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Bitburger LightBitburger Light

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Bitburger Brauerei

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by garymuchow on 08-26-2003

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 8
Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had skipped this beer over for years. I generally don't do the light beer scene. Definately a surprise that this was amazingly easy to not only drink but enjoy.

All of the character of the beer holds true to the original Bitburger flavor. The hop presence is undeniable in aroma and flavor. Very fragrant with floral and pungent hop blends. A back up malt sweetness balances the hops in an inviting, mouthwatering fashion.

The beer sets apart from most German lagers with it's lesser body. I didn't miss much in the taste, but with the low body, the carbonation gets a little over done and distracting while the beer lacks the smoothness and roundness that make these lagers so drinkable.

The characteristic Bitburger vegital / worty flavors are stand out much more in this beer than the original, but still doesn't deter from the taste too much.

On of the lighter beers that I would certainly pay for and enjoy again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I just finished sampling the regular Bitburger, so this should be an interesting comparison. That said, why do single bottles of light lagers look like eye candy to me even though the style is blah? Is it because I'm seraching for a light beer with flavor? Is it because I enjoy making fun of these creations? I don't know why, but I do know I spotted Bitburger Light for the first time just last night. Let's see what this lighter sibling has to offer. On to the beer:

The color is a shade lighter than the original, more of a pale straw with a moderate head on top. Smell is slightly sweet with some grain, and clean. So far, it's just a dumbed down Bitburger.

Now it gets interesting, the taste. Here goes...what's this? There's some flavor, and it doesn't turn horribly gross at any time. It's still a watery Bitburger though, but it's tolerable. Spritzy carbonation hits the tongue at first before the flavor creeps in. A little astringency kicks in before drying up. Doesn't feel light at all.

Not bad for a light beer, but I'll take the regular Bit any day or time. I didn't read the back of the bottle until now, but there's just 89 calories and 3.5 grams of carbohydrates per 12 ounce bottle. Much has to do with the super-low 2.8% ABV, which makes it a decent choice if you want to stay sober and drink lots of beer.

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Photo of Redrover
2.54/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck. Note that the label says only 89 calories.

The beer pours a light gold with a decent and fairly dense white heard.

Not much aroma at all. Just a bit of grass and a hint of flowers.

The taste is better than the smell. It is a bit sweet with an underpinning of herbal hops. There is also a bit of cornflake taste. Not much here, but there is no off or chemical tastes.

Good carbonation can not overcome a predictably thin mouth. Would be easy enough to drink if you wanted to turn your taste buds off for the night. Still a better option then most light beers which is kind of like saying a player is the best Pittsburgh Pirate, just kidding Buco fans :).

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Photo of ADR
2.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear pale gold, darker than some Lights. Medium sized large-bubbled head, flat at about 1/4 of an inch and with some duration. No lasting laces, some scant strings. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, dry with slight sulfur. Flavor is decent for a Light, an uncomplicated honey, bare nuttiness, and a decided hop snap that lingers into the aftertaste -- bitter but not juicy. The body is scant and the finish watery, but I can't see an alternative for that in a Light Lager. Actually, for style, I'd recommend this beer -- though there's not enough positive for me to see myself buying it again.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of a classic German lager just rather light in intensity overall. Nice malt base with fresh hop quality. Pours with a huge white head with slow settling and some lacing. Yellow gold and crystal clear. Taste is fairly watery and quite bitter. Not enough of a malt base to back or support (probably why it's only 89 calories). Might be better if served ice cold. Standard thinness for style (somewhat watery) with mild carbonation. A decent attempt at light beer, but too bitter with a unpleasant long lingering that just doesn't make it.

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Bitburger Light from Bitburger Brauerei
2.68 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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