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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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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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Photo of gautch726
3.27/5  rDev -6%
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 Jacobob10
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz can, dated 09.24.15, best before 09.23.16.

My quest to find beer that is both flavorful and economical has recently steered me towards German lagers, and Bitburger fits the bill perfectly.

Straw/pale gold color, bright and shining with brilliant clarity. A small, frothy white head sits on top with good retention, then dissipates somewhat quickly. The aroma is light all around, combining grainy malt with floral hops. Simple, mild and amicable. While the flavor is somewhat plain, what it lacks in strength and complexity it makes up for by being clean and pure. Ordinarily, that is the trademark of a great lager, but the flavors are a little too restrained here. Light bodied with soft carbonation and a slight bitter finish.

Not my favorite German Pils, but at $5.19 for a 4-pack of cans the value is right on. This is easy drinking to the max. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better accompaniment to sushi.

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Photo of matuto
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle (exp. 03/29/2016). Straw and very clear liquid. Foam recedes to a thin layer with small bubbles and a denser ring, leaving laces on glass. Fresh aroma from the grassy hops, showing on mouth a bit faintly. Light body, good bitterness. Presence of carbonation and alcohol are pretty well inserted. I would surely have it again, specially for its good price. Also, I think bottle version is much better than on can.

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Photo of Dravin
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.5 L can in to a Spaten lager glass. Bottled on date of 2015.06.29 with a best by date of 2016.06.28.

Look -- Pours a clear straw with two fingers of tight white head. The head settles down quickly and leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Bready and crackery malt, grassy hops.

Taste -- Same as the nose with a nice bracing bitterness and a mineral note. The flavors while certain pilsner are a bit thin.

Feel -- Decent carbonation but the body is a bit on the thin side. It comes across as water and that's in the context of a pilsner, I'm not comparing it to a DIPA. It is crisp and clean though.

Overall -- Thin and light is the name of the game. It's certainly no light AAL but I've had better Pilsners. I don't think I'll be picking up more but I certainly wouldn't turn down a free one and curiosity might get me to try it on tap to see if the shelf life is the issue.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

33cl bottle

Appearance: clear golden with medium/low carbonation. Builds a small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: lightly malty, crackers, a bit of floral hops. Grassy, maybe a little grapefruit at some point.

Taste: pretty hoppy, bitter grassy flavour, with slight floral notes.

Mouthfeel: light body and carbonation, but it's strong and crisp because of its taste. Nice aftertaste.

Overall: a good session beer, lacks carbonation and body, but the strong taste makes up for it.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a very light, clear gold, initially leaving a one-finger white head but soon thereafter it is gone without any trace whatsoever. on the nose, light malts of hay, cracker and some biscuit underlie a grassy and herbal hop presence. the flavor mostly matches the nose, but with more citrus (lemon, grapefruit) than expected. the finish tends toward bitter and slightly astringent. a little watery. the relative complexity compared to grass bombs is a plus, and it does not bother me greatly that some of the hop flavor comes from an extract, but this beer could potentially benefit from more body and/or creamier carbonation (which would also likely improve the appearance). should maybe consider doing a head to head with Warsteiner next time.

further servings have shown this beer to good effect. Even the appearance has improved with difference glassware and perhaps a slightly harder pour, leaving some lace and a lingering cap. a really enjoyable, long-term brew!

in consecutive-night testing, Bitburger handily beat out HP Munich Gold ( a perennial favorite of mine), though not the same style. Unfortunately for the HPMG, it could not muster enough maltiness or any other quality to distinguish it in a positive way. Pilsner Urquell also put in a good showing, particularly flavor-wise, but Bitburger still seems to have the edge as the golden lager all-rounder.

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Photo of puck1225
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear yellow pour from a can into a pint glass. Thin head and light lacing. Bready smell and taste. Clean, crisp feel and flavor. Not a bad beer but not exciting.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden, medium carb, poor head retention, solid lacing. Smell is adjuncts backed by noble hops. Drinks clean with slight hop bite at the end. Not bad but I prefer the American counterparts

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