Triple Hop'd Lager
Bitburger Brauerei

Triple Hop'd LagerTriple Hop'd Lager
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Style:
Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #14
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,026
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 7.83%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
138
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Bitburger Brauerei
 
Germany
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One-off
Wants
  6
Gots
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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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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Initial impression from a can (sixers finally hit the Colorado market):

Couldn't help but notice they went with the 11.2 fl oz format cans...kinda fucks over the consumer a bit but I guess they canned at Bitburger. 5.8% ABV. "Tripled Hop'D Lager."

Served into a 30cl Halleroder bierkrug.

bread unit: 0,3 / 100ml
Calorific value: 209 kJ / 50 kcal / 100ml
Fat: 0 g / 100ml
of which saturated fatty acids: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 3,9 g / 100ml
of which sugar: 0 g
Protein: 0,6 g / 100ml
Salt: 0 g / 100ml

"...brewed from three hop varieties—Cascade from the Eifel region in Germany and Centennial and Chinook from the USA"

More unctuous texturally than anticipated, and it finishes a bit dry - which when coupled with its coating mouthfeel leaves it feeling unrefreshing...not exactly what one wants in a top tier lager.

Hop profile is nice but not excellent...I don't think the months of unnecessary aging this got on shipping containers while crossing the Atlantic helped it at all. One wonders why not just have the American version canned by Sierra Nevada? Oh well...it's floral, oily, and a bit fruity but I don't get the grapefruit they're targeting with the Cascade hops. Lacks the grassiness of a good German hop-ped lager as well, so we're kind of getting the worst of both worlds with American hops that are shipped to Germany (and involuntarily aged), German-grown Cascade, and then additional unnecessary aging on the way back to the U.S. I can only imagine it was substantially better fresh...

Smooth, wet, well-carbonated. Certainly more bitter and aggressive than the vast majority of German brewed hoppy lagers I've tried, but it's also more balanced than those released by the new school copycat breweries in Germany trying to emulate nontraditional hoppy styles.

Malt backbone is simple and neutral...I get 2-row and that's about it. The malts don't really counterbalance the hops as much as they should. This has a bitter dragging finish and aftertaste as a result.

Not my favourite from either of the breweries behind it, as much as I wanted to love it. I'll try serving it much colder in hopes that will quell its aggression and disguise its fundamental imbalance. In short, they overhopped it, and the hop varietals involved (as well as the beer itself) have suffered from mere supply chain logistics. Could be great fresh, but I guess I'll never know...

High C (3.00) / AVERAGE

***
05/27/20 can:

So I got this wrong the first round, lads. It's a beautifully drinkable mellow lager with a well tempered hop profile that admittedly strays from tradition but does so in good faith and to good effect. The result is an impressive hybridization of German tradition with classic American C-hopping that marries two cultural approaches to brewing.

Not an amazing beer per se, but a damned drinkable lager that's too grassy to be considered an IPL but too firmly rooted in German brewing convention to be judged as a pilsner or similar.

I'll see off this sixer with ease. It certainly drinks better when cold.

B- / WORTHY

May 24, 2020
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MacStinson from Michigan

3.01/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Jul 02, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

May 24, 2020
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GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 20, 2020
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

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

Apr 28, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev +1%
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!

May 01, 2020
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Budlum from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 11, 2020
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 04, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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.

Apr 07, 2020
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

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

May 13, 2020
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Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

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

Jun 04, 2020
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drmeto from Germany

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a slightly hazy deep golden-orange with a big,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-grapefruit,tangerines,passionfruit,peach
T:
-Follows the nose + spicy
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A good, fairly priced IPL.Not gonna complain about that.

Saturday at 02:46 PM
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Zaphog from Michigan

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

Jun 03, 2020
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Ssitron from Michigan

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

Jun 06, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz can served in a nonic glass.

Look- Hazy golden color. Solid off white head with great retention, plenty of lacing. Moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), peach, a bit of generic tropical fruit, black tea, honey and bready malt, herbal/grassy and floral notes.

Taste- Similar to the aroma. Nice citrus, peach and muted tropical fruit, red apple, a bit of yeast, sweet bready malts, light pine, floral/earthy hops and light spice.

Feel- Medium bodied. Crisp, slightly sweet up front with a mild tangy bitter finish. Medium/heavy carbonation on the tongue.

O- This is my first experience with an IPL and I like what's going on here. Worth trying before it's gone.

Sunday at 09:04 PM
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Curt3 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jun 14, 2020
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fingers worth of lush light khaki colored froth... Decent retention... Color is a slightly hazy honey... Nose highlights biscuit, cereal and earthy hops... Palate presents exactly as expected with good balance and decent complexity... Mouthfeel is dense and on the lighter side of medium bodied... Drinkability is off the charts... Nothing fancy, but highly enjoyable and well executed... A bit more than a sum of its parts...

Jul 01, 2020
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kflorence from California

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 21, 2020
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fehrminator from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Apr 17, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Apr 14, 2020
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hophugger from Virginia

3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 27, 2020
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j0hnc2468 from New York

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jun 13, 2020
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Soneast from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunday at 04:34 PM
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Bitburger from Vermont

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

May 13, 2020
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Finally found this one with about a 5 month old date stamped on it. Beautiful looking beer. Like an unfiltered, cloudy Keller with a huge white froth. Smells really good too. Has that Bitburger yeast character. Really nice full bodied mouthfeel too. Has a nice earthy, cereal grain flavor, but then it starts to go downhill as it gets into the finish where it’s fairly green and bitter in the end with some lemon peel. This was a solid beer. One of those six packs that was easy to finish, but also one that I didn’t feel compelled to buy another of. While I still enjoyed it and rated it based on what I had, I am willing to bet that my rating would be much lower for a fresher version. This had to taste like nothing but an American hopped pale ale back in January.

Jul 02, 2020
Triple Hop'd Lager from Bitburger Brauerei
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 138 ratings