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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Reviews: 801 | Ratings: 1,773
Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We sure have a lot of 500ml euro lagers in our liqour stores and I must say that this is one of the better ones. Straw yellow with a big head, this beer has a good fresh hop smell. The taste is full and crisp with good hops on the follow through. Well made and well balanced.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw yellow, with a white fluffy head that fades away pretty quickly to a thin layer. Smelled strongly skunky at first, after a few seconds only really smelled like hops with some yeast, pretty pleasant. Taste is slightly sweet with some hop bite, just enough to finish clean and a little extra. Good mouthfeel, nice and creamy. All in all, I like it, but it's not something I'd drink all the time. Would be good with a nice bratwurst.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a liter glass. Clear golden complexion, nice head. Hoppy, slightly floral aroma. Quite pleasent. Taste was crisp, somewhat hoppy and very "cleansing" in the finish. This is a great beer to have after having some malt monsters. Nice hop bitterness in the end. Average to above average mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of keilerdunkel
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am just about to leave my local beer store, and what do I see in the closeout bin standing next to a ton of old Christmas beers but a 1.2 liter can of bitburger premium...after reading the wonderful article by therealbeerfly on lagers - how could I refuse?

After mowing the lawn, I pop the top and am rewarded with a bright yellow, crystal clear beer topped with a majestic fluffy white head with tons of carbonation following a medium pour into an imperial pint glass. This is what I expect with a pils.

aroma is mellow hops- grassy/ floral classic german pils character. The taste too, is a wonderful balance of malt and hops nothing overpowering. The mouthfeel is very crisp for lack of a better word where the bitterness is present but does not overpower. It is what Prima Pils would be - without trying to beat you on the back of the head with hops

I enjoyed this immensly and will not hesitate to purchase again. It proudly states "Germany's #1 beer" on the can. If the #1 beer in the US had the same personality, I would have no complaints.

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Photo of Xadoor
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a fizzy yellow colour into the glass. Virtually no head and no lacing. Slightly skunky aroma. No real detectable hop flavours. Very thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Not necessarily a bad beer, but certainly nothing spectacular about it. After reading some of the other reviews, it probably tastes better when its fresh and not bought in the bottle in the U.S.

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

Nice thick white head on the pour, this fades to a thin white layer within a minute. Color is pale yellow, and clear. This beer actually "looks" refreshing.

Smell was light hops, something mildly fruity (is it banana?) in there but can't really put my finger on it. I picked up on a slightly bitter maltyness as well.

Lacing was minimal, but I think I need to go back to handwashing, as I think the light soap residue from the dishwasher is affecting this characterisitc.

Well the appearance didn't lie to me, this baby really is refreshing. I could easily go through a few of these 500 ml bottles in an evening. There seemed to be a light floral hoppy flavor, and slightly bitter, but not offensive in the least. Actually gave it a nice bite at the finish which helped to keep this from tasting sweet. Carbonation was perfect. Upon licking my lips afterwards, I did notice some mild lime flavor. Drinkability is so good, I could qualify this as a higher end session beer. I may have to take a dozen or so of these home one Sunday and see if that holds true.

Also at around $2 for a 500ml bottle it's a pretty good value too.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitburger Pils....

Appearance-clear gold, huge big bubbled carbonation, nice gold color head sticks around for a few then slowly dissapears.

Smell-grainy type smell typical of German Pils, slight hop and malt nuances, not much else.

Taste-crisp and grainy, some hop and malt come out as well, very pilsner like, refreshing.

Mouthfeel-refreshing enough, grainy with some hop and malt help, failry clean aftertaste/

Drinkability-light and flavorful, very quaffable at only 4.8% alcohol.

Overall-I'm becoming very impressed with these true German pilsner types, much better than their dubbed down commercialized American examples. Another good example here.

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

Pours out pale gold and sits bright gold in the glass with a good sized frothy white head. Maintains a solid coat and lacings surround the glass. The classic look.

Crisp pils up front with a hint of lemon zest. Bright clover and leafy hop aroma pour out from within. Crackery yeast core coats the nostrils.

Solid pils flavor from the start, dry and crackery. Sharp leafy flavors build and last long into the finish. Mild honey flavors linger on.

Clean and crisp with a solid, moderate carbonation and smooth creamy body beneath it all. As it stands, this is probably the best alternative to the standard, American fizzy yellow beer, but it is far from it in terms of quality. Highly quaffable, sold build, difficult to go wrong.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale,straw yellow color. Low aroma-cross between yeast and a touch of sulfur. Good malty flavor-nice touch of bitterness. Discernable trace of sweetness in the finish. Nice body for the style-holds up well. A very drinkable beer and quite enjoyable. This comes a cross much better then say Beck or St Pauli Girl. I find they have to much of the "wang" flavor you find in the German imports. Worth a try indeed.

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Photo of lokicat444
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

On my initial pour I encountered an extremely pale yellow beer, which led me to expect a weak run-of-the-mill pilsner. I was mistaken; each sip has a slight hint of hops that leaves you wanting more. Satisfying without being too filling, this beer can be pared with anything. The bottle is brown, which may have helped this beer avoid any stereotypical euro-lager skunkiness.

An excellent session beer. Tastier than a Stella Artois.

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Photo of Puddleglum
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Great American Ballpark and considering every other booth in the park was bud light I was very happy to be drinking this. That said it's no great shakes. It's a fairly typical euro pils. There is some of that northern German bitter hops and a lingering straw or dried grass note. The head was nice thick and sticky though and the aroma was interesting once you got past the dried grass notes. It was gone in a flash and I moved happily on to the Christian Moerlein and then dove into the Erdinger. That review is coming up.

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Photo of whynot44
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light bodied, very pale gold color with a decent white head that hangs around nicely.

The aroma is mild malt with a bit of grassy hops.

Very light sweet malt flavor, decent hops taste and bitterness. Light hops aftertaste..

Crisp, refreshing and easily drinkable.

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Photo of blackie
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this bottle to have with the Jagerschnitzel I am cooking tonight. Pours a straw golden color with a one finger virgin white head. Dated 3-22-06, which I assume is the best by date.

Smells of light malt and grassy hops. Slight hints of herbs and tropical fruits. Smells nice.

Body is light and carbonation is moderate.

Taste is clean...slight malt and a nice amount of flavorful, bitter hops. Not as dry as I thought at first sip. Slightly watery.

If not for the inevitable alcohol poisoning, I could drink a keg of this stuff.

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Photo of klewis
2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very pale straw color, poured with one-finger head that quickly subsided down to nothing. Lots of carbonation, no lacing.

Smell: A little bit of cloves and a whole lot of skunkiness.

Taste: No surprises... tastes like it smells. Very Heinekenesque.

Mouthfeel: Light with refreshing carbonation. Good for the style.

Drinkability: Maybe I'll be this onr again if I'm planning on drinking many beers while outside on a hot day, but overall, this one just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of joedon
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours easily with a lively carbonation; thick white head. Very strong lace. Color is very, very pale gold; almost "light" beer pale.

Pleasant, subtle aromas; hay and hops. Average flavor; pronounced hoppiness but very little malt. Slight lemony tang.

A bit watery texture but easy to drink. Decent summertime/outdoor beer.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing really impressed me about this pilsner, especially since one of the last one I had to reference was victory prima Pils, which by the way was excellent. Too straw color and too bitter for the style. Avergae carbonation, no lacing. Reminds me of a standard Euro lager than anything else. Still wouldn't be too bad after a hot day.

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Photo of beernbbq
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special going on here. The malt quality is high and comes through but the hop aroma and taste is relatively understated. Some will like that, some will not including me. Not as well constructed as the American versions available in bottles (Prima Pils, Casco Bay). It is easy to drink and not unpleasant (like Heineken) but nothing I will buy again.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Normally I pass this over due mostly to price. However, on a recent trip to my local favorite I noticed a large display stack of this beer on sale for $4.99. For that price I had to try.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass (what else?). Beer is bright golden, clear, formed a tight 1/4 inch head that disappeared to almost nothing. Left a thin ring and no lacing. Plenty of carbonation bubbles are evident though.

Smell: A little malt, but what I notice is a pleasant hop aroma. Herbal hops, grassy with a hint of butter.

Taste: A decent malt backing, balance by a subtle hop bite in the middle and at the finish. I am impressed by the balance and the mild, understated flavorings of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking, a little slick feeling.

Drinkability: Very high. This is one of those beers where you say I'll just have one, and before you know it the whole 6-pack is gone and you have to get another "one".

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My eyes shoot like hollow-tipped bullets at tap-handles whenever I enter establishments. More often than not my bullets hit kevlar; stopped, dead in their tracks with Budweiser and their ilk. Sometimes I'm surprised, finding gems like Unibroue or Three Floyds...more often than not it's "settle with Sam" or "water for me, please".

Park Place Grille in Fort Wayne, IN will never be entered in BeerFly, or make waves in culinary circles. It's a good restaurant in expensive, shiny clothes. But they have excellent seafood in this landlocked hellhole, and they have Bitburger, an old do the math. Broiled haddock and German beer - seemingly incongruent but amazingly synergistic.

This more-than-likely-ubiquitous-in-Germany brew comes in an oversized, overchilled glass and does nothing spectacular for my eye or whiffer. Simple pilsner malts and sharp, on-point noble hops. Tiny champagne bubbles whirling up from the vat of brewski before me.

The taste of this beer is nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary...nor should it be. Bitburger pils is simply a good, middle-of-the-road German beer that just so happens to absolutely blow the doors off of anything mass produced in this country.

Which is why its so shockingly good. This is what schwill beer should taste like.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 355ml brown glass bottle, color coded white, black and gold crown cap, main & neck label; rather simple looking but a quality presentation.

Appearance: Pale hay colored yellow body with a large white expansive frothy sheer white head that looks fantastic. Slowly settles down a thin but stiff cap which has a cavitated surface. Solid conditioning throughout.

Nose: Clean nose, spicy hops and a light Pilsner malt background. Hints of sweet malts, grain and spicy hops. Very pleasant.

Taste: A very welcome and tasty Pils. Low line hops but with a strong bitterness which balances well against the sweetish malts. Light grains, dry bitter aftertaste is pleasing and very moorish. Teutonic and clinical in its sheer presentation, but exceptionally clean.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning is just right lending a moderate feel to the body. Good from the bottle.

Drinkability: Crack one, then another, and then another…..hey I may as well finish the entire 6 pack now right??!

Overall: A super clean drinking Pils that I have passed over many times, but a 6-pack of this makes for a good Saturday Night brew whilst munching on snacks and watching a slew of the BBC’s Young Ones DVD’s.

Nothing wrong with this one! Goes great with….well, erm…anything.

A Solid Pils.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can from LCBO in Sarnia, Ontario. Purchased 10/4 reviewed 11/04. medium bright gold pour with a small white head and light carbonation ( low for style). Nose reveals some malt, very light, and some neutral yeastiness. Flavor starts crisp and malty and then hops come into play. Slightly syrupy in tail end of the flavor and into the finish. May have been old at time of purchase.

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Photo of Brian700
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that hangs out for a while. The aroma is a little citrus along with a nice hop aroma. I think this is Germany's version of a belgian beer. It has everything a pilsner should have with a little extra in that it seems to have a little bit of a sweetness as well as a little bit of citrus to it. I like this beer a lot. There is a nice hop presence in this beer as well. The mouthfeel is great. Overall it would say this is one of the most drinkable beers I have tasted. I would definately recommend this one to anyone.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a creamy white head that hangs around quite well. Lots of visible carbonation. Smells of citrus and herbal hops. The taste is rather unimpressive. Some herbal hoppy bitterness through the entire sip and aftertaste. Nothing else. Very simple beer. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. Notes: It is easy for me to see why this beer is to Germany what the big three are to America. It doesn't have much flavor, but is easy to drink.

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

This has the serious potential to become one of my favorite pilsners! A nice, healthy yellow color, not too light, with a hearty foam on top. Comes with a heavy mineral scent (75% pleasent to 25% unpleasent, really) that, if it doesn't smell great, at least gives it a unique quality.

Hefty hop bitterness, but not without a few malts. Much stronger than many of the domestic pilsners I've become used to. A very common style, done well. Can't go wrong here.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold color, with a nice fluffy white head. Carbonation is going crazy, sticking to the sides of the glass, and making it's way to the tip. Nice looking beer. Smell is light crisp malt, grassy in nature. Taste is big on malt and metallic flavors, pretty standard fare for a German Pilsner. Hops could be more prominant, grassy malt more subtle. Not a bad beer, just extremely average.

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Bitburger Premium Pils from Bitburger Brauerei
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