Yeast Series 2.0: American-Style - Mikkeller ApS
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3.56/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Sat down and compared 3 different ones from Mikkeller's Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis vs. American Ale vs. Lager. They all have the same wort (hop and malt), but different yeast - let's take a look what each can do.
Ale - Saccharomyces cerevisiae, not much to be said that isn't common knowledge, top fermenting yeast, can't digest maltotriose (sugar) - so we expect it to be a bit fatter (would expect less alcohol, but Mikkeller says, that all the beers have 6.4 ABV - which is surprising, we would expect that with the same wort, ale yeast would produce a bit less than lager and Brett) + fermentation at higher temperatures - more esters.
Brettanomyces Bruxellensis gives that Belgian character, funk (barnyard, wet horse blanket) and can also produce some acetic acid. It attenuates beer to very high degree, so we expect it to be lighter that the other two. Vinylphenol reductase also creates some unique esters, pineapple most obvious.
Lager - Saccharomyces pastorianus - a fat alotetraploid, part S. cerevisiae and part S. eubayanus - the S. eubayanus part gives it the ability to ferment at lower temperature, which results in less esters and it can attenuate maltotriose, so we expect it to be a bit lighter.
And now lets look at what we have. The first odd thing is the same ABV, that shouldn't happened with such different animals fermenting the same wort. Makes me wonder if the wort is really the same in all the series.
Look: Colour is pretty much the same in all three - clear golden orange, light amber with light haze.
The foamy part gets a bit different, but all start with a huge lightly off-white (orange hue) thick head.
Ale - Has slower retention, good amount of lacing and leaves a thick layer on top. Low/medium carbonation.
Brett - Faster retention also good lacing; hue a bit more on the yellow side.
Lager - The colour of the body a bit clearer. Also slower retention, head has smaller bubbles and is a lot more solid. Also leaves the best lacing rings. Low/medium carbonation too.
Smell: The biggest difference is expected with Brett, but there were some differences with ale and lager too (surprisingly more hop orientated).
Ale - Lychee the most dominant. Some fruitiness, sweet caramel light tropical feel. Light rancid herbal character.
Brett - Hoppy, fruity, lychee, but not as dominant, builds up in complexity - brett character comes through - funk and bubblegum. Funk goes as expected in the classical leather, barnyard, horse zone. But it stays pleasant and a positive trait. Gets a bit more intense with the temperature rising, but still not bad. Caramel similar as ale.
Lager - Honey, sweet caramelish, pine come to play, lychee not as dominant as with ale. Still quite similar, but there are differences.
Ale - Light, sweet caramel, honey backbone. Lychee hopness. Ends with light-medium bitterness with light, fresh sweetness. Simple, refreshing.
Brett - Light, sweet caramel middle stays. Hop goes into more pine, grapefruit, hint of lychee. Bubblegum (pineapple?). Barnyard goes up a bit and sticks with you for a while. Not as pleasant as in smell, but still not over the top.
Lager - More honey in the middle part as ale, sweet caramel. Pine, grapefruit medium bitterness, stands our a bit more than the ale one. Lychee still there but not as dominant.
Mouthfeel: Brett and lager a bit lighter, but all around medium, med/low carbonation, fresh and easy to drink. Lager a bit dryer maybe. Thought the differences here will be a bit stronger, but they suit the general idea.
Overall: All relatively simple, well crafted (good wort to start with), enjoying and fresh. There are some differences, ale and lager pretty close and both maybe a bit too simple. The extra bit of complexity that Brett gives, makes it the most fun choice. Would also recommend the Brett one as a good learning beer what Brettanomyces Bruxellensis does.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 22:18:26 | More by tmzl
4.01/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a puffy, thick white head. Head retention is great; the head took several minutes to settle and by the time it did, a thick trail of lace coated the sides of the glass.
S: Aromas of herbs, grass, kumquat, bitter orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit are supported by aromas of biscuit, crackers, and sourdough bread. The nose is very straight-forward, but is appealing.
T: Notes of minerals, grass, herbs, kumquat, bitter orange, tangerine, lemon, lime, grapefruit, spruce, biscuits, crackers, and sourdough bread coat the palate. The finish is sharp, citrusy, and somewhat resinous with a mixture of lemon, lime, kumquat, herbs, biscuits, and crackers underscored by a yeasty sourdough bread-like funk.
M: Medium in body, but on the lighter side of medium. Dryish, but not completely dry. Carbonation is delicate, but firm. It's not the crispest APA on the planet, but it still goes down easily.
O: Another rock solid effort in the new Yeast Series. Though the hoppiness of this and the other beers in this series obscures the yeast flavors somewhat, this is still an enjoyable, complex ale. If you are already a fan of Mikkeller's experimental brews, check this one out while you can.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2013 13:07:54 | More by mrfrancis
4.09/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz chalice at The Underground.
This beer appears a a murky dark bronzed amber hue, with one beefy finger of tightly foamy, somewhat puffy eggshell white head, which leaves an awesome array of layered speckled lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.
It smells of juicy orange and grapefruit rinds, sort of bubblegum-like, mild clammy yeast, bready, lightly toffeed pale malt, and further earthy, leafy hops. The taste is a big wallop of fresh cantaloupe, blood orange, and grapefruit cocktail fruitiness, with a fairly bashful, yet adequate in its own right, bready caramel malt. Any yeast from the nose is no longer perceptible, and some peppy, kind of spicy leafy hops round things out.
The bubbles are a tad zingy at times, but generally well-behaved, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a wee prick from the swirling hops. It finishes on the sweet side, as the fruitiness holds fast, the malt enjoys its time in the shadows, and any bitterness is just outmatched.
I'm guessing that the yeast part of this particular instance is just a banal reminder that all beers are made with some form of it, even fruity, hoppy, malty ones such as these. Tasty, drinkable, and even dessert-like, if you roll in such a healthy sweet treat direction.
Serving type: on-tap
06-29-2013 00:44:38 | More by biboergosum
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. The first of four of the "Yeast Series" that I picked up.
Appearance - Hazy orange. Huge head. Excellent retention. Settles to a thick pillow with rings of lacing clinging to the inside of the glass.
Smell - Some grapefruit hops, but this isn't a hoppy pale. Biscuit and slightly toasty malts behind it really fill out the aroma.
Taste - Bright citrus hop up front, but quickly malts take over. Nothing sweet, just bready. Not as toasty as the nose indicated, but it does come out a little in the back end. Bitterness builds in the finish to a moderate level.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, maybe a bit much for a pale. Well carbonated. Isn't really quenching my post-soccer thirst, but probably I should have drank more water.
Overall - I chose this first as American-style yeast is, shall I say, the most normal for me. It has all the necessary requirements of a standard pale ale.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2013 02:52:18 | More by Alieniloquium
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a half finger head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of fruity yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some flavors of citrusy hops but is a little more balanced with notes of biscuit and caramel malts. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice balance between the malts and hops.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2013 01:01:04 | More by metter98
3.81/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tried against the American-style and English-style versions. Pours nearly as dark as the Lager version. Quite clear. Nice white, medium-sized head. Pretty good lacing. The hops are very well-presented in the aroma. Clean yeast aroma. Maybe, a mild fruity note, but the yeast takes a back seat to the rest of the beer. More sweetness comes through. The hop fruitiness seems the sweetest and most flavorful of the bunch. Not a ton of maltiness in the aroma, just a mild sweet doughy flavor. Taste has more sweetness, but it's cleaner and simpler than the English-style version. Some hop bitterness but good flavor. This version gives the hops the best showcase of the group. The hops seem sweeter and more complex somehow. Very familiar taste. Some yeasty flavor in the finish, still quite clean. The sweetest of the bunch. Carbonation is medium, and the mouthfeel is fairly uneventful. I like this beer mostly for its presentation of the hops, which are a very nice mix of citrus and tropical fruit notes. It has the most boring yeast flavors, but for an APA with good hops, you don't need to do too much.
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2013 05:54:55 | More by popery
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
not as congruent and flowy as the English style, but what I do like here is how well hopped this beer is. it pours basically the same hazy orangey color as the others, but seems to have a bit less head to it. smells perhaps just a little less bready and full, although I think this yeast strain allows the hops to shine about as well as the English style. its a little cleaner, and therefore the citrus notes of the hops are really bright. carbonation is amped up a little from the English style, which I appreciate, and the finish is just a little quicker. I like how all of these beers are hopped so generously. even if the whole product isn't dynamite, mikkeller still gives you a beer that youll want to drink. this is that. not amazing, I think I prefer the lager and the English both to this one, although it is an interesting educational experience that I would recommend to any home brewer or individual looking to develop a more intelligent palate.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2013 21:22:42 | More by StonedTrippin
2.65/5 rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Yellow and orange label. Not to be confused with the original Yeast Series' American-Style. Product of Belgium. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard gold pressure cap (with some kind of code printed on it) served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice smooth cream, good thickness, and very good (8+ minute) retention. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear pale yellow. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent vibrance. Spot on for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here. No overt flaws. Generally appealing.
Sm: Oily hop notes, hop bitterness, and floral hops. Pale malts. Light nectary hop character. Some graininess. An average strength aroma. Clean and inviting. I'm excited to try it. Any yeast character is a bit biscuity and quite grainy. No alcohol is detectable.
T: Earthy. Floral hops. Murky nectary character; not at all clean or fresh. Pale malts. Biscuity yeast. Graininess. Bready; it's probably the most bready pale ale I've ever had. Imbalanced but decently built. There's not much to it. I prefer some of the other beers in this series to this one; I guess American style yeast is a poor choice for a pale ale. Dirty. Slightly stale. Not liking this one. Lacks complexity and subtlety. Too bitter. Messy.
Mf: Overly coarse and dry for a pale ale. Unrefreshing. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well. Carbonation is good. Poor presence on the palate. Body is bad.
Dr: Huge disappointment from Mikkeller, but I guess it's intended more to be an educational beer. Note to self: don't brew a pale ale with American style yeast. This might be my least favourite in the yeast series so far. Won't be getting this one again. Drinkable but lackluster.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2013 04:55:36 | More by kojevergas
Yeast Series 2.0: American-Style from Mikkeller ApS
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