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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean gold, with a nice white head and big loopy lacing -- not detailed, but appealing nonetheless.

Nose is bready and toasty. Exemplary malty lager.

Taste is clean and smooth -- malty but well-balanced with a light kiss of hops at the finish. A delectable and enjoyable pilsner.

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Photo of dpasotti
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light straw color with a good-sized white head that doesn't stay around long. Sparse lacing. Aroma of sweet, bready, grainy pils malt and noble hops -- yea about what you would expect.

Simple flavor of earthy, slightly spicy hops and a mild malt foundation. Not much else (which is to say a quality pilsner). Very good hop flavor for a German pils. Finishes just on the bitter side.

Light body and medium carbonation make for a super refreshing drink. The beer is very clean and straightforward. I have never seen this before, but if I do this summer, I will be grabbing a few sixers for those 90 degree Saturdays.

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Photo of bnes09
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw color transparent lager. Weak head with patchy retention. Lots of visible bubbles.

Fresh grass and pine aroma with bread grains. Clean, fresh and inviting.

Bready malt with a refined character. Crisp hop flavor, grasses and herbs. Mild honey sweetness. Well balanced.

Light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Crisp, clean finish.

A good pilsner. Crisp, tasty and refreshing.

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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 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 depechemode1983
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear medium gold color. Nice two finger white head that got a fluff to it. Lots of bubbles coming up in columns. No lacing no big deal.

S - Lots of grains. Getting some grass and some bread as well. Lots of floral notes. Getting some sort of metal twang but it leads more towards a lemon zest in the end. I dig it.

T - Grassy, grainy, and all around very earthy. Bitterness is there but very mild. A bit sweet towards the finish.

M - Crisp and very refreshing. Lots of tingling bubbles and a light but not watery mouth feel.

O - I rarely have this beer. I'm beginning to question why. This one is above average. Very good. Next time I go finishing Im taking a sixer of this.

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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 JMWEB2
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw yellow body, pillowy white head slowly dissipates leaving thin white rim, and some lacing.

S: Sweet malts, and some hops in there. Simple but good.

T: Similar to smell, sweet malt flavor up front, light bitterness in the hops, again very straight forward.

M: Light, crisp, and clean.

O: I like the sweetness of malts, however i do like them more bitter. All in all not bad.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- super clear golden with a nice sticky white head and thick lacing.

S- bright, floral, and lemony with a nectar sweetness and grassy notes. smells great but rater delicate.

T- mineral water and grainy malt sweetness is complimented by zesty hop flavor but not too much bitterness. lemony, herbal, and grassy in the finish with fading cracker like malt and bitterness felt in the throat.

MF- it's not too light and has some heft to it. carbonation is finely bubbled and supports a constant thick head. body is pretty dry but not extra dry.

D- a delicious and extremely drinkable german pils, and a nice change after stuffing myself with oktoberfests for the past 2 months.

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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 yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful golden, with creamy white up top for the head. Nose has some herbal notes, clean, and a trace of the mis-characterized "skunk" oilyness. Palate offers a nice balance of malt sweetness and herbal hop quality. Very refreshing, easy drinking, but yet also sufficiently flavorful to satisfy.

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Photo of fx20736
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Pilsener Glass.

Pale Gold with streams of tiny carbonated bubbles streaming relentlessly upwards. Two fingers of white head leave blots and patches of lacing.

Aroma: bready malt, spicy, floral hops

Mouthfeel: Soft. Very soft. This has the softest mouthfeel of any beer I can recall. It is like drinking silk.

Taste: bready malt with just a tinge of herbal hop bitterness. Beer finishes crisply and dry.

Notes: Very drinkable. At 4.9% abv this is a real sessioner and a beer even macro drinkers would drink. This is another quality beer from Munich. These breweries seem very confident in their abilities and don't seem pushed to try and be the next thing in beer. Nice.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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 BeerCon5
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with about 1 1/2 fingers of bubbly white head.

The scent is of sweet malt and some light hop notes.

The taste is of dry, bitter hops, some toasted bready malt, some grain also.

Fairly light bodied, very crisp and smooth, high carbonation.

This was a very nice pilsener, very balanced and easy to drink.

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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 codfeast
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: clear yellow, thin head, good lacing

S: European malt, yeast, and hint of citrus.

T: Malt start, hop finish.

M: Medium+ carbination, creamy, tingle on the tounge, nice dry finish.

O: Easy drinking, refreshing, straight forward pilsner. Great on a hot day.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a rather sweet pils with a proper clear look and smaller head. an older bottle. nose of straw, mild apple pie yeast and pilsner hopping. palate is sweet and the dry cut is not as brisk as would be expected. light body either way but not as dry as the bottle would have one thinking with the extra dry comment. still quite drinkable and simple... palate is more of the nose but with an unexpected linger of malts. won't deny this at its prime... probably much better.

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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 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 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 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 RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner Premium Pils has a very thick, white head and a clear, highly effervescent golden appearance. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is bready and pleasant. Taste is a good blend of toasted barley malt and prickly and mild hop bitterness, which shows up right off the bat. This is a round beer. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Paulaner Premium Pils finishes crisp, refreshing, and pretty dry. Overall, this is a good beer, and I recommend giving it a try.


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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 Sachsenfreude
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; pale clear yellow. Bleached white head, leaving some lacicing. Dissipates to a full coating of film that remains through the drink

smell; spicy, wet, and sour, a bit fermented. Reminds me of Sauerkraut with cloves, allspice, peppercorns, juniper, and caraway. A smell I like but I'm not sure if it belongs with a Pilsner, a bit too funky I suppose, yet well blended and complex.

taste; sour malts and citric bitters. Leaves a grainy aftertaste with some herbal hops and mild hints of alcohol sweetness. Hop bitters remain in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; nice froathy carbonation on the tongue. Crisp in the finish, dry as the label suggest but not so much so as to leave much of a mouthfeel after swallowed.

drinkability; another great session beer, easy to drink, light in the stomach.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.74 out of 5 based on 404 ratings.
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