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Bitburger Premium PilsBitburger Premium Pils

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Bitburger Brauerei
Germany | website

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: 793 | Ratings: 1,726
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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Photo of TinusTime
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale straw colour with a stark white 2 finger head. Picture a text book German Lager and you have this. Smell is a bit of malt and spice, but nothing jumps out too much. Taste is crisp with enough malt backbone to balance the drying hops that approach in the middle and allow this to finish bone-dry. I did notice a some what mettalic bite, but i tend to notice that with a lot of pilsners. Mouthfeel is good and smoother than I had thought it would be. Drinkability is a little above average as it would make a good, but not great hot weather beer. Overall a little better than I had expected it would be.

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Photo of Luigi
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow with a thin white head. Smells zesty with hint of lemon. Soft grains and faint sweet malts. Meduim light body with a decent amount of carbonation. Taste is a faint hoppy bitterness up front and then is followed by some grassy grain. Goes down well with any heavy meal. This is and average pilsner beer. The flavor is not a strong as I would like. It is worth a try.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cleay light yellow. Not too light colored. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom. Great thick white pillow-like head. Good retention, and lacing. Grassy notes, along with pale malty aroma. Light flavored malt, complimented with grassy, spicy German hops. Light body, high carbonation. This was very drinakble. I would have enjoyed a bit more malt flavor but this seems to be a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saazy, lemony aroma; faded yellow-pages color; persistent CO2. The taste is classically Bavarian though modestly so. The label gave no indication of a bottling date though the freshness tasted reasonably intact. The skittish, white head dissipated quickly and the brew trailed no lace. My beer also left a slight, unpleasant paste to the tongue though I’m willing to attribute that to my personal biochemistry and not necessarily to the beer itself.

This is a very simple beer; a workingman’s Bavarian.

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Photo of rowew
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Abbey in Seal Beach. Served in a 20 oz mug bearing the Bitburger logo. Nice white head that stayed pretty well. Smell is clean malts and a hint of hops. Beer tastes smooth and refreshing, with a nice bitter finish. Very drinkable, and a nice crisp flavor. Light to medium bodied but very nice carbonation fits the style well. Very enjoyable with my meal.

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

Clear, bright yellow straw with a medium-sized, cotton-white head. Looks to be well carbonated. Light malt aroma--honeyed bread, pungeant, vegetal minty hop smack. Light skunk. Taste is dry cardboard-tinged, grainy malts up front. I think this would be much better fresh, say in Germany. Considerable noble hop bite. Almost Saaz-y in it's snappy sea air bitterness. Finish is bitter, with traces of bready malt. Again, I would like to try this fresh. Light bodied, with a lively, dry feel. Refreshing.

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

Clear gold appearance, many fine bubbles streaming up from the bottom. Slight head. Aroma is sweet, grainy malt, with only a very light touch of hops. Moderate bitterness balances the sweet maltiness adequately, but there's almost no hop flavor. Finishes dry and clean. Crisp, delicate mouthfeel.

Drinkable, but on the low end of hop presence, for a German pils. Resembles a Helles more.

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Photo of shapudding
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 05.2005, and coded LM3249
Poured this large bottle into my very tall Widmer bros pilsner glass to a perfect fit. Clear and golden with tons of carbination rising up to a ton of very thick, white head. The nice layering settled as a thick, frosty white cover. Surprised to find scents of sasafrass and cola... Bitey carbination, but not too much at all, from all that I can see, I thought there would be tons of it. Tastes like floral hops and nicely malty, with a tiny bit of honey sweetness towards the end of each sip. Just a bit of bitterness left on the back edges of your tongue. Nicely drinkable, goes down very easy.
Very nicely gifted to me by my workbud, Dennis, who gave up this single bottle carried over from Germany from his friend. This is his favorite, but he knows I am a beergeek, so this was lovingly carried in to me in an icepacked cooler for my enjoyment. Good friends!

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