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Style:
Low Alcohol Beer
Ranked #29
ABV:
0.5%
Score:
67
Ranked #48,476
Avg:
2.9 | pDev: 24.48%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
72
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Bitburger Brauerei
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  17
SCORE
67
Poor
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

a: clear, golden amber color with some straw yellow. large, 3-4 finger frothy rocky white head

s: faint sweet grains and malts. a little lemongrass and pepper spice. a touch of herbal spice and grass

t: faint grains and grass, with a hint of a floral note. a touch of pepper and very watery. a hint of noble bitterness

m: very light, watery mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: not terrible for a NA beer. definitely watery and very light in the flavor department, but it is reminiscent of a Pilsner

Jun 11, 2020
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MaxBrews from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better NA beers for the simple reason that it tastes like real beer.

This tastes like a slightly thinner bodied version of of Bitburger. If someone told me this was a 3% pilsner I'd beleive. Them.

It has none of the sweet tea like flavors of other na beer. It's dry and tastes like a decent pilsner.

Apr 27, 2019
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beertunes from Mayotte

2.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Clear, light gold color with 1/2 inch of white head that had low retention and very light lacing. Aroma was skunk forward, but had a basic "beer" scent. Same on the tongue, low grain, no real hops. Body was decent, light and crisp with a semi-dry finish. Drinkability was OK. If your looking for a "beer" in this style, I suspect you could do worse.

Feb 09, 2018
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BenHoppy from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best N/A beer out there yet won't give it a perfect score because I wouldn't consider it world class but it's as good as it gets for an N/A beer. If I couldn't drink alcohol this would be my go-to...hope that day never comes. But must say its very malty and flavorful.

Nov 16, 2017
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davisrs from Pennsylvania

1.91/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Comparing only NA beers, not my favorite Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Very light straw yellow color.
Holds 2 finger head, diminishing to 1 finger after a few minutes.
The aroma is a slight one of hops!!
The taste is pure bitter boiled hops in seltzer ... not a pleasant piney/citrus bitter like ale. The bitterness continues all the way to the back of the palate and lingers.
The feel is light, very little apparent body.
This is something I could make myself by taking my boiled hops concentrate and adding to seltzer water.
This was a very disappointing taste test compared to other NA beers and full bodied ales (Clausthaler Dry Hopped) I won't be trying this beer again unless major changes are made.

Aug 24, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

5/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Only beer i know that has 0.0 abv and taste is there, not too different than Stella, Germans don't mess around when it comes to beer. Tastes like Stella with a bit of bite that's caused by no alcohol and smells like Stella. I suggest pouring into a tulip glass and poured it is golden with a thin white head with a bubbly body. For a non-alcoholic beer that claims to have absolutely no alcohol this beer strongly deserves a 5 because there's no other like it. All other non-alcoholic beers have at least .4% but not Bitburger they somehow figured out how to remove it. How they do it, I have no clue but every resource shows they do. I even got in a little dispute with my favorite liquor store beer guy who claimed it wasn't possible to remove alcohol completely but show me results that show otherwise? This beer gets a 5 because I rate each beer by style that compares to other styles and not only does this beer belong alone in it's own genre but it's better than most non-alcoholic beers on the market, only Beck'S really compared because Beck's N/A tastes like real beer but then again it has .5 not 0.0, these Germans brewed this beer with genius. I personally wouldn't choose it though because I like high potency abv beers but if I couldn't consume alcohol this would be my go to.

Dec 13, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From notes taken 11/27/16:

Straw gold and very clear. Fine-foamed, somewhat chunky off-white head of good retention. Lacing is quite good. To the nose, honey, corn, light grass/grain, pinch of floral to rindy hops. Very much honey and corn on palate, a ton of balancing malt/grain tartness and mild bitterness with biscuity and floral aftertaste. Medium-bodied, not too watery, with suds first tingly then nearly creamy. I’ve not had many non-alcoholic beers, but this seems different from the ones I have had. A style that does not focus on quality, perhaps, but good to know some variety exists. Easily on par with Adjunct or even some Pale Lagers that have 3-5% alcohol. Just can’t get a buzz or warmth from it. Compare to Adjunct Lagers, but also to some German Pilsners.

Dec 02, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.16/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, pours a clear golden colour with a small finger of white head that disapates quickly. Aroma grass, grainey, honey. Taste malty and sweet, not to bad actually for a non alcoholic beverage.

Apr 01, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent beer

Sep 14, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

2.69/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Golden color with a thin one finger head with medium retention.
Predominant aroma with notes of crude grainy malt, honey and hay.
Flavor with notes of dry hay, crude malt and herbal hops. Dry aftertaste with mild bitterness.
Watery body with proper carbonation of tiny bubbles.
Not bad for a Non-alcoholic, body is rather thin, but they don't try to disguise it with excessive gaz. I had that after a difficult run and it went down like water, I mean better than water or any soda. I would though add more body and hops.

Sep 05, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

2.43/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA.
This is not a good beer. I know it is non-alcoholic but I find O'douls to be much better. With that said this is miles better than Coors N/A, which is downright unpleasant. This beer does have good coloration and and a decent aroma but I found the flavor to be bland and unappetizing.

Aug 23, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I am drinking this because it is my 100th beer style. The clerk at South Lyndale Liquors takes one out of a box in the cooler. The bottle lists 0.0% abv.
L: It looks like a Bitburger, pouring brilliant straw under a 2” sudsy white foam cap that quickly descents to less than 1/4 of its original size.
S: Light grain on the nose with some hop spice and there is a little skunkiness which is suprising because it has not been in the light. Taking the alcohol out must have done something to the hops.
T: On entry it tastes like a beer but then by mid-palate it gets a little apple cidery lightly seasoned with skunk.
F: Light body and above average carbonation.
O: This is something to drink if you want other people to think you are drinking beer.

May 28, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

During a recent foray to Pittsburgh, I saw a number of NA/Low-Alcohol beers and decided to bring them home and give them a try.

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a heavy-handed pour since it was only 11.2 fl. oz. (330 ml) and there seemed little chance of overflow. I still got two-plus fingers of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a sparkling Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-plus quality clarity. It was so beautiful that I was not at all surprised when Midas, Mammon and Croesus suddenly appeared for a taste, despite its being an NA beer. Nose had a solid malty smell, almost like being in the grain room! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste had a light, grassy bitterness, but light was the operative word. It was ephemeral in its taste and it was pretty boring as a result. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing, but not really satisfying. Oh well.

May 25, 2015
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tylerstravis from Colorado

3.51/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly tastes like actual beer! Nice bitter hoppy taste it's alone in this field there. Rated to style.

Likely the future go-to for the pregnant wife.

May 24, 2015
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denisconrado from Brazil

1.5/5  rDev -48.3%

Higher than without ethanol in Brazil, but lower than with pure alcohol malt (well, I'm wrong to compare with / without); however, for those who do not drink alcohol or not, may be a solution, but the cost-benefit takes to make pure water. Which seems to have a bitter coot, but not unpalatable as the thought Kunstmann and Brahma 0.0. Curiosity killed. Oh, and thanks to colleague by Kel birthday present!

Sep 22, 2014
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kevofficiel from Canada

2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A girl gave it to me because she is pregnant and ask me to try to know what I was thinking about that beer.Its actually my first N/A beer
First of all it have an interesting smell to it.
Lots of carbonation, nice yellow clear color where u can see lots of bubbles going up.
Well I can tell u, with alcohol, this beer will taste better.
But for a N/A beer is not that bad.
If u wanna drink a beer and don t wanna get drunk or don t wanna drink Alcohol or ur pregnant, I would recommend that N/A beer.

Aug 25, 2014
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samtrillo from California

2.67/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very very pale see through gold

S - Pale malt, sour grain.

T - Like a watered down pale ale. Nice bite of hops. Kinda of like a hop soda actually if that was a thing.

M - Obviously lite bodied. Peppery carbonation.

O - My first N/A It's on okay drink if you need a little hops and carbonation. Honestly, though, there are a lot of interesting sodas out there to drink instead. I hear there's a hop soda these days.

Apr 14, 2014
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JupiterJesus from California

3.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this off the board because I'd never had Bitburger. I figured I should try it at least once. I didn't notice that the board said "Bitburger N/A". Oops.

I'm quite surprised actually. Nice and hoppy. Not sweet. A companion said it pretty much tasted like Bitburger. My wife said she would drink this when we have a baby.

My only complaint is that there was a very strong 'roasted chestnut'-like flavor that was a bit cloying. I don't know if this was a ton of melanoidin, or a result of the alcohol removal, or a characteristic of Bitburger in general or a result of oxidation.

Overall, not as terrible as I'd expect. It was also interesting to try an NA beer at least once. Unfortunately, ordering this beer automatically made me the DD :(

Mar 03, 2013
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Spikester from Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with a one inch white head. A few strands of lacing.
Smell a bit of grain some dank hop aroma.
Taste is immediate bitter hops with a light malt backup. No overly sweet malty mess like many N/A beers.
Mouthfeel is just like the standard beer but without the alcohol bite.
Overall one of the better N/A beers available. Some real hops. Dry bitter finish.

Jan 11, 2013
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harrymel from Washington

3.54/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doing some alcoholfrei reviewing.
Best by 18JUL13

Pours light golden with a little central bone white foam. Brilliant clarity. Smells of light grain, a little corn, some herbal hops - actually smells like a decent pilsner! Flavor of grain, some astringent rice-ee-ness, a little bit of a apple pith character, pretty watered down pilsen style - I guess that's part of the product. Thin bodied with hi carb and a wet finish. Not bad, not bad at all. Beats soda pop at 90 calories per bottle.

Jan 08, 2013
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LXIXME from New Mexico

2.8/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small white head dies into a thin lacing above a clear bright straw golden colored beer.

Aroma is dominated by sour corn and grains, not giving anything else room to show itself.

Taste is lighter than the aroma but still dominated by the sour corn and grains.

A dry aftertaste with some of the sour grains still lingering on with this light bodied drink.

Nothing special going on here, cept if you can't drink alcohol this might fit the bill.

Dec 29, 2012
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Lunch from Maryland

3.29/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First NA beer review courtesy of Mrs. Drabmuh, thanks!

Pours a golden straw color with a soapy white head that stayed around. Smell might not be wonderful, but for a beer with no real alcohol to speak of, this was pretty, pretty, pretty good. Aroma reminded me of Becks Light with some grains and pale malts. Taste is not bad at all and this blows away any macro lager that I can remember. Crisp and clean with ample carbonation.

Goddamn, I just wish they would tone down the alcohol and this motherfucker burned yo's throat.

In all seriousness, not a bad beverage at all.

May 24, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.17/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

People hate this beer? I've had a bunch of NA beers lately for various reasons and I can say without hyperbole that I would have a hard time telling the difference between bitburger and bitburger drive. Seriously the BEST NA beer I've had to date, something I'd even have again.

Beer is yellow and clear with a decent head, no lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma really just isn't there. Very very mild.

Beer is thin but not sweet like most of them. It has a nice earthy hoppy bitterness at the back. There is a great pilsen malt flavor. The overall experience is kind of like a bad pilsner, boring pilsner but it is not a horrible sweet syrupy mess like most of these beers are. Like I said, the best I've had so far.

May 23, 2011
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papat444 from Canada

2.08/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 10-08-11.

Appearance: A pure white 3 finger head with a mostly clear pale gold body. Retention is better than expected with even some moderate lacing.

Smell: Some malt and corn but not offensive and actually not bad.

Taste: Tastes, well, like nothing. Leaves a grating bitterness that is not pleasant at all. A type of weird peppery feel is also present but this is not good.

Mouthfeel: Zero carbonation and feels like water. No thanks.

Drinkability: Not at all. A bit more than half was enough for me.

Overall: There are better alternatives, like soda or water. Looked good and smelt decent but everything else is forgettable.

Dec 06, 2010
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Halcyondays from California

2.37/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a soft white head, fair retention, very light lace.

S: Nice hop nose off the bat, but pretty one-dimensional.

T: Bitter, carbonic acid taste. Really no malt flavour here, quite astringent.

M: Quite a bit smoother than the Paulaner, not overcarbonated, light-bodied.

D: Not one of the better German low ABV beers. Kind of a chore to drink in the end.

Mar 03, 2010
Drive from Bitburger Brauerei
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 72 ratings