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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.54/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - A dull shade of gold with a flimsy head that soon reduces to a haze of dishwater film. Crystal clear with lots of tiny champagne bubbles. Swirling brings up a thin cap of white foam, and there is a good amount of spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Saltine cracker pils malts with subtle clean hop notes. Typical German pils nose.

T - Bitter and clean. Saltine crackers, salty cheese-whip, and metallic mineral flavors. I don't really care for mineral flavors in my beers, and this one is like sucking on a penny. Wow. This is no good. Makes my fillings hurt.

M - Thin, extremely carbonated, acidic, sour, and metallic.

D - Terrible. This is overly salty and metallic. I can barely finish this one....I will though (I don't believe in wasting beer....there are thirsty kids in China and my mom taught me to always clean my plate).

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Photo of smcolw
2.31/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Violent pour creates a small egg-white head that dies off quickly. Crystal clear, light straw in color.

Smells like some of the Non-alcoholic brews--like raw grains. No discernible hop. Disappointing.

Has a sweetish quality to the taste but has a dry finish. Slight hop in the swallow. The body is appropriate for the style although the carbonation is little high.

Not my cup of tea for a pilsner. It has too many of the bland flavors I associate with the American macros.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this Pilsener on 19 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I'll preface this by saying that I'm not too big on pilseners. So, it comes as no surprise that I found nothing exciting about this beer. It wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't anything I'd go back for

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Photo of crossovert
2.77/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Paulaner Premium Pils, in a 12 ounce bottle. Produced on 04/08, so it's a bit old. Oh well, here goes the review:

Pours crystal clear gold with a white head that quickly dissipates. It leaves some large, soapy looking bubbles behind. No apparent yeast flaoties, just some sparse tiny bubbles rising to the top.

Not too much of a smell, it's an aged pils what am i to expect? Has a slight hint of both hops and malt.

Body is good, medium, with nice carbonation. Tastes a little more than it smells. Has some subdued malts and sour hops. Doesn't taste fresh, it has kind of that stale feeling, the flavor just kinda rolls off your tongue and into your throat with a sort of nothingness. It actually has a nice slightly bitter aftertaste with nice burp taste, but on the tongue its pretty unappealing. But overall this is about as un-robust as a pils gets. Could be the age, I will try to re-review when I get a fresher bottle.

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Photo of rokoch27
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traditional Paulaner aroma with a hint of toasted malts comes from a thin, straw brew. It isn’t tasteless, but doesn’t really have a distinct flavor other than a sharp tinge when you first swallow. This is a crisp, light lager that is what Budweiser tries to mimic. That being said, it makes me think of cheap, tasteless brew that leaves one wanting. Ok beer, not worth the import price.

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Photo of jubnat
2.82/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a pilsner glass. Small head, though nice carbonation, pale yellow color. Head has a pleasant aroma to it. Tastes pretty ordinary to me. Nothing stands out in any way. Pretty standard, though not bad. It just doesn't do anything for me. Very boring, and overpriced.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a large quickly fading head.
Nose shows some grassy/spicy noble hops with sweet biscuity malt. Subtle but nice.
Flavours disappoint in comparison, only a little of the hops transfer through. There's a faint biscuity malt character but otherwise its pretty grainy and boring.
Higher carbonation would be good.

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Photo of dragonWhale
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There it is in my glass, billowing foam, crystal clear and straw colour. I anticipate great things, but bring to my nose and can smell only sweet bready malt and a vague floral hoppiness. Not much going on in either flavor or aroma. Fairly crisp, but not sharp. Carbonation high, the bubbles rise constantly. A slight floral and citrus aftereffect but the drink itself is fairly boring.
Bit of a disappointment here, was expecting a less malty beverage.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
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 anders36
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a pale yellow colour with a nice large longlasting head. Has a malty grassy, slightly grainy aroma. The flavor is sweet malty with grassy hints. Also some grainy hints. Medium mouthfeel with a long bitter aftertaste. An okay German pilsener.

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Photo of dnichols
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was served a 12 ounce serving in a plastic cup at the Puyallup, Washington Oktoberfest.

A: It has a clear medium golden color with a small bone-white head that was short lived.

S: It had a grassy and floral hoppy aroma that hid all other aromas other than alcohol.

T: It started with a slight malt sweet burst that was quickly overwhelment by the grassy and spicy hops and dry aftertaste of alachol.

M: Light body with a dry aftertaste.

D: A completely average Pilsener that is over hopped and poorly balanced.

Comment: I will stay away from this pilsener in the future.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow crystal look. Lots of carbonation in the glass. Lasting white head with good lacing. Quite a good looking beer. Not much smell at all to be detected. Taste is dominated by crisp clean malt with a touch of roasty flavor as well. Also the finish leaves lemon notes on the tongue as well. Solid smooth medium mouth.

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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 StaveHooks
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a slightly hazed gold with a thin white head.

S - sweet malt, lemon, honey, grassy hops.

T - follows the nose except for the toasted husk grain flavor. Fairly sweet, lemon, grassy hops, semi-rich sweet bready malt. Finishes slightly bitter and doesn't dry out much at the end.

M - Medium creamy body, good carbonation.

Big malt presence. Doesn't finish as dry as expected but still good. Nothing outstanding. A good but average pils.

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Photo of changeup45
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Golden colored and poured with a thick fluffy white head that slowly tapers away leaving nice amounts of lacing. Aroma is mostly grassy with a touch of fruity hops. It starts with a hint of bready malts then onto a suprisingly nice gradual bitter, dry hoppiness. Very clean and refreshing. Simple but good.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a golden clear hay color. Very thin head dissapated to a thin ring. A bit of lacing.

Aroma is the most bland of the pilsners I have been drinking. It really just has a faint pils aroma. Very faint. Had to sniff it several times to try and draw and aroma out.

Taste is the least flavorful of the past 8 or 9 pils I have recently drank. It's got an ok pils taste. Slight bite in the finish. It could just use a boost in flavor. More pils taste would be nice.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry and high carb.

Overall a refreshing pils but I still would rather buy a couple other 6packs of pils available to me

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a mostly clear golden color with a finger of white head; retention and lacing are minimal.

S: Pale malts, crackers, grassiness, and a little caramel.

T: Wet grains, strong cracker malt, and some light fruity flavors.

M: The body is medium-light with average carbonation.

O: There is absolutely nothing exciting about this beer. It's very mediocre.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best By 4/12

A - Pours pale straw yellow with a generous off-white head that shows good retention.

S - A bit sulfuric after the pour, then the nose turns grassy and bready with a bit of corn-like sweetness coming through.

T - Grassy hops dominate the palate with a subdued bitterness. Bready malts create a solid backbone. Personally, I'd prefer more of a hop bite.

M - Medium-bodied with a smooth, clean finish.

O - Drinks more like a helles than a pils. The hop bite is lacking, but it's a solid beer overall. I have to lower the score a bit though due to the fact that this is labeled as a pilsner and not helles.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle.

A: Poured with an inch of frothy head. Very light yellow in color.

S: Love this smell. Roses and pepper. Subdued lemon peel. Pepper dominates.

T: Begins sweet. Turns a bit sour and ends with a mace-like bitterness.

M: Smooth. Not dominated by carbonation.

Overall: Really wish the taste lived up to the smell. Love the aroma, but not too enamored by the flavor.

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Photo of katan
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint dated 02/08.

A - Pours a neutral golden color. Very clear with no hazing, and lots of carbonation bubbling. Head formation is vigorous, and is bright white.

S - A edgy grainy smell, almost associated with DMS in a bad homebrew. Some might call it skunky. Has some earthy undertones.

T - Starts off with a flavor dominated with light pilsner malt and some of that cooked corn graininess. Mid-stream doesn't change much, except for a hair of bitter balance. Finishes with almost no flavor but comes back with a vengeance in the aftertaste. A sweet malty note with a grainy edge.

M - Carbonation bite is certainly noticeable. Mouthfeel is generally thin however. Little to no filming.

D - Pilsners are supposed to be easy drinking - and I guess this one falls on the lower end for me. Why ? It seems its carbonation is making it extremely filling. The DMS notes are also bothersome.

A beer that is 1 year 4 months old shouldn't be that bad, but I'm guessing its age is a contributing factor.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Compared this to Radeberger and Bitburger Pilsners. Radeberger was the winner but the contest was close.

Pours a bright gold with a sticky two fingered head that fully recedes but laces a bit.

Aroma of subtle malts and grassy to herbal hops.

Tastes well balanced bitter and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is more rounded than the other german pilsners I tried along side this one.

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Photo of acevenom
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 6/11. Oops. I forgot to check the date when I purchased this, but hopefully it's still good. Always checking the date if it's available should be rule number one when purchasing a beer.

Poured into a glass mug. Pours golden with a dissipating, fluffy white head. Plenty of bubbles stream to the top, indicating plenty of carbonation. Lacing is left on the glass as you drink this and a little lacing is retained at the top well into the consumption of this beer. The aroma is of lightly toasted barley malt and it is also grassy and a little sweet. The taste is bready and slightly sweet, with some hop bite. Obviously some of the hop character and other flavors have likely diminished due to the age of this beer, but I can still taste the distinctive characteristics I would expect from this beer. The mouthfeel is light and this is well carbonated. It's crisp and very drinkable. This is very easy to gulp down. This is a pleasing pilsner that I could enjoy on a summer day. Overall, this is a good beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Chinon01
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Thin dismal head. Sweet gold color.

Nose - Subtle hop and a little grain.

Taste - Lacks the floral and grass notes you'd expect from a German Pils. Low malt and metallic notes and assertive hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability - Average mouthfeel with good drinkability.

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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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