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Draft Bear - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
89
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 24
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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Passionaite-Liquid-Elixir

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was great. Absolutely enjoyed it to the last drops; but missed it as it was gone. It seemed that it had so much more to say....
This beer hides it alcohol level so beautifully that it dances across your tongue. The lightness of the malt tones are masterfully balanced by hops and crispness. It truly makes you think of drinking any regular pilsner ever again.
The flavor with its caramel tones, dried orange peel, lemon zest, herbaceous esters, just never stop the mind thinking what's going to come next.
The head is light, frothy, lingering, white. A nice gulp of this really gives your mouth the aperitif it needs going into your first sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 05:47:41 | More by Passionaite-Liquid-Elixir
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miadw3

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-10-2013 07:23:10 | More by miadw3
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sjones5045

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-02-2013 00:35:44 | More by sjones5045
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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

12-21-2012 03:41:24 | More by chippo33
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have been interested in this style recently, and this is a good example. Looks like an IPA in the glass, the aroma has some signature lager character, but I could still pull out some dank american hops. The taste was similar to the aroma, more malt though. The yeast has a nice peppery character. This definantly feels like a belgian beer. The carbonation is incredibly crisp, flirting with saison territory. It has a silky and robust mouthfeel, coats the inside of your mouth with velvet, kind of hard to believe its a lager.

Overall, this was a very interesting beer, it is rather expensive, and a double IPA will quench your hop thirst more, no doubt. But this is definantly worth a try, one of the most complex lagers I have ever come across.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:58:22 | More by Siriusfisherman
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Gerasimos

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-07-2012 00:21:21 | More by Gerasimos
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MrRockstar

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-22-2012 22:57:37 | More by MrRockstar
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with little head & a little lacing. Big peppery character to the nose. Taste starts with a blast of hops, chased by some breadiness and a hint of sweetness. Feel leaves a little something to be desires, with no carbonation to speak of. It's too smooth for a pilsener but it still has a bite from the alcohol. An interesting beer, worth a shot, but for me it's another one of those expensive beers I took a chance on and probably won't try again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 13:44:08 | More by TheRealBigC
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 19/9/12

A hazy orange with a few slowly moving bubbles feeding a well sustained two fingers of off white foam that leaves lots of unorganized lace

S sweet fruits, candied pineapple and brewers candy with some hard toffee and a nice little hop kick, fairly sweet and some faint booze

t more grains with some pine resin and citric rind, has a slight lager flavor peeking through, yeast? but its faint, sweet again with a little more booze then the nose

M its just a little hot but other then that no problems, medium-light with good carbonation and a lingering aftertaste of rind

something different but a nice hopped up boozy lager, IPAish but faint lager yeast and shes a little sweet. BB date well down the road makes me wonder but I only found one bottle so I'll never know

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 16:35:02 | More by wordemupg
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

09-18-2012 23:45:31 | More by kaelingirl
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freduardo

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

08-16-2012 03:18:53 | More by freduardo
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:22:34 | More by biboergosum
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-23-2012 01:15:22 | More by rolltide8425
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Fattsmagee

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-14-2012 00:53:30 | More by Fattsmagee
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2012 22:31:46 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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OSUHopHead


3/5  rDev -24.6%

07-10-2012 03:18:48 | More by OSUHopHead
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jeanphony

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-08-2012 21:24:40 | More by jeanphony
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color that verges on amber; the head is massive and rocky, leaving clumps of foam stuck to the side of the pint glass (I decided not to pour the beer into a pilsner glass so that I could better enjoy the aroma)

Smell: The malts and hops both come through with verve - the malts bringing taffy and toast, while the hops add a grassy but pithy charge

Taste: Taffy and toast, up front, but it doesn't take long for the bitterness to set in, with a surprisingly grassy character considering that we are dealing with Amarillo and Cascade); there is a citrusy punch, as well, which is to be expected; a hint of apple appears at mid-palate and lingers after the swallow; in the finish, just a smidge of the candi sugar can be detected, but it is the hops that leave the final impression

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Having had my share of disappointment with this style, I was expecting a beer that was boozy and sweet with a clash from the noble hops; this was more like a DIPA and, but for the mouthfeel; I might never have guessed it was a lager; no twang and no booze - just really well done

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 18:47:06 | More by brentk56
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barczar

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 01:32:56 | More by barczar
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-21-2012 12:10:53 | More by ortie
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pigc

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 01:43:33 | More by pigc
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aztraz

Sweden

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-23-2012 19:33:47 | More by aztraz
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear amber-yellow pour with big two finger head with great retention and lacing. Floral, hoppy, herbal nose with hints of grass, lemon peel, bread, and a bit of caramel. First sip really caught me off guard. Wasn't expecting such a bold, flavorful beer. The taste is loaded with perfumey, citrusy, bitter fresh hops along with hints of pine and tangerines. All nicely balanced out with a solid caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated and subtly oily with a crisp, dry, bitter finish. Hugely drinkable. I'm kicking myself for only getting one of these. I'm hoping there's some left when I go on my next beer run. Another winner from Mikkeller!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 15:11:57 | More by beerdrifter
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mungus

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-17-2012 13:33:22 | More by mungus
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-07-2012 16:44:58 | More by bluesplit63
Draft Bear from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.