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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 23
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

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Photo of keithmurray
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - hazy golden straw colour, fluffy white head

smell - floral, grassy notes

taste - hops, slight lemon peel, slightly sweet malt in the back of it, wheat, grains

mouthfeel - bitter upfront, light body, well carbonated, taste lingers slightly on the aftertaste, clean finish

drinkability - this is a refreshing beer for anytime you feel like having something nice and clean

Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear pale golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, wheat, citrus, and stale bready malts.

t - Tastes of wheat, light bready malts, and grain. Pretty average.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - Fairly easy to drink because of the low ABV, but I don't think I'd really look to order it again. Nothing really stood out in the smell or taste, just a lot of grain and bready malts. Wouldn't order again.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours with a nice, light, yellow colour. A foamy head dimples a bit as it lowers. The lacing is rather streaky.

In the smell, honestly, is a hint of "country air" (some of you will know what I mean). There is some... grain? Grass? Apple?

The flavour is fine. Pretty much the same as the smell, without the "country" component.

The feel is OK. It's light, but not too watery. Its finish is dry, and the carbonation is just about right.

Overall, it's a good beer to sit and have a few of.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a urinary yellow with a loose white head that disappears fast and lots of fizz. Faint sweet grain on the nose. Cornbread and honey malts with slight herbal spice hops. Slightly tingly leave and a tin foil tang. Thin, crisp and gassy.

Where's the noble? Really nothing special here.

Photo of mbusster88
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with foamy soap head. Aroma is of grain, very light not to bold. Head does not last long as it dissipates, leaving small trace. Grain, some bread and hay upfront in the taste. Good bitterness in the drink itself. Okay beer, very good for the style, just not my preference.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

.5l can. Best-by date stamped on bottom of can.

Pours very clear, very yellow. A tall & airy white head appears. Smell is light, and very grainy, like a silo. Pilsener all the way. Tastes good, a mineral top exists with the sheer biscuitness. Bitter finish, and maybe a little "canny" but that's not enough to draw the drinkability down, because I could drink these all day. A solid imported German beer for a good price.

Photo of bryman1999
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: slightly hazy pale gold w/ a nice head that dissipates but leaves some ok lacing

smell: strong malty smell w/ a slightly pungent funk to it somewhere that kinda comes off in a weird way

taste: nice and clean at the start w/ a nice malty flavour mid-palate followed by a nice and surprisingly long dry finish where I can definitely taste the hops shine through

mouth feel: nice and round, seemingly over carbonated but the way this carbonation dissipates on the tongue compliments the finish

drinkability: it actually feels like quite a 'full' beer w/ the long finish which kinda of hinders the quaffability. it just has a feeling on the tongue that makes you want to stop and give the beer some attention for a moment

overall a pleasant beer w/ some standout attributes. at the same time there are a couple turn-offs. it all seems to come together nicely in the end but there are a few pointers that this beer is a macro

Photo of dasenebler
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L Germany, best by 4/11.

Pours a pale, crystal clear yellowish gold. Fizzy head dissipates quickly, leaving behind minimal lacing.

Decently noble-hoppy. Nothing too off-putting.

The flavor is not bad, it's just kind of thin all around. Predominately bitter and hoppy, with a touch of biscuity malts in the mids. Relatively smooth finish, much cleaner than the aroma. Mouthfeel was thin and prickly, but creams up as the drink progresses.

Better than when I've had it in the past, but all in all, still the same Bitburger. Not nearly as quality as the ads during soccer games on ZDF would have you believe. A great pizza beer though. Prost!

Photo of cpanossian
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0.33L stubby bottle with freshness date: 240211 Poured into small wine glass (I was in a hotel room). Strong hoppy skunky nose. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a noisy bubbly head. Beading carbonation rises furiously from the base of the glass to the surface. Ultra clean, crisp bitter bite. Simple and thirst quenching. Great served cold on a hot day with brats and imported old world mustards.

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cheap single 500ml can pick-up at my local beer store, thought I'd give this a try. Exceeded my expectations for a German pils.

Pours crystal golden clear with ridiculously ginormous white foam. Islands remain floating mid beer. Lots o lacing.

Run of the mill pils-y smell, but pleasant. Makes me want more.

Crisp creamy taste, some citrus. Real nice pils finish. Good hop - firm, not pushy. Smooth throughout. Everything really comes together nicely.

Real real drinkable. I like this.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Odd as it is, I've never had this one in Germany... Reviewing an American import...

A: very light straw color, with an average bone white head. The lacing is alright

S: Fresh and hoppy and very grassy/herbal smell. Smells very refreshing even though a bit of a cardboard/skunk is there. Damn imports!

T: Bread-like flavor and crisp hops. The herbal floral taste of a German Pils comes out nicely.

M: Decent body, but a little bit of a flat or shallow carbonation. Not sold on the feel of this one.

D: more please

Photo of Spikester
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow with one finger of white head. Some lacings. Head recedes to a ring that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass. Smells like grain and flowers. Taste is quick Pils bitterness with a kiss of malt. Some light lemon follows. Mouthfeel is just right and carbonation is somewhat soft. Drinkability is quite good if you are a fan of Pilsner style beer. Medium dry finish.

Photo of Jhandy
4.57/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got to enjoy and love this beer in Mainz, Germany on vacation. This was the beer of choice on tap at my hotel bar and after getting used to the first which was a hoppier and slightly more bitter(but in a wonderful way) beer then I was used to fell in love with it and drank it almost exclusively. Two weeks on a Bitburger beer diet and I had a hard time adjusting to anything else.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.2/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16.9 ounce can into my oversized snifter. Pale yellow color with about an inch of head that soon disappeared into a whispy film on the beer. No real scents other than some cut grass or hay. Nothing outstanding in the flavor, some straw or hay flavor. I think this beer is over hyped as Germany No. 1 beer. I guess I am not impressed. One can is enough for me.

Photo of Lauthaha
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini mug.

Appearance: Looks like a German pils to me! Straw-colored, lightly carbonated with a very, very fine head.

Smell: This is amazing. Beautiful (and I mean gorgeous) hop aroma penetrates my consciousness. A mild orange or lemon flavor to the nose and just a touch of malt. Just great here.

Taste: Good. Somewhat mild, but that's to be expected. The hops are right up front with this; not a lot of foreplay. Very, very light malt tinge to it, and that citrus can't be missed. It's quite bitter, without much sweetness to it at all. Fits the category to a T.

Mouthfeel: It's got a great bite to it. After the initial shock, it pulls back just a bit and warms the soul just enough to allow its entry into the stomach. The hoppy bitterness sticks around long after the drink has been taken; all in all, pretty good.

Drinkability: I could do this regularly. For me, it's not a session beer, but that's just a taste issue. All things considered, it's a great example of a German pils.

I tried Bitburger for the first time in Germany...it was a touch better there, as I recall, but then again overseas shipping has to mess with your flavor just a tad. Still, this one is WAY better than some other imports I've had lately, and I have to say that I am glad I picked up a BIT this week.

Photo of 828beagle
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a clear light yellow gold. Not much of a head to speak of even with a vigorous pour, though it is well carbonated. Smells bready with strong floral notes. Tastes of sweet malts slightly overpowered by bitter hops and pre-ripened grapes. Definitely a medium bodied pils, not too light. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish. An extremely popular macrobrewed beer in Germany, but a bit overpriced here in the states for what it is. I do like it though and recommend everyone try it at least once.

Photo of Schwarzwald
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful in glass, very light color but a very consistent light caramel color. First taste is very light, a little too cold to get full flavor. A little time to warm and the flavor starts to expose. Pear and apricot with a light lemon aftertaste. Very easy to drink. It was very good with the heavy German food that I was eating. I was a little disappointed with the lack of flavor when colder and the lack of real luster. It is just a good beer, not really something I will seek out. Worth a try.

Photo of Zodijackyl
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White can with gold print - consumed straight from the can because I didn't have a glass with me. Aroma is almost all bitter hops, exactly what I expected from a German Pils that came in a can.

Taste was primarily hops, a variety which blended quite well with hardly a hint of yeast or malt. Bitter, but enjoyably so, and quite smooth and drinkable for such a bitter pils. Carbonated pretty heavily, not like a soft drink but fizzy enough to accentuate the hops, which gave the mouthfeel a bit of kick.

A good drinkable beer on a hot summer day, one of the better canned beers of this style and worth $1.49 for a tallboy.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very light, clear yellow pour, no head, lots of bubbles, I was a little leery at this point. Aroma was macro.

Taste, well, the champagne of beers (strictly carbonation based) would have fit this beer aptly. Tons, little bubbles, even the color looks the part. Taste, well this is better, it does taste like beer kind of, but with some seltzer water in it. Budweiser with a Euroish hop and yeast strain, but more expensive.

Photo of philphilphil
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitburger Pils.
This beer is good but not unusual or exceptional.
A - Good amberish colour, little head due to very light pour.
S - A quiet smell, lager/pils-ish.
T - Pilsy in a german way, remided me strongly of König Pils, very nice, though I prefer Munich helles' like löwenbrau.
M -noice, good level of carbonation.
D - will defs buy again, inexpensive and good.

Photo of decimator
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow with a white foamy head. Head has a bit of staying power and a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Grass and malts.

T - A bit of malty sweetness at first. Then it's a bitter hops which are not too strong but are felt throughout the drink.

M - Nice mouth-feel, a slight tang and a crisp and dry finish.

D - This one goes down easy. It's a tasty Pilsner.

Photo of aaron12
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

lot's of folks on BA give pilseners/lagers weak reviews, i love ales as much as the next beer snob, but with the heat of summer ive been diving hard into the pilseners to try and find my favorites. bitburger is one of those favorites. to me it's a good mix between a pils, and a lager. not as dry and white peppery as some czech pilseners, and the malt is more noticeable like a lager. it's fatty like a lager, but buttery like a pils... right amount of skunk. crisp finish, that doesnt dry out your mouth. i found that if i take the time to notice the smaller things in lagers, they are just as complex as ales. this is a new discovery for me, and has opened up wonderful doors.

Photo of jmhart
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a pub in Aachen

A- Came out a pale gold with a light white head.

S- Noble hops and malt. Fairly average smell. A little straw to it with a few herbs.

T- Crisp hop flavor with a nice malt back. Light earthy flavor, maybe a bit of grass. Very light flavor.

M- Definitely light bodied with a little carbonation. Slightly oily.

D- Light bodied, crisp, pretty refreshing. A little bitter for a hot day, but sitting outside on an April Aachen afternoon it was pretty nice.

Photo of Radome
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Color is a nice gold but very pale; very pale. brilliant clarity. The head is initially a dense white but fades quickly to nothing. There is no lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is light even when I stick my entire nose into the glass. What little I get is made up of malt, grains and some very faint noble hops. Very clean but muted.

T - Taste is slightly sweet malt at first but quickly dries out and fades. There is some hops taste, but bitterness is in the background. All the flavor fades very quickly and there is no aftertaste.

M - Body is very light, as is the carbonation.

D - I find this beer highly drinkable and very clean and well-made. It is nice, but I find it unexciting and bland.

Photo of Swill5786
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased at Liquor Barn.

A - golden translucent, thick head fades quickly.

S - hops, preparing for bitter taste. I remember this aroma from my childhood when my father was stationed in Germany, obviously drinking local German pils.

T - herbs, bitter at the back, remains on palate long after a drink.

M - heavy beverage, carbonation is decent.

D - Medium. Personally wouldn't drink more than one in an evening.

Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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