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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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear golden yellow, darker than most pilses I have been served, with a thick, fine-bubbled ivory head. Strong, malty aroma has an overtone of sweetish pear, almost like a cider. Crisp, malty flavor has a firm fruity note, mainly pear, and just a hint of hops. Smooth texture has good body and good fizz. Overall, a very good pilsner.

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Photo of Abel25
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Longtime favorite. My brother was stationed in Spicier-Efel and brought it to my attention in the 80's. For him, it was the local brew and they picked it up by the barrel for the weekend. Lucky bastard.

Grreat light tasting, drinkable beer. Thin head when poured, nice light white ring. Light yellow, wheat color.

Slight corn taste, but no one taste is overwhelming. Pairs with whatever you throw on a grill. I am going to have to visit there someday

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good smell out of the bottle. A little spritzy, but still light through the mouth.

Bright golden color. Good carbonation. No head, but I pour to avoid one.

Nice bottle, looks German and medieval/official, gold leaf, special bottle with raised lettering and with raised barrel logo on the neck.

Taste reminds me of Heineken, but not as skunky (i.e. still tastes good even if not near-freezing in temperature).

I like most German beer, but this was $8.99 for a box of six, which to me is on the spendy side. $8.99 for six (and these are 11.2 oz bottles) to me means it better be very good beer, and I think this beer is good, but not amazing. So, what I mean is, it's a little overpriced in my book for how good it is. The price is comparable to Leffe and Hofbräuhaus, but I think those beers are slightly better than this.

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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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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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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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