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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: 15.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-12-2009)
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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.
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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.

smcolw, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

BarrelO, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Travlr
2.2/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Travlr, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

popery, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
2.88/5  rDev -17%
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.

Monkeyknife, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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

cvfish, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of ADZA
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

ADZA, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of nickd717
1.93/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

gford217, Aug 09, 2009
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.

GbVDave, Jun 30, 2009
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Tjekket Pilsner from Mikkeller ApS
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