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 srandycarter
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, clear, with thick, chunky white head. Things are off to a good start. Leggy lace throughout experience.

S - Grain and grass, a bitter undertow. A bit flowery.

T - Sweet malt sticks its nose in there for a second and is slapped down. Very dry, as the bottle implies. I would have liked a little more malt. A little sour at the end too.

M - Medium/light body, balanced toward bitter end. Good carb and some creaminess.

D - Easy enough to drink. Would have posted higher if not so bitter.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Typical pilsener presentation, and I don't know if its just me the bubbles look slightly bigger than normal.

Smell - Lacking for a pilsener, only a hint of that floral hop smell. The smell needs to be stronger even if the smell itself is good.

Taste - For a pilsener this is on the mild side flavor. Mild hop presence and very mild bitterness. Its a bit simplistic in character.

Mouthfeel - For the mild flavor its not really watery though, which is good.

Drinkability - Overall this is good if a bit basic. Its quite drinkable and has an authentic flavor.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear pale yellow with a big foamy white head and some good clarity and lacing. Lots of bubbles.

Smells of light malt, some light herbal hop notes, and grass.

This is a dry, clean grassy one. Dry white bread, raw grain, and a lightly bitter finish. Clean and refreshing, but not very intense.

Lighter bodied and well carbonated.

I thought this one drank very easy. A good alternative for your BMC crowd. A bit mild, but that is ok. Still very decent and worthy of trying.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a crystal clear pale yellow with a thick and frothy pure white head.

Smells of malty/bready notes with the spicy signature of noble hops. Very clean scent.

Tastes crisp and clean. Cereal grains and a light grassy touch of noble hops are the primary flavors here. A distinctly biscuity aftertaste.

Medium to light body, fair carbonation, and a slick mouthfeel. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into my pilsener glass, the color is a golden yellow with some amber hues. Upon the pour, i can see the bubbles driving downwards and then changing direction and flying back towards the surface. As they break, they produce a beautiful 1-inch snow-white cap that reaches to the top edge of my glass. Bubbles rise steadily through the beer and maintain a layer of bubbles on the surface. Lacing leaves only spotty clumps of bubbles.

S: The bouquet imparts aromas of distinctive German yeast, a Hallertauer grassiness, and sweet biscuity malt that seems to overwhelm the noble hop characteristics so intrinsic to the German Pilsener style. I wish there was a bigger grassiness.

T: It seems that the transit and shelf time prior to my purchase have sucked some of the strength out of the hops. This causes the biscuity sweetness to take over this beer to some extent. I think that fresh, this would be a really phenomenal pils, but it just doesn't have the legs that it needs in this bottle.

M/D: This has a pretty standard characteristic mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated or under-so. Nor is it too thick or thin. Paulaner has this balanced nicely. The finish is somewhat drying, not a big surprise that it would be dry to at least some extent, since it does read "extra dry on the label. If this was a bit hoppier, I imagine this would be more drinkable, but without a definitive grassy character, I am having a little trouble at getting excited about this one.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Small white head with little, tight lacing. Beer is pale golden and transparent.

Grainy and slightly pear smell with a bit of yeast.

Grapefruit and gain tastes.

Dry and clean with a bit much aftertaste.

A good, very dry pilsner, as advertised.

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Photo of tronester
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Crystal Clear pale yellow with a thin bright white head. Smells very slightly of sulfur and malt. Taste is a dry cracker like malt flavor up front, followed by a yeasty middle, and a nice, earthy bitterness in the finish. Very nice bitterness levels that balance out with the malt. Mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation. Super drinkable, this is a great German Pilsner. The sample I had was very fresh, and that no doubt makes a difference.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An enjoyable pilsner.

I have noticed it is harder to find a pilsner I enjoy because its almost as if the lightness of the beer causes the impurities and mistakes to stand out more.

This one is a very nice beer, the color is very light due to the fact that it is a pilsner, and it tastes pretty good!

It has a refreshing after-taste that actually leaves me wanting another.

Feels nice on the tongue, very bubbly.

I would buy it again.

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Photo of crossovert
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
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 jbphoto88
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

German beer is an engineering masterpiece. Premium Pils is no exception. The beer is golden blonde, crystal clear and has firm bubbles rocketing up through my pilsner glass. The head is a glorious three fingers of white pillowy goodness. It fades but never completely and has some thin lacing.

The nose starts out very scary. As soon as it's poured there is a whiff of skunk. It fades like a fart in the wind, leaving crisp malts and a grassy hop. Nice but I keep expecting more skunk and find that it tarnishes my enjoyment.

The taste is up there in my book for a Pils. Clean, refreshing and balanced with flavors of crushed grain, honey and lemon zest. PPP is a bright satisfying beer with an excellent flavor.

Easily drinkable with a great mix of hoppy bitterness and sizzle from carbonation. It seems that I can't get enough of this beer because of it's satisfying nature. Then again I did just mow the lawn in 100° heat and maybe I was looking for a cool refreshing drink. Either way I'm going to have some more and go to bed early.

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

The color is the pale yellow-gold of the typical pils. A nice white head forms and leaves decent lacing. Carbonation is really very lively.
A light malt profile is first on the nose along with some mild hops with a grassy, earthy note and a biscuit aroma as well.
There's a nice blend of malt and hops. The grassy earthiness in present in the flavor with an herbal leaf coming out underneath and especially in the finish. I get a little tint of something, as though it's more of a grass clippings than fresh grass. It doesn't hurt the otherwise well-balanced and clean flavor much. There's a note of fresh bread and grains as well.
The body is on the light end of medium. Carbonation is active, making this one quite crisp.
This is a good brew and certainly a step up from the macro attempt at "real pilsener taste." Perhaps this would be a good gateway beer before introducing a newbie to, say, Prima.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid looking Pils, with all the right elements: crystal clear, pale gold, bubbly streams of carbonation, medium white foam. The head holds pretty well actually. The aroma is mild but decent. Lightly sweetened malt with a lemony bite.

Barely sweet, bready malt kicks off the flavor. Gets a little tangier in the middle before drying out a bit, and a decent bitterness finishes things off. Nicely balanced, clean, and refreshing. The mouthfeel is light, the carbonation nice and forceful to create the sensation of more body than there is.

Overall a very decent Pilsener. I am partial, a bit, to some of the American versions with a little extra hoppiness, but this is only just a notch below some of my favorites. I sadly overlooked this beer for quite some time...

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Photo of meatyard
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, medium-yellow with a white 2-finger head that falls quickly leaving an interesting ring at the top.
The smell is a light lemon and a malt following.
The taste starts with the lemon hops flavor and it lingers throughout then there is some very mild, biscuity malt followed by a light bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, light and bordering on dry.
Drinkability is better than just OK. This beer isn't bad nor really good. It middles itself throughout the glass. It's another one of those "much better than a BMC, especially on a hot day".

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Photo of hockeyhead
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i love pilsner
A: pours pale golden color with a fine fluffy head with little bubbles sugesting a lot of carbination in this one
S: smells very flowery and malty with a nice smell you dont get from others
T: starts of malty with biscut tones then simmers to a flowery spring bitterness that slowly drys
M: light body and just the right amount of carbination this beer is very good
D: i can slam these not filling some other pilsners you will find

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear lightened gold body topped with a thin, semi-dense head. Doesn't look spectacular...just thirst quenching, which is good enough.

Balanced nose. Light in both biscuit and slightly spiced hops. Herbal and floral.

Tastes very well balanced, yet the flavors are all pretty light. Biscuit malt with a dash of black pepper and herbal notes. A slight zing to it from the hops gives it a refreshing finish. Overall this beer is great to drink. Would like to see it a smidge more dry in the end, but that's just me.

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Photo of katan
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
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 McStagger
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coming back to an old favorite style. German Pils = delicious.

A: Poured into a flute. Exceedingly bright, light and transparent. Straw colored, with two fingers bleached white head. Retention is good for the style, as is lacing. Carbonation is moderate to minimal, with a smattering of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface.

S: Clean, bright. Herbal, leafy notes. Cracker like malts, with a bit of sulfur and lemon oil.

T: Exceedingly bright and clean. Cracker malt intro, interwoven with bits of yeasty doughiness. Noble hop bitterness in the mid palate, with a grassy, herbal tinge. Notes of straw and milled grain are prevalent throughout. Finishes completely and utterly dry.

M: Appropriately light bodied, but with enough of a backbone to keep from becoming thin or seltzer-ish.

O: Paragon of the style and an awesome "outdoor" beer. Gonna see this one again with the summer months coming up.

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Photo of Rayek
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant gold with exceptional clarity and mild carbonation. Frothy white head has good retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Lemon, pepper, plus an almost agave like sweetness.

T: Sweet initially from the pale malts. Bitterness comes on right away with a pronounced pepper and lemon bite that's also a touch metallic. Finishes quite dry, with a lingering lemon rind flavor.

M: Medium light body feels just about right for this style.

D: I had this back to back with Paulaner Original Muncher and found this to be the more interesting of the two. The low ABV and light flavor make this an extremely easy to consume beer.

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

Pours a shimmering summer gold into a Pils glass. Nice carbonation sends little bubbles from the bottom of the glass all the way to the top. Smaller (half finger) pure white head disappates quickly.
Smells very clean. I mean very very clean. I get some fresh cut grass on this from the hops, but there's a semi-yeasty smell in there also, a bit biscuity.
The taste is very clean and concise. It's a very focused beer. You can drink this without being distracted by uber-complexity, but this still remains a work of art. It feels very light on the tongue and goes down very nice. High drinkability due to a low abv and such clarity (in regards to flavor and scent) throughout the beer. I really love this pils.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent pale golden color with a few inches of fluffy white head. Definitely looks appealing.

Smell is sweet and sugary. Has some peppery and spicy characteristics as well.

I can't say the same about the taste. It is pretty bland, but has more honey-like sweetness to it than anything. There's a slight hoppiness to it but it is barely noticeable. It is actually pretty smooth and pleasant.. it just lacks complexity.

This is a decent pale lager, and it definitely beats BMC macro lagers if I could put them against each other. In general, beers of this style I find to be a little uninspiring. For the style, this is pretty good.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
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 philipquarles
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a fluffy white head. Smell is sweet and grainy with an equal amount of sharp, floral hop character. Taste is again grainy malt with hop bitterness, but it seems slightly faint and watery. Clean, dry finish. Medium palate with good carbonation.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear golden color with a half inch white head, kind of fizzy. It falls to a skim, the carbonation bubbles oddly seem quite large. No lacing.

Aroma is pretty mild overall. Just a bit of graininess and some herbal hops.

Taste has some slightly sweet maltiness up front with a touch of toastiness. Herbal hop flavors set in midway through and last throughout. Some clove-like spiciness in the finish. A bit of a minerally taste as well.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very crisp, nearing harsh. Pretty easy to drink.

This was pretty good, but there are definitely better German Pils out there.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yellow color with a very bubbly medium white head that leaves quickly with ok lacing.

Aroma is of light earthy, citrus German hops. Not much else, slightly corn aroma, typical pils aroma.

Taste is much of the same. Slight fiant hop flavor with pils yeasty flavor. Not bad. Typical though. Simple.

Light bodied and bubbly, just a bit dry in the end. Very faint hop bitterness. Hop flavor lingers a little.

Good session beer.

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Photo of cvfish
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a crystal clear golden color that produced a foamy white head that had a little retention and did not lace the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced were sweet earthy malts, maybe some honey

T - This beer had flavors of sweet bready malts, some light melon-like notes, subtle earthiness

M - The body on this beer was light to moderate, crisp, and had moderate carbonation that fit the style well

D - This is a real Pilsener, very crisp, clean, and offers true drinkablility, great to go with a hot Louisiana summer (and spring and fall, for that matter) after running or mowing the lawn

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Paulaner Premium Pils from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 409 ratings
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