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Bitburger Drive - Bitburger Brauerei

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BA SCORE
69
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 25.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bitburger Brauerei visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-12-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
2.4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste like a beer, which is the objective of a low-alcohol. Unfortunately, like a macro lager. Still, it did the drink at the end of a warm long afternoon. Somewhat sweet and aggressive carbonation. Pale yellow, no head. Grassy, metallic. Thin mouthfeel.

Sammy, May 22, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This review is part of NA Shootout (With Blanks) III, yet another one of my head-to-head matchups of macro lagers, malt liquors, and in this case, low alcohol beers that are designed to make their consumption more interesting than it would otherwise be and to learn something by directly comparing two similar beers. How will the Teutonic Giant fare against the Behemoth from St. Louis? Let's find out.

Pale amber as well, although a wee bit darker than its competitor. Unless a light source is available, there's no way they could be distinguished from one another. The head is more ivory than white and is more bubbly than the O'Doul's. It has better persistence and leaves much more lace. Bitburger takes an early lead...

... that is just as quickly loses after the sniff test. While it isn't 'turn away in disgust' horrible, the nose is less appealing on this beer. It smells more metallic than grain-like. I've smelled much worse, but that doesn't mean that I should cut this one any slack.

Drive is the clear loser when it comes to flavor and will, therefore, handily lose the overall contest. It tastes more like beer than O'Doul's, mostly because it's actually bitter, but the bitterness doesn't seem hop-related. In addition, that nasty, clay-like 'NA funk' is present and ruins what might have been a decent beverage. It's far from the worst of the style though.

What would a low alcohol beer be without a light, insipid feeling mouthfeel? It's amazing what alcohol adds to beer; even mouthfeel apparently. Drive is a fraction more bubbly as I drink, but I can't say that I like it more as a result.

Bitburger Drive traded wins on appearance and smell and managed to stay at least even on mouthfeel. Unfortunately, it lost the all-important flavor comparison and is therefore the loser of NA Shootout (With Blanks) III. I could actually drink this stuff if I had to, which is more than I can say for at least one of its fellow German low alcohol beers (cough... Paulaner... cough... ThomasBrau... cough).

BuckeyeNation, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev +9.1%

largadeer, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

People hate this beer? I've had a bunch of NA beers lately for various reasons and I can say without hyperbole that I would have a hard time telling the difference between bitburger and bitburger drive. Seriously the BEST NA beer I've had to date, something I'd even have again.

Beer is yellow and clear with a decent head, no lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma really just isn't there. Very very mild.

Beer is thin but not sweet like most of them. It has a nice earthy hoppy bitterness at the back. There is a great pilsen malt flavor. The overall experience is kind of like a bad pilsner, boring pilsner but it is not a horrible sweet syrupy mess like most of these beers are. Like I said, the best I've had so far.

drabmuh, May 23, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light yellow with a small white head. The Aroma is filled with adjuncts, with the overall aroma being that of corn tortillas. The flavor is more of the same with some light hops in addition to the heavy corn. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The flavor of this beer is basically that of a major macro lager, only with none of the alcohol.

Mora2000, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
2.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a soft white head, fair retention, very light lace.

S: Nice hop nose off the bat, but pretty one-dimensional.

T: Bitter, carbonic acid taste. Really no malt flavour here, quite astringent.

M: Quite a bit smoother than the Paulaner, not overcarbonated, light-bodied.

D: Not one of the better German low ABV beers. Kind of a chore to drink in the end.

Halcyondays, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Zorro
2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light gold brew.

Smell is sweet with lots of grain and a bit grassy. I smell malt in this too.

Taste is sweet with a cereal flavor and a bit of hop bite to it. This has a distinct "Cooked" flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a first choice, but if you have to drink a near beer, this is much better than the American versions.

Zorro, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of LXIXME
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small white head dies into a thin lacing above a clear bright straw golden colored beer.

Aroma is dominated by sour corn and grains, not giving anything else room to show itself.

Taste is lighter than the aroma but still dominated by the sour corn and grains.

A dry aftertaste with some of the sour grains still lingering on with this light bodied drink.

Nothing special going on here, cept if you can't drink alcohol this might fit the bill.

LXIXME, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
2.75/5  rDev 0%

dcmchew, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Exiled, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.53/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doing some alcoholfrei reviewing.
Best by 18JUL13

Pours light golden with a little central bone white foam. Brilliant clarity. Smells of light grain, a little corn, some herbal hops - actually smells like a decent pilsner! Flavor of grain, some astringent rice-ee-ness, a little bit of a apple pith character, pretty watered down pilsen style - I guess that's part of the product. Thin bodied with hi carb and a wet finish. Not bad, not bad at all. Beats soda pop at 90 calories per bottle.

harrymel, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw-gold color, lots of fine bubbles. Nice head, but it doesn't last.

Aroma: Nice amount of hop aroma, with sweet, grainy malt.

Flavor: Clean malt flavor with a decent bitterness in the middle. Finish is a very clean and dry for a non-alcoholic beer.

Body: Medium-light body, high carbonation.

Compared to other beers, Drive tastes like an average continental pils. I rated it based on that. Compared to other non-alcoholic beers, though, it is absolutely one of the best. It feels like, smells like beer, and tastes like beer. If for some reason I had to stop drinking alcohol, this is what I would take as an alternative.

allengarvin, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I bought this by mistake, thinking it was the normal Bitburger, pretty crappy, very thin and watery, in fact i might as well have been drinking water, at least it prolonged my night a bit being a non-alcoholoic beer(hehehe).

rastaman, Aug 12, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal-clear light golden color with a medium-sized snow-white head, well carbonated with good lacing. Aroma consists mainly of sweet malt, like unfermented wort, and a decent hop presence. Taste begins with a surge of carbonation across the tongue, followed by slightly tart malt flavors. A mild hop presence asserts itself soon afterward which rises to a slightly metallic note at the end of the taste. Finish is quite dry. The mouth feel, while nothing spectacular, is not bad. One of the better non-alcoholic beers, Drive manages to avoid the excessive sweetness often noted in these products.

Pegasus, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of CelticAleMan
2.75/5  rDev 0%

CelticAleMan, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of papat444
1.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 10-08-11.

Appearance: A pure white 3 finger head with a mostly clear pale gold body. Retention is better than expected with even some moderate lacing.

Smell: Some malt and corn but not offensive and actually not bad.

Taste: Tastes, well, like nothing. Leaves a grating bitterness that is not pleasant at all. A type of weird peppery feel is also present but this is not good.

Mouthfeel: Zero carbonation and feels like water. No thanks.

Drinkability: Not at all. A bit more than half was enough for me.

Overall: There are better alternatives, like soda or water. Looked good and smelt decent but everything else is forgettable.

papat444, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of codynevels
1/5  rDev -63.6%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MTNboy
2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I just drank this beer with dinner tonight. I was not impressed! It had little flavour but a strong aftertaste. It does go down alright but it does not live up to the Bitburger name. I compared it to some other "Near Beers" just to make sure I gave it a fare shake it was not my least favorite on but it was a close runner-up.

MTNboy, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of Naerhu
3.88/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When compared to style, this brew rocks. By far better than any of the other near beers. Even better than the regular bud or coors.

transparent darkish gold color no head, spotty lace.
Pale malt and soft hop aroma with hint of soap.
crisp malt and hop flavor, white bread.

Naerhu, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of Spikester
3.69/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with a one inch white head. A few strands of lacing.
Smell a bit of grain some dank hop aroma.
Taste is immediate bitter hops with a light malt backup. No overly sweet malty mess like many N/A beers.
Mouthfeel is just like the standard beer but without the alcohol bite.
Overall one of the better N/A beers available. Some real hops. Dry bitter finish.

Spikester, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of kbub6f
1.93/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few minutes in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A big white head dies fast like soda pop. Some runny lacing. The color is clear, clear gold.

Lotsa lagerfunk in the nose. The front is toast (not toasted grain, but toasted WonderBread). The middle is strangely bitter with a metallic finish. At higher temps, some grains show in the aftertaste. To its credit, this beer has none of the cloying cornsyrup of many other NAs. But even still, it's pretty awful. There are many better NAs out there.

kbub6f, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of Lunch
3.33/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First NA beer review courtesy of Mrs. Drabmuh, thanks!

Pours a golden straw color with a soapy white head that stayed around. Smell might not be wonderful, but for a beer with no real alcohol to speak of, this was pretty, pretty, pretty good. Aroma reminded me of Becks Light with some grains and pale malts. Taste is not bad at all and this blows away any macro lager that I can remember. Crisp and clean with ample carbonation.

Goddamn, I just wish they would tone down the alcohol and this motherfucker burned yo's throat.

In all seriousness, not a bad beverage at all.

Lunch, May 24, 2011
Photo of marcobrau
3.48/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking non-alcoholic (read: 0.5 percent) brews since I found out that my gall bladder has to be removed. Well, the GB is gone and I drink regular beer, but for the sake my healing body, I'm finishing the N.A. brews I have left in my fridge.

Bitburger Drive pours yellow with some big bubbles (probably the fault of my dirty glassware.) There's a loose head of foam that settles to pretty much nothing. The aroma is of fresh grains and sort of cereal-like and could be covered up with some hops. The body is a little more full than a real Bitburger and the hops are diminished somewhat. The finish is pretty dry. I'd like a little more hops; especially up front. Why else would want I want to drink an N.A. beer -- I want to taste malt AND hops -- but I can't have all the alcohol.

marcobrau, May 18, 2004
Photo of BeerZack
2.8/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden pee-pee color with slight pee-pee foam covering.

Mostly a grainy cooked barley smell with some carbonic whiffs ands a bit of dirt.

Almost tastes like a beer. Grainy flavor isn't as bad as most N/As I've tried, comes close to a bad Pils flavor. Somewhat watery and seems to have some generic acidic balance rather than hop balance. Almost drinkable. Good N/A.

BeerZack, Apr 02, 2008
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Bitburger Drive from Bitburger Brauerei
69 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.