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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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Photo of gautch726
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a yellow gold with a light, white head as a Pils should. Smells a bit acrid. Not a pleasant first impression. The taste is relatively sweet at the start, very floral, but gives way to a bitter aftertaste that once again isn't as nice as it could be. Mouthfeel is light and the beer goes down easy. Overall, an inexpensive pils that'll do in a pinch, but otherwise there are better options.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz can, dated 09.24.15, best before 09.23.16.

My quest to find beer that is both flavorful and economical has recently steered me towards German lagers, and Bitburger fits the bill perfectly.

Straw/pale gold color, bright and shining with brilliant clarity. A small, frothy white head sits on top with good retention, then dissipates somewhat quickly. The aroma is light all around, combining grainy malt with floral hops. Simple, mild and amicable. While the flavor is somewhat plain, what it lacks in strength and complexity it makes up for by being clean and pure. Ordinarily, that is the trademark of a great lager, but the flavors are a little too restrained here. Light bodied with soft carbonation and a slight bitter finish.

Not my favorite German Pils, but at $5.19 for a 4-pack of cans the value is right on. This is easy drinking to the max. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better accompaniment to sushi.

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Photo of matuto
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle (exp. 03/29/2016). Straw and very clear liquid. Foam recedes to a thin layer with small bubbles and a denser ring, leaving laces on glass. Fresh aroma from the grassy hops, showing on mouth a bit faintly. Light body, good bitterness. Presence of carbonation and alcohol are pretty well inserted. I would surely have it again, specially for its good price. Also, I think bottle version is much better than on can.

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Photo of Dravin
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.5 L can in to a Spaten lager glass. Bottled on date of 2015.06.29 with a best by date of 2016.06.28.

Look -- Pours a clear straw with two fingers of tight white head. The head settles down quickly and leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Bready and crackery malt, grassy hops.

Taste -- Same as the nose with a nice bracing bitterness and a mineral note. The flavors while certain pilsner are a bit thin.

Feel -- Decent carbonation but the body is a bit on the thin side. It comes across as water and that's in the context of a pilsner, I'm not comparing it to a DIPA. It is crisp and clean though.

Overall -- Thin and light is the name of the game. It's certainly no light AAL but I've had better Pilsners. I don't think I'll be picking up more but I certainly wouldn't turn down a free one and curiosity might get me to try it on tap to see if the shelf life is the issue.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

33cl bottle

Appearance: clear golden with medium/low carbonation. Builds a small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: lightly malty, crackers, a bit of floral hops. Grassy, maybe a little grapefruit at some point.

Taste: pretty hoppy, bitter grassy flavour, with slight floral notes.

Mouthfeel: light body and carbonation, but it's strong and crisp because of its taste. Nice aftertaste.

Overall: a good session beer, lacks carbonation and body, but the strong taste makes up for it.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a very light, clear gold, initially leaving a one-finger white head but soon thereafter it is gone without any trace whatsoever. on the nose, light malts of hay, cracker and some biscuit underlie a grassy and herbal hop presence. the flavor mostly matches the nose, but with more citrus (lemon, grapefruit) than expected. the finish tends toward bitter and slightly astringent. a little watery. the relative complexity compared to grass bombs is a plus, and it does not bother me greatly that some of the hop flavor comes from an extract, but this beer could potentially benefit from more body and/or creamier carbonation (which would also likely improve the appearance). should maybe consider doing a head to head with Warsteiner next time.

further servings have shown this beer to good effect. Even the appearance has improved with difference glassware and perhaps a slightly harder pour, leaving some lace and a lingering cap. a really enjoyable, long-term brew!

in consecutive-night testing, Bitburger handily beat out HP Munich Gold ( a perennial favorite of mine), though not the same style. Unfortunately for the HPMG, it could not muster enough maltiness or any other quality to distinguish it in a positive way. Pilsner Urquell also put in a good showing, particularly flavor-wise, but Bitburger still seems to have the edge as the golden lager all-rounder.

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Photo of puck1225
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear yellow pour from a can into a pint glass. Thin head and light lacing. Bready smell and taste. Clean, crisp feel and flavor. Not a bad beer but not exciting.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden, medium carb, poor head retention, solid lacing. Smell is adjuncts backed by noble hops. Drinks clean with slight hop bite at the end. Not bad but I prefer the American counterparts

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Photo of Buck89
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a can. Clear golden-straw. Thin white head despite a vigorous pour. Nose was some white bread, cracker, grain and floral noble hop. Taste followed with a nice clean grainy flavor with nice noble hop flavor. Light on the palate and easy drinking.

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Photo of Raime
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Whatever man. Needed a palate washer for tonights attempt at mass review. Picked up a pint can of this for two dollar flat. These German brewers are usually pretty generic when it comes to these types of beers by oh well, I know what to expect.

Look - From the pint can into my always classic Bud Light countored a bit more than a pint Pours a moderately dark yellow with a nice frothy and thick two finger white head. Fills out the glass nicely. The carbonation only appears to be medium but the bubbles are fucking huge.

Smell - The smell is extremely clean with a good dosage of light hops that are moderately lemon like in nature. Malts are all there so far in their typical bready levels though turned up to a higher quality bread than most typical German lagers. Bit of corn, but it isn't off putting.

Taste - Flavor profile starts off with a bit of hop bitterness which really surprised me as usually these brews are just skunk havents. The hop bitterness really dominates the flavor profile with a touch of the breads I mentioned in the nose along with a touch of soap like stuff going on in the end. More flavorful that most generic imports, I'll give it that much.

Feel - The feel is about what you would expect. Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation although it isn't so high as to effect how easily the beer is to swallow. Flavors remain virtually all the same as they were.

Overall - It was better than your average German import although it isn't exactly a mind blower. A bit pricy to be worth a regular easy drinker buy but nobody would be offended by it. A clean easy drinker that is fine for a palate washer and actually moderately enjoyable. As always, try to for yourself and come to your own conclusion. .

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Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can (dated 8.27.15)
Consumed: 12.21.15

A: 4.5 Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow-gold. The fluffy, off-white head lasts a couple minutes and leaves a good amount of lace in the glass.

S: 4 Lots of bready malt, lemon, and some pepper on the nose. Hop presence is pretty nice, it a bit sharp.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, bready malt mixed with mild hops giving a classic pilsner flavor. Starts a touch sweet before mild hop bitterness steps in. The yeast adds a really nice flavor, leading into a dry, fruity finish.

M: 4.25 Really nice carbonation with a very crisp and refreshing, yet creamy feel. A little dry on the finish, but overall super drinkable.

O: 4.25 Great pilsner, with nothing out of the ordinary going on; much more restrained than American alternatives. The relatively mild flavors and the overall feel make this a great, highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw yellow that is crystal clear. Lots of carbonation with a big, soapy head. Has a sweet, grainy smell that is slightly soapy. Grassy, grainy, light taste that is very crisp. The hop bite is nice that bites in the end. German pilsners are simply better than the big American companies, however, this one is not as good as other German Pilsners.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and a faint amount of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film (made up of medium sized bubbles) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet grainy malts with a light to moderate aroma of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink, refreshing, and sessionable. This beer would be a good tailgating beer for the beginning of football season when it is still quite warm.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grainy sweetness, graham cracker, almost white wine-like in the aroma. Fruity and herbal hops. Bready malts, clean lager aroma. Balanced but perhaps more on the malt side. Slightly minerally.

Pours clear light gold with a small white head. Good lacing and head retention.

Crisp and clean upfront giving way to slightly sweet malts. Firm bitterness on the finish. Slightly toasted bread and graham cracker. Just a hint of sweetness but finishing quite dry and solidly bitter.

Medium high carbonation and light body. Enough malt and hops to keep it interesting on the palate.

Very clean, but lots of character.

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Photo of stcules
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Greenish yellow, clean. A normal foam.
Clean smell, too, but a bit flat. Malt in the front, just a bit of hop, not a lot more to say.
In the taste more bitterness, after a honeyed start. Dry aftertaste, some hay.
Not too bad for a macro produced pils. Clean, drinkable, dry.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is not the best, though as expected for a lager.

Smell is clean, crisp, refreshing and hoppy.

Liking the bitterness and hoppiness. Fairly flavour with nice after-taste, everything works well together. Gutsy, hard hitting flavour. Quite like it actually. Has a very natural, organic taste also. Nice fizzy bitterness in the mouthfeel...

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of 330ml bottles.

Straw, pale color with nice rocky white head. Great, clean refreshing German pilsner. Tastes even better on tap.

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Photo of meecrob
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer is available almost everywhere in Germany. Everybody in Germany knows this brew and has at least drank it once. For me there is nothing special about this pilsener. The taste is too hoppy,bitter and bit dry for me. I think its also overrated. There are better german pilseners out there.

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Photo of delcobrewzzz
4.59/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply phenomenal old school 'session' brew....blows away any American Adjunct swill. Really.

Refreshing.....slakes your thirst...pleases the tastebuds.

$18 a 12-pack in PA...despite the style difference, reminds me of a less 'bitter' (in a good way) Lord Chesterfield. Or should I say, a sweeter one? Either way, it's the best of both worlds. Time to mow the lawn!

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Photo of ordybill
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA.
This beer has a clear golden yellow color with a medium sized white head. It has a a nice hop and citrus smell that matches the flavor. I found this to be a really good pilsener.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD 8/18/15. Clear golden pour. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Typical pilsener nose of biscuit and a hint of hops.

Light body with a thin textured smoothness. Perfectly carbonated with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is border line outstanding. Intensity is moderate, as is complexity, but it is very well balanced. The main lacking ingredient is hop flavor. The middle delivers a mild bitterness against a balancing biscuit sweetness. It is clean and fairly crisp. The finish is a slow fade of residual bitterness.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz. can dated 2015-04-10. Sampled on August 11, 2015.

It looks like pilsener should with its bright yellow, heady color.

Breaded malted aromas with a subdued grassy hop character. But the malts are the main thing.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a malty sweetness with a burst of grassy bitterness as it finishes clean. It is really what a pilsener is all about.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Rocky white head dissipates fairly quickly. Crystal clear and a bright gold in color. Light carbonation.

Smell: Biscuity malts and faint metallic hops.

Taste: More of the same. Light bittering note on the tail end.

Feel: Crisp and watery. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Pretty dang good example of a German Pils. Not complex but pretty well balanced. At $7 for a 4 pack of tall boys, its at a pretty good price point. Thumbs up.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color, big fluffy head that disappears quickly, with a little lacing. Just a good German pils all the way through. Malty body with dry finish. Good wet mouthfeel. Just a good standard pils.

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Photo of lowers87
2.77/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Dull yellow, urine color, very clear
Smell: Grain, wheat, field smell, light floral not much
Taste: Very watery, light, low carbonation, light grain, not a lot going on
Feel: Watery, extremely light, drinkable
Overall: Feels like you could drink a lot of these and not get drunk. If your looking for taste or smell in your beer, move along. Nothing really going on here.

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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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