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Tjekket Pilsner - Mikkeller ApS

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
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 bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +44.1%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.19/5  rDev +20.7%
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 +18.7%
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 +18.2%
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 jk3
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of speter
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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 TheWildRover
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of quilty
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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 kyledwardodge
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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 +13.8%
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 +13.5%
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 +11.8%
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 +11.8%
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 +8.6%
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 +8.6%
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 DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kyager2000
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of hunteraw
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +6.3%
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.

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Tjekket Pilsner from Mikkeller ApS
80 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.