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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 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 ShogoKawada
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of speter
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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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 Arenbeer
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.


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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 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 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 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 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 BarrelO
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Travlr
2.22/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Maybe my expectations were too high after tasting the real stuff in Prague and Lazhne Bodanic. This one was cloudy straw colored with a large white head that formed a plateau - so far, so good. Not much lacing. Almost no aroma. Tasted of wet plaster, neither malt nor hops dominated, it just fell flat. Disappointing.

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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 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 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 cvfish
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - This beer poured a pale yellow color that produced a wispy white head that had little retention and left no lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were crisp grains, pepper, and earthy hops

T - The taste of this beer had the grainy beginning, moved to a light citrus and peppery middle, and finished with a bit of hoppy bitterness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer could be high, it's very refreshing and is exactly the kind of Pilsener I could drink, but the price tag on this beer is ridiculously high: lesson learned, only go for Mikkeller's extreme beers

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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 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 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 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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Tjekket Pilsner from Mikkeller ApS
80 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.