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Bitburger Brauerei

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

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Photo of endovelico
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taken from notes. Reviewed under medium strength artificial light. Best before date: 23/07/2009. Poured into a Semi-balloon glass. Reviewed on 31 / 01 / 2009

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-orange brew. Medium effervescence. One thinger white head that immediately collapses into a thin collar.

Aroma: Citrucy / lemony aroma and Saaz like hop aroma character. Slight smell of adjuncts.

Taste: Slight malty sweetness and hop like spyciness and citrus character. Adjuncty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Medium Bitterness. Finishes sweet then clean. Medium Carbonation. slightly Oily.

Drinkability: Alcohol barely noticeable. Its enjoyable as a session beer but the body seems to light and the oiliness hurts its drinkability.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: pretty skunky when I first opened the bottle; after 10 minutes or so, that was greatly reduced; not sure I've ever experienced that before; I can now clearly get cracker; still don't get any hops;

T: a little grainy with light malt; light bitterness through the long finish; no crispness and no hops other than the bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: flavor was disappointing;

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Bitburger beer is a good Euro style Pilsner. The beer poured a clear light yellow, with a thick fluffy white head, good retention with plenty of lacing. The smell is grainy with Saaz and grassy hops. The taste follows the nose. A well balanced pilsener with a nice amount of bitterness on the back end. This brew is light bodied with decent carbonation. This was better than I expected and was refreshing.

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Photo of contika
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of miketyree24
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Great cheap german beer. Reminds you of golden wheat fields and beautiful rivers flowing through a german country side. And reminds you of a college kid who has more respect for themselves than to drink cheap no taste session favorites.

Pours golden yellow. really beautiful color.

Smell is sweet but very light. Can get the hop aroma as well as malts. I got hints of grain and even hay or grass. Great blend of smellls for this surprisingly good pilsner.

The taste is sweet and hoppy. You can pick out the grain taste and really goes down smooth despite the carbonation.

Very drinkable beer. I could easily drink 4 or 5 pints of this no problem.

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Photo of Pens1967
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DucksFan16
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RaginBowener
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HopBacchus
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a decadent frothy head. The head subsides slowly leaving mild lacing. The nose is very subdued sweet malt and a faint skunky aroma. Its flavor is smooth and sweet with a faint hop finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and pleasantly light bodied. This is an above average export pils for certain. Not a great deal of flavor but very pleasant and does its job nicely. Very versatile would be splendid in hot weather.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Pale yellow pour. Medium head.

Smell: Very light and floral. Only a hint of hoppiness.

Taste: Smooth and light. Moderate hop bitterness in the body. Nice hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Slightly dry towarsd the end.

Drinkablility: A little light for my liking. But still a decent pils.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought in a german supermarket, came in a plastic bottle. It's pretty cheap, less than 1 euro for 1/2 liter.
Drinking it at room temperature.
Look is a big creamy head on a pale golden drink, good carbonation. Very nice lacing.
Smell of citric as well as grassy hop. Interesting in a pilsner.
Taste is more of an ordinary pilsner, but not at all a bad one. Allthough there's a lot of corn malt taste, the balance and the bitterness comes through and keeps up.
Overall it's drinkable, probably better very cold. If you like pilsner, go ahead.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair/good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around five minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, hops, metallic, grass

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with corn and a little bit of hops. It also has a bit of grassiness to it and some lemon zest flavour. It finishes with a grainy slightly bitter after taste.

Overall - I'd say this is an above average euro-beer. It's decent for the style and would be good for the warmer weather. I'd still be Radeberger before this though..

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Photo of mbusster88
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with foamy soap head. Aroma is of grain, very light not to bold. Head does not last long as it dissipates, leaving small trace. Grain, some bread and hay upfront in the taste. Good bitterness in the drink itself. Okay beer, very good for the style, just not my preference.

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Photo of Jayli
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Publick House 7/24
This beer poured a light, clear, straw colored yellow. One finger of white head, retention was average and left very little lacing on the glass. Nose is of strong grain and bready malts, with a slight touch of piney hops to it. Taste was rather flat. Grain dn bready malts dominate though not blended well. The finish has a bit of a hop kick but doesn't mesh all that well. Light to medium body, moderately carbonated, crisp finish to it. Based on ABV this is highly drinkable, but I have had better offerings of this style.

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Photo of treyrab
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass

A: Very clear gold color with 1" head that leaves little lacing

S: Smell of the normal German grassy notes.

T: Taste of the very clean grassy notes with the tettnang hops that leave a great bitterness

M,D: This beer is very drinkable due to its lightness, very good


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Photo of fullsweep
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours yellow--not too pale, not too bright. Definitive lager/pils colors. Thick, very-white foamy head on top.

Smells very sweet and floral, very enticing.

Tastes include a mild spiciness, a strong bitterness, and just a touch of mild sweetness--but only in the first few sips. After that the bitterness takes over.

Lots of carbonation and bite in the mouthfeel.

Although this is not necessarily my favorite, you can tell it's a quality beer.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - very clear and straw colored. Little foam and good carbonation.

Smell - Very strong pilsener smell. Bitter smelling, earthy and hoppy.

Taste - definite pilsner quality in the taste. Bitter to start out, but quickly dulls, strong at the back of the palate. For some reason, the taste of pork reins comes to mind when I smell and taste this beer, which is good for me since I like pork reins.

Mouthfeel - pretty light, but not watery.

Drinkability - As far as German pils go, this one for me is pretty tolerable. For its high output, this isn't too shabby of a beer. I could possibly see myself coming back for another.

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Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been a while since I've had this in a can, here goes:

Pours an effervescent straw & 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Average lacing & minimal head retention

S: Perfumy & lemony hops, a whisper of vegetal odor & then breadyness as this warms

T: Lemony hops, a hint of grainyness & dryness up front. Slight honey malt notes & grassy hops as this warms, along with a touch of pears. Finishes with lemmony hops, & a touch of green apple, refreshing, but not as flavorful as I recall

MF: Overgassed at first, light bodied, okay balance

Drinks okay, the hop profile I remember is gone, if we have an old can or the beer is the same & I have changed. Worth a try, but not a solid as I remember it being

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zac16125
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
no born on dates

A: Pours a rather unappealing light straw color yellow with just over 1 fingers width of white head. Its clear, but Im surprised to see tons of sedimentation suspending throughout the glass. Leaves zero lacing.

S: Not much on the nose. Some pale-like malt aromas, non-specific sweetness that is somewhat citrusy, and a touch of hop spice. Not a ton going on, but it actually smells pretty good for the style.

T: Similar to the nose. Not a lot going on. A generic sweetness, some very mild spiciness are the only hop notes.

M/D: Clean, crips, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is high.

O: Overall, not bad. The style in general is rather blah in my opinion, and this is no different. Minimal aroma and flavors, but what is there is pretty good. Certainly better than the BMC options that are out there, but not something I would choose to drink again. Pretty good for the style though.

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Photo of Portertime
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't care for this beer too much. Got it in a can and served it chilled in a pint glass. Poured the typical yellowish gold color of a pilsner. Smell had cereal grains, corn, malt, and some grassy notes. Taste was astringent and not much of finish. Had some cereal grains and light malts in the front. The fizzyness turned me off.

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Photo of HopSavant
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my homie Jeff for a can of this one. You paid $4 for a 4pk of pint cans? Really? 10/4/09. from notes.

Pours a pale straw color with a cloud-like pillowy white foam of two fingers. Leaves a ton of lacing, but minimal retention.

Very subtle aroma overall. Noble hops and crackery malts are faint. The taste follows with a clean hop bitterness, negligible off flavors and surprisingly crisp. Light malt character. Simple but successful.

Smooth mouthfeel, a tad higher carbonation than preferable. Great drinkability, definitely could put a few of these back, and especially at this price.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw yellow that is crystal clear. Lots of carbonation with a big, soapy head. Has a sweet, grainy smell that is slightly soapy. Grassy, grainy, light taste that is very crisp. The hop bite is nice that bites in the end. German pilsners are simply better than the big American companies, however, this one is not as good as other German Pilsners.

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