American Dream | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A premium lager packed with American hops. The kind of beer you drink straight outta the can on a hot summer day.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 48
Photo of monkist
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pilsener (?). But definitely (dry?) hopped. Makes a semi-light bodied beer fruity, flowery and fragrant. Enjoyable. But that kind of sums it up.
Mikkeller or die. There's quite some hype about Mikkeller I think, though I'm not sure how much they live up to their name. They brew good beers for sure, anyway. That's why I'm drinking it.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper with 3 fingers of yellowish head. Hazy with no visible carbonation.

Smells of citrus, pine, and caramel.

The taste follows the nose, with a hefty bitterness to boot.

Medium, resinous body, with moderate, foamy carbonation.

Really good brew, with lots of bitter hops. Drinking it in Chiang Mai, Oct 9th, 2017.

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Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very slightly hazy golden color with a well retained one inch head that left lacing down the glass. Smells slightly floral and grassy with mild citrus notes, honey and pine. Tastes of slight malt sweetness, a hint of honey, citrus, pine and a very nice hop presence with yeast in the background. Medium to full bodied for the style, very carbonated, very mild bitterness, smooth, clean and crisp.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderately hoppy with citrusy slightly piney hops.

A: Golden color, totally clear, with a moderate uniform white head that has solid retention and moderate lacing.

T: Moderately hoppy upfront, with citrus flavors the beer gives way to a slight malt sweetness, with very low bittering finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer has a citrusy hop aroma with a slight malt sweetness. Pretty straight forward pils with classic "c" hops, though easy to drink.

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Photo of janubio
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a golden colour with medium head and retention. Good lace.
Aroma of tropical fruits, honey, citrics, pine.
Mediium to full body, creamy palate, lively carbontaion.
Taste is similar to the smell, citrics, tropical fruits, pine.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy golden color, one finger white head, nice lacing, good carbonation.

S: Hops, hint of tropical fruits.

T: Hops, malts, hint of tropical fruits.

F: Carbonated, light bodied, a bit watery.

O: For sure the best pilsner I ever had.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Hazy amber orange in color, it tops with massive frothy white head that holds itself with excellent retention before slowly collapsing to a thin foamy layer that is long-lastingly covering atop and leaving lots of sticky patch of lace on the glass-side.

Juicy, citrus, lemon, tropical, mango, pineapple, spice, pepper, pine, resin, some grassy and earthy, all of these aromas are derived from its good hop quality while malt is also there with its bread and husky grain.

It is quite hoppy in the taste. Fruity hop takes the lead that is reminiscent of citrus, lemon, tropical, and pineapple. Some peppery spice in the middle together with some earthiness, grassiness, breadiness, and piney resin while the end it is solid and dry hop bitterness to flash and last in the aftertaste.

The body is light to medium with nice crispness and lively carbonation to generate smooth mouthfeel through the palate, finish is pleasantly dry.

This beer is stunning, very good hoppy Lager, light, very easy and good enjoyable drink, worthy, and for sure to have it again.

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

Can... amber with medium white head... Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, floral, some malts. hops... Taste is floral, citrus, grapefruit, fruit sweetness, mango, some malt sweetness, hops, dry and fresh... at times reminiscent of an Ipa, as usual a great experiment by Mikkeller. Great beer

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I have been exbeeriencing problems with some of my CAN backlog due to the unabating heat & humidity here in LanCANster, PA this summer. CANs have been pooching & even bursting in the face of the unrelenting, relentless heat & humidity. Sure, that was redundant, but you should feel the moist heat. As an asthmatic, it is like trying to breathe through wet cement. Ugh. The reason that I mention this is that I noticed this tallboy laying on its side recently. When I picked it up to find the cause, I saw that the usually CANcave bottom of the CAN was now, somehow, CANvex! This is a rare failure, but I put it right into the reefer to keep it cool until a proper Crack & Glug could be CANducted.

From the CAN: "Pilsner-style Beer"

The time has come! Nothing untoward happened on CANducting the Crack!, but I was as leery as Timothy as far as the Glug was CANcerned. I really needn't have been since it formed the most beautiful two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with the most excellent retention that I have seen in years. Color was a hazy/cloudy solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a grassy hoppiness that immediately made me think of a Czech Pils. Mouthfeel was soft, really amazing. Not thin, not watery, but just really soft on the tongue. Man, was this a hoppy beer! Very grassy with a touch of mint and hay and suddenly I was transported back to the early-1970s on my maternal grandparents' upper lot, surrounded by working farm before the developers completely revamped the landscape. I got to drive the tractor in the hay fields once & there is nothing like the smell of fresh-mown hay drying in the summer sun. My maternal aunt planted mint for tea one summer & it was highly refreshing, especially as iced tea. If you have never experienced fresh-mown grass, then I CANnot help you. This beer was evocative of all of these. Finish was dry, as it should be. It was highly refreshing on a hot, humid summer day. The only drawback/caveat is its price point, which for me, makes it a one-and-done. Ouch.

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

this beer is like double or triple listed on here, but this is the image that accords with what i had, the pint can, so here we go. not gluten free it doesnt seem, although perhaps that is a different version, if it is, its hands down the best gluten free beer there is, but that sounds like another edition to me. probably one of the hoppier pils types out there, i mean, this is really bitter and floral and robust. the yeast is also super flavorful for a pil, and i just think this drinks so different than what we are all used to in the style. for a beer like this to fit in well enough with convention on paper but to be so unique at the same time is a real marvel, and the kind of radness i have come to fully expect from mikkeller every time. this is super dry, and yeastier than we are used to in the style, on top of being a hop maniac. nice carbonation and body too. a little bold maybe for those who prefer something mor traditional, but this is a winner all the way in my book. stoked to see more pint cans of mikkeller stuff too...

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Photo of Beginner2
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This reminds me of an APA, middle-of-the-road for hops.
I suppose this could be a Pilsner lager as advertised on the label, but it has more to with the yeast than the flavor profile.
It looks murky and clings to the glass as if it were an ale.
In the mouth, a Pilsner typically will have the hops fight with the malts. In American Dream, hops are driving.

I bought this at Mikeller's store at the Norreport market in Copenhagen. The label was totally in Danish, indicating to me that it won't make it to the U.S. But it does say (Imported to the U.S. by Shelton Bros." So if you find it, taste it.... and if you agree, start a campaign to get it reclassified.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lartesana, Seville. With russian salad. In shaker glass. On tap. Strong aroma and taste to hops. Avg 4.3

11 Nov 2017. From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. At lunch after futsal match. With paella with meat (morcillo) Flavor profile similar to an american amber paired with a strong yet pleasant bitterness. However, i remember it more aromatic when on tap

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 5/20/17.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, pine needle, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, earth, and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is solid, but it doesn't seem much like a pilsner style to me.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden amber with a white head that fades and semi-sticky lacing.

Nose is fresh hops, lemon zest, balsamic vinegar, and white bread.

Taste is nutty, with light hop bite and plenty of baked bread, some phenols towards the back end.

Mouthfeel is wildly refreshing, with plenty of carbonation. Some oil-slickness in the finish.

Overall, this is a counterexample to what every other pilsner is not.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a bright gold with three fingers of rich ivory head. TNice sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of grape juice, white grapes and pilsner malts.

The taste was on the bitter side and quite salty. Pilsner malts and very light fruitiness followed.

Lighter bodied and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New 500ml can with a particularly wacky label (even for Mikkeller), described as a pilsner-style beer.

A - Pour to a tulip glass. Somewhat darkish orange color but translucent. Fluffy pillow of generous white head eventually settles as a thick ring+mostly full cap. Bits of lace left here and there.

S - Pretty solid mix of weedy lemon, various citrus fruits, pine sap hops. Definitely getting the pils bready and grainy tones, but pretty strong hoppage makes this lean towards IPL. Pretty nice.

T - Again a good mix of citrus plethora/weedy piny hop oils atop a kinda bready-grainy-caramel backbone, it's got that lager feel but could pass for an light IPA to me.

M - Good crispness and foamy feel, light but solid body for the low ABV, highish bitterness, quite drinkable and refreshing.

O - Not sure that the red lager tag still applies here, this is definitely leaning towards pils/pale lager with a good hop dosage. Succeeds in both areas - nice crisp super drinkable lager feel and a pretty nice hop profile to boot. Definitely nice on absurdly humid summer nights.

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American Dream from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 48 ratings