Triple Hop'd Lager
Bitburger Brauerei

Triple Hop'd LagerTriple Hop'd Lager
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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #16
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,350
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 7.77%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
86
From:
Bitburger Brauerei
 
Germany
Avail:
One-off
Wants
  4
Gots
  5
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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Reviews by Snowcrash000:
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, deep golden amber coloration with a medium, fluffy head and some bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Smells of doughy, biscuity malt and slightly floral, grassy/herbal and citrus hops, with notes of grapefruit and lemongrass. Taste is an excellent balance of doughy, biscuity malt and German noble and American Aroma hops, with some floral, grassy/herbal and spicy notes as well as well as citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon grass and lime peel, with just a hint of pine coming through as well. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some floral, grassy, citrus hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

I'm not necessarily a huge fan on IPLs, and make no mistake, this is clearly an IPL, because they most often seem neither here nor there to me, but this really surprised me with an excellent balance of noble and aroma hops, with the chosen American hops working together quite well with Bitburger's Siegelhopfen in my opinion. There really is a rather nice balance of floral, grassy, herbal, spicy citrussy and piney aspects to this that all work together rather well to create a surprisingly harmonious flavor profile along with the slightly sweet, soft malts. I guess it helps that the chosen C-hops are some of my personal old-school favorites. Who knows, maybe this kind of beginner-friendly craft beer is exactly what we need in Germany to bridge that gap between Lagers and IPAs.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a dense white head, looking like a cross between a lager and a pale ale, which isn’t surprising, given the breweries involved in this collaboration.

The nose, though, is a German pilsner, with grassy, floral noble hop aromas dominating, but leaving room for a subtle citrus note. There’s also a bready note to give the malt a moment to shine.

The grassy, floral flavors are also the preeminent flavors, but the citrus is present, as is the bready malt flavor. The feel, though, is not quite as crisp as I’d like in a lager.

All in all, I’m really digging this. I was concerned it would be an IPL, and it is to an extent, but the emphasis is on the “L” and not the “IP,” which so many of these are.

I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. Gonna pick up a couple of more 6ers of this to enjoy as a summer crusher.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn. Not bad. Not bad at all. The thang is just hella smooth and clean like Clark Gable auditioning for a role (as if he had to). It’s nice and bright like Einstein eating breakfast. Yeah, I like that. It’s like a regular Bitburger, but smoother with a lil citrus zest. I’m into it like Gene Tierney wearing, well, anything.

Yep!

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Photo of Manta200
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml can with a 28 January 2020 canning date and a BB date stamp a full year later. $2.19 from the Wall of Beer in Clemson SC.
Pours with a slightly hazy amber colored body topped by a good white head. Very good lacing.
Delightful sweet and mildly hoppy aroma with floral, herbal and citrus notes. The flavor is substantially stronger and more bitter than the aroma suggests.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kflorence
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fehrminator
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely little collaboration here. Light, mildly hoppy and perfect for the spring season. The nose isn't much to write home about but the hops are perfect and this is a true crusher. We need the Germans to understand that 12 oz. of this delicious elixir is certainly better than 11.2. Not MAGA. Buy with confidence and enjoy.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly clear amber with fine head.

Smell is bready and crackery with plenty of citrus. Clean, but mild.

Taste is a lot better than the nose. Soft breadiness leads into big citrusy notes and a solid bitterness. Hints of knäckebröd. Very clean, very crisp and a bit creamy. Dry and superbly balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, an excellent modern lager, flavorful but easy to drink.

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Photo of hophugger
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitburger
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly darker straw color with a finger of head. The nose smells like pils malt with some tingling hops. The upfront flavor is malty with some floral notes. The finish is dry and decently hoppy for the style.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of troobie
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Surprise find at WinCo Foods in Chico, California. Huge pallet just sitting in the middle of the floor by the produce department. I saw Sierra Nevada, I saw lager, I purchased it! A bit pricey for a six-pack of 11.2 fl. oz. cans at nearly $10 but I see that it's brewed in Germany so I guess I'm paying the shipping cost.

Poured into my Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip Imperial Pint glass.

Canned on 01-28-2020 and best by 01-27-2021.

A: Soft pour produces a 1.5 finger off-white head that reduces to a ring with some patchy foam. Big lacing. Beer is hazy but you can just see through to the other side of the glass. Color is oddly orange but in my opinion closest to amber, or Olde English 800.

S: Spicy hops dominate. Strong garlic and onion. Pine. Grapefruit and mango in the background. Sweet, light malts.

T: Invert of the smell. Honey-sweet maltiness up front. Hops mostly balance with some pine but not much else. Finishes very light and sweetly malty. Very sessionable.

M: Amazing. Substantial, pillowy soft, and slick. Like drinking egg whites. Carbonation is medium-low. Bitterness is moderate. Finishes with a light drying but mostly just dies on your palate.

O: Wow. Sad that this a one-off collaboration. One of the best mouthfeels I've ever experienced. I meant to have one of these and almost finished all six! A great introduction to Bitburger and I hope to try their pilsner if I can find it.

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Photo of bigstar87
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this strictly off the Sierra Nevada label/contribution. Dark orange color, tons of head. Interesting aroma: mild citrus, slight minerality, familiar. Flavor is also hoppy for a lager, citrus but there is a familiar lager flavor that doesn't quite taste like a new world beer. Too easy to drink.

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Photo of Spider889
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super satisfied with this offering and would love be to see more like it in the future.

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Photo of beeragent
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrich
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 11.2 oz. can: deep golden hue and surprisingly cloudy, the foamy white head quickly dissipated. Despite buying right after it was available in my part of Florida, I was surprised that it was canned back on January 8, 2020.

Even with the "triple hop", the aroma is rather underwhelming; perhaps a whiff of ozone and some European hops in the mix.

The mouthfeel is fuller and softer than I expected with a husky, bready flavor first prominent with some mild hints of citrus coming through and lingering on the palate. Certainly not as clean as I would have expected, though it is refreshing enough. Now, as the lager warms in the glass, I begin to detect some hop bitterness that is very welcoming - there is some gentle bitterness lingering on the tongue. It is very rare for a lager to showcase more of its flavor as it warms, but that is the case here. It is quite quaffable.

I like both Bitburger and Sierra Nevada, and I am enjoying this beer - I was just thinking it would be better. I have been looking for this one for quite some time and perhaps my expectations were too high. I is well worth trying.

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Photo of mntlover
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly cloudy burnt yellow with a two finger cream colored head that falls to a cap with some sparse lace.

Aroma is kind of not overly hoppy for a triple hopped brew, bready cracker like base is actually noticed first. Hops that are there are light citrus more lemon grass then the normal 3C Hops some light herbal and a touch of pepper.

Taste is nice malt base kind of creamy and bread like. At least the finish has more bitterness then the nose lets on but again not overly 3 C like more , lemon grass, herbal light pepper notes also in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth pretty chewy and bread like for a small beer, carbonation is defiantly on the mellow side.

Overall eh not sure I am really digging this one . Might be because I imagined a hopped up good German Pils and this threw me for a loop. Personally the creamy bready body kind of puts this put of the crisp spring category for me.

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Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Triple Hop'd Lager from Bitburger Brauerei
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 86 ratings