Tjekket Pilsner - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 64
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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 pat61
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Guylefleur
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (863 characters)

Photo of lsummers
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (479 characters)

Photo of RoninTK3
2.74/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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... (774 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,183 characters)

Photo of seand
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of PerHops
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (505 characters)

Photo of BurpingtonDC
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sheesh! Ok This was poured into a pint glass...

A - Cloudy, murky, non-specific coloration; like a glass of beer comprised of a thousand different pilsner dregs poured into one glass at the end of a rough evening.

S - Slight hoppy scent from the Saaz, but not much of anything else.

T - Dishwater

M - moderate carbonation and a typical light pilsner body.

O - I was really disappointed by this Pilsner. Quite possibly one of the worst I've ever had. Totally unfulfilling. Sorry. (483 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world.

A: Five finger head of nice soft cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a nontransparent cloudy yellow.

Sm: Light cream, and... that's all me broken nose can pick up. All apologies, lads.

T: Flat cream, bland hops, a weak barley foundation, and not much else. A simple disappointment from Mikkeller. Decently built and balanced, but not up to Mikkeller standards.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too much so on each count. Sort of complements the flavour, but not really.

Dr: Easily drinkable, priced extremely high, and only of limited quality. I'll never have it again, methinks. (781 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Happy to try a new Mikkeller beer. Certainly the first Mikkeller lager I've had.

A: Definately more cloudy then I'd except. A straw color. Lots of head, not so much bubbles.

S: The smell was a bit strong on the alcohol for such a tame beer. A slight hop aroma is present to.

T: Pretty tasty. Different. Alomst has hints of lemongrass to go with a distinctive pilsner hop flavor.

M: A rich mouthfeel that keeps your palate coated.

O: My least favorite Mikkeller beer so far. (513 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.17/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So this has got to be my least favorite Mikkeller brew I've had thus far. I opened the bottle and poured it out. Everything looked great. Then I took a whiff of it and had to do another to make sure. To me this beer smelled exactly like a Medicine Cabinet. The flavor of the beer was like drinking liquified band-aids. I was severely disappointed in this beer. I love Mikkeller and everything they do. Except for this one. This was a waste of a few bucks in my opinion. (469 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, color is a dark hazy gold. Nice head that slowly dissipates and leaves a ton of lacing. Very straight forward on the nose and taste. Easy going notes of bread and slightly salty biscuits, followed by a light hoppiness and a bit of smoke at the end. Does seem to off a bit of an off metallic taste to it as well. Nice smooth finish and mouthfeel. Nice for the style and a step up from a typical session pils yet the $4.99 a bottle will not have me revisiting it. (482 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip. Light yellow-orange. Not much head, but leaves great lacing for a light beer.

S - classic bready pils smell, just enough hops to keep things interesting

T - crisp, straightforward pils. Not much else to say.

M - light body, plenty of carbonated zing.

D - very drinkable, enjoyable, well made lager, if unexceptional. (348 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of plfahey
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance-Medium to deep gold in color. Somewhat hazy, especially for a pilsner. Moderate frothy white head with medium size bubbles and decent retention.

Aroma-Zesty, spicy Saaz hops are up front in the nose, with some light grainy malt undertones.

Flavor- Initial flavor is clean, zesty saaz hops backed up by a malt character much larger then the aroma would suggest, with almost a bit of toast character. However, these flavors are quickly overpowered by phenolic characters, particularly smoky phenolics, and a hint of plasticy phenolics.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, high carbonation, not a bad start, but the phenolic characters in the finish leave the mouth feeling chalky dry.

Not a terrible beer, but the phenolic characters are out of place and overpower what could have otherwise been a very nice Czech pilsner. (868 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is pilsener malt with some grassy and earthy hops. The flavor is more of the pilsener malt with some dirt mixed in. There is something a little off-putting about the flavor, I just can't figure out exactly what it is. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try it, but not one of my favorite Mikkeller beers. (445 characters)

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Tjekket Pilsner from Mikkeller ApS
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