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Bürger Classic - Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 22.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of LWG1970
4.22/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very Sweet corn smell. Good BEER taste, Poured a Darker yellow. Foamy but it fades quickly.. VERY Easy to drink..

The problem I have ran into is INCONSISTENCY in this beer, got a few SKUNKY Cans that tasted HORRIBLE.. in a 12 pack..

A very GOOD Local Cincinnati Beer (Hudy 14-K is better)

Burger reminds me of the good old days.. Worth a TRY..

Since I last reviewed this beer, BURGER has changed it's Bottler.
Burger WAS brewed in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, by City Brewing co. This is WHY they had problems with Inconsistent cans.

NOW, it is brewed and Bottled in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (same place Rolling Rock is Brewed) PROBLEM SOLVED..

LWG1970, Jan 20, 2011
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
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 Waymore
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Waymore, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Powerstroker90
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Powerstroker90, Feb 28, 2012
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
Photo of PDXHops
3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a shaker pint. See-thru gold with a short lived white head that's fluffy while it lasts, which isn't long. A skim sticks around for a bit, though. Wet lacing is teased here and there, but drips back in.

Not a bad nose for the style. Some crisp grain and hay, a vague notion of hops, a stray note of apple here and there. Definitely not the gross sweet corny nose of many macros. Tastes pretty good as well. Fairly fluffy and more substantial feeling than it looks, with a surprising burst of hoppiness before the grains kick in. A touch more carbonation might help get rid of the slight residual sweetness, but it's not bad at all.

Overall impression: Not a bad fizzy yellow option here. Certainly a notch above most BMC.

PDXHops, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of TMinton22
3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much more to say about this beer other than what has been said. Bought mainly for the nastalgia, never had it before, I too was surprised at how well it tasted by looking at the price tag. I would buy this over any AB product anyday. Actually like it better than most mass market beers. Will buy again.

TMinton22, Jun 22, 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 Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +23%

Lukass, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.65/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep gold with a half finger white head than hangs around longer than on similar beer.

Aroma of sweet grain along with a touch of caramel and citrus hops.

The flavor has quite a bit going on for a beer of this style. Some sweet bready grain up front along with a bit of honey and caramel. Some faint citrus hops are there along with a light, drying bitterness. Finishes very clean.

For a cheap ($6.99/12 pack) beer this is excellent. A great lawnmower beer with plenty of flavor.

rangerred, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.65/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into beer glass .

Poured a light golden with two finger head lots of bubbles with very little lacing.

Smell was of light hops and corn malt.

Taste is pleasant for the beer type - light malt flavors decent aftertaste .

A old classic beer that is very drinkable, would drink again.

InebriatedJoker, Nov 06, 2010
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 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 MbpBugeye
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Hipsters ain't got shit on me man, you've probably never heard of this beer and you probably wouldn't like it.

I drink it because its cheap, made in Ohio (kinda but not really), has words like 'classic' and 'enjoy' on the label and comes in a red, white and blue can plus it comes from such an authentically German brewery like Hudepohl-Schoenling; what more could you ask for?

Through my 1970's style yellow tinted sunglasses the beer looks too be a pale yellow with a thin, fizzy white skim on top. Lively bubbles rising to the top are seen aplenty.

Spilling some on my thrift store cardigan, I smell the sweet smells of nostalgia, corny malts, lemony hops and irony. Some cereal and and grain waft up from my shaker glass.

Adjuncts or not, who really knows, point is this is a pretty good tasting brewski, man. But I mean, you probably wouldn't like it, its an Ohio thing, ya know? Sweet grains and lemony hops groove together like me and my 8-track tapes. Some cereal grain flavors linger on my handlebar mustache.

This brew gives me a tingly feeling, similar to the feeling I get every time I'm browsing records at Half Priced Books. Its a bright, lively fizzy feeling of carbonation and the democratic party.

Drinkable? Lets just say I can put back a good few of these at Carabar and still ride my fixie back home.

MbpBugeye, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Greenmosheen
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Greenmosheen, Jul 14, 2014
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 jnewm777
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought some of this while in Cincinnati attending a Reds game recently. It was generally the same as I remember it in that it was what I'll refer to as an Old School type of beer that is both filling and that actually has flavor. When pouring it into a mug I found the golden color attractive with the smell and test being better than what I would expect from a bargain priced brew (especially when comparing it to competitors like Pabst, Busch, etc). All in all, while it isn't the greatest I ever drank I believe it is a great beer for the price.

jnewm777, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Mister_Falcon
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Mister_Falcon, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of keeganfrank
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden beer with a big, sudsy head. Aromas of musty, sweet vegetables. Tastes sweet and of adjuncts. A lot smoother than many other adjunct lagers. Goes down easy. Comes in convenient 12-ounce cans, which are only about $0.50 each. You can earn some locavore cred if you're into that sort of thing, except you really can't because it's not even made in Cincy anymore.

keeganfrank, May 11, 2011
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 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 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 nrbw23
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a really clear pale yellow with a thin fizzy white head. Head is gone in a flash and leaves pretty much no lacing.

A- Smell is pretty basic corny, bready, and lemony hops.

T- This one reminds me when I go home and drink with my Dad. It tastes a lot like PBR. Sweet grains, bready, corn and a touch of citrus hops.

M- Light in body and higher in carbonation.

O- Easy to drink for sure, and very cheap.

nrbw23, Jul 25, 2011
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Bürger Classic from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.