Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bitburger Premium Pils

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1142) - 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. 
Grade: 8/10

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