Paulaner Premium Pils | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Paulaner Premium PilsPaulaner Premium Pils
BA SCORE
55%
Liked This Beer
3.72 w/ 409 ratings
Paulaner Premium PilsPaulaner Premium Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
paulaner.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,012
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
409
Liked:
225
Avg:
3.72/5
pDev:
12.37%
Alströms:
3.65
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
44
Trade:
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Ratings: 409 |  Reviews: 202
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 9/2012.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy 1/2 inch beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, malt, and some cracker and bread aromas. There is also a slight Play-Doh aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is pretty much the same with some herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too great in my opinion.

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Photo of spycow
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of biscuit malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the low alcohol content makes it sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very solid Pilsner with no obvious sign of flaws. Opens with a bright straw color, fair head formation and retention (could be bolder). Aromas of well-attenuated malts and a profound grassy, herbal hop scent. The malt flavor is very bold and rich for a Pils, but low on sweetness makes it very drinkable. Some hop flavor (grassy) comes through at mid-palate and rides into the finish. Light apples come from the grains, and spices from the yeast give enough roundness and variety to keep the beer from becomming dull. Medium, round texture with a creaminess upfront, but thinning late. Hop dryness and bitterness linger in the throat and proves palate cleansing. Certainly one of the better Pilsners out there.

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. A golden/yellow color with a 2 finger, white head that left lacing.

S - All it smelled like was corn.

T - It tasted like grains and malty. It left a somewaht bitter aftertaste.

M - It was very crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is a pretty good German Pilsner. Although I like some other Paulaner products much better.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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 nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice two finger head of white foam with decent retention and lace. Light golden body with good clarity.

S - Sweet malt aroma with a honey note and a slight herbal hop aroma.

T - Malt up front with some grainy, honey character. Some subdued herbal hop flavors assert themselves in the middle and it finishes sweet with a chalky, lingering bitterness.

M - Somewhat light body with moderate to high carbonation and light astringency.

D - Reasonable drinkability. Overall, it is a well balanced and stylistically accurate pils, but the hop and malt character are both a bit subdued.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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 vfgccp
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of smcolw
2.31/5  rDev -37.9%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, flaxen-hued body with a medium-small-sized, white head.

Smell: Lightly grainy scent of pilsner malts with vague, vague notions of citrus and honey backed by some spicy dried herbs.

Taste: Malts tasting of lightly toasted grains with a low level of sweetness. A single drop of honey accompanies the sweetness. Herbaceous, grassy hop profile with sufficient bitterness needed to balance out the light sweetness. A single drop of lemonade accompanies the hops. Drying, lightly zestful finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Fine and refreshing, subtle though satisfying.

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

Pale lemon with nothing but a few rapidly rising bubbles to disturb the pristine interior. The chalk white cap is tight with a mega-bubbly surface and peaks at about two fingers before beginning to deflate, depositing nothing more than speckles and spatters of lace as it does so.

The nose is more hoppy than it is malty, but it's a near thing. Grassy, spicy Hallertauer is the sole variety in use. If the hops were brighter and more snappy the aroma would appeal to me more. Not bad, but I expect more from such a well-known, well-regarded German brewery.

As far as flavor is concerned, I might as well repeat that previous sentence. Although hops still have a stranglehold on malt, a little pils malty sweetness is evident. Again, those Hallertauer don't taste as fresh and as lively as they might, possibly due to their long trip across the Atlantic Ocean. I have no doubt that this is a much better beer on-tap in a Munich beer bar.

The body/mouthfeel is well within the bounds of acceptable for the style and there's really nothing that I'd change about it. It's neither too light nor too heavy and is neither too well-bubbled nor too sparsely-bubbled. Having said that, it really doesn't stand out in any way either. I don't know about 'extra dry' as the label claims, but the finish is on the arid side.

Paulaner Premium Pils, although it isn't what I'd call a lackluster version, isn't up to snuff compared to some of the other classic German pilseners. It's still drinkable though and is crisp and refreshing enough to warrant a purchase for those with an affinity for the style.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Beer rating: 55% out of 100 with 409 ratings
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