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Draft Bear - Mikkeller ApS

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126 Reviews

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 233
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
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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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich orange topped off with a thick head. There's a strong resin on the nose followed by light citrus ,mint, and apparent alcohol. The hoppy resin proceeds into the pallet and further accented by the clean malt profile. That being said, the hops really shine (as well as the noticeable but not unwelcome booze). Overall, this is a exactly what an imperial pilsner is expected to taste like.

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

pleased to find this at Davidsons on county line, a new spot for me, and a new mikkeller, brilliant! billed a malt liquor, im not sure what to expect. it pours a familiar looking English malty tannish brown color, with some golden hues and an inch or two of lazy white head. the nose is malts forward, and rather alcoholic for the 8% abv its listed at, but with an interesting twist of fruit in there, oranges, candied, I don't know. the flavor agrees, malt forward, not too sweet through, with some fruit and booze on the back end. its a little thinner than I want it to be, but the flavors work really well. its got an almost pilsner malt flavor to it, dry and European, but it also has some caramel sweetness. its not complex, but it isn't simple either, sort of a hard beer to put into context. fine carbonation above a medium body. the finish is spirited, and I get a touch of brown sugar as it goes out. overall a beer worth the 14 bucks I paid for it this time, but probably not one ill buy again, despite really enjoying its grain profile and drinkability.

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Photo of jpro
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Mikkeller and Friends Bar in Copenhagen. Served in a 20cl Mikkeller glass...

A: Hazy gold; white head; retention leaves some patchy sheets of lace.

S: Light resin hoppiness; citrus peel; nice hop aroma.

T: Cracker malts; light resin and citrus hops, as in nose.

M: Medium-bodied; higher carbonation; refreshing feel.

O: Whoa - this is one easy drinking imperial pilsner! Hard to believe it's 8%. I'd definitely have this again if I have the opportunity...

*from notes 3-31-13

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet pilsner, grainy, and slightly bready malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, and grassy hops, lemon zest, lager yeast, and a hint of booze.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, some bitterness, sweet pilsner and grainy malts, lemon zest, lager yeast, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.

D - Nice hoppy imperial pilsner. Great overall balance.

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Photo of Passionaite-Liquid-Elixir
4.3/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
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

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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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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 brentk56
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

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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 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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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of tbeckett
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured hazy dark orange. Decent carbonation, one finger of white fluffy head. Decent lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Honey, boozy pineapple, grapefruit, juicy pineapple. Closer to an DIPA aroma with a noticable lack of noble hop.

T - Honey, lot's of grapefruit, pineapple, light booze. Really juicy citrus hops. Malt body is there but not a significant contributor in any real sense.

M - Decent carbonation, medium to full body and a rich juicy bite of bitterness in the finish.

O/D - I quite liked this. Closer to a DIPA but it was nice. Smooth, drinkable, and flavourful.

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Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, mild golden color with a huge-ass head into my glass. Lots of lacing. Wow.

Lemongrass, grain and citrus in the nose. Definitely a big ass pils here.

Holy crap! A little too cloying for my liking. Bitterness is almost intolerable as well.

Lots of lingering citrus bitterness.

Wow. Drink this at your own risk. Mere lesser mortals would not make it past the first sip. I, on the other hand, have conquered this ale like many others. Go forth and be brave, young padawan.

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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 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 quilty
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

st- 750ml

app- golden with slight rust and rose.

smell- floral and bright, with citrus, hops, and yeast.

taste- best i've had for this style, any pilsner really. perfect balance of malt and hop. it has amazing depth for a pilsner, with notes of candied lemon, perfectly-baked biscuit, and lager yeast, all in balance. crisp, dry finish.

mouthfeel- medium to full, with just the right abv.

overall- one of the best beers i've enjoyed in recent memory. perfect for all seasons and absolutely delicious and satisfying.

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

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color. Nice frothy head that lasted awhile with a fair amount of lacing.

S: Herbal, grassy lemon, biscuits, slightly floral, yeast, apple, pear.

T: Bready, yeasty malts on the back side. Hops up front. Dry and crisp. Correlates well with the nose. I was really impressed with this beer. I had it at my dinner at Schwa.

M: Crisp, dry, medium bodied. Pleasantly carbonated.

O: A nice fruity, crisp brew. Very drinkable. I wish I could get my hands on a few more.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy deep yellow with slight amounts of visible carbonation and a finger high fluffy white head. The beer had very good head retention but did not exhibit as much lacing on the glass as I expected.

S: The aromas were pretty much completely from the hops - spicy and a little floral + citrus. An extremely bold nose on this beer.

T: The flavors of this beer were hops forward with a malty finish - but maybe not quite as hoppy as I expected or wanted. There were hints of spiciness from the hops and the taste of alcohol was well masked. There was only a light amount of bitterness present in the taste of this beer.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation, this beer coats your tongue in a very pleasant manner.

O: Enjoyable and I imagine this beer would pair very well with a hearty winter soup or oven roasted root vegetables. I might have enjoyed just a little more hoppiness and bitterness in this beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy deep yellow in color and poured with a finger high frothy white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter-finger high head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spicy hops in the nose.
T: The beer has flavors of spicy hops along with notes of bready malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a little crispness and a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The beer has a light amount of bitterness and coats your mouth a bit.
O: This beer has some refreshing properties and hides its alcohol very well. It has a rather good balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a tight white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of lemon, grass, biscuits, honey, and orchard fruits are very present on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, bitter orange, grapefruit, honey, grass, pear skin, biscuits, minerals, and candy sugar are present in the mouth. The finish is dry, crisp, and bitter with a pleasant combination of honey, lemon, grapefruit, and pear skin flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, and dry. Carbonation is firm and active. Alcohol presence is subdued. Regardless of whether one considers this a malt liquor or an imperial pilsner, it feels great in the mouth.

O: I find this to be a near outstanding strong lager that capably straddles the line between a boutique malt liquor and an American imperial pilsner. Very drinkable compared to other beers of this type, this lager is bound to impress.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy dark yellow / orange color. The head is foamy white with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is very good and strong. Bready, grainy malts upfront with loads of hops that smell like ripe fruit such as peaches, mangoes and pears.

Taste is a spike of flavor. Little grainy malts followed by hops again with fruity peaches and pears dominating. Also some spiciness and earthy bitterness. It finishes extremely dry and a little astringent.

Body is medium to high and carbonation is also high.

Great imperial lager with a nice strong aroma and a spike of hop flavor ending very dry and mildly bitter. Interesting take on this new style.

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