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Bitburger Brauerei

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 802 | Ratings: 1,781
Photo of jujubeast6000
1.6/5  rDev -54%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/4/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a fizzy pale yellow colored body. Has a malty aroma. A dry dusty taste, with a bitter aftertaste. Watery, and grainy. Similar to the domestic fizzy yellow in appearance, aroma, taste. Not good.

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Photo of decom
1.66/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

looks like an average german pilsener. smells like an average german pilsener. The bad news is that it doesn't taste like one.

Mouthfeel is just terrible, and combined with the taste, made me want to spit it out. And couldn't even finish a whole glass (and it was a small glass).

The marketing hype said a lot about this beer (I had it at a local beer festival), but it didn't quite live up to the expectations. It was said that this beer is really popular in Germany. I found it hard to believe.

Maybe it should've been at a lower temperature or something, but this beer just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
1.69/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Bitburger pours a straw golden color with a lot of bubbles and a small head. There is a an aroma like dirty dishwater. The taste is watery, soapish, and also tastes like dirty dish water. Very light, which helps it, but just undrinkable. Overall looks good, but tastes bad.

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Photo of Carlton1964
1.7/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Sludge is the first word that comes to mind...swill is a close second. Almost no head, no lacing, a horrible stale taste that lingered in my mouth followed my trauma of drinking this stuff. Hard to believe this is made in Germany. I will note...Born on date on bottle says it was made 7 months ago. Not sure if this made it worse, but it sure didn't get better with age.

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Photo of GiaLvo
1.95/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Totally disappointing!
I bought this beer cause I didn't know it but it seemed to have very good marketing (it says "Best German Beer" on the package) so I reckoned I'd give it a try.
When I did drink it though I was bitterly disappointed.
It's your typical grey, monotonous whydidIpayforthis lager beer.
No better than Heinekein. When you pour it it looks promising, with not-so-persistent head and hardly any smell.
But when you do drink it you'll be left wondering whether they were drunk or just in bad (wicked) faith when they called it a good beer, not to mention the "best" beer in Germany.

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Photo of simonjohansson
1.96/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smell: malt (white bread, hay) slightly earthy hops, some citrus. Taste: watery sweet malt and almost no bitterness from the hops.
The taste is just too thin, and without the hops, the malt is too sweet.

I like german pilsner - this was, however, a disappointment. It is in no way near Jever, for example. It needs more hops.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Best by date of 08.26.14.
Poured from a pint bottle into a tumbler in mid-March, 2014.

A: See through light yellow.

S: Skunky.

T: Grain, malt. Some flower.

M: Creamy.

O: This did have balance, but it was too skunky. Drain pour.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.03/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this beer on tap at the Toronado in September of 2004. Well, I was expecting a clone of Radenberger, but this fell far shot of it. I may need to re-review this one because I had it immediately after a flemish sour beer. Maybe my taste buds were shot at this point. Anyway, it was a very pale yellow color, left little or no head and next to no lace. Smelled very outdoorsy, like grass or maybe hay or something. Extremely light on the carbonation. It felt like I was drinking a cask conditioned beer, but it wasn't. Very flat and watery with very little aftertaste. Very disappointed in this one. Could have been a bad sample or my taste buds though. May try again sometime.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.06/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just do not understand why the German public like this beer so much, they can't get enough of it.

OK. It looks like a beer, is crisp and keeps its head for a while, but for me it is tasteless apart from a slight dryness in the mouth.

When in Germany (I go maybe 3 times a year), I walk away if the bar only sells Bitburger. In the UK, Adnams Brewery of Southwold distribute and sell it draught in most of their pubs, but who would drink Pils if Real Ale was on offer?

Years ago I visited the brewery and drank all over the town (of Bitburger) afterwards, still couldn't force myself to really enjoy it.

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Photo of flaminghomer
2.1/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

i bought a twelve pack of this beer today because it was only 10 bucks and i wanted the bottle for my collection.

i had two guests over today.

guest number one (a young college student) usually drinks bud light and coors light. i offered her one, she accepted and enjoyed it.

guest two usually drinks michalob ultra, coors light, or busch light. since this is my girlfriends dad he knows about my passion for quality beer so i'll often encourage him to sample what i am drinking. he rarely enjoys any of them and most of the time makes a look of disgust after the first sip. he drank two bitburgers in about a half hour without one little peep about the taste. i noticed these reactions before i had the opportunity to sample this beer myself.

later in the evening, after the music was turned down and the midnight snacks were partaken of, i tried one.

they were right, this beer sucks

over a year later i have grown to like this beer alot. it is a great beer for the money.

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Photo of nem2006
2.11/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer poured a pale yellow with a small white head that faded quickly, but maintained good carbonation in the glass.

The smell was an extremely strong skunky smell. I thought it would go away as the beer warmed but even after it came to room temperature, it still smelled of skunk. Somewhere in there I smelled hay or grass.

Not much flavor at the start, a bitter finish and even a little skunk at the end.

I was really disappointed with how skunky this was, it may have been one of the worst ones I have tried.

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Photo of brdc
2.14/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I don't know, I just did not see/feel what some other reviewers did...
First, the appearance: very light yellow with almost no head, and whatever was there disappeared in less than one minute leaving minimal lacing. I thought my glass looked very "ugly" with it.
Smells of nothing, with maybe some hops and alcohol, but the taste is equally not there.
Thin on the palate, feels like a light beer, and of course is easy to drink but really no pleasure.
Not having any more of this one.

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Photo of harrymel
2.17/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes on 07/06/10

Poured from bottle to pint

A: Pours with low/no visible carbonation. No head.

S: Smells mostly of yeasty bread. Maybe a hint of peppercorn.

T: Sweet bread with a bitter, resiny finish.

M: Low carb. Lighter body, falls quickly down throat.

D: Not impressed, a little too yeast dominant.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.2/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16.9 ounce can into my oversized snifter. Pale yellow color with about an inch of head that soon disappeared into a whispy film on the beer. No real scents other than some cut grass or hay. Nothing outstanding in the flavor, some straw or hay flavor. I think this beer is over hyped as Germany No. 1 beer. I guess I am not impressed. One can is enough for me.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle, no freshness date noted.<br>
Clear golden, fluffy white head that disappears rather quickly. <br>
aroma is a little biscut, a little flowery with a touch of skunk piss creeping in.
Sweet, malty, doughy flavors with a clean dry finish.

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Photo of jaimenavarrog
2.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Color amarillo brillante
Espuma blanca
Dura muy poco
Sin mucho aroma
Aroma nada espectacular
Medio cuerpo
Sin final
Didn't like it very much is just One more of bunch out there
Is a beach Beer for me, i like beers with more body and more smell
Clear yellow color
Foam dosn't last much

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Photo of Shiloh
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice golden colour and bitter. After taste lingers, limited head that quickly disapates and is to lightly carbonated. Not an impressive brew from Germany. The international container was the most interesting thing about this product.

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Photo of pijiu
2.26/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Champagne color, thin and dissipating head.

S- Light grain smell with hint of forest leaves. Not much to the bouquet here.

T- Very light palate. In fact, it drinks like a light beer. Sour note in the middle. Taste is not complex. Hops most notable flavor.

M- Very light thin and crispy mouthfeel.

O- Easy to drink, but not too much too it. Forgettable beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Sully's
Crystal clear light golden color with a good sized moderate lasting frothy white head. Loads of DMS when this was first cracked then the skunk seemed to slowly crawl away. Sweet bready pils with a hint of ash and aluminum foil. Light floral hop aromas as well as hints of light pomme fruit. The flavor is light bready pils, earthy spicy hop, a bit of sulfur and metal with some sweet fruit. Uhm yeah, I'm not going to finish this bottle.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.29/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- super clear goldenrod yellow, rising bubbles of various size, and a short lived fizzy white head.

S- a definite cannabis skunkiness underlaid by pale malt sweetness. and some apple, pear, and white grape. whether the reefer flavor is hop funk or what, i can't say, but it seems to complement the pleasant orchard fruit aromas.

T- taste does not play out the same way, as a completely generic and somewhat metallic flavor washed over my palate. pale and raw grains, stale spice cabinet, old dried out lemon, dried pasta, grass clippings, and cardboard. a tangy bit of hops and yeast pop in mid way easing out to a bland but clean apple peel finish.

MF- standard light, overly fizzy, watery with some refreshing properties, but mostly disappointing and uninviting.

D- perhaps this would be better mid-summer, but aside from the decent aroma, right now it seems like a pale euro-lager lacking the character of a good german pils.

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Photo of AlexLMS
2.3/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear with a very pale golden color. The head is white, medium-sized, frothy and not very persistent.
Aroma: weak and kind of grainy.
Taste: malty with a little bit of hops.
Mouthfeel: fair carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: short and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Bitburger is a boring pilsener. No complexity, nothing special about the taste. It can be an acceptable place to begin a German beer try out but nothing else. Definitely not a great beer.

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Photo of bark
2.31/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is clear, pale yellow. The small white foam dissolves quickly into small, small traces of foam on the glass.

The smell is fresh, sourish and quite plain. There are some notes of diacetyl.

The carbon dioxide is medium strong with medium bubbles that vanishes away at once.

The taste develops in a few steps: Firstly, there is a small rush of yeast and diacetyl. Then, a sweet body is replaced into a well-crafted, generous bitterness.

Basically, this is a standard German pils with a little more diacetyl than expected. This special tone is dangerously close to a skunk beer, way beyond the best before date.

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Photo of DrinkinSurfer
2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Straw/golden with a flimsy white head

Smell: Faint of hops

Taste: Starts smooth with malts then finishes with a light bitterness reminiscent of biting aluminum foil

Mouthfeel: Light body with a fair amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable... if you like aluminum

I am disappointed with this beer. maybe i should have waited longer to drink this one as I had an Old Rasputin yesterday, so my taste buds might be overly harsh.

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Photo of CrescentFresh
2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow. This beer was highly recommended to me by a full-fledged German at work (who got deported 2 weeks ago...Visa issues). I think I must have gotten some from a bad batch. Smell was OK, which caused me to look forward to the first swig. Taste was strong, but resembled my last bacteria-infected batch of homebrew. I did not like it. It was almost chewy, like it had some bread in it, and this just didn't feel right to me. I could not finish a whole beer.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear light golden color with a fluffy sticky head. A light husky grain aroma. Light and husky on the the palate with some grainy biscuitness. There is a unpleasant character toward the finish. I am not sure what it is, corn maybe skunkiness? I am not sure. The point is, I really didn't like it that much.

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