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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 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 SometimesIfart
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 glass...glass. 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
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is not the best.

Smell is ok.

Loving the bitterness and hoppiness. Complex flavour with very nice after-taste, everything works well together. Gutsy, hard hitting flavour. really 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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Photo of ptykozoon
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light golden yellow, typical pilsner color. Frothy head.

Bready, light grassiness.

Light banana, light floral notes, apple juice.

Light carbonation, light mouthfeel and ABV.

Very simple and sessionable beer. Too bad there is no complexity or flavors.

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Photo of DeeZee83
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am rating this as a Pilsner and how it stacks up to other pilsners I have had in the past.
Poured into a standard Pilsner glass from a large pint can. Appearance is clear gold with decent carbonation and a sudsy head with good lacing. Smell is mainly just grassy with a very slight hint of sweet malt. Taste is very crisp and clean, was not skunked given that it was in a can. The bready malts and earthy hops are superbly balanced with no lingering aftertaste. A perfect representation of the style with an extremely high drinkability.

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

Clear golden, large white head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is grassy and bread. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter. Medium body.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden yellow in color and very clear. Pours a foamy two finger head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma- Citrusy/herbal hops and sweet grainy pilsner malt.

Taste- Herbal/spice hops, citrus, mild bitterness, and sweet grainy pilsner malt (again).

Feel- Light/medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a sweet yet dry/crisp finish.

Overall- Great flavor and super easy to drink as a pilsner should be. The malt is great adding a sweet/dry combo to the taste and the herbal/spice hops add a nice bitter kick.

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Photo of adtrick
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time diving into German beer with this one. I know that German beer has to abide by the purity standards set in 1516, so the flavors made by the three main ingredients water, barley, and hops can only take this one so far. However this beer being the macro standard in Germany is much better than the major beer companies here. The best way I can put it, is that this beer tastes like a better coors light. It just tastes like a better common light beer. Which isn't a bad thing, but it is nothing I would go out of my way to try again.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can into nonic pint. "05.03.2015". consumed on june 1, 2015

a: pale yellow, transparent, 2 fingers of white head

s: big crackery pils malts + pungent grassy hop presence. quite a strong aroma

t: good balance of sweet, bready, cracker-like pils malts and a grassy, bitter, and slightly floral european hop character

m: a bit watery, and also lacking in carbonation. nice dry finish

o: a delicious german pils that could benefit from more body and carbonation

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

I think I've come to the conclusion that the reason that most European beers are served at warmer temperatures is because most European beers taste better as they get warmer. This is definitely one of those beers. If you want the really bitter taste, drink this ice cold because it really mellows out and becomes much smoother the closer it gets to room temperature, but that's the way I like it.

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Photo of ohbeer89
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Even though I poured this from a 500mL can into a standard pub pint glass, it still had that "green bottle beer" taste about it that makes almost every euro lager taste the same to me. It's billed as "Germany's No. 1 Draft Beer" on the can and accordingly tastes like a German version of Bud Lite.

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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
3.48 out of 5 based on 1,743 ratings.
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