Bitburger Premium Pils | Bitburger Brauerei

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

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Reviews: 802 | Ratings: 1,779
Photo of eggmaggi
5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great price; clear taste of hops, refreshing, no adjuncts, refreshing, lower ABV - so it's sessionable, slightly lower carbs, available in cans- Nothing beats this beer on a long day

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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 BeerGlassesCollector
4.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best lagers in the world with no doubt in my opinion (the other one is Leffe Blonde)!!!. It has a beautiful gold appearance and it is served in a beautiful BITburger glass. Refreshing taste and perfect smell. This German Lager is simply REAL BEER. Keep up the good work at BITburger!!!

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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 DJSteadman
4.83/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time i discovered this beer was in Hamburg and i was very skeptical at first as i was only 18 and i had never had a beer with the now familiar pilsner taste. I drank this beer every day the three weeks i was there and after the first week I had fallen in love with its golden color and i could drink it for nights on end. Drinking this beer in america is much different because, coming from the midwest, it is usually very old and kind of has a stale taste. Even with this though this beer is still amazing and i would drink this beer every single day if given the chance. It is hard to find in the liquor stores but when i can get ahold of it, it always makes things that much better especially during finals weeks. This beer is by far my favorite beer and the best beer i have ever tasted thus far.

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Photo of nortmand
4.77/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint can, light amber golden body with a white head, leaving a nice lace.

Aromas of caramel graininess mingle with a solid noble hoppiness.

Sweet grains up front, followed by a smooth balance of malt sweetness and bitterness on the back of the tongue. LEaves a clean, assertive bitterness.

Very nice pils, probably the best German pils I've had. Easy drinking and very cheap, but still a flavorful, high quality beverage.

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Photo of Geiseman
4.76/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best session beers from anywhere, the amount of bite is perfect.
Crisp and clean, an excellent choice with or without food
Bitburger is so well balanced they can go down quickly, sometimes too quickly.
I have a long lists of favorites with a couple of picks per style and this is one of my top 2 in German Pilsners.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.74/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This a great tasting beer. Real subliminal taste to it. Bitburger is way better then most lagers out there even Germany lagers.

Appearance : e yellow with lots of carbonation.

Smell : some grains e with a noble hoppys.

taste : It is verry well balanced . It has an evanescent taste to it The weight of the beer is ideal; not ludicrously heavy, not too light. Linger noble hops to it.

Overall : Drinkability is astronomically high. Meaning very session able beer. I would buy this beer again. One of the good find for the year

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Photo of yen157
4.73/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden-yellow beer with a head that started out big and white, but quickly diminished leaving a fine lace on both the surface as well as the glass. Smelled grainy with some spicy hops and a very, very faint trace of pale malt. It tasted exactly the way it smelled. Very clean tasting, too. Not as bitter as Jever, but more balanced. Very dry finish. Some astringency tightened up the back of my throat.

The best German pils I've had.

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Photo of Premo88
4.71/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

serving: 500 ml (pint 0.9 oz) can ... bit of a "tall boy" poured into a glass mug

A: golden ... a perfect pilsner color with a great head that sticks hard; perhaps lighter yellow than golden but awesome.

S: huge biscuit sweet bread malt and loads of grass

T: could drink this beer everyday and never get tired of the perfect mix of green/bitter hops and light sweet malt.

F: lightweight but full of carbonation.

O: as underrated a brew as any you can name. it's full of good barley taste and stings your tongue with those wonderfuly spicy noble hops. and this one doesn't dry me out like other pilseners, making virtually a perfect German version. LOVE IT!

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.66/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | 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 Thrasher
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fantastic beer and one of the best pilsners in the world, if not the best. Clear pale gold with large poufy head that leaves lace. Delicate aroma of spicy hops. A supremely appetizing beer. It is delicate but not weak, light but not insipid. The epitome of balance. If you don't like this beer then you don't like beer. I'm actually surprised that this beer isn't better reviewed; I guess most users on this site prefer bigger beers. Well this beer may be light but it is not bland. If you're still in doubt, pick up a fresh six of this and discover why pilsner is the most popular style of beer in the world.

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Photo of Amalak
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at a new bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called The Richardson (on corner of Richardson and Graham). Off the tap it had a gorgeous pale yellow color. Nice grainy/hoppy scent to it.

It had a semi-sweet taste with a classic Pilsner bitterness to it. This beer is quite carbonated and very refreshing. To be honest the mix of bitter and sweet makes this one of my favorite Pilsners. Excellent beer.

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Photo of RollTide05
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome German Pils. I will say that it seems much fresher in other parts of the world. I drank a lot of this in Hong Kong an it had more of a fresh hop character and was certainly better than the bottles that I've had in the US. This is one of my favorite styles and I think that Bitburger is one of the best even though it is kinda run-of-the-mill. I really like that the hops come through so much in such a light beer.

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Photo of stewart124
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to see this in a can since I have only had it in the bottle previously. 16.9 fl. oz.

Pours a straw golden color with a rocky white head. Leaves a pretty lace around the glass.

Smells of grassy/floral hops with a slight malty aroma.

The taste is wonderful! It is really a great malty profile with a great bitterness and clean finish. The malt background is beautiful. Continental pilsner malt at its best. This is hoppy but just enough to balance the malts. Something spicy, maybe saaz here. Great mouth feel with a lingering sharp/clean bitterness.

Very easy to drink and I would encourage anyone that has had this in a bottle to try it against the can. It must handle the westward journey better in this 16.9oz can.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.6/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear pale yellow with ample carbonation and a stark white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving nice lacing.

Nose is full of crisp grainy flavors with a kiss of euro hoppage.

Taste is, simply put, exactly what i want in a german pilsner. Great, crisp, grain bill perfectly balanced by minimal euro hoppage.

Mouthfeel is nice and light with ample carbonation and crisp dryness.

Drinkability is downright as good as it gets. I can drink about 12 of these things without breaking a sweat on a boat in 20 foot seas during a bout of food poisoning while lifting weights and studying for an exam and simultaneously swashbuckling with hoardes of mud goblins riding on the backs of man eating swans with my eyes closed.

Overall, IMO, the finest mass produced pilsner of any kind on the market. It's rare to find a beer of this quality within its given style that is so incredibly available. A fine beer, and one that will definitely be nearly everpresent in my refrigerator. The perfect lawnmower/anytime beer.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.6/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This stuff's damn good. Smells really good and pours a nice pale golden colour with usual thin pilsner style head. I like the taste and could easily drink a bunch of these. Its smooth with a slight taste of malt maybe? and a little bitterness. A relatively dry beer. Not too much aftertaste.

I'll drink it again

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Photo of delcobrewzzz
4.59/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply phenomenal old school 'session' brew....blows away any American Adjunct swill. Really.

Refreshing.....slakes your thirst...pleases the tastebuds.

$18 a 12-pack in PA...despite the style difference, reminds me of a less 'bitter' (in a good way) Lord Chesterfield. Or should I say, a sweeter one? Either way, it's the best of both worlds. Time to mow the lawn!

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Photo of Jhandy
4.57/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got to enjoy and love this beer in Mainz, Germany on vacation. This was the beer of choice on tap at my hotel bar and after getting used to the first which was a hoppier and slightly more bitter(but in a wonderful way) beer then I was used to fell in love with it and drank it almost exclusively. Two weeks on a Bitburger beer diet and I had a hard time adjusting to anything else.

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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 RochefortChris
4.51/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clarity with light straw color and long lasting fluffy white head.

Getting a lot of German nobles hops in the nose, pils malt very noticeable with hints of DMS but is appropriate for the style.

Nice crisp, dry taste with a nice balance of noble hops and pils malt, small hints of DMS

Feel could be slightly more carbonated, still has good crispness to it, pleasant bitter aftertaste

A fine, fresh example of a German pilsner, a beer I would down a sixer of on a hot summer day.

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

Outstanding. Simply outstanding.

It tastes just as you'd expect a good German beer to taste. It’s not molasses-ale thick, cause it’s a beer, not an ale. It’s not orange, or brown, or black, cause it’s a beer, not a stout.

Hops are spicy and flavorful, not just generically bitter. They’re well balanced against the body of the beer - its flavor profile, which is delicious. The weight of the beer is ideal; not ludicrously heavy, not too light. Everything is so well balanced, so tasty, so delicious, that you feel that it’s all just ideally right. Just right, and nothing else. And, the pleasure doesn’t fade as you drink. This is a superb beer.

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

This beer poured a very pale golden yellow color with a large foamy head and plenty of carbonation. A definite beer of quality here. Pleasing grassy aroma along with some graininess. This beer has just about everything I need in a Pils. Very drinkable with a clean finish. Excellent.

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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 lhommedieu
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm planning on cloning a Tannenzaepfle pils this spring and was looking through "Brewing Classic Styles" for some ideas on German pilsners. Jamil Zainasheff has been brewing a Bitburger clone for several years that he calls "Myburger." After trying it I can see the appeal.

Less is more. This is the beer that you drink with a grilled hot dog, mustard, and bun, potato chips, dill pickle, and cole slaw. Add a baseball game on the tube and you're set for the afternoon. Although its the perfect summer time quaffing beer, it would also go well with German foods in fall or spring. Pair it with grilled wurst, mashed potatoes, and sour kraut, or Hasenpfeffer with semolina dumplings, and a side of caramelized carrots or Brussels sprouts, for example.

Clear, pale straw color, excellent, though subdued nose. Taste is a great balance of pale malt and noble hops, with a fine, dry finish. The right carbonation gives this a nice bite but the malt and hops shine through, and again, that dry finish at the end is perfect.

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