cazort (565) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2008
(Bottle) I am giving this beer such high numerical ratings because I feel I need to offset other raters’ biases against non-alcoholic beers.
This is my favorite non-alcoholic beer. It has the crisp, refreshing bitterness and hop bite that Clausthaler achieves, but it has more complexity to the malt, like Warsteiner. It has a metallic taste, like most German Pilseners, but it is not unpleasant. Of all the NA brews, this one tastes the most like its equivalent, the regular Bitburger. I am impressed! Balanced, complex. This is the cream of the crop when it comes to non-alcoholic beers. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
mmm! this is an awesome NA... poured with a medium head that faded to a sparse white ring .. light golden yellow .. very nice bitterness level.. clean, tastes like a usual pils .. a fantastic example of of what a NA pilsner/lager should be .. my new favourite NA beer ... damn, i want one of those bitburger glasses!... LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2002
FIRST as some have asked how I can highly rate an N/A on this scale, a 5 means that it actually tastes like a beer.... now on to the review.....
Every year i take a month off from beer (And all booze for that matter) drinking. I use this time to evaluate NA’s, as well as clear my system for a while. I discovered Drive at this time last year. A clean, crisp Ale that is such a good facsimle of real beer that my friends were drinking it over other stuff in their fridge. Besides, what a great name for an N/A... Drive, meaning, drink a dozen and drive your buddies home. I’m sticking to the regular stuff right now, but when mu N/A period rolls around agian, I’ll gladly drink this stuff! BiereLuc (1275) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
Dès la première gorgée, j’ai la nette impression de boire une Bitburger régulière, ce qui est une réussite ultime pour un produit sans alcool. Le problème, c’est que je n’aime pas vraiment ça... de la Bitburger. Or, si j’évalue cette bière selon la catégorie sans alcool, alors la note doit monter. J’ai essayé plusieurs bières dites sans alcool et il y a presque toujours un goût de foin mouillé / drêches / jus de céréales pas fraîches... Cette Bitburger possède presque toutes les qualités (et les défauts) de la Bit régulière, sans présenter les classiques désagréments des bières sans alcool. Si je faisais un mois sans alcool, je rachèterais probablement ce truc. Oh wait! Je fais un mois sans alcool... harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
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.
GiddyBoy (121) - USA - SEP 18, 2002
Not bad for a nonalcoholic beer. This had a serious head on it. A little bitter, but otherwise pretty good Frank (4194) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2014
In the US, this is quite expensive for a non-alcoholic beer but worth it. It is reasonably Pilsener-ish and actually tastes quite good even for a regular beer. It is a clear golden color w/ a small and short lived head. It smells of herbal noble hops and fresh cracked malted barley. There is a slight metallic twinge to the taste but it is otherwise nice and hoppy and dry. This is medium bodied w/ moderately vigorous carbonation and finishes w/ a touch of cooked malt and earthy bitterness. This is a pretty impressive non-Alcoholic brew. It doesn’t just taste like a normal beer, it tastes like a good beer. 3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2012
UPDATED: APR 1, 2017 The most authentic NA beer available in the states (in good shape), showing malt surprisingly well as toasted grain and barely any of the nutrisweet / rice cake quality that so many NA beers present. It’s light bodied and cleanly fermented, no alcohol and no fault or flaws, hold its head well in the glass, looks, smells and tastes like actual Bitburger. Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2007 Bottle (BIT 07 edition). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs). Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Easily one of the best N/A beers that exists. Hoppy, bitter, clean...beats a lot of 5% lagers. Sledutah (7526) - Utah, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle shared at a little hotel in St. Goar. The owner gave us this and a few other bottles since the bar next door closed after only 1 beer
Clear orange/golden with a small white head, some lacing. Aroma of wet grains. Taste of wet grains, citrus with a bitter finish
Ok. It actually had more flavor than the pils