Draft Bear
Mikkeller ApS

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American Imperial Pilsner
Ranked #11
Ranked #7,007
4.01 | pDev: 12.22%
Mikkeller ApS
Very Good
Draft BearDraft Bear
Notes: Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pils, carapils and amber), light candy sugar, hops (amarillo and cascade) and lager yeast.
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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt. O.9 fl. Oz. Bottle. Silver foil>cage and cork

The color is an orange hued, golden-amber with a mild haze. Good carbonation, lively look with short, bubbly off-white cap. Some very sticky lacing is impressive.

A sweet amber malt aroma, candy, sour and tangy yeast, green veggies, herbal blend, slightly spicey. Kind of a strange but interesting nose.

The flavor is a bit of surprise concidering the "imperial" style of this lager. It really tastes much more like a very traditional amber lager. A semi, honey sweet malt, quickly followed by a very herbal, spicey and dry hoppy bite. The hops also seem to give a very primal, woody-acorn type bitternesss which is actually very excellent. The spicey herbal bite dominates the palate in a way, but then the light and sweet malt tends to dance all around it. The pils/lager yeast is also very interesting giving the sour>earthy and tangy effect.

Overall, concidering the style, the balance and flavor's are in excellent control. It comes across as very traditional instead of big and wild. Amazingly easy quoff, the 8% abv seems almost impossible concidering it's rather laid-back approach. The quick buzz let's yoy know, it's no joke though.

The feel is of medium body, jazzy till the very end, with an earthy, semi-dry feel that packs a very nice crisp bite at first sip. Finishes long and malty. Not slick or heavy but gentle.

I'm very surprised by this brew and what it offers. The lable only says "DraftBear" and then is tagged with the "malt liquor" stamp. I like not knowing what I'm in for! Pleasantly surprised, but Mikkeler is usually no let down. High grade stuff right here.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at home. Clear orange pour with a tall off-white head with good retention. Notes of grapefruit zest, bitter generic hops, pilsner malts, some tropical fruit. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle

Appearance: golden, builds a big head of tiny/medium bubbles. Lots of carbonation.

Aromas: fresh, piney and grapefruity, oranges, tangerines, sweet malty backbone with honey notes. Very nice and balanced.

Taste: full of flavour, sweet grapefruit punch with lots of finishing and refreshing piny notes. Tastes like a really good american IPA with the sweetness of great belgian golden ales.

Mouthfeel: feels very rounded and full of flavour. Alcohol not noticed. The sweet grapefruit aftertaste is simply great. Fruity burps 30 minutes after drinking it.

Overall: not sure what an Imperial Pilsner is. To me this was like a sweeter Duvel, with a stronger fruity taste, piny hop notes and no spiciness. Great great beer. The label is cool too!.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Imperial pilsner? It's my first from the style and I can tell I like this one even though I don't think this is a benchmark. It's very balanced with a sweet grain presence, fruity esters (pear, pineapple) and herbal and piney hop. Definitely drinkable and not boozy at all for the high abv. Great beer Mikkeller

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Photo of ZBowden
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy tan orange with foamy beige head, smells strong citrusy at first then strong yeast slight malt, tastes of sharp crackery malts with slight orange peel very warming on the throat rather full mouthfeel high carbonation hot lasting finish.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep bright orange-gold color with three fingers of off-white meringue on top. Tons of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of sweet pilsner malts, grape juice and herbal notes.

The taste was classic pilsner with green grapes, scandy sugar, sweet pilsner malts and herbal/salty notes in the finish. The almost-9% abv is very well hidden.

Lighter bodied and very sticky with a sharper carbonation.

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Photo of mynie
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Mikeller and Friends in Iceland.

Didn't know what this was when I ordered it, and the slight language barrier between me and the bartender made it difficult to discern. Iceland is weird: the clerks are maybe the most linguistically competent on earth, as each appears to be fluent in Icelandic, English, German, and French. But this polyglotism results in some understandable shortcuts, especially among those who work with tourists. Precision in difficult in the most clarion of conditions, and when you're tipsy, standing in the middle of a packed bar the size of an American den, trying to convey flavors over a language rift, you defer to the most generic of signififers.

"Got some hops," he said. "Lots of alcohol."

As such, I figured it was a medium-strength DIPA, and was impressed with its bitterness, which was pronounced in such a way as to avoid pallet-wrecking, as well as its alcohol, which was not at all present. It could have been more adventurous for its style, I figured, but overall it was very good.

Discovering that this is an impy pils, however, has caused me to revise my assessment. They absolutely nailed the style. Starts out with large weediness and American hops, sunshiney and chaotic, but then it coheres near the middle into a malange of citrus and dandelions, smoothing out by its end to leave behind practically no aftertaste.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Golden Amber, 3” crean colored foam collar, fairly uniform bubbles, fluffy, rocky, a lot more hop in the foam than in the beer.
S: Spicy hops and pilsner malts.
T: There is a light malty sweetness in the body that contrasts with the bitter hop flavors in the foam. As the head collapses, the flavors mix and balance.
F: Full body, medium carbonation.
O: The separation of flavors in the foam and body and how they mix and balance through the course of the drink make this beer stand out. Very nicely done.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a footed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Heavy head and lacing. It smells delightful, full of citrus and fruit and hops. Sadly, it tastes like an over malted cheap lager.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is crisp and malty, not strong, a subtle fruity note. Pours a luscious clear dark amber with a frothy and rather persistent pale buff head. Rich, malty flavor has a fruity undertone, mainly apple plus touches of pear and banana, and a snippet or two of hops. Smooth texture has good body, if not a whole lot of fizz. Leaves a nice malty, fruity, slightly hoppy finish. For a malt liquor, danged good!

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Photo of aleigator
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Clear amber, orange glowing color, with a big, froth head.

Has fantastic aromas, which are established between a well made Pils and a tropical IPA, while getting balanced with strawy, biscuity malts. A crisp fruitiness ranges from lemon peel and grapefruit to tart kiwi.

Tastes very hoppy, while not being intensly bitter, with grass and hints of herbs, accompanied by orange and papaya. Malts are well integrated, pushing the taste into a sweeter direction. The malt sweetness then gets damped by a wheaty, dry finish, in which the metallic carbonation shines. The dry finish remains interesting, due to tropical fruits, playing a convincing counterpart to the typical pils-like lager finish.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. sampled at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A hazy orange-yellow amber with a light smattering of white bubbles. Very perfumed tropical/citrus aroma (lychee, mango, papaya, light orange), with a classy underlay of sweet bread evoking pilsener malts. Perhaps the most tropical hop accented double pils I've sampled to date, the rich malts somehow taking a backseat to hops both green/resinous and brightly fruity. The co-occurring rich sweetness (caramel and honey) and tropical hops evoke papaya spears. Fizzy but the bubbles are gentle, quite thick and overall is reminiscent of a tropical fruit smoothie. Pleasant floral perfume in the finish. Interesting brew, a double pils hopped like a less piney west coast IPA. Gentle yet still somehow conveys an image of understated strength.

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Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

The beer comes in a dark glowing orange amber.

The aroma is slightly weak, but of piney hops, sweet malt, and grapefruit. A bit of that lager yeast comes through.

On the flavor, the beer has sweet caramel malt, spicy, floral, and piney hops. A bit of grapefruit with a big smack of chewy green hops. The body is medium.

The beer offers a bit too much malt and chewy hop character.

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Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden copper color with a thick three fingers head with good retention and leaving a curtain of laces.
Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, caramel and dry fruits. Hints of Cointreau or oranges soaked in alcohol.
Flavor of herbal and floral hops with oxidized oranges and pineapples, biscuit malt, caramels and honey. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low to medium carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is felt, but relatively smooth, especially considering it is a Pilsner (all right, imperial).
Nice that still has a base of a true pilsner, just amped up. Good benchmark for an Imperial Pilsner. Reminded me a bit of Belgian IPAs despite the lager yeast, which is also surprising given its relative complexity.

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Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear-ish amber with big craggy white head. Thick spray of styrofoamy lace down the glass. Smell: notes of soft tropical fruit and citrus peel, stone fruit, biscuit. Taste: honeyed biscuit, grape, apricot, indistinctly citrusy, herbal, pine and alcohol notes. Sugary finish. Pretty hoppy, nice, but not revelatory as the shelf talker's 100 rating illegitimately professed.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich orange topped off with a thick head. There's a strong resin on the nose followed by light citrus ,mint, and apparent alcohol. The hoppy resin proceeds into the pallet and further accented by the clean malt profile. That being said, the hops really shine (as well as the noticeable but not unwelcome booze). Overall, this is a exactly what an imperial pilsner is expected to taste like.

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Photo of f4zZ3
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy, deep golden liquid into my tulip. Loads of foam and lacing on the glass.
S: dry smell, typical hoppy pilsner smell with citrus and pine. Think a got a little funky smell as well.
T: dry with a bit of carapils giving it a bit of sweetness to. Tastes of citrus, caramell, pine, rasin. Short, bitter aftertaste. Some booze as well.
M: feels light in my mouth, some fizzy bubbles, good bitterness and quite light body. A bit of the 8 abv stays in my mouth.
O: above average pilsner, not as good as American dream or raid beer but really nice if you're looking for a strong and hoppy (and somewhat boozy) pilsner. Well done!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pleased to find this at Davidsons on county line, a new spot for me, and a new mikkeller, brilliant! billed a malt liquor, im not sure what to expect. it pours a familiar looking English malty tannish brown color, with some golden hues and an inch or two of lazy white head. the nose is malts forward, and rather alcoholic for the 8% abv its listed at, but with an interesting twist of fruit in there, oranges, candied, I don't know. the flavor agrees, malt forward, not too sweet through, with some fruit and booze on the back end. its a little thinner than I want it to be, but the flavors work really well. its got an almost pilsner malt flavor to it, dry and European, but it also has some caramel sweetness. its not complex, but it isn't simple either, sort of a hard beer to put into context. fine carbonation above a medium body. the finish is spirited, and I get a touch of brown sugar as it goes out. overall a beer worth the 14 bucks I paid for it this time, but probably not one ill buy again, despite really enjoying its grain profile and drinkability.

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Photo of jpro
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Mikkeller and Friends Bar in Copenhagen. Served in a 20cl Mikkeller glass...

A: Hazy gold; white head; retention leaves some patchy sheets of lace.

S: Light resin hoppiness; citrus peel; nice hop aroma.

T: Cracker malts; light resin and citrus hops, as in nose.

M: Medium-bodied; higher carbonation; refreshing feel.

O: Whoa - this is one easy drinking imperial pilsner! Hard to believe it's 8%. I'd definitely have this again if I have the opportunity...

*from notes 3-31-13

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet pilsner, grainy, and slightly bready malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, and grassy hops, lemon zest, lager yeast, and a hint of booze.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, some bitterness, sweet pilsner and grainy malts, lemon zest, lager yeast, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.

D - Nice hoppy imperial pilsner. Great overall balance.

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Photo of Passionaite-Liquid-Elixir
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was great. Absolutely enjoyed it to the last drops; but missed it as it was gone. It seemed that it had so much more to say....
This beer hides it alcohol level so beautifully that it dances across your tongue. The lightness of the malt tones are masterfully balanced by hops and crispness. It truly makes you think of drinking any regular pilsner ever again.
The flavor with its caramel tones, dried orange peel, lemon zest, herbaceous esters, just never stop the mind thinking what's going to come next.
The head is light, frothy, lingering, white. A nice gulp of this really gives your mouth the aperitif it needs going into your first sip.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have been interested in this style recently, and this is a good example. Looks like an IPA in the glass, the aroma has some signature lager character, but I could still pull out some dank american hops. The taste was similar to the aroma, more malt though. The yeast has a nice peppery character. This definantly feels like a belgian beer. The carbonation is incredibly crisp, flirting with saison territory. It has a silky and robust mouthfeel, coats the inside of your mouth with velvet, kind of hard to believe its a lager.

Overall, this was a very interesting beer, it is rather expensive, and a double IPA will quench your hop thirst more, no doubt. But this is definantly worth a try, one of the most complex lagers I have ever come across.

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

Pours an orange color with little head & a little lacing. Big peppery character to the nose. Taste starts with a blast of hops, chased by some breadiness and a hint of sweetness. Feel leaves a little something to be desires, with no carbonation to speak of. It's too smooth for a pilsener but it still has a bite from the alcohol. An interesting beer, worth a shot, but for me it's another one of those expensive beers I took a chance on and probably won't try again.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 19/9/12

A hazy orange with a few slowly moving bubbles feeding a well sustained two fingers of off white foam that leaves lots of unorganized lace

S sweet fruits, candied pineapple and brewers candy with some hard toffee and a nice little hop kick, fairly sweet and some faint booze

t more grains with some pine resin and citric rind, has a slight lager flavor peeking through, yeast? but its faint, sweet again with a little more booze then the nose

M its just a little hot but other then that no problems, medium-light with good carbonation and a lingering aftertaste of rind

something different but a nice hopped up boozy lager, IPAish but faint lager yeast and shes a little sweet. BB date well down the road makes me wonder but I only found one bottle so I'll never know

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3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three hefty fingers of thin, puffy, foamy white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of flattened sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of biscuity, bready pale malt, candy sugar, and a bitter citrus rind hoppiness. The taste is semi-sweet grainy white malt, some mildly honeyed orchard fruitiness, a strong earthy, herbal citrus bitterness, some ethereal musty yeastiness, and a moderate metallic alcohol twinge.

The carbonation is mild, yet a tad frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with a slight boozy slickness tugging at the palate. It finishes mostly on the sweet side, though the big Yankee hops strive hard to make their case for a sort of teetering balance.

Definitely more approachable than most examples of the style that I've encountered, and still retaining that simmering malt-liqour-esque booziness. Here this is well attenuated by the healthy addition of those usual American hop suspects, Amarillo and Cascade, so much so that I more than once felt like I was just drinking a somewhat overly hot west coast IPA. Interesting, I suppose, and a 'good' version of a kind of unnecessary offshoot on the beer style evolution chart.

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