Bitburger Drive | Bitburger Brauerei

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Brewed by:
Bitburger Brauerei
Germany | website

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 08-12-2002

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31
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53
Avg:
2.82
pDev:
30.14%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
2.38/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste like a beer, which is the objective of a low-alcohol. Unfortunately, like a macro lager. Still, it did the drink at the end of a warm long afternoon. Somewhat sweet and aggressive carbonation. Pale yellow, no head. Grassy, metallic. Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.16/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This review is part of NA Shootout (With Blanks) III, yet another one of my head-to-head matchups of macro lagers, malt liquors, and in this case, low alcohol beers that are designed to make their consumption more interesting than it would otherwise be and to learn something by directly comparing two similar beers. How will the Teutonic Giant fare against the Behemoth from St. Louis? Let's find out.

Pale amber as well, although a wee bit darker than its competitor. Unless a light source is available, there's no way they could be distinguished from one another. The head is more ivory than white and is more bubbly than the O'Doul's. It has better persistence and leaves much more lace. Bitburger takes an early lead...

... that is just as quickly loses after the sniff test. While it isn't 'turn away in disgust' horrible, the nose is less appealing on this beer. It smells more metallic than grain-like. I've smelled much worse, but that doesn't mean that I should cut this one any slack.

Drive is the clear loser when it comes to flavor and will, therefore, handily lose the overall contest. It tastes more like beer than O'Doul's, mostly because it's actually bitter, but the bitterness doesn't seem hop-related. In addition, that nasty, clay-like 'NA funk' is present and ruins what might have been a decent beverage. It's far from the worst of the style though.

What would a low alcohol beer be without a light, insipid feeling mouthfeel? It's amazing what alcohol adds to beer; even mouthfeel apparently. Drive is a fraction more bubbly as I drink, but I can't say that I like it more as a result.

Bitburger Drive traded wins on appearance and smell and managed to stay at least even on mouthfeel. Unfortunately, it lost the all-important flavor comparison and is therefore the loser of NA Shootout (With Blanks) III. I could actually drink this stuff if I had to, which is more than I can say for at least one of its fellow German low alcohol beers (cough... Paulaner... cough... ThomasBrau... cough).

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
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 a t 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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light yellow with a small white head. The Aroma is filled with adjuncts, with the overall aroma being that of corn tortillas. The flavor is more of the same with some light hops in addition to the heavy corn. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The flavor of this beer is basically that of a major macro lager, only with none of the alcohol.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.37/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light gold brew.

Smell is sweet with lots of grain and a bit grassy. I smell malt in this too.

Taste is sweet with a cereal flavor and a bit of hop bite to it. This has a distinct "Cooked" flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a first choice, but if you have to drink a near beer, this is much better than the American versions.

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Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of papat444
2.08/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of FLima
2.69/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.67/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw-gold color, lots of fine bubbles. Nice head, but it doesn't last.

Aroma: Nice amount of hop aroma, with sweet, grainy malt.

Flavor: Clean malt flavor with a decent bitterness in the middle. Finish is a very clean and dry for a non-alcoholic beer.

Body: Medium-light body, high carbonation.

Compared to other beers, Drive tastes like an average continental pils. I rated it based on that. Compared to other non-alcoholic beers, though, it is absolutely one of the best. It feels like, smells like beer, and tastes like beer. If for some reason I had to stop drinking alcohol, this is what I would take as an alternative.

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Photo of harrymel
3.54/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal-clear light golden color with a medium-sized snow-white head, well carbonated with good lacing. Aroma consists mainly of sweet malt, like unfermented wort, and a decent hop presence. Taste begins with a surge of carbonation across the tongue, followed by slightly tart malt flavors. A mild hop presence asserts itself soon afterward which rises to a slightly metallic note at the end of the taste. Finish is quite dry. The mouth feel, while nothing spectacular, is not bad. One of the better non-alcoholic beers, Drive manages to avoid the excessive sweetness often noted in these products.

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Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I bought this by mistake, thinking it was the normal Bitburger, pretty crappy, very thin and watery, in fact i might as well have been drinking water, at least it prolonged my night a bit being a non-alcoholoic beer(hehehe).

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Photo of ordybill
2.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.51/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.62/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I just drank this beer with dinner tonight. I was not impressed! It had little flavour but a strong aftertaste. It does go down alright but it does not live up to the Bitburger name. I compared it to some other "Near Beers" just to make sure I gave it a fare shake it was not my least favorite on but it was a close runner-up.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.16/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.85/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When compared to style, this brew rocks. By far better than any of the other near beers. Even better than the regular bud or coors.

transparent darkish gold color no head, spotty lace.
Pale malt and soft hop aroma with hint of soap.
crisp malt and hop flavor, white bread.

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Photo of kbub6f
1.91/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few minutes in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A big white head dies fast like soda pop. Some runny lacing. The color is clear, clear gold.

Lotsa lagerfunk in the nose. The front is toast (not toasted grain, but toasted WonderBread). The middle is strangely bitter with a metallic finish. At higher temps, some grains show in the aftertaste. To its credit, this beer has none of the cloying cornsyrup of many other NAs. But even still, it's pretty awful. There are many better NAs out there.

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Photo of Lunch
3.29/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of samtrillo
2.67/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking non-alcoholic (read: 0.5 percent) brews since I found out that my gall bladder has to be removed. Well, the GB is gone and I drink regular beer, but for the sake my healing body, I'm finishing the N.A. brews I have left in my fridge.

Bitburger Drive pours yellow with some big bubbles (probably the fault of my dirty glassware.) There's a loose head of foam that settles to pretty much nothing. The aroma is of fresh grains and sort of cereal-like and could be covered up with some hops. The body is a little more full than a real Bitburger and the hops are diminished somewhat. The finish is pretty dry. I'd like a little more hops; especially up front. Why else would want I want to drink an N.A. beer -- I want to taste malt AND hops -- but I can't have all the alcohol.

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