Triple Hop'd Lager
Bitburger Brauerei

Triple Hop'd LagerTriple Hop'd Lager
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Style:
Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #20
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,850
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 7.59%
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
218
From:
Bitburger Brauerei
 
Germany
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  7
Gots
  10
SCORE
88
Very Good
Triple Hop'd LagerTriple Hop'd Lager
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

A collaboration beer between Bitburger Brewery and Sierra Nevada Brewery, this lager is highlighted by a combination of American hops - Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook - paired together with ‘Siegelhopfen’ – Bitburger’s proprietary and unique hop blend that’s sourced from a farm just a few minutes from the brewery! Unique to this one-time brew, that same farm provided the Cascade hops that lends Triple Hop’d Lager its desirable floral and citrus/grapefruit profile.
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metter98 from New York

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a collar around the edge and some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose along with strong underlying notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and the hops only contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPL has a good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: can

Aug 15, 2021
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brewerburgundy from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, tulip, looks like packaged 1/28/20 and best within one year.

If I didn’t know, I’d think this was one of the proliferation of hazy IPAs. Hazy sunset tones with a decent white head, some retention.

Orange slice, a little pilsner malt. It really smells a bit like a crisp hazy IPA.

Lemon zest, cracker malt, lager yeast. It’s crisp, yet juicy and full bodied. There’s a mineral bitterness in the finish.

Light to medium bodied with a pronounced fullness. Medium carbonation coupled with hop bitterness make it crisp.

Finally got my hands on this through a friend. I cut it some slack based on the age and can certainly taste the blend of American hops and German style.

Jul 04, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a hazy complexion. There’s a fingernail of eggshell on top. Light lacing. The aroma is of grassy to lightly vegetal hops. I’m tasting lightly vegetal to grassy hops and light malt. The mouth is very approachable and easygoing.

Dec 06, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear orange color with a strong white and frothy/foamy head. Bubbling body. SRM of 11. (4.25)

Aromas: Moderate aromas of orange and bread. Some lingering orange citrus soap and pine underneath. Very reminiscent of a Sierra Nevada Ale (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows with some strong German bread and German lemon citrus upfront. A slight cloying orange underneath that dissolves into a rather dry, pale German bread malt flavor. A lingering citrus bitterness on the tongue. Sort of like Sierra Nevada Champagne. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Foamy with good carbonation. Leaves a bitter citrus astringency on the palate. (4.25)

Overall: A pretty tasty beer overall that mixes between an IPL and a Helles lager. It has nice German Noble and malt flavors as expected, but also has a definite Sierra Nevada yeast strain to give it the cloying orange soap and pine flavor. This would be the IPL if Sierra Nevada had one. Sort of like Sierra Nevada Champagne. A great body though that is full and bready. A well-craft blend of great beer! (Final Rating: 3.94+)

Nov 20, 2020
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oberon from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich full golden with a large fluffy near two finger bone white head that sticks like glue to the glass a s it creeps down ever so slowly into a frothy mass.Big fruity hops in the nose,I get a good amount of apricot and orange,a light smattering of cut grass is detected as well.Citric and bright on the palate with a firm lightly sweet malt base,extremely quaffable.Wow what a crushable but very flavor lager here,love the hop complexities.

Nov 13, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz can. Dates on bottom of can are '2021.01.27 2020.01.28'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. Persistent partial finger white head. Leaves spots and rings of lacing.
Aroma is indistinct, with lightly roasted malt prominent.
Taste is lager yeast and bright hops.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Seems disjointed somehow, with no true balance achieved.

Nov 08, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

i had such higher hopes for this, not a bad lager, but like, weirdly substantial, malty, and bitter more than flavorful or aromatic from the hops, i expected a delicate european lager with some hop kick, but its not really that, its sturdy and fuller and almost autumnal, but it didnt impress me in terms of overall quality, which is shocking for the breweries involved. sometimes its not greater than the sum of its parts, like these two just havent meshed their best facets too well, also surprising because of the collaborations sierra nevada has done with other german brewers that have been so successful in the past. i am not calling this a failure, but it didnt strike me as anything too special either. slightly hazy light amber colored, average white head, fine carbonation from the tap, green hop nose with some bitterness and generic citrus pith character, doughy european lager yeast, and way more from the grain than i expected or wanted really. the flavor is about the same, weird proportions for what it is, nowhere near as well refined or seemingly as patiently lagered as i thought it would be, and really kind of generic in a way thats just overly malty and bitter for a lager, maybe i expected too much from this. the taste stays with me awhile, it feels heavy even with a lighter lunch, and didnt quite hit the mark for me. almost in the india pale lager range, but also still european, but then its malty for what it is, illogical in a lot of ways and to me a bit of a miss, at least this time around...

Sep 19, 2020
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed chilled from can into willybecker
Pours a golden amber shade lightly hazed with a 3 finger white head with rocky appearance with lace that sticks and very good head retention
The smell has a light herbal and spiced hop odor with yeast providing a light bready scent
Feel has balance of bitterness with malt sweetness that is mild dry finish moderate carbonation and low alcohol influence on texture that ends more on the bitter side
This lager tastes very mild yet nice hop aromatics as it warms slightly yet more of a noble type herbal flavor with subtle bitterness and malt is cracker like with gentle taste compared to hops with mildly warming finish with semidry quality as hops linger with resins coating the mouth.
I would drink this again preferably on tap but the can was fresh tasting with date from January no apparent oxidation a good enjoyment level ov

Sep 12, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold. Nice white head, great retention and lace.
Blend of melon, soft citrus, and classic noble hop aromas.
Bready malt, melon, light tangerine, a bit of spicy/herbal.
Light bodied but satisfying, well carbonated. I'd like it to be just a touch more crisp.
Interesting take on a pilsner, cool to see folks changing things up a bit to evolving consumer demand.

Sep 11, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked it, but with mixed feelings...

Ever since I started brewing my own beer, I have grown to have a very great appreciation for the lager style. Unlike ales, IPAs, stouts, porters, and the rest, the lager take work (and skill.) So, when I used to avoid lagers as something I have grown up from, I am now gravitated toward them than when I was in high school. As a result, when I see something like this collab between Bitburger and SN, I knew I had to snatch one up to try, and I am sure glad I did. Nevertheless, having learned about brewing as much as I have over the past year, I have mixed feelings about this offering. More bitter than the normal lager style, more flavorful, I find that the bitterness kinda turned me off, but also helped me appreciate the work that went into creating this. My grading reflects this torn attitude, but I will tell you, this is worthy of a try and even two or three...

Sep 08, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a can stamped 01/27/2021 and 01/28/2020. Sampled Sept. 7, 2020.

The pour is orange-amber with a foamy white head. Moderate clarity.

The aroma is made up of grassy and floral hop notes and a white bread character underneath.

The body is smooth and light-medium.

The taste is sweet but the hops seem stale. I still get a floral and grassy flavor. This was not as special as I hoped it could be.

Sep 07, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Mid-dark amber, slightly hazy, pours with 3mm white head.
S- Smells of fruit, over to the citrus side of fruit, orange < > grapefruit.
T- More subtle than I anticipated. I can clearly ID the above^ citrus note, it tastes exactly how it smells, but it's not a blunt instrument that some modern beers using these fruity hops can end up with. The citrus here seems quite subtle to me, to the extent that after a bit I don't notice it any more.
F- What I noted on the first sip is it's hoppy-dry on finish, and that facet of the hops continues now about 1/2 way through the glass. It's refreshing, simply like a well hopped lager might be.
O- I do not favour prominent citrus notes in my beer and when I smelled such I was worried. However here the taste of citrus is subtle enough it never intrudes. I doubt their is enough drama and challenge in this for the hipsters out there, perhaps it's more of a contemporary palate beer for those seeking a balanced profile but with a distinctive character of it's own.
330ml can. Bought from Wholefoods, London W8 £1.99 BB: 13/02/2021

Sep 06, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz can purchased from the fridge for $2 as part of a mix-a-six pack. Canned on 1/8/2020, so this is almost 8 months old. Not so fresh, but I already had one of these recently and it proved to be still within the drinking window. I let this warm out of the fridge for a little while before opening it up. Probably best to serve cold though.

Look: Glorious appearance - deep orange golden color with lively bubbles effervescing. A nice haze suspension; looks more like a hazy Belgian or American Pale Ale than a Lager. Nice two finger head that slowly reduces to a thin layer.

Smell: A lot of aromas that remind me of belgian wit beer like clove, esters, coriander, and orange peel....lots of orange. Spiciness and lager yeast/funk on the back end along with some bready, crusty aromas. Non-descript hoppy aromas that are well-integrated.

Taste: So refreshing and enjoyable. Not like any other lager I have had before. Tastes more like a Belgian beer than a German one. Very interesting how well the American hops are melding with the German hops, yeast, and manufacturing process. Up front, some grapefruit and orange flavors with spice then the finish is super dry and bitter that lingers long with citrus peel and Sierra Nevada's classic usage of hops. And the finish, which is what makes this unique and fitting to be an India Pale Lager, is like that of a crisp, refreshing lager but has a lot more interesting flavors throughout. Definitely a crusher.

Feel: Above average carbonation, appropriate for a crisp lager. Light to medium body.

Overall: I'm not the biggest lager fan, but this is definitely a winner. I may have to pick up more of this while it's still available in stores. If you like Belgian pale/strong ales or European lager beer, you would probably really enjoy this. It does a great job bridging many gaps between German, Belgian, and American traditions. Would also pair very well with a variety of food. Prost!

Sep 04, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can stamped
2021 01 27
2020 01 28 08:33

So, at nearly 8 months from canning, getting a bit long in the tooth for a hoppy beer. But, given my COVID19-influenced buying habits, I just noticed it on the online ordering form for one of the liquor stores I frequent. IDK when it (finally) arrived in MN. My guess would be within the last month or so. But, not having personally browsed the shelves since March, it may have been sooner.

Mild aroma, citrusy aroma, lemon, floral and grass.

Tall white head atop a clear yellow-gold beer with a slight chill haze and moderate rising bubbles. Head retention is OK (recedes within 4-5 minutes) with spotty lacing.

Taste is quite hoppy, both in flavor and in bitterness. The initial flavors are lemon and floral, nicely balanced by somewhat bready malts. The hops and malts flavors carry through into the finish and aftertaste. The bitterness builds in the middle and grows from there, resulting in a fairly bitter aftertaste.

Feel is smooth, slightly effervescent, with a moderate body.

Overall, a nice drinking, nicely hoppy lager. Quite bitter (for a German lager). I enjoyed it. Too bad Bitburger's wide-area distribution has been so dragged out.

Aug 26, 2020
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5.8 %, canned in January, it’s a hoppy (relatively) lager. Decent head, a little lacing, golden - orange in color. Smells like a hopped pils, taste is a little citrus, noble, valiant hops, some malt, and a little grass. It’s nicely balanced and very easy to drink. I could dig seeing this as a spring or summer seasonal, but they need to get it to market faster. Still good, holding up well, but will probably call it quits after the twelver I bought yesterday, cheers!

Aug 23, 2020
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz can, served in a Bitburger 0.2l Rastel pokal glass. Date stamp on bottom of can: 2021.01.27 L2020.01.28 28:22:38 D.

Appearance: Translucent golden yellow, with very fine suspended sediment throughout which is why it comes across as cloudy. Persistent thick white head with plenty of lacing.

Smell: Noble hops, classic Bitburger smell, but with piney/citrusy hops as well mixed in.

Taste: Tastes very similar to its smell: there is a definite German style Pils, and indeed, it's Bitburger Pils, as the base for this, but then there is citrus and pine hops mixed in, along with just a bit more malt sweetness for balance. The bitter finish is more American hop than noble hop though, otherwise it's rather balanced between the two.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but not as crisp and dry as a lager - it's the American hops which change the mouthfeel. There is still a lager in here in regards to mouthfeel, but it's muted.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a fun take on the classic Bitburger. I got a six pack of this so I will certainly enjoy more than once. Went very well with food (tuna volcano roll) and I think would pair with quite a few other things as well. Probably my only beef with it is that I wish it was more clear/bright like a Lager, and a bit more crisp, but I suspect all the hopping is making that impossible.

Aug 22, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz can dated 1-7-20. Picked up as part of a mix-6 a few days ago (my first visit to a store with a mix-6 section since COVID). Poured into a nonic pint glass. Appearance is slightly cloudy yellow with a rocky off-white head. Aroma and flavor are slightly spicy/grassy/floral/maybe some citrus hops with a biscuity malt backbone. Mouthfeel is full and round. Great stuff even at 7+ months old.

Aug 21, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a single can of this at Total Wine on their close out seasonal shelf. Shit man, I never saw the six packs.
Anyways, looks like it was canned in January (tough to tell the code isn't in plain English/numbers). Ooof. Better to try old than not at all.

Pours a sudsy yellow, 2/3" white head. The aroma was still pretty good despite it potentially being 6 months old. Those classic C hops retain what makes 'em their thing so much better than the proprietary hops that fall out so fast you got brewery's saying to drink within 21 days. Not here, classic lager yeast and C hops make for a pretty enjoyable floral arbor like grapefruit nose.

Taste is just right up my alley, C hop bitterness and flavor, a lager yeast that is in the center of the party but not trying to dominate with the lampshade on his head for attention. Its a nice well hopped lager that stays in its lane and doesn't try to IPL its way out of its lagerness. Bready malt that is supportive, not aggressive. If I see a straggler six pack anywhere, I'm gonna buy it because this tastes like it will be fine for another 6 months.

Aug 19, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml can poured into a tulip style pint glass.

L: Medium amber-copper, slightly hazy, some visible carbonation, two finger off-white head with good retention, leaves a little bit of lace.
S: Moderate strength nose, citrus and spicy hop aroma, bready malt aroma.
T: Hop forward, citrus and floral, moderate bitterness, opens with some balance from bready malt but hops take over, finishes with citrus peel bitterness which lingers.
F: Medium-light body, starting soft and smooth with crispness rising to the finish, medium carbonation.
O: In my opinion, refined and well done, not overly bitter as I had expected, easy to drink and enjoyable.

Aug 19, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1/28/20
Pours a med fizzy bubbly head with med retention, a bit of lacing, hazy reddish orange color

Nose fresh hops but seems a bit old, floral grassy, a bit of citrus, plenty of fruity esters almost Belgian like, grainy-sweet lager malts, fair sweet malt,

Taste brings more grainy-sweet malts, doughy, little cereal and straw, fair hops, a bit of bitterness, grassy floral hops with a bit of citrus, and some fruity esters as well, drier soft lager finish

Mouth is med to a little lighter bod, med-lighter carb

Overall interesting, it's somewhere between lager and Belgian with some decent hops, does seem to have a little age on it as it does, but still within proclaimed shelf life

Aug 17, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can
date stamped 2021.01.07
L: hazed copper body, frothy ivory head
S: earthy/spicy hops, a bit fruity and mild citrus
T: more bitter than expected; earthy/spicy/grassy hops, grapefruit pith, mild fruity apricot
F: medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter and dry finish
O: this was better than expected - very flavorful and enjoyable

Aug 16, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This sounded exciting when I first heard of it since Bitburger certainly knows how to brew Lagers; I have been a fan of Sierra Nevada for some time, especially since my mother lives in Chico; & it is not only a collab beer, but it comes in a CAN for The CANQuest (tm) as well!

From the CAN: "Seit 1817"; Bitte ein Bit"; "Bitburger We Brew with Friends"; "Triple Hop'd Lager Brewed in Collaboration with Sierra Nevada"; "Brewed in Germany According to the German Purity Law".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, steady C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was rewarded with the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention for my efforts. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting CANother impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all clamoring for a taste. Nose was bright & citrusy with grapefruit & lemon as its centerpiece. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, about on par for a Lager. The taste was VERY citrusy, quite bitter, actually and just the sort of thing that I like about this relatively new style. It really brought the grapefruit flavor, holding nothing back, with just a modest malt presence. It was almost hard to believe that this was a Lager! Finish was dry, bitter & highly refreshing on a hot, humid Summer's day. Mmm. YMMV.

Aug 11, 2020
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Richmondtexan from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In tap 8-9-2020

Pours golden wheat color whith barely any head. Decent lacing. smells closer to a ipa than a lager smells of pine and resin. Taste is of a mild toned down ipa. Resin/pine finish. Overall a good gateway from lagers to ipas.

Aug 09, 2020
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Beejay from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold, and hazy with a small off white head.

S: Light citrus with some noble hop aromas, earthy and a touch floral.

T: Pleasant hops with light grapefruit, and some lovely earthy notes. Malt flavor is there in the finish with a hint of fresh baked bread.

M: Medium light in body, with fairly active carbonation. Some cling to the finish.

O: Overall a pretty interesting beer. Crisp refreshing, with some interesting hop character. Not as tropical or citrus heavy as I would have imagined.

Aug 04, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Medium to dark gold color with frothy white lacing.

S - There is some light malt sweetness on the nose with a little bit of earthy citrus.

T - Light sweet malt base with light earthy spicy citrus over the top and a lingering earthy citrus on the back end that coats the mouth.

M - Medium body with a dry finish.

O - This held up pretty well for being over seven months old.

Aug 03, 2020
Triple Hop'd Lager from Bitburger Brauerei
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 218 ratings