Tjekket Pilsner - Mikkeller ApS
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3.86/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
09-25-2013 13:41:46 | More by Guylefleur
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
Single bottle picked up from Sherbrooke Liquor Store in Edmonton.
It pours a murky yellow-brown colour similar to that of iced tea with about 1.5 fingers' worth of head. Personally I hate these iced tea looking beers - it's like an unpleasant combo of yellow and brown.The head smells hoppy - not like IPA hoppy, but an appropriate level for a pilsner.
The taste brings much of the same hoppiness with a trace of lingering bitterness on the tongue which sort of makes me just crave another sip. The aftertaste is clean; there are no cringe-worthy remnants from this beer that make finishing it a chore. The beer is heavily carbonated, although it feels pleasant in my mouth. The body is nicely balanced - it's a little thick on the tongue going in, but a lot smoother going down.
Overall, a great European Pilsner. It's just a pity that it's so hard to find.
06-09-2013 07:14:21 | More by Olek4374
3.26/5 rDev -6.1%
Initially I thought this pilsner was going to be great. Poured a fantastic hazy gold and smelled of slight lemons, grassy notes and clove. Definitely subtle though.
Taste wasn't as good. Tasted mostly of cereal with a touch of grassy hops and some peppery clove flavors.
Mouthfeel was sharp and fizzy. Felt very carbonated but didn't quite have the head to match.
Overall a great pils to try and compare if you like the style but otherwise I might not pick this one up again.
02-07-2013 06:24:55 | More by lsummers
2.65/5 rDev -23.6%
A - Hazy orange/gold with a lot of sediment floating around. Nice looking pils, but apparently you really can't judge a book by its cover.
S - Citrus fruits, a bit hoppy and bready. Floral notes.
T - The citrusy notes come through but so does an unpleasant grassy flavor. Even worse, this one has a smoky/rubber aftertaste that is extremely unpleasant. The band-aid flavor people keep mentioning is not a joke. Very disappointed.
M - Light body with average carbonation. Typical pilsner.
This was my second Mikkeller beer and a huge disappointment after the first. As someone that really appreciates a good pilsner, this one just doesn't fall in that category. It has no problem pleasing any of the other senses, but if it doesn't taste right it isn't worth drinking...
01-31-2013 20:17:56 | More by RoninTK3
4/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
01-16-2013 05:32:00 | More by ngeunit1
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
04-28-2012 23:41:45 | More by biboergosum
3.03/5 rDev -12.7%
Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 330 ml brown bottle. Obvious sediment swirling around in the bottle the moment it is picked up to pour. Pours out a cloudy straw hue, with a tall loose-bubbled frothy white head which settles to a chunky cap. Looks a lot more like a Wit or Hefe.
Soft grains with musty, dry, leafy hops on the nose, a hint of tangerine peel. Some grassy notes.
Biscuity grains up front in the flavour, dry mild leafy and herbal hops mid-range to the finish, with a fairly clean aftertaste.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel, somewhat slippery texture with a brisk level of carbonation that helps boost a fuller sensation.
I'm under the historical assumption that the whole point of producing the original Pilsener was to make a clear, transparent lager. Well, I suppose this is going more along the lines of the flavour profile, which it touches on the key points for the most part, however doesn't really stand out from amongst the plethora of other examples of the style. Well, it stands out for being cloudy.... This one goes on the tall "take it or leave it" pile of Mikkeller's offerings, I don't feel I'll be missing out if I never have another one.
02-29-2012 06:27:50 | More by IronDjinn
3.75/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
02-15-2012 05:21:50 | More by seand
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
This one pours a very hazy, very pale golden color. Very active on the pour and leaves a soapy head that looks thin at first, but eventually develops more body. The smell is more complex than most pilsners I've tried. Some citrus and a little pine. Taste follows the nose, but finishes bisquity with a mellow if lingering bitterness. Not what I would expect out of a pils, but it makes sense that Mikkeller would make a pilsner like this. Not unbelievable, but good and outside the box. I would try again.
01-21-2012 02:41:44 | More by PerHops
Tjekket Pilsner from Mikkeller ApS
80 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.