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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 WastingFreetime
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Looks like a standard yellow pilsener, good clarity with decent frothy head, smells very faintly of a pale malt, can't find any hops in the nose at all. Tastes of a strong 'hard water' aspect with its mineral overtones laid on top of a standard pilsner malt and whisper thin Saaz in the very background, that could have stood magnification IMHO. Body is light crisp and refreshingly carbonated. This is an "OK" sturdy workhorse of a German Pilsener, best used in sessions or as a palate recovery tool between other, more complex offerings.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of zachturner39
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of ferrari29
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Bought this because I wanted to try something german, not a bad choice. Pretty decent beer, could be described as a good european budweiser. This pours a darker golden color with a nice head. It smells of malted barley and has a nice hint of hop in the taste. smooth beer, good, i'll buy it again, maybe not.

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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 ahugenerd
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of RyanCMcGovern
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Daveychu
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of rangerred
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle.

Pours a clear medium gold with a small fizzy head. Nothing spectacular.

Aroma is cooked vegetables along with some grain and a mild hop smell.

The flavor has a distinct biscuit taste along with grassyness that I attribute to the hops. The finish is very crisp and clean with moderate bitterness. Nice prickly carbonation. This has always been a favorite of mine. It is awesome on a hot day and tends to be priced pretty well.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of RollTide05
4.65/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome German Pils. I will say that it seems much fresher in other parts of the world. I drank a lot of this in Hong Kong an it had more of a fresh hop character and was certainly better than the bottles that I've had in the US. This is one of my favorite styles and I think that Bitburger is one of the best even though it is kinda run-of-the-mill. I really like that the hops come through so much in such a light beer.

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Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of sim0n17
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Local generic Pils, but a good staple. Kind of the "Budweiser" of German Pils. It has an acquired after taste, but is not stale, bitter, or unfresh. Looks decent, a little dark/dingy for a Pils. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel okay in general, but quite nice on a warm summer's day - like many beers :-)
Overall, a 3.5 for "nostalgia" but does not travel well to the States having had it in a bottle back home. Have it on tap in Germany and it's good as gold - enjoy!!

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Photo of Nikolai
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of steveh
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lot of talk around the site about favorite Pilsners, foreign and domestic, and Bitburger always seems to come into discussion. I've drunk this beer in the past, but never rated it up there with some of may favorites. Here goes a review.

I find it interesting that the US import bottle calls this a "Premium Beer," yet the German bottle is marked as a "Premium Pils." Maybe Bitburger doesn't think we understand "Pils?"

A -- Very pale, clear straw yellow -- just bordering on gold. Firm white head that holds up okay, but thins more quickly than I'd expect.

S -- Grainy, crackery malt up front with spicy hops balancing out. Some vague DMS with warmth. Maybe not as much hop character as I'd expect in a Pils of any origin.

T -- Good balance of spicy, bitter hops and bready, crackery malts.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft, yet crisp from carbonation, with a light body and dry finish.

O -- Okay, this is actually a pretty good rendition of the style. Not a bad drinker for the price, nice and clean flavors, more character than your average macro lager. And very nice at 4.8%.

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Photo of glasscleaner
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitburger's a good value crisp Pilsner.
Bit's a go from the git with attractive packaging,the lean and mean 4 pack of 500ml cans,with a clear expiration date stamped on the bottoms are the starting point.
Cans in this case are better as the product inside stays fresher,and they are easier to handle.
Bit's well balanced,nicely carbonated,has a beautiful golden color with a generous head on pouring which lasts and leaves plenty of lacing.
This isn't a candidate for any top beer lists,but is appealing as a session beer,or for a change of pace from heavier issues.
Bitburger hits a sweet spot in being drinkable,affordable,and well made,not a knockout,but steady.

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Photo of brandoman63
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Steedee
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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