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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 Jekster
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear shinny light gold color with faint pure white bubbles. The beer appears quite effervescent like champagne as bubbles continue to cascade to the top of the glass after a strong pour.

Smell: This beer has a definitely sweet malt aroma. It is reminiscent of light honey or honeydew melon. There is a slight noble spice aroma of faint orange peel or cut grass. All aromas come across subtly but provide a clean refreshing smell to the beer.

Taste: The flavor has a slight malt bready backbone followed by a faint spice and lingering grassy bitterness. Much like the aroma the beer is easy on the palette with subtle flavors that dissipate quickly.

Mouthfeel: This beer is extremely light in body and almost dances on your tongue due to the effervescence. It is dry, crisp and extremely refreshing.

Drinkability: I could easily pound back a few of these while sitting out in the hot sun or eating a nice lunch at a brewpub. The flavors are more overpowering and leave your pallette feeling clean and not overwhelmed. It's a perfect session beer.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: If you are looking for an extremely light Pils, pick up a six pack. It would be the perfect beer for playing a round of golf, or to pair with light salads, pretzels, or or other salty bar snacks. It's extremely thirst quenching and a definite quaffer in my book.

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

Big, bold frothy head on the pour. There's a few streams of big bubbles. Classic pilsener appearance.

Smells like sweet corn, a little bit of grass and mounds of dirt.

There is an initial sweet malt taste, then an earthy herbalness of the hops at the end. Not that overly complex, but very balanced.

Definitely a quaffer. A minor sticking point is that the carbonation dies towards the end of the glass. I could drink a six pack and not even blink.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6'er at Cellar's in Woodbury. Poured a straw yellow with a tall white head. The aroma and flavor have a great mix of spicy, fruity hops with dry, bready malts and hard water. This is a classic pilsner through and through. A great example of the style and a must try.

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

Poured a slightly cloudy gold with a fizzy white head that dropped quickly. Very faint aroma of mown grass competing with CO2 nose buzz. Taste is smooth and underwhelming with a slight bitter bite at the end. A good "cold and refreshing" beer. A Euro macro essentialy. Solid but unremarkable.

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Photo of Spikester
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured gold with a one-finger white head. Very good amount of lacings.
Aroma is floral hops.
Taste is bitter floral hops, grassy, some lemon, slight leather, sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is slight astringent.
Drinkability is exceptional.
Awesome Pilsner. Not many better than this Paulaner.
No skunk whatsoever!

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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been on a bit of a pils kick lately. A quick burst of carbonation upon the pour leads to a two-finger airy white head. Retention is good and a sinewy lacing is left behind. Color is a clear, golden straw. Smells a bit vegetal and floral with some grain and sweets in the back. Tastes grassy and hoppy with that good pils crispness that we all love. This beer has true and exceptional drinkability, and not the kind that confuses drinkability will lack of taste.

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

On-tap at Draft Picks Pizza Pub (La Habra, CA), on to the beer:

Golden straw colored. The head is thick, frothy, and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Aroma is clean with grass and hay. Lovely mix of flavors in the taste. Floral hops upfront, this gives way to the dominant pale malt sweetness and honey notes. Bits of butter. The hops pick up where they left off in the finish with a mild finish. Good and refreshing.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Effervescent yellow body with a thin white head.

s: Grainy malt with notes of hay and grass.

t: Sweet pale malt, grass, noble hops. What you would expect from a German Pilsner.

m: Light, crisp and smooth.

d: a solid pils. For me there's Prima Pils and then everything else, so perhaps I am being a tab biased. This is a good one, I just prefer a bit more flavor. Great beer for those transitioning from BMC.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Golden straw-yellow w/nice head and terrific lacing.
S-Noble hops and light malt. Simple, clean and pure. Faint vegetal and herbal notes a well.
T-Light malt w/excellent structure and clean doughy flavor, noble hop aftertaste w/faint hay on finish.
M-Light-bodied w/good carbonation. Dances across the palate, carrying flavors nicely and fully satisfying the palate.
D-Very good. I sampled this w/two other pils, and this was by far the best of the 3.

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Photo of changeup45
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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 gfreed
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apples are all over this beer. Lots of apples in the aroma, mixed with some orangey-honey tinges, all of which are very present in the taste. Quite attractive in the glass, nice and bright straw-yellow tones topped by a very white, light head that bubbles happily. Some malt, but hops are up front and center. Light body and decent bite. One of the better pilsners I've tried, and quite reasonable in price. Would go quite well with spicy food.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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 seanyfo
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into my Warsteiner Pokal.

A- Honey golden colour, 4 finger head tight creamy head with very good retention and lacing.

S- Subtle sweet malt and a faint fresh hoppiness

T- Biscuit sweet malt, trancends to a soft hop lasting bite. a nice balance.

M- Crisp clean and medium carbonation.

D- A soft southern German pils, subtle in flavour with a fresh hop bite. Not as dry as a northern pils which i can find too harsh.
Very refreshing and easily drinkable.
Very good

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Photo of cjgator3
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. The bottled on freshness date clearly marked on the side of the label. Thank you Paulaner for indicating the freshness because it is difficult to find fresh German imports here in the states.

Pours a golden yellow color with a nice white head that possesses some pretty good lacing and retention. The aroma is grainy malt with a good dose of spicy grassy hops. The taste is malt with a nice snappy bite from the spicy saaz hops in the finish. The taste is crisp and refreshing, everything you expect in a good German Pils. This beer is nothing that is going to knock your socks off, but it is definitely a tasty and highly drinkable Pilsner that is a wonderful session beer in the summer. Recommended.

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Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Pale golden with a fluffy white head that leaves some chunky streaks of lacing

Aroma is full of pils malt and some grassy hops that have a nice spiciness.

Flavor is nearly identical to the aroma. Pils malt provides a biscuity backbone upon which Hallertau hops impart their herbal zing.

Standard mouthfeel, semi-dry finish, really drinkable.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Absolute standard of what an old school German Pils is. Pours out a nice pale golden staw color, clear, light bubbles. This Pils has produces and holds a nice two finger head. Aromas of Hallertau, pale straw, grassy, and if you've ever been there-pure Bavarian water. Its hard to describe, but if you've ever experienced that smell, here it is. Flavors are light and crisp pilsner yeast, hops, bready. Mouthfeel is light, abv is low, this is a truely drinkable beer. Absolute pilsner standard

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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 Traquairlover
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Clear bright yellow with a small white head of small and large bubbles, dissipates relatively quickly leaving light lacing on the surface, medium lacing on glass.

S = Some floral and earthy hops with light malt backbone underneath, light pepper and similar spice notes.

T = Nice tart bitterness from the hops at the front of the tongue and again in the long dry finish, at mid-palate there is some fresh not quite ripe fruits, apple and plums.

M = Light body, carbonation stings a bit too much on tongue, mouthcoating is fair.

D = This has pretty middle of the road drinkability. It is refreshing and tastes okay, but as a package there are too many other beers that I would rather have to rank this any better than average.

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Photo of joshgambit
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my first non-macro brews a long, long time ago.

A: Golden straw color. Clear, with bright white foam. Good lacing in the glass.

S: Malty grains, good Saaz characteristics.

T: Light malt, slightly bready. Kind of peppery, but sweet. Good hop bite. Love this one.

M: Finishes crisp. very nicely carbonated.

One of my absolute favorite beers. I'd love to find this on-tap somewhere close. Excellent drinkability. Always a good choice when I want a pilsner.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yellowish golden color that produces a half inch of bright white foam with a rough pour, leaves some lace.

Nice balanced pils malt, not too grainy, with spicy fresh grassy hops jumping off even when ice cold.

Pretty dry pils malt with very decent bittering hops throughout come together for a very crisp and slightly spicy Pilsener experience.

Strong but creamy impression from the carbonation, moderate body for style. Excellent standby on the quest for the perfect Pils.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass, had a bright yellow color and fairly clear consistency. There was a good inch or so of head and nice lacing.

S: I mainly noticed malt, a bit of hops, grain and a hint of citrus. Not overpowering, but good.

T: This had a somewhat grassy flavor, along with some lemon and hops. Not exactly an overly complex flavor, but well done.

M: There was an above average amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. A medium bodied beer.

D: This is one of those beers that is certainly drinkable, but doesn't knock your socks off. Not bad, not great.

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

Delightful as would be expected of a Paulaner.

A= faded light yellow, fairly foamy head larger and fluffier than most pils, but fading quickly, leaving modest lacing.

S= very intriguing-- I'm nor sure if it's more reminiscent of a tropical fruit-buffet or of a honeybun cooking in the oven. You can hyper-ventliate, trying to figure it out. Maybe it's some bubblegum.Yeasty sweet-malt and hops.

T= reminiscent of the scent, intriguing, with flavorful malts and floral hops, mild bitterness, light sweetness, very clean.

M= light bitter-hops residue with a nearly grassy finish. A little bubblegum.

D= very; nothing to put you off, here.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear golden color with a small white head. Slight carbonation.

The scent has a fruity aroma. General pilsner smell.

Clean fruity taste as well. Can taste the light malts. Slightly hoppy finish.

Light body that you can feel on the roof of your mouth.

I would like to try one that is fresher, as this bottle was made about 9 months ago.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear and bubbly golden brew under 2 fingers of fluffy white foam, good retent

S- floral, apples, bready

T- bready and grainy malts with herbal and earthy hops, hints of mint and black pepper as well

M- well carbonated, oily yet coarse

D- great example of pilsener, not my style but still an enjoyable brew

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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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