Draft Bear | Mikkeller ApS

very good
242 Ratings
Draft BearDraft Bear

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

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

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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 +14.3%
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 +19%
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 Matt141
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Poupae
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sathanas
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leitmotif
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentMunky
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
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 jkhara12
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Joeyphunk
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikepcarney
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +6.5%

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 a77cj7
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Ponzekap2
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of jhnmchl
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of vermilcj
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 BeerTruck
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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 bulldogops
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of beaulabauve
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly balanced with the malt!

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Draft Bear from Mikkeller ApS
3.99 out of 5 based on 242 ratings.
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