This is actually the second time that I bought this beer, the Bitburger Premium Beer, because the first time around, I didn’t know what to make of it. I mean, the beer tastes fine, it’s malty, a bit on the dry side, but otherwise, it really doesn’t taste like much else. I wouldn’t properly call this a premium beer though. When I think about premium, I think that there’s something particularly special about this beer that makes it stand out from the rest of the mass produced beers, ya know what I mean? This is, after all, an imported beer, which means that it has a lot of competition.
Nevertheless though, I found that this beer isn’t all that carbonated. It drinks clean and doesn’t leave much of an aftertaste but the smell, interestingly though, is kind of skunky once it reaches room temperature. The funny thing about that is that this beer doesn’t taste sweet. It’s not a PBR is what I’m trying to say. Granted, PBR isn’t sweet either but it does leave one with a terrible headache the next morning if you didn’t try to sober up with water and some food the night before.
The malty flavor though. Oh. My. God. You know, for what it is, I really rather like that taste in this beer. Usually, if a beer is especially malty, it usually means that it’s not of high quality. Now, I could be wrong, but so far to date, every beer whose malty flavor seems to be the highlight of the beer, it usually means that it is the mass produced kind. Bitburger, being an imported beer though, certainly doesn’t give off an air of “cheapness” to it. At the same time though, I wouldn’t call “premium” either. It’s really nothing special. It’s a clean tasting beer, heavy on the malt, and it doesn’t leave a nasty aftertaste. If this is what they call premium, then I guess Coors Light should also be consider premium because Coors Light tastes clean, isn’t particularly malty but it’s bubbly nature combined with its refreshing taste more or less makes up for that lack. And since it’s a light beer, it won’t have much of an aftertaste, which is inherent in pretty much all of the light beers.
Getting back to Bitburger though, like the first time that I’ve tried it, aside from it being malty but clean tasting, there’s really not a whole lot else I can or want to say about it. All things considered, it’s actually rather pleasant of a beer to consume. In fact, I would probably take this over PBR any day of the week for the sheer fact that it’s alcohol content is ever so slight higher than PBR, which is a plus in my books. But then when you consider the fact that imported beers in general tend to have a higher ABV (alcohol by volume) in general, that pretty much nullifies that benefit. Nevertheless, for the casual drinker, if you’re looking for something malty but clean tasting, that won’t exactly break the bank but at the same time, isn’t the cheapest, this beer will do just fine.