Paulaner Premium Pils | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Premium PilsPaulaner Premium Pils

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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Photo of joshgambit
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my first non-macro brews a long, long time ago.

A: Golden straw color. Clear, with bright white foam. Good lacing in the glass.

S: Malty grains, good Saaz characteristics.

T: Light malt, slightly bready. Kind of peppery, but sweet. Good hop bite. Love this one.

M: Finishes crisp. very nicely carbonated.

One of my absolute favorite beers. I'd love to find this on-tap somewhere close. Excellent drinkability. Always a good choice when I want a pilsner.

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Photo of drpimento
4.82/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the better of the pilsners anywhere. Appearance might not be the best, but the aroma and especially flavor and mouthfeel are superb! This one poured witih a slight head and no lace. A slightly hazy light amber color. Aroma is a very fragrant hop with light malts. Flavors the same. A crisp beer. Excellent body. Just want to drink more. Very balanced. A premier session beer. Bitter sweet finish.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at a great German beer bar.
served in a tall Pilsner glass by a bartender who knows how to pour a pilsner. perfect head and clear yellow body
smell was great, bread and spicy hops were prominent
taste was near perfect, fresh bread with a dry biting finish. great on a hot afternoon
mouthfeel was perfectly balanced between the malt and hops. resin on the back end
overall this was a great beer, I have had it in bottles and it doesnt compare to the draft version. definitly a "much better on tap" beer.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, absolutely delicious... If you have ever had one of those NA brews that tasted crisp and refreshing, wishing that someone, somewhere would make a brew with all the alcohol and taste just as good??? Then this one is for you!

Paulaner “Premium Pils Extra Dry” pours a pure blond from it’s 12oz brown glass bottle.

Head will go well over four fingers in a 22oz beer glass if the temperature is right, this beer has the potential of being foam central.

Nose is a brisk toasted malt, no hint of alcohol or hops, just a pleasant refreshing toasted malt

The bight of carbonation ushers in the hops to the forefront, combining to a crescendo of dry toasted malt with a pinch of hops, for a most pleasant and refreshing brew.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved the appearance,nice clean blonde color,but rich like honey. Even the smell was clean,no skunk, just bread,honey and a little crisp hop. The taste was the same,I could enjoy this beer with several occassions. No bitter aftertaste,just wanting to repeat the sensation.!..loved this beer.

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Photo of SamN
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful straw color, with just a slight chill haze and a perfectly pilsner thick, creamy head. Thick already is leaving lacing behind on my flute glass. Wonderful pilsner appearance. Smell is very aromatic of grassy/somewhat flowery hops with some cracker like malts in the background. Full spectrum of aromas, from sweet, floral, hay/grass, fruitiness and light biscuity malts. Wow, really fantastic aroma, I am impressed. Taste is crisp and flavorful with a hoppiness that never overpowers or becomes too bitter. Taste evolves into an apple fruitiness and finishes slightly sweet with pilsner malts and a lingering, pleasant bitt

Overall, an outstanding German pilsner. I am blown away by the quality here, an absolute favorite pilsner for me, and one of the best beers from Germany that I've yet tried. Prost, indeed!

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pilsner flute. It has a clear light golden color with a nice thick head with excellent retention. There is a wonderful nice gentle hop aroma balanced with a crisp malty smell. The taste delivers everything in the aroma. It's such a delicate, wonderfully balanced hop and malt taste, with a great hop finish. It is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent pils and a great example of the style. I haven't had this good of a pils since I was in Austria early this year.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing straw gold body topped by a frothy bright white head that holds quite well. It eventually receeds but keeps a thin surface covering and leaves some very nice lace. The nose is fragrant with a bright, fresh, sweet malt atop a light grassy, floral and mildly spicy hop aroma. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation that's lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma indicates with a firm bitterness and floral/grassy hop flavor. Well balanced. It finishes dry, crisp and clean with just some minor residual sweet malt and lingering bitterness. Very refreshing! A nice, easy finish. Overall, it seems to fall somewhere between a Bohemian and German Pils. Very well done and exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of Spikester
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured gold with a one-finger white head. Very good amount of lacings.
Aroma is floral hops.
Taste is bitter floral hops, grassy, some lemon, slight leather, sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is slight astringent.
Drinkability is exceptional.
Awesome Pilsner. Not many better than this Paulaner.
No skunk whatsoever!

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Photo of Morris729
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear pale straw color with a thin white head. Aroma is dominated by sweet malts and fresh baked bread with some floral notes. It is quite crisp and refreshing in the mouth with a nice flavor mix of sweet malts and bitter hops. One of the top Pilsners on the market.

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Photo of puertobrewing
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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 schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ha ha. Watch out for this stuff. I was in a nice bar in Vail and there weren't too many choices for tap beer. I started with (and stuck with) this because it was a perfect presentation in a tall glass. The aroma was so good. I didn't think it would kick my butt.

I ended up staggering around a bit. I am glad I didn't have yet another (they are so drinkable, you forget that it will do you in). Then again, I did get a free shot of Patron from the barkeep (it pays to tip nicely). Maybe it was the Patron, or maybe not, but the Paulaner smelled very good and went down easy.

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Photo of weizendoc
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ozs. poured into my Paulaner weisbierglas. Pours a rich frothy head that would overflow the glass if I didn't slurp it off. The head subsides to thin foam layer after 2 pulls. This pils noses of nuts and floral hops. The malt hits you up front then you get a wonderful hoppy mid-palate and finishes with malt and nut aftertaste. Rings of lace are forming with each pull.

Overall, this is up there with the best pils I've had. It's less rich than Spaten, Konig or Pils Urquell. I find it very clean and dry on the finish. Good brew!!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.34/5  rDev +16%
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 Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. Beatiful golden color with carbonation evident. Nice maltiness on the nose as well as a flowery hop boquet. Very nice taste. Has a bit of a bite, but is very easy to drink. Great pils maltiness. Could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this in one of the mini kegs that was available at Libation Station in Johnson City TN. I was very pleased.

I think this type of offering is great for a small dinner party of 4-5 serious beer drinkers. we finished the amount in two days. There was only one litre left over the next day, and it still poured a great glass of pils.

Nice two finger head, great resilience and nice lacing. Clear golden color. The carbonation was perfect, and even the first glass came out ready to drink. I think it helps to let the keg settle overnight if possible.

Slight hop aroma, crisp almost fall like scents of grass

Classic Pilsner taste, great beer to let AAL drinkers try to get them hooked on what is really out there.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, refreshing, with a nice finish
Overall if you can find this in a little keg, treat yourself and three friends….

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Photo of wardough
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank this pre-dinner at 1924 Main in KC.

A: Pours a beautiful golden into the glass. Disappointed with the head retention.
S: Slight hoppiness with a light grainy alt character. Very clean.
T: Crisp and bitter. A slight hop bitterness and lingers. Nice. Love it.
M: Medium-light body. Suffers from low carbonation.
D: Could drink these all night.

All in all a great beer that you can enjoy any day. I absolutely loved it. Needs more carbonation though.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells like a good pils should with some light but fragrant hops giving the beer a touch of grassy, floral, and earthy notes. A clean bread aroma from the malt and maybe just a touch of corn.

T: The flavor is more of the same, here. Great crisp flavors provided by both the malt and hops. Clean bread and malt with a nice grass and floral hop character. Refreshing and easy to drink all the way through the glass.

M: Fairly light in body with a lively carbonation and a crisp finish to it.

D: A damn good pils and really just the thing to drink after a day of heavier beers and rich food.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yellowish golden color that produces a half inch of bright white foam with a rough pour, leaves some lace.

Nice balanced pils malt, not too grainy, with spicy fresh grassy hops jumping off even when ice cold.

Pretty dry pils malt with very decent bittering hops throughout come together for a very crisp and slightly spicy Pilsener experience.

Strong but creamy impression from the carbonation, moderate body for style. Excellent standby on the quest for the perfect Pils.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into my Warsteiner Pokal.

A- Honey golden colour, 4 finger head tight creamy head with very good retention and lacing.

S- Subtle sweet malt and a faint fresh hoppiness

T- Biscuit sweet malt, trancends to a soft hop lasting bite. a nice balance.

M- Crisp clean and medium carbonation.

D- A soft southern German pils, subtle in flavour with a fresh hop bite. Not as dry as a northern pils which i can find too harsh.
Very refreshing and easily drinkable.
Very good

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Photo of appenzeller
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: exceptional clarity light gold, one-fingered head that dissipates with minimal lacing.

Smells faintly of floral/grass, good freshness to aroma.

A prototypical excellent Bavarian pils. Good carbonation, well crafted clean beer. Fairly neutral taste compared to other German/Czech pilsners that are peers.

I love pilsners, this is a very good technical one with good balance, lightness, and clarity. However, just a half-notch below a few other top pilsners in its peer group.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of alankwak
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw colored, clear and light. Nice. My gawd what a doorknob of a wonderful head(composed of small bubbles which is A+). Great head retention and very good lacing.
S: Tad weak here but acceptable. I thought I get a whiff of saaz but didn't. Oh well.
T: Wonderful. Lightly hopped but enough, very nice pils. This must be very well lagered to have such a tame yet full taste...yummy.
M: Medium mouthfeel, you don't feel as if your drinking bread and you shouldn't. Very light which is nice. Yet a nice mouthfeel for the style of beer.
D: Very good here. I could down many of these fine pilsners.

Overall: I really liked this this fine german pilsner. All that's missing is a little more saaz aroma.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clear golden yellow color, with a big pillowy bright white head that retains quite well. Big aroma of grassy, earthy malts. Smooth with very little traces of carbonation in the mouth. Chewy malt flavors dominate; traces of hops intermingle with some slightly fruity flavors as well. This is a great example of a German pils, and is definitely one of my favorites of the style. Also a good beer for me to be having at the moment since my head still hurts from last night!

Thanks to NeroFiddled for the bottle!

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Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very solid pils.
Pours golden with nice effervescence.
Floral hop aroma.
Also floral on the buds, with a faint lemon rind kick. Bready maltiness backs this up. Finishes with more hops, and some lingering, pleasant grassy flavor.
Light, and easy to drink, yet holds the attention with it's presence in the mouth.
Great hot weather brew

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