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Keeper - Mikkeller ApS

Not Rated.

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38 Reviews

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 25.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JayQue on 04-07-2014

Mikkeller's take on a hoppy American Pilsner. Brewed and canned by Sly Fox.
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fruity, Bready, Grassy, Messy

Keeper is labeled as an American Pilsner. It pours a slightly hazed golden color with a creamy, sticky head and a fruity, hoppy nose. Bready malts with a light cereal grain sweetness mingle with overripe tropical and stone fruits, grassy and herbal bitterness, some pine and sticky resin. It's more of a messy twist on an India Pale Lager (IPL) than a Pilsner—as it lacks that clean, crisp, focus found in a traditional Pils—but it's okay nonetheless.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #102 (July 2015).

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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 355ml can with a nonexistant/indecipherable BB date. Purchased a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. The label calls it an American pilsner but divulges little else.

A: Poured into a cervoise. A hazy golden-amber hue with plentiful fine sediment and low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of bright, fruity hops with hints of pineapple, tropical fruit, melon, mild white grape, grass/hay, light grainy malt, subtle earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Certainly not traditional but delicious nonetheless.

T: Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of melon, white grape, tropical fruit, mild citrus, grass/hay, grainy malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a firm hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Could be a shade livelier. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, fruitiness, earthy yeast and light grain.

O: Awesome - unconventional but excellent. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are a delicious mix of fruity hops notes underpinned by subtle malt and yeast. Good body. The lagering certainly shows, giving this a crisp, dry character that underscores the significant hopping level. Goes down all too easily - well worth sampling if you come across it.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clean pout as would be expected for a Pilsener.
The aroma was outstanding. One nose into the glass and I was transported to Germany. The smell of those German/Czech Pilsener's are so distinguishable.

Ok, but thats where my love ended. The taste was somewhat unbalanced. I wasn't sure exactly what I was drinking. I enjoyed the aroma and thought of the hops used here much more than the beer itself

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can labled 5% abv

A- Pale gold, clean filtered with light head
S- Sharp hops aroma. Similar aroma to that of an APA.
T- One of the better German Pils I have had. Almosts tastes of an APA, but a bit more light malt. Dry, sharp hops to finish.
M- Classic pils. LIght and Crisp

O- Again, one of the better German Pils I've had...maybe because it reminded me of an APA. Enjoyable and easy to drink at 5%

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Photo of dertyd
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blues_fever
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just keep the pilsners coming!

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb of pearl white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Pineapple, passion fruit, & hay. Some cardboard once warm

T: Pineapple, hay & grassiness up front. Floral hops, flinty dryness & pears once warm, plus some hay. Finishes dry with a touch of grapefruit & hay & pineapple

MF Light bodied with firm carbonation. Good balance

Drinks great, pity about the price...

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3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kevincredible
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a neon golden yellow with a fair amount of straight white carbonation. So bright it looks almost artificial.

Toasted malts, grassy, biscuits, and the aroma of fresh hops.

Bready/biscuity toasted malts and fresh grassy hop resins. A bit too "green," this definitely did not age as long as most lagers or there the kettle hops were left in too long during the boil.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, grassy resin bitterness.

Overall, the artificial looking bright neon appearance and general lack of balance for a pilsener make this not worth trying again.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gillagorilla
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (can't read the dating, $6 at Max's)

A: Nice thick clumpy lacing with a light clear body that has a nice head to start out with.

S: Pleasant hop aroma that makes this smell like a delicious IPA.

T: Tastes like a nice low-profile IPA. The only sign that this is a Pilsener (lager) is in the body and malt flavors. Extremely drinkable and refreshing, with a nice light, but bitter aftertaste like a great IPA. A very hoppy pilsener.

M: Rough with nice carbonation that foams across your palate.

O: Excellent and I love that Mikkeller has canned something. Everything should be in cans. A hoppy pilsener that I wouldn't have identified as a pilsener if it wasn't labeled as such, but it is an American one so that explains a lot, as well as being from Mikkeller.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of grainy mats and some grassy hops.

Tastes of the grassy hops with a bit of an herbal bite and some grainy malts. Hops lead off with grass, herbs, and some lemon. Malts come next with a grainy sweetness along with some bread. Finishes with a bit of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid, but nothing special.

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Keeper from Mikkeller ApS
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