Bitburger Premium Pils | Bitburger Brauerei

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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 bryehn
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 OZ bottle poured into a branded mini pilsner glass from a gift pack. Pours a clear, light golden color with practically nothing in the way of head after just a few seconds.

I find the aroma very fresh for a European beer, with grainy and flowery tones that get accented by a sweet malty aroma with faint citrus notes.

Bitburger feels a bit watery on the tongue, creating a clean and refreshing drinkability. I could serve this to just about any casual beer drinker, but for me its lacking any real body.

The beer falls short in the taste department, as its bitterness feels a bit overbearing, with little sweetness to balance it out besides a resiny-feeling aftertaste.

I find this a fairly pedestrian beer. It certainly isn't gross, nor does it have anything particularly wrong with it. It just doesn't do anything to set it apart from other German pilsners.

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Photo of Zimbo
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll never forget the look I once got from a German cousin when I once mentioned this beer. It was a borderline angry combination of disgust and disappointment. And I remember feeling he was being pretty harsh but it was enough to put me off trying-until now.

This, amongst a host of other more mainstream beers fell into the shopping trolley over Christmas to ensure that we had 'mass appeal' beer for visitors. This was really all that was left.

Quite pale yellow, the nose suggests some balance between malt and hops with bready aromas. No head retention.

Some reasonable bitterness which hints at a burliness but is really pretty flacid and short term without much development.

A missed opportunity, I now understand where my cousin was coming from.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass.

A - Translucent yellow pour. Almost no head at all and what little it had recedes immediately. No lacing.

S - Puts off a very sweet smell. Has a bit of a grainy smell as well. Light all around.

T - Wheat, little bit of a lemony citrus. Just a touch sweet like the smell.

M - Pretty well carbonated. Light bodied. Crisp.

D - Absolutely. It's my go to beer to bring to friends and not drink Bud, Miller etc. Have a few and relax.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drinking a favorite of mine, some bitburg.

pours a average looking, clear light yellow with nice streams of bubbles arisin'.

smells like fresh herbs with some light grain in the backround.

i enjoy the taste of this beer a lot. tastes more than the smell, more fresh grass and rosemary. cool

mouthfeel is nice it certainly is well carbonated but not overpowering whatsoever.

i can drink bitburger anytime, anyplace. at the going rate it is by far my go to beer to have around and goes exceptional with my homemade pizzas

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some thin lacing in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The initial taste is rather malty, which transitions to becoming slightly bitter in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable, particularly on a hot summer day.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have not purchased this beer quite a few times but tonight I decided to buck the trend. Cans of beer can be quite good so I hope this doesn't disappoint.

Color is typical pils, golden and mostly clear with a white head.

Smell is clean and crispy with a good hop profile and light malt. Very good citrus, lemony, in the nose.

Flavors are likewise clean and tangy with a great grain heart.

Feel is light and carbonation is crispy.

This is a very, very drinkable beer and gets a top spot for my money.

Slainte and Prost.

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We can buy six-packs of 0.5L at every LIDL-store.

It was served in a 0.5 stein. The beer has a straw golden colour. Some carbonation is running through. While pouring a large snow white head developed, but it was gone within a minute.
The beer has a strong sweet malty scent. I also recognize grains.
It has a fresh bitter-sweet malt taste.
The mouthfeel is good, it has a pleasant thickness.
The aftertaste leaves some a slight zest of malt on the tongue and some bitter tones in the mouth. It is a bit sweet and ends dry.

I love this beer, simple, honest and good.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, almost transparent straw color. White head dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of hops and grass, faint hints of citrus. Not much going on here.

Tastes of malt and hops, a little sweet, and a hint of bitter hops finish. Not much after taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and light, with some carbonation. A dry finish.

Certainly an easy drinking Pils. A good example of this style.

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Photo of harrymel
2.17/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes on 07/06/10

Poured from bottle to pint

A: Pours with low/no visible carbonation. No head.

S: Smells mostly of yeasty bread. Maybe a hint of peppercorn.

T: Sweet bread with a bitter, resiny finish.

M: Low carb. Lighter body, falls quickly down throat.

D: Not impressed, a little too yeast dominant.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured decently hard but got minimal head that is white and bubbly. I would call the color bright straw, which is nearly clear.

S-Noble hops, grass, and malt.

T-Surprisingly good and refreshing. Noble hops, white grape juice, and a nice grassy malt backbone. Its very smooth and has a delicate character to the flavor. The white grape juice/white wine flavor really dominates making this beer taste really good.

M-It has a nice amount of carbonation and some body to it, which make it very smooth.

D-Very drinkable given its good flavor and low abv.

Overall, the appearance and smell of this beer is misleading. It tastes really good and is easy to drink. I recommend this if you are looking for something easy to drink, yet delicious.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Never been a fan of this in the can but the bottled version is acceptable.

True to the style and a step above Beck's, not really easy to compare to Warsteiner, but not to the level of Veltin's. In my mind, this is the best way I can describe it but I'll try to elaborate a bit.

Typical clear yellow body with a white head, retention and lacing could be better.

Smells of spicy hops, slightly metallic with a hint of malt sweetness.

One can taste bland cracker malts, almost a raw pearl barley flavor. That is the backbone. Grassy hops are the ribs and the cartilage that holds it all together is the spicy/herbal hop bitterness, mostly in the finish.

Light and thin in the mouth with a smooth and refreshing finish.

Nothing special but exactly what a low to middle grade version of the style should be. A good beer for Gemütlichkeit!

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Photo of NODAK
4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma is pleasant, if not rather light. Noble hops and some grassiness/hay are present.

Body of the beer is rather sweet with an obvious cereal grain sweetness on it prevailing. This leads into a pretty solid hop bitterness from the Noble hops. Some husk and barley linger around after the swallow, but all in all it is a very clean and refreshing beer.

This style doesn't excite most people I know, but this is an example of a very solid pils. The body is delicious and the bitterness level is right on. I approve.

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Photo of thomasdidymus55
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light golden, clear well carbonated with a nice head med. lace. The smell is slightly skunky. Crisp taste but a little on the bitter side. I think room temp. is better for this beer as the chill tends to retain the bitterness. I was stationed in Bitburg Germany and tasted quite a few of these..I can get a few of these down w/no problem.

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Photo of sfprint
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Basically no head, little carbonation, light gold.

S: Horsey malt, smells more like a barn. The hops also smell barnlike.

T: Fairly bland, though bitter. Inoffensive. Everything is pretty subtle aside from the bitterness.

M: Pleasant sting. almost medium body.

D: Easy going down. I would compare it to an American Budweiser for drinking: easy to drink a lot, but tastes way better.

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Photo of treque
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: completely traslucent, pale yellow color, lots of carbonatation and permanet. White, 2 finger, consistent head. It neves dissapears at all, some waste is left behind

S: some sweetness and hops. A tiny baked bread is present

T: refreshing, what you need in a hot day. Ligth body, even there is some sweetness at the very beggining it ends with a nice bitter taste that claims to get another sip

I was a little bit worried to get a metalic taste, but i didnt find it at all

In summer or a hot day would take 2 or 3 without thinking

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Photo of mikeg67
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle. Pours straw color with a little white head and much carbonation. Sweet malt and light hops aroma. Taste is stale grain and light perfume hops. Light body and long earthy finish. There is nothing special in this brew, I expected much more.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a pilsner glass.

A: A golden color with absolutely no head. Some lacing. A little hazy.

S: Didn't get much of a smell.

T: A little bit on the drier side.

M: Watery and thin.

D: Easy to drink, but not necessarily a good thing.

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

Bright white head quickly settles to a skim with a ring. It covers a crystal clear, light straw-yellow beer, with steady streams of carbonation rising from the bottom.

A light scent of wafer biscuits and mineral water precedes the flavor of similar note. Not a lot of depth, but recognizable cereal grains. Good hop presence and creamy carbonation make it easily drinkable and a good session beer.

Perfectly fine to wash down a burger or two.

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Photo of A380
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely clear yellow with a fine white head. this beer smells like strong grains and hops and tastes quite pleasantly bitter with nice smooth crisp tastes along the tongue. Definitely a good german pils! i love this, its not so strong yet not weak in any way! definitely worth a try. the perfect carbonation and perfect bitterness along with the sweet malts makes a very good beer!
give this guy a try !!!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, mostly clear, a fizzy two finger head that lasts a bit, lots of lacing, plenty of rising bubbles.

Smells grainy and malty, slightly lemony.

Tastes a bit above average for the style. Nice balance between malts and hops. Hop bitterness is mild but lingers nicely.

Feels dry and light to medium bodied.

Drinks pretty good. Easy to down, doesn't get boring too quickly.

EDIT: found one in the back of the fridge, revisiting it now. Upped my previous rating of mouthfeel from 3 to 3.5. It really aint that bad of a beer, I certainly would far rather have one of these than the cheep American swill we all refer to as BMC!

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow appearance with minimal head. Smell is sweet and grainy, but is light overall.

Taste is slightly sweet and malty. Picked up a wheat, citrus taste. Very light bodied with minimal carbonation. Leaves a small malty, dry aftertaste, but almost nonexistent.

Overall this beer seems watered down with little distinguishing features. It is easy to drink and refreshing though. Drink it when it's hot outside.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single bottle at Trader Joe's a while back for $1, and it's been sitting in my fridge till I cracked it open last night. Poured it into a Bitburger .04l stemmed glass. Sunshine yellow color, clear body, with lots of carbonation and a decent looking fluffy white head. Smell was somewhat musty and skunky. Taste was nothing spectacular. Tasted a lot of corn flavor and heavy on the malt, though the malt did not weigh this beer down. I found it halfway smooth and easy to drink. My overall impression is that one Bitburger is palatable, but I could not drink a few of these in one night.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.66/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet Euro lager kind of smell, with small hints of earth and skunk. In the taste, small dry to a clean standard Euro lager taste, with hints of earth and a small hop. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste. Just another kind of standard Euro lager.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - hazy golden straw colour, fluffy white head

smell - floral, grassy notes

taste - hops, slight lemon peel, slightly sweet malt in the back of it, wheat, grains

mouthfeel - bitter upfront, light body, well carbonated, taste lingers slightly on the aftertaste, clean finish

drinkability - this is a refreshing beer for anytime you feel like having something nice and clean

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Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear pale golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, wheat, citrus, and stale bready malts.

t - Tastes of wheat, light bready malts, and grain. Pretty average.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - Fairly easy to drink because of the low ABV, but I don't think I'd really look to order it again. Nothing really stood out in the smell or taste, just a lot of grain and bready malts. Wouldn't order again.

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