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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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Ratings: 1,882 |  Reviews: 836
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle.

Pretty unimpressive color, light honey yellow. No head and very little lacing, but great clarity. Smells malty & spicy. There's a good dose of noble hops. Very German. Not much complexity but surprisingly fresh-smelling. The taste leads off with a pretty good mix of spicy hop and sweet malt character. The body manages to be light but not thin. Hops take over on the swallow but never really become that assertive. The beer doesn't taste very strong or complex or interesting. Its real strength is the balance. It's very refreshing, and while you won't find anything new or exciting here, it is without a doubt a pleasant drinking experience. Highly quaffable. A superb session beer if you're in a German kind of mood.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served from on-draught into a .51L Bitburger pint glass in the John Hewitt pub in Belfast.

A: Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a two finger head that reduces to a half finger head in about one and a half minutes.

Sm: Hops, barley. Quite strong, actually.

T: Barley. Grassy hops are stronger as it opens. Clean finish. Built a bit blandly.

Mf: Nicely coarse until the finish - exactly the opposite balance in texture of what it ought to be. If the coarseness were in the finish, I'd crave the next sip. Crisp on the finish. A bit too coarse on the open.

Dr: 3.50 pound a pint? Look elsewhere for great beer, lads, but give this a go if you come across it - just don't pay more than 2.50 quid. Fuck's sake.

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

When considering a pilsner, is there really any better choice? With ultimate drinkability, bready malts, and spicy/floral hops, this crisp lager hits the spot time after time while avoiding many flaws that plague most.

The beer pours a bright golden-straw color with steady streams of carbonation that fuel an airy and froathy head. Moderate on retention and light on lace- the beer could show a touch better head character.

Dry bread maltiness adds a malty-grainy sweet scent that invites drink after drink. Floral hops with a sharp spicy note gives the perfect earthy balance to the grain/malt sweetness for a complex nose that seems effortless.

Flavor hold serve with a malty sweet upstart with a crisp grain flavor. Light notes of honey suckle and apple give a mild fruity note that's mostly yeast and hops. But the spicy- peppery bitterness gives a distinct crisp and refreshing finish to the beer that's remarkable compared to others of the style. Without screaming complexity, this pilsner has an exquisite balance of flavors without shying away from boldness.

The soft creamy upstart gets confidence from the sweeter taste upfront. But the beer makes quick work of the sweet maltier components and usher in a bitey, yet clean and crisp grain astringency, and minerally 'snappy' finish. Quite dry in the end, the beer defines what it is to be drinkable.

With one sip, the beer becomes spicy-sweet and floral. With the next- bitter, biting, and minerally. All the while, the beer keeps giving waves after wave of flavor for such a simple beer. It's actually quite nice and welcomed.

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3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2 into a Pilsener Glass. The back label has a "Best Before" date that reads 062911.

Appearance: A super clear and bright yellow gold beer fills my glass and is capped by a bright white head of loose foam. This head settles quickly and sets up a thin wispy layer of slick lacing.

Smell: Grassy, hay like and lightly floral hops blend with light biscuity pale maltiness. It is simple but nice.

Taste: Just a slight malty sweetness seeks into a mostly dry pale biscuity malt character balanced by modest hay like and floral hops. The finish is fairly crisp feeling with mellow hop bitterness.

Notes: It's a solid clean and very drinkable lager.

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Photo of Kendo
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Got it on tap at Wolff's German beer bar in Albany, where it comes in a mug. Body is clear, light-golden in color with a small white head.

S: Cereal grains with a touch of fruity sweetness and floral hops.

T: First impression: well-balanced. Light grainy malt up front with a nice grassy hop bitterness at the finish. After a few sips I notice a bit of fruity sweetness somewhere in the middle, but it's offset by that dry, grassy bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, carbonation is fairly sharp but inoffensive.

D: Very good. Would be a nice beer to have, ice cold, on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought this in a 8-pack Beers of the World variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

A rather simple German Pilsner. Pours a pale golden color that is slighty cloudy with a fast diminishing head. There is the scent of cheap grains and wheats. Has a very grainy taste to it a slight lemon hint to it but overal rather weak and simple. If you like a simple imported beer, give it a try otherwise this one is pretty forgetable.

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Photo of bventure
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale clear golden yellow. Small white head, subsides to thin persistent film.

Sweet, floral, slightly musty smell.

Taste pleasant enough, starts sweet, finishes bitter. Hints of citrus.

Feels smooth, not too light, light to medium carbonation.

Better than run-of-the mill pilsner. Quite bitter, quite tasty. Decent stuff, would drink again.

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Photo of jar2574
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow color, thin white head. Less carbonation than I expected. Nice smell, plenty of hops and an earthy, yeasty scent. Good taste. Smooth, a good pilsner. The mouthfeel is a little lacking though - it's a smooth beer and there's not quite enough bitterness for a pilsner.

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2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried it for the first time, it just tasted like another general beer. Nothing to offer from taste perspective.

The appearance seems to be ok but taste was average, could really make out if its a international beer or local beer.

Nothing unique to offer.

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Photo of al3
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice frothy top, some lacing, dissapates quickly

S - fruity, sweet corn, light and airy

T&M - Well balanced, sweet and somewhat buttery up front, with a slight hop bite on the finish. Feel is appropriate for the style and is not too thin.

D - more than a few

I've had this beer from tap, bottle, and can and I would recommend avoiding the bottle experience. Stick to a draft or find a can 4pk and a pint glass to go with it. Nothing really unique here, but it is a solid beer and a easy drinker.

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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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3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB date of Oct 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A very clear light golden colour with nice carbonation. Small head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin film. Smells of light malt and grain; also a hint of hops. Good aroma for a lager.

Clean crisp taste with distinctive bitterness (typical of better German lagers). Light malty flavours with notes of grain; no real hops flavours but the bitterness seems to cover the tongue when swallowed. Smooth with some tingling from the carbonation. No real aftertaste to speak of.

A lager with an above average flavour - very refreshing. Goes down nicely, and I would have this again if I came across it in a pub.

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Photo of bryehn
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 OZ bottle poured into a branded mini pilsner glass from a gift pack. Pours a clear, light golden color with practically nothing in the way of head after just a few seconds.

I find the aroma very fresh for a European beer, with grainy and flowery tones that get accented by a sweet malty aroma with faint citrus notes.

Bitburger feels a bit watery on the tongue, creating a clean and refreshing drinkability. I could serve this to just about any casual beer drinker, but for me its lacking any real body.

The beer falls short in the taste department, as its bitterness feels a bit overbearing, with little sweetness to balance it out besides a resiny-feeling aftertaste.

I find this a fairly pedestrian beer. It certainly isn't gross, nor does it have anything particularly wrong with it. It just doesn't do anything to set it apart from other German pilsners.

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Photo of Zimbo
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll never forget the look I once got from a German cousin when I once mentioned this beer. It was a borderline angry combination of disgust and disappointment. And I remember feeling he was being pretty harsh but it was enough to put me off trying-until now.

This, amongst a host of other more mainstream beers fell into the shopping trolley over Christmas to ensure that we had 'mass appeal' beer for visitors. This was really all that was left.

Quite pale yellow, the nose suggests some balance between malt and hops with bready aromas. No head retention.

Some reasonable bitterness which hints at a burliness but is really pretty flacid and short term without much development.

A missed opportunity, I now understand where my cousin was coming from.

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3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass.

A - Translucent yellow pour. Almost no head at all and what little it had recedes immediately. No lacing.

S - Puts off a very sweet smell. Has a bit of a grainy smell as well. Light all around.

T - Wheat, little bit of a lemony citrus. Just a touch sweet like the smell.

M - Pretty well carbonated. Light bodied. Crisp.

D - Absolutely. It's my go to beer to bring to friends and not drink Bud, Miller etc. Have a few and relax.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drinking a favorite of mine, some bitburg.

pours a average looking, clear light yellow with nice streams of bubbles arisin'.

smells like fresh herbs with some light grain in the backround.

i enjoy the taste of this beer a lot. tastes more than the smell, more fresh grass and rosemary. cool

mouthfeel is nice it certainly is well carbonated but not overpowering whatsoever.

i can drink bitburger anytime, anyplace. at the going rate it is by far my go to beer to have around and goes exceptional with my homemade pizzas

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some thin lacing in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The initial taste is rather malty, which transitions to becoming slightly bitter in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable, particularly on a hot summer day.

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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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3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We can buy six-packs of 0.5L at every LIDL-store.

It was served in a 0.5 stein. The beer has a straw golden colour. Some carbonation is running through. While pouring a large snow white head developed, but it was gone within a minute.
The beer has a strong sweet malty scent. I also recognize grains.
It has a fresh bitter-sweet malt taste.
The mouthfeel is good, it has a pleasant thickness.
The aftertaste leaves some a slight zest of malt on the tongue and some bitter tones in the mouth. It is a bit sweet and ends dry.

I love this beer, simple, honest and good.

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

Pours a clear, almost transparent straw color. White head dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of hops and grass, faint hints of citrus. Not much going on here.

Tastes of malt and hops, a little sweet, and a hint of bitter hops finish. Not much after taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and light, with some carbonation. A dry finish.

Certainly an easy drinking Pils. A good example of this style.

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Photo of harrymel
2.17/5  rDev -37.3%
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 thegodfather2701
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured decently hard but got minimal head that is white and bubbly. I would call the color bright straw, which is nearly clear.

S-Noble hops, grass, and malt.

T-Surprisingly good and refreshing. Noble hops, white grape juice, and a nice grassy malt backbone. Its very smooth and has a delicate character to the flavor. The white grape juice/white wine flavor really dominates making this beer taste really good.

M-It has a nice amount of carbonation and some body to it, which make it very smooth.

D-Very drinkable given its good flavor and low abv.

Overall, the appearance and smell of this beer is misleading. It tastes really good and is easy to drink. I recommend this if you are looking for something easy to drink, yet delicious.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Never been a fan of this in the can but the bottled version is acceptable.

True to the style and a step above Beck's, not really easy to compare to Warsteiner, but not to the level of Veltin's. In my mind, this is the best way I can describe it but I'll try to elaborate a bit.

Typical clear yellow body with a white head, retention and lacing could be better.

Smells of spicy hops, slightly metallic with a hint of malt sweetness.

One can taste bland cracker malts, almost a raw pearl barley flavor. That is the backbone. Grassy hops are the ribs and the cartilage that holds it all together is the spicy/herbal hop bitterness, mostly in the finish.

Light and thin in the mouth with a smooth and refreshing finish.

Nothing special but exactly what a low to middle grade version of the style should be. A good beer for Gemütlichkeit!

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Photo of NODAK
4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma is pleasant, if not rather light. Noble hops and some grassiness/hay are present.

Body of the beer is rather sweet with an obvious cereal grain sweetness on it prevailing. This leads into a pretty solid hop bitterness from the Noble hops. Some husk and barley linger around after the swallow, but all in all it is a very clean and refreshing beer.

This style doesn't excite most people I know, but this is an example of a very solid pils. The body is delicious and the bitterness level is right on. I approve.

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Photo of thomasdidymus55
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light golden, clear well carbonated with a nice head med. lace. The smell is slightly skunky. Crisp taste but a little on the bitter side. I think room temp. is better for this beer as the chill tends to retain the bitterness. I was stationed in Bitburg Germany and tasted quite a few of these..I can get a few of these down w/no problem.

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