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Draft Bear - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
89
very good

210 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pils, carapils and amber), light candy sugar, hops (amarillo and cascade) and lager yeast.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 02-15-2008)
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Reviews by StoneBrewFanatic:
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light gold in color into my snifter with a good two fingers of bubbly head that leaves sticky bubbly lace along the glass with moderate retention.

S - Lots of caramel sweet malts, candied sugar, grassy hops, slight citrus of lemon, and yeast.

T - Initially it is sweet and malty. Candied sugar and caramel notes are present, as it mellows on the palate the grassy hops and citrus notes become more present as well as a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body, well balanced, very smooth and creamy.

O - Really like this one more than I anticipated. It had some barley wine characteristics to it that made it really rather nice and enjoyable. Worth trying if you can get your hands on it!

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 13, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Pilsnert Urquell glass a hazed honey golden with a large fluffy white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly.Big grassy and herbal hits the nostrils on impact of the pour then a honey sweetness as a well as some mineral shows thru just nicely balanced with a real pronounced hop profile.Wow the flavors of this double pils to me are up there with the Sam Adams Hallertau pils, big herbal-spicey hop along with some citric hop intermingling with caramel and honey malt is just great.A great beer and it will keep hopheads like me happy but stay somewhat true to styel,a great beer.

oberon, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Powerful golden body with a healthy and relatively long lasting white head.

Aroma: Over the top composted lawn clippings, like two week old lawn clippings baking in a pile after a rain storm on an 88 degree July morning. Golden2wenty1 pointed this out the first time we tried this beer and I still can't get past it. Bear in mind I don't mean this in a negative way. This aroma is actually quite pleasing, especially in the middle of the snowiest winter of all times. Other hop aromas stick out, particularly those wonderful Amarillo ones and some grapefruit but at the end of the day the aroma keeps coming back to grass and in that way seems in tune with the Pilsner style that this beer attempts to build upon.

Taste: Grapefruit. Minimal amounts of very clean and crisp pale/pilsner malt flavors but this beer is mostly about the hops. I can't really taste the candied sugar in it other then to note that the yeast flavors I do get seem kind of Belgian like. Yard clippings.

Mouthfeel: Quite dry, medium to full bodied. Bitter hop sensations lingers long after each sip. 8% ABV is well hidden. Crisp and well carbonated.

Drinkability: Rather good and somewhat dangerous considering the above average ABV.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of npala86
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%

npala86, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +0.5%

tbryan5, May 07, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Giving the bird to the ho-hum lagers. Pale orange-amber color, good sticky lace. Taffy from the malt sweetness and peppery from the hops and alcohol--the nose is pleased. Fluffy medium body, bigger than expected. Hops are a bit serious with a lot to offer in flavor and bitterness. Malt isn't holding back either, with rustic bread and dried grass on the palate. Warming alcohol and chalky yeast in the bitter, semidry finish. Raw and in your face--the punk of Pilsners here.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

OSUHopHead, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. The aroma is pilsner malt with a mix of hop flavors including grass, pine and citrus. The flavor is orange citrus hops with some light pine notes and a strong backbone of pilsner malt. There are also a lot of grassy hops in the flavor. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Kraken
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle ..Wonderful amber color, poured with a nice 2 finger head . Slight citrus and earthy smell. Complex. Citrus on the tongue followed by slight sweetness and nice bitter hop bite that stays with you. Dry finish speaks to the high ABV, however you cannot taste the alcohol which is surprising considering this brews strength. Very Tasty.

Kraken, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

A murky, hazy golden brown with a very small off-white head and very little visible carbonation. There are sheets of lace left on the glass.

The best aspect of this beer is its aroma. It's a nice combination of earthy hops, bright white fruits, and sweet honey. The sweetness shines through more and more as it warms.

The flavor isn't quite as successful, though the honey sweetness and white fruit character are present throughout. A moderate level of bitterness round the flavor out.

Medium to heavy bodied moderate carbonation.

This was far better than I was expecting.

ehammond1, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

doremite, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Grooveman53
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Grooveman53, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Fsvensson75, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three hefty fingers of thin, puffy, foamy white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of flattened sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of biscuity, bready pale malt, candy sugar, and a bitter citrus rind hoppiness. The taste is semi-sweet grainy white malt, some mildly honeyed orchard fruitiness, a strong earthy, herbal citrus bitterness, some ethereal musty yeastiness, and a moderate metallic alcohol twinge.

The carbonation is mild, yet a tad frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with a slight boozy slickness tugging at the palate. It finishes mostly on the sweet side, though the big Yankee hops strive hard to make their case for a sort of teetering balance.

Definitely more approachable than most examples of the style that I've encountered, and still retaining that simmering malt-liqour-esque booziness. Here this is well attenuated by the healthy addition of those usual American hop suspects, Amarillo and Cascade, so much so that I more than once felt like I was just drinking a somewhat overly hot west coast IPA. Interesting, I suppose, and a 'good' version of a kind of unnecessary offshoot on the beer style evolution chart.

biboergosum, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Stigs
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

A - pours with a small and short lived loose bubbly off-white foam. the beer is slightly cloudy, dark gold in color.

S - noble hops, bringing some grassy and lemon notes. crispy cracker malts, belgian yeast, and grains.

T - assertive grassy and citrus hops, picking up a good bit of pear, and lemon zest early. grainy from the middle to the end, finishes with a strong crackery malt, subtle alcohol and lingering grassiness. very tasty.

M - medium bodied with bright and lively carbonation. finishes very clean with a minor alcohol burn.

T - yummy and unique. i was sipping on this from the balcony of an oceanfront condo, during a storm, nursing a fresh jellyfish sting. all was well with the world.

Stigs, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up out of curiosity from god knows what liquor store.

Pours a peachy orange cloudy color with a very nice white head that retains well and leaves lacing that is quite nice.

The nose has alot of grassy hops and piney resiny sweetness. An odd fruitiness too.

Taste follows almost exactly. Grassy pine hop resins abound, a malt sweetness that can only be described as half baked fruit. A candy sweetness as well. The grass like hops come out on the finish as well. I like the level of bitterness in this one. It stays nice and pilsnery without becoming a DIPA. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a bit thick maybe, but carbonation is quite good, and palate is very dry.

Drinkability is good, but there is defenitely a noticeable alcohol presence. Aside from that the drinkability is fairly strong.

Overall this is a great example of the imperial pilsner style. Doesn't go too far with hoppiness, but is still very much a hop driven and hop flavorful beer. The interesting malt sweetness is what intrigues me the most about this one. A fine example of the sytle by mikkeller.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of cokes
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours the color of raw honey under a billowing smokestack of ash. One that sits long as a mesa in the glass, and leaves the glass positively filthy as it slides away.
Nose of dried lime rinds, autumn leaves, dead summer grass, crushed pills, with a small accompaniment of Golden Grahams and ginger.
Those Golden Grahams present right away in the mouth, but just for a second, as it lurches sweeter towards rock candy. There's not much of a lagered interlude, the hops come quickly to wipe it all away and replace it with quinine, citrus zest, ignitable prairie grasses, and wet granite. The other Mikkellers I've sampled have been quite dry, sometimes to a fault, but here it fits perfectly with that sere, parched demeanor. The hops are obviously huge, but they are brittle and light (though powerfully bitter) rather than fruity, sappy, or sticky.
The mouthfeel is gravity defying, both literally and figuratively. This is tactilely light in the mouth, medium at best, as no clue to it's strength can be found across the mouth. There is no leftover tack in the mouth, no un-pils-like portliness, no off-kilter overproof balance distortions, no carbonation sluggishness (it is on the high-side and everlasting and slaking, just like it's smaller, traditional cousins). This drinks, and feels, and tastes like a pils, if vastly concentrated in flavor. Immediately, I thought of slightly bolder Christoffel Blond, and that's the highest sort of praise I'll ever give anything.
So many "imperial" pilsners come across as India Pale Lagers. This doesn't. And that is not because the hops aren't here in gaudy abundance; they are. For a beer that tries to break the rules, it shows the base style in it's distilled, purest form. It's not traditional, it's just pilsener.

cokes, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good hoppiness that got me through perhaps 400 ml. and then I could take no more. Its fairly one dimensional, a lager and even bit of malt liquor taste in there behind a good hoppiness. Maybe a different day. Found at Premiere Gourmet.Light coloured body.
Had six months later and good head and hoppy aroma.

Sammy, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into pint glass. No bottle date.

A: amber body, with a slight haze, white head holds good retention. Lacing is sticky.

S: aroma is slightly faded, malt notes come through mainly.

T/m: underlining bitterness, a good body for the style, a nice and warm welcoming. Hop flavor has faded out, but let's the malt step up. Lingering finish is a bit weak.

O: This is a good bear, but not the best example of the style I have had.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Foil wrapped, corked and caged bottle. Pours a dark orange color with a large off-white head that possesses excellent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet and spicy with some citrus and hops. The aroma is a very interesting mixture with a lot of citrus. Very intriguing.

T- The taste is slightly sweet with a nice generous kick from the hops. the hops aren't overly bitter, but they do produce a lot of flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is on the lighter scale with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Draft Bear is another very tasty brew from Mikkeller. I haven't had a beer from this brewery that I haven't enjoyed, great stuff.

cjgator3, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of jheezee
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

jheezee, May 01, 2012
Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +0.5%

aztraz, May 23, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with 4+ fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Lemons, grapefruits, grassyness & soapyness as well

T: Grapefruit, a touch of booze warmth, grainyness & a touch of honey malt up front. Grapefruit, lemons & pineapple dominate as this warms, along with dryness, apricot & passion fruit. Finishes dry, fruiity, with hints of appleskins, buried in Grapefruitty hops & nice honey sweetness

MF: Smooth, medium bodied, creamy, great balance

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV, a very good take on the style. A little more hop freshness wouldn't hurt, but this is a keeper!

russpowell, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of sjones5045
4/5  rDev +0.5%

sjones5045, Jan 02, 2013
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Draft Bear from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.