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Draft Bear - Mikkeller ApS

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209 Ratings

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of Xul
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

A: Pours a translucent golden with a very slight red tint. A rocky, two finger white head settles down to one finger and slowly recedes from there.

S: Hop forward with piney and earthy elements, backed by a beefed up pils base - grainy, some caramel and lemon zest, and very light fruit.

T: Strong hop profile hits first with the piney and earthy elements, along with some standard pilsneresque characteristics. Grain base in back with some caramel, a bit of cloves and some banana.

M: Moderate body with high carbonation, supports the higher ABV.

D: Very drinkable for such a strong beer, would love to have a chance to try this on draft.

Xul, May 23, 2010
Photo of OneWoman
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

The Draft Bear has slightly translucent reddish, copper color, that shines. It has the pilsner smell (the fresh, yeasty whiff of pils malts), but nothing of your Danish grandpa's pilsner in color or flavor. At 8% ABV, it's a slow sipping beer that's warmly hopped and tastes like light brown sugar or that cotton candy flavor, but without being too sweet. All this is lovingly well-balanced to make a sexy, modern, beer. I was unable to find any clues about why the Mikkeller Draft Bear is called a "bear" (is it related to the mythical Boontville creature from Anderson Valley, the Beer?). But, come to think of it, the Draft Bear is sort of grizzly bear-colored.

OneWoman, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of ohoh
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

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!

ohoh, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
4.97/5  rDev +24.9%

Poured from a 750ml into a pilsner glass.

Slightly hazy, dark-honey color beer with a 3 finger, off-white head that is hesitant to depart and leaves thick lacing when it does.

The piny hop aromas from this one are evident from rather a distance. Upon closer inspection citrus, banana and caramel present themselves. Heavy malt and bread aromas, licorice, vanilla and some dark fruits release as warmth works its magic. This beer almost smells oaked.

The balance in this one is stunning considering the fullness and depth in the nose. Tangy, grassy, bready, a bit of anise, citrus, grain, bitter hops, and joy; I distinctly taste joy.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Carbonation is high and sparkly and the finish is dry but lingering.

Drinkability is very high. I could imbibe this beer all day long for days, except it is 8% ABV and I would die. Be carefull but enjoy.

I love this brewery (brewer). They (he) seems to have the love, and it comes through in the beer, it kicks ass.

This shall prove to be my highest rating yet and I stand by that. I might just choose this beer if it was the last thing I could ever taste.


meeekyh, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%

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 ShogoKawada
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

750ml... I need a beer.

A- Golden copper kettle amber, kind of dull. SNowy, jagged peaks of head in the glass. Sticky icky lacing.

S- Hops! Also getting green apple sweetness. A faint alcohol booziness is noted, and a bit of a peppery spice. Intriguing.

T- Wow! Zesty, peppery, and bitter hops are competing with a fruity malt sweetness I didn't expect. Hops are bitter, floral, have a citric twang, like lemon zest. Works well with the taste of alcohol, which is not hidden but is well-blended. Hop profiles reminds me of USAlive from Mikkeller, but with a bit more punch and a bit sweeter malt profile as well.

M- Really clean, crisp... an imperial pilsner? Fuckin' spot-on. Amazing life on the tongue, flavors and carbonation are other-worldly.

D- Wish I got distribution of this. I think I'll trade for a few more. Really a treat... just what I needed. I had a great time with this beer.

ShogoKawada, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Absumaster
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%

I drank this beer on tap at the Beer Temple in Amsterdam. It pours a yellow, light orange color with a thin head.

Smell is quite hoppy with notes of citrus. The beer has light raspberry smell. A nice smell beer, that has a big smell.

Taste is bitter with a nice balanced hop taste and bitterness. The bottom fermenting yeast adds a whole new light on a big, hoppy beer. The yeast adds a light maltiness, some light sulfur and crisp taste. The hops are US hops, but I also get some European, herbal and light grassy tastes. The balance of this beer is just right. The hops are not bold. It's mouthfeel corresponds nicely with the bitterness. A great drinking beer.

Absumaster, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

On tap at Max's today. I'm glad I got to try it before springing for a bottle.

A touch darker than the Danish Dream I compared this beer to, this one's amber with an off white head with great retention and lacing.

The nose is full of pine, but not as big as the Danish Dream, thanks to a noticeable caramel sweetness. A touch of alcohol is noticeable as well. The palate opens a mix of bitterness and sweetness, pretty solid. Pine again is the big flavor but the grainy and caramel sweetness rein it in a bit. Mildly sweet on the finish with a blend of resiny hop and palate-coating sweetness, this medium bodied beer has a moderate level of carbonation. Decent stuff, but I found the Danish Dream to be quite superior

DefenCorps, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Got to try this side by side with the Danish Dream. Clearly these two beers are cut out of the same cloth.

The draft pours a rich gold color with good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is similar to the Danish Dream, but is not as "candy-ish" or sweet. Still, there is some serious bitterness on the nose, which is replicate on the palate. However, this beer is a bit more complex, with some honey, pepper and dry ginger ale. Like the Danish Dream, the finish is surprising bitter (albeit not quite as dry). Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty long finish. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, thought the beer seems on the boozy side after the Danish Dream. Nevertheless, this is yet another very fine beer from Mikkeller.

John_M, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Travlr
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Travlr, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of philipquarles
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%

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 Sechavar
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

Sechavar, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.5%

750ml Bottle
Silver Foil

Pours a very nice golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some yeast, and slight hop note, slight citrus. The taste is malty, yeasty/hoppy, very slight citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice brew, not as hot as other Double Pilsners.

Wasatch, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Another Mikkeller beer that has been showing up in Orange County. 750 ml corked and caged bottle, on to the beer:

Brilliant bold gold color in the body. The head on top is thick, luscious, and has outstanding retention...still very thick as the beer is consumed. The nose catches hops, hops, and more hops. Notes of fresh pine emerge alongside a light, crackery malt.

One sip, and you're hoppy side is satisfied. Plenty of hops. Hop bitterness, hop herbs, hop oils, a squirt of hop juice, tropical flavors. The hops really pull through in the beer, though never overbearing or out of place. A bit of of rubbing alcohol is felt in this strong pilsner. Not heavy, smoooothe, goes down without much trouble.

Imperial Pilsners are always an adventure. This one is no different. Worth trying, but very pricey at $14.99.

DoubleJ, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

09/14/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper golden yellow in color. Full fluffy one inch plus head with good staying power. Some decent lace trails and light patches left behind.

Smell- Nice and hoppy..some grapefruit and lemon in the mix. Smells like a quality pils nose. Maybe just a touch of grain.

Taste- Tastes right on the borderline of a heavy IPA...make that English IPA, or a light Imperial Pils. Nice and hoppy, but not super intense. Light malt base, not too heavy..very mellow.

Mouthfeel- Lightly creamy, nice lasting grapefruit hopped aftertaste, warms up quickly. Keep this one in the fridge until the last minute. Mid range carbonation...gets a touch foamy if it gets towards room temp.

Drinkability- This is a sessionable Imperial Pils if I have ever had one. Not 100% true to style. Really feels like a strong English IPA. Still, quite drinkable and quite tasty...whatever it may be...good job.

GClarkage, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

A - Hazy rusty orange color with yellow highlights around; poured with a generous finger of frothy and creamy slightly off-white head; great retention and great chunky lacing

S - Citric fruitiness; grassy hop bitterness

T - Grassy and citric hops; good deal of malty sweetness; lots of light fruitiness going on

M - Medium to thicker body; light carbonation; a big sticky

D - Not the most drinkable for me; perhaps a bit too fruity for my taste

Overall, an interesting brew, but I think I could have done with a lighter malt profile and less fruitiness...but that's just me. Worth a look.

Nickls, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%

750ml corked and capped bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a slightly hazy golden honey colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like top then faded slowly to a good one finger covering which lasted throughout... lots of sticky lacing patches coat the glass all the way down...

Aroma - Spicy tart fruits (oranges (peel?), limes, pears), some almond nuttiness, lots of floral honey, sea saltiness, chalky notes, some soapiness, peppery and grassy hop bitterness, very herbal - some hints of basil, some tobacco notes, cut wet grass, some buttery traces, slightly rubbery, some graininess...

Taste - Lots of grassy and peppery hop bitterness up front followed by lots of herbal notes, light biscuity malts, again some floral honey sweetness, quite nutty, marzipan traces, juicy fruits (bitter oranges, pears, apples, grapefruit), a hint of saline, some alcohol warmth just coming through, faint tobacco...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little bite... medium bodied... dangerously drinkable at 8%

Overall - A superb brew and one that i wish i could get my hands on more easily... highly recommended..

mdagnew, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of charlzm
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Consumed 05/16/09, cork marked 10/12/09.

A gentle pour nevertheless creates a three-finger head of pale tan bubbles: dense yet frothy. The beer is positively alive with active carbonation; bubbles in great plentitude rise to the surface.

Color is a slightly hazy honey golden.

Almost as aromatic as it is good-looking, there are grassy and sweet honey notes wafting well over a foot away from this glass. There's a touch of the metallic to the aroma that's the only flaw. Also has an interesting note that reminds me of hot Florida asphalt after an afternoon rain squall.

Flavor is somewhat sweet at the beginning, and somewhat clean. I'd stop short of calling it delicate or light, especially in light of the meadlike and medicinal characters that follow the initial taste. Bitter but balanced hops are strongly evident on the tongue and the beer finishes dry, but not parchingly so. Flavor lingers boldly on the palate long after each sip.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick for anything pilsener-derived. There's a slight oiliness (from the hops?) as well as the aforementioned dryness.

A bit big to be easily downed, this beer is nevertheless a smooth drinker that is good once in a while. Couldn't see myself ejoying this on a regular basis, though.

charlzm, May 16, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

paco1029384756, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass a hazy orange colour with a couple of centimetres of slightly off white head.
S - Tropical & citrus fruit hop aromas are dominant. Some slight woody notes and a touch of biscuit maltiness.
T - Like the smell the taste is dominated by the tropical & citrus fruit qualities from the hops. Balanced with a biscuity malt taste.
M - Light to medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation. A fairly smooth finish with only a touch of bitterness at the end.
D - 8%ABV quite well hidden. A decent beer but there are others (from Mikkeller & others) that I'd spend my money on first.

brendan13, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Parrotshake
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

My first Imperial Pilsener. Picked it up on a whim at a wine shop on the way home from work... apparently the Mikkeller range has only been available in the country a few days. Curiosity got the best of me. If I hadn't just been paid, the $30 AUD for a 750 would almost certainly have put me off.

Close to 3 fingers of off-white, creamy head which eroded fairly slowly over a couple of sips. Lots of lacing left on the glass. Pours the colour of leatherwood honey.

Smells a little like a big English IPA - sort of a dried orange peel thing, overripe pineapple, maybe a little honey and notable maltiness. There's that typical crisp, floral Pilsener thing going on underneath it all, but very muted. The smell is massive upon opening the bottle and doesn't go away.

I'm not sure what an Imperial Pilsener is supposed to taste like, according to style, but I definitely like this a lot. Marmalade, something vaguely herbal, big hoppiness and nicely bitter both in the mouth and afterwards. Maybe grapefruit or even bergamot toward the back, just a little. My beer vocabulary is failing me a little here, I think.

Creamy-ish body with medium carbonation - the tiny bubbles are hard to see, but you feel them. Quite refreshing. Finishes bitter and lingers.

Drinking it on a fairly hot evening after a particularly long and unproductive day at work, I couldn't be more delighted. You can tell it's 8%, with a slight alcohol warmth after every mouthful, but it remains very refreshing and is so well balanced you could sit on it all night and still be excited about it at the end. I can't imagine getting sick of it, but lamentably, I also can't imagine being willing to pay for more :(

Loved it and I'm glad I tried it.

Parrotshake, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Thanks to Jtrockchalk, like so many before this, for this one.

To start out with, this ain't no Malt Liquor, like I've ever seen one. This has definitely more in turn with a big IPA/Imperial pilsner then the label makes out. I poured a 750ml bottle into my New Belgium goblet. This beer pours a hazy orange-honey with a huge, Crest White Strips whitehead that receded (somewhat) leaving some pretty hardcore sticky lacing down the sides of my glass. The aroma is big American West Coast hop goodness. Lots of orange, pink grapefruit, and a bit of peach. This is nothing like any other Malt Liquor I've been privy too. The flavor is big and fruity. Mostly just orange and lemon from the hops but a bit of malty sweetness muscles its way thought this hop bomb. The mouthfeel is light and crisp like most well done lagers. This is a great beer. Mikkeller definitely lives up to their reputation of taking a American style and perfecting it. But in its perfection it looses its entirety. This isn't a Malt Liquor. The label is 100% incorrect.

hwwty4, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

JohnGalt1, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

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 BeerSox
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

BeerSox, Jan 12, 2009
Draft Bear from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.