Bitburger Triple Hop'd Lager


Review Date 5/6/2020  By John Staradumsky

So where are folks getting their beer these days, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? For our part, we minimize contact above all else. I had to take my wife out for prescriptions today, and with Sherlocks right around the corner, I ordered a beer online for curbside pickup. Curbside pickup is the thing these days, and that's how I do it, at breweries, at my growler shop, at Sherlocks today.

This was the first time I had ordered for curbside at Sherlock’s. This is recent for them, with easy online selection. Their system is less clunky than total wine, and besides, they are a small local chain I shopped long before TW got here. It was an easy process, I created an account, placed my order, and they brought it out and put it in my trunk. Bob’s your uncle!

The beer I was most excited to get was Bitburger Triple Hop’d Lager. You may recall that, last fall, Bitburger teamed up with Sierra Nevada to give us Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2019.  Each year, Sierra Nevada partners with a different German brewery to brew up an Oktoberfest release for the fall. This spring, however, is the first time in my experience that the German brewer has returned the favor. That is exactly what Bitburger did with Triple Hop’d Lager.

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest was brewed right here in the good old US of A. Bitburger Triple Hop’d Lager, on the other hand, was brewed back in the wonderful old world country of Germany. Whereas the Oktoberfest release was a bit more along classic Märzen lines, Bitburger Triple Hop’d Lager is unique in combining classic American and German hops for something a little different from the norm.

Bitburger says:

Our Bitburger & Sierra Nevada Triple Hop’d Lager is brewed from three hop varieties—Cascade from the Eifel region in Germany and Centennial and Chinook from the USA— to create a fruity hop taste that is in perfect balance with the beer’s slightly bitter flavor. Cascade from the Eifel region in Germany and Centennial and Chinook from the USA – and refined with the “Bitburger Siegelhopfen,” our own seal hops blend. Our collaboration brew is an exciting mix that combines a fruity hop taste with a balanced bitter-malty flavor.

Bitburger Triple Hop’d Lager has an alcohol content of 5.8% by volume No IBUs are given. I paid $10.99 for a six-pack of 11.2 ounce cans. Mine are stamped as packaged on 2020.01.28 and best before 2021.01.27. Mine will not last that long. Bitburger says their special Siegelhopfen come from the Hallertau region in Bavaria and Holsthum near Bitburg.

Bitburger Triple Hop’d Lager pours to a golden amber color with a thick fluffy head of foam and an herbal, slightly citrusy hop aroma. Taking a sip, the beer has a crisp biscuity malt backbone with some citrusy, gently resiny American hop notes floating through. The sharp, herbal, grassy German hops cut right through them and punctuate the beer in the rather bitter finish. Very tasty indeed!

This beer is impressive, fresh crisp malty with hints of citrusy American hops outdone by sharply bitter, grassy German ones. Bitburger says on the can “We brew with friends”. I’ll drink to that, and if you’re going to as well, I recommend you do it with a Bitburger Triple Hop’d Lager.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.