Yeast Series: American-Style - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.7%
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Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drabmuh on 07-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by mfnmbvp:
Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. This beer is listed as retired on BeerAdvocate, and the last review was written exactly one year ago today, but this deters me not. My first beer from the Mikkeller Yeast Series. Got this bottle on sale from the local Binny's for something like $2.99.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark burnt sienna orange color, and then more of a mahogany brown when the collected yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle poured in. As expected, quite a few chunks of gray yeast sediment sinking to the bottom. Two fingers of fluffy tan head. Aside from the unappealing yeast, it looks pretty nice.

S - Not pulling out any distinctive "American-style" yeast aromas here. Smells a lot like many of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers that I tried recently. Smooth creamy caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, twigs, earthy oak wood.

T - The yeast comes through more in the flavor. But again it is mostly all smooth creamy caramel malt, toffee, oak wood flavors, and dirty earthy hops. 8.00% abv isn't noticeable at all.

M - Goes down smooth and creamy, leaving bitterness and sticky green apple sugars all over the palate. Pretty nice.

Overall, a delicious beer that has held up well. It isn't really a stand-out brew, and doesn't stray too far from a lot of the previous beers I've had by Mikkeller, but it was pretty good nonetheless. Probably more of an IPA than it is an APA. Goes down smooth and creamy, with a ridiculously well-masked 8.00% abv. Worth trying if it is still available to you.

Mikkeller Yeast Series: American-Style ---4/5.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is citrus hops with some caramel malt and yeast notes. The flavor is caramel malt with some fruit, which I can't identify. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but not as good as the lager or brett beer from this series.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store, tasted side-by-side with the Belgian and hefeweizen versions.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with clean earthy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by heavy citrus and earthy hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this was the least interesting of the three and adds more fuel to those saying Chico yeast is making craft beer too one-dimensional. I disagree, but was it was interesting to see how little the yeast added to the party.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a five finger off-white head that subsided to a three finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this wasn't too bad of a brew, but not great either. Had a pretty good citrus aspect going on here. Good aroma and flavor overall as well, just not that memoriable. Good example of the style though. Worth trying for fans of the style and the curious alike.

Photo of GRG1313
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 of a series of 4 in Yeast Series; all tasted at same time.

Pours a deep orange amber with a firm white lasting head. Nose is light elegant floral and light fruit with a hint of alcohol and whiskey.

Mouthfeel is rich, bold, and creamy. Well balanced and inviting.

Flavors of burnt toast, coffee bitter and malt undertones are nicely integrated and balanced while still providing an aggressive bold and big flavored beer.

Very drinkable and appealing with a big pine bitter finish. Alcohol more hidden in this one and this one seems much more integrated and drinkable than the others in the Yeast Series except for the brett which is the most drinkable of the series.

Photo of Axic10
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had accidentally reviewed this as the Lager version. I am re-reviewing the Lager version this afternoon. This is my review that was in the original review.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep amber with about two fingers of fluffy, khaki-colored head that settles after a minute or two.

Smell: Earthy and citrusy hops in the nose. Starts off grassy and finishes with a citrus tinge at the end.

Taste: Syrupy sweet with bitter citrus and slightly hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. A little thicker than I prefer my lagers.

Drinkability: Not great, not horrible, not sure I'd drink again. An interesting take on the American Pale Lager from Mikkeller. I'm still interesting in how the other 3 turn out.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a hazy orangey amber hue with a huge light tan, rocky head of about three fingers. Head is slow to drop, leaving lots of nice lacing.

Aromas of clean neutral yeast aromatics, mostly emphasizes the citrusy hops. Not sure what to expect, as this is my first of the yeast series. As it warms, there are some fruity aromatic esters.

Flavor is of light pine and citrus hop bitterness. Some maltiness in the backbone, caramel and a light graininess. Finish is medium, with an emphasis on bitterness and grapefruit zest on the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium, but fully mouthcoating. A slight puckering at the back of the teeth from the bitterness. And a drying astringency.

Overall a very straightforward APA. Nothing too aggressive, everything very much in balance. I guess this will be my control beer for the others when I get to them.

Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Yeast Series: American-Style

Appearance: dark amber, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: rich malts, wet hops, fruit, and pine.

Taste: apple, pine, and hops.

Mouthfeel: medium and full.

This is a great brew. The flavors are rich and delicious while also being balanced fairly well.

Photo of GbVDave
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Gorgeous pour! Hazy honey gold with another towering khaki colored head that came up out of the glass! Tension came into play here and none of the foam slid down the outside of the glass. A beautiful mess of lace was left decorating the inside of the glass.

S: Not quite weak, but just really mild. I mostly picked up alcohol, minerals, and vaguely citrus-y hops.

T: Better than the smell. While it warms, a tiny flavor of sweet caramel creeps out, as does some dusty yeast.

M: Probably the fullest in the series. Fleeting glimpses of sweet, tangy, dry, and astringent.

D: Drinks well, but with the same flaw as the other Yeast Series beers. The base beer is too strong and rough to fully showcase the inticasies of the yeast. Hope they continue the series and tweak the next batch.

Photo of AgentZero
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another yeast series beer courtesy of Jason. Hope it's better than the last one.

A - Golden color beer with touches of red. Off-white head that left some moderate lacing.

S - Pale malts, alcohol, citrus hops, weird chemicals.

T - Somewhat sweet from the pale malts but a lot of bitterness. Little bit of citrus hops. Some ashy, chalky, body-building proteiny taste to it that is pretty gross.

M - Medium bodied, active carbonation.

O - Yep, don't know what American Style is, except maybe they're trying to insult American beer by naming a bad one American-Style? All this line seems to be doing is giving the different yeasts a bad name.

Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A reddish copper color that pours with a nice foam with legs from the hops with good carbonation.

S - Clean with hints of malt and some hops and alittle citrus scent.

T - Somewhat hoppy with a definite malt tone and a sizzle of something, carbonation, I am not sure, it could be the alcohol but I did not sense any smell of alcohol.

M - A good feel of fullnes from the expanding carbonation and hops. There is a slight richness to the feel which was nice.

O - A nice beer with the strength of a Belgian brew but without the clovey aftertaste.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a becher at ChurchKey.

Number four in my...horizontal??? the CK. It pours a clear copper-amber topped by about two fingers of ecru froth. The nose comprises caramel, some floral notes, and a decent amount of wheat. The taste is pretty similar, with empahsis leaning toward the maltier side of life, with notes of caramel, sweet toffee, parsley, sage (no...not goin' there...), and some floral bitters. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a rather creamy feel. With the Belgian, this is the strongest of the group, the ones that feels right in the base/yeast combination.

Photo of IoniaAtlantic
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clooudy-orange, with a puffy-white head about three fingers thick that lingers and coats the glass nicely.
The nose is floral and citrus with a slight sour note.
Floral and bitter all at once, slight coffee hint, definately taste the American style.
The mouthfeel is weighty, starts with good acididty and then finishes dry.
Though I wouldn't want more than 1 or 2, I definately wanted another drink. It is true to Mikkeller's form, and another nicely made beer by this Belgium brewer.

Photo of John_M
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey amber color (I should add that all of these yeast ales from Mikkeller look pretty much the same), with very good head retention and considerable, sticky lacing. The nose is pretty mute, consisting of some light white pepper, light honey, and maybe a hint of lemon zest. The flavor profile is interesting... I get some of the more typical pale ale flavors of apple and orange citrus, coupled with some honey. However, this pale is very soft and creamy on the palate, with a long, slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, soft, creamy finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though I do pick up some alcohol in the finish that detracts just a bit.

While still a solid beer, this was probably my least favorite "yeast series" beer.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, hops and some malt. Almost smelled more like an IPA than an APA.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, hops, caramel, malt and a little yeast. A well rounded beer with much more character than is typical of the style.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable beer.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's yesterday. Tried them all side-by-side

Orange/light amber with decent clarity, there's a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. This is the second best looking beer of the bunch. The nose is clean, with orange/citrus hops with moderate candy and caramel sweetness that's a touch overbearing. As it warms up, though, there's a light fruitiness, mildly peachy. The palate opens rather thick and chewy with plenty of citrus hop character, mildly grassy too. The hop character is also moderately resiny . Moderate sweetness is present, but this is still pretty bitter. Caramel lingers on the finish with candied grapefruit-like bitterness. Again, the mildly peachy notes I picked up on the nose are present on the palate as well. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this is decent stuff. Despite my rather harsh criticisms here, I did like what I was drinking.

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a slightly hazy, golden/orange color with a small, pillowy, white head of foam. The long lasting head receded to leave soapy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and some pine. There was a fairly strong caramel aroma.

T - Lots of sweet caramel flavor with some roastiness. There is a sweet citrusy hop presence. Not too bitter.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is good but surprisingly lacked the hop bite from an 8% ale.

Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Writing a review for this beer is tough. How can you nit-pick and be critical about a style of beer when it wasn't exactly brewed for a specific style? This was a sort of educational piece for we the consumers to learn a bit about yeast's influence in a beer. This was the same base brewed for 5 different beers and the only difference is the yeast.

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing, poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a gazed copper color with 3 fingers of creamy yellowish stained head. A wall of thick patchy lace clings all over the glass. Very good retention and as the glass is swirled, the head gets revived until the last sip is taken.

The smell of this brew initially is primarily caramel malt with strong fruity esters mixed with fruity hop character and alcohol. This brew picks up a little vinous touch coupled with citrus notes. The alcohol is quite solvent as it warms. Once warm, this brew has quite an herbal to medicinal feel to it.

The taste is caramel malt, sweet with residual sugar and fruity alcohol and hop tones. A little bit of mineral character to grassy aftertaste. This brew is quite crisp in the finish with alcohol playing a significant role throughout.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking but honestly does not present a straight forward remarkable difference from the lager yeast version in this series. About the most noteble quality is the exaggerated fruited quality and the alcohol is masked a little better in this offering. Overnall a neat concept but as an APA, this is not something I would want to drink again.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brick Store Pub's 14th anniversary shindig along with the hefeweizen and the Belgian ale from the same series. Poured a golden amber with a decent head, like the rest of these beers. Unlike the hefe and the Belgian style, this beer makes more intuitive sense as far as the pairing of yeast, grain, and hops. It just seem to work together a little better. A little grainy, somewhat soft, but a nice citrusy note, some bitterness, and a bit chewy- in a good way. A balanced tasty beer that demonstrates nicely how the components of a beer work together.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting series, this one. I feel I'm missing out on the more characteristically unique elements by leaving the Brett and the Hefe until last, but it was interesting to see how different the Belgian and the Lager ones were. I'm expecting clean, middle-of-the-road fermentation from the American Ale yeast, but let's see what we get.

Fizzes rather vigorously on opening, however, the pour is viscous, and seemingly not over-carbonated. Body is a gorgeous red-orange hue, with a little bit of suspension causing haze. Head is full and thick, and leaves magnificent lacing. All things considered, it's an absolutely gorgeous looking beer.

Nose is very pleasantly hoppy, with flavoursome hop varieties giving gorgeously sweet tropical fruits. Minimal citrus and pine. Malt is malanced but bright, giving a supple warm sweetness underneath the hops. Gorgeous.

Hops on the palate lend a mild bitterness, with a green crushed vegetation finish. Otherwise, there are rampant grainy malt characters lending depth and body and that characteristic nutty flavour on the back. Very clean finish, with the palate drying out enough to let the hops have the final say.

Very decent beer, and the fact that I focused on the beer itself and not the characteristics of the yeast tells you what a smooth and clean yeast this is. What you end up with is a very fine and very drinkable Pale Ale (or really, verging in to American Strong Ale territory).

I enjoyed the beer for itself. Never mind the series.

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer experiment from Mikkeller. The same wort fermented with 5 different yeast strains. They made their point but I would have used a cleaner malt bill to make this point. Most of the beers were big and heavy for the different yeasts and imparted too much of their own character to the beers.

They all looked about the same, beer was reddish and clear and formed a thin head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma on this one was super weak. Almost nothing at all.

Mostly malt in the mouth, medium bodied, kind of sweet, overall it was just OK. Not a very good pale ale unfortunately.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper with a little sediment. Nice head of tan colored foam that leaves some nice stickage and a thick film.

The aroma is nice and grainy, toasted biscuits and freshly harvested barley. The hops add a lovely spruce and orange zest aroma.

The taste is upfront with the soft orange zest, but loads of earthy grass and spruce. ut the malt bill makes up about 65% of the flavor profile it seems. Lots of almost burnt caramel bread crust, biscuits, and even bitter fruit flavors from the yeast mixing with the hops. You would have no idea this beer was 8% unless you looked at the bottle. Grainey and resiny palate.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruddy, clear amber with a huge, thick off-white head. Small chunks of yeast quickly gather at the bottom of the glass.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, earth, leather, tobacco, overripe citrus, and bready yeast are strong on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, honey roasted nuts, bready yeast, moist earth, heather, leather, blood orange, overripe lemon, tea, and black pepper wash across the palate. The finish is slick and syrupy with notes of tea, yeast, leather, earth, and citrus most noticeable.

M: Light-to-medium in body, slick, syrupy, and sticky. Carbonation is relatively gentle. Alcohol is far from pronounced. Very drinkable for an ale of this strength.

O: In all honesty, this isn't bad, but isn't great either. I'm not sure that the yeast characteristics are all that effectively highlighted. This is a lot less bready than I expected, tasting almost like an amped-up English pale ale that has spent a little too much time in bottle (and this particular bottle that I'm reviewing is about a year or so old). All in all, this is a decent enough ale as is, but it would be better with slightly stronger yeast characteristics and a slightly more balanced, integrated flavor profile.

Photo of jrallen34
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle into my Orval glass...First of all, what the hell is American style, a quetsion that lingers throughout as you drink this...The aroma is just light yeast nothing going on...The taste is almost downright offensive bringing tons of chalky notes, which is sad as that is the flavor as the rest of the beer is dead.


Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a hazy amber with a slight golden hue body. nice lacing.

S: similar to the other in the series I have had. candied citrus, strong caramel malts and light alcohol.

T: more candied fruits, strong caramel malts, some fig and apricot. the alcohol provides a sharpness but its not overly boozy.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: the yeast produces a distinct flavor and almost has a fine grain feel on the palate. nice degree of sweetness. Not really any distinctive hop character.

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Yeast Series: American-Style from Mikkeller ApS
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