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 Poormon79
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear beer. very nice smell. almost kinda flowery. leaves vitualy no lacing. head disapears very fast. taste is very nice. typical pilsner taste. somewhat kind of fruity, cant quite put my finger on it. al around very nice beer. only downside was it was some what pricey at $9 a sixer

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Medium golden coloured brew, with about 2 inches of foamy head. Decent retention, some lacing. Took quite some time before all evidence of a head disappeared.

Light malts, floral hops, apple and pear to the nose.

A good, easy-drinking pilsner. Bready up front, with the hops taking a floral character before leaving with a crisp bitterness. Nothing too exciting, but it's certainly quite drinkable.

Light, spritzy carbonation. A little bit under-carbonated, actually, but the body is a bit heavier than most run-of-the-mill pilsners.

Cheap, well-made, goes down well. Not the greatest pilsner out there, but it's still a good patio drinking beer; it's mouthfeel is conducive for sessions.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, hazy golden color with a creamy, white head.

Sweet-tart candyish malt nose with floral hops. Pretty nice overall.

Crisp, balanced flavor with a lemony backdrop. This is a refreshing pils, nothing too crazy going on, good with food, and better than I expected.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a crystal clear fizzy yellow color with a thin white head that holds some decent retention but nothing great with almost no lacing on the glass. Not the greatest looking pils I've ever seen.

S= I can smell it from a ways away that's for sure. The smell is a grainy one for sure. A little sweet in the smell real typical of german pils with a small hop aroma but not much.

T= Taste is just like the smell. A light grainy taste with a little sweet malts in it. Nothing too great. A little bit of a hop bite. Nice hop taste but little bite to it. The finish is a little bitter but nothing over the top.

M= A little too light on carbonation for the style. Super clean and crisp.

D= Not bad at all. Tastes like a German pils to me. Basic and good. Nothing crazy and definitally sessionable.

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Photo of ludachris
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden straw hue that is slightly hazed with one finger of quickly dissipating white head that still leaves a decent amount of patchy lace.

Fresh grass, a light fruitiness, yeast, and biscuit are what make up the nose. Somewhat subdued and nothing outside of the box.

Grassy and floral hops are more upfront and assertive in the taste and are paired with a light fruity character that makes its way towards the back where it is lost to biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is light and snappy with a good, refreshing pilsner quality. An easy drinker but not all that flavourful.

This seemed like the German pilsner at its most basic level. It has everything you look for in the style (fruity, hoppy, clean, and balanced), but it doesn't make you think you're drinking an exceptional pilsner. It's good for something simple, relatively cheap, and for drinker on a hot day, but I can think of better pilsners readily available to me that would do the same job.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Upon pouring into the glass, there is a white half finger head that rises above a complete translucent, straw colored body. The head fades to a small ring with trace amounts of retention scattered in between. Occasional carbonation strands trickle up to the top of the beer.

S - Not a whole lot of uniqueness here. The skunk smell is present but nearly as pronounced as other Euro beers. A faint citrus like sweetness is also present but is not overwhelming either. Overall the nose is rather dull aside from the characteristics mentioned above.

T - Taste doesn't differ much from the smell. A slight skunkiness is present but nothing that is too hard to handle. The citrus notes are also present but are too faint. Hops are hardly noticeable and really leave you wanting a little more.

M - Light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Light amount of skunkiness as the beer enters but nothing too overbearing. An ample amount of carbonation arrives to cleanse the palate and before being followed by the citrus sweetness and faint hop profile. Finish is clean and crisp.

D - Not the most taste fulfilling beer I have had, but definitely a beer that I could enjoy on a hot summer day or once in a while from time to time.

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Photo of GoApps
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff.
Pours clear and gold with a foamy white head.
Lovely nose, spicy and floral. Really inviting.
Nice on palate. A solid bitter bite at end to accentuate dry finish. Something about the body is really enjoyable. Lean but not watery at all.
Well done beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.84/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bitburger Premium pils has a super clear, pale, golden body. The massive head is bone white and is really rocky and thick. I could actually take the foam and set it down on something and it would still hold its shape because it's basically a solid object. Great retention, pretty good lacing.

As soon as I crack the can I get a whiff of the beer. Mostly just a bland, grainy aroma. There is something off about the smell too, but I can't put my finger on it; it isn't a good thing whatever it is.

This beer doesn't really taste bad, but it doesn't taste like much either. A hint of pale malt is once again there with a light grainy flavor. That weird off flavor pops up in the taste too, but it isn't as strong. The finish actually has a good dash of grassy noble hops too.

The body is actually a little bit creamier than Most pilsners I've come across, but it's still pretty light.

I bought this Bitburger because I wanted a pilsner and this one was in a can. There isn't anything wrong with it, but I found myself not really wanting to finish it. I probably won't buy this one again.

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Photo of WeimtimeBier
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a finger thick pillow head that dissipated quickly. Light gold in color.

S- Sweet staw smell from the malt. Nice and basic with a floral and spicy noble hop aroma.

T- Clean, crisp, and basic like any good lager. Good malty straw flavor and a bigger then average hop finish for a lager. Hops were crisp and sharp, mixing well with the malt.

M- Like the Taste, the mouthfeel was clean and very crisp. Carbonation was higher then average.

D- Very drinkable. A great session beer in my opinion. Nothing overpowers this beer and the hop flavor balances the malt taste letting you drink this one most of the night.

A very enjoyable lager

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Photo of PartyBear
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear body with a light golden colour. It pours with a giant pillow white head, and insanely active carbonation. The aroma is light and grainy, with a slight floral hoppiness, and a sweet toffee malt backbone. The flavours are quite subtle at first before an even earthy character comes through with a bittersweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very light and massively carbonic. Decent pilsner, not the best I have had though.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A clear, pale yellow liquid with a thick and creamy white head that has some excellent retention. Not too bad.

S- Light fruit like apples and pears and a nice hop bite. Plain and light, but on target.

T- Light fruitiness with a bit of a unique oat aspect and a nice hop aspect to it as well.

M- Creamy and smooth up front with a decent hop bite at the end that keeps things crisp and refreshing.

D- This drinks great for the style. A definite session beer. I'm going to be keeping this around.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color with a good amount of carbonation running up the glass and into less than a finger of white, foamy head that doesn't last long and leaves little lacing around the glass. Reminds me a bit of an American Macro in appearance.

The smell is pretty good, but I really can't gauge the intensity of the nose because I have a cold. Still, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt; I can pick out some grassy and lemony notes; it's pleasant but not too complex.

Clean and crisp, but like the nose, not too much there. I can appreciate some mild buttery maltiness as well as a little citrus and a faint amount of grassy hops at the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is on par for this being a light summery beer. Crisp because of the fairly substantial amount of carbonation that accompanies a light mouthfeel.

Bitburger pils certainly isn't the best German Pilsener, but it's enjoyable. It's a poolside beer for when you're not paying too much attention to minute details because it's just a simple, semi-tasty, clean-finishing beer. Relatively low ABV makes it an easy drinker as well. If you're here for flavor, look at Victory's Prima Pils or Sam Adam's Noble Pilsener, but this is a decent alternative to some American macros, I guess.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle 4,8% abv.

Appearance: Pours a light straw colour, with a reasonable head that dissipated quickly leaving very little lacing.

Smell: Not much in the way of smell, lightly hoppy, slightly soapy, some grain. Better than the average macro-lager but far from special.

Taste: Light malt, grain, a touch of citrus and finishes with a good hops taste after swallowing.

Feel: Light body and high carbonation.

Drinkability: Crisp and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer's day, I could definitely drink a few of these.

A solid pilsner and one I would buy again.

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a pokal.

A: Pours gold tinged with orange with a thin (but creamy) white head. Generous lacing throughout.

S: Barley malts and nobles hops, not overpowering when cold, but become more intense as the beer warms.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation.

T: Slightly sweet,citrusy, with the Saaz hops becoming really dominant towards the end, lending an earthy quality. The malt provides a really nice balanced flavor here. Aftertaste is hops and rye bread-like.

D: This is a really smooth, well balanced pilsener. No complaints here. Would make a good session beer.

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Photo of erz316
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good goto beer when you just want one can of something. the color is a clear but slightly turbid. good lacing and head retention. there is not mcuh to talk about int he nose, a bit metallic and a touch of the hopsthe taste has too many hops for my definition. otherwise it is just real easy summer drinking.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Twist top bottle mmm too bad. Almost no head at all and what was there was gone in seconds. The color was lemon honey and champagne . Just a tiny bit cloudy. I wonder what kind of filtering they do.

S - Lots of airy smells that spread throughout the room quickly. A fair amount of pale malt smells. And I found a bit of peach smells. Not strong not too much hop or yeast smell.

T - Sweet malt like the last sip of a root-beer float. The hops bite softly like a kitten.

M - Smooth, rich, medium-heavy body. Malty and delicious.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink. This could go with so many different kinds of food.

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Photo of tone77
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is of mild grains. Taste is very mild, some grains, a tad biier, a bit lacking in flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall I must say I was not impressed.

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Photo of wknight167
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours a translucent straw yellow with a one finger head that fades quickly and leaves some slight lacing.

Nose- Sweet malt with floral hops and some lemon/green apple tartness.

Palate- Sweet and fruity (green apple and pear) up front and dry and grainy finish.

Mouthfeel- Clean and smooth, light in body and carb as expected.

Overall- not a bad example, but not stellar either

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Photo of mulder1010
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip---- too lazy to get a pint glass!!

A-- Poured a pale yellow color. A decent half finger head with no real lacing on this.

S-- Malt, a little hops and on the floral side. Is fairly sweet as well, not as watery as other versions are. A little more substance than the norm.

T-- Sweet and floral in the mouth. Pretty straightforward beer and can not complain too much.

M-- The sweet and floral part may get to be a bit much but has a good feel to it. Very appealing in a lot of ways because it is different. Crisp and fairly clean on the palate.

D-- Easily do 3 of these. Very drinkable but better off doing them cold. A bit more complex than the standard stuff but this is great on a warm summer day or even just to change pace. the floral part keeps it interesting. On the cheap side and tasty. May be better pils' out there but this is good.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.34/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the best pils / lagers out, period.

A - It pours a very pale gold; super clean looking with good wispy white head and champagne-like carbonation.

S - It's clean and bready, with a grainy hop; it smells like the quintessential German Lager.

T - Mmmm its good, refreshing and slightly sweet with a well-balanced dryness from the hop

M - Thin and refreshing, sharp carbonation, clean finish.

D - One of the most drinkable beers on earth.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Straw colored and clear. About a 1/2" head formed and quickly left.

Smells of malt, maybe some spicy hops.

Tastes of bready malt. A little sweet. Some hops in the end.

Mouthfeel is light. Really easy to drink. This would definitely be refreshing on a hot day. Now my favorite style, but I would buy again.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.84/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clearn golden color with a nice white head, but then it just turned into a pond.

Smell: Hops and grains present.

Taste: Grainy up front and then some hops towards the end. Mild bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light body.

Drinkability: Toolight, not much flavor here for me.

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Photo of taigor
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into seidel glass.

A - Pale yellow, golden transparrent color with medium head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Wheat, barley and other grains. Some floral hints present as well.

T - Again wheat and slightly bready with good hoppy bitter finish.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

D - Very good drinkability due to lightness and low abv.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml can poured into a tulip.
A- Pale yellow, a little hazy. Nice looking head disappears quickly an leaves nice lacing a thin ring.
S- Apple, strong grain. Malt
T- Grain. Sweet in the end, bitterness tastes a little processed/artificial. Malt as it warms up.
M- Light. Might be a perfect mouthfeel for the style (I need more experience)
D- I can drink this all night. Probably anyone who likes beer can too.

I really like this beer for high/rapid consumption. It costs less than local macros here but tastes a lot better. You can drink it knowing your consuming a good product but don't have to worry about savoring every subtle aroma etc.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was pale golden. Nothing significant to report.

Smells like a good pilsener.

Tastes really good, like a pilsener.

Mouth feel was fine.

Extremely drinkable. A decent session beer.

I purchased this at the Post Exchange in Korea for approx $4.50 for a six pack. What a bargain. I poured mine in a Pilsner and enjoyed thoroughly. Better than most mainstream pilseners.

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