Draft Bear - Mikkeller ApS

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231 Ratings

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 29
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 02-15-2008

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.
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Reviews by Travlr:
Photo of Travlr
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow/orange with a tiny white head that settles quickly to nothing and leaves scant lacing.
S: Aroma of flowers, grass and fresh bread dough.
T: Classic Mikkeller hops at the start and finish. In between is lots of malt and yeast. Very straightforward.
M: Thick and chewy, great body.
D: This does not resemble a pilsener. Very nice, better on draught than in the bottle - smoother with less apparent alcohol.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Kraken
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Golden Amber, 3” crean colored foam collar, fairly uniform bubbles, fluffy, rocky, a lot more hop in the foam than in the beer.
S: Spicy hops and pilsner malts.
T: There is a light malty sweetness in the body that contrasts with the bitter hop flavors in the foam. As the head collapses, the flavors mix and balance.
F: Full body, medium carbonation.
O: The separation of flavors in the foam and body and how they mix and balance through the course of the drink make this beer stand out. Very nicely done.

Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Stigs
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden honey color with a huge merangue off white head which slowly settled into a cream pie type of head.

The aroma is of grassy and peppery hops, some light honey and tropical fruit notes. Solid bready malt and hop aromas.

The taste is more balanced between the malt and the hops. A big bready honey malt mixes with a grassy and peppery hop. Solid tropical fruit notes as well from the hops. A flavorful beer for sure, just doesn't remind me of a pilsner, nor does any of these "imperial" pilsners. A strong hoppy lager, it is what it is. A pils should be dry, not so much in this beer. Anywho, the beer tastes good.

Moderate to full feel with soft carbonation. Hoppy bitterness throughout. Again, doesn't feel like a pils, way to heavy. I get that it is an "imperial" pils but the beauty of a pils is the cracker like dry malt.

A good flavorful beer, nice hoppy flavor.

Photo of ohoh
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft Bear, what a great name for a bear. Sorry, beer.

75cl bottle shared with friend with a pair of snifters.

Lovely, dark pilsner colour with a quite big head, slowly disappearing. The aroma is quite hefty, with of course citrus dominating it. I can also feel some caramel malt.

Considering the powerfull smell this is very well-balanced. Lots of differents tastes comes to mind as the breadiness of the pilsner part is mixed with the distinct bitter hops of the imperial part. Great.

Lots of bubbles remind us that this is no IPA. Quite refreshing considering the force of the taste and aroma. I could drink this bottle myself. There isn't 8% in here. 4.5%?

Another fine brew from Mikkeller, I'm astonished. I gotta go back to Copenhagen. Thank you!

Photo of philipquarles
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

75cl bottle. Pours clear gold with a small, fluffy white head that leaves decent lacing. Smells quite sweet, with fairly strong hop character that lends some grapefruit and grass notes. The sweetness carries over to the taste, again with some grapefruit notes. Strong hop bitterness. Slight soapiness (not from soap, I'm sure). Warming finish--slightly boozy. Slick, medium body. Too big for its own good, like most Mikkeller beers.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, rustic orange that was accompanied by a solid 2 finger frothy ivory-tusk colored head that displayed amazing retention and was nearly fully lasting for the course of the drink. A thick spongy and foamy lacing adheres to the sides of the glass vessel in stratified fashion.

S: Dried orange peels with light hay notes first are detected. A very nice wildflower and orange blossom scents add subtle highlights with some underlying sweet candi-sugar and spicy notes. The overall aroma was soft and perfumy and one I wished I would of displayed more of a showing but made a nice impact none the less with its subtle nature.

T: The flavor starts off with tart tangerines, grapefruit and a light mildew nature. Sharp sour citrus and lemon grass soon fades allowing a sublte malt and candi-sugar sweetness to soon take over. Lingering alcohol fusels were noticeable with a slight sour fruitiness of pears and bananas. Light musky hay and herbal notes along with a peppery spiciness rounds out an otherwise very good flavor.

M: light to medium in fullness and was very smooth on the tongue. Soft carbonation wit a dry lingering lemon-alcohol fade finishes things out here.

D: Definitly an intriguing flavor, with some booziness and mildew nature of sour citrus and sweet candi-sugar all combining to make this a must try. There was some noticeable booziness at times that makes this an honest sipper that is a good thing because I wanted this beer to last as long as possible.

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL corked and caged, foil-wrapped bottle from Capone's.

A: The pils pours with a brilliant golden straw color, radiating clarity with nothing more than a steady stream of bubbles in the middle of the glass. The head is sizeable on multiple pours and laces around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is pleasantly bitter with a focus on grassy, herbal hops. The aroma never overpowers but remains bitter throughout.

T: The pils has a grab hop flavor right off the bat. A citrusy rind flavor, somewhat grassy, starts grabs the tastebuds with that first sip. Maltiness tries to, but doesn't quite, match that hop zestiness. The lingering bitterness in the mouth is a great way to send off the beer, crisp and clean without a citrusy sweetness.

M: The crisp taste is not quite pilsner but entirely enjoyable. The grassy hops sit nicely on the palate.

D: At 8%, this is a big pilsner in a big bottle. One at a time is enough for me but this one does go down nicely.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows lots of fruity hops, lychee and pineapples really stand out but also mango and peach. Other than that, very clean with some soft biscuity malt in the background.
Similarly fruity flavours, but there's also a huge resinous, piney kick that lasts right through the sharp, bitter finish. Also lots of light sweet clean malt and some alcohol.
A bit too much booze, and when combined with the sharp, unchecked bitterness it seems a bit harsh.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of European dry hops is totally dominating. Taste is a mix between some huge dry and somewhat floral European hops and a huge malt base. Full body with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done for the style but this is a style that I have a hard tie to dig - I find beer tend to be too dry.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked (fake) and caged into pilsner glass.

Hazy deep honey color with a two finger off white solid and rocky head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind some solid lacing. Little hazier than the standard pilsner, darker as well. Rings of solid lacing.

Bitter hops are aplenty, along with a little bit of sweet honey.

More of the bitter hops, very flavorful and slightly lower on the bitterness. It doesn't rival the sharpest of Imperal hoppy beers, but it's up there with the flavor. The malts add a slightly toasty and biscuity background. Full bodied. Overall, the flavor is pretty refreshing. Alcohol is not noticed, especially at cooler temps.

Mikkeller does a good job with this lager version of an IPA. Both bittering and flavorful hops are in the mix, over a crisp and refreshing malt backbone. Recommended.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 picked up today at the Coop on the bargain bin in the back of the store... $10.. not bad. The single bottle has been back there for at least a few days, but I kept putting it off for other PNW stuff... I caved tonight. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

quite the pop upon opening... 3 finger head takes forever to die back.. a ton of crusty lace is left behind... the brew is an only slightly hazed deep honey orange.

I never in a million years would have picked Imperial Pilsner from the nose.. alot of citrus hops... spicy notes as well... and enough malt to make it interesting, but the hops are still pretty prevalent..

Flavor more resembles the Impy Pils.. not nearly as bitter as I was expecting, in fact, the hops are more of a spicy/floral element.. the cleanliness of the yeast is a nice touch.. otherwise I would have guessed DIPA in a heartbeat... this is my idea of a great beer for the style... I don't like the Sam Adams nearly as much... that one was just waaay to bitter for me.. very clean and not fruity.. this is a nice brew. the body is a firm medium with a bunch of small bubble carbonation..

This is a pretty damn good beer... I'm very glad I came to my senses and decided to pick it up... I think I actually snatched it from a guy who was looking.. but oh well.. his loss, you gotta strike when the iron is hot.

I hope the boys at the Coop really push inroad with this brewery... I've had a couple of their beers before and have been very impressed.

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Draft Bear from Mikkeller ApS
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