Danish Dream - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Czech Pilsener |  4.60% ABV

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Beer added by: jgasparine on 01-06-2010

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Marketed as "Canadian Dream", I picked up a few bottles of this for the Long Weekend.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Darker than your typical pils, a sort of tawny copper brew with an inch of fluffy foam that dissolves into a substantial layer with lots of lacing. Nice looking brew, though not your standard looking, crisp clear golden pilsner.

Nose is noble hop, good grainy component, with a malty sweetness. Floral notes and honey as well.

Tasty variation on the pilsner theme with some nice sweet cracker and biscuit, honey and floral hops to start things off, then a long bitter hop finish. Very nice, good assertive punch of hops to the finish which lingers long after each sip.

Thicker bodied, a bit sticky, nice creamy carbonation. Nice sipping brew.

A highly enjoyable, unique take on the pilsner style. Not the bright, crisp and clean brew that made Bohemia famous, however, but still a satisfactorily bitter, flavorful brew.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. The American Dream (alias of Danish Dream). Can't remember where I got this - possibly my local beer specialist.

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned, with considerable yeast sediment. A hazy orange-amber colour with strong carbonation. Plenty of chunky sediment suspended throughout the body. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam with good retention; this eventually reduces to a surface layer. Aroma of bright, juicy hop notes: white grape, melon, grapefruit, citrus and mild pine. The hop character is underpinned by dry yeast esters and sweet caramel malt. Delicious.

Tastes of caramel malt with dominant fruity hops and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of white grape, melon, grapefruit, citrus, faint pine, earthy yeast, caramel, grain and stewed hops. Slightly sweet. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and a thick, almost creamy body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter hops and earthy yeast.

An unconventional take on the pilsner style - more of a hybrid between a pils and a hoppy pale ale. Unusual hop varieties in evidence. However, the result is decidedly tasty and goes down only too easily. A fantastic hop aroma and flavour with lots of light fruity notes - NZ varieties? Solid caramel backbone that keeps it's distance, though the yeast is a bit full on. Superb body - almost too thick for a lager. A well-crafted brew that is certainly worth trying - the only thing that would prevent me having it again is the excessive price.

Photo of BGDrock
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: big frothy head stays strong until the last drop; very active carbonation, like a fountain of bubbles; light copper colour, clear

Aroma: strong citrus and pine hops - very fresh and not too bitter; fresh lemon; touch of syrup; wheat

Taste & Mouthfeel: mild start, with bread, lemon zest, mineral water keeping things light and refreshing, then spruce hops slowly glide in to make for a lasting and vibrant finish; good transition of flavours, everything balanced well, no one element overpowering

Overall: just about a perfect pilsener, crisp and dry, with a little more hops than you might expect; fresh and pure tastes of mineral, grain, and pine give it a feel of truly coming from the land

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet pilsner malts with large amounts of herbal and light citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus hops. Midway through the sip herbal and lightly leafy hop flavors come into play, turning things slightly bitter. Very light bready yeast flavors make a brief appearance near the end of the sip before fading out into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was an easy-drinking, crisp, and low-ABV beer, something of which I'd like to have a lot more. Well worth a shot.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been sitting on this one for a while. Drank it straight out of the bottle but pour a little for color which was Amber. Not much carbonation after the initial opening of the bottle. Doesn't really taste like a typical Pilsner in bitterness. Tasted more like an ipa with some yeast bready brown ale flavor.

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle.

This beer (after a spouting mess on the counter on first contact - bottle conditioned - nah!) pours a hazy pale golden orange hue, with one fat finger of creamy, foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a few geologic arches of lace around the glass in its wake.

It smells of zingy grapefruit and other nondescript citrus, some soft grainy, cereal-esque malt, and herbal mustiness. The taste is bitter, crisp citrus hops, a bit more muddled than even in the aroma, with the grainy malt and soft herbaceousness gamely rounding things out.

The carbonation is a bit frizzy, and blow-up creamy at times, the body medium weight, and whose smoothness is verily dashed by the aforementioned bubbles. It finishes just off-dry, the decent grain still having a heck of a time with the pushy, forward, and well, fresh hop onslaught.

Lager?! Fucking eh! I don't think I've ever encountered a lager as (relatively) balls-out hoppy as this is. Not too big of a surprise, given the source, but all the same, this is a zesty, enjoyable tipple - a solid lager base, and the rest, you know.

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good hoppy aroma. Murky golden coloured body with lots of white bubbly foam, that leaves levels of lace linings as it goes down. Average mouthfeel, a tad astringent. Very drinkable, god hoppy taste particularly for 4.6% a.b.v.Good bitterness, orange flavour. Above average carbonation.

Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer in SF. Pilsner, huh? This is an interesting beer, one I would place more in the IPA realm if I had to choose.
Pours a clear light amber color with a small white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very hop-forward, citrusy and piney, with a little malty sweetness poking through.

Flavor is hop-centric as well, with grapefruit, pine needle, and resin, but has a noticeable and even mildly sweet malt aspect, with pilsner malt and maybe even a little caramel.

Medium-light bodied and dry with hop oils present on the palate.

Very drinkable. This is a really good pilsner/IPA hybrid that definitely falls more toward the IPA side.

Photo of Ruds
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle named 'American Dream', alias to Danish Dream.

Poured into a tulip glass to a golden/orange colour with a medium sized white head.

Malty aroma allied to fruity hops and a little floral nose also.

Malts and cereal also prominent in the taste with a floral/grassy hop backbone and a bitter dry finish.

Body is medium with a fairly light carbonation.

Overall - If this beer is indeed intended to be a pilsner, I've had quite a few better in my time!

I won't be returning to this when my local brewery knocks out a far superior pils at half the cost! Drinkable - but the 2nd most disappointing Mikkeller beer after the wet hop keller bier for me.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows piny, resinous hops but also some light fruit. A fair bit of sweet crystal malt in there too.
Fairly hop focussed flavours, including a piny, resinous bitterness. A reasonable malt presence too. Pretty clean.
Could use more carbonation.
Very easy-drinking stuff.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light copper color pilsner with a nice big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of crisp dry hops with light floral malt and subtle sweet undertones. Taste is quite dry with nice crisp dry hops finish with some light grassy floral notes with light sweet notes as well. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed with nice hops presence though more grassy notes would have been even more beneficial.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Canadian Dream"
Cap was dated 09/01/15?
Poured in to tulip.

A - Hazy medium orange with two fingers of fluffy of-white head.

S - Pungent hop aroma - earthy and pine with lighter herbal and citrus notes.

T - Big bitterness up front with floral and earthy flavours and a slight bready malt sweetness. Some yeast esters are also present as well as a touch of spice.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of mtomlins
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled "The Canadian Dream'
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Straw in color with a nice orangey hue and is almost clear. Pours to a huge, frothy tan head that lasts a long time; it never really dissipates completely and looks like a dense, frothy floating collar. Lots of lacing!

S: Mild…. Some hop spiciness, a bit floral with some lemon and coriander notes, some sweet malt. Enticing!

T: Very smooth on the palate, a nice balance of spicy bittering hops and malt. The finish is long and dry and while not completely clean, it is not overly bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: A delicious beer that is balanced quite nicely.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Dream Pils has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a hazy, gold-orange appearance, with lots of little tan yeast chunks suspended throughout, strong, streaming bubbles, and a very thick, sticky lacing (more like a coating) left behind on the glass. The aroma is of strong, pungent, sweet bread crust, caramelized sugar, citrus peel, and hop oil. Taste is of sweet, bready malt, citrus peel, pine, hop oil, and cut grass. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick (or oily). Mikkeller Dream Pils finishes dry, bitter, sweet, and bold. Overall, this is a very tasty beer, and I highly recommend it!


Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and poured with a finger high frothy white head.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of lemon citrus in the nose along with some grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops along with notes of bready malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very crisp and refreshing. It would be a good beer to drink on a hot summer day.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. This is labelled as Dream Pils for the Canadian market. From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy marmalade hue, tall rocky white head with impressive retention.

Aroma of sharp, citrusy hops, grapefruit rind and pith, musty grassy character, dry grainy malt.

Flavour is an explosion of American citrus hops, white grapefruit, the rind, and the pith, with some earthy pine elements. The malt base can't really be discerned through the one-sided hop slam, except for some dry grains near the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a creamy full texture, and short bursts of carbonation.

If a lop-sided one-dimensional hop-centric APA became a lager, this is what it would be. While I enjoyed the good dose of hops this didn't strike me as any remarkable, especially for a Pils made with American hops, there is no harmony or cohesion.

Photo of ssmack
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle of Canadian Dream from LCBO into tumbler.

A golden toffee brown with one inch of fine solid head. Good lacing with retention. Streams of carbonation.

The aroma is very mild. A hint of sweet bread and grassy hops.

The weak smell does not match the big taste. Hops dominate here with lots of grassiness and citrus marmalade. A bitter after taste that was still with me two hours later.

The is a strong bite of carbonation but it a bit watery.

Overall underwhelming. This beer is not well balance and lacks a strong enticing aroma.

Photo of Arborescence
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy, dark gold. Pours a white, moderately thick one finger head.

Aroma: Nice balance of malt and hops, fresh and full of citrus, floral aromas & grass.

Taste: Intensive bitterness, pickled lime and a lingering aftertaste. A bit too much bitter hops, but not really in the American IPA style, there too much rotten bitterness in it.

Mouthfeel: A little sharp on the tongue. High carbonation, light to medium bodied.

Overall: A great appearance and aroma, but a bit of a let down with the taste, which just too sharp and bitter. This might be a good beer to mature a bit, let the bitterness settle.

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Golden with a copper tinge, good fine carbonation, 3 fingers of off white head.

S: Pineapple, citrus, candied orange, spicy like papaya seeds.

T: Not sweet as on the nose, but fruity and dry. Citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits, some oregano oil.

M: Medium light body, fine bubbled body, dry finish.

O: More American west coast than expected. Dry on the finish, more of an APA than a pilsner in my opinion. Bought in Chiang Mai, drank Nov 24, 2014.

Photo of spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3.25

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a massive size off-white coloured frothy head. There is very high amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some herbal grassy notes. It ends with a hoppy malty herbal aftertaste.

Overall – Kind of like an english IPA taste wise. This would probably work well as a session beer. Not terribly exciting, but a nice malty flavour and a good amount of hop bite. I probably won't buy more, but worth a try for sure.

Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 341ml into a tulip. Best before September 19, 2013.

Hazy copper with some orange and brown hues, big white head. Sticky lace and good retention. Nose is quite American for any type of pilsner, grapefruit, orange and some tropical notes and only perhaps a dash of Noble hopping, if it was even employed. Good malt character, caramel mostly, and not really typical of any pilsner at all. A bit of grainy character comes thorugh. More pilsner-like on the palate, dry grainy notes, and bread but still some caramel malt prevails. A bit grassy and herbal in terms of hopping, but some citrusy American hopping resides in the background. Medium mouthfeel, and higher medium carbonation. Decent, and a certain hybrid of a few styles.

Photo of ludachris
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've enjoyed nearly every beer I've had from Mikkeller so I was quite happy to see this sitting on the shelves of the LCBO. Next to no information in regards to style is indicated on the label so I'm excited to see what's inside.

Its unfiltered golden amber body is topped with a finger's worth of off-white head. It's fairly creamy and recedes gradually leaving thick legs of lace behind.

Tangerine, lemon peel, and fresh grass lie at the center of the nose. It's zingy and fruity. Lying almost equal to this is a sweet bready character infused with toffee. The aroma is wonderfully balanced. The more whiffs I take, the more I notice the grassy hop character coming out on top.

Fresh and raw grass clippings rush to the middle of the palate while being shadowed by the peels of lemons. A sweet but subtle breadiness serves as the underlay. There's a flash of tangerine midway through but this is short lived as the end nears. The finish is dry and grassy with a mineral-like bitterness. It's quick and it's clean.

This Pilsner is a tad heavier than most in its category. The carbonation is spongy and could be amped up but it's still good as is. The lingering grassy bitterness in the finish is the trademark for the style.

Overall, a good Pilsner that unfortunately didn't meet my expectations. It's got a good look with a great aroma but the feel of the beer threw the flavour off. A lawn cutting beer for sure but not one to form a judgement on Mikkeller.

Photo of SebD
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pine resins, citrus, some grassiness, floral hops and some grainy/toasty malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bitter pine resins, a nice grassiness, some citrus, slight floral notes, grainy/toasty malts and a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Photo of rarbring
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a slightly foggy amber color, an off-white head with little lacing but some curtains.

The smell is intensely american hops infused, citric, grape-fruit, floral, pine needles and resin.

The taste is on the other hand a bit washed-out, the citrics are there as the hoppy flavors in general. But lacking the malty stamina of american IPAs,

Medium high carbonation, a rather flat body almost watery.

The smell was very positive, but the brew did not deliver as I had expected, might be better in a really warm surrounding. Tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Photo of mdagnew
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a slightly hazy golden honey colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like top then faded slowly to a good one finger covering which lasted throughout... lots of sticky lacing patches coat the glass all the way down...

Aroma - Spicy tart fruits (oranges (peel?), pears), lots of floral honey, sea saltiness, chalky notes, some soapiness, peppery and grassy hop bitterness, very herbal - some hints of basil, some tobacco notes, cut wet grass, some buttery traces, slightly rubbery, some graininess...

Taste - Lots of grassy and peppery hop bitterness up front followed by lots of herbal notes, light biscuity malts, again some floral honey sweetness, quite nutty, marzipan traces, juicy fruits (bitter oranges, pears, apples, grapefruit), a hint of saline, some alcohol warmth just coming through, faint tobacco...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little bite... medium bodied... very drinkable at only 4.6%

Overall - A superb brew and one that i wish i could get my hands on more easily... highly recommended..

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Danish Dream from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.