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Brewed by:
Bitburger Brauerei
Germany
bitburger.de

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Premium Pils

Note first the bright, fresh golden colour and rich frothy head so typical of this elegant Pilsner beer. Its refined herbal notes are delicately poised, followed by a nutty and honeyed aftertaste. The overall impression of this gently sparkling beer is one of deep harmony, with the unmistakeable bitterness of the hops balanced and contained by an agreeable, mellow sweetness in the body.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

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Reviews:
852
Ratings:
1,936
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
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Photo of wayne2000
4.94/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing lager, better by the pump but still good in can or bottle.

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Photo of Shenk87
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BUSCHBAVARIAN
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A few years ago I watched a beer show on TV & they had a fella that is "officially " listed as the Guinesss book of records for the most different beers tasted ( they never said how that claim was officially made ). Anyhow, based on the # they said he had tasted ,I don't remember the exact #, but I do remember that I had probably tasted "twice" as many as that official #. I actually, have a list of just about every beer I have tasted since my first beer about 50 years ago, with a rating for each.
BITBURGER is on my top 3 list of beers ALL TIME. I am fortunate to be able to buy it locally & I ALWAYS have a case or two in my house. Nuf said.

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Photo of tahoevision
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanLane
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rocketcat
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bitburger premium beer is strong tasting beer. Not quite fit for food beer, but good for standalone drinking and maybe some spicy snacks.

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Photo of antonyliu
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip

Look:
Golden straw color. Martinelli's apple cider color; White fizzy head. It's very inviting with the small stream of bubbles working upwards. Appearance is fantastic.

Smell:
Malt, bread, honey, and biscuit. Band-aid and skunk.

Taste:
Grainy, malty, and roasty. Finishes tingly and bitter. Medicinal.

Feel:
Though it looks light, the body feels full. It’s sparkling and zippy.

Overall:
Something about this beer I like. Though it’s a little skunky, the sparkling, refreshing taste coupled with the honey sweetness give it a nice character. At the price point ($2.99 for bottle) it’s very affordable. I would definitely get it again.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Taste: some grainy, wheat, citrus notes, mild, clean and thin finish. Same with the nose. Golden hue, clear, smaller head some lace. Light body. Wish it had more pop. Had years ago.

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Photo of DarkStar75
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice frothy head, clear golden color. Very smooth bready malt and light floral hop flavor, perfectly balanced and delicious. Its the gold standard for pilsners/lagers in my opinion..doesn't have the bitter finish of an Urquell. Not surprising at all that its so popular in Germany..my only complaint is that it isn't more widely available in the US.

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Photo of Marvicsin
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkrug5
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with an amber color and thin, fading head. Sharp carbinaton leads the tast, which is a floral hop forward and light bodied brew. There is a sweet malt note that blooms with a cream and alcohol palate. The finish is dry witj a slight touch of spice. Not bad for such a large brewer.

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Photo of ghooul
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRFounder
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of denver10
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMH73
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light golden color with a one inch white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Smells and tastes of bready malts, lemon, grassy notes, pepper and floral notes. Light bodied, medium carbonation, watery mouth feel, light bitterness with a mildly dry finish. Overall a disappointment.

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Photo of Captain68
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of WillWillows
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of natzalot
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml can into glass. Dating stamping on can bottom - '2019.01.09 2018.01.09 00:02'.
Clear, pale gold colored body. One finger, brilliant white head which settles to thin cap and ring. Left behind are a few strings of lacing.
Aroma of bready malt, with floral and spicy hops. Fills the nostrils effectively.
Taste continues from the aroma, with soft bready malts and floral and spicy hops, with a little pepper in the last half. A little spicy but no bitterness.
Thin to medium mouth feel, with a pleasant softness throughout. Good carbonation.
Easy drinking pilsner with more malt than others. Excellent session choice on the patio during languid, warmer weather. Much better than drinking an AAL, but I did not find an ABV% designation on the can.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(500 ml can, canned 2017.11.29... poured into a straight-sided glass mug)

L: crystal-clear, pale gold liquid; three-finger tall stand of open, rocky-spongy white foam on the pour - collapsed slow, then a second pour filled the mug... thought it would hold its head more firmly, but it receded greatly, left only a few thin streaks of crystalline lace

S: pretty typical German pils aromas: floral/herbal hops jutting out atop soft pilsner malt base, subtle spicy phenols, lightly-peppery - standard all around, shows little degradation with age/storage

T: similar expressions of flavor on the palate, with the malt being a little plumper in the middle and the finish having a sharper, brighter phenolic note and pungent, peppery bitterness... could easily bump this up a few abv and have a champagnesque malt liquor

F: light-bodied, but with a noticeable delicate, mildly-syrupy viscosity which prevents a watery finish... maybe a lot of the gas spilled out on the pour, because the carbonation was a little soft... its bitter zip leaves a refreshing sting on the palate, kinda offsetting its shapeless malt construct

O: nondescript, everyman German pale lager, I guess... what stands out is it's more maltier than expected... gotta recheck the price, but it wasn't too expensive and is a tastier, more substantial substitute for any AAL or mild-abv malt liquor

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Photo of Zylod
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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