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Draft Bear - Mikkeller ApS

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very good

126 Reviews

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 233
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 32
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of ElCommodoro
1.59/5  rDev -60.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a footed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Heavy head and lacing. It smells delightful, full of citrus and fruit and hops. Sadly, it tastes like an over malted cheap lager.

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Photo of f4zZ3
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
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!

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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.

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Photo of pigc
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of barczar
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of lumikuuro
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

The beer comes in a dark glowing orange amber.

The aroma is slightly weak, but of piney hops, sweet malt, and grapefruit. A bit of that lager yeast comes through.

On the flavor, the beer has sweet caramel malt, spicy, floral, and piney hops. A bit of grapefruit with a big smack of chewy green hops. The body is medium.

The beer offers a bit too much malt and chewy hop character.

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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.

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

On-tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Bright golden yellow color. White froth, lasting crown & copious lacing rings. Quite clear appearance. Pilsen malt, subtle crystal malt, slightly citric aromas with hints of grapefruit. Sharp but clean bitterness well balanced by malty backbone. Medium body, soft carbonation. Easy –dangerous- drinkability thanks to an ABV well masked & refreshing sensation. Underlying sweetness into the dry astringent finish.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange brown color with one and a half fingers of foamy white head.

Scent of sweet malts, sugars, tobacco, and a hint of ripe berries.

Taste of grass, tobacco, earth, sugars, and a hint of corn. Too strong to be great, but it is still pretty good.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a low amount of carbonation.

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Photo of foles
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had high hopes for this beer, and eagerly grabbed a growler of the stuff from the IBS in West Leederville. Pours a deep amber, slightly murky with a rich creamy head that crawls up the glass. Sllightly harsh crisp american hops on the nose, and the same on the palate. But lacking the citrisy fruitiness normally associated with cascade and amarillo. Crisp lager-like body, assertive bitterness. For me this beer is missing something. Its like a misplaced IPA. Wrong hop profile for a big pils, slightly harsh and muddled in flavour.

Decent but nothing more than a dry crisp boozy IPA for my money.

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Photo of popery
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not up to the usual standard of Mikkeller, in my opinion. It has a pretty good flavor, but it's a bit like an average West coast DIPA. It just doesn't come together entirely. It certainly has some pilsner taste, but it's much bigger with the grapefruit-orange hops than anything else. The beer does look great. I'll give it that. Huge rocky head that sticks around like nobody's business. It's ultimately just too sweet and orangey to stick with for long. It's like eating an under-ripe grapefruit after a little while. This beer might be a lot better when it's at its freshest, but it's certainly not local, so it's hard to correct for that possibility. Okay beer, but I'll stick with the Samuel Adams Hallertau Imp Pils.

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Photo of Sechavar
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, I'm not a pilsner person. It's funny because I think pilsner glasses are really nice but usually I am more impressed with the glass than its contents. The other thing about pilsners is that, in comparison with other beers, there's not a lot of room for show. It's the blonde woman of beer. Can't really get much out of her. But Mikkeller can. I've yet to be disappointed with his brews. While his methods are unorthodox, his brews are delicious, and this Imperial Pilsner is no different. The head was really fluffy, and that means that even on our tall pilsner glasses, you get more lace than an 80s wedding. The head thins out, but you keep it most of the way down. The scent was something like green apples. Tart, crisp, and fresh. Like you could bite into it. Like it would make your breath fresh. The color is just a tad dark for a pilsner, but it is imperial. The taste has a very consistent hop flavor from sip to aftertaste, with the apple notes twisting around it, like snakes around a caduceus. However, it is still a pilsner. But if you have to drink a pilsner, it should be this one.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of spicelab
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Bright and clear apricot, with a huge head of fine white bubbles. Retreats slowly with some sticky lace trails.

Lots of floral, tropical and citrus hops, with some resiny and candied notes. Moderate amounts of bready malts, hints of white pepper and a mild generic metallic grain character. Pretty nice.

Tangerine, pine resin, lemon sherbet, marred by the strength of the underlying metallic character and a chalky, toothpastey bitterness.

Above average but well hidden carbonation. Crisp but thanklessly bitter finish, due to the mouthwashy character.

Bit of a mixed bag. Drinks pretty well for an 8% Pilsener, but I can't warm to flavours and sensations that remind me of going to the dentist.

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Draft Bear from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.