photo of TommyW


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%

A- Pale yellow with a half inch head that quickly fades to nothing.

S- Hoppy with some malty sweetness.

T- Starts off with some malty sweetness. A grassy tastes come in and then tangy hops dominates the rest of the taste. Leaves a slight tangy aftertaste.

M- Thin body, easy carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink, does down well.

Overall, this is slightly above average for a pislner here in Germany.

12-19-2008 18:58:00 | More by TommyW
Photo of hopdog


3/5  rDev -13%

Ordered this one at dinner. Only beer that stood out against the list of macros and standard imports.

Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas and tastes of sweet malts and some hops. Hops heavier in the tastes. Some grassiness. Sweet. Not a bad beer considering the alternatives.

Notes from 2/14/05

12-15-2008 23:00:49 | More by hopdog
Photo of Clockwork420


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%

Bottle to glass.

A - Pale yellow, plenty of carbonation.

S - Smelled alot like some other german beers I have had. Smelled alot like Warsteiner. Cool and hoppy, sweet.

T - Strange. Sweet in the beginning, then earthy grassy quckily followed by an alcohol finsh. After taste is alcohol and hops and slight tangy. Easy to read not complex at all.

M - Thin and watery. Slippery and easy to drink after a few sips.

D - High. It fits for any occasion.

I would buy this again, if I drank at the proper temerature. I drank mine warmer than ususal and it wasnt too bad. Kind of got to like it.

12-14-2008 03:49:30 | More by Clockwork420
Photo of stone3187


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

This one pours a pale gold color with a hint of malt in the smell. The taste doesn't have much to it but it's clean, no hop character to be found really. I would rather have this than any domestic pilsner but there are better German pilsners out there.

12-09-2008 17:04:04 | More by stone3187
Photo of scottoale


3.28/5  rDev -4.9%

12oz. brown bottle with fancy foiled labels (3), a bottling code on back label: LK 1319. It pours a bright yellow-gold with great clarity. It has a 1/2" white foamy, short lasting head and good carbonation is evident.

The smell is pale malts and light hoppiness, a little sweet and very grainy. It smell's a bit pissy, if you will.

A well balanced pale malt intro, short lasting to a bitter hop finish, crisp and clean. Nothing really fancy here, but quite refreshing. Low alcohol isn't noticable, the body is light to medium. No challenge, just easy drinking straight forward pils, simple.

12-01-2008 07:19:12 | More by scottoale
Photo of jujubeast6000


1.55/5  rDev -55.1%

Reviewed 12/4/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a fizzy pale yellow colored body. Has a malty aroma. A dry dusty taste, with a bitter aftertaste. Watery, and grainy. Similar to the domestic fizzy yellow in appearance, aroma, taste. Not good.

11-26-2008 04:28:33 | More by jujubeast6000
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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