I poured a 500ml can into a mug. It had a freshness date of either 1/8/15 or 8/1/15 and cost $1.99 ($0.12 per ounce).
Appearance: White gold hue over a slightly hazy body. Plenty of
carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, white, foamy head which
laces and retains relatively well.
Smell: Seemingly skunky at first, but it’s an herbal aroma from the Noble hops. Otherwise a standard pilsner aroma.
Taste: Bitburger has always been one of those import lagers I’ve never
really given much respect to because I haven’t heard anyone I trust
recommend it. I bought this can on a whim and I have to say I’m
genuinely surprised by how good this beer is. This definitely embodies
the German-style pilsner style in pretty much all aspects. It’s not a
particularly complex palette, but what’s here is definitely satisfying
and tasty. Plenty of pale maltiness with a slight cracker-like flavor.
The Noble hops are quite prominent as well, especially on the finish as
they create for an herbal spiciness and a dry bitterness. A dash of
lemon can be found lurking in the background as well. There’s not
generic pale lager character since it’s clearly an all-malt brew. A bit
of a mineral quality gives it distinctiveness, and doesn’t come off as a
flaw. I’m not usually a fan of pilsners, but this was a fun beer to
Drinkability: At only 4.8% ABV, Bitburger Premium Pils is a beer I could
consider sessioning. It’s refreshing while in the mouth and finishes
mostly clean, but with a slightly dry bitterness in the aftertaste. The
mouthfeel is not truly thin, but not quite medium, either. Plenty of
consistent carbonation makes it crisp, though it’s not spastic to the
point of being difficult to get down.