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Bitburger Brauerei

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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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at 40 degrees in a standard pils glass. Bright gold color with rocky head. Aroma was grainy and a bit sulfuring. The front end of this beer was unexpectedly malty, average mouthfeel. The middle and finish became drier as the the bittering hops kicked in. Very little aftertaste.

Not a bad Pils for an industrial lager. I do remember this bit alot more hoppy in the past; all the same an improvement over other European competitors.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a can of this at Norm's the other day. I think this was canned either 12 May 2009, which sucks, or 5 Dec 2009, which is much better.

In my krug, this beer is a crystal clear light yellow with a dense white head with rather great retention and some lacing. Plenty of carbonation is visible

The nose is decent, solid even. Light grainy, husky character with a moderate lemon and earthy hop character. The earthy character is rather noticeable. The grain character is surprisingly rice-like too. Sweetness is low, this beer is about average? The palate opens crisp with a moderate grainy character, almost a touch astringent, there's some chalky character as well. Hop character is low, there's just a little bitterness and some earthy and lemongrass flavors are present, but this isn't wholly exciting. Light in body with high carbonation, this is decent stuff. The chalkiness is a bit of a detriment, but I'm looking forward to a fresher sample.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can with a date: 5.16.2012. Not sure if it's a best by or canned on date.

Pours a pale yellow with a 2-finger head and plenty of uneven suspended sediment. Smell is skunky grain, lemon, banana. Taste follows: hay, banana, clove, spice, bitter medicinal hops. The bitter isn't too enjoyable in my opinion, otherwise the taste is good.

Decent for the price, maybe I need to try a fresher can..

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a urinary yellow with a loose white head that disappears fast and lots of fizz. Faint sweet grain on the nose. Cornbread and honey malts with slight herbal spice hops. Slightly tingly leave and a tin foil tang. Thin, crisp and gassy.

Where's the noble? Really nothing special here.

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Photo of Winter
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear pale golden color with lots of carbonation. Thin white head disappeared after about 1 minute. Aroma consisted of hops and a feint floral scent. Thin body with a bready flavor in the midtones as the beer warms. Good crisp palatte cleansing appeal. Finish is dry and a tad bitter. An enjoyable pilsner with a decent overall balance in flavor.

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Photo of Mr-Beer
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color. Slightly Apple taste and smell. Light crisp and smooth drinkability. Slightly on the watery sign not too heavy

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Photo of Milchad
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%

Overall enjoyable beer. I first had this during a trip to Germany many moons ago. The Germans don't serve it quite as cold as I like my beer, but it still holds up even at 42 degrees without tasting skunky.

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Photo of PhantomX19
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joedon
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours easily with a lively carbonation; thick white head. Very strong lace. Color is very, very pale gold; almost "light" beer pale.

Pleasant, subtle aromas; hay and hops. Average flavor; pronounced hoppiness but very little malt. Slight lemony tang.

A bit watery texture but easy to drink. Decent summertime/outdoor beer.

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Photo of SargeC
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden clear, thick white head.

Smell: Herbs

Taste: Crisp start with an herbal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonation adds to fullness.

Drinkability: Unique for a couple of beers, I have never wanted much more than a couple of these. Reminded me of afternoons at Spangdahlem and Bitburg Air Bases.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very pale, crystal clear watered down gold. Nice foamy head. This beer, when poured into the mug, looks just like a typical foaming topped German beer mug youd see in a cartoon or as a bottle opener etc. The same beer color and head and all.

S - Super light nose. Hard to detect anything really with a beer this light. A nice sweet honey scent with some light grassy grains.

T - Light floral notes with some faint honey sweetness on the back of the tongue. Vaguely metallic, possibly from sitting in this can? A soft hop touch in this one.

M - Very very light in the mouth. Very drinkable, its almost funny how easy this goes down.

O - Standard pilsner. Not a bad beer here just not alot going on. Very light and a great thirst quencher.

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Photo of sfprint
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Basically no head, little carbonation, light gold.

S: Horsey malt, smells more like a barn. The hops also smell barnlike.

T: Fairly bland, though bitter. Inoffensive. Everything is pretty subtle aside from the bitterness.

M: Pleasant sting. almost medium body.

D: Easy going down. I would compare it to an American Budweiser for drinking: easy to drink a lot, but tastes way better.

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

Light golden yellow with a fluttered for about 30 seconds then champagne like bubbles crept up to form a few patches of lace. Smells of husky grain, earthiness, and slight almost transparent sweetness. Taste almost is of slight sweet malt twinge then completely balances out with slight hop burp. Mouthful is thin but overall this beer is rather drinkable, good for session.

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

Photo of bmwats
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Light golden color. Medium carbonation pours into a half finger white bubbly head which dissipates quickly. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. No lacing to speak of.

S: Light malt and wheat.

T: Wheat, yeast, malt, and sharp hops.

M: Yeast and hops start shock the taste buds. Wheat and hops linger. Light feel.

D: Good brew. Light, good flavor.

Not a whole lot in the way of atmosphere here, as with many pilsners. Decent flavor, and feel. Overall, pretty solid for this style.

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Photo of SassaDog
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a WIlli Becher glass. Canned on 4 January 2017. Best by same date 2018.
A semi-vigorous pour nets three fingers of churning head. Crystal-clear, light gold, moderate effervescence. Heavy lacing.
Smells lightly of powdered flowers and lager yeast. Not bad for the style.
The flavor is mild, the finish sulfuric, the maintaste watery and balanced. Grain sweetness is balanced by a dry, biscuity flavor. A hint of hop bitterness as well.
Quenching, but some of the moreishness is the desire the wash away the tang of the aftertaste.
If you're into pilsners, you could do worse. I'm not, and while I wouldn't object to this beer, I probably would not order it. Not the go-to summer beer I was hoping for.

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Photo of TommyW
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow with a half inch head that quickly fades to nothing.

S- Hoppy with some malty sweetness.

T- Starts off with some malty sweetness. A grassy tastes come in and then tangy hops dominates the rest of the taste. Leaves a slight tangy aftertaste.

M- Thin body, easy carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink, does down well.

Overall, this is slightly above average for a pislner here in Germany.

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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

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