Bitburger Premium Pils | Bitburger Brauerei

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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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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of rangerred
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle.

Pours a clear medium gold with a small fizzy head. Nothing spectacular.

Aroma is cooked vegetables along with some grain and a mild hop smell.

The flavor has a distinct biscuit taste along with grassyness that I attribute to the hops. The finish is very crisp and clean with moderate bitterness. Nice prickly carbonation. This has always been a favorite of mine. It is awesome on a hot day and tends to be priced pretty well.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome German Pils. I will say that it seems much fresher in other parts of the world. I drank a lot of this in Hong Kong an it had more of a fresh hop character and was certainly better than the bottles that I've had in the US. This is one of my favorite styles and I think that Bitburger is one of the best even though it is kinda run-of-the-mill. I really like that the hops come through so much in such a light beer.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of sim0n17
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Local generic Pils, but a good staple. Kind of the "Budweiser" of German Pils. It has an acquired after taste, but is not stale, bitter, or unfresh. Looks decent, a little dark/dingy for a Pils. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel okay in general, but quite nice on a warm summer's day - like many beers :-)
Overall, a 3.5 for "nostalgia" but does not travel well to the States having had it in a bottle back home. Have it on tap in Germany and it's good as gold - enjoy!!

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3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lot of talk around the site about favorite Pilsners, foreign and domestic, and Bitburger always seems to come into discussion. I've drunk this beer in the past, but never rated it up there with some of may favorites. Here goes a review.

I find it interesting that the US import bottle calls this a "Premium Beer," yet the German bottle is marked as a "Premium Pils." Maybe Bitburger doesn't think we understand "Pils?"

A -- Very pale, clear straw yellow -- just bordering on gold. Firm white head that holds up okay, but thins more quickly than I'd expect.

S -- Grainy, crackery malt up front with spicy hops balancing out. Some vague DMS with warmth. Maybe not as much hop character as I'd expect in a Pils of any origin.

T -- Good balance of spicy, bitter hops and bready, crackery malts.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft, yet crisp from carbonation, with a light body and dry finish.

O -- Okay, this is actually a pretty good rendition of the style. Not a bad drinker for the price, nice and clean flavors, more character than your average macro lager. And very nice at 4.8%.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitburger's a good value crisp Pilsner.
Bit's a go from the git with attractive packaging,the lean and mean 4 pack of 500ml cans,with a clear expiration date stamped on the bottoms are the starting point.
Cans in this case are better as the product inside stays fresher,and they are easier to handle.
Bit's well balanced,nicely carbonated,has a beautiful golden color with a generous head on pouring which lasts and leaves plenty of lacing.
This isn't a candidate for any top beer lists,but is appealing as a session beer,or for a change of pace from heavier issues.
Bitburger hits a sweet spot in being drinkable,affordable,and well made,not a knockout,but steady.

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at a pub in germany over spring break my senior year, it was the first beer that I ever got drunk off of, so I felt it deserved a review.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsener glass, a nice pilsner gold with a decent head.

Smell: Not much in the way of depth, a nice fresh crispness though, maybe a little hop aroma. I also get a nice malt scent as well, to give a little breadiness in the mix.

Taste: Much different than I remember, very sweet and very smooth. Not much flavor, but very pleasing none the less. The flavor that is there is very refined and well mixed.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and the sweetness lingers away after a little while revealing very little of anything else. Extremely light bodied, sort of just begs to be swilled down.

Overall: This is a nice pilsener, not as good as I remember but I didn't know anything about beer back then. I could see some college kids getting a hold of it and thinking they found the best beer in the world. I may not ever drink it again for the taste but I will for the memories.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can poured into a pilsner glass.
08.19.2011 on the can, no info.

A - Pale straw yellow in color and faintly hazy, Bitburger has a billowing but short-lived white head. Thick lace cakes the glass afterward.

S - Initial dry straw and hard graininess is swept to the side by soft water, light mineral notes, and sulfate. Pilsner malt is showcased while light spice attributes of the hops come out.

T - Crisp and clean, the sulfates in the water are forward with accents of noble hops and a faint pils malt backing. Fairly plain though.

M - Crisp and clean once again, the mouthfeel is light with a highly carbonated finish. A bit slick but also soft.

T - Refreshing and drinkable but very light and note at all too flavorful, this Pilsner makes a good brew to have a boot of at your local German bierstube.

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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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