Total Score: 7/10
Can’t believe I haven’t touched this one yet (review-wise) as I’ve drunk it at least a dozen times, in and out of Germany, anyway Bitburger (referring to the Pils, their most popular beer) is Germany’s no. 1 draft beer, and I can attest to seeing it at very nearly every pub I entered in Deutschland. Their main slogan “Bitte ein Bit” works both in English “Please a Bit” as a clever pun and German, which wins them my most coveted “bilingual gold star of pun goodygoodness-ness” and also puts them in decent stead as my “German Pilsner of this very evening award” which is awarded every night I drink a German Pilsner [Tuesdays mostly].
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.
A: Clear golden body with a nice 2 centimetre white head which loiters around for a while, as it should with a German macro Lager dammit, not much else to add – the lace is good in the glass – better than average looking macro then. 7/10.
S: Bready notes upfront, a bit of light honey as well, something vegetal and vomit-like to the aroma (not good, but nonetheless expected in a macro Lager). Overall the nose is clean, bready and dry – typical German Pils territory, and apart from that slight spew overtone nothing to worry about (smell the floor of your local pub if you need a sense of what I mean). 6/10.
T: Flavour is really mellow and bready with honey tones and a dry finish, quite a spot on German Pils – nothing out of the ordinary, in fact it’s pretty decent given this is a macro Lager. Hops present as a light lemon and a hint of medicinal herbs towards the finish but overall it’s a Helles dry affair here. 7/10.
M: Mid to light bodied, slightly more viscous than expected, with a light carbonation. It all works well as a German Pils package – though I recall my previous German draft Bitburger experiences to be a bit more lively. 7/10.
D: Standard quality German Pilsners don’t get more standard quality than this – Bit is right up there with the König’s, Warsteiner’s and the Jever’s in the classic German Pils stakes. Though I will rate this as a close second to König – König beats it on aroma and price – Bitburger is still a decent enough brew to chug when you need a quick fix of the old GP, or if you’re in Germania and you don’t like the look of certain other beers on tap (I’m thinking about a certain Queen of beers*). 8/10.
Food match: The classic trinity of weißwurst mit senf und brezeln.
*Warsteiner’s slogan: “Eine Königin unter den Bieren” or “A Queen amongst beers”.