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Draft Bear - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
89
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 27
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of foles
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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.

foles, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

BeerImmediately, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of quilty
4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

quilty, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of SpoonMeForkMe
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

SpoonMeForkMe, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of ZacharyJ
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

ZacharyJ, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +0.3%

John11486, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

dbrauneis, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

metter98, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Rickythejeweler
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Rickythejeweler, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

mrfrancis, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
2/5  rDev -49.9%

drummermattie02, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Grooveman53
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Grooveman53, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of nivlac18
3/5  rDev -24.8%

nivlac18, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of trojankeg
4/5  rDev +0.3%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +0.3%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of MeisterSmudge
5/5  rDev +25.3%

MeisterSmudge, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -24.8%

danieelol, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

paulozanello, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of winegourmet76
5/5  rDev +25.3%

winegourmet76, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
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 ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

A murky, hazy golden brown with a very small off-white head and very little visible carbonation. There are sheets of lace left on the glass.

The best aspect of this beer is its aroma. It's a nice combination of earthy hops, bright white fruits, and sweet honey. The sweetness shines through more and more as it warms.

The flavor isn't quite as successful, though the honey sweetness and white fruit character are present throughout. A moderate level of bitterness round the flavor out.

Medium to heavy bodied moderate carbonation.

This was far better than I was expecting.

ehammond1, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale, golden/orange/amber colour with excellent clarity and an uprush of bubbles. Two fingers of soapy white head and blobby lacing.

S - Great depth and complexity here. Ripe plum and peach, supersweet icypoles, lemon and lime, sweet crunchy red apples with just a hint of booze.

T - The peach and sour lime do their best to cut through the alcohol, however there isnt much else that can overcome the heat. A tasty experience but disappointingly doesnt match the aroma.

M - Thin to medium bodied, a bit syrupy, highly carbonated.

O - A fruity, boozy delight.

dansmcd, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +0.3%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Draft Bear from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.