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Bürger Classic - Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.

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72
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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 22.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-29-2002)
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Reviews by brewerburgundy:
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, pilsener glass. There was a date on the bottom that I forgot to write down. The beer was within it's freshness date.

This beer looks a little chill hazed in a golden, all malt looking yellow. The can has a standard kind of proclamation about using the finest yeast, water, barley malt, and hops. Everything about this beer points toward all malt, possibly making it's classification here incorrect. The head really hangs on and is pretty much white.

The aroma is quite husky, with some artificial caramel sweetness. There's also a bit of metallic, blunt bitterness and it's quite balanced.

Flavors are very faithful to the aroma. Mildly sweet husk, grain with a smudge of floral hops. This is definitely a step above BMC, it must be all malt. Good balance between a soft water bitterness and pale malt sweetness.

Softer, less carbed mouthfeel for an American Pale Lager or American Adjunct Lager. I'm reminded of Fosters Bitter (which isn't a bitter), though this is the better beer. Soft and almost ale-like works here.

I'd never seen this before my dad picked up a 24-pack. A step above BMC or the run of the mill AAL makes this a better choice.

brewerburgundy, Mar 27, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a semi transparent golden color with somequickly dissipating white head on it.

Smell is faint grains. Not a great aroma.

Taste is kinda blah. Ok not terrible. Basic lager taste.

Mouthfeel is light. Goes down quick.

Overall an ok beer. Not great but it's drinkable.

richkrull, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of pwoods
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can, shotgunned and crushed on forehead.

A: The can is red white and blue. A skim of foam forms near the mouth(WTF? No vent?) for a minute then runs away. Looks pretty dark in there but I'd bet a hundo it's barely straw colored.

S: Smells like corn but I just husked about 20 ears. Metal from the can and more of the corn aroma with some added sweetness. It's completely fresh but actually smells a bit stale.

T/M: Doesnt taste as bad as all the old stories
make it out to be. Pretty much middle of the road adjunct lager with a touch more sweetness and maybe a touch of amber malt, but I might be imaging that. Mouthfeel is a bit fuller than most shit beer and the carbonation isn't nearly as abbrassive.

D: Easily crushable after a long hot summer day, cookout, or social event where you don't need to be a beer geek... Which is exactly what this beer is for. I'm glad Bryon brought this beer back and made it drinkable, but let's make somethng original and crafty next time, now that the nostalgia is out of the way :)

pwoods, Jun 27, 2009
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

BFC84, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This re-activated classic American lager pours a pale straw yellow, thick foamy head. Lacing nonexistent.

Nose says malty adjuncts. Nothing worth noting.

Taste is mild, watery, but somehow balanced. I get some corn, some yeast, and a hint of hops somewhere in there. Not a bad lighter American adjunct lager, and spot-on for price ($12.99/24pack). A cool alternative to the PBR/BMC mainstream.

secondtooth, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bürger Classic reminds me of the way beer used to taste years ago, although not quite as good as Schlitz or Bud. It's got a bit of a darker color, but beyond that it's average in appearance; and it smells like beer - generic 'beer' - but it's also fruity. There's a good bit of apple to it, and that carries over into the flavor. There are some hops, but they're minor. And it's not particularly bitter, just balanced, and leaning towards the sweet side at that. Overall it's a decent price-point beer. It's clean and drinkable, and the fruitiness gives it an interesting character.

NeroFiddled, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Burger Classic was a golden yellow beer with thin white head that did not lace. The smell and taste were grain and malt. The mouthfeel was lighter body with good carbonation. Overall this was a very good classic american pale lager and would drink it again.

WoodBrew, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of norinco
3/5  rDev -1.6%

norinco, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of FFudnam
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

At my work we had about 10 cases of this unfamiliar beer sitting around for a while, and after recommendation from several customers, I decided to give it a whirl. At 11 dollars after tax and deposit, one thing can be said about the Bürger, (by the way, Umlaut "u" is ALT+129) and that it is a really good beer... If I had a choice between any A-B product and this, I would definitely choose the Bürger. Now, granted anything from A-B is crap, that puts it at least above crap, but that doesn't do it justice. This beer is very good, and definitely better than any of the "National" macrobrews. On to the beer...

Pours a very light straw color, lots of carbonation... and whoa! There's something you don't often see in a macro-style brew: very nice head on this beer. Actually reminds me of (gasp) Michelob Ultra Light, with the exception of the head. Lots of carbonation going on here, looks almost like champagne (very nice for a light beer I must say)
The beer has a decent nose to it, with straw/grassy notes, and faint hop smell, not a heck of a lot of the malty flavor like most light beers, but decent.
Tasting the beer reveals a pleasant bitterness, nice hop touch (lacking in most "cheap" beers), followed by a lovely malty aftertaste which lasts for MINUTES. So good is this aftertaste that I often hold back on the next sip, just to savor this great flavor in my mouth. Really smooth mouthfeel, not the greatest (was expecting very carbonated mouthfeel, but it was less fizzy in my mouth than in the glass. Not bad by any means, though)
Excellent Lawnmower beer, you can drink these all day long, and at 4.08% ABV, its not gonna knock you on your ass. Bonus: none of that nasty drunk sensation in your nasal passages once you've had 4 or 5.
Overall, I must say this beer really left an impression on me. It is possible to get good beer at a great price.

FFudnam, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Can from Ryan011235, who apologized for sending it. Why apologize, man? This shit sounded pretty good (for the style)! And what do you know...

Pours bright golden, more golden than yellow, with a white head that lasts longer than I usually see for beers of this sort. Not a FYB it seems.

The aroma is pretty nice actually. Honey and floral notes accompany the typical sweet pale malt, and there's no unpleasant adjunct smell like that which I get from the macros.

The flavor is pleasant, rather malty for the style, almost like a Munich helles. Pale malt, honey, and slight floral hops. Balanced, with no crappy BMC aftertaste.

Crisp, clean, and refreshing mouthfeel, with just a little more heft than you usually get for this style. Average carbonation level.

Overall, this is probably the best American style crap lager I've ever had. Would be an excellent lawnmower beer if I ever were to mow a law (can't afford grass currently). Really enjoyed it. For all the whiners who said, "Waah waah you never rate a pale lager/adjunct lager/crap beer well," consider this one a big fat "IN YO' FACE!" Highest rating yet for this beer by a longshot.

NOTE: This doesn't get an A+ because I think the style could still get better, and because I don't really recognize this style as its own entity so much as as a less flavorful subclass of pilsner or helles.

nickd717, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of beveritt
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass. Label is red, white, and blue with a distinct German feel. No freshness dating. I picked this up in a 12 pack as the cheapest beer I could find in order to use it to bait slugs in the garden. However, it is apparently too cheap for slugs; as they have not responded to it nearly as well as the previous cheap beers I was using.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger if white head. This settles very quickly to nothing. The beer itself is a perfectly clear pale yellow with moderate activity.

Smell: Sugary sweetness with a slight underlying vegetal bitterness.

Taste: Significant carbonation bite upfront with the feeling of force carbing. Taste is an initial sugary sweetness with very little backbone . Fades quickly, no lingering. The tiniest hint of crisp hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation level, with big bubbles. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Well, it is what it is. I certainly wasn't expecting much an experience here, and it delivered.

beveritt, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -1.6%

leinie13, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is also heavy on malts, some grains and a bit of sweetness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew, great on a hot day.

tone77, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. This is one of the old classic Cincy brands of beer, and it was brought back to the market recently. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing is below average. Not much to the aroma, it's weak and smells like corn/grain. With that being said, there aren't any offensive aromas. Taste is similar to the aroma, but it's stronger and tastes like sweet malt and grain. It is a sweet tasting brew, but it doesn't taste bad at all. Mouthfeel/body is light, but it's not watery. It also has decent carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and very easy to drink. For the style, it's not a bad beer. And for $5.99 a 12 pack, the price is right too. I think it's a good summer/lawnmower beer.

bluejacket74, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
2.15/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I just had to try this stuff on my trip to the tri-state. I poured into a pint glass to a puffy white head. It is yellow and crystal clear. It smells sweet and tastes bad. It leaves a film in my mouth. Probably won't be trying this again, but at least I can say I tried it.

Skoal!

buschbeer, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of thebeerdoctor
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The retro revival of Burger beer has proved to be an enormous success in the Cincinnati area. Stores actually sell out of it. Some say it just flies off the shelf.
The reasons for this: It is an inexpensive beer with actual flavor, much more carefully made now (like Shoenling's Little Kings) in its current revival form. It also has a cross demographic appeal because of its long time association with the Cincinnati Reds. The first time I sampled this, I soon started remembering Waite Hoyt telling stories on the radio, during rain delays of the baseball game.
It also appeals to the younger rockabilly crowd who like beer that does not rip away all of their pocket money, and who like its retro funky looking can.
The beer itself is very good. Of course those who can not appreciate this recipe style will simply wail and gnash their beer elitist teeth.
It should also be remembered that the revival of Burger was partially a response to current economic hardship. So on a site that advocates respect for beer, it should always be remembered that beer is primarily, the peoples' drink.

thebeerdoctor, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burger Classic Beer has a thick, quickly-dissipating head, and a clear, golden appearance, with no lacing. The aroma is musty, semi-sweet, grainy, and stinging. Taste is of sweet grain, a touch of hop bitterness, and it does have some bite to it. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Burger Classic Beer finishes crisp, dry, and fairly refreshing. Overall, this is just an average, budget beer.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of jwhawkins81
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer should be a staple in my fridge solely for the Burger related jokes.

"Boy this is a good burger."
"You want a burger?"
"Last night I had four or five burgers."

Aroma - Sweet with just the hint of hops. Also and I'm not kidding I also smelled touches of fruit like apple and pineapple.

Appearance - Clear golden and poured with a big fluffy white head that quickly dissipated into a collar around the glass. Decent level of carbonation helped maintain the collar.

Taste - A good amount of flavor leaning way toward sweet maybe from krausening. If your not a fan of sweeter beer you might this tends to be a little fatiguing on the palate.

Notes - A good mouthfeel and carbonation level. Really a decent beer for the price. Considering the price I don't see why you wouldn't give it a try.

jwhawkins81, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of biggred1
1.4/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pale urine colored with a mere skim of shock white foam. Untoasted grain and grits with a good blast of cooked corn. Wow, I think this beer is actually worse than I remembered from my late teen years. Green apple skin and wet cardboard with a buttery popcorn finish. Burger classic is just bad.

biggred1, May 06, 2010
Photo of Waymore
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Waymore, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Loki
1.8/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brought to you today from the company the also brings you ...

Little Kings - Possibly the only "Cream Ale" in a 40!
14 K Premiem - Because nothing else screames good taste like middle of the road name association
Mt. Everest Malt Liquor - The top of the world of malt liquor... or makes your head feel like there's no oxygen in the room..
and other fine brews..but on the the important review...

Sampled from a 12 oz can that looks hauntingly familiar...hmm where have I seen a similar can before? I wonder..it almost looks like, but not quite...well anyway on to the beer..anyway onto info from their website...

Original Gravity: 11.2° plato
Final Gravity: 2.5° plato
Bitterness: 12 IBU's (low)
Color: 4 SRM (Golden-Straw)
Alcohol Content: 3.67% by weight - 4.62% by volume
Calories: 150 per 12 oz. serving
Carbohydrates: 12.4 grams

Poured a crystal clear golden yellow with a fair white head and little lacing to speak of.

Aromas almost identical Budweiser, but with a little more adjuctive smell of corn and rice. Not pleasant, but not as offensive as Burger Light.

Tasted....well...almost exactly like Budweiser...and the price for a case in NC is $11 wholesale so probably anywhere from $13-$15 retail....Hey are you guys sure this isn't Budweiser? Come on, really? Tasted of malt, barley, grains, corn husk, are rice. Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Very little mouth feel and the drinkability is not there due to the fact this is mostly swill. That being said I would choose Burger everyday of the week and twice on Sunday over Burger Light, but given that I have a choice I'll stay away from both completely.

Loki, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of BuckeyeGambler
4.2/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my favorite sit by the pool, drink when I'm thirsty, who gives a shit if i leave it in someones fridge beer. At 5.99 a 12-pack, you could buy a 6 pack of very good beer, this, and still come out cheaper than an 18 pack of your watery macro. You end up with two beers that you're happy to drink.

This is not my favorite beer. It's not even close.

You get some corn flavors, a decent head for this style, a hint a citrus and no metallic flavors. It is nothing remarkable or memorable.

But when I have already gone through a couple of good ales and I need something to wash down this suddenly delicious frozen pizza, I turn to the Burger. It's clean. It tastes better than anything you would see in an overpriced commercial. It's good for this style!

Now who is ready for a game of beer pong . . . .

BuckeyeGambler, Mar 08, 2011
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Bürger Classic from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.