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Bitburger Brauerei

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Premium Pils

Note first the bright, fresh golden colour and rich frothy head so typical of this elegant Pilsner beer. Its refined herbal notes are delicately poised, followed by a nutty and honeyed aftertaste. The overall impression of this gently sparkling beer is one of deep harmony, with the unmistakeable bitterness of the hops balanced and contained by an agreeable, mellow sweetness in the body.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pure bright yellow with just a 1/4 inch of head that quickly turns to a lace ring.

S - Smells of mild lager yeast, mostly corn, and actually some hops.

T - Actually quite good far from being sweet or overly hoppy than other Pilsner's I do get some mild corn, sweet malts, and a hoppy finish. It's good in it's simplicity.

M - Light and crisp a nice beer.

Overall damn fine cheap german beer thats easy to chug. Much better than typical American swill.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer that my brother brought back from Germany – what he calls a “soccer beer.” I’m usually not up for anything that’s described as a “Premium Pils,” but I’m glad to have it.

And hey, it’s fresh! Canned just a month ago (“01.06.2012” stamped on the bottom of the can).

A: A fizzy-little-yellow-pils appearance, as expected. The head is pure white foam, and surprisingly sticky. Lots of bubbles throughout the pale yellow body.

S: Very faint lager yeast aromas are prevalent, showing a backbone of bread and pilsner crispness. There aren’t a ton of hops, only showing off a bit near the edges of the nose, but what’s there is lightly fruity. Finishes with a surprisingly American aroma of corn and blasé malt – a bit dull. On the whole, though, it’s a definite German experience (though a fairly average one, to be honest).

T: The corn malts take this palate by force, and, unfortunately, don’t let up. Upon first sip, it’s Budweiser with a little more complexity and a lot more hops; once I’m about halfway done, though, it lessens up thanks to the distracting power of the hops. After that, the crisp pilsner character that I was hoping for shows up: lightly bready (essentially cracker-like) malts, a palpable yeast chewiness, and a crisp, German-pilsner saltiness. It’s not top-shelf, but it hits the spot – especially from the can, as the hops are accented and other undesirables are diminished. Finishes with a clean, Noble-hop dryness, and a strong, lingering vegetal tone.

M: Very light, and definitely not as fizzy as it could have been. Thankfully, the texture reminds me more of traditional German styles rather than American macro-brews; it’s definitely not hiding behind excessive carbonation.

O: This is the beer I wish we had in the good ol’ USA whenever we went to a sporting event, a dive bar, or even just your standard family cookout – maybe then I wouldn’t hear so many people say “I don’t like beer” because the majority of what the country drinks is swill. Bitburger Premium Pils, while nowhere near a perfect pilsner, has a pleasant hop character and a general palate that’s not a challenge to put down; unfortunately, that’s more than you can say about anything Bud, Miller, or Coors puts out.

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3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Stella Artois stemmed glass, Pure withe head sitting over clear pale yellow liquid. Nose is grassy/hay-ish, slight floral hoppiness there too, not too shabby. Flavor is light bodied, crisp, bitter, clean...very quenching. The finish is a nice bitter note left on the palate after the swallow. Great session beer, great on a hot day like today. One of my top German Pils, very refreshing served on the chilly side.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz can

Appearance - Definitely that of a classic pilsner. Light, bubbly yellow with a thin film of froth at the surface. Opaque with a champagne-like appeal. nice lacing; a mouth watering beer.

Smell - That light, not quite skunky smell I've come to love in German pilsners. Faint hops and spice. A plant-like smell, perhaps sage of some sort.

Taste - A well built pilsner with a bit of a marijuana taste to it. Light spice and a well established body. A very satisfying taste. The aftertaste is lightly sweetened, leaving the delicious taste of plants, hops, and light malt in your mouth for quite some time.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Medium bodied. Powerful without being overly-aggressive. Natural tasting and refreshing for a summer night. A very nice consistency that does not taste watered down at all.

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4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bitburger pils from a 16.9oz can into an imperial pint glass. Best before 2/22/13.

Pours a brilliant straw gold color with an optimal two and a half fingers of white soapy foam. Nice solidarity to the head with a chunky volcanic effect on top that looks like meringue. Holds pretty well as the miniscus slowly makes its way closer to the sudsy surface.

Biscuity and dry with familiar aromas of spicy and grassy hops. A slight toasted grain effect can be sniffed. Bursts of breadiness are shed as the beer warms.

Crisp and spicy with a twangy hop note singing success. Some apple skin tartness is evident, but this is one bready pils. Sourdough, dead grass, faint pear, and light buttery character. Solidly bitter in the finish with a dry grain-y sustain. Not the driest of the dry, but still pretty damn dry.

Quaffable as the best of anything. Can't wait to enjoy the next one straight from the can. Unmovingly medium in body and carrying just enough carbonation to gulp without burping. Amazing feel.

Hot damn! So happy to score this 16.9oz can four-pack for $5.99. A ridiculous value beer with 'summertime' written all over it!

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a transparent straw color with moderately high carbonation. Two fingers rapidly disappearing head that is bleach white. Some lacing.

S: Husked grain, crackers, lemon, sulfur, grass. Fairly fragrant.

T: Light, toasty malt, again with the lemon and sulfur. Pretty damn bitter pilsner. Hops are medicinal and borderline astringent. Still, packs on more bitterness than a standard German Pils, which I like. Finishes very dry.

M: Pretty bubbly. Not quite setlzer like, but close.

O: Man, I used to hate this stuff. Thought it was way too bitter. Now I've learned to love it. My favorite German pilsner that I can easily find (thanks TJ's!)

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