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Draft Bear - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
89
very good

217 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 27
Gots: 16 | 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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Ratings: 217 | Reviews: 120 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ElCommodoro
1.58/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a very hazy (to the point of opaque), very yellow, orange colour. It had an inch of yellowy head that never entirely dissipated. Smell is very much of citrus and hops, like a spring beer.
The taste was very hoppy and citrusy as well. It was very dry. A very strange lager indeed. I bought it knowing it was a lager. There was really very little information on the bottle, but since it was a lager, I thought I had some idea of what to expect. This is not it. They should really print SOMETHING on the bottle to give an indication as to its contents. This was really terrible. Mostly because I don't like this style of beer, but since I didn't receive any indication of the style, I feel compelled to rate it as beer in general. It was very bitter, very citrus. I didn't like it one bit. If you like bitter, citrusy beer, get it.

ElCommodoro, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of SkeeterHawk
1.9/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

It was quite a struggle to get the cork out, but I prevailed without the cork screw.

Appearance: The beer poured a murky brownish yellow color with very little head after an aggressive pour. The head was reduced to an off-white to tan ring where the beer meets the glass.

Aroma: The aroma in this beer is off. Man, it is oxidized, but was this beer oak aged or something and they didn't tell me? Either way, it is off even for a wood aged beer. I assume that the "imperial pilsner" label is misguided, but there are woody notes in here a-plenty with malt being the other thing to notice amongst the plethora of oxidative papery aromatics among others.

Taste: I seriously don't know what they were trying to achieve here, but in my opinion, they missed it entirely. This bottle must be infected or something, but I have no idea how this beer was supposed to taste. The oxidation and woody notes are so strong in the flavor, that you hardly notice that this brown syrupy mess is going down until this completely unbalanced hoppy bitterness hits the back of the throat and completely stops all progress...and just sits there until the alcohol cooks it off.

Opinion: I am having a hard time drinking this beer, and I will probably go down in the ranks as the lowest score of the 70+ reviews at this time. The beer itself will almost positively be going down in the ranks of my drain-pipe. This beer is brutal! Maybe it is because the cork leaked and the oxidation killed it. I am surprised as some of the flavors and such are simply not appropriate for a Pilsner, but a lot of them in this beer are down-right unpleasant for me. I have been underwhelmed with Mikkeller products overall, and after this experience, they may have completely pushed me away. I don't know why I keep paying money for this abuse.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
2/5  rDev -49.7%

drummermattie02, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of ZacharyJ
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

ZacharyJ, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1pt 9.4 oz brown glass bottle with a cork reinforced by one of those four prong twisted metal caps served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Note that Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world. I believe I'm new to this style of beer but I could be mistaken.

A: Four finger head of lovely soft cream lacing, great thickness, and really good retention. Colour is a cloudy transparent copper. Very appealing.

Sm: A strong scent of souring hops, cream, and milk (I know). Rather pleasant and appealing.

T: Stilted strange cream alongside some weird soft ester I've not encountered before. The cream carries through as an undercurrent through the finish, which is pleasant and aids the otherwise overburdened unobtrusive barley body. It is a bit imbalanced, and the middle act lacks inspiration unfortunately. That said, it's built pretty well and is refreshing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a touch of unwelcome coarseness right on the finish. Doesn't really complement the flavours of the body, a disappointment coming from Mikkeller.

Dr: It drinks very well for the relatively high ABV, but doesn't deliver promising or inspired flavours. The middle sags in its blandness. I was very disappointed as a Mikkeller fanatic, but in fairness Mikkeller always does better at darker stronger beers than this. Moreover, it's wildly overpriced.

kojevergas, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

olradetbalder, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of OSUHopHead
3/5  rDev -24.6%

OSUHopHead, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of nivlac18
3/5  rDev -24.6%

nivlac18, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -24.6%

danieelol, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of wedgie9
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted from a bomber bottle, purchased in early 2009 (assumed 2008 bottling).
Very light pitted fruit aroma. Also a very light yeasty smell and slight lemon zest that could possibly be attributed to hops. As the beer warms, there is a slight caramel maltiness that comes through.
The color is orange with a light amber tint. The beer is cloudy with a frothy, off-white head.
The beer has a slight sweetness which I think shows the higher alcohol content. It is quite bitter, and has a sour lemon flavor that lingers for a while.
Medium body, slightly oily. Average carbonation with a longish bitter finish.

This is a beer of great pedigree, and drunk at it's peak, would get a much higher score. This bottle is simply a little past prime drinking. The most fun thing about the Draft Bear is the lemon essence that goes from light on the aroma to strong on the palate, and even comes through with the oily texture.

wedgie9, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of freduardo
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

freduardo, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crisp golden yellow color with a two fingered white, fluffy head with moderate carbonation.

S - weak, Weak, WEAK!! Light herbal, grassy lemon aroma with some light crackery malt.

T - Crackery malt and an extremely dry finish, lightly earthy, rather tasteless on non-eventful. Honey. For a pilsner, this is very malty and not crisp, but the ABV seems to be pretty well hidden.

M - Thick for a pils, a little syrupy, and smooth on the tongue.

O - Meh, had better, sorry to say.

jzeilinger, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of joesc230
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

joesc230, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of f4zZ3
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy, deep golden liquid into my tulip. Loads of foam and lacing on the glass.
S: dry smell, typical hoppy pilsner smell with citrus and pine. Think a got a little funky smell as well.
T: dry with a bit of carapils giving it a bit of sweetness to. Tastes of citrus, caramell, pine, rasin. Short, bitter aftertaste. Some booze as well.
M: feels light in my mouth, some fizzy bubbles, good bitterness and quite light body. A bit of the 8 abv stays in my mouth.
O: above average pilsner, not as good as American dream or raid beer but really nice if you're looking for a strong and hoppy (and somewhat boozy) pilsner. Well done!

f4zZ3, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Adventurous and currous, this larger-than-life Lager pits assertive grainy-sweet flavors early against a dry and fleeting finish.

Draft Bear opens with a hazy golden color and good head formation/retention of stark-white foam. Low lacing on the glass.

Water soaked barley kernels give a grainy start but mixes well with softer breadier sweet notes. Herbal and grassy notes speak to the assertive hop additions. Red apples/bruised apples come to the forefront as the beer warms.

Bold Pilsneresque flavors give a grainy-sweet flavor up front. A mix of apples (red, bruised variety) give a part ester/part yeast taste. The beer makes a quick transition from its flavorful upstart and towards a fleeting and somewhat empty taste well before mid palate. Hop flavors of pine and fresh cut grasses sit just behind the sweetness and take over the beer as the malty flavors fade. Low aftertaste of soft grain/malt and moderate hop bitterness.

Medium-full upstart quickly empties out for a very dry and powdery shaddow of a beer. The dryness is amplified by hop bitterness and moderate alcohols. The dry finish is satisfying, but the empty mid stride certainly speaks toward American adjunct lagers.

An interesting choice that has a promising early taste and drinkable dryness in the end- just a bit soul-less in between.

BEERchitect, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of barczar
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange rust color with a small cream head that dissipates into a layer of foam on the tulip.

Cracker-like pilsner malt and floral hops take center stage in the aroma, along with a bready, caramel sweetness.

Flavor is fairly hop dominant, with noble hop herbal and floral character leading into a fairly citrusy, grassy, bitter grapefruit pith and pepper finish. There's a bit of toasted malt profile carrying the hops into cracker-like dryness. Apple esters take over as it warms.

Body is a bit thick, with moderate carbonation and a significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, way more hop forward than anticipated. Has the bitterness of an ipa. Alcohol is a bit overpowering. The hop character is varied, but just not very tasty.

barczar, Jun 29, 2012
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 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.

philipquarles, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of lumikuuro
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle.

Appearance: Opaque ambery gold with a huge, thick cream head that becomes mountainous and has the best retention I've seen for a long time. Only sporadic lace left as the head is so tight. The colour is a little dark for a pilsner, but then it claims to be an imperial pilsner.

Aroma: Lots of floral citrus hops; smells like a pacific northwest IPA. A good pilsner should have noticeable hops in the aroma, so I accept this as a different take on the style.

Taste: Smooth, rich bready malt with very gentle sweetness and mellow bitterness at first; then the hops run rampant for the rest of the drink, overpowering the once pleasing malt profile and making the beer taste like an IPA, not a pilsner. The alcohol is noticeable but sensible.

I was really excited to try this beer, as I like a good pilsner. Unfortunately, this beer tastes nothing like the style it's supposed to be. I like a good IPA, but that's not what I wanted from this beer. It doesn't even taste like it's bottom fermented.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, fuller side of medium bodied. A little dry. Nice.

Drinkability: It's a delicious beer, but don't expect anything remotely pilsner like after the first couple of sips. I won't be buying this again because it is far too expensive and similar to an IPA, and does not deliver at all as the imperial pilsner it claims to be.

If this beer was marketed as an IPA or a hopped ale, it would have received much higher marks.

lumikuuro, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of pigc
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, close to two years old.

A - Pours a light brown color with three finger head. Excellent lacing as it clings to edge of the glass. Lots of carbonation.

S - Bready malts, biscuit, grain. Not picking up much else.

T - Strong malt base right up front. Sweet alcohol with semi dry finish.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation and drying finish.

O - I'm afraid I've let this one sit in the fridge too long. I remember this having much more of a hop presence when fresh. Would love to get this fresh again.

pigc, May 27, 2012
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow color with average head with average lacing and average carbonation. The dominate smell is heavy hops and mild malts. First taste is light, sweet, and very hoppy for the style. Light in body and taste. The dominate flavor is hops. Not bad. Closer to an IPA than a lager.

ATLbeerDog, May 11, 2008
Photo of jrallen34
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Mikkeller bar...Pours a dark gold with a hint of orange. A white head that is gone right away, light lacing...The aroma is way to light here, a tad bit going on but not strong enough to really enjor. This is a summer matly beer, tons of caramel and alcohol all over the place, a bit of pine resin on the end...The taste is ok, again super matly way too caramelly and sweet for a light beer, you can really see how this is a double.

This beer is interesting hybrid, but not quite there yet. You can skip over this one.

jrallen34, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

doremite, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Fsvensson75
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Fsvensson75, Aug 20, 2014
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Draft Bear from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.