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Bitburger Premium Beer
73A slightly disappointing performance from a usually reliable pilsner producer in the Eifel region, near the Luxembourg border. Very good finish, though.
Brauerei Bischofshof Pils Premium
80A characterful pilsner from Regensburg, with good, clean flavours. Very drinkable.
Brauerei Bischofshof Weltenburger Pils
80A well-brewed, clean pilsner with oodles of character. Produced for the monks at Weltenburger by the Bischofshof brewery in Regensburg.
Distelhäuser Premium Pils
78A pilsner from a brewery based near Würzburg. Not quite as subtle as others featured here but nicely balanced, with clean flavours.
Eichbaum Brauereien Ureich Premium Pils
73A rather chunky, functional pilsner from a large brewery in Mannheim.
70The hops do just enough to make this beer from northern Germany quaffable, but the estery pear drops and graininess detract from the enjoyment.
75This beer comes from a brewery not far from Hannover. It'll be too sweet for some palates, but it's not bad.
75It's a bit of a one-trick pony, with that resoundingly dry, hoppy finish the key to its success, but this is always a worthwhile option among German pilsners.
Kaiser Bräu Veldensteiner Premium Pils
75There's nothing to dislike here, but this Bavarian pilsner is not as crisp as others in this tasting.
75Not as crisp or refreshing as the other beers tasted but this Rhineland beer is unusual and grows on you.
83A great example of how to offer bags of flavour without sacrificing delicacy, cleanness or balance. From a Bavarian brewery with outposts in other parts of Germany.
Paulaner Premium Pils
78A pleasant, easy-drinking pilsner from Munich that could be marginally fresher.
85A perfect illustration of how to balance rather delicate malt with lots of tangy hops and create an eminently drinkable beer. From a village brewery south-east of Dortmund.
75This is the nearest thing to a national brand in Germany, coming from a village between Dortmund and Kassel. It lacks some freshness but it certainly has character.
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