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Pilsner - German
Ranked #646
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3.5 | pDev: 16%
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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JuanS from South Africa

4.72/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very "commercial" but this was my first ever German beer I had, so maybe a bit biased towards it...... Bought from a small corner shop in Frankfurt on my first trip to Germany. Had it on the sidewalk straight out of the bottle. Loved the slight honey and refreshing taste.

Ordered on line as soon as I got back to South Africa, and still tasted great. Surprisingly affordable back home and much better than anything available from South African Breweries......This started my love for German beer!

Sep 10, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent and classic Pilsner in all respects ... Tastes crisp and cold and am enjoying after mowing the lawn on a muggy and hot August evening ... Hell. It's German!

Sep 01, 2021
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 16.9oz can dated 11/17/20-11/17/21 into a taster glass (remainder from the can).

Pours a translucent light golden yellow with white head.

Smells of citrus spice/zest and sweet corn.

Tastes a bit skinny. Light bread and bitterness.

Skunkiness dominates aftertaste. Medium carbonation.

Overall, a bit disappointing. Too much skunk. Would like to try fresher.

Jul 05, 2021
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BigIronH from Michigan

3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The can I had was quite old so I’ll start off with that for perspective. Straw gold color, a finger of head dissipating quickly. Smell of bread and honey, light hop undertone of grass and lemon. Taste follows suit with the honey cracker flavor taking center stage and some light tart lemon on the backend and very subtly hops finishing off. Feel is crisp and refreshing

Jul 04, 2021
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario 500ml at 4.8%
poured a 1finger head into glass good carbonation .
taste is a solid pilsner beer i like it very much .
easy drinking and very refreshing .
would buy this german pils again.

Jun 22, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

SRM 4, mild head lightly soapy with a massive carbonation ratio, delightful from the appearance. Bitburg is closer to Luxembourg and Belgium, than czech were the original pilsner was developed, so how this has become Germany's No. 1 draft beer doesn't seem to be fully credible.

Lager sweetness from the scent, malty aromas with a small hint of hops. 4.8% abv.

First taste impressions are massively flavourful. In your face maltiness, slightly toasted backbone, but nothing too overwhelming. Crisp and dry finish, mild hoppiness that lingers in the rears from the single hallertau hop used. Nothing about this bad, and I could easily see why this is considered one of the best for its country.

Jun 20, 2021
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HopHunterCL from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml canned 3/24/21
Pours a brilliant golden color with a thick frothy head.
Aroma is cracker malt backed by some cut grass and floral notes.
Taste follows the nose. Sweetness up front is well balanced by a bitter hoppy finish.
Overall this is an excellent example of a German Pilsner. Especially at less than 3 months old and @ $5.99 for a 500 ml 4 pack.

Jun 13, 2021
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw. Forty white head. 4
Aroma - bread dough - honestly, lots of pizza dough. Light floral hops. 4.25
Taste is a little hoppier than nose suggests. Light malt character. Clean. 4.25
Feel is light-medium bodied withe medium carbonation and finishes semi-dry. 4.25
Overall - very easy drinking. 4.5

Apr 11, 2021
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look... Pale clear yellow. It looks like very carbonated beer. The kind of beer i like to chug when thirsty Cheers
Smell...faint smell of rice and hops and not much going on here compared to some of the incredible smells of craft beers overall. I am not sure if you can consider Bitburger craft because of the immense mountains of cans they sell all over the world.
Taste...rice driven front end until a sweet maltiness comes on to a ridiculously crisp. yum
Feel...a great part of this beer. Zesty perfection that invites consumption. prickly
Overall... i am definitely going to be prepping these ice cold in the cooler on a hot day, yup. Very nice to me and would recommend to anyone who likes Helles and Pilsners. Freshness is my only concern and i like to grab these where there is a good rotation on these. I believe there are dates of canning or BB on the can on the package

Apr 07, 2021
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BNSlums from Washington

3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is bright yellow and transparent with rapidly rising bubbles and good lacing. It smells of spicy hops and straw. A burst of floral notes on the palate along with classic hallertau hops and a touch of sweet malt. It feels pleasantly soft. All around a great and pure Pilsner. True to style and complex in subtlety. I think it is one of the better available commercial Pils in the USA.

Mar 27, 2021
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can dated: 10/21/20

L: Pours a pale straw color with excellent clarity. A gentle pour yields two fingers of fine, white head. The head has good retention falling to a substantial 3mm ring around the circumference of the glass with a splotchy film of head in the middle of the glass sustained by a plethora of carbonation streamers rising from the bottom. It leaves a nice spotty lacing as the beer is drained.

S: Cereal grain character, a light bready note, fresh cut hay, and a subtle hint of earthy spice. Pretty standard for the style.

T: Upfront, I get a light note of lemon quickly subsumed by some sweet grainy malt character with notes of bread crust. Mid palate I get some earth notes and a substantial presence of fresh cut hay. On the backend some nice noble hop spiciness comes in mixing with more earth and light notes of lemon. The finish has a nice spicy and earthy bitterness

F: Light bodied with high to medium-high carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a bit of dryness on the finish. There is also a bit of minerality that comes in on the backend. That being said, the mouthfeel is a bit watery compared to other German examples of the style (e.g. Rothaus or Einbecker).

O: Very solid pils that is only average in the mouthfeel department, but hits the right notes in all other categories. Even at just under 5 months old this beer has held up very well and dare I say drinks better than many a new-wave American take on the style. Highly recommended whether you are on a budget or not!

Mar 16, 2021
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty gold with a little head and lacing. Smells of crackery malt, hops, some citrus. Tastes pretty darn close to style; malty, biscuity, a little sweet with maybe a faint glimpse of honey, and a little hop bite as well. It’s well carbonated and goes down the hatch with relative ease. I’ve had better pils and lagers, but this is decent and the price is right, cheers!

Mar 13, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a very pale yellow/golden color, with a thin white head that leaves the glass fairly quick. Classic pilsner look.
S: Smells very much like hay initially, has a nice bready aroma & some hoppiness as well.
T: The bread flavor is nice, slightly skunky, definitely has a straw aftertaste.
F: High carbonation with a thin feeling to it, goes down smooth.
O: A decent beer for it's style.

Nov 28, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My go-to German pilsner. At $5.99 4 pack of 16.9 oz cans, i's almost as good as another easily accessible German Pilsner in my area, Weihenstephaner Pilsner, which costs $12.99 for a six pack of 11.2 oz bottles.

Nose: Hoppy, lemony, biscuit, white bread crust, unsalted crackers, some white pepper, hay, and faint grass notes.

Look: Classic pilsner, penty of bubbles streaming up, very light gold. Not yellow as a adjunct lager, but a light golden hue.

Taste Follows the nose. Sweet malts also come through.

Mouthfeel: Light with medium carbonation. Very clean and crisp. You can feel the German hops.

Overall: A winner. Not my favorite German Pilsner, as I tend to favor Jever, Rothaus Pils, and Weihenstephaner. But it's inexpensive, well crafted, and extremely enjoyable drinking.

Nov 22, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - poured from a pint can. straw yellow in color, transparent, a lot head that mostly dissipates, but leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing.
Smell - plenty of malts and a bit of spiciness.
Taste - a lot of malty flavor complemented by a good bite of hoppy bitterness. finish is mellow with some malty aftertaste.
Feel - light bodied, high carbonation, and average ABV at 4.8%.
Overall - this is a run-of-the-mill German pilsner with a lot more flavor than its American adjunct counterpart.

Nov 12, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice bright gold that's more on the pale side, nice steady cascading carbonation, and a thin bright white layer of creamy white foam that sticks to the top of the beer and the glass.

S - Grassy, earthy citrus, slight herbal pepper spice, with a little shot of sweet honey malt. Overall aroma is crisp and crackery.

T - A sweet honey malt base lays a good foundation up front before a freight train of hops come sweeping in midway through. Sweet malt up front followed with assertive earthy citrus that builds all the way to the end and continues to do so even after the sip.

M - Big medium body with carbonated pricklies on the tongue and a bone dry finish. The earthy hops coat the sides of the mouth and creates a cotton-like sensation.

O - This is just an all around beautiful Pilsner. It's been awhile since I've had it (not sure why I didn't review it), and just as good as I remember it.

Nov 11, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

TL:DR Better from the can

~~Bottle Review~~

L: Golden and clear. Lacing quickly recedes leaving a most inactive beverage.

S: A bit skunky but plenty of light refreshing malt.

T: German Bud Light. (That's being nice to Bud Light.) A hint of woodiness from the Munich malt. It's decently bitter. Just a little more than enough to balance what would be sweet malt. Not much else going on here, it's pretty straightforward.

F: Very light on the palate. Easy to drink lots of.

O: Tastes fine and is plenty easy to drink. It's basic and won't steal the spotlight. Actually quite flavorful, but in a way that's conducive to having 3 or 4 pints easily.

~~Can Review~~

L: Same appearance except with more carbonation and a steady carbonation stream.

S: Earthy hops over buttery malts. No skunk this time.

T: Much better than the glass. I suspect the can protects the brew better. The malt is like a buttery biscuit. The hops are plenty bitter but not very aromatic (extract). There's a hint of Munich woodiness about it. Balanced and approachable.

F: Lingering bitterness but an otherwise dry refreshing finish.

O: Drinkable and okay. It's not the best, but far from the worst.

Oct 17, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks pale with moderate carbonation. Smells of rice and malts. Tastes of malts and light hops. Drinkable lighter beer. Overall is tasty and nice to have around for something different.

Sep 11, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large white head, fair amount of lacing over a clear yellow body. Aroma of floral hops overshadowed by a mellow, slightly sweet malt presence. Flavor maintains a modestly sweet malt footprint accented with herbal, spicy hops. Distracting metallic note buried in the aftertaste. Clean, short-lived finish.

Aug 10, 2020
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JoKo from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, golden color with a very high amount of carbonation. Two finger white head that lasts for a few minutes. Amazing appearance, exactly what a pilsner should look like. The smell is malts up front. The taste is vinous, biscuity malts and a nice sharp hoppy bitterness in back. Highly drinkable, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, great beer. Spot on representation of style.

Aug 03, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a pilsner glass

A- pours a crystal clear golden color with a two-finger creamy and pillowy white head that seems to retain forever, before settling to leave some lacing behind, perfect looking beer

S- dry bread and roasted grainy malt aromas up front, followed by floral and spicy German hops.Earthy yeast balances it all out

T- sweet and malty up front, with toasted grains, followed by more sweet notes of honey. Mid-palate gives some spicy hops that add an elegant floral character. The finish gives some bready malt with more spicy hops and earthy yeast, lingers of toasted grains and honey

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp, dry finish

O- this one checks all of the boxes for a quality German Pils, well balanced and super drinkable. I'd say that if this beer was graded to style, it would have a higher rating

Jul 20, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has malt and floral hints
The taste follows the nose with malt and floral flavors
A light bodied well carbonated crisp beer
A good Pilsner

Jul 19, 2020
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spectru from Florida

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with white head which forms a fairly persistent skim, some laciness; Has a nice beer smell; Mild but pleasant flavor; Smooth, moderately carbonated; "Germany's No. 1 Draft Beer" This must be Germany's equivalent of what is known here in the US as a popular beer.

Jun 16, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden coloration with a medium, fluffy head and visible carbonation. Smells of sweet, biscuity, doughy malt and subdued floral, grassy hops. Taste follows the nose, with a decent balance of sweet, biscuity, doughy malt and subdued floral, grassy hops, as well as a hint of hay. Finishes crisp and semi-dry with a light/medium bitterness and some sweet malts and floral, grassy hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

A decent, if unremarkable PIlsner that starts out rather sweet, but turns a bit more dry and bitter in the finish. Crisp and refreshing, but also a bit too sweet and rather bland due to a somewhat subdued hoppiness, even at 45 days old, with the focus being a bit more on the malt here. At least it's not overly floral, feeling a bit more grassy instead.

Jun 10, 2020
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JimKal from North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was looking for a nice Pilsner and saw this. I was excited to try it and then tried it.
L: minimal head and light lacing
S: light aroma
T: Very disappointing. Looks like it was canned 5 months ago. Despite being canned this beer has a slightly skunk taste. I wonder about storage on the long journey
F: light bodied
O: I won't buy this again. I've had other German imports that held up better but most seem to take a long time to make it here. I'm not sure if I will even finish the four pack. Life is too short for bad beer.

Jun 09, 2020
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