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Bitburger Brauerei
German Pilsner
Ranked #538
Ranked #27,674
3.49 | pDev: 16.05%
Sunday at 11:52 PM
Oct 02, 2001
Vollendeter hopfenbetonter Pilsgenuss kombiniert mit Leichtigkeit und Eleganz, dazu ein kristallklares, sonniges Strohgelb und ein anhaltender, feinporiger Schaum: Nur aus besten Rohstoffen nach deutschem Reinheitsgebot gebraut, überzeugt unser Bitburger Premium Pils nicht ohne Grund als das meistgezapfte Bier an deutschen Theken. Sein fassfrischer Geschmack macht unser Premium Bier so beliebt.

The perfected delight of pilsener with an accent of hops, combined with ease and elegance, and a crystal-clear, sunny straw-colour and long-lasting, fine head: brewed for almost two hundred years from the finest raw ingredients according to the German purity law, it's not for nothing that our Bitburger Premium Pils is the most popular draft beer in Germany. Its freshly-drawn flavour makes our Premium beer so well-loved.
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Reviewed by MissouriMule from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours pale with a white head that fades quickly.

This is not a very aromatic beer, but there is a balance between malt and hops.

There is less balance in the taste, where the malt clearly plays second fiddle to the hops. This mix is fine by me, and I like the lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is too light to my taste. The carbonation is sharp up front, but leaves a light and somewhat watery mouthfeel to replace it.

This is a very good Pilsner, but it costs 50% more than Wernesgrüner and I am not sure it is half again as good.
Sunday at 11:52 PM
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Reviewed by EVH5150

3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
One of my go-to German Pilsners. I've always loved the crispness, the mouthfeel and that nice, crisp hoppy bite. I think its better than the 79 score here on BA but I have to say that we A/B's it with Pilsner Urquell yesterday and it actually has a soapy quality to it that i've never noticed. Kind of turned me off. Maybe its just a testament to how good Pilsner Urquell is. Both are excellent pilsners IMO. Cant go wrong either way.
Sep 18, 2023
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Brewers notes: The perfected delight of pilsener with an accent of hops, combined with ease and elegance, and a crystal-clear, sunny straw-colour and long-lasting, fine head: brewed for almost two hundred years from the finest raw ingredients according to the German purity law, it's not for nothing that our Bitburger Premium Pils is the most popular draft beer in Germany. Its freshly-drawn flavour makes our Premium beer so well-loved.

“Bitte ein Bit”

On the train from Frankfurt to Munich , served in a chilled bottle

Aroma is malty

Taste is malts, grains and galkertauer hops

The hop tang lingers on the finish . Clean , crisp, smooth

Good beer
Sep 15, 2023
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Reviewed by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16.9 oz can into a pint glass.

A pretty standard German Pils. As others have mentioned, there is the slightest skunkiness to it, but it's not too distracting. Great carbonation, though not sharply so, more in a creamy way; I would prefer it to be crisper. Bitterness is moderate for this style, I like a Pils to be quite bitter. Czech Pils exists as the not-so-bitter variant, Germans should go all in on this front.

Not bad, but there are better choices to me.
Aug 31, 2023
Rated: 4.85 by Kukiz4 from Israel

Aug 25, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by iftcoach from Germany

Aug 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Cathartes from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
16.9 oz can acclimated to 44°F and poured into a bitburger glass. (Straight walls, wider base, narrower rim)

Pours a crystal clear and saturated yellow, bordering on gold with a nearly 2 finger foamy white head, leaving moderate lacing.

Initial aroma is slightly sweet, with a good deal of chewy bready smell. After agitating I notice light alcohol fumes and some hop character.

Initial taste before swallowing is sweet, followed by skunky bitter, followed by dry bitter. After swallowing I notice mostly dry bitter, lasting into the aftertaste, being joined by mild hoppiness. I'm reminded a bit of dry champagne. Slight grassiness, white floral quality, and very light peppery note. The most noticeable taste for me is the dry bitter, it's good, not to the point where it's abrasive. All around satisfying and refreshing, due in part to the relative simplicity.

Mouthfeel is very nice, it's got a creamy feel to it like cappuccino foam. Almost feels like there's foam like the head all throughout the beer, like it's 1/4 foam and 3/4 beer. Terrific.

Overall very solid, a great "easy listening" beer, if you will. Certainly sessionable. The impression I get is, not intended to sip, not intended to crush. intended to drink. I was most impressed with the mouthfeel, and certainly pleased with the taste, which I felt was balanced well.

Likely to buy a 6 pack again a few times in the future. Not my favorite but good for sure.
Aug 11, 2023
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Nothing remarkable about this one, but also nothing overtly offensive. Slight skunkiness but otherwise unassuming pils that drinks fairly light and easy. I'll not seek it out again, but won't turn one down either.
Aug 07, 2023
Rated: 3.64 by siege06nd from Virginia

Jul 22, 2023
Rated: 3.71 by TurboMon_911 from New Jersey

Jul 21, 2023
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Consumed Date: July `6, 2023
1.5 x 333 ml bottles
Bottle Dates: 05.10.2022 (!)
Glass: 0.5 L Pilsner glass

Clear golden yellow with a 2-finger white foamy and rocky head. The head dissipates fairly rapidly to a thin cover with clump of foam, leaving OK lacing along the glass.

Bready and crackery malts with a touch of DMS. A light prickly spiciness can be detected along with a touch of lemon.

The malts from the nose are hear, but they are quickly joined and even overshadowed by a sharp bitterness that does lose its sharpness quickly but stays around. The finish is bitter, though some bready sweetness does remain. The bitterness accumulates with each sip.

Crisp and clean. Mayhaps a tad sharp. The body is about medium-light.

An OK pilsner. Not great, but fine for what it is.
Jul 17, 2023
Rated: 3.79 by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

Jul 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Beautiful beer, pale gold, transparent and capped with a 3 cm white head that left sparse lacing.
The taste is good, has the herbal notes and slight bitterness of Noble hops, some grassy flavors and while I am certain that there are malts in this I am having a hard time finding them.
Light and crisp, easy drinking, another Pilsner that rides on the style name without adding anything to the genre.
Jul 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Ant777uk from England

2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
I reviewed this 8 years ago. I think it needs an update. Many things change in 8 years, not only beers.

Hop extract plus hops is a bit unexpected in the ingredients, considering this is German and not English. It's never a good sign. Also it says "Premium Pils". Also not a good sign. The best beers and the best people, never advertise themselves as being the best. Check out Belgian beers. They say nothing about how good they are. The worst beer in the world, Carlsberg, advertises the most. Because without it, they would not exist.

Looks totally perfect. Amazing colour, perfect pilsner head. Aroma is a little light in hops. More like a Helles.

Bitter. Complex bitterness. I guess it's why they called it Bitburger. It's definitely not a crypto coin. Yet it's also still quite sweet. The bitterness doesn't quite hide the sweetness. For me this is more of a bitter Helles than a pilsner. But I'm not a Helles expert. Just an IPA, pilsner and every other beer expert, except Helles.

It's a great beer. Not particularly aromatic. It's like they have ignored the nose and just focused on the bitter and sweet detection from the tongue. It's 2 dimensional, as opposed to 4 dimensional like a Radeberger, or 9 dimensional like a Chouffe IPA or many from the West Coast.

This isn't as punchy bitter as other bitter pilsners and IPA's. It's because of the "hop extract". It's added to try and add fake bitterness. And if you are amazing like me, you can detect it. Even without reading the label. But on this occasion I read the label. But next time I will not read it, and I will still know.

This unfortunately lacks the complexity of a great German pilsner. It's sweet and bitter, and it's all. There are many more taste dimensions that exist.
Jun 29, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by fflopps from Iowa

Jun 26, 2023
Rated: 3.02 by loch8534 from Illinois

Jun 24, 2023
Rated: 3.88 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Jun 17, 2023
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Clear, brilliant gold. Frothy white head with moderate retention.

Aroma: Floral and herbal. Biscuity malt.

Flavor: Spicy hops, biscuity/grainy malt. Low sweetness. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Soft on the palate turning dry at the finish. Short, clean finish with mild bitterness.

Overall: Good quality German Pils. Head retention was shorter than expected but could have been age. Clean fermentation profile. Good everyday beer.
Jun 14, 2023
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Reviewed by FrozenJoe from Arizona

5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I haven't had this beer in a long time. This was my grandfather's favorite beer. He was from Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany. He was a very good man. Here's to you Grandpa Gottfried!
Jun 11, 2023
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