Keeper | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mikkeller's take on a hoppy American Pilsner. Brewed and canned by Sly Fox.

Added by JayQue on 04-07-2014

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Reviews:
44
Ratings:
161
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
23.71%
 
 
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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Photo of Todd
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fruity, Bready, Grassy, Messy

Keeper is labeled as an American Pilsner. It pours a slightly hazed golden color with a creamy, sticky head and a fruity, hoppy nose. Bready malts with a light cereal grain sweetness mingle with overripe tropical and stone fruits, grassy and herbal bitterness, some pine and sticky resin. It's more of a messy twist on an India Pale Lager (IPL) than a Pilsner—as it lacks that clean, crisp, focus found in a traditional Pils—but it's okay nonetheless.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #102 (July 2015).

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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 355ml can with a nonexistant/indecipherable BB date. Purchased a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. The label calls it an American pilsner but divulges little else.

A: Poured into a cervoise. A hazy golden-amber hue with plentiful fine sediment and low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of bright, fruity hops with hints of pineapple, tropical fruit, melon, mild white grape, grass/hay, light grainy malt, subtle earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Certainly not traditional but delicious nonetheless.

T: Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of melon, white grape, tropical fruit, mild citrus, grass/hay, grainy malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a firm hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Could be a shade livelier. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, fruitiness, earthy yeast and light grain.

O: Awesome - unconventional but excellent. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are a delicious mix of fruity hops notes underpinned by subtle malt and yeast. Good body. The lagering certainly shows, giving this a crisp, dry character that underscores the significant hopping level. Goes down all too easily - well worth sampling if you come across it.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clean pout as would be expected for a Pilsener.
The aroma was outstanding. One nose into the glass and I was transported to Germany. The smell of those German/Czech Pilsener's are so distinguishable.

Ok, but thats where my love ended. The taste was somewhat unbalanced. I wasn't sure exactly what I was drinking. I enjoyed the aroma and thought of the hops used here much more than the beer itself

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can - more weird kissy-face imagery on the house artist's label rendering.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower (checks label - nope, no de Proef - WTF?) of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some random sketchy and sudsy splattered arrays of lace around the glass as it eventually subsides.

It smells of biscuity and bready pale malt, further crackery cereal notes, earthy yeasty notes, muddled dark orchard berries, a bit of further tropical fruitiness, and a tame leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitterness. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some red apple, orange, and mixed exotic fruitiness, a still overly existant yeastiness, and more plain leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is not particularly engaging in its generally wan frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, just the strange yeastiness having too much say in the way this side stage show plays out, yeah? It finishes barely off-dry, with the gentle graininess wondering at the concept of Mikkeller's insistence on brewers who love the persistence of the yeast.

Overall, this is yet another offering from this gypsy (I use that in the most offensive manner possible) brewer, where they try to emulate another culture's brew, and wholly fail by trying to spit it out via their own vector. Bleh, in a mirror-world, don't give a fucking shit, and no way a keeper, manner.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can labled 5% abv

A- Pale gold, clean filtered with light head
S- Sharp hops aroma. Similar aroma to that of an APA.
T- One of the better German Pils I have had. Almosts tastes of an APA, but a bit more light malt. Dry, sharp hops to finish.
M- Classic pils. LIght and Crisp

O- Again, one of the better German Pils I've had...maybe because it reminded me of an APA. Enjoyable and easy to drink at 5%

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Photo of dertyd
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just keep the pilsners coming!

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb of pearl white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Pineapple, passion fruit, & hay. Some cardboard once warm

T: Pineapple, hay & grassiness up front. Floral hops, flinty dryness & pears once warm, plus some hay. Finishes dry with a touch of grapefruit & hay & pineapple

MF Light bodied with firm carbonation. Good balance

Drinks great, pity about the price...

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Photo of beerloverofbham
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of hophugger
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kevincredible
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a neon golden yellow with a fair amount of straight white carbonation. So bright it looks almost artificial.

Toasted malts, grassy, biscuits, and the aroma of fresh hops.

Bready/biscuity toasted malts and fresh grassy hop resins. A bit too "green," this definitely did not age as long as most lagers or there the kettle hops were left in too long during the boil.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, grassy resin bitterness.

Overall, the artificial looking bright neon appearance and general lack of balance for a pilsener make this not worth trying again.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gillagorilla
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (can't read the dating, $6 at Max's)

A: Nice thick clumpy lacing with a light clear body that has a nice head to start out with.

S: Pleasant hop aroma that makes this smell like a delicious IPA.

T: Tastes like a nice low-profile IPA. The only sign that this is a Pilsener (lager) is in the body and malt flavors. Extremely drinkable and refreshing, with a nice light, but bitter aftertaste like a great IPA. A very hoppy pilsener.

M: Rough with nice carbonation that foams across your palate.

O: Excellent and I love that Mikkeller has canned something. Everything should be in cans. A hoppy pilsener that I wouldn't have identified as a pilsener if it wasn't labeled as such, but it is an American one so that explains a lot, as well as being from Mikkeller.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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