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German Pilsner
Ranked #579
Ranked #45,904
3.49 | pDev: 16.05%
Bitburger Brauerei
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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.
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Photo of OK_Denise
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess this is an okay Pilsner. Nothing super special about it. It is an average to below average tasting bier with a so-so finish, according to my taste. As always, I encourage people to try it and see how they like it, never depend on someone else's tastes!

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OK_Denise from Oklahoma, May 17, 2020
Photo of jkblr
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL can stamped 2020.09.04 2019.09.04 (7 months old) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 4.8% ABV. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Slight lacing. The aroma is faint with pils malt and floral hops. The taste is semisweet pils malt and medium floral hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, good. It's a shame we can't get this fresh.

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jkblr from Indiana, May 02, 2020
Photo of mnj21655
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear very pale straw in color with nearly two fingers of long lasting white head. Aroma has grainy and honey malt notes along with spicy hops. Taste has grainy Pilsner malt upfront and spicy hop notes along with a medium-high bitterness in the finish. Medium-light body with prickly high carbonation. Overall a well constructed beer but it just doesn’t quite hit the right notes for me. It’s drinkable for sure but I’m not exactly hankering for another glass.

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mnj21655 from Massachusetts, Apr 30, 2020
Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium yellow/gold with minimal head.
Smell is faint malt and grain.
Taste is mild malt but mostly grain and corn with a slight dry finish.

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DrMullet from Florida, Apr 12, 2020
Photo of cjgiant
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 10/19:
Perfectly clear golden with a foamy white top that craters and laces as it fades to a white puck atop the beer.

Nose is grain cereal, light bread, and a mix of grass and minerals. The taste gets more of the bitterness, with just a brief taste of the malt notes up front. Green, herbal grass and a mineral, near metallic note gain before mid-taste. Dry, mineral, hay-like finish.

On the bitter side, but fairly clean and pretty refreshing. Wonder if I can find it a little fresher and bump my ratings up a tad.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Apr 09, 2020
Photo of REVZEB
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bubbly golden body with a pearl white head. Smells strongly of grains, more lager like malts then pils, grass, and slight flower. Taste hits up front with the malt, more pilsner than smell let on, with sharp grass and a gentle cascading bitterness to finish. Feel is bready, grainy, sharp towards the end of the sip, and highly carbonated. Nice pils. The wife liked it

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REVZEB from Illinois, Apr 03, 2020
Photo of BJB13
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed a very drinkable four pack of these. It’s bright and mostly clean with a small chewy aftertaste but seem a little heavy and sweet for a pils. I probably would never turn one of these down but probably will not buy when shopping for Pilsner.

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BJB13 from Maryland, Mar 14, 2020
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3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark gold with heavy visible carbonation on a fresh keg. One finger of white head with good retention.

Smell: Bready yeast.

Taste: Biscuity malt, mild bitterness with little hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin. Good carbonation.

Overall: A simple, standard pils.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Mar 13, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

somehow i have never had and reviewed a bitburger after all these years and beers? seems like a terrible oversight, but such is life. its a famous pils for a reason, lighter than a lot of them but with a character all of its own, a beer for drinking, old worldy, well refined, nicely fermentation forward for a lager, and quite minimal in terms of malt, its a nice balance, its own mix, and really something that hit the mark for me in this most recent interaction. this is light and crisp and clean, with some obvious mineral character, a brightness almost unrivaled, especially in draft form, and with a certain summery easiness about it that i am really drawn to. it might not warm up super well, and this might seem like the german equivalent to heineken to some, but its a very good pils, iconic even, and it has a place in any beer fridge i care to drink from. i find this a curious mix of refreshing and heartily satisfying, so few beers can deliver that. i think this is an important beer, nice on draft, and better than its ratings here. why the hate? i think its highly authentic and indicative of the style.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L- Incredibly clear with a straw gold color. Virtually no head.
S- Not very much on the nose. Some rice and grain which brings a bit of sweetness.
T- A little bit of bitterness and a decent amount of grain. Tastes pretty filtered. Easy to drink. Nothing off putting in anyway other than it seems to be watery at times. Refreshing for sure.
F- Light. Crisp.
O- I'd call this an adjunct German lager. It's an import lager that's more enjoyable than not, I guess. Just something to crush though. Where there are pilsners that have nuances and interesting qualities, there is nothing special here. Just an easy beer to wash down bar food. I can think of at least 5 euro pilsners I'd pick over this beer any given day, but it's better than Heineken.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear pale yellow with a soft white head settling to a fluffy persistent blanket that's thick at the ridges.

Corn Pops with white grape accented by grass and wild weeds make for an overall semi-bitter pils.

This has a good bite to it that brings out a little toasted cracker on the softly semi-dry swallow. The smooth medium-light body transitions to prickly mid-palate, and wow, this is actually quite complex, and not one note at all. The bite really brings it together.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jan 31, 2020
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3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold producing 3 fingers of white, foamy, clumpy head that leaves streaks of lace. Aroma is bready, cracker, light grain, pilsner malt, lemon, grass and thin honey. Taste is light but clean pilsner malt, cracker, lemon, honey and grass. Somewhat dry but not so much so as many of the German Pilsners I've tried. Noble hops are pleasantly noticeable giving a pleasant bitterness to the finish and aftertaste. There is a light skunk evident in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation; crisp but not clean the bitterness is tongue embracing and lasting. If indeed it is Germany's number one draft beer it makes sense what is this is an exceptional session brew.

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Photo of DamnBecker
4.94/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cleanest and best tasting beer to ever be mass produced, now that this regularly imported to the US (Chicago or CT?) we should start buying this over American craft lagers.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with 2 finger head. Smells of light bready malt, bit of honey, grass, apple. Flavor follows, with a moderately high bitterness, thin mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Amendm
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An average pour from a 500-ml. can yielded a finger of white soapy foam with long retention and blotches of lace. Clear yellow-straw color, a few fine rising bubbles support a lasting cap.

Light smell of crackery Pilsner malt with biscuit dough and faint herbal hops.

Semi-sweet and mildly bitter, a faint toasted malt taste merges with lemon and pepper.
A general grain taste and some lightly toasted wheat bread arrive as spicy bitterness builds. The finish is neutral, crisp, quick and clean...typical Pilsner. Almost no aftertaste.

Light body with ample carbonation, easy drinker. Smooth with a soft feel at first, then it gets a little spicy/peppery. A Pilsner fan's must try, so true to style.

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Amendm from Rhode Island, Nov 25, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a fairly clear golden yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like clean grassy and spicy hops, biscuity malt, and herbal aromas.

This is a dependable no frills pilsner. There's a crackery and biscuity malt backbone, not too sweet, with a solid and bitter hop character - mostly grassy, slightly spicy and herbal. It's what I imagine a German-style pilsner would taste like when I imagine it.

This is light bodied, and very drinkable, with a nice level of drinkabilty.

This is a classic for a reason. It's a very well done beer.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Nov 03, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer, nothing fancy or crazy , pours a gorgeous golden color, nice foamy head that sticks. Flavor is very pilsnery if that makes sense lol, really clean with a slight after taste, it’s an okay beer not one for all day or even maybe after 3 for my taste.

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Tacoma223 from New York, Oct 24, 2019
Photo of TheDoctor
4.21/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap
Consumed: Sep-25-2019

Pours a flawless, crystal clear, gold with a nice, sticky white head that sticks around at a couple fingers thick, beehive lacing. The aroma and flavor are inseperable and classicly German pils-esque: clean light malt, crackery body, a mineral/carbonic bite and an old-world hop presence that serves the same purpose: balancing it out and leading you to another sip. Dry and crisp as could be, active carbonation, extremely drinkable. This is just a textbook beer for the style and an enjoyable beer in general. I've had it many times both in Germany and elsewhere, and it is just plain good.


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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Oct 08, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After over 700 biers I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this yet. But for 0.49 euros at Aldis for a 330ml can let’s give it a whirl. ( I was almost offended by the can being so small) Popping the top I get foam and some floral hops. Pours to a bright yellow with a super bright white pillowy head. Taste has nice mouthfeel good bitterness up front with a subdued flowing maltiness. A very standard but good selection for German Bier worldwide.

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Photo of BoiseBoiseBop
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beer. The flavor profile just hits the exact spot I want. Better than, and is better than Warsteiner which is also a German Pils that costs less, and com,es in bottles. I got this Bitburger in a 1 PT 0.9 Oz. 4 pack of cans for about 10 bucks . Beautiful golden straw color. Nice head retention, I don't get the other reviews, this is a strong point and has a lasting thick and rocky head on pour, and substantial retention throughout the drink . Sparse initial carbonation and disappointing as the beer stayed in the glass and could be much better, but not flat by any means.
Flavor is very balanced with yeast, malts, and a noticeable and delightful hop bitter finish. Perfect for snacking with pretzels, tropical dried fruit mix, semi sweet animal crackers and bitter bakers chocolate . I get it close to freezing and the overall medium light taste is glorious on a fall day.

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Photo of Nass
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The pour is as yellow as can be. The carbonation is lively & bubbly but I do agree with the head falling flat too quickly from the initial pour into the pilsner glass. The taste seems to make up for things because i'm enjoying this white baked bread note as well as a mild steam cabbage note too. In addition to, there is also a slight lemon note that does not lingers too much on the tongue as compared to other German Pilsners that I've had in the past. Cheers! B-

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Nass from Florida, Sep 02, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Head is almost non-existent and dissolves into the nice gold colour of the beer. Taste is mildly reminiscent of an Oktoberfest - bready but not thick or chewy. Finishes with the bready taste, some carbonation, but not bad.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very light straw color, totally transparent. A good pilsner, lacking the typical suboptimal lager flavor. In fact, no off-flavors to speak of. Didn't do anything to wow us, but all in all a fine example of the style.

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Photo of JA_26
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic. Clean, crisp and refreshing German pils. I drank a lot of this in my younger years; I had forgotten how well done this beer is. Considering it's price is much less than local American-made pils that sometimes aren't as good, i may have to get more of this for my fridge.

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JA_26 from Pennsylvania, Jun 24, 2019
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3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours straw yellow with a two finger creamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet grains and light floral hops.

T - The taste is bready malts, sweet corn and a nice hop bite in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice soft finish.

O - Solid German pilsner. Nice easy drinker.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Jun 22, 2019
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