Paulaner Premium Pils | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Premium PilsPaulaner Premium Pils

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ajm5108
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic visual, great clarity & carbonation. Not much of an aroma beyond a thin cracker malt. Taste has lots of light crisp malt flavor, bready but not in a chewy sense, German yeast. Feel is exact.

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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 AleMan66
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 32 ouncer poured at the Gathaus Bavarian Hunter in Stillwater, MN last weekend. It was very light in color but had more body to it than it looked. It went down like water! Good stuff! Great with German food. I'll have it again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
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 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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of the classics, and one of my favorite imports on tap. its so malty, more bready and fresh baked than any other pils on the market, the malt in this tastes very different than even other german ones. cake flour and breakfast biscuits and pizza dough and just a really interesting intersection of yeast and grain, its a pils, but its unlike others. the other thing about this one, is i think its also the most bitter pilsener i have had from germany. this almost has a czech style hopping, its vegetal at first and majorly bitter on the back end. carbonation is big and the body is big for the style, its fluffy feeling and deliciously sessionable. dry in the finish too, just the hop bitterness as a residual. not usually a huge fan of the style, but this is a fine example, and in many ways more distinct and enjoyable than the other paulaner stuff i have had. i dont see this one around nearly as much though.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/15/2015 at British Beer Company, in Walpole, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth but a bit watery, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear golden yellow with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled white head. Crisp, malty aroma has an overtone of apple, rather like a nice dry cider. Malty flavor is crisp, like a pils ought to be, with more than a hint of apple, just slightly sweet.. Texture has average body and fizz. A refreshing one. Happy Oktoberfest!

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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 beergoot
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, light straw color to the body and topped with a soft, foamy white head. Crisp, bright light grain notes in the aroma; dry grass. Slightly herbal flavor with a rather mild, light grain taste with a fairly bold hop bitterness. Light, crisp, clean and dry mouthfeel.

Nothing extraordinary as far as things go yet definitely drinkable and refreshing. Classic light malt and hop bitterness combination that will certainly satisfy folks looking for this traditional style of lager.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pale gold, straw, translucent; fluffy white head, fades within a few minutes, but leaves a persistent, latticed lacing
S: fresh, paper/straw
T: bitter, moderate hops, grassy/herbal/straw, faintly reminiscent of mate`
M: light-bodied, smooth, moderately carbonated, just edging into dry, yet coating
O: Excellent pilsner, light and grassy.

250mL / Pilsner Glass / Schmankerl Stube, Hagerstown, MD

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Pilsner Urquell footed pilsner glass. Pours a clear golden with a creamy three finger head that leaves mild lacing behind. Had aromas of grainy cereal, sweet honey, and grassy hops. The mouth looses those grassy hops and enhances the sweet honey. Grainy and sweet all the way down, and a touch of bitterness finishes it up. This beer just slides down the throat with ease, and the honey aftertaste lingers for a long while.

Overall: A little less hoppy than I expect out of a german pilsner, but that did not ruin this excellent beer for me.

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Photo of sb3000
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great beer from a legendary brewery!

Pours a faint straw blonde with chalk white head that leaves very slowly.

Aroma leans more toward malt than hops. A slight wet dog and sweet corn impression.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and refreshing,

Tastes very similar to the aroma. Malty with a faint dank hop note. Some corn notes at the back of the tongue.

Final thoughts...a very tasty beer, but I would prefer a better balanced malt/hop character. Still an above average example for the style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured two fingers of head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma is a good dry grain with a touch of lemon.
The taste is quite smooth. A little mild bitterness throughout. It has a nice balance.
The texture is a little fizzy with a light body.
Enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: White cotton foam that thins out into a delicate layer of lacing; almost like a lid sealing the rest of the flavors.

Smell: Lemon and a bit of caramel. Subtle and fresh. Fairly citrusy overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sticky caramel biscuit-ness with a hint of lemon soap. Very sudsy and clean. Maybe a tad sticky in the finish, but it's fantastic overall.

Overall Drinkability: Excellent balance for a pilsener; hit's all the right notes.

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Photo of stakem
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle into a pils glass. The brew pours a clear light yellow color with a finger of white head. The cap fades slowly leaving a full wall of lace on the glass. Rising bubbles maintain a thin film and a swirl revives a half finger and paints spotty lace.

The aroma is a mix of fresh cereal-like grain sweetness somewhat footy and cheesy with sulfur and herbs. The hops present themselves with a touch of grass and minerals. Overall a pretty typical smelling pilsner offering.

The flavor is malty with a bready to biscuit grain character that provides a soft sweetness contrasted by zesty herbal hops that are grassy and mildly rindy. Some carbonic quality and mineral across the back before finishing sweet with that fresh grain appeal.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Balanced, crisp and refreshing to say the least. This is not my favorite in the style but not bad by any stretch. I would drink this again.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not a bad beer, pours smooth and golden with lots of bubbles and a nice head that dissipates a bit too quickly. i liked the strong carbonation. nice and dry, hops are noticeable fore sure but not overpowering. a bit thinner then i like, the aroma i found a bit looking. if you want a break from pretty much all types of ales and are looking for a basic, crisp lager. this is a good choice, for some reason it makes me think of a beer i would order at a restaurant. would probably buy again.

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Photo of spoony
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Vail, Colorado into a pokal glass.

A-The brew is very light in color, not quite golden-hued yellow. It is crystal clear with a decent display of chunky carbonation. The head on my pour was about one finger tall and white. The brew leaves decent-sized chunks of lace on the glass.

S-This brew is dry on the nose, nearly chalky, with a little bit of cracker and biscuit. Hops are floral and very mild, as you would expect from a pils.

T-The taste is also on the dry side, verging on chalky and metallic. The biscuit/cracker malts mostly dominate any hop flavors that might be lurking here and the result is very crisp and very bitey.

M-The feel is light (although pretty typical for the style) with a chunky, assertive carbonation. Easy to drink.

O-This brew is a decent example of a German Pils. As noted above, it packs a bit too much dry malt flavor that mostly overwhelms any suggestion of hops. The taste is so dry that it verges on metallic and grainy, and while that is sort-of what I expect from a German Pils, a little more hop balance or sweetness would go a long way here.

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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 Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden and Eatery enjoyed chilled in a pub glass from the brown 11.2 oz bottle with best before 3/14 date.

The color is bright golden with great clarity and thick white cap with great retention and thick lace on the glass with fine bead. The smell is light and floral hops have a mild aroma when slightly warm with mild grainy aroma. The feel is very good with dry body and moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with a decent amount of bitterness to give a nice texture for the malt to contrast.

The flavor starts somewhat on the light side but builds with mild malt toastiness and subtle spice in the hop flavor as it increases in temperature with some mild yeast flavor and herbal hop accents which have a slight floral edge. The freshness is there and malt is not too mellow and the hops contribute with a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Overall I was not sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with the flavor and drinkability of this pils.

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Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 12/12.
Pours a chill hazed light golden with a frothy white head that dissipates a tad quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Floral and slightly spicy hops accompany cracker-like pilsner malt initially, becoming fairly bready and a touch sweet at the finish. There's a hint of mineral character.

Flavor is more bready than anticipated throughout. There's substantial biscuity malt character, with mineral undertones, becoming cracker-like and dry at the finish. Slightly spicy notes surface in the aftertaste, along with a mineral tang.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation.

Refreshing, but malt is more substantial and hop bitterness less present than in a pilsner. More of a helles, really. There's a bit of diacetyl that surfaces late. The tang was a bit offputting.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear golden colored body with a nice thick topping of white head that recedes to a thin cap that leaves some lacing.

The nose is met with a pleasant sweet bready and grainy malt with some earthy and herbal noble hop.

There is a nice mild hop bitterness. The hops deliver on the herbal side. Lots of bready malt character.

Easy drinking and light bodied. Carbonation is on point. A little dry.

Nice lil' German pils that's easy to get on this side of the pond. Would drink again. Wish I could get a maß of this.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Large head but doesn't last too long and leaves a little lace. Clear, golden color. A lot of tiny bubbles rising constantly.
Smell and taste are pretty standard for a pilsner.
Body feels light to medium, smooth and well carbonated.

The best thing about this beer is the drinkability. It has a nice mouthfeel and is very refreshing. After you have a sip, it makes you want more.

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Photo of fallopia
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce iced bottle into a tumbler glass

Appearance: Slightly golden, straw yellow color with a thin, white head

Aroma: Sweet hops that reminds me of cotton candy. Hints of pineapple.

Flavor: Mild flavors with again a sweetness that is reminiscent of Jolly Ranchers candy with a faint finishing bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a lingering hoppy aftertaste that is quite enjoyable

Overall, this beer was much better than I was expecting. Flavor profile is unique to what I'm used to drinking and was easily drinkable. I will be buying more of this.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a yellow color with a billowing white head. The head faded slowly over time to give a medium amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is bready with an ever so light hint of caramel and some light hops aromas of floral, citrus and pine note.

Taste – The taste has a bready base through and through. At the start it is on the drier side with it sweetening more toward the middle with hints of honey. The sweet however is fleeting and leaves the taste again at the end. During the sweet taste transition a lighter hop and light spice flavor begins to develop. These developing flavors are light, but give a nice balance to the malt base. In the end a dry bready floral and spied flavor is left on the tongue. All the flavors and transitions are subtle, but all are quite nice.

Mouthfeel – The body is very light with the carbonation level being quite high. Both are fitting for the more subtle flavors and transitions.

Overall – It is very easy to drink and a fantastic session beer. Simple but good.

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