Draft Bear | Mikkeller ApS

Draft BearDraft Bear
BA SCORE
77%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 243 ratings
Draft BearDraft Bear
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by akorsak on 02-15-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,640
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
243
Liked:
187
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
12.53%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

A murky, hazy golden brown with a very small off-white head and very little visible carbonation. There are sheets of lace left on the glass.

The best aspect of this beer is its aroma. It's a nice combination of earthy hops, bright white fruits, and sweet honey. The sweetness shines through more and more as it warms.

The flavor isn't quite as successful, though the honey sweetness and white fruit character are present throughout. A moderate level of bitterness round the flavor out.

Medium to heavy bodied moderate carbonation.

This was far better than I was expecting.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale, golden/orange/amber colour with excellent clarity and an uprush of bubbles. Two fingers of soapy white head and blobby lacing.

S - Great depth and complexity here. Ripe plum and peach, supersweet icypoles, lemon and lime, sweet crunchy red apples with just a hint of booze.

T - The peach and sour lime do their best to cut through the alcohol, however there isnt much else that can overcome the heat. A tasty experience but disappointingly doesnt match the aroma.

M - Thin to medium bodied, a bit syrupy, highly carbonated.

O - A fruity, boozy delight.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of brant83
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DavidST
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a nice hazy light gold color with a massive white head. The smells are pretty good, crisp, floral, citrus. Feel is medium with decent carbonation. The taste is as it smells, crisp, nice hop bite at the end.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin ring of white head. Sticky spots of lacing.

The nose is nicely amped with hops and has a balanced malt bill. Sweetness from the malt is noticed.

The taste is hoppy and quite bitter up front with a sweet malt taste is subdued by the bitterness. There is some pine resin involved within the hoppy yumminess.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a semi-dry finish. Nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is a fantastic pilsner with awesome hop presence. Enjoyed big time

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Photo of wcintula
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woohoo! I love Pilsners and that goes for Imperial Pilsners, I didn't know what to expect out of this one. The bottle says Malt Liquor and BA says Double Pilsner. I'll make it more relate-able: Victory Prima Pils on steroids...maybe some meth.

Pours with a hazy golden color and a big ass head. Aromas range from boozy to hoppy/grassy. This beer is awesome and drinks like a hop-infused liquor with hops punching through in bitterness, flavor and aroma. This beer is delicious, so don't knock it because of categorization, label or otherwise. It's an awesome beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light amber with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of citrus, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background. Quite nicely done

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Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dutch's.

Orange-Golden yellow with decent head in the snifter.

Big nose of fruity, citrusy hops to go along with some wafts of alcohol.

Bigger body than expected but then again this is a double/imperial pils here. Lots of bready/malty characters with some big spicy yet citrusy hops. This is chewy.

Really a nice take on this style. I was pleased with the American Hops introduced and yet it doesn't take away from the malts.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy Honey colour witha tight two fingered White head that retains and laces.

S - Pungent mandarin, tropical passionfruit and mango aromas. Really great stuff.

T - Nice tropical flavours up front and the finish is nice bitterness with some citrus. Very well balanced indeed and lingers on the tongue without being sticky.

M - Light to medium body with medium to full carbonation.

O - A cracking beer and no sign of the 8% ABV. The balance in this beer is to be applauded.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a recent trip to San Antonio. Haven't seen here in the Rio Grande Valley yet, but hopefully it will find its way down at some point.

Pours cloudy with a huge head on top. Reminds me of the slogan on one of the Southern Star Brewing Company's beer cans that says "Clarity is overrated." Agreed. Still, beyond the great head, there's not much to the color. Sort of a dirty blond color. Great nose on this beer, though. Very fruity with a bouquet of peach, apricot, and orange. Some spice as well. But it's subtle in the delivery. Doesn't hit you over the head with anything, but delivers a lot very evenly. The taste is subtle too, with some of the fruity overtures it offers in the aroma, but less so. Malty with a pleasant dryness and a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Slightly boozy, which, at 8.00 ABV, is to be expected.

I like this beer, but I don't love it. It's possible that I may really grow to appreciate this even more than I do right now, and I am more than happy to revisit this in the future. An interesting brew for sure.

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Photo of spicelab
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Bright and clear apricot, with a huge head of fine white bubbles. Retreats slowly with some sticky lace trails.

Lots of floral, tropical and citrus hops, with some resiny and candied notes. Moderate amounts of bready malts, hints of white pepper and a mild generic metallic grain character. Pretty nice.

Tangerine, pine resin, lemon sherbet, marred by the strength of the underlying metallic character and a chalky, toothpastey bitterness.

Above average but well hidden carbonation. Crisp but thanklessly bitter finish, due to the mouthwashy character.

Bit of a mixed bag. Drinks pretty well for an 8% Pilsener, but I can't warm to flavours and sensations that remind me of going to the dentist.

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

Pours a pale golden colour with whispy cloud of head. Not a lot of lace. Steady bead. Fairly decent.

Smell is rich and malty. Thick golden syrup malt overlain with hops for a slight salty aroma. Hints of seawater, oyster mushrooms and sharp orange zest. Intriguing, and I like it.

Taste is light on the front with a well-attenuated malt base. Biscuity with a touch of oatmeal, before hops take over - pine, lemon and orange with more mildly savoury notes, saltwater and fresh pine bark. Slight starchiness and also slight Benedictine-esque clout of booze late-mid. Again, intriguing and again I like it.

Not a bad bod at all for a lager, smooth but thick and a slight tingle to it.

A bit of an odd beer, but plenty to like and keep you drinking.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into pint glass. No bottle date.

A: amber body, with a slight haze, white head holds good retention. Lacing is sticky.

S: aroma is slightly faded, malt notes come through mainly.

T/m: underlining bitterness, a good body for the style, a nice and warm welcoming. Hop flavor has faded out, but let's the malt step up. Lingering finish is a bit weak.

O: This is a good bear, but not the best example of the style I have had.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney during their Mikkeller Tap Takeover. #7 of 20

Pours a bright and slightly hazed orange colour. Body looks fluid when tilted, but it has a depth and a thickness to it which traps carbonation. Head is very fine and pretty full. Looks very decent.

Nose is light and bright, but with a thicker roundness to it, suggesting the extra body. Hint of booze to it, and enough hops to pick it up and lift it properly into pilsener territory.

Taste is bright and pilsenery, for the most part, with hops doing their job well. However, later in the palate, the alcohol comes welling up, giving a slightly biting and raw heat that doesn't really do it any favours. Green and crisp, and in standard pilsener territory. And then bam! Too much heat.

It's a bit of a shame. It's a nice pilsener, that is somewhat ruined by ramping up the ABV. Could have been better.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1pt 9.4 oz brown glass bottle with a cork reinforced by one of those four prong twisted metal caps served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Note that Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world. I believe I'm new to this style of beer but I could be mistaken.

A: Four finger head of lovely soft cream lacing, great thickness, and really good retention. Colour is a cloudy transparent copper. Very appealing.

Sm: A strong scent of souring hops, cream, and milk (I know). Rather pleasant and appealing.

T: Stilted strange cream alongside some weird soft ester I've not encountered before. The cream carries through as an undercurrent through the finish, which is pleasant and aids the otherwise overburdened unobtrusive barley body. It is a bit imbalanced, and the middle act lacks inspiration unfortunately. That said, it's built pretty well and is refreshing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a touch of unwelcome coarseness right on the finish. Doesn't really complement the flavours of the body, a disappointment coming from Mikkeller.

Dr: It drinks very well for the relatively high ABV, but doesn't deliver promising or inspired flavours. The middle sags in its blandness. I was very disappointed as a Mikkeller fanatic, but in fairness Mikkeller always does better at darker stronger beers than this. Moreover, it's wildly overpriced.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows lots of fruity hops, lychee and pineapples really stand out but also mango and peach. Other than that, very clean with some soft biscuity malt in the background.
Similarly fruity flavours, but there's also a huge resinous, piney kick that lasts right through the sharp, bitter finish. Also lots of light sweet clean malt and some alcohol.
A bit too much booze, and when combined with the sharp, unchecked bitterness it seems a bit harsh.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light gold in color into my snifter with a good two fingers of bubbly head that leaves sticky bubbly lace along the glass with moderate retention.

S - Lots of caramel sweet malts, candied sugar, grassy hops, slight citrus of lemon, and yeast.

T - Initially it is sweet and malty. Candied sugar and caramel notes are present, as it mellows on the palate the grassy hops and citrus notes become more present as well as a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body, well balanced, very smooth and creamy.

O - Really like this one more than I anticipated. It had some barley wine characteristics to it that made it really rather nice and enjoyable. Worth trying if you can get your hands on it!

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Photo of DerBayer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this was a very good and interesting beer. Obviously you would expect a Pils to be very bitter and aromatic but the imperial variety adds a strong feel of sweet maltiness and sweet ethanol to it - I really like this more than I should considering its abv....

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Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden honey color with a huge merangue off white head which slowly settled into a cream pie type of head.

The aroma is of grassy and peppery hops, some light honey and tropical fruit notes. Solid bready malt and hop aromas.

The taste is more balanced between the malt and the hops. A big bready honey malt mixes with a grassy and peppery hop. Solid tropical fruit notes as well from the hops. A flavorful beer for sure, just doesn't remind me of a pilsner, nor does any of these "imperial" pilsners. A strong hoppy lager, it is what it is. A pils should be dry, not so much in this beer. Anywho, the beer tastes good.

Moderate to full feel with soft carbonation. Hoppy bitterness throughout. Again, doesn't feel like a pils, way to heavy. I get that it is an "imperial" pils but the beauty of a pils is the cracker like dry malt.

A good flavorful beer, nice hoppy flavor.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
1.9/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

It was quite a struggle to get the cork out, but I prevailed without the cork screw.

Appearance: The beer poured a murky brownish yellow color with very little head after an aggressive pour. The head was reduced to an off-white to tan ring where the beer meets the glass.

Aroma: The aroma in this beer is off. Man, it is oxidized, but was this beer oak aged or something and they didn't tell me? Either way, it is off even for a wood aged beer. I assume that the "imperial pilsner" label is misguided, but there are woody notes in here a-plenty with malt being the other thing to notice amongst the plethora of oxidative papery aromatics among others.

Taste: I seriously don't know what they were trying to achieve here, but in my opinion, they missed it entirely. This bottle must be infected or something, but I have no idea how this beer was supposed to taste. The oxidation and woody notes are so strong in the flavor, that you hardly notice that this brown syrupy mess is going down until this completely unbalanced hoppy bitterness hits the back of the throat and completely stops all progress...and just sits there until the alcohol cooks it off.

Opinion: I am having a hard time drinking this beer, and I will probably go down in the ranks as the lowest score of the 70+ reviews at this time. The beer itself will almost positively be going down in the ranks of my drain-pipe. This beer is brutal! Maybe it is because the cork leaked and the oxidation killed it. I am surprised as some of the flavors and such are simply not appropriate for a Pilsner, but a lot of them in this beer are down-right unpleasant for me. I have been underwhelmed with Mikkeller products overall, and after this experience, they may have completely pushed me away. I don't know why I keep paying money for this abuse.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Grant for sending me this cool beer in a recent trade. Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy murky looking golden brown color with about an inch of head with good sticky lace. The body looks a little unapealing but it's not bad. Seems like if I drank this sooner there would be more of aaa hop presence but still a pretty good aroma. Candied orange with sweet toffee. The flavor is just like the aroma. Candied orange with a bit of toffee. Big malt body on this. I feel like I'm not reviewing this in it's prime. The feel is kind of sticky with good carbonation. Still an enjoyable beer. Even though I think it's past it's prime. If you got any of these drink up. I don't think there is any point in holding on to these.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden brown, with a full three fingers of head the slowly dissipates and leaves a beautiful cap. Nose offers bitter citrus, floral tones and what i can only describe as a fresh boiling wort. In the mouth its reminiscent of a mild ipa, with nice citrus, pine and floral notes. Extremely drinkable and refreshing with the alcohol barely noticeable. Finishes with nice grain and a smooth not sweet malt taste. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mikkeller Draft Bear

Appearance: smooth amber, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: hops, citrus, and faint grain.

Taste: strong hops, some citrus, and a floralness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is flavorful and silky smooth. If you love IPAs, you will love this.

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Draft Bear from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 77% out of 100 with 243 ratings
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