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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,392
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 77 | 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 david18
4.45/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a quarter liter of this before dinner at a fancy german restaurant. The most disappointing part was the size of the beer. I could have had five more but my wife wanted wine. A very drinkable pilsner that rivals with Radeberger as my favorite. Would highly recommend, especially on tap in germany.

david18, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.6/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear pale yellow with ample carbonation and a stark white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving nice lacing.

Nose is full of crisp grainy flavors with a kiss of euro hoppage.

Taste is, simply put, exactly what i want in a german pilsner. Great, crisp, grain bill perfectly balanced by minimal euro hoppage.

Mouthfeel is nice and light with ample carbonation and crisp dryness.

Drinkability is downright as good as it gets. I can drink about 12 of these things without breaking a sweat on a boat in 20 foot seas during a bout of food poisoning while lifting weights and studying for an exam and simultaneously swashbuckling with hoardes of mud goblins riding on the backs of man eating swans with my eyes closed.

Overall, IMO, the finest mass produced pilsner of any kind on the market. It's rare to find a beer of this quality within its given style that is so incredibly available. A fine beer, and one that will definitely be nearly everpresent in my refrigerator. The perfect lawnmower/anytime beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of beertunes
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a straight pint glass. I'm just revisiting a beer I haven't had for a few years. Poured a bright,clear yellow with a sharp white head that had moderate retention and no lacing.

A slight skunky aroma reached the nose first, but was not overpowering. Most of the scent was the expected subtle earthiness of the style with a slight hop tang on the end. The favors were similar, without the skunk. Smooth malt sweetness merged into a pleasant hop spicieness on the back of the tongue.

The body was light and clean, as expected. Very drinkable, as pilsners tend to be. Overall a good example of what a pilsner should be. I expect that having this beer closer to the source, instead of halfway around the planet from it's source, would raise this brews rating. A good introductory pils to use as a baseline for exploring the style.

beertunes, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head that disappears quickly. Smells faintlly of light, grainy malt with a bit of grassy hop character. Tastes of standard pils malt with clear bitterness in the background. Dry finish. Not a lot going on. Light body with too little carbonation. Pretty characterless.

philipquarles, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A few years ago I spent some time in Germany, where I had this beer on tap more than once. I liked the beer and when I found it i Sweden in the liqourstore i bought myself some bottles to reminisce. I just poured the first one into a tulip glass:

A: Light golden. Just a small head.

S: Hops! Malt. Nothing stands out, but I like this smell.

T: Hops! A little malt. Well balanced. Neat and clean.

M: A little plain.

D: A good (typical) german beer with obvious hoppy bitternes. This is a beer you wont grow tired of. A rather uncomplicated beer that wins in the long run since they havn't messed it up - don't fix what's not broken.

Evil_Pidde, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I poured vigorously into a Shipyard Export pint glass to little head which quickly went away. It smelled skunky like a lot of imports do. It actually tastes better than it smells. I guess it really doesn't have that much taste. I could probably drink a few of these if there were no other options. Fortunately, I have a lot of better beer in the fridge.

buschbeer, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't believe that I had not reviewed this bier yet, as it is my favorite pils.

A: golden color, clear, moderate carbonation.
S: nothing exciting here. Nothing to drag you into the bier, but nothing pushing you away either.
T: Refreshing taste that leave a moderately dry finish. Mostly grains in taste.
M: crisp and not too filling
D: Could have this all day long. A great bier to have on a hot summer day.

Do yourself a favor and have one of these. Prosit!

nocheinsbitte, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of diamondc
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The price on this beer is hard to beat, a 4 pack (1 pt .9 oz) for $5. Poured into a hefeweizen glass. L 209 2 6 05:23 on the bottom of the can.

This beer looks exactly how a pilsener beer should look like. Bright golden yellow, lots of giant bubbles, a nice foamy head and some minor lacing.

There's a giant sourdough/bolillo aroma that hit me right away. I can't detect any floral or spicy aromas that you get with German pilseners.

The taste is very bready with some medium floral/grassy hops on the aftertaste. There's a dash of sulfur towards the bottom of the glass. I don't get that many citrus flavors, in fact it's a bit soapy towards the end.

These German pilseners are made for drinkability. The hops contribute to a dryness which leads to another gulp. There are better tasting pilseners out there, but this beer is on another level compared to American micro pale lagers.

diamondc, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of jsh420
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours clear pale yellow with a 1/2 white finger head that left no lacing

smell is mostly sweet cereal grains and light light grassy hops

taste/mouthfeel - thin light smooth and creamy grains and tiny bit of hop bitterness - i detect no citrus which most german pils have this drinks more like a czech pils or munich helles

drinkability is great - this is a perfect summer pounder

jsh420, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pokal glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A Medium straw color in the body of the beer. There is a one finger head that didn't have much of retention. The head is bright wight foamy and creamy leaving some lacing on the glass. There is a lot of effervesce in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant.

Nose: There is a good malty presence in the beer with some spicy floral and citrus with some wood.

Taste: A good malty prescence a subtle sweetness. There is a descent spiciness in the beer that is floral and citrus with a touch of wood.

Overall: A mouth feel of the beer is creamy and slightly carbonated. The Mouth feel of the beer is astringent and crisp. The finish is lightly medium. This is still a descent drinking pils. There is some metal taste in the beer from the can.

colts9016, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of biggmike
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden yellow color with a small white head that dissipated quickly. This beer is clear enough that you could almost read a book through it. Aroma and taste are of graininess and the hop bitterness is evident as well. Has a nice mouthfeel. I have come to appreciate the style and this is a very drinkable beer.

biggmike, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of smgordo13
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pilsner Glass. It pours very clear, leaves a slight head that doesn't stay for long. Golden in color but easy to see through.

Little skunky smelling. Nothing over powering, little bit of everything in it.

Smooth with just an ever so slight bitterness, and a little bit hoppy. Good all in all.

Heavier than I expected from the coloring. For as hoppy as it is it is still very smooth, just a very minute bitterness to it.

Honwestly for the price I can drink Bud and save quite a bit of $$$. it is good but it isn't exceptional.

All in all i am ok with the beer. It didn't do anything to make me jump back in my seat and stare at it but it is smooth and refreshing and all in all a good beer.

smgordo13, May 25, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Rather dapper image of the founder/spokesman for the brewery on the label.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two hefty fingers of puffy, finely foamy bone-white head, which leaves some random snow rime lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of bready, semi-sweet cereal grain malt, a bit of soft lemon citrus, and prominent floral, grassy noble hops. The taste is more reservedly sweet, crackery, grainy cereals, a more acerbic lemon edginess, and spicy, herbal, wild grassy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy in its above average frothiness, the body a heady medium weight, mostly smooth, and maybe a tad creamy from the effervescence. It finishes rather dry, the malt going somewhat biscuity, as the lingering hops maintain their stature, perhaps getting a little bit skunky.

Not a bad German pils, with a number of pleasant enough assets working for it - would be a good candidate for a session, especially given the lower ABV, at the very least for a round or two.

biboergosum, May 14, 2009
Photo of bl400315
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pilsner glass. pours golden with a thick head that dissolves in about 30 seconds, great clarity. smells grainy with sweeter hops. subtle hint of the hops, a very light, not too complex pilsner taste. lighter body in mouth, moderate carbonation. had this with pizza, complimented it very nicely. very smooth and affordable, drinkability is decent- have gone through two before i reviewed one.

bl400315, May 13, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

4.99/ 4 pint cans. A good value pounder.

a: clear yellow body, white head and spiderweb lacing.

s: a light skunky aroma.

t: Light pilsener malt and an almost nonexistent hop note.

m: thin, watery, smooth, lower carb for style,

d: not great, but good fro the $. I've heard people say this is great on tap in Germany. Here it is merely average.

BradLikesBrew, May 12, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear with little straw color and a decent head which leaves specks of lacing and sticks around.

S- Refreshing with spicy, herbal hops on top of a light bread like, husky grain flavor.

T- Gentle bitter hops but with plenty of flavor. Balanced very well with the light malt character but rather bland.

M- Moderate carbonation and wholesome body.

D- Very drinkable and very affordable for an import.

EnojysAnyBeer, May 08, 2009
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly bright yellow and can be seen through clearly. Formed a white, foamy head that took 2 or 3 minutes to disappear. Smelled of pils malt, with some definite sweetness. Tasted, again, of pils malt with only a hint of noble hops. I enjoyed the first half way more than the second, with its bitterness outweighing its flavor by the end. I enjoyed the beer, but as it was advertised as "one of Germany's best," I was a little disappointed.

HURTemHIZZY, May 01, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours yellow--not too pale, not too bright. Definitive lager/pils colors. Thick, very-white foamy head on top.

Smells very sweet and floral, very enticing.

Tastes include a mild spiciness, a strong bitterness, and just a touch of mild sweetness--but only in the first few sips. After that the bitterness takes over.

Lots of carbonation and bite in the mouthfeel.

Although this is not necessarily my favorite, you can tell it's a quality beer.

fullsweep, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale yellow under a thin white head. Light biscuity pils malt aroma with a floral, somewhat tart hoppiness. Taste follows suit...sweet pale malt, fairly crisp, finishing with some noble hops. Light bodied, crispy bitterness lingering. No complaints downing quite a few of these on a warm spring day.

wedge, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with an impressive white pluming head. Great carbonation, which I didn't expect from a canned Lager. Head dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Grainy aroma, also a tinge of honey is noticeable. Also has a sweet character, from the pale malts. Very sweet.

Much like the nose would lead you to believe, this one is very sweet. Also has a lemon citrus taste. Pretty much what you would expect.

Light and crisp. Ample carbonation. Nothing too impressive. Very drinkable, as most lagers are. Can't say I've overly impressed, but this is definitely a nice substitute for your typical American macro.

Mistofminn, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with a two finger head and nice clarity.

Aroma is lemony pale malts with touches of herbs and honey. Cracker-like malts and slightly nutty. There was also a hard to describe new shoes, rubber or clean canvas smell.

Taste is well balanced with a touch of bitterness and wasn't too dry. There was a dusty characteristic that wasn't that pleasant.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin.

Drinkability is pretty high as with most pilsners. For the style, it's average.

gonzo46and2, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a finger of white head over a pale, straw coloured body.

Smell - 3.5
Sweetish but clean aroma of grain, white bread.

Taste - 3.5
Classic German pilsener taste; very clean, slightly sweet pale malt, grain flavour, very balanced, moderately bitter, dry finish with a slightly metallic flavour from the hops.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Perhaps a little undercarbonated, very light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
Not the most interesting pilsener, but very much sessionable.

OVERALL - 3.55
A very simple beer, there are better of its style, but it's much better than the majority of pale lagers being consumed in Australia.

LittleCreature, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon yellow with a fat, soapy white head of foam that leaves some sliding lace on the glass. Grassy hops and toasted grain in the nose. Taste is much like the smell, buttery toast with a mild citrus hop bite. Finishes dry. Light bodied and effervescent,this is the only beer I know of that tastes way better from the can vs. bottle (I haven't had draft). A refreshing lawnmower beer.

biggred1, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clean yellow color with a thin white head that has ok lacing.

S- Slight grassy hop nose with some detectable malt.

T- Sweet and malty bread flavor with a bit of hops in the finish.

M- Light bodied and crisp. Ok carbonation.

D- Average brew with an average taste.

projectflam86, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of 01121987
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

oh my god, this is two canned beers in a row that i have bought that have this weird flaky haze in them. this is a friken lager here, whats with that?
ok so it loses points on that but overall i would call this a good beer. clean, smooth, refreshing, what else do you want in the summer>? ok its not summer yet but im pretending.

01121987, Apr 04, 2009
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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