Tjekket Pilsner - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, munich and cara-pils), hops (saaz) and lager yeast.
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Photo of Bendurgin
4.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped this one open and we've got a gusher. I quickly poured it into my pint glass with a bit pouring over the side. The pour is a hazy straw color with a gigantic fluffy white head on top. Great head retention and sticky lacing. I smell some fruitiness in this, like sweet strawberries. Pilsner malts and grains make this a rockin' beer to put your nose into! Good flavor on this and not very complex. Pilsner malts and hop bittering to finish. Nice light body and the abv is tough to beat for drinkability. Really into this one, I want more.

Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency - something common in Mikkeller beers. There was a huge head - another Mikkeller hallmark - which was foamy and fairly long-lasting. Decent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, grain, and a sharp hoppiness.

T: Surprisingly (for a pilsener) had a strong taste of hops, but also a traditional malty backbone. Also had a grainy quality, as well as a slight acidity. An interesting flavor that isn't quite in keeping with the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Another drinkable, if nontraditional beer from Mikkeller.

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Bottle dated 29/04/10 but the cap appears to be dated 29/04/11

A: Pours a crystal-clear, bright and glowing golden color with a full three-fingers of creamy, bright-white head up top. The foam eventually receded down to a lumpy/chunky skim that left gobs of sticky lace in the glass. Carbonation was adequate.

S: Delicious floral hop aroma, with hints of butter, earthy yeast, red apple, and spice.

T: I was struck, at first, by the spicy and herbal hop flavor. That lead into a floral hoppiness that turned into ripe red apple, and finally a big dose of white pepper. Earthy yeast flavors were quite prevalent.

M: This had a pretty big and oily beginning that turned a little drier during the middle and finish and doled out a bunch of spicy/prickly white pepper.

D: I'm not a huge fan of this style but I found myself racing through this beer. Really, very good.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes.
L: Pours hazy dark gold to amber under a 1” quickly dissipating white foam collar.
S: Spicy grain aromas.
T: Big malt flavors seasoned by spicy hops, medium dry.
F: Clean and smooth, medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: A little zaftig for a pilsner but a good drink.

Photo of speter
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark gold with a huge, persistent, rock-hard head. Leaves impressive lacing.

S: This has a bit more in the nose than your typical pilsener. There's a fair bit of grass with a lemony note from the hops.

T: This is one bitter pilsener! The bite hits right up front, and in the center and finish, I'm almost detecting a smoky quality. The finish is bitter, and that lingers through the aftertaste. While I like it quite a bit, the flavor is more towards the German pils range in terms of hoppiness. It also seems as if this fermented somewhat warm, as there are definite esters and even some buttery diacetyl.

M: I would never believe this is 4.6% (or so says the label). This is rather full-bodied and very strong in the carbonation department.

D: Very drinkable. This review is somewhat of a difficult one, but to the notion of style. Strictly speaking, this isn't a very good Czech-style Pilsener. It is, however, a great tasting beer that has wandered off the beaten path.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Pilsner malts, citrus and noble hops, biscuit, lager yeast, bit of lemon zest.

T - Pilsner and some biscuity and sweet grainy malts, citrus and noble hops, some bitterness, some lemon zest, some lager yeast.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, lightly bitter finish.

D - Nice hoppy pilsner. Good overall balance.

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today. Thought I needed to try the tap version to compare.

The beer pours a light gold color with good head retention and pretty decent lacing. The nose is pretty attractive, showcasing the expected bread dough, honey and pepper. While the beer smells pretty good, it's much better on the palate. There is honey and orange citrus superimposed on a very hoppy flavor profile. Consequently, the finish is impressively bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and so is exactly what I would expect from a well made Czech pilsner. Drinkability is excellent, with the alcohol no more than an after thought.

While this is a well made pilsner, it's not so exceptional that I'd want to pay the price of ordering it again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a pale orange with brass highlights and a slight haziness. The effervesce was strong and rapid while a foamy dome 2 finger paper white head sits atop for a short period of time. The lacing was fairly weak, with speckled patches gracing the sides of the glass.

S: The nose yielded a light spicy hopping of saaz along with lightly dried lemon zest and a wiff of wheat. Fairly light overall, and suited per style.

T: The flavor opens up with pale dry grains with a bright wet lemony zest hopping and grassy highlights. Medium strong in nature there was light hay, dried grapefruit and a nice dryness to the taste before the beer finishes up with a quenching wet lemon fade. The hopping is stronger then usual and style here, with a pale dry malting and flowery hopping.

M: medium, dry with a good crisp carbonation before finishing with a dry lemon hop fade.

D: Drinkability was the bright spot here, going down very good with a tart, crisp nature and a good dose of hopping to keep things interesting. A low 4.8% abv ensures multiples as an all day summer downer if not for the price per bottle (about $4.50 a bottle) , which was the only downer point of this drink.

Photo of megahurts4
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Czech-style Pilsner (Tjekket Pilsner)

Appearance: Straw yellow, huge pillowing head, and some lacing.

Smell: Grains, malts, and subtle hops.

Taste: Grains, malts, and some hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, smooth, and rich.

Overall:
This is a great pilsner. One of the best pilsners I've had. The flavors are very well balanced and finishes with a subtle bitterness.

Photo of Guylefleur
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a typical Pilsner, but what Mikkeller is typical? A dark golden color verging on brown. A bit cloudy with a one and a half of white foam. Clean, fresh pilsner aromas on the nose. The mouthfeel and the taste is a bit heavy for a pilsner. It is very smooth, but it is heavy and lacks a certain crispness that you look for in a well-made pilsner. Still at the end, a pilsner with character, body and flavor which all too often in lacking in beers labelled as Pilsner. I'd drink it again.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz, into pint glass, listed as 4.6% ABV, not 4.8%. Supposedly this is the house beer for Sushi Restaurant Bento, Helgolandsgade 16, kld., Vesterbro, Denmark.

A- Pale yellow, 4-finger sticky head, really not what I was expecting but not unwelcome. Head like a DIPA, craters, peaks and valleys. Whoa.

S- Almost smells like a wit. Hmm. Lots of bready malt, a wisp of fruit.

T- Mild bittering hops, great pale malt. Not too complex, but what's there is great. Sometimes simple is better. Great clean malt presentation. Def. has some flavor notes that remind me of Draft Bear, but much tamer.

M- High carbonation, light body, almost fizzy, goes down well.

D- High, but the price will get ya. $4 a bottle for a pilsener? I like it, I won't be buying this frequently though.

Mikkeller, start contract brewing in the US for some of these beers! We want 6-packs!

Note: other reviewers mention band-aids and smoke. Neither in this bottle. Strange.

Photo of BarrelO
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm kind of surprised by the hate this one is getting. It's not anywhere close to the best pils I have, but it's more than serviceable. Typical straw color. Scent and flavor are reminiscent of hops, grass, and apples. Overall, I'd say it's good but way overpriced. It might be worth a try, but it's not worth breaking the bank over.

Photo of seand
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow amber, with a medium amount of bubbly white head. A thin layer retains, with a bit more around the edge of the glass, which is enough to leave pretty good lacing.

S: Light malty sweetness, yeast, and some floral notes. Mild and pleasant, but there is a bit of complexity there.

T: Grainy sweetness with a bit of yeast. A bit watery mid-palate, and a little hoppy towards the finish.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, this is ok, not fantastic. If it were cheap and easily available it would make a decent session/"just a beer" beer, but it's not one I could rave about.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/25/2009. Bottle, best by 4/29/2011 (? Long shelf-life for a pilsener...) Pours a hazy golden/light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of spices, lagery malt. Flavor of grassy, herbal spices initially and some crackery, bready malt notes and lemon zest. Very nice pilsener.

Photo of mynie
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Crane Alley in Urbana, Illinois.

This is the first craft pilsener I've had that wasn't brewed in the US, I 't think. Since, like, Sam Smith and Weinstephan have to count as big brands, right?

So... hmm... it's pretty good.

Pours a tiny bit cloudy and dull, not the kind of vibrant sparkling sunshine I look for in a good (or expensive) pils. No head, really, and this is the kind of place that knows enough to put a head on a beer.

Smells like very, very dry Czech hops. Straight, strong Saaz, and there's a tiny bit of lemony malt complexity in there, too. But mostly it's very Saaz-y.

The intense dryness of the hops is a little less pleasant in the taste than it is in the aroma. That's not to say that it's unpleasant, because it's not, but it's also not great. The hops blot out almost everything only at the very end there's a little bit of light, crisp citrusiness.

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Hard to come by in this land of beer a-plenty. Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for releasing this one to me from the clutches of Beer Club.

This beer pours a cloudy, bright medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of fuzzy, foamy white head, which settles at an agreeable pace, leaving broad sectional swaths of lace around the glass.

It smells of spicy, grassy hops at first, giving way to a nice round bready maltiness. The taste is more blended, but more or less equally represented - zingy grassy, leafy hops, sturdy, semi-sweet pale grainy malt, and a decent tart lemon fruitiness.

The carbonation is sprightly, and quite refreshing, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and a tad too edgy, in an acidic manner, to be deemed dead smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the grain ceding way to the hop and lemon carry-overs.

A decent stab as this venerable Bohemian staple - good sassy hop flavours, but, and I'm kicking myself for saying this - they kind of eventually overwhelm the malt, wherein I would have liked to see some more crisp crackery notes. Ah well, I still recommend givin' 'er a go.

Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased from Hop City, poured into a pils glass.

Pours a hazy golden with orange tints underneath a massive fluffy white head that's at least 4 inches thick. The head leaves clumps of lacing on its slow descent to a 2-inch cap.

The aroma is really nice and pretty strong. It's got some floral hops up front with some lemon zest and a bit of sweeter fruits as well. There is also plenty of pale malts, toasted grains and a bit of spices as well.

The taste is a bit different than the aroma for me. It's got a much more dominant herbal presence, almost medicinal even. There isn't much citrus and the finish is dry and leaves that medicinal bitterness on the tongue in the aftertaste. It's also got an interesting buttery character throughout. Weird taste for me.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated but has a slight metallic character that keeps it from being better.

This is an interesting pils and looks and smells great. I'm not exactly sure what to make of the taste. It's definitely a well-crafted brew, but it's not quite in the top tier of the style.

Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blow away, huge head that settles very slowly (forms a large white dome). Extensive lace on the glass. The brew itself is light gold and hazy.

Soft light malt aromas. Moderate flowery hop smell. Overall, quite mild, but very pleasant nose.

Harsher and drier than the smell would suggest, there is also a touch of phenolic (band-aid) on the tongue. This is distracting from the otherwise lighter pilsner flavors. Dry and hoppy in the finish and aftertaste. Higher than expected body.
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On a second tasting, I almost don't recognize my first review. The smell seems like it might be starting to skunk. The flavor has no phenolic, so this actually tastes like a fresh pils from the Czech Republic. The body is quite thin, even for a pilsner.

In short, I think this particular bottle was much better than the first one I've had.

Photo of popery
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good but odd pilsner. The beer pours a cloudy, muted golden-poppy color with a foamy white head that collapses into a small creamy cap. The beer really looks more like a hefeweizen than a pilsner, and this was a very conservative, careful pour, leaving a third of the bottle with all of the yeast sediment for later. The aroma is muted. It lacks the normal hop aromas that generally mark the style, and has more of a yeasty, slightly smoky nose. The smoke comes through in the flavor, too. I've never had a smoky pilsner before, so points for originality. The smoke is actually one of the nicest parts of the beer. Otherwise, the beer is good but not great. It lacks enough hop bite, but it's rather dry, so it's less of a problem. The beer is crisp but needs more carbonation to really push it further along this road. The smoke is the unexpected star. It's relatively light and fits in surprisingly well with a light lager.

Photo of ADZA
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im stoked to be trying another mikkeller beer right now and just hope its as good as all his other ones i reviewed so far,it pours a pale straw colour with nice carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head with heaps of lacing,it has a herbal,spicey hop aroma to it with a tinge of citrus aswell,it has an above average mouthfeel for the style and spicey,peppery Saaz hops are dominant with a nice malty finish,i must admit after the reading a couple of the reviews after i bought this beer i was feeling let down about buying this brew and even tho it isnt his best brew it is a very nice beer and could drink more than one if only they wernt so exspensive,just like they say dont knock it till u try it.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks alot to abrand for letting me try this brew!

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear yellow with a huge cloudy fluffy white head that's about 2 1/2 fingers.

S- Sweeter malts with a decent hop presence and a strange yeasty smell.

T- Almost roasted malts with some bitter hops and some citrus, almost orange flavor.

M- Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation and a pretty good bitter dry finish.

SkÅL!

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is yellow in color and has a slight amount of haze and a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose along with notes of bready and grainy malts.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts along with some hints of peppery spices; these are accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness from start to finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves a bit of dryness in your mouth.
O: The beer is easy to drink but seems lack enough of a malty presence compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of garymuchow
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears cap has a best by date of 28/04/11, so it should still be in good standing. Brewery states De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hufte, Belgium
Thanks Todd.
Poured into pilsner glass. Exceedingly large bright white head, that shows a rockiness upon settling. Clean malt character with minimal sulfur noted. Slightly cloudy yellow gold and respectable number of bubbles rising. In time a duller pale malt appears, but it's quite mild.
Atypical flavor for style. Malt flavor more closely matches the second malt aroma than the anticipated former one. Hop presence builds through the drink at first with flavor (slightly green and grassy, a little earthy) and then a soft yet resilient bitterness. Finishes softly and tamely. A metallic quality appears mixed in with the hop flavors, not strong, nor necessarily displeasing.
Clean, but not crisp. Soft feel and pleasantly thin. Quite light and flavorful enough, but doesn't leave me begging for another.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale straw color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pilsner malt scent along with a standard Czech hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. Again, it has a pilsner malt and Czech hop character. It goes down easy with a mild bitterness and a clean finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It lacks a true pilsner mouthfeel. It's hoppy, but nothing too great. I enjoyed this beer, but there are plenty of better examples out there.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this jaun straight outta the bottle. A year or two past bottling date. One of the few beers inserted into my rotation less than 6 percent abv. This one clocked in at a rather low 4.6. It was a delicious Czech style Pilsner. Not as much bite or bitterness like a Stella iOS Pilsner urquell but full of flavor. Finished with a hint of lemon. Delicious brew. Said it was a belgian collaboration possibly belgian yeast which was sediment present in the bottle.

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Tjekket Pilsner from Mikkeller ApS
80 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.