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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 24
Gots: 131 | 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 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.

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

Pours a dark yellow & clear with a frothy head that disappears quickly. Nothing noticeable, but just about what you'd expect for the style.

The aroma is remotely like steeped lentils - a little leafy, pilsner malt and a tad metallic. A slight impression of hops, but that could just be stretching your expectations a little further. Just about the standard German Pilsner degree.

Taste is as expected... grainy pilsner malt, slight lemony zing and bite from the carbonation. Clean & crisp with a pleasing bitterness; definitely more profound than what you get in adjuncts (which is mainly carbonation driven). The malt has got a nice, deep character which will remain around your palate. This is followed with a leafy bitterness that lingers on on in the aftertaste. I reiterate - nothing spectacular, but just about the right German Pilsner degree.

Mouthfeel is medium (not watery like many lagers out there), yet it remains light and crisp on your palate - adds to light and pleasurable drinking. Definitely very drinkable, but may get boring during extended sessions.

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

Look - very clear and straw colored. Little foam and good carbonation.

Smell - Very strong pilsener smell. Bitter smelling, earthy and hoppy.

Taste - definite pilsner quality in the taste. Bitter to start out, but quickly dulls, strong at the back of the palate. For some reason, the taste of pork reins comes to mind when I smell and taste this beer, which is good for me since I like pork reins.

Mouthfeel - pretty light, but not watery.

Drinkability - As far as German pils go, this one for me is pretty tolerable. For its high output, this isn't too shabby of a beer. I could possibly see myself coming back for another.

Photo of bahana
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty average and drinkable German lager. Looks very clear with a light head. It has a little hoppy aftertaste but not much. This is the kinda beer you can drink one after the other. It's very smooth and good for people without hoppy tastes.

Photo of tchenery
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very pale straw yellow. No retainable head, but it does lace the glass.

Can't pick up much on the nose. Slight spicy hop aroma, but it's faint.

It tastes like a European pils. Slight buttery taste and mouthfeel. Slight hop zing at the end. Very dry.

Very drinkable.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow color. The white head is very active at first, with a fluffy, patchy texture. Retention is well above average, and widespread splotches of lace stick to the glass.

S: Some grainy pilsener malt up front, with a bit of sugar cookie aroma. Classic German hop aromas - herbal, leafy, and vaguely vegetal. Vaguely musty and sulfury, as with other German lagers.

T: Lightly grainy, somewhat sour maltiness up front - definitely a sourdough bread vibe. A gradually building hop bitterness adds some pilsener character with a bit of herbal and leafy flavor.

M: Medium-light body. Carbonation is on the soft side, unfortunately, robbing it of a more refreshing perkiness. A bit withering into the finish.

D: A solid, no-frills German pilsener. Pleasant, but the mouthfeel holds it back a bit. I picked up four 500 mL cans for about $6, so it's pretty reasonably priced. Worthwhile if you're a fan of German brews.

Photo of cyrenaica
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can
4.8% ABV
I tried this beer on August 18, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The bveer poured a translucent pale gold with a generous white rocky head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was grainy malts with some hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and mildly carbonated. The flavour was more grainy malt with a bitter hop finish. Easy to drink, but not memorable.

Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours light orange, very clear, small near white head leaves fast. Some small bubbled lace.

S - Light malt, light hops. Light is the operative word here.

T - Solid simple straight forward malt nicely joined with bittering hops.

M - Light body, good carb, fair coating.

D - Very easy to drink.

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

Bitburger has a delicate, but distinct, kind of neon glow about it. The closer I inspect it - at different angles, to and away from the light - the more I'm fascinated by its anemic but phosphorescent lemon skin tone. Its unabashed haziness implies good things: perhaps the beer has not been filtered of all its flavour? Perhaps this is a brewery that values substance over aesthetics? (Although, as the fuzzy white head attests, they value that aspect too.)

The aroma suggests a similar inclination: it is very faint, but there is a distant echo of some earthy, pungent German-born noble hops. While it isn't overly discriminating, it is enough to impart an appreciable lemony grassiness that is not only well suited to the beer's appearance but, more to the point, expected of the style. Moreover, the grainy, cracker-like scent of the malts is not just vitally clean, but strikingly appetizing as well.

The can not only assures us that this beer has been brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot (a German purity law) - which, for once with these canned exports, I can actually believe - but it also guarantees that only "the best raw materials" are used. Normally a phrase like "raw materials" would raise an eyebrow or two but you know the Germans, so efficient and industrious, it's probably just typical jargon ;)

And besides, it's believable because this beer drinks with an inordinate cleanness. There is not a hint of adjuncts to be found anywhere; the taste and aftertaste are of only pure barley malt and (just an inkling) of grassy, earthy hops. Carbonation is right on the mark and the bitterness, with the slight lemony acidity that accompanies it, is extraordinarily palatable. "Bitte ein Bit" is right - and then another, and another, and another.

The typical mass-produced German Pilsners we get over here are either insipid, indistinguishable, adjunct-ridden swill or watered down, emasculated versions of what are otherwise classic and rightfully proud German brands. While I'm sure this would taste better closer to the source, Bitburger is certainly not distasteful nor unpleasant nor does it shame a rich, decorated brewing heritage as so many others do. Bitte, einen weiteren!

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

Got this beer after a visit to Germany. Bought for way to much in a Raststätte in the middle of Germany. Drank the beer in a bottle a few months ago.

Poured in a Struise glass the beer looks good, a nice white head and a golden to yellow fluid.

The head disappears slowly. Nice smell with no clear to define ingredients.

This is a beer which gives you a lot of pleasure when you drink a few of them. One of Germany's finest.

Photo of exonthebottle
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

for a german Pils is cheap and good under 11 bucks for a fresh 8 pack of .500 ml cans. best before 15. 09.2010 this as good as it get for german beer Imho.

appearance golden beer than retain a white heavy soda head for awhile before losing it completely lacing is okay but blotchy line where the beer line was.
smell apples and hops this is works well not too sweet but not overly sour with a nice malt back drop hint.
taste same as the smell but less sweet a little bit sour bitterness from the hops.
mouthfeel I think is better from a mini keg or on tap but still okay and better than becks yet a little bit sharp in alcohol.

the taste keeps you going this is very sessionable beer it is good as most german pilseners and Munich helles lagers

Photo of honestdave
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Germanfest 2010

A: Poured from Germanfest pitcher into my 12oz dixie cup. Light, pale gold color with light foamy, frothy head. Nice lacing down the cup.

S: Hoppy smell. Nothing really special though.

T: Nice hop bitterness with refreshingly dry, malty aftertaste.

M: Light bodied. Little carbonation.

D: Easy to enjoy several at a time. Light alcohol makes this an enjoyable beer by the pitcher or glass German boot for that matter.

Summary: The hoppy bitterness make this unique pils enjoyable for huge gatherings such as Germanfest. I had this beer several times during the festival week. Bitte ein Bit!

Photo of Naugros
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ice-cold from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Nice and clear, lemony yellow with a thin head and nice carbonation.

Piny/grassy hop notes from the noble hops...there might be Saaz in here since it smells like a Bohemian. Crystal malts come through as well.

There's an astringency on the palate that isn't clove-like. It's almost chemical or metallic, but it could be edger exhaust that I'm tasting. The dry sweetness of the malts and the grassy/lemony tone of the hops make it a nice, crisp beer.

I was hoping to utilize this as a "lawn mower" beer, but I'll stick to Zatec for that. This is not as crisp and is almost "oily" in comparison. I like a lighter mouthfeel in my pilsners.

You could toss a whole lot of these back and they'll still be a lot more satisfying than an American NASCAR beer, but there are better ones out there from the Czech Republic, Germany and the American craft brewers.

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

5 liter Mini keg

Appearance - Nice thick head with a good amount of lacing. Has a clear light golden color.

Smell - A nice hoppy smell.

Taste - Has more flavor then i was expecting. The light color made me think a light or some what weak taste but i was wrong again. Hoppy with a nice dry end. I see why its very popular in Germany.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation feel. Heavier on the tongue then most pils i have had (which i like).

Drinkability - Goes down easy. I would buy this again.

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