Brewed by Bitburger Brauerei Th. Simon
Style: Pilsener
Bitburg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1706   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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The classic Bitburger - a mature and most agreeable beer - is brewed with the best of ingredients in the same traditional way it has been for many, many years. The result is delicately tart and pleasantly bitter - with a strong hop taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Discore (68) - - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle. Clear golden. Small white head. Faint hop aroma, a bit offputing. Bitter. Light body and thin texture with average carbonation. Overall I’d say it reminded me a lot of Warsteiner and while it is drinkable, there are better ones available at the same price point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1175) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2014
I poured a 500ml can into a mug. It had a freshness date of either 1/8/15 or 8/1/15 and cost $1.99 ($0.12 per ounce).

Appearance: White gold hue over a slightly hazy body. Plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, white, foamy head which laces and retains relatively well.

Smell: Seemingly skunky at first, but it’s an herbal aroma from the Noble hops. Otherwise a standard pilsner aroma.

Taste: Bitburger has always been one of those import lagers I’ve never really given much respect to because I haven’t heard anyone I trust recommend it. I bought this can on a whim and I have to say I’m genuinely surprised by how good this beer is. This definitely embodies the German-style pilsner style in pretty much all aspects. It’s not a particularly complex palette, but what’s here is definitely satisfying and tasty. Plenty of pale maltiness with a slight cracker-like flavor. The Noble hops are quite prominent as well, especially on the finish as they create for an herbal spiciness and a dry bitterness. A dash of lemon can be found lurking in the background as well. There’s not generic pale lager character since it’s clearly an all-malt brew. A bit of a mineral quality gives it distinctiveness, and doesn’t come off as a flaw. I’m not usually a fan of pilsners, but this was a fun beer to drink.

Drinkability: At only 4.8% ABV, Bitburger Premium Pils is a beer I could consider sessioning. It’s refreshing while in the mouth and finishes mostly clean, but with a slightly dry bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is not truly thin, but not quite medium, either. Plenty of consistent carbonation makes it crisp, though it’s not spastic to the point of being difficult to get down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bork (164) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Pleasant, refreshing Pilsner with a decidedly hoppy taste and long, relatively dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (1715) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
Tasted both in its original form and under the name Bitburger Premium Beer, which is apparently used for export in cans. Sticky snow-white, thinnish and eventually dissolving head on a straw-yellow beer, cristal clear with a continuous, lively, fine sparkling. Grainy and bit doughy aroma, hints of gum, iron, faintly citrussy hops and parsil. Taste more graininess, metallic, pale malt sweetishness, bit tart accent, quite sharp carbonation and peppery and leafy hop bitterness towards the end, long and thirst-quenching. One of the best known German pale lagers but surely far from the best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pumpkinhead2 (344) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
Bière jaune soleil, incroyablement limpide, bonne effervescence, et surmonté d’un col blanc immaculé, pas tellement large, mais mousseux, dense et persistant. Arômes de malt pâle, grain, maïs, léger sucré générique (sucre brut…), quelques notes de houblon végétal, peut-être quelques traces de malt grillé voire fumé. Nez ordinaire, complexité moyenne-faible, intensité faible. En bouche, pétillement moyen-fort, onctuosité moyenne, le breuvage présente tout de même un corps d’une certaine rondeur intéressante. Au goût, entré en bouche plutôt malté et sucré (malt pâle, sucre brut, maïs, sirop de maïs), suivi d’un houblon plutôt végétal (branche, feuille verte…) et d’une finale à l’amertume modérément élevée. Équilibre malt/houblon intéressant, mais l’amertume me semble mal intégrée à ce breuvage somme toute plutôt léger. En bouche, complexité faible, intensité adéquate, goût ordinaire. Bière correcte, sans plus…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
waiake (67) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 26, 2014
500ml can pours typically golden with a decent head that slowly disapates. aroma is malt & hops, taste is quite bitter with lingering hop & grassy flavours. $2.60 good price for a fine beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kacyper (275) - Lublin, POLAND - JUL 26, 2014
500 ml, bottle. Aromaty niemieckich chmieli i słodowe. W smaku lekka goryczka, słodowe. Gładkie i pijalne.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BeerBoom (111) - POLAND - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle. In aroma mostly malts. Very light, golden colour. In taste is sweet with low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 20, 2014
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines Comely Bank. Appearance - pale golden with gentle bubbles and a proportionate head. Nose - green beans and sweetcorn. Taste - pale malt and a green herb note that runs into a dry spicy finish. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall -good pils. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derbeth (313) - Kraków, POLAND - JUL 17, 2014
Can. Very pale colour, medium head with fair lacing. Aroma is initially pleasant maltiness and herbal, not so dry as most German pilseners, but after some time the beer becomes boring and watery. Not so bad, but nothing special.

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