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Tjekket Pilsner - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 65
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 15.65%
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 metter98
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
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.
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of bark
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is pale gold; the liquid is a bit cloudy. The high white head leaves massive amounts of lacing.

The smell is buttery with hints of yeast and dry minerals. Hints of rubber.

The taste is a bit yeasty with some diacetyl. The bitterness is unexpectedly light. Some dry ester-y fruity notes. The short aftertaste got a strange off taste of phenols (paint).

The carbonation is medium to strong. The liquid is smooth.

A bit too unclean for me. Not a very good interpretation of a Czech Pilsner.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hm. Poured with a smallish white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy amber. Aroma is malt beery grain grass yeast minerals. Flavor is like aroma but with one flavor that I can't place really standing out - not really a beer flavor, something odd.... Body and carbonation are ok. Finish is like flavor and medium in length. Proly wouldn't get again, except to see if that odd flavor is still there and to figure out what it is.

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Photo of popery
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3.69/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a cloudy pale yellow with a rich and creamy white head.

Aroma of lemon zest, spicy hops, grain, and new leather.

The taste is quite salt and pepper bitterness along with that same new leather/burnt plastic note from the aroma. Not exactly what I was hoping for with this Czech Pilsner.

Lighter bodied, dry, and sharply carbonated.

A rare miss by Mikkeller and not a beer I would have again.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
1.97/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, labeled as "Czech-style pilsner" but I've heard this is called "Tjekket pilsner" abroad.

A - Pours a nice bright golden color with a substantial white head.

S - Aroma is sweet malt, floral hops, and a little band-aidy smokiness, which is pretty strange.

T - Flavor is sweet malt, floral/grassy hops, butter, and...uh oh...loads of band-aid/smoke on the finish. Not good. At first I thought, "Ok, I can drink this!" but before too long, I had to make this one a rare drain pour.

M - Nice, light and crisp.

D - Well, it was a drain pour, so not good.

This would be good without the band-aids! Maybe it just doesn't travel well. I'd like to try this again in case that was a bad bottle, but just wish these beers weren't so damn expensive.

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Photo of bnes09
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice clarity, head and lacing. Spicy ginger and yeast aroma. Malt imparts a buttered bread like quality. Spicy, somewhat stale hop character. Medium bodied with a coarse yeast texture from the floaties. Ok.

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Tjekket Pilsner from Mikkeller ApS
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