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Premium Beer | Bitburger Brauerei

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bitburger Brauerei
Germany
bitburger.de

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Premium Pils

Note first the bright, fresh golden colour and rich frothy head so typical of this elegant Pilsner beer. Its refined herbal notes are delicately poised, followed by a nutty and honeyed aftertaste. The overall impression of this gently sparkling beer is one of deep harmony, with the unmistakeable bitterness of the hops balanced and contained by an agreeable, mellow sweetness in the body.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,377
Reviews:
858
Ratings:
1,956
pDev:
16.14%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
374
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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ssitron
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exec_Crawfish
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can into dimple pint, canned 7/17/18.

Clear golden color, two fingers of impressively bright white head, faded quickly.

Not much on the nose but I could pick out bready malt and a floral hop note, possibly some citrus.

Mouthfeel is soft, almost creamy, with average carbonation. Goes down very smoothly and leaves a lingering creaminess on the palate.

Taste is clean bready malt, floral hops, with a touch of pithy bitterness and a hint of citrus before the finish. Finish is clean with a spicy hop bite and a slight lingering bitterness.

Overall, right on style and refreshing.

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Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigMarsh
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of BJCP training. 5D German Pils. Best by 2019/06/06

Pours a creamy dense long lasting white head, nice lacing, very clear with light sediment floating, straw to gold color

Nose nice grainy German pilsner malt, some decoction like complexity, grainy-sweet with a faint hint of honey, light floral hop notes, very faint background of sulfate and DMS notes

Taste brings the hops out front, floral and a touch spicy, medium to higher hop bitterness, then into straw grainy-sweet malts, more German pils malt with some complexity but not as much as Helles, a hint of sulfury mineral note late that helps the hop bitterness bring a little crispness, dry finish, long lingering bitterness, very faint DMS in the background, acceptable

Mouth is medium to a little lighter bodied, medium to higher carb, soft lager and crisp finish, hop bitterness is high thanks to the sulfates but stops short of harsh or astringent

Overall a nice representation of German pils, taste was well on, nose was a bit light especially in the hops but that could be age as it's almost 9 months old now.

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Photo of markkyronaylin
2.21/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color with a brilliant white head. Smell has noble floral hops with cracker bread meal. Taste very floral with crisp hops with lemon baked bread in the finish. Mouth feel crisp and hoppy with with a tingling bitterness . Love this brew

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Photo of cakefrost
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Dper
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JRed
4.77/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Transparent golden in body with white mist on top. Aroma of honey grains, grass, light citrus, light lemon. Tastes of grass, some floral, honey cereal, light citrus and lemon, light bitterness with a lingering honey note. Light bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of MephistosCafe
4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CisPiece88
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AAG
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jimmy_s
1.92/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

I bought a single bottle of Bitburger because the label said it was Germany's best-selling draft beer. Having had Lowenbrau on tap, which was delicious, I wanted to test that claim. How disappointed I was. I understand the Germans like a dry beer, but do they really like something as bitter and characterless as Bitburger? For comparison, I bought Beck's and Paulaner Munchner Hell at the same time and Beck's, which I consider a classic dry German beer tasted almost sweet by comparison and had a more beer-y aroma, as well. The Paulaner was more to my taste, with a touch of sweetness to go with the German quick light finish. I understand that Bitburger has a decent approval rating, but if I had a chance to drink it or five other beers, I save Bitburger for last and hope I could forego the experience. After the Bitburger I switched to a local beer, Pilsen to reassure that my taste buds were still up to snuff. The Pilsen never tasted so full-bodied.

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Photo of BitbEerpenguin
5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am biased because my favorite style of beer is German Pilsner. Bitburger is the gold standard for this style of beer and all others are merely trying to match their taste and quality. In my humble opinion, this is the best mass produced beer on the planet.

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Photo of tahoevision
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaktcc
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of wayne2000
4.94/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing lager, better by the pump but still good in can or bottle.

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Photo of Shenk87
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BUSCHBAVARIAN
5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A few years ago I watched a beer show on TV & they had a fella that is "officially " listed as the Guinesss book of records for the most different beers tasted ( they never said how that claim was officially made ). Anyhow, based on the # they said he had tasted ,I don't remember the exact #, but I do remember that I had probably tasted "twice" as many as that official #. I actually, have a list of just about every beer I have tasted since my first beer about 50 years ago, with a rating for each.
BITBURGER is on my top 3 list of beers ALL TIME. I am fortunate to be able to buy it locally & I ALWAYS have a case or two in my house. Nuf said.

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Photo of DanLane
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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