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 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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Photo of tapman
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a splash of gold, a froth white head rises to 2 fingers before quickly dispersing. Appears less carbonated than others of the style, body is crystal clear and holds an excellent lace.

Pale malt, grain aroma when combined with those earthy, floral hops creates a sweet biscuit aroma.

Sweet pale malt and delicate hops, though the hops are more pronounced in this brew than I usually encounter. Big dose of mineral in the finish.

I miss the carbonation in this one. I feel that a sharp pils creates a pleasing, crispy texture when it contains adequate amounts of CO2. Not watery, however.

Like the review says, a good pils.

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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 Gmann
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a pillowy pure white head that left tons of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is almost non-existant. Some very light hay like malt with some very light grassy hops.

The taste is of a dry malt, slight grain sweetness. Some grassy hops to round out the flavor. The flavor is stronger than the aroma but is still fairly light for the style.

The feel is light with tingly carbonation. Lightly sweet on the palate and finishes a tad dry from the malt and grassy hops.

A refreshing and light pils. Not as crisp as I would like and I would like to see a bit more flavor.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours pale straw to golden. with a finger and a half of foamy white head, that is slow to fall.
S: lightly sweet malt, very grassy and wet hay hops
T: not too different from smell, very straight forward flavors slightly grainy malt. grassy and lightly bitter hops
M: crisp and light high carbonation to suit the style.
D: very sessionable, flavors are balanced and price is fair for an import.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer pours a yellow straw color with little head. The smell while weak, does smell a bit offensive. There was initally no taste but finishs dry, and a bit like ginger ale, slightly malty taste. Very light easy to drink taste. Overall not bad, light but has a very dry aftertaste that saves it.

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Photo of jkrich
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown, 11.2 ounce bottle with a "Best before" date on label. It is interesting that this brewery is now using 11.2 oz. bottles; at least they have a freshness date. The german pils poured a slightly darker golden color than is typical of german pilsners. It is very clear and bright with an attractive, fluffy white head.

The aroma was standard noble hops and a nice inviting perfumy odor you normally don't experience with this style.

The initial flavor is a gentle cracker like malty sweetness; the label states this is "extra dry", but the bitterness is rather faint and comes forward in the aftertaste. Overall, a very refreshing import.

The carbonation is gentle and subdued and the mouthfeel is slick and mildly sweet. The pilsner leaves a fresh, clean taste on the palate.

I generally prefer a little more hop bitterness with my pilsner, but this south german interpretation is excellent for subtle bitterness. While their are many domestic pilsners I would prefer, this one is worth seeking out.

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Photo of bmwats
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pilsner.

A: Light golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Plenty of bubbly carbonation clings to the sides of the glass, and rises persistently throughout. Pours about a 3 finger, foamy, white, cascading head. Settles, leaving little craters and peaks as it does, and some sparse dry, sticky lacing as well.

S: A little malt, very yeasty. A bit of a fresh baked bread aroma.

T: Tastes like it smells. Lightly malted, yeasty, not much else.

M: Light body, light bitterness, slightly dry steely aftertaste.

D: Easy drinkin'.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Really nice appearance with a giant full head. Nose is nothing special, but typical of the style. Flavor, the same.... nothing special, but true to the style, and nice, clean, and pure. Overall, this is a pretty solid quaff.

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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 kwjd
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow colour with nice white head. Some lacing down the glass. Very light smelling, some grassy hops and grains. This is very balanced and pleasant, but the flavours aren't exactly exciting me either. A little bit of sweetness from the malt to go with the mild bitterness. Very clean flavour. Carbonation level is good.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a pale gold with a white head. Fairly typical of any pilsner nothing really special but I haven't seen a pilsner yet that stuns me visually

S-Smells like German hops. Mild minuscule citrus flavor with some scents of weak grain.

T-The taste is surprising. I feel that the nose was a lot more relaxed and sort of fooled me into thinking mild bland pilsner. There is a lemon-grass undertone that keeps the beer mildly exciting. A little malt is present as well as some clean crisp hop-ness sneaking in for a bit.

M-Mouthfeel es excellent for the style. Perfect balance between light enough for drinkability and full enough to avoid boredom. Very obvious that lots of time went into the creation of this beer..then again paulner has been around since 1634 according to the bottle

D-Drinkability is stellar of course. As most pilsners are. All the aspects of this beer come together well enough for it to be sessioned for as long as ones alcohol tolerance can stand. Nothing at all wrong with this beer but nothing that makes it stand out from the crowd either.

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Photo of NODAK
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma here seems to be a bit of hops....some grain perhaps. Weak, actually. Not too much there.

Taste is a bit grassy...yeasty. The hop quality is present with medium assertiveness, with typical Noble hop characteristics....a bit stronger than their Munich lager. Mouthfeel is predictably thin, but the beer doesn't taste watery at all. Between the grassiness and the hops, there's enough flavor to go around. True to the label, it finishes pretty dry without much sticking around but a little grain/grassiness.

Definitely a refreshing beer. Not overly complex, but then beers of this style typically aren't mind blowers. This is just a solid beer to kick back with.

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Photo of mjw06
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not that I'm an expert, but so far this pilsener is the truest to style that I have had, or at least closest to my judgements about what a pilsener should taste like. A very clean and crisp taste and feel. An incredibly mild and moderate spice on the mid of the tongue to a little bitterness on the mid-back of the tongue. While refreshing for its lightness, the mouthfeel was medium bodied and well carbonated with bubbles that felt large but smooth.

Incredibly refreshing and a good taste. Not too much, simple and satisfying.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Paulaner Bräuhaus, in the Munich Airport.

Bubbles, froth and a shinning shade of gold make for a gorgeous looking pilsner and Paulaner Pils has all the right things in all the right places. Its clarity is immaculate with an easily visible carbonation. Its head is fleshy though not fat and despite some porousness it leaves imprints of lacing that resemble the inlay of a computer microchip.

It can be awfully hard to find well-hopped, aromatic pilsners in the pasteurized bottles and cans that make it over the Atlantic; actually being in Germany, you're more likely to come across the expressly hoppy, traditional style of pilsner but that's not a guarantee. This beer is a benchmark example of the style but it leaves much to be desired bouquet-wise.

I'm finding more of what I was looking for in the taste: soapy, grassy Noble hops. That being said, I'm not finding a ton of them and what little of the pungent, sassy cones are being tasted is mostly afforded only by virtue of such a light, clean, relatively tasteless malt bill. Mild-tasting a beer though it may be, it's not its flavour that makes it so fantastic...

It's the unparalleled level of casual, carefree quaffability! They should hand this thing out to marathon runners at the end of a race; there are few beers so incredibly gratifying and refreshing (especially if thirsty or in hot weather). It is a simple and plain beer, to be sure, but it achieves a level of drinkability that can only be described as 'stupid'.

When it comes to clean, refreshing lagers the Germans wrote and still own the handbook. What defines their brewing scene is not the scorning of convention, but the perfection of it. While many North American drinkers approach a beer like this with a type of stoic resignation, I can assure you that to have it in its native land is something memorable.

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Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/11 at El Galleon in Avalon, CA
Served in a pilsner glass.

A: This beer pours a clear, dark yellow straw color with a two finger of pristine white sudsy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving spotty lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is grain, light grassy hops, touch of pepper, and pale malts.

T: Taste starts with a pale malt flavoring mingled with some hints of pepper. A light breadiness takes over the middle with a finish that is of grassy, earthy hops.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, clean and crisp body.

D: Goes down very easy, nicely blended. This was the perfect beer on a warm day hanging on Catalina Island.

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Photo of missingsense
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass. Best before 02/11.

A: Pale straw colored w/ large clingy white bubbles. A little lacing.

S: Semi-sweet grains and hay. Noble hops. Aroma is fairly light.

T: A no-nonsense pilsner. Light & dry with subdued flavors, but overall balanced. Sweet, dry malts with a minor tanginess and a crisp, but somewhat bitter finish.

D: Incredibly easy on the palate, with very little aftertaste, which is perfect for a summertime pilsner. If you're planning on starting your drinking early, this is a good one for sessions.

Overall, it's good, but nothing here really impressed me. I think I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fluid ounces into tall glass.

A: Nice straw body with 4 finger white head and awesome head retention and lacing.

S: Floral hops and quiet malts. Sweet corn?

T: I get a sweet corn bready flavor that is probably from the malt and hops smacking each other around. Its almost certainly the Hallertauer hops frenching the sweet maltiness.

M: Not bad.

D: I could do away with der wasser

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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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Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.74 out of 5 based on 409 ratings.
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