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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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of Theheroguy
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very Bright noble hops up front. Smells like malty goodness. Oh wow is this a delicious beer. Previously I wasn't so impressed but I was wrong. This pils has a ton of flavor and goes down easy. So nourishing and refreshing. Head retention isn't so good but whatever you're supposed to drink to this fast anyway. This is an all around great pils.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is not the best, though as expected for a lager.

Smell is clean, crisp, refreshing and hoppy.

Liking the bitterness and hoppiness. Fairly flavour with nice after-taste, everything works well together. Gutsy, hard hitting flavour. Quite like it actually. Has a very natural, organic taste also. Nice fizzy bitterness in the mouthfeel...

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Photo of sooner961
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of TheBrk
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of moose1980
4.56/5  rDev +31.8%
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 MiguelMandingo
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought this over the other night, and I thought it was pretty good. Pilseners are not my favorite style, but I liked this one better than most. Thanks Jesse.

Poured a (I am assuming) 16oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance - It is a straw yellow color that is completely transparent. It produced a solid 2 finger head that dissipated to a thin halo around the perimeter of the glass.

Smell - It had that pilsener malt scent - very crackery. It also had notes of hay, grass, and floral hops.

Taste - It tasted very similar to the way it smelled. It was crackery, hay and grass like, with a flowery hop flavor. Very crisp. There is a lemon flavor that is very pronounced as well, but mostly absent in the scent. Has a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - It is definitely light bodied. It has a watery mouthfeel, it is just about as easy to drink as sparkling water. The carbonation died very quickly, which left much to be desired.

Drinkability - This was a really easy drinking beer, and easily sessionable at 4.8 ABV. I normally desire something with more punch as far as beer is concerned, but this would make a fantastic lawnmower beer, or a great beer on a hot day outside.

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Photo of kgotcher
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml can.

SLightly hazy straw color with white foamy head and strong carbonation.

Aroma is fairly typical, noble hops, very clean and light cracker maltyness with a hint of fruit and grain.

Moutfeel is light, very carbonated with a tart dry finish. Bit overcabonated for me.

Taste is grainy and hoppy, lacking a bit in smoothness and with only a hint of maltyness it leaves me wanting more.

Overall a typical german pilsner, much better than the BMC trio have done. Nice overall in both color and taste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very enjoyable light tasting german pilsner. Not heavy at all. A great afternoon or evening brew when you are being involved with athletic activities on the weekend and don't want to be weighed down with a heavy german lager. (Leisure athletic activities with friends of course, bocce, horseshoes, etc ). Goes with most BBQ foods like an North American pilsner would, U.S. or mexican. Just wish they could market it at a lower cost in the U.S. of A. So I could share the love.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great German lager but if compared to a Czech Pilsner it would be lacking some flavor. Nice golden color, somewhat flavorful, well balanced, and has a crisp finish with touch of hop bite. I have a hard time limiting myself to just couple of these. I have had this in a mini-keg also with good results. Try a bit of the Bit and you will not be let down.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Finite
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 Inch or more head, i had to let it sit before adding the rest. Stunning carbonization which went to the end, thick bubbles. Looks as sexy as a pilsner can look. The head maybe leaving a tad to quick. Pale, straw, golden. Nice.

Smells of floral hops not overly spicy, with a quiet bread-like malt. Hint of bitterness in the smell.

Strange moutfeel for this style. It was very smooth for a pilsner, could afford to be a tad more bitey on the tongue and down the throat. As it goes down its coarse on the tongue, a good amount but this tended to contradict itself from the smooth moutfeel. A very faint floral hop, lingering in the background with just the floral hops only very very faint. Leaves a bitter aftertaste all over the tongue which I though was well balanced and great longevity which is always nice.

Overall a great appearance. But contradicted itself with the smoothness of the moutfeel.

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Photo of Jstarr2517
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MNJR
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, crisp, refreshing, no heavy or off flavors. An all around winner in the Pilsener category. Better than many other Pilseners I've had (including Urquell). Clear, golden color, lemony, slightly spicy in the nose. Has a bit of a bite to it from the nice, sharp carbonation and spicy finish. Clean and very drinkable. I always remember enjoying this one. I've easily bought this 20 times over the years, but I rarely pick it up at the store because it's kind of hard to find. Whenever I bring it home and crack one open I am not disappointed.

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Photo of Chickenshack
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfreeze
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jimdkc
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking pilsener: Pale, crystal-clear gold color with a medium bright white head and fine carbonation streams racing for the surface. Smell is mild, mostly malty. Taste is grainy malt, not very hoppy, with a clean, dry finish. Nice mouthfeel, very drinkable. Most macro drinkers would probably not mind drinking this, even though it's more flavorful and a better made beer!

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Photo of evanackerman
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

nice pilsner, i'm surprised at the poor reviews, judged within style this beer is very good.

nice pale golden color, aroma of freshly cut hay.

taste is beautifully balanced between bitter hops and bready malt.

mouthfeel is a bit thin but standard for pilsners.

drinkability is very high, this would be fantastic on a hot day.

a very nice beer for the style, very refreshing and tasty, i will buy this again.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 500-ml can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - nice yellow colour, with decent head and some lace. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - straightforward barley-hop aromas.

Taste - very clean taste with just a slightly bitter element in the middle. The end is very interesting as the taste just sort of goes away as a dry beer would do but it leaves your mouth...wet.

Mouthfeel - I actually really enjoy the balance of this beer. Not a tonne of taste but smooth.

Drinkability - this stuff would go down in quantity. I'll seek it again.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of priwen
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light straw. Good carbonation. Decent head that goes away rather quickly.

Smell: Light malt, light hops, and just the slightest hint of skunkiness.

Taste: Malt with a nice touch of bitterness from the hops on the finish. There is a flavor there that I can't quite place, but I find it rather appealing. Nothing off-putting.

Mouthfeel: Clean. Crisp. On the light side of medium bodied.

Overall: An enjoyable beer that is perfect for warmer temperatures. One that I would definitely buy again.

11.2 oz bottle
Best Before: 3/17/15
Served in a Pilsner Glass

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Photo of jandadeboer
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Dougology
1.75/5  rDev -49.4%

The Budweiser of Germany..

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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 1,846 ratings
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