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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 Farky87
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Tupperwolf
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a very clear, very lagerish yellow with a nice finger.5 head that, unfortunately, falls a bit too fast and leaves traces of lacing. Spotty little bubbles rise through the depths of the pilsener glass.

The smell is distinctly lagerish - and that's not much of a compliment, unfortunately. My first impression was of corn chips, with an asparagus hop background... Kind of an acidic, sour smell.

The taste is gentle honey and slight vegetables, slightly tannic. It isn't terrible, but it's just not my style, so it gets an average score.

Slightly too-spritzy mouthfeel; Not as lush as it should be for a good pils.

I'm not a big lager drinker, but I've had a few pilsners recently that are much more drinkable than this.

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Photo of Saind
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can into a snifter...appearance is super golden and clear with a decent white head that subsides quickly. Body still has carbonation though. Nose is pilsener but lacking in that lovely yeast funk that the best have. It's a bit sweet on the tongue but still very clean and an easy drinker. As far as mainstream brews, this is a good one. I'd drink this over Budweiser or Miller anyday, and it's not that much more expensive. Goes well with standard BBQ fare, sausages and burgers.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have not purchased this beer quite a few times but tonight I decided to buck the trend. Cans of beer can be quite good so I hope this doesn't disappoint.

Color is typical pils, golden and mostly clear with a white head.

Smell is clean and crispy with a good hop profile and light malt. Very good citrus, lemony, in the nose.

Flavors are likewise clean and tangy with a great grain heart.

Feel is light and carbonation is crispy.

This is a very, very drinkable beer and gets a top spot for my money.

Slainte and Prost.

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Photo of EdelweissDad
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of thommo_nk
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerSnobery
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of AlexLMS
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
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 Matt_Felix
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Mandrake
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow with a thin head that is retained as a skim on top of the beer. Carbonation is evident, and the bubbles rising make it look kind of like ginger ale. Smells hoppy with a grainy tone. Tastes of floral hops with some alcohol and sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is thin, with a great deal of carbonation, but drinkability is pretty good. It's a pretty average pils, but not a terrible one.

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Photo of MaxOfMetal
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of DeeMalloy
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of beerme411
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of NickBeery
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of jimbotrost
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can from LCBO in Sarnia, Ontario. Purchased 10/4 reviewed 11/04. medium bright gold pour with a small white head and light carbonation ( low for style). Nose reveals some malt, very light, and some neutral yeastiness. Flavor starts crisp and malty and then hops come into play. Slightly syrupy in tail end of the flavor and into the finish. May have been old at time of purchase.

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Photo of BuddyZ
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of feelmefoam
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color with a good amount of carbonation running up the glass and into less than a finger of white, foamy head that doesn't last long and leaves little lacing around the glass. Reminds me a bit of an American Macro in appearance.

The smell is pretty good, but I really can't gauge the intensity of the nose because I have a cold. Still, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt; I can pick out some grassy and lemony notes; it's pleasant but not too complex.

Clean and crisp, but like the nose, not too much there. I can appreciate some mild buttery maltiness as well as a little citrus and a faint amount of grassy hops at the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is on par for this being a light summery beer. Crisp because of the fairly substantial amount of carbonation that accompanies a light mouthfeel.

Bitburger pils certainly isn't the best German Pilsener, but it's enjoyable. It's a poolside beer for when you're not paying too much attention to minute details because it's just a simple, semi-tasty, clean-finishing beer. Relatively low ABV makes it an easy drinker as well. If you're here for flavor, look at Victory's Prima Pils or Sam Adam's Noble Pilsener, but this is a decent alternative to some American macros, I guess.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow & clear with a frothy head that disappears quickly. Nothing noticeable, but just about what you'd expect for the style.

The aroma is remotely like steeped lentils - a little leafy, pilsner malt and a tad metallic. A slight impression of hops, but that could just be stretching your expectations a little further. Just about the standard German Pilsner degree.

Taste is as expected... grainy pilsner malt, slight lemony zing and bite from the carbonation. Clean & crisp with a pleasing bitterness; definitely more profound than what you get in adjuncts (which is mainly carbonation driven). The malt has got a nice, deep character which will remain around your palate. This is followed with a leafy bitterness that lingers on on in the aftertaste. I reiterate - nothing spectacular, but just about the right German Pilsner degree.

Mouthfeel is medium (not watery like many lagers out there), yet it remains light and crisp on your palate - adds to light and pleasurable drinking. Definitely very drinkable, but may get boring during extended sessions.

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Photo of Darwin232
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of MattyV
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden yellow colour with a 1 finger white head that shows decent lacing and retention. Weak aroma of sweet grains, mineral, and some grassiness, not much overall. A lightly bready malt backbone with lots of grainy sweetness and a surprising snappy, slightly peppery bitter finish. Light and prickly, effervescent body. Crisp and refreshing pils, could do a fair bit worse in terms of imported options.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Krusader
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TongoRad
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with a thick long lasting white head.

The aroma is clean and fresh- a perfect balance between creamy malt character and strong grassy hops.

The flavor features a clean malty profile and a nice hop bite, crisp on the palate. The finish is of noble hops which ties in quite nicely with the aroma.

Do not overchill this beer and you will be rewarded with a good glimpse into how enjoyable a German Pilsner can be.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large can. The appearence is that of an average pilsner. The smell is very hoppy. The taste is very good and refreshing. The beer starts with a very small amount malt followed by a wonderful, crisp, refreshing hops taste. This beer is very good with food or just as a good flavorful, but easy to drink session brew.

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