Paulaner Premium Pils | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 205
Reviews by DaKirch:
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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Photo of RoyalT
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Very light yellow in color and almost clear with a rather disappointing head.

Smell – Nice, earthy floral hops make up the majority of the aroma here. There’s also a hint of fruity sweetness.

Taste – This one has some good carbonation for a Pils, and the flavor profile seems to be supported by a much stronger malt base than I picked up from the nose. The finish is light and fruity.

Mouthfeel – More on the carbonation. It was there, but lacked the fluffy, tickling character of a good Pils. The dryness was interesting; there’s definitely sweetness at the finish, but that dryness holds true and seems to almost suck the saliva from your cheeks.

Drinkability – I didn’t think that this was a classic representation of the style and otherwise wasn’t too impressed. I guess after reviewing their incredible Hefe Weizen I expected a little more.

Not bad, just not good.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This a pale, clear, golden color with a thin, bright white head. The aroma is beautiful, a soft cloud of muted hop and sweet grain, unadulterated by any sulfer notes. The main word to describe this beer is SOFT. Everything is so subtle and balanced. The flavor is light, sweet, a little bready with touches of alcohol, metal, and sulfer, which all have their place and are balanced in their own way. Totally clean aftertaste, though the finish is unabrupt. Not perfect, but a pretty dreamy pilsner.

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Photo of Tiernan
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of mediumrare
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz Euro style brown bottle with a freshness date stamped on the lower right hand corner of the label.

Appearance: Crystal clear shimmering bright pale golden brew, the mid-sized bubbles race to the top to keep the white lace in good form.

Smell: Fresh baked bulky rolls come to mind, malt sweetness is present as well as a delicate herbal hop aroma. Fresh aromatics entice the nose.

Taste: Very smooth and increasingly crisp mouth feel within the deceptive medium body. Swirling malt flavours wrap around the taste buds leaving bread crust flavours, very well structured malt profile with a lightness yet not lacking in complexity at all. Hops are solely one flavour that is like a wave in the tide of bitterness, perfectly round bitterness blankets the palate with a balancing effect. Herbal hop flavour surrounds the tongue with a soft and pleasant taste throughout. Clean other than some low level grainy husk flavour, alcohol is faint but slightly warming. Fresh cut hay in the mouth during the finish, not dry and not sweet but somewhere in between (even though it says extra dry on the label this is still not a "dry" beer compared to other lager or pilsners in around the world).

Notes: Tasty little pils here, well place flavours and relatively delicate other than the husk character. A clean and fresh example to the euro pilsner style and great for someone that wants to jump ship from the big macro lager freighter.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is basic pilsener with a lot of pilsener malt. The flavor is more of the same, with some malt and grain notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very basic.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of puertobrewing
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on a pilsner glass.

Appearance - light golden with a nice one inch dense head that dissipated very slowly.

Smell - the smell is very subtle but everything is there: the malt, some yeast, noble hops and a very tiny hint of dried herbs.

Taste - again very subtle yet complex in its own way. So well balanced that I cannot identyfy any other flavor than that of a good and tasty pilsner.

Mouthfeel - right on the spot. Light body without taking away flavor and the right amount of carbonation to make it a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Overall - Paulaner has surprised me with their craftmanship on their brews. This beer ain't the exception. There may be better pilsners out there but Paulaner's Premium Pils is among the best in my humble opinion and it is also by the book on how the style should be.

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light and dry overall. Light noble hop aroma. Taste is of dry apple, straw, hay and pepper. More spicy than bitter. Well executed Pilsner but not a ton going on.

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Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich, bready aromas with a little earthy, herbal hops, pours brilliant straw to gold crowned by a 1” fluffy white head that leaves thick sheets of lace, very rich malt flavors, bread, light malt but not really sweet, malt flavors linger with a long bitter accent. A true classic.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear golden straw color with a nice bubbly white head lies nice and thick with great retention, lacing forms nice rings with each sip. Aroma: Light grassy with a slight hint of lemon tone to it, great herbal European hop aroma very nice German pils. Taste: More of the lemongrass sweetness finishes dry with a nice bitterness date says 12-03 but this tastes very fresh to me with no off flavors at all very clean finish excellent refreshing pils. Mouthfeel: Strong carbonatin lighter bodied lager excellent summer sipper nothing spectacular but solid to the style. Drinkability: Once again awesome refreshing, crisp, and somewhat flavorful compared the "true pilsner" by Miller.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap. 4.9% ABV
Excellent looking with a golden body that has exceptional clarity and a good head that leaves patterned lacing.
Malt dominated aroma and more balanced but lightly hop dominated flavor.

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Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Miha
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of j_hollings13
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of lambpasty
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

German beer is an engineering masterpiece. Premium Pils is no exception. The beer is golden blonde, crystal clear and has firm bubbles rocketing up through my pilsner glass. The head is a glorious three fingers of white pillowy goodness. It fades but never completely and has some thin lacing.

The nose starts out very scary. As soon as it's poured there is a whiff of skunk. It fades like a fart in the wind, leaving crisp malts and a grassy hop. Nice but I keep expecting more skunk and find that it tarnishes my enjoyment.

The taste is up there in my book for a Pils. Clean, refreshing and balanced with flavors of crushed grain, honey and lemon zest. PPP is a bright satisfying beer with an excellent flavor.

Easily drinkable with a great mix of hoppy bitterness and sizzle from carbonation. It seems that I can't get enough of this beer because of it's satisfying nature. Then again I did just mow the lawn in 100° heat and maybe I was looking for a cool refreshing drink. Either way I'm going to have some more and go to bed early.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden colored beer! This Paulaner was brewed in June of 2007. I read this before the first sip and was somewhat worried it would be skunky. Thankfully it tasted rather fresh. Here's to darker bottles!

Bit of a coppery hoppy smell that I have come to associate with an easy going lager. This is a good thing! Nothing at all like I expected.

Smooth with the right amount of bitterness. I was impressed. This is a good lager. I enjoyed this as an after dinner treat. Used the brew to wash down a grilled New York Strip and baked potato and a few fresh onion slices!

Light and easy going with a slightly hoppy aftertaste that is quite enjoyable.

This stlye of beer fits well into my lifestyle with it's character and ability to go with dinner or as a simple refreshing easy drinking lawnmower beer! I will recommend this to a few of my buddies who enjoy this style!

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a traditional beer mug

A- nice bright yellow a bit darker than I would have expected, with a foaming white head that disappated quickly

S- I did not get much of a nose on this beer, which I notice is contrary to other reviews, some malt is all I got in the nose.

T- good about covers it. clean up front with a surprising amount of hop bitterness in the finish. However not as clean I as would have liked.

M- some carbination light but again a bit lacking

D- an easy drinker and an ok session beer. Lacks a bit of complexity.

Notes- it seems like this beer was missing something. This beer to me seem like "clse but no cigar" Overall a good beer that I would have again. But not my favorite of the style. Spaten premium lager is a better choise overall.

cavat- I have discribed this beer as missing something yet still have it rated well. How does this work? German Pilser is my favorite style of beer so while I may find it lacking compared to the spaten, it was still one of the better offerings out there.

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Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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