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Bitburger Premium PilsBitburger Premium Pils

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Bitburger Brauerei

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Karl1990
5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first review here. This is my favorite beer other than MAYBE Spaten. Love the taste it is extremely refreshing German pils is the best style IMO and this is the best one I've have drank

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Photo of moose1980
4.56/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfect appearance. Crystal clear, with a big, foamy, pure white head that has the best retention you could ask for in a Pils. Has the aroma of toast spread with hop marmalade, if there was such a thing. Taste is noble hops throughout, with the cracker-like malts winning the Oscar for supporting role. The bitterness plays evenly from beginning to end making for a smooth finish, and with good carbonation, it makes it both subtly complex and easy drinking.
Overall, you can't ask for much more from the style.

Edit: Much better slightly cooled as to when it warms up. Gives meaning to 'sessionable.' Drink fast ;-)

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Crystal clear straw, with rising bubbles, and a fluffy, foamy white head that dies down into a thin white layer, and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Honey, grass, cracker, clover, white bread, white pepper.

T: Sweet cracker and honey, white bread, moderately grainy, gently balanced with a touch of grass and white pepper bite. Finishes lightly dry from that beginning sweetness. Somewhat sweet overall, but light, and somewhat balanced.

F: Light, but not quite watery. Medium-well carbonated.

O: This is probably my Americanization showing its bias, but I prefer my pilsners much hoppier than this. This is sweet, with very little hop character. However, this is an older German interpretation of the pilsner, and worthy of respect. It still beats almost any imaginable American adjunct/light lager, and at $5 a four pack of pints, you can't beat that for a quality beer.

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Photo of matcris
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For the style. An ultra clear golden/lemon. A small amount of medium bubbles rising, and a finger of white, soapy, head that slowly recedes to a thin layer, and leaves a decent lacing. In the aroma, a touch of faint honey, big grassy notes, almost smells like a funky cheese. That would be in the best possible way! Nice cracker malt In the flavor, good bready cracker malt, and more subdued in the grassy hop flavor side. Just a wee bit of honey sweetness. The feel is very dry, especially in the finish, medium thin body, full carbonation, and quite refreshing. Overall, the aroma is very interesting, the flavor is more mild, but the grassy hops come through and leave a mild pleasant bitter finish. Nice brew.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased this one in a store close by... Poured into a stella Artois Mug. I am not a fan of pilsner but this went by very well. It's a good one. And cheap so I might get my hands on it again this spring/summer.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 25 ounce mug. Decent ring of head topping it all. Light straw .

Nose is a little wheaty, some light crisp hop too.

Taste is crisp, balanced hop and wheat

Bitburger is a familiar, comfortable type of pale lager. Refreshing, pairs well with food, gets the job done without pretension. For fans of euro and adjunct pale, helles/pilsner, and wiesn Oktoberfest.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours uber light yellow, happy clarity, heavy carbonation yet can't form or hold any head. Aroma was barley.

Taste is obliterated by the excessive carbonation. This is a mass produced pilsner, no off flavors, remarkably consistent, but yet offers little in the way of hop or malt flavors. Mostly just a fizzy experience all around. Pricey.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.72/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, medium yellow body.

Smell: Same as below, but less pronounced.

Taste: Pilsner malts, noble hops, grains, some honey.

Feel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, nicely dry, mild hop bitterness.

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Photo of HerrJohnSmith
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is clear, golden with a nice light foam (maybe 1 centimeter thick). Taste is like a classic German Pilsner - great. , Smell is quite metallic (eventhough the beer is from a bottle..) and a bit grainy. Overall - not the best beer ever but good value for money for an imported beer. It's an everyday beer with good taste.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very good look and aroma of a classic German Pils...and it is! Nice and sweet bready goodness balanced with a pleasant spicy earthiness, but ends very dry. Maybe not a great Pils, but a great value for its quality. Prost!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Pours a clear bright golden topped with a 1 finger white foamy head. Lots of thick lacing.

S- Straw, grain, biscuity. Slight mineral water characteristic

T- Same as the nose but with a dry, bitter earthy finish.

M- Light Body and moderate carbonation.

O- An excellent example of the style from none other than a major player in the German Beer market. If only the big guys in the N.A. Beer Market could keep up with this quality...

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Photo of TwoTrees
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bitburger Pils may sometimes get overlooked in the beer aisle as another mass produced Euro-swill. Don't be fooled!

Pours a clear golden straw color, light biscuit malt and grass in the nose (classic German), faint hop profile, round cereal semi-sweetness on the tongue that finishes with a clean mineral quality. Bitburger is not going to fight for your attention, but should be enjoyed for its subtle characteristics. At a lower ABV, don't be surprised to put 2 or 3 down without breaking a sweat. Best enjoyed while watching Die Mannschaft carve open some hapless opponent. Ja wol!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz. bottle, best before 01/12/2017 printed on the label. "Premium Beer" Product of Germany.

Poured into clear tulip-ish stemware.

A - Pours an excellent crisp clear gold body, one finger of wispy white head that dies down to a ring quickly, leaving some okay fluffy lacing. Appears well carbonated. Looks good for what it is.

S - The smell is pretty muted. I get a bit of dry cereal grains, but that is about it. A light grainy / biscuity pungency. Crackery. Not offensive or off-putting, just dull.

T - Taste follows the nose: lots of dry bitter earthy cereal grains, touch of honeyed sweetness, and lots of earthy dry yeast flavor on the finish. There is some lingering grains / metallics on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, fluid. Very light and easy drinking stuff. Finishes very dry, grainy, & bitter.

Overall, decent for what it is. Crisp, drinkable, & sessionable.

Bitburger Premium -----3/5.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Served in a willi becher glass.

Pours a clear darker golden, straw yellow body, two finger white head, good retention. Thick effervescent film, plenty of bubbles, looks refreshing. Smells of straw, cereal grain sweetness, minerals, biscuit, light honey. Clean nose. Flavour is similarly crisp. Straw, cereal, biscuit, mild earthy and floral bitterness mingles in and lingers through the finish. Plenty of flavour with a nice refreshing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing, plenty of depth and not watery by any means. Good balance. An overall well constructed German pilsner, easy drinking and certainly works as a great lawnmower beer. However, it's important to recognize that for the style, this is more than a lawnmower beer. A tasty brew that is worth drinking on its own merits if you enjoy a good lager.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very light. lots of head. not terrible looking.

otherwise, this is one of those beers that smells, tastes, and feels like "beer". not a pilsner. not a dortmunder. just a plain, old beer. probably better than american macro lagers, but that's because it's the same damn thing.

i wouldn't use this to chase slugs out of the garden, but i wouldn't admit to having this one in the fridge.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light pilsener. It has your basic pilsener taste, except a little pungent, maybe a little skunky. Can definitely tell it’s a European and not an American pilsener though. I don’t really like many pilseners and this one despite being German, and thus having higher expectations, didn’t change my mind. Could be worse as far as pilseners go, but if I’m going to pay extra for an import I would definitely like to see more.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We are well within the "best by" date on this one, which is November of the present year (reviewed in June). Poured from the 500 ml (17 ounce) can into my fancy Pilsener glass (decorated in gold leaf barley sprigs). A moderate pour produces a white, sticky head of about an inch. The beer is a pale straw color with high carbonation. The can art features a soccer player in a victory pose with a cameo portrait of the founder. Proud partner of the DFB ("Deutscher Fusball Bund"(?), or roughly translated as "German Soccer League"). I wonder if German soccer hooligans quaff this stuff…

There is an off-putting aroma of heavy DMS suggesting cooked Brussels sprouts. The taste however is much more delicate, with some floral and spicy hop flavors and light sweet malt flavors. The aftertaste is pleasantly burpy and bitter, with a faint herbal quality. It has a frothy, slightly spritzy mouth feel.

If you can get past the smell, this is a pretty nice beer. I think it's probably best enjoyed straight out of the can. An imported macro brew that is worth a go.

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Photo of Hamme
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - The beer looks clear like a normal German beer, blond and bright with a nice head.
S - Smell of hops and fresh herbs..
T - Refreshing and hints of sweet fruit, pleasantly sticking to your tongue.
F - It has the mouth feel you expect from a German beer and pleasantly mild carbonation.
O - This is definitely my pick for a hot summer day or night. Generally tastes like more and the bottle is empty before you know it. If you like German beer that you can knock back this is a really good choice.

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Photo of Spike
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Yellow/gold, highly carbonated, with a white, foamy head that lasts.

S: Grassy Hallertau hops. But very light. Nothing nasty.

T: Green grass. Mild bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, crisp. Some chewiness and a light, sweet finish.

O: Not bad. Not outstanding. Preferred to a Carlsberg or Heineken. Good back garden bbq lager.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - I cant deny that this is a near perfect looking pilsner. Pours a crystal clear light golden color with 3 fingers of Foamy white head, Carbonation is extremely lively and head retention is pretty great to, All around a beautiful beer in the glass!

Aroma - The nose is a light floral bouquet as far as hops are concered I dont get much in the way of leafy or earthy hops, this one definitely smells like that aroma you get when first walking into a florist. Malts seem to be your basic crackery pilsner malt aroma. This just smells all around like a basic german pils, nothing wrong with that,

Taste - Again the taste is pretty floral, followed by a light sweetness of what appears to be honey, The floral hops are fairly bitter and the sweetness really does a decent job at balancing that on the back end its crackery pilsner malts and that bitterness follows through in the aftertaste. Again not bad just not excellent.

Feel - Light bodied and spritzy this is definitely a summertime beer which is perfect for the style, the bitterness is fairly strong but nicely balanced, If not the best flavor mesh you can't argue that this isnt a well executed beer.

Overall - Not my favorite German pilsner flavor combonation and to be honest even the best of the style isn't my favorite kind of beer but with that said this is half decent when it comes down to it all things considered. The flavors have been well executed and produce a good relaxing refreshing summertime beer, Try it out, Cheers!

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Photo of doktorhops
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can’t believe I haven’t touched this one yet (review-wise) as I’ve drunk it at least a dozen times, in and out of Germany, anyway Bitburger (referring to the Pils, their most popular beer) is Germany’s no. 1 draft beer, and I can attest to seeing it at very nearly every pub I entered in Deutschland. Their main slogan “Bitte ein Bit” works both in English “Please a Bit” as a clever pun and German, which wins them my most coveted “bilingual gold star of pun goodygoodness-ness” and also puts them in decent stead as my “German Pilsner of this very evening award” which is awarded every night I drink a German Pilsner [Tuesdays mostly].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: Clear golden body with a nice 2 centimetre white head which loiters around for a while, as it should with a German macro Lager dammit, not much else to add - the lace is good in the glass - better than average looking macro then. 7/10.

S: Bready notes upfront, a bit of light honey as well, something vegetal and vomit-like to the aroma (not good, but nonetheless expected in a macro Lager). Overall the nose is clean, bready and dry - typical German Pils territory, and apart from that slight spew overtone nothing to worry about (smell the floor of your local pub if you need a sense of what I mean). 6/10.

T: Flavour is really mellow and bready with honey tones and a dry finish, quite a spot on German Pils - nothing out of the ordinary, in fact it’s pretty decent given this is a macro Lager. Hops present as a light lemon and a hint of medicinal herbs towards the finish but overall it’s a Helles dry affair here. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, slightly more viscous than expected, with a light carbonation. It all works well as a German Pils package - though I recall my previous German draft Bitburger experiences to be a bit more lively. 7/10.

D: Standard quality German Pilsners don’t get more standard quality than this - Bit is right up there with the König’s, Warsteiner’s and the Jever’s in the classic German Pils stakes. Though I will rate this as a close second to König - König beats it on aroma and price - Bitburger is still a decent enough brew to chug when you need a quick fix of the old GP, or if you’re in Germania and you don’t like the look of certain other beers on tap (I’m thinking about a certain Queen of beers*). 8/10.

Food match: The classic trinity of weißwurst mit senf und brezeln.

*Warsteiner’s slogan: “Eine Königin unter den Bieren” or “A Queen amongst beers”.

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. I understand it is a mass produced product, but compared to mass produced American beers it's so much better. It has a very distinct character to it i can only describe as minerally and it's very pleasant. For quite awhile this was my go to. Don't get me wrong its not amazing , but it's just a really well done example of mass produced, easy drinking and flavorful beer. Sadly not available where I live now.

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Photo of Squire123
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light yellow color with generous white head, fine bubbles and lacing.

Pale malt with touches of light bread, spicy hops.

Very balanced medium malt flavor with overriding hop sharpness.

Seamless texture with something bordering on subdued richness.

Very clean, crisp, refreshing beer, flawlessly made. Very popular in the country of origin where competition is stiff for the consumer dollar.

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Photo of danoneil77
4.84/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My hands-down go-to brew, when I can get a hold of it. For some reason, there are times when no stores have this in stock. My feeling is that there is a good reason for the shortage - this is what beer is supposed to taste like.

Crisp, light, and oh-so drinkable. The instructions on the can say to serve cool, not cold. This may only matter the purest purist. I enjoy this anytime and any temperature.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the keg, it pours golden with a large white head. A bit of floral in the nose. Some bitterness in the mouth, as a good pils should have. An old veteran I knew, post war Polish Labor Service (later Civil Support Group leader), Major P, swore by this beer. Prosit!

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