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Mikkeller Keeper - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JayQue on 04-07-2014)
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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%

PBRmeasap1980, Jul 16, 2014
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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...

russpowell, Apr 18, 2014
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cyrushire, May 05, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pokal glass. So goes the old Bohemian broken pilsner glass.

Quite dark for a pils. Bright and clear orange apricot body, minimal rising carbonation. Head is somewhat bright white, but mostly just regular in color and not shocking. About three fingers, very fluffy like retention, thin collar and a broken puck, the occasional looking clump of lace hangs. I really like this appearance. It's more like a west coast IPA color, far too dark for a general pils, but has all the character of one minus the rising carbonation. It is all its own.

Style blur continues on the bouquet. Nose is tropical juicy action. There's a quick burst of tropical citrus action, and then some weedy grassy hop in the middle. Sort of strikes itself as a mish mash of spice dank? qualities and fruit peach punch hop angles. Very different. It's a hop forward "pils" almost in American vein it seems. I kind of like it's aroma, the tropical notes get bigger as it warms, with faint bready malts.

With the hop action you'd think it would be that forward on the palate but it's big pils at heart. Huge amount of doughy and bread action. Hops follow with large astringency and bright herbality on the finish. This is not a clean pils, it's dense, really hinting at German character I think, but with lots of juiced and bright hop expressions. Palate is pretty much bang on to style, a bit thick, not overly syrupy, not quite German great bakery goodness, but good enough, and certainly not Euro lager mediocrity.

Overall a very fun and unique pils, quite a style blur, but I dig it, and it manages to stay true to form. Hop forward to please the hop heads, pils backbone for the purists, diverse and unique to continue the evolution of where beer is headed. Nice work.

smakawhat, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

MarkJBurch, Jul 08, 2014
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A: poured into a pilsener glass to a straw colored yellow with a finger and a half of fluffy white head that retains well and leaves nice lacing
S: smells of citrusy hops and spicy hops
T: taste is citrusy hops with some spice and a little malt sweetness. swallow is spicy hops and citrus
M: fairly light on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a oily hop finish
O: More if an india pale lager but that seems to be acceptable for the style. Good hop flavor with a little malt in the mix to balance.

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2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Mikkeller proves once again that consistency is not their forte.

The beer appears perfectly clear, pale gold, and topped with a thick pillowy, although quickly dissipating, white head.

The smell is dominated by bright hop aromas. Although the beer is labeled an "American Pilsner", spicy and earthy grass-like aromas that support lemon juice and blueberry suggest continental hop varietals are present. The pungent hop aromas are supported by a faint grainy and biscuity malt presence

In the front of the mouth the beer is quenching and juicy. However a grassy hop bitterness begins to take over and the flavor becomes unpleasant. Any hint of maltiness quickly dies and one is left with a spicy lemon-rind bitterness and sulfury lager taste.

The beer is surprisingly full-bodied. A pleasant surprise for a beer lacking malt character.

Overall, Keeper American Pilsner can feel comfortable with his fellow brethren on the long list of Mikkeller disappointments. Ironically, Mikkeller is inconsistent not just from beer to beer, but from the appearance to the taste of a single beer. In certain ways this pilsner has some redeeming qualities. It looks beautiful, doesn't smell half bad has a surprisingly nice mouthfeel; yet, it doesn't taste good. And that's the most important part.

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Mikkeller Keeper from Mikkeller ApS
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