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


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RATINGS: 1964   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bark (255) - Linkping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is clear, pale yellow. The small white foam dissolves quickly into small, small traces of foam on the glass. The smell is fresh, sourish and quite plain. There are some notes of diacetyl. The carbon dioxide is medium strong with medium bubbles that vanishes away at once. The taste develops in a few steps: Firstly, there is a small rush of yeast and diacetyl. Then, a sweet body is replaced into a well-crafted, generous bitterness. Basically, this is a standard German pils with a little more diacetyl than expected. This special tone is dangerously close to a skunk beer, way beyond the best before date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Yellow and fizzy...skunky aroma like grass...nothing to shocking here...tasted a little skunky and grassy...finish was much more bitter than normal for the style...like an Urquell, but without the maltiness...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Plastic bottle. Pilsner colored beer with ample but very fine bubbled carbonation. Has kind of a canned veggie aroma. Slightly sweet light flavored beer that finishes with a long, potent bitter dryness. Easy drinking, washed down my double cheeseburgers well, but not much to remember other than the finish. Oh well, back to work.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2004
CAN: Light Gold Coloring. Small Skin of Head on Top. Im Going to Have to Agree with Kujo9 on the Sulphury Yeast Comment.. Grainy. Lightly Bitter. Little Crisp, Dry. Not The Worst Pilsener Ive Had...Although that Yeast Flavor is a Bit Funky..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Can: Clear golden body w/a lasting pure white head. Grainy malt aroma, light floral hop, & some sulfury yeast; clean otherwilse. Well balanced to just bitter, light yeasty flavor, hop flavor in the finish & aftertaste, overall clean as it should be. HIghly carbonated but smooth w/ a lightly dry m/f. Typical N. Germ. Pils. Very crisp & refreshing, but as also typical with Pils style, it lacks a lot of character & depth. Very good for what its worth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2004
A good German Pils, very consistant, very thirst quenching, but not a classic. A nice pils. Ilike it when Im in Germany, with food, but I dont drink it in the states

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Very light golden color. White head disappears. Not much body. Some hops in the nose and a mildly bitter finish. Fairly light beer, but not bad on a warm summer evening.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 (12 oz bottle: Trader Joes in Pacific Beach, CA) Just because its imported from Germany, doesnt make it a good beer. This is a subpar German pilsener with an unimpressive, somewhat unpleasant flavor. This tastes pretty much like an American mass-produced lager, perhaps just one step better. Moderate sweetness and "barely there" maltiness. Hops adds a mild amount of bitterness, but doesnt have a tremendous amount of character. The nose smells like a mass produced lager. Lighter body with a fairly strong carbonated mouthfeel. Light yellow color with a smallish head and poor head retention. Im definitely not buying this crap again, and a big thanks to Trader Joes for letting us only buy single bottles, because buying a six-pack would have been very unfortunate. While its better than, say, Budweiser, for a German pilsener, this is pretty crappy stuff. (ratings: 4, 2, 3, 2, 6; total 1.7)

(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) So this label says Bitburger Premium Beer rather than Premium Pils, so I bought this thinking it might be a different beer. Nope, I guess not. However, Im glad I bought this because this time around, I find this to be a significantly better beer, so maybe the bottle I had from Trader Joes for the last rating wasnt up to par. Im still rating this below average for imported German pilsners, but its all right. Sweet, lightly grainy flavor with a very gentle hops contribution. The nose is mostly grainy, and anything else is too light for my less-than-sensitive nose. Medium yellow color. White head fades to a thin rim, plus a faint galaxial swirl of tiny bubbles giving away the fact that I swirled the beer vigorously to stir up the aromas. Not as bad as I once thought, but still not all that great. Ratings are for this session.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Bottle. Pale yellow in color. White head that died quickly, no lacing. Skunky aroma even in a brown bottle. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Taste is slightly skunked with some thin malt backing. Hops in the finish with slight bitterness. Ill pass if offered again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tony2times (23) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2004
It poored with high clarity and a light yellow color. I must have gotten a slightly skunky bottle because what started out as an aroma of hops quickly turned sour. Very little head, watery, and tasted like someone mixed in some coors light.

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