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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 vanrassel
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer started with an underwhelming pour into my pilsener glass — a small head that shrank almost immediately to a thin ring. The smell improved things with whiffs of bread, grass, spicy hops and a slight sulphurous undertone.

This is a well-balanced German pilsener with nicely sweet bread quality to the malt and hops that provide a slightly bitter aftertaste. The carbonation was lively and the beer was medium-bodied with a slightly sticky finish that coated the palate. Highly quaffable, but a little indistinct.

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Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can (dated 8.27.15)
Consumed: 12.21.15

A: 4.5 Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow-gold. The fluffy, off-white head lasts a couple minutes and leaves a good amount of lace in the glass.

S: 4 Lots of bready malt, lemon, and some pepper on the nose. Hop presence is pretty nice, it a bit sharp.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, bready malt mixed with mild hops giving a classic pilsner flavor. Starts a touch sweet before mild hop bitterness steps in. The yeast adds a really nice flavor, leading into a dry, fruity finish.

M: 4.25 Really nice carbonation with a very crisp and refreshing, yet creamy feel. A little dry on the finish, but overall super drinkable.

O: 4.25 Great pilsner, with nothing out of the ordinary going on; much more restrained than American alternatives. The relatively mild flavors and the overall feel make this a great, highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of pipinmalikonj
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of maniaczak
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JOaikido
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml can stamped 23-08-2006 and 23-08-2007 on the bottom (brewed on and best before dates?).

A- Clear golden colour, quite attractive. Good bubbliness. Nice white headof variable-sized bubbles that settles fairly quickly but doesn,t dissappear.

S- A basic, but good and pleasant pale lager smell. Floral and grassy odours with the faintest touch of fruit.

T- Crisp lager with good well balanced hops. Some slightly sweet light malt notes that don't quite fit. Overall, one of the better pilsner/pale lagers I've had.

MF- Crisp, light, refreshing. Misses greatness by being too watery.

D- One of the better easy drinking pale beers I've had. I tend to find pale golden lagers boring, but I enjoyed this one. A pleasant surprise.

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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 FriedGold2112
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TheBen5
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JLSIV
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Wedcat
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a clear hay colored beer.

Smell - it is malts and a little bit of hops.

Taste - It has a decent taste, better than other similar beers.

Mouthfeel - a good amount of carbonation.

Overall - Not bad compared to other similar beers.

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Photo of wilsonbaron
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of couchsitta
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Graham5161986
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautifully clean, pale yellow colour, good carbonation, a frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves slight lacing

S: grassy, hoppy, with a hint of caramel

T: grassy, hay-like taste with a slight nutty finish, nicely balanced with a slight alcohol bite

M: slightly creamy, light body with a good amount of carbonation, then ends with a subtle watery finish

D: A well crafted, easy to drink lager that would be a great session beer as well as one to enjoy slowly. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This reminds me of a smother creamier American Light Lager with more flavor. It's not MUCH more flavor, as Bitburger is pretty non-invasive on the palatte. Looks like a bubbly field of hay. Smells a bit of wheat. Not much to the taste, just lightly sweet wheat. Not terribly bubbly and not much of an after taste at all. Very drinkable indeed. I could down one after another...but there's better, more interesting beers out there to be had.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer named like a burger,

A: Pale yellow, almost free of bubbles, foamy head is two fingers thick with good lacing;

S: Floral hops;

T: Smoky malt with biscuity essences, plus notes of floral hops;

M: Dry and slightly salty, high bitterness, high carbonation, medium body;

D: My favorite german beer to drink a lot.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is not the best, though as expected for a lager.

Smell is clean, crisp, refreshing and hoppy.

Liking the bitterness and hoppiness. Fairly flavour with nice after-taste, everything works well together. Gutsy, hard hitting flavour. Quite like it actually. Has a very natural, organic taste also. Nice fizzy bitterness in the mouthfeel...

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Photo of Mike-Harms
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of C_Pel
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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