Review of Paulaner Premium Pils

30 Jun
For today’s craft beer review, I want to sample a brew from the Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG Brewery located in Munich, Germany.

Being that Spring has just ended and Summer is getting in full swing, I thought it would be fun to drink a light, refreshing Paulaner Premium Pils.

I have only had a few brews from Paulaner thus far and I know that they are a very old and well respected brewery, so I’m expecting a good, quality product here.

Only a small description was found from the website,

Light, crisp taste and a traditional hoppy Pils finsish.

Straight to the point.  I like that. 

The Paulaner Premium Pils has an ABV of 4.9% and came in a 11.2 oz. bottle.

The beer poured an extraordinary, crystal clear, straw yellow/light gold color.  A very large, soapy, fluffy, bright white head was formed from a medium pour.  Very nice retention with some ok lacing.

The smell had a very distinct grain and grassy note with a light, lemon sweetness.  A slight “bleached” white bread type of fragrance along with a wafer or cracker note seemed to underlay the citrus.  The lemon nearly vanished as the brew warmed, which let my nose concentrate primarily on the maltiness.  Smells clean with a slight hop profile.

The taste brought forth more of the prominent bread and grain flavors.  A crisp cracker and lemon sweetness combined with a nice hop presence helped complete a very well rounded and balanced flavor.  A taste of toasted croutons became evident, which added more to the malt backbone.  A reluctant bitterness wanted to join the party and would have been welcomed, however it just stayed pushed to the side for only moderate enjoyment.  The taste seemed rather clean, fresh and somewhat toasty.

The mouthfeel was medium, mostly dry, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching with some snap.  Only a moderate amount of flavor was left on the palate.  Not bad though.  It just dissipated a little quicker than what I was hoping.

I thought this was a pretty good little Pils!!!!  I liked the more “malt forward” aspect of it.  It’s not too complex, very enjoyable and super easy to drink.  It’s very suitable for the warmer months for sure.  A straight forward, no-nonsense type of drink.  It’s worthy of a try if you are looking for a solid, well made beer to break from the norm of the typical Summer wheat’s.  Personally, I think I would rather have a good Pilsner than a Wheat or Wit on a warm day.  They seem a bit more suited to my tastes. 

What do you guys find to be the best Pilsner on the market today?

Thanks for reading and commenting!!!!


Score:  3.65 out of 5
Grade:  B

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Country: Germany, Paulaner


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