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Bitburger Premium Pils - Bitburger Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,280
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 18
Gots: 49 | 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 larsee01


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown glass bottle poured into pint glass

A--Bright golden color. Clear and pretty carbonated. Small thin head quick to dissappate.

S--Mild hoppiness with mild, pleasant German Pils skunkiness. Fresh and clean.

T--Starts with a mild, skunky-hoppy bite. Straw-ish sweetness with some malt coming thru. Smooth and crisp with tickling bitter finish. Not bland, but simple

M--Crisp, fresh and thin. Not much lingering around.

D--An easy drinker and refreshing. Some of the character of more aggressive German Pilsners, but smooth and approachable. Sessionable for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 04:07:39 | More by larsee01
Photo of callmemickey


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jerusalem Tavern in London...

A: Golden body with an off white head... typical german pilsner look... inviting

S: Faint floral hops with malt base.. a bit lacking in power

T: The taste makes up for the deficiencies in aroma... the malts are rich and bitter... the european hops come through with a hint of spice and a nice refreshingly crisp floral punch

M: Medium to light bodied... would of prefered a bit more weight

O: A good beer to drink a few at the pub

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2008 17:37:58 | More by callmemickey
Photo of sjohansen


3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an overly processed clear yellow. A one finger head quickly disappears leaving a small cloud on top of the brew. Lots of carbonation constantly floating to the top, giving an otherwise plain brew some activity.

Grassy notes, not really a whole lot else going on in the nose.

There is something interesting in the taste. Can't yet put my finger on it. I eventually decide it's similar to a tart fruit note, almost pomegranate. Overall, it's very crisp. Pretty decent bitterness from the hops, which was quite surprising from the lack of any visual characteristic the brew had. The finish is probably the most interesting part of the beer. Very dry and tart.

Although it may not be a bad import, this falls pretty far down on a list of things that need to be tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 01:59:23 | More by sjohansen
Photo of JDV


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold pour, little head. Smell is light malt, hops and a touch of yeast. Crisp, refreshing, fairly light. A nice little bite, some breadiness, but not overdone. A good pilsner all around, and although a syle I'm not crazy about, I could definitely see getting this again at times.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:47:05 | More by JDV
Photo of MiguelMandingo


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought this over the other night, and I thought it was pretty good. Pilseners are not my favorite style, but I liked this one better than most. Thanks Jesse.

Poured a (I am assuming) 16oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance - It is a straw yellow color that is completely transparent. It produced a solid 2 finger head that dissipated to a thin halo around the perimeter of the glass.

Smell - It had that pilsener malt scent - very crackery. It also had notes of hay, grass, and floral hops.

Taste - It tasted very similar to the way it smelled. It was crackery, hay and grass like, with a flowery hop flavor. Very crisp. There is a lemon flavor that is very pronounced as well, but mostly absent in the scent. Has a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - It is definitely light bodied. It has a watery mouthfeel, it is just about as easy to drink as sparkling water. The carbonation died very quickly, which left much to be desired.

Drinkability - This was a really easy drinking beer, and easily sessionable at 4.8 ABV. I normally desire something with more punch as far as beer is concerned, but this would make a fantastic lawnmower beer, or a great beer on a hot day outside.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 05:49:50 | More by MiguelMandingo
Photo of stewart124


4.68/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to see this in a can since I have only had it in the bottle previously. 16.9 fl. oz.

Pours a straw golden color with a rocky white head. Leaves a pretty lace around the glass.

Smells of grassy/floral hops with a slight malty aroma.

The taste is wonderful! It is really a great malty profile with a great bitterness and clean finish. The malt background is beautiful. Continental pilsner malt at its best. This is hoppy but just enough to balance the malts. Something spicy, maybe saaz here. Great mouth feel with a lingering sharp/clean bitterness.

Very easy to drink and I would encourage anyone that has had this in a bottle to try it against the can. It must handle the westward journey better in this 16.9oz can.

Serving type: can

02-01-2008 22:34:56 | More by stewart124
Photo of JBogan


3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a restaurant in Germany. Arrived with a solid two finger head upon a medium bright gold base, plenty of carbonation. Some lacing left behind.

Smelled a bit bready and malty, not very complex but nothing offensive going on either.

Tasted crisp and clean, of wheat and breads with a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel was good. Very refreshing and with nice carbonation. Slightly thin to medium bodied.

It had been a long time since I'd had this, and it was better than I remembered. A nice and easy drinking beer, although nothing really special or distinguishable about it. It's what I'd call a good "social" beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2008 13:07:58 | More by JBogan
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clear golden/color with a thick head that quickly dissipated. The aroma is hoppy and somewhat grainy. The taste is cereal with some fruit/floral notes. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Overall, this is a more flavorful brew than I had expected – changed my perspective on Pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 02:27:26 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from the Boise Coop for $1.65.. poured into my smaller weizen glass.

Nice thick 2" head atop a crystal clear light gold brew.

Aroma is first clean pale malts and then secondary spicy hoppiness.

Flavor is pretty much the same with a lightly balanced bitter backbone.. pale malts mid palate melts into spicy/herbal hops with a slightly husky finish. Body is light but right where it should be... carbonation is prickly.

This is nearly spot on to what my idea of a good German pils should be.. In my opinion, though.. could use just a little more malt flavor and hop aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 06:46:00 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of hwwty4


3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a tallboy can into a Boulevard pint glass. Poured a clear straw with a frothy white head that left sticky lacing down the glass. Aroma is soft and grainy. Taste is what a lager a Budweiser could only aspire for. Slightly grainy with an earthy tone and leaves a slightly sugary taste on your lips. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. This is the perfect session beer. Yummy.

Serving type: can

01-23-2008 04:14:47 | More by hwwty4
Photo of WanderingFool


3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I first discovered Bitburger Pils when I was living in Germany. It was then that I realized that a lager can actually taste good.

The beer pours an extremely clear straw yellow with a flurry of bubbles floating up from the bottom. On top a small foamy white head quickly dissolves leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is bready, with a fair amount of flowery hop mixed in. At first it seems skunky, but after a second it's more of a honey smell. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, with a firm carbonated bite on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is much like the aroma, crisp biscuit malt followed by a bitter flowery hop flavor. Once gone the bitter hop flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a well balanced, easy to drink beer. I could drink several at one sitting without getting bored with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 22:31:34 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale golden and very clear. Started with three fingers of rocky white head. Fading to about a finger with some sticky lacing left.

Grainy sweetness in the aroma and slight hop spice. Not bad at all.

Wow, I didn't expect something so bland! Feels flat, tastes semi-sweet and one dimensional. Almost has the mouthfeel of a gatorade with just a touch of carbonation. Hops finish? Not so much.

This could stand in for an American Macro-lager...

Ok, it is warming up and I'm starting to find a little flavour. It is now a bit warmer than I would drink most pils, and the flavour is still light, but at least it is making an impression. Up a full point on taste if you allow it warming time.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 03:18:00 | More by elricorico
Photo of pokesbeerdude


3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack of pint cans in Colorado. Figured i'd give it a shot as it was on sale.

White Can-No Freshness Date or Anything

Appearance: Poured from the can a pale gold color with about a 2 in. head that quickly reduced to a thin film on the top of the glass. Nothin too impressive

Smell: The smell is what I commonly think of as beer smell, nothing is too apparent, but there is a faint smell of hops

Taste: Much better than I expected, the hops and malt are balanced, and there is enough of a hop bitterness in the end that begs for another drink to find more.

Mouthfeel: Exactly what I'd expect for a pilsner, not overly carbonated, and in general a refreshing feeling.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, a good session beer for sure,I think I could probably drink these all night.

Serving type: can

01-13-2008 02:19:01 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

you can get these in some stores here in beijing

nice deep, golden straw color. clear and effervescent. head fades quickly but retains a ring of foam. it leaves behind slight lacing, but that also disappears soon.

aroma is faint breadiness and lightly sweet malts, slightly flowery noble hop is certainly present. quite fresh, actually - no skunkiness.

taste is also bready with hint of sweetness, which is then nicely compensated with a dry, clean, bitter hop finish.

not too fizzy, decently smooth, not too thin.

rather pleased, i must say.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 16:35:19 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another visitor from the beer traveler suitcase. Clear, amber beer with a decent head, no lacing.

Some bready malt and hop apparent, not overly strong, but there. Classic Euro pil taste, dry bready malt followed by some hop spiciness and a nicedry, bitter finish. Decent mouthfeel, maybe not as creamy as some pils, but still nice. Good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 03:14:39 | More by Shadman
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a 2 finger head, OK longevity and pretty good lace. Good strong pilsner aromas - honey, citrus and a bit of hop. Decent malt flavors mixed with a tad of honey, citrus and a decent hop bitterness. Its is definately not a big beer and if you have been drinking a bunch of Belgian ales this one will be watery, but as pilsners go it is of good quality and a good easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 19:43:03 | More by sabrills70
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw with a white head that does not stay around long. Nose smells like a wet rat. Yes. I said that. Flavor is actually pretty sweet with a smooth tone to it overall. Feel is good. Nice level of carbonation. Slightly thin, but doesn’t feel like it is totally watered down. Extremely drinkable. Easily a session brew. For what it is, quite a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 13:12:48 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another sample present in Michael Jackson's great beer book, copped a 12 oz bottle singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange... pours a typical pisener amber color with minimal head... smell is basically non-existent... very bland, taste was pretty good but overall, nothing to write home about... could easily confuse this with plenty of other beers... not much flavor, but a decent, drinkable taste nonetheless... slightly bready with a clear, crisp finish... worth a try, but wouldn't go out in search of this one... not bad...

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 00:29:19 | More by dsa7783
Photo of skeetermoses


4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I drink once a week, I really have to say I thourghouly enjoy this one, it goes good with pizza or a strong Italian food or German food. Not bad by any means and I will always drink this one. Love this beer as long as everyone loves this beer the same way.

Serving type: can

12-22-2007 05:26:28 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of 1fastz28


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear yellow golden color with little head, i haven't had this beer in ages, so it was like having it for the first time. the smell is pretty surprisingly complex for being a lager, has a light malty aroma to it as well as hops and a skunkiness to it. the taste is average, kinda bitter with sharp sting to it. mouth feel is watery and sub par, drink ability is average, not a great beer not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 00:21:14 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of mmmbeer


3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, with "BIT 07" on the back. It pours a bright, crystal-clear, yellowed gold, with low carbonation and an inch of loose head. In the nose it's some sweetness, maybe some adjuncts, and a dash of hops. Similar on the palate, with sweet grains, green/spicy and lightly earthy hops that impart a mild bitterness, and some papery oxidation. The medium body is smooth and prickly, and leaves an almost medium finish - nice. Overall, it's an OK pils but needs some refinement, as it tastes a bit mass-produced.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 04:31:46 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light bright golden with a white head that didn't stick around too long and didn't leave good lace. didn't look bad though. smell was funky, musty, stinky hops with some pils malt character. taste was the same. a little dry and a little bitter with a light mouthfeel. good for drinking when you're not up for much of a wild ride, but it seemed to me like a run of the mill, nothing special, but not bad pils lager type thing. i'm not dissing it because it isn't my style, it just isn't anything to write home about. ... update 8/11/08... just started noticing the 16.9 oz. cans. they are only $4.00 for a four pack here, and it's been a typical, humid dc summer. for some reason, the can tastes, smells and looks much better than my recollection of the bottles. highly reccomend the cans for anyone who wants light, dry, crisp, clean, yummy summer beer. my new go to hair of the dog/spent too much last night drinking hitachino and fantome/i can't believe this four pack is only four bucks beer. i'm bumping up my rating from low 3's to

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 05:59:20 | More by timtim
Photo of PhageLab


2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Average pale yellow fizzy sort of beer. Nothing special here, small head, no lacing, poor retention.

S - Very little aroma on this one, but what I could detect was reminiscent of malts, grain, and grass.

T - Metallic bitterness at first, slight hop nudge, and grainy water. Nothing that really stood out on this one, sort of a disappointment. Not necessarily bad, just nothing really going on, like seltzer water.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, clean watery finish.

D - Decent overall I suppose, it's certainy not a bad brew, just lacking any real flavor. I wouldn't seek another out, but I don't suppose I'd turn one down if offered. Take it or leave it here.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 17:35:21 | More by PhageLab
Photo of AaronHomoya


3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from Trader Joe's.

Pours a golden yellow color that's fairly clear with a big, frothy white head. Head fades rather quickly to an uneven cap.

Aroma is really nice, I thought. Plenty of spicy noble hops with a hint of light malt sweetness. Very crisp.

Taste is similar to the aroma, with light malt sweetness followed by spicy, floral hop taste and a lightly bitter finish. A bit of sourness in the end takes it down a notch, for me.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and smooth, but does have more body and character than the average macro lager.

Very smooth and pretty good. The slight sourness keeps this from getting 4.0's from me.

Serving type: can

11-21-2007 17:28:07 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of shadow1961


2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bitburger pours a bit stiff head over a pale yellow brew. Carbonation
is moderate but steady. The nose is light barley malt and lager yeast.
The flavor is light malt and bisquit with a surprisingly sharp medicinal
and grassy hop finish. I was afraid this was going to be just another pale
Euro lager- with that hop finish it is indeed a Pilsner, just not quite as
smooth or complex as better ones I've had. Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, and
a little astringent. Meh. Try it if you find it in a wall-of-beer situation.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 08:14:48 | More by shadow1961
Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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