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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Photo of jonb5
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Digitallama
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$9 for a 500ml 4-pack from KeyFood. 04.30.2012 date on the bottom of the cans.

Rare vos tumbler. Delicate white head grows like a soapy lather. Pale straw color with just a touch of haze.

Smell upfront is moderate leafy/minerally hops, dry grain & chalk.

Creamy, sourdough flavor. Mild to moderate earthy hops & aspirin.

Solid carbonation. Dry, bittergreen & iron-y finish. Crispy.

Not great, but a really easy beer to get familiar with.

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Photo of pBRale
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale gold pour with a thin, 1-finger white head that quickly fades and has no retention and very little lace.

Smell: Crisp an clean, some sweet malt. Very crisp, clean smelling beer. Quite appealing.

Taste: A bit of sweet malt at the fore, followed by a strong almost earthy of bitter taste that lingers to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin feel, medium carbonation and a crisp dry finish.

Overall: A decent pilsener from quality ingredients that shows in the quality of the smell and feel.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Tesco, reviewed at home:

Crystal clear, quite light yellowish-gold colour. The beer forms a pinky-sized bubbly head which goes fast.

Basic smelling pilsener, there is some light hops that is drowned out by the grain & biscuit aromas. The smell is quite sweet.

Straight away there is a taste of grain and an overall
sweetness that the nose suggested would be the case. There is some corn & biscuit along with some faint, spicy hops. The finish has a slightly bitter taste.

Light to medium bodied which is a bit thicker feeling than I would have imagined. It has medium carbonation levels and quite smooth throughout with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

This one wasn't a bad beer at all but to be honest I was expecting a little bit more from it, it seemed to be safety first & didn't differ to much to most other pilseners. Still a nice beer though.

Full review @

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Typical for a pilsner that I am used to, it is a haystack-yellow color with a crisp, bright, white head on top.

S: Very grainy on the nose, no hops at all, slight fruit and slightly skunky.

T: Tastes like it smells, very grainy and bread-like. It carries a very light earthy hop flavor on the backend.

M: It's carbonated on the low end, and a light body - almost a little thin. That could be the part of me that doesn't drink a lot of lager though.

D: Very drinkable, this is a beer that would be a go-to beer in a party situation for me.

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Photo of gopens44
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale effervescence in yellow beneath a stark white and frothy head with great lacing

S - Fresh and clean barley aroma like walking about in a brewhouse with just the perfect amount of hop sharpness hanging around

T - Hop bitterness at first followed quickly with a mild and pleasant malty backbone.

M -- Just a touch oily with a mild bitter aftertaste.

O -- Very pleasant and refreshing. Low ABV ensures a good time to tip back a few without getting sideways.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden color with a 1 finger foamy white head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Pale malt, grain, lemon zest, lime and some faint grassy hops.

T: A slight hop sourness upfront with some cracker-like malt, lemon, and some floral hop resin on the finish. There wasn't enough of a hit from the hops for me. It kind of just tasted like a slightly better bud light.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy and golden in color. Seeing specs of debris. Head is white an has badass retention. Tons of lacing. Not bad looking at all.

S - The nose is slightly metallic and grainy with just underlying floral hops character. Finish is somewhat sweet and clean.

T - Grainy mainly. Getting a bit of lemon and maybe some hay or grass. Very earthy. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is high. Lots of fine bubbles make for a champagne like body.

O - Slightly above average. Ill keep buy this at 3.99 for 4 pints. A good starter beer to get you ready for a night of amazing beer.

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Photo of kilustration
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice, head does not last very long.
Very clear yellow. Rising small bubbles that continue on forever.
Malty smell, a bit yeasty.
Taste is exceptional, clean and crisp.
Not much of a "wow" factor really, but just a great pilsner.
Would drink again.

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Photo of jbowers56
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a mini keg with my tap-a-draft unit to keep pressure.

Looks meager, to be fair. Head retention just isnt all that great. To be fair, you aren't left with a totally headless beer while drinking it.

Smell is not overly strong, but certainly gives you a fair idea of what you are about to drink. Plenty of biscuity malt there with some breadiness too. It's very cereal like, to be honest.

I think this is a very well put together beer, and I'd stand by that through thick and thin. Excellent malt base provides a great deal of flavour and substance. What little hop flavour there is simply adds a tiny lift to the overall feel whilst the bitterness is perfectly balanced to leave one with just a touch of malt towards the end. Never sweet not bitter, just balanced.

A little fuller than some other pilseners I have had. I like that, it goes well with the malty quality of this beer.

To be honest, I really like this beer. I have it pretty often and it's my go-to beer for when I can't be bothered dealing with hops. For $15 per mini keg you cant go wrong....

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Photo of Vashtar
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's nice and clear but it looks dull.
It smells like a typical beer, except there's no wheat scent.
The taste is very pleasant. Very drinkable.
It's really smooth and a bit thick.
I'd definitely buy a six pack for myself. I probably wouldn't use it as a party beer.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very light yellow in color and super clear. One finger bright white head that fades immediately and leaves almost no lacing to speak of. Some carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass.

S: Lots of grains, bread, biscuits. Very malty. Some honey. Very light citrus and floral notes.

T: Sweet honey upfront, then lots of maltiness. Grains & breads. Touch of lemon. A very slight citrusy bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied without being watery. Medium high carbonation. Crisp & refreshing.

O: I'm not much a fan of Pilseners, but this is ok for the style. A decent session beer. Maybe a gateway beer.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served ice cold and poured into a pint glass.

A) Golden in color, quite clear, with nearly two fingers worth of foaming bubbling head. The head dissipated rather quickly. There was a little bit of sticky lacing on the pint.

S) Pretty simple, but pleasing to this sense. Grain and light hop presence.

T) Enjoy the barley and hops. This is clean and refreshing, slightly bitter.

M) This is pretty light. It is smooth and crisp, with a fairly dry finish.

O) This is a decent pilsner, and it went down easy. If your looking to pound down some cold ones while cleaning out your garage, or doing some yard work, Bitburger will get the job done.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a bright, golden yellow colour, topped with a finger of puffy bone-white head that soon settles down to a thin cap and collar. Good amount of lacing on the sides. Smell is alright and pretty typical of the style; grainy barley malts and grassy hops.

Nothing complex here, but it hits most of the style notes that I like. Grainy cereal malt offers up a bit of sweetness, a little bready, some pepper/spicy notes with light, grassy/floral noble hops providing decent dryness in the finish. It lingers for a few seconds after swallowing; I must admit most of the German pilseners I've had recently didn't manage much of an aftertaste so this is appreciated. Light-bodied, mostly watery mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation for a pils. Thirst-quenching, crisp, and with enough flavour to keep it enjoyable for the whole glass.

Wasn't sure about this stuff with the first sip but it kinda grew on me. A solid German pilsener, likely one of the better ones I have had, certainly in recent months. Very drinkable and clean-tasting. Something I will consider getting again.

[Updated Nov. 2 2013]

I've been going back and re-reviewing a lot of beers I've tried previously, and I've been finding that I'm lowering more grades than I am raising. But that is not the case with Bitburger - this is a very respectable German pilsener that meets all of my expectations for the style. It is very easy to drink in large quantities, with a grassy, almost spicy noble hop profile that provides the finish with a pleasant bitterness. A fine lager; if you don't like this then either your expectations are absurdly high or you're just not a pilsener person.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+.

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Photo of drperm
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The price was right, and it's not owned by a multinational conglomerate, so I thought I'd give it a whirl in my most recent mix-6. Glad I did!
Sometimes, you just want a German pils, which may be another way of saying, sometimes you just want an unassuming lager. Bitburger fits the bill wonderfully. No gimmicks, no IBU boasts, no high-test headache inducements from ABV overload. Just Bier.
For a Saturday afternoon in late summer, this one's got quaffing written all over it.
Golden straw colour with a lovely white head.
Nose of fresh grass, crisp grain, and the faintest of wildflower meadows.
The taste is well-balanced between clean grains and noble hops, with a lovely bitter snap at the very end.
The mouthfeel cries out for Bratwurst or potato salad, or maybe even smoked fish.

For the price and the straightforward high-quality simplicity, this one's hard to beat.

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Photo of pijiu
2.26/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Champagne color, thin and dissipating head.

S- Light grain smell with hint of forest leaves. Not much to the bouquet here.

T- Very light palate. In fact, it drinks like a light beer. Sour note in the middle. Taste is not complex. Hops most notable flavor.

M- Very light thin and crispy mouthfeel.

O- Easy to drink, but not too much too it. Forgettable beer.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose classic lager, taste is also very traditional - quite watery with a touch of sour beers specific to that class and spreads the flavors slightly unpleasant - that prevents the beer to go further in the flavors offered. Just a bit of bitterness to raise a bit of malt but it's finally all.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured perfectly clear and honey colored with a small millimeter or so head that dissipated quickly.
It certainly has a distinctive smell for such a clear beer. It may look like an American lager, but it doesn’t smell like it. Those cheapo grains that all our breweries use are not present. It smells a bit like apples and spicy hops.
The taste is surprisingly more of the same, which is surprising since I wasn’t expecting the taste to in any way resemble apples, but it kind of does. It’s got some simple spicy hops in there, but not too much. It’s got a very clean grain flavour, nothing like an American lager. I’m thinking this is totally free of adjuncts. This is a good beer. I wasn’t expecting it to be, but it definitely was. Delicious, refreshing and easy and fun to drink. For a lager that looks so overly clean, it really surprised me.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a can at the LCBO. Light yellow, crisp and clear, poured a two finger fluffy white head, good retention with plenty of lacing. The smell is grainy with grassy hops. Notes of light fruit and bisuit. Taste follows the nose. A well balanced pilsener with a nice amount of bitterness on the back end. This brew is light bodied with decent carbonation. This was better than I expected and was refreshing after a long day in the sun.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. A nice patchwork of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grass, and white grapes/grape juice. Taste is of grain and grass flavors with some grape juice as well. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsener that I got on the cheap at Trader Joe's. Glad I picked one up.

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Photo of powellmg
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served @ 38F in a pilsner glass.

A clear, yellow beer with a thin, white head. Aroma is fresh hay with a bit of citrus. Taste is crisp and bitter with a slight alcohol warmth, and a lingering finish.

I find that Bitburger is much better out of a glass, for some reason; out of the bottle it can be ordinary.

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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
3.49 out of 5 based on 1,814 ratings.
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