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Bitburger Brauerei
German Pilsner
Ranked #495
Ranked #28,430
3.49 | pDev: 16.05%
Sunday at 10:37 PM
Oct 02, 2001
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Notes: Vollendeter hopfenbetonter Pilsgenuss kombiniert mit Leichtigkeit und Eleganz, dazu ein kristallklares, sonniges Strohgelb und ein anhaltender, feinporiger Schaum: Nur aus besten Rohstoffen nach deutschem Reinheitsgebot gebraut, überzeugt unser Bitburger Premium Pils nicht ohne Grund als das meistgezapfte Bier an deutschen Theken. Sein fassfrischer Geschmack macht unser Premium Bier so beliebt.

The perfected delight of pilsener with an accent of hops, combined with ease and elegance, and a crystal-clear, sunny straw-colour and long-lasting, fine head: brewed for almost two hundred years from the finest raw ingredients according to the German purity law, it's not for nothing that our Bitburger Premium Pils is the most popular draft beer in Germany. Its freshly-drawn flavour makes our Premium beer so well-loved.
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Rated: 4.41 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Sunday at 10:37 PM
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Reviewed by Helvoslup from Germany

5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
my favorite German Pilsener. Only Pilsner Urquell would make me think which one I should drink first.
Refreshing, pleasant, not too bitter, not too sweet, no metallic taste, not too heavy.
Hard to imagine that people who like Pilsener would be disappointed by this one.
Sep 30, 2022
Rated: 3.39 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bitburger Bitburger Brauerei

Pilsner German

A classic import Pils. Do not pass go if you have not had this for fans of Pilsner. Light, crisp, perfectly balanced spice and green hop with delicate grainy malt that makes it practically limitless in drink ability.
Sep 23, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by Eman17 from Illinois

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 4.11 by AndrewOC

Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by sickonine from Spain

Sep 07, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Looks as good as any other pilsner, with its two finger white head and its pale straw colour. Smell is mostly earthy hops, with a hint of pepper. A bit muted but all right. The taste begins with earthy and floral hops, the floral notes quickly fading but the earth lingering throughout, then a gentle pilsner malt, and a subtle toasted bread note. The earthy hops are really the backbone and defining feature of this beer, and they're quite good. It goes down easy, it's drinkable and refreshing, not amazing, and that's what you'd expect from one of the biggest macro-brewed beers in Germany. Overall a good German pils, quite a bit better than Warsteiner in my opinion. I can see why it's supposedly the most served draft beer in Germany. This sets the bar for the everyman's macro lager quite high.
Aug 29, 2022
Rated: 3.56 by Chris-547 from Michigan

Aug 07, 2022
Rated: 3 by ScooterBoy62 from Oklahoma

Aug 02, 2022
Rated: 3.38 by magine from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2022
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16.9 ounce can poured into a tulip glass. Canning info is a little confusing, but I think it's still well within date.

L---Crystal clear, bright yellow gold colr. Big, frothy head receded quickly to a cap and left beautiful lacing.

S---Mostly malty. Doughy/bread/cracker.

T---Cracker, light hops bitterness.

F---Crisp & clean like a proper pils. Well carbonated. Pleasing on a baking hot July day.

O---A nice one. Those Germans really do know what they're doing.
Jul 22, 2022
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Purchased from Purvis Beer in Melbourne, Australia, and drunk in July 2022.

Pours a very pretty golden, straw-coloured yellow. It's super clear with evident strong carbonation. The head lasts throughout the glass and leaves lacing on the way down.

On the nose, there are strong, bready/crackery malts with the lightest touch of floral hops.

The taste follows the nose fairly closely, with medium, floral bitterness mingling nicely with the malt body. This is very well put together. It's very clean and crisp. There's a dry snap at the end, aided by the carbonic prickling.

In the mouth, carbonation is strong, and the beer is prickly on the tongue and on the way down. For mine it's a little too carbonated. This beer would be drunk far quicker if it was the slightest bit milder on the carbonation. Perhaps that's a good thing...

Overall, this is very enjoyable pilsner. It would be great for drinking on a hot day, and would pair beautifully with light meat, cheese and bread. Sounds like a picnic beer to me!

Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by eluvah from New York

Jul 14, 2022
Rated: 3.79 by Zanico from Ohio

Jul 10, 2022
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Reviewed by odannyob from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Geez, this is a mighty tasty Pilsner, when ya just wanna a nice change of taste. It's pretty to pour and look at; it smells super clean; the taste is cool to the buds & has a nice little bite as an after-taste; a fresh feel and overall, it's just a mighty tasty Pilsner, if a Pilsner is what yas jones'n for. Prost.
Jul 07, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden color with a mild white head. SRM of 5. (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas of pale malts, cracker malts. Some hints of earthy Munich malt with a dry yeast.

Flavor: Mild flavors of pale malts, cracker malts. It follows with hints of earthy pale Munich malts and yeast. The yeast is dry with an earthy, crisp, and bitter finish.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strong carbonation. A yeasty mouthfeel and smooth finish. (4.25)

Compared to Paulaner Pils 7/6/22: Pours a slightly darker color, similar head. Milder aromas. More dry yeast and cracker. Less lemonflower hops, Munich and sweet biscuit malt flavors. More bitter, dry overall. Less flavor. Winner: Paulaner.

Compared to Weihenstephaner Pils 9/13/22: Pours a similar appearance. More German buttery biscuit malt. Less smooth pale and bread malt. Smoother and maltier with less yeast. Decently similar.

Overall: An average German pils here. Has the authentic earthy Munich yeasty flavors, but lacking on the hop and malt flavors. Nice carbonation for a full mouthfeel, I just wish it packed a little more flavor. It's dry, earthy, yet full-bodied. A good one. (Rating: 3.74)
*Would compare to a Czech pils given the diacetyl*
Jul 06, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 3.53 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Jun 23, 2022
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Rated by rybrumm1910

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pretty good for a pilsner and crisp.
Jun 22, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a 11.2 oz bottle at TW-Greenville, SC 6-8-22 for $2.79. Best before 6-14-22; consumed 6-14-22, just beat the deadline!

Beer poured clear golden with a smallish white head.

Nose is hints of crackers and noble hops.

Taste is spot on with a white cracker malt base that is hopped with a nice pepper leaving a nice cleansing bitterness with each sip.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp.

Overall a very nice representation of the style. Despite how old it is the brew held up well!
Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear golden colour with decent quick receding one-finger head, Elevated carbonation and bitterness on the finish to me. Light and crisp tasting. Aroma cerea perhaps, and a hint of apple. Somewhat sweet-tasting balanced with malts. Not tasting much beyond this. Okay overall.
Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by Beecham from California

Jun 09, 2022
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Reviewed by StephenLovett from California

3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a crystal clear golden color, with minimal carbonation and a modest white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

This beer has very little nose, nothing bad, just a mild malty smell with a hint of hops.

It tastes very lightly sweet, well balanced and very drinkable. While unremarkable in anything that would distinguish it, it's a really nice hot summer day, bbq beer. A slight sweet pilsner with the hops dialed back.

The lack of hops keep it from being true to style for a pilsner.

But on balance I'd be happy to be handed this at a party.
Jun 08, 2022
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Rated by flgimp from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap on Viking cruise
Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 3.82 by SFHbeerME from Maine

May 30, 2022
Rated: 3.31 by craigbelly from Iowa

May 21, 2022
Rated: 3.89 by raust from Texas

May 13, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 07, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Kulikov from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Look: nicely foaming clear gold, holds foam for a decent duration before leaving a coating of bubbles at the edge of the glass.

Smell: hops, muted and not much else.

Taste: pleasant hops with light citrus, very easy drinking, with little complexity. Tail end is subtle and easy going with more of the same notes.

Feel: decent texture for the style.

Overall: a comfortable after work beer. If you're just looking for a relaxing beverage and don't need a contemplative experience, this has plenty going for it, but ultimately I'd rather have a Pilsner Urquell for a cheaper and sightly better drink.
Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 2.17 by Spark420

Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 3.49 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Mar 15, 2022
Rated: 3.69 by beerjerk666 from Florida

Mar 07, 2022
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Rated by Sigmund from Norway

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bottle in Norway, and on tap in Germany. One of the better German Pilseners..........................................
Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
After pouring a pint plus .9 ounce can into a clear glass liter mug, it's discovered how pale this is. Well carbonated, it's among the most translucent beers you can find. It keeps a modest head alive by virtue of the copious carbonation; but for looks. It's almost clear and colorless. The smell is just like most European lagers, underwhelming and balanced between malts and hops. It's actually quite poundable, with just enough malt and dry hop inclusions to taste, within a not so bad malt medium. Its body is OK. Not great by any measure, it certainly supercedes almost every American adjunct brews out there. Don't hate on this one, as it is what it is and then some. It's one of the better mass produced beers you'll find.
Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by mnchrme

4.37/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This is a very drinkable beer for a decent price. Recently bought a quantity in Deutschland, fresh so it’s my company during nights for some time.

One could argue it is not the best of beers… sure but each beer has its purpose. This one works very well as a session beer. After a long weeks work… I like to do some BBQ and chill out with good, ice cold beer. Bitburger Premium Pils delivered just that. I was pleasantly surprised that in a session it does not get heavy after 4-5 beers. It’s quite crisp.

Color is quite “light” and golden… transparent with very mild carbonation. Pleasant for the eyes. I like that.

Feels wise I think this delivers a completely different experience than let’s say mexican or asian beer styles. It also delivered a different feeling overall from czech beer production. To me it seems that Bitburger provides a highly optimized balance between strenght and drinkability… it’s so smooth. Great tail. I feel hints of fresh lime and lemon, almost tropical fruit vibes but with a gentle touch of acid to them. The feeling could be placed in a category of west coast IPA styles.

Variety of realms of taste that play out in this beer are 5/5.

I have to admit that after Becks Unfiltered, Becks normal and Jever this beer really stood out on its own. It is not my favorite mass production beer combo like an ice cold Corona Extra with a touch of lime or Becks Gold in the same setup but I will gladly go back for a month session with Bitburger!
Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by JMScowcroft from Vermont

Jan 29, 2022
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