#ThrowbackThursday: Bitburger

Here it is, my second #ThrowbackThursday post – and only five weeks after the last one! At least I’m not setting the bar too high…

Today’s throwback is Bitburger, which was beer number 12 of the epic list.20140403-184959.jpg

The first time I tried it…

…was Boxing Day 2011. Like many Australians I was enjoying the Boxing Day test with some mates while also enjoying a few cold beers. As the day wore on we began looking through the book of 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die – which I’d received as a Christmas present the previous day – to see who’d drunk the most. One thing led to another, and suddenly we found ourselves at the nearest BWS searching for beers from the book that we hadn’t tried. We each returned with a Bitburger and Coopers Best Extra Stout in hand, and continued the days festivities.

What’s on the bottle?

The label is pretty stand euro-lager fare, which doesn’t do much to make it stand out from the other standard euro-lagers in the standard euro-lager section of the bottle shop. Although it does come in a brown glass bottle, which gives it a little more respectability I suppose.

What’s in the bottle?

There’s definitely some sweet floral and citrus notes in the aroma, and these are also just discernible in the flavour behind the rather sharp bitterness. The body is quite smooth, which is unexpected considering the colour – ‘yellow’ usually equals ‘ridiculously fizzy’. Overall it’s a decent start…

…for the first two mouthfuls anyway. Then you get the bready aroma – it smells like bread that’s a few days too old, so you end up using it for toast instead. The bitterness gets to me as well, becoming all twangy and metallic quite quickly. There’re hints of the floral citrus in flashes, but overall it’s a bit of a chore to get through.

Final Thoughts

No word of a lie, I thought this beer was amazing the first time I tried it. This may have been because I’d been drinking XXXX Gold all day prior to tasting it? Fast forward 3 years and I realise now that it’s not that great. It’s ok, a decent representation of a German pils, but is it one you need to try before you die? I don’t know…this may be one of those situations where the beer is better when consumed fresh off tap in its own country.

Fact from the book…

“Bitte, ein Bit”, the slogan written on the label, is German for “A Bit, please”. So the label is teaching foreigners how to order a Bitburger in German, which is awesome! Although you’d need to see the label before you could do this, which means you’d need to have ordered one already…hmmm I see a problem here.


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