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Fischer Bitter | Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

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Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-05-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by kinger:
Photo of kinger
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The only reason i first bought this beer was for the flip top bottles which I figured would hold my home brews rather nicely. At first I wasn't too thrilled with the taste, but by my third glass it started to grow on me. Smells like a european pale lager for sure. There was more than ample head provided with lacing that clung to the glass the entire time. The taste is above average and certainly different to what I'm accustomed to. This is generally not my style of beer but for some reason I really enjoyed this beer. Too bad that I haven't been able to find it for some time now I sure would like some more of those 22 ounce flip tops. Besides the bottle has a very cool shape to it.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.14/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light yellow and clear in color with an orangish tint. The head was very nice and full.

Smell – Ouch, this stuff is nasty. There’s a bit of skunk is this $2.99 bottle. Behind that it’s mostly grainy with maybe a note or two of floral hopping.

Taste – It doesn’t taste as bad as it smells, although it’s not good by any means. It is bitter, that’s for sure. But, besides that, it tastes like . . well . . all I can think of is that it’s like licking an ashtray.

Mouthfeel – The beer was bitter in a bad sort of way. I like bitter ales, but this one was very metallic and unpleasant.

Sinkability – This is one of the most expensive Pale Lagers that I’ve had, so I’m really pissed that I couldn’t finish it. It was just so undrinkable on a variety of levels.

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Photo of Todd
2.59/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, bright golden straw colour with a touch of haze, and a pillowy, rocky white foam head. Grainy, herbal nose. Flavour is quite bitter with loads of citrus (lemon/lime) action going on. It's sharp, tangy and near lip-smacking and puckering. Body is light with a smooth mouthfeel. Malt sweetness is null and void, but there is plenty of musty/grainy characters that creeps into the finish with some light residual bitterness/hop flavours.

The level of bitterness and flavours are quite interesting, but other than that this is a one try beer for me -- not enough balance for such a light charactered beer. Nice 22oz flip-top green bottle though.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz green flip top with raised glass designs. No freshness date.

Appearance: Light tarnished gold with a surprisingly well retaining lace most likely from the hop oils.

Smell: Bitter hop oils with hints of sulfur and cooked veggies.

Taste: Exceptionally smooth with an unyielding hop bitterness, very clean and straight in your face pure bitterness. Malt is the forefront of the mouth feel though for flavour it lacks other than leaving a trail of grain with notes if apple skin. Hints of cooked veggies and herbs make up the finish.

Notes: Bitter enough to cut through a well aged English cheddar. A bitter beer persons beer or pair it up with a pungent flavour dish. When you see that green swing top bottle and you think it might be like Grolsch think again, muster up your taste buds cause yer in for a bitter ride. I liked it and will go for another round …

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Photo of ADR
2.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A green swing-top on this one...

Clear yellow-gold with a nice upcharging head of 1/4 inch that laces nicely. Sulfur aromas (like the Amber), some sense of astringency and hops. Over carbonated and unsettling properties to me, my mouth is dealing with that at the same time that a vinegary sense is combining with early band-aid-like phenolic tastes. Finishes dry and grassy (and gassy). A little better than the Tradition Amber, but I am not a fan of the two Fischer crocks I've had so far, pretty unpleasant.

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Photo of cokes
2.27/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a lovely, yet standard golden body. Perfectly clear with tons of rapidly accending carbonation bubbles. Thick lacework is left it its wake.
Musty and lightly rubbery nose with whaffs of citric sourness and intermittent hops.
Taste is dominated by a huge lemon/lime flavor that begins somewhat sweet and then turn hugely sour. From the hops? Not at all what I expected. Though not bad at first, this sourness becomes obnoxious quickly. Bready malt body underneath. Hints of hay, concord grape skins and rubber.
Just shy of medium bodied. Carbonation stays high and lively in the mouth. Too bad the taste doesn't warrant any attention.
The bottle is pretty sweet though....otherwise skip this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.59/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden body rests beneath a rocky head of densely creamy, bright white foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves wide, creamy rings throughout the glass. The nose displays grainy, hay-like malt and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is creamy, light and smooth with just a gentle caress on the tongue from its very fine, restrained carbonation. Bold bitterness assaults the palate immediately, with its mild malt and grassy and citrusy hops taking a back seat; but it mellows with subsequent tastings and becomes quite nice. It finishes dry but creamy, without a bold lingering bitterness; and just some hay-like maltiness as a reminder of what's still in your glass. A decent session beer!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Figured I'd drink something French to celebrate Bastille Day. Comes in a 22oz swing-top green bottle, which thankfully was kept dark enough to keep it from being skunky. Pours a clear golden hue with minimal head, and fairly large bubbles. Nice crisp, clean smell of light hops and some yeast. Lightly astringent on the front of the palate, becoming bitter towards the back. Well-balanced flavor, with notes of light honey, sharp hops, and a faint flourish of citrus towards the front. Mouthfeel is slightly foamy, but overall pretty good. Vive la France!

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An attractive green swing-top bottle makes me favorably disposed toward this brew, though I know this could make it a bit skunky. Yet upon pouring it offers a big bitter aroma, a bit skunky indeed, but not off-putting. Color is pale yellow, with a slight haze, and a frothy head. After getting a noseful of bitterness, the first taste is actually somewhat sweet. Despite low ABV, it’s actually rather warming. Taste becomes bitter as you go further down, then brings out some dryness and finally a touch of champagne. Hop bill goes straight for the bitterness, with a little pepper. I dunno, I just liked this.

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Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing top bottle pours an effervescent lemon.golden with 3 fingers of white head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Slight malt sweetness & iron

T: Malt sweetness, a little grainyness, & slightly grainyness up front. Slight butterscotch & cardboard as this continues. Finishes with a little honey malt, grapefruitty, quenching & a little dry

MF: Medium bodied with okay balance

Drinks alright, just doesnt quite come together. Worth a try, would let this warm up a little more next time

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Photo of hotstuff
2.87/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dayton, OH AleFest:I was not very impressed with this beer as in my opinion it lacks flavor and character.It was a rather boring drink.It had a small sized off-white head with fine sized bubbles that mostly dissipated.It had a clear body with very little carbonation noted.The hue was yellow-gold and its nose was lightly malty, lightly hoppy and fruity.It had a mild bitter flavor to it along with a smooth, thin, watery and light-medium bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of Brent
3.43/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to wonder if my sample was a bit aged. No oxidation, but I got the feeling that, at one point, the beer had a bit more hops, which had mellowed into the background. Rather malty - with some lighter flavors of unfiltered apple cider. A bit of hops, but not much. Finished with a light sweetness.

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Photo of Gusler
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a luminous gold color, the head prodigious in size, spumous in texture and bright white in color, the residual lace a fine covering sheet. The nose is mostly malt, slightly sweet, crisp and clean and pleasant as noses go. Start as is the nose, mostly malt and sweet, top is skimpy in feel, the finish nicely carbonated, the hops apropos to the style, dry lingering aftertaste, a drinkable beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Zorro
1.88/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear yellow beer.

Smells mildly of grain and citrus, mild perfume.

Tastes kind of off. Starts ok then gives this wet dog taste. Nasty after taste. YUCK! France needs to go to Belgium for some beer making lessons!

Mouthfeel is Malt Liquor.

Less Drinkable than even MGD.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The pour was a light golden yellow with a good two finger choppy white head that quickly dissapated and left a thin white lace on top of the beer.

The smell was a pungent pilsner smell, very heavy in sour hops and light skunk. As the beer warmed a sweet malt scent crept into the nose.

The drink started with a thin offering of sweet malts with a slight fruit kick. The middle was a quick hit of light hops followed by a clean watery finish. There was a complete and total lack of flavor that lingered after the drink.

I was quite unimpressed with the watered down flavors and light nose. Still with the clean finish it was a refreshing beer. Might hide one or two of these in the beer fridge for a lawnmower beer this summer.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ouch!!!! Very disappointed, this brew was nothing like I had anticipated.
The body is at best a medium...crown was nice for a short while at a full finger, nice glass cling.
Carbonation is slight and aroma of the skunk.
The taste is far more balanced than anticipated, slight hop beginning with a nasty transition to the grainy malts as a finish.
Leaves a sweet light mouthcoating.
Nothing bitter here.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at the Capitol Market in Salem, thought I might as well give it a go, seeing how attractive the bottle was.
looks pretty inviting in the glass pale , ever so slight haze,nice sized bubbly white head, goes fast but leaves substancial lace.
Smell is slightly "skunked" but not that bad..some nice grassy ,Euro style hops.
The taste is better than I expected,,its a typical European lager but they have done a good job meshing the quite substancial malts with a good hop bite..quite smooth and only small bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was a letdown though a wee bit too thin even for a lager..slightly watery.
This is actually not a bad beer for its style I was expecting much worse after their Amber I tasted earlier in the year.

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Photo of granger10
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thought I'd give this a try. Upon opening its burst out all over my friends floor leaving me with about half the bottle. wtf!? That was odd and I'm pissed, I know it wasn't shaken or anything. After I can finally pour the beer it comes out with a huge head. Slight red tint to the otherwise pale yellow body. Very, very carbonated. Aroma is kind of skunky and a little grainy. I guess I get bitterness too, but it's mostly skunky to me. This bottle could be old but with no dating I can't tell. Flavor has a little malt but barely any. A decent fruity hop flavor is there but its mostly bitterness. Finish is acidic and unpleasing. The start is alright really but I can't take the finish. Not too good. Atleast the bottle is cool.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark gold color, big white head. Said bitter on the label, but this definitely doesn't remind me of a bitter. Smells like another damn euro lager. Grass, Malt, yawn. Taste is very metallic. Not good. France should not be brewing beer, so far they are 0 for 2 in my book. Avoid this stuff.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No question this is a good bitter but it isn't my style. Low carbonation and head. Taste is too hoppy.

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Photo of thelagerheads
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this mainly for the swing-top bottle for homebrewing. I figured instead of paying $3 for an empty bottle I'd put down a dollar more and get a brew out of the deal. It wasn't worth much more than that empty sterilized sparkling green bottle I would have gotten plus I'd still have my hard-won buck-a-bill. I remember my brother collected beer cans when I was a wee little animal and many of the names of the empty cans come flying through my head at odd moments for no particular reason. Schmidts. Rolling Rock. Red, White & Blue. Old Frothingslosh! But the one that came to mind when I tasted this one and still does is Champale! I think there was a standard version and a pink concoction. I never tasted them but this is what I would imagine that it tasted like: a beer and a cheap champagne spilled into the same bucket and consumed by the deprived and the profane. A limp-wristed little back biter that gives you the throw-up face with a little lemon squeezed into the bile.

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Photo of Redrover
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 oz green swing top. Minimal label on neck. No freshness dating.

The beer pours a bright gold with a massive white head. Sticky lacing.

The beer smells of floral hops, grass and bit of sulfur.

The taste is somewhat grassy with a bit of light bitterness and floral hops. The sulfur taste lingers barely noticeable in the background. I was hoping for a bit more bitterness from a bitter …. Turns a bit sour late.

Very thin mouth. A somewhat drinkable beer, but not one I would search out on a regular basis.

I know they call this a beer of Alsace, but any area once part of Germany should be able to produce a better beer!

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Photo of Suds
3.13/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and effervescent, with a frothy white head. This beer has a robust bitterness, with very little sweetness. Seemed slightly sour and astringent. I liked the swing top bottle too. To me, the aroma seemed one-dimensional.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: A very distinctive 1 Pint 6 fl.oz. (22 ounce) green glass bottle which has the words ‘FISCHER Bière d’Alsace’ embossed on the neck, with four large oval motifs embossed on the concave body. The unique look is completed with the used of a ceramic swing top. No freshness date, but there is a smudged black ink mark on the ceramic cap that may well have been a legible date at some point. Only a thin orange fading to green top to bottom paper label that covers the swing top decorates the bottle. Listed as ‘Fischer Alsace Bitter’, and 4.9% alc./vol.

Appearance: Light yellow-golden body, macro lager look overall that is far from offensive but leaves one with some trepidation about what to expect once this gets in the mouth. Exceptionally lucid body reveals many a streamer, again supporting the macro look. The massive frothy and crusty off-white head however forms a rocky floating mass from the fiery carbonation as this is poured into my Imperial Pint Glass. It soon relaxes to meteor hit surface which in turn eventually settles down to a thin ¼” but not before it leaves some very nice looking lace on the Glass walls.

Nose: Sharp floral hops and some cheap white wine like character. Extremely light toasted malts mingle with some fresh cut grass which lead you back to the floral aspects of the hops, or hop oils that are used.

Taste: Classic French Hop profile, they are there, but they are typically restrained in character and add only a floral-bitterness. At times, this drinks like a perfumed cheap Champagne of sorts. Lively, zesty feel on the tongue pin pricks the cheeks with grassy hay like bitterness. The malts are exceptionally mild and always take a back seat. Finishes with a very dry end, Brut-ish; again the finish reminds me of a super dry White Wine. A little off-putting at times. Realtively clean but not that appealing on a few levels.

Mouthfeel: Strange feel overall, typically Euro-Lager like in consistency, spritzy carbonation on the tongue leaves some floral bitterness on the cheeks – which yet again, feels closer to a cheap sparkling bubbly for me.

Drinkability: Easy enough on the senses, but not something that I could drink all night; I could only handle a couple of these to be honest on a hot day, and maybe even with a spicy meal.

Overall: The word Bitter can be misleading if you are unfamiliar with French Bière, but in the context that it is set in, this *is* a relatively bitter offering, though nothing outstanding, and it most certainly should not be confused with the English interpretation of the style, or the levels of bitterness seen in some US hop-monsters. Not that bad, but nothing that would have me jumping on a plane to Charles de Gaulle Airport, nor even crossing the Channel from England come to think about it. Clean and worth a try, but just the once.

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2.94/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a beautiful resealable bottle a nice golden color with a huge head almost 2inches into a pilsner glass. The head stuck around for a couple minutes and left a really wonderful lacing. This beer gets points for presentation, but unfortunately goes down hill from there. The smell is of light hops and sweet malts. Almost a little fruit lingering behind the overwhelming musky smell that I think is characteristic of the Euro lagers. Taste: is of mild hops on the tip which quickly diminishes into a malty body, and a slightly bitter after taste. The carbonation appears to be much more than it actually is(it is moderate, but looks high in the glass) I had kinda high expectations for this beer, I had always heard good things, but I am slightly disappointed. I guess that it just doesn't stand up to some others of the style in my eyes. Overall this beer is fairly easy to drink, and the bitterness is not too overwhelming. Not bad, but not great. I wish the taste stood up to the presentation.

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Fischer Bitter from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
Beer rating: 2.89 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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