Bitburger Premium Pils | Bitburger Brauerei

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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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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw yellow that is crystal clear. Lots of carbonation with a big, soapy head. Has a sweet, grainy smell that is slightly soapy. Grassy, grainy, light taste that is very crisp. The hop bite is nice that bites in the end. German pilsners are simply better than the big American companies, however, this one is not as good as other German Pilsners.

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Photo of neil104
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Backer2004
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing really impressed me about this pilsner, especially since one of the last one I had to reference was victory prima Pils, which by the way was excellent. Too straw color and too bitter for the style. Avergae carbonation, no lacing. Reminds me of a standard Euro lager than anything else. Still wouldn't be too bad after a hot day.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a pale golden colored brew. It holds a brief one finger head of big white bubbles. This boils down to a mere film across the head, with only specks of lacing to be seen. Carbonation is active, and no haze or sediment is noted. The nose is sickly with adjuncty grain. White baking flour is huge, with grassy and yeasty bites here and there. Very dry. A faint fruity sweetness comes on the way back, while an equally as distant juicy hop bitterness comes in for balance. Our first impression is that it is not as bitter as we were expecting. As we sip, pale and adjuncty grain hits first. Here the grain does give a thick metallic bite and bitterness, but this fades throughout the progression of the sip. White sugar adds a balance, and an additional lemon bitterness helps keep it on the fresher side. The middle peaks with grassy hop bitterness, acting synergistically with the dirty grain to deliver a puckering punch to the palate. The finish is creamy and metallic. The hops are gone by now, but the bittering grain persists in lesser quantities and strength. The aftertaste shares that same bitter quality, along with stone and mineral, baker’s yeast, flour, and thick adjuncty grain. The body is lighter to medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is puckered and left with bone dry astringency. Each sip carries nice froth and slurp, with a clean finishing pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer goes down easily.

Overall, what we like best about this one was the drinkability. The flavoring never became overwhelmingly bitter, and actually loosens up quite a bit by the end of the sip, allowing for a cleaner, fresher finish. The nose seemed overly adjuncty, and was not entirely inviting, but we were happily surprised once we dug into the flavoring.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of diablo14
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not especially exciting brew the ol' bitburger, but having said that, you can sure put em away without noticing youve just had 6 or 12. for a 'boring' lager, at least you can tell its been well made. that makes a mammoth difference to any beer, and bitburger is no exception.

being made with local spring water, youd expect this to be light, clean and refreshing, and it is. light golden almost yellow color with foamy vivid white head that usually has staying power if poured correctly. plenty of bubble action fires up the sides of the glass. nothing too complex in smell or taste. nose has a tinge of malts, floral hops and straw like notes. flavor has subtle malts, again with some straw along with lemon zest. crisp hop bitterness that lingers on the palate and goes well alongside the carbonation. light bodied and very easy to drink.

a top beer to drink with food or if youre in for a long night of watching sport or partying, bitburger will satisfy any thirst. there are more complex tasting lagers around, but few refresh like this one. a rung or two below the very best but still holds its own.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz. glass at the Oktoberfest on the Minneapolis Riverfront. Sipped on it while listening to a polka band do their thing :D

A-Clear deep golden brew. Pretty much no head on arrival, just sparse bubbles. Bubbles rising from the carbonation did not stick around for long, so this lack of head seemed partly due to low retention, and not just a bad pour.

S-Perfumy hops with a sense of a very crisp malt underneath. Still, rather too thin.

T-Herbal and perfumy hoppiness joins a grainy smooth German-tasting maltiness. Dry overall maltiness, finishing dry and perfumy.

M-Higher carbonation is borderline harsh, but still rather appropriate. Body is medium-lightish, very easy.

D-Quite drinkable, largely attributable to its smooth, easy body. Also, the ambiance of drinking this beer while listening to straigt-up polka music surely helped put me in the German beer mood.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle featuring a white and gold label.

A: Pale gold champagne in color. Thick, dense head like beaten egg whites. Leaving chunky lacing.

S: Bitter smelling. Some skunkiness. Sour. Later gives way to some slight citrus tones and some sweetness. Overall smell is still rather subtle.

T: Begins sweet, almost like a weak honey. Gives way into some floral tastes before evolving into a clean spicy flavor. Then comes a sourness on the sides of the tongue. After that, the flavor seems to turn to a buttery or creamy presence before finishing with a bite of bitter that lingers long into the aftertaste.

M: Slick and coating. Carbonation is so small that you get a bit of it initially, but then it goes away.

D: Goes down easy, but the sourness seems to compound as the glass is finished and that doesn't settle as well as it initially seemed to.

Overall: Clean and quenching. Nice balance and evolution of flavor. Isn't anything that I'd shy away from, but just doesn't leave its mark.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Momon
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of der_meister
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jimbotrost
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can from LCBO in Sarnia, Ontario. Purchased 10/4 reviewed 11/04. medium bright gold pour with a small white head and light carbonation ( low for style). Nose reveals some malt, very light, and some neutral yeastiness. Flavor starts crisp and malty and then hops come into play. Slightly syrupy in tail end of the flavor and into the finish. May have been old at time of purchase.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gautch726
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a yellow gold with a light, white head as a Pils should. Smells a bit acrid. Not a pleasant first impression. The taste is relatively sweet at the start, very floral, but gives way to a bitter aftertaste that once again isn't as nice as it could be. Mouthfeel is light and the beer goes down easy. Overall, an inexpensive pils that'll do in a pinch, but otherwise there are better options.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very staightforward, yet solid, pilsner. It’s light-to-medium yellow in colour, with a good amount of carbonation and a floral hops nose. The best thing about this beer is what’s missing: no skunk, no weird adjuncty flavors... just light malt, slightly bitter hops, and a clean finish. Simple and satisfying.

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Photo of scottoale
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle with fancy foiled labels (3), a bottling code on back label: LK 1319. It pours a bright yellow-gold with great clarity. It has a 1/2" white foamy, short lasting head and good carbonation is evident.

The smell is pale malts and light hoppiness, a little sweet and very grainy. It smell's a bit pissy, if you will.

A well balanced pale malt intro, short lasting to a bitter hop finish, crisp and clean. Nothing really fancy here, but quite refreshing. Low alcohol isn't noticable, the body is light to medium. No challenge, just easy drinking straight forward pils, simple.

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Photo of bubrewer
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer at noon on a Sunday, so maybe it was the first one they pulled today. I don't know for sure how long the draught lines are in this place, but I think they are direct draw rather than pulling from all the way back in the walk-in.

This beer is pale straw, about the same color and clarity as a common BMC. Aroma is a bit grassy - it really does not invite me to take that first sip, but I do anyway.

First sip is up front bitter, but not a clean, bright bitterness. This is more muddled and thuggish. There is a soapy charachter there that is not very pleasant.

Through this slow pint, things improved. The grassiness in the aroma faded to..well, nothing much, and the bitterness seemed less offensive. By the end of the pint, I was happy with it, but it took a while to grow on me.

Mouthfeel and body were both light and crisp. Not much sweetness - that might have helped with the rough bitterness.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, almost transparent straw color. White head dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of hops and grass, faint hints of citrus. Not much going on here.

Tastes of malt and hops, a little sweet, and a hint of bitter hops finish. Not much after taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and light, with some carbonation. A dry finish.

Certainly an easy drinking Pils. A good example of this style.

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Photo of MattyV
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden yellow colour with a 1 finger white head that shows decent lacing and retention. Weak aroma of sweet grains, mineral, and some grassiness, not much overall. A lightly bready malt backbone with lots of grainy sweetness and a surprising snappy, slightly peppery bitter finish. Light and prickly, effervescent body. Crisp and refreshing pils, could do a fair bit worse in terms of imported options.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a pale straw color, white head you'd expect to find with the style, nothing more than that. The smell is a mix between pilsener and adjunct lager, one I like...and one I don't. This leans towards the unfavorable side. Everything thing else meets expectation but does not exceed it. This is a simple easy drinking pilsener, but it's incredibly underwhelming in regards to setting itself apart from any macro on the market. I can drink it, but it really wouldn't be a top choice.

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Photo of GannicusKiller
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BranfordBound
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoppySeb
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of TheBrk
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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