Keeper - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 135
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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 -24.7%

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3.69/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,468 characters)

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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 (404 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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% (407 characters)

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3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just keep the pilsners coming! (30 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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... (414 characters)

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3.92/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kevincredible
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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. (564 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of gillagorilla
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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. (808 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (462 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (1,771 characters)

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