Keeper - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
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Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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%

Photo of blues_fever
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just keep the pilsners coming!

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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...

Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mikkeller Keeper has a thick, slightly off-white head, a semi-clear, bubbly gold appearance, with powdery sediment, throughout. Lacing is profoundly heavy. The aroma is interesting- sweet, bready, yeasty, and even some cream cheese cake icing (in other words, it smells like a cream ale). Taste is of sweet, bitter, bready, yeasty lager, and the mouthfeel is medium and rustic. Mikkeller Keeper finishes somewhat dirty, but quite drinkable, and I thought it was remarkable how it took on a cream ale aspect, as it settled down.


Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that took a long time to died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of grassy hops along with some hints of spicy hops. There are hints of bready malts and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really nice pilsener that exemplifies the aromas and flavors of grassy hops.

Serving type: can

Photo of rosshudgens
4.85/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A great Pilsner - what I normally look for. Not too hoppy but still has some good flavor that many other pilsners lack. Milkkeller is a world class brewery.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with some sort of code stamped on the bottom of the can. Finally, Mikkeller has released 4 packs of cans. Awesome. Identifies itself on the can as an American Pilsner, "Brewed & Canned by Sly Fox Brewing Co, Pottstown, PA for Mikkeller".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a nice beautiful golden orange, more akin to what I imagine a pale ale to look like. Two fingers of soft frothy white head that stays awhile and leaves excellent streaks of lacing behind. Looks excellent.

S - Again, more akin to how I'd perceive a pale ale - berries, fruits, & florals, paired with a bready malt base, but not what I usually get from pilsner malt. Much more fruity and hop forward than is expected of the style, but it smells nice.

T - The taste follows the nose - herbal, piney, & resinous American hops steal the show. Lightly bready malt profile is there, but is again not typical of a pilsner. Slight metallic note on the end.

M - The mouthfeel is bitter, piney, resinous, & dry. Leaves you craving for another sip. Medium bodied with excellent carb. Very easy-drinking. Hoppy & resinous, above all else.

Overall, if I were to go by style, I don't think I would call this a success as pilsner, and certainly not as a German pilsener. More of an APA than anything, but a delicious and easy-drinking beer. Would love to see more Mikkeller 4 packs, also!

Mikkeller Keeper -----4/5.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Photo of AndrewScottPentland
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Totally random grab recently. A bit surprised it's a Pils, I haven't had any of Mikkeller's more conservative offerings in a long time. Let's see how he can do Pils at Sly Fox.

A- Can poured out to a glass for the review with a mostly clear golden body. The head is white and makes it about a finger high with a foamy creamy texture. Fairly good retention and the wide ring drops thick sheets and webs of lace.

S- Instantly recognize American hops standing above the rest of the aromatics here with notes of mango, papaya, stone fruits and juicy fruits. This eventually leads to hints of pils grain, grass, cereal and spice.

T- Same sort of overall idea as the aroma with the American hops added to what seems like a traditional Pilsener base. I find a dichotomy struck here though and the German and American things clash a bit. Notes of mango, tropical fruits, passion fruit, melon and citrus seem to just flash away and totally switch to spicy, grassy, herbal and pale malty tones. Seems skunky/metallic/off at times when the flavors butt heads.

MF- Light bodied overall with a consistency that is both creamy and foamy but not approaching chewy. Carbonation level is moderately high and a herbal bitterness coats the taste buds at the exit.

The aroma had me going on the American-hopped Pilsener idea but I find on the palate things start to fight each other. The juicy, fruity hops are erased by traditional spicy tones and it just doesn't meld smoothly for me in the end.

Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Yay cans!

Pours a nice creamy fluffy head hits 1.5 fingers, fades at a med pace and leaves nice lacing, crystal clear golden pilsner color.

Nose is pretty nice, soft lager with touch of minerals, soft doughy malt, grainy but like raw bread dough, light wet cracker, mild grassy herbal slight vegetal hop, and weird fruity thing.

Taste brings lots of lager minerals, little sulfur note, light lager softness, into malts, toasty doughy, grassy grainy, raw dough, little salty note. Then lots of herbal grassy hops, little vegetal like, earthy light pine and slight spoiled hop oil. Finish is quite bitter, more herbal vegetal hops and little more lager mineral and sulfur.

Mouth is lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall meh, not the best lagering situation, and def not the best hops.

Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a collaboration between Mikkeller and Sly Fox, Pottstown PA. I have no idea how often it will be brewed, so I chose "Limited". Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. Clear dark gold color with a bigh white head. Plenty of lacing and very good head retention.

Fine aroma of grassy and floral hops. Taste is good as well. Grassy and floral hops balanced by some mild maltiness. The hops are no where near "over the top". Definitely a light Pilsner style.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with a mild bitterness.

Would be a very good summertime beer for a session, mass quantities or for enjoying the great outdoors.

One of the better Pilsners I have tried.

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight citrus, hint of alcohol, pine, and floral hops. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of piney hops, sweet malt, slight citrus, slight alcohol, hint of pale malt, and slight resin. Overall, a very hoppy and bitter German Pilsner, but still refreshing.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow color with a huge fluffy head. Its like a cloud that leaves portions of itself on the glass. The aroma is bright and hoppy, floral and a touch of clementine oranges. The taste is crisp, hoppy, and bitter with a slight citrus flavor. Pilsner malts are a perfect backdrop to the big hop flavors. Mikkeller is not afraid to use ingredients, and in this case Hops were the ingredient of choice. This light bodied, crisp, bitter pilsner is one of the best I have had. Extraordinary pilsner beer.

Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a can to a pilsner glass. Had a golden color and a clear consistency. There was a two inch, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of malt and light hops. About what you'd expect from a pilsner. Not overly interesting, but OK.

T: Tasted of a bit of hops, light citrus (lemon), a slight graininess, and a lot of malt in the finish. This is not a bad flavor, but doesn't necessarily stand out. Not quite as dynamic or zesty as I would like, but easy to drink.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: There are definitely better pilsners out there, but Keeper is worth a shot nonetheless.

Photo of kojevergas
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

CAN: 12 fl oz aluminum can with appealing label art purchased at an NYC bottle shop and served cold into a stangenglas at me friend Schlimenhaumer's gaff in NYC. Reviewed live as an American pilsner per the label. Expectations are moderately high as Mikkel is my favourite brewer.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White colour. Beautifully frothy. Head retention is good - ~4-5 minutes. Leaves a light coating of webby lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Could be fuller, creamier, and thicker, but it's apt for a pils.

BODY: Clear and clearly filtered. Bright and vibrant. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique for the style, but certainly en pointe. I'm looking forward to trying it, and it's generally appealing with no obvious flaws.

AROMA: Has the faint grassiness of Noble hops but lacks the dryness of Saaz. It's not grainy like most bad pilsners are, but rather has a clean barley backbone and almost a hint of fleeting buttery character that suggests more of a blonde malt vibe.

The American hopping is what sets this apart from most (traditional) pilsners, but it's hard to identify. It definitely seems like a newer hop because of its tropical fruit leanings; it's redolent of (faint) papaya, mango, and even guava. The fruits though are indistinct and vague - largely because they blend together so well and feel naturally integrated into the neutral malt base.

Aromatic intensity is average, though it's a more interesting profile overall than you'd find in most pilsners. Nontraditional, yes, but intriguing.

To style, there's no yeast character, overt booze, or off character.

TASTE: The malt backbone is inadequate to balance the hefty hop profile, and the cleanliness of the lager yeast robs it of complexity. There's a beauty to simplicity, but this just isn't as well balanced as it needs to be, with the vague fruitiness dominating to its detriment. Overly bitter - but more from undermalting than overhopping. The grassiness I found on the aroma is largely absent here. It's not a pilsner, really. I'd classify it as a blonde lager.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not real subtly executed. I do like it for what it is. It's cohesive, but never tastes quite like a gestalt whole.

TEXTURE: Surprisingly dry. Unrefreshing as well. Carbonation is perfect. It's smooth, but does drag a bit about the climax. Light-bodied.

Suits the taste decently. Doesn't elevate the beer.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not Mikkel's strongest work. I'm glad I tried it, and it's an interesting spin on the purported style, but I wouldn't buy it again - especially at Shelton Bastards pricing.


Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

As Mikkeller jumps on board with SlyFox with their brewing and canning efforts, they step into a style of lager that straddles both traditional Northern German heritage and the blasphemy that American industrial beer makers have done with those European roots.

As its brilliant golden appearance would suggest, the lager's grainy-sweet upstart is partly malty and partly of freshly kilned cereal grain. Quaint notions of honeysuckle reveal a short-lived floral tone before dryness and spiciness rapidly sets in.

But before that quick finish occurs, the middle palate scans the beer with sulfury apples and lemons playing an acidic tone. Sweetness trails into a neutral malt taste that falls somewhat void of character with lacking bread taste and sweetness, just ahead of the lager's closure.

Spicy bitterness resonates in finish and aftertaste, even after its dry and lighter body recedes. What's left is a clean palate with lingering peppery bitterness with lemon undertones. While the beer's texture and cleanliness can be celebrated, there's little "there" there aside from its spicy hop flavors.

Photo of stewart124
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat golden yellow with foamy white head. Decent lacing.

Nose boasts spicy hops with herbal and floral notes.

Medium bodied with a chewy grain character and plenty of bitterness. Lemon zest and pepper come through to go along with a straw and raw malt flavor from the grain bill. Very pleasing to drink overall with a lingering hop bitterness on the front and sides of the tongue.

As usual the presentation from Mikkeller is what catches the eye but the beer keeps me coming back. Ah, now I am evening using the name in my review.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, floral, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with grass, candied citrus zest, floral, and dirty berry flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly fruity along with the grassy hop characteristics.

Serving type: can.

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Keeper from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.