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Draft Bear | Mikkeller ApS

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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
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
238
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
17.09%
 
 
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30
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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -0.8%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Bright golden yellow color. White froth, lasting crown & copious lacing rings. Quite clear appearance. Pilsen malt, subtle crystal malt, slightly citric aromas with hints of grapefruit. Sharp but clean bitterness well balanced by malty backbone. Medium body, soft carbonation. Easy –dangerous- drinkability thanks to an ABV well masked & refreshing sensation. Underlying sweetness into the dry astringent finish.

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Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color that verges on amber; the head is massive and rocky, leaving clumps of foam stuck to the side of the pint glass (I decided not to pour the beer into a pilsner glass so that I could better enjoy the aroma)

Smell: The malts and hops both come through with verve - the malts bringing taffy and toast, while the hops add a grassy but pithy charge

Taste: Taffy and toast, up front, but it doesn't take long for the bitterness to set in, with a surprisingly grassy character considering that we are dealing with Amarillo and Cascade); there is a citrusy punch, as well, which is to be expected; a hint of apple appears at mid-palate and lingers after the swallow; in the finish, just a smidge of the candi sugar can be detected, but it is the hops that leave the final impression

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Having had my share of disappointment with this style, I was expecting a beer that was boozy and sweet with a clash from the noble hops; this was more like a DIPA and, but for the mouthfeel; I might never have guessed it was a lager; no twang and no booze - just really well done

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Photo of barczar
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange rust color with a small cream head that dissipates into a layer of foam on the tulip.

Cracker-like pilsner malt and floral hops take center stage in the aroma, along with a bready, caramel sweetness.

Flavor is fairly hop dominant, with noble hop herbal and floral character leading into a fairly citrusy, grassy, bitter grapefruit pith and pepper finish. There's a bit of toasted malt profile carrying the hops into cracker-like dryness. Apple esters take over as it warms.

Body is a bit thick, with moderate carbonation and a significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, way more hop forward than anticipated. Has the bitterness of an ipa. Alcohol is a bit overpowering. The hop character is varied, but just not very tasty.

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Photo of pigc
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, close to two years old.

A - Pours a light brown color with three finger head. Excellent lacing as it clings to edge of the glass. Lots of carbonation.

S - Bready malts, biscuit, grain. Not picking up much else.

T - Strong malt base right up front. Sweet alcohol with semi dry finish.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation and drying finish.

O - I'm afraid I've let this one sit in the fridge too long. I remember this having much more of a hop presence when fresh. Would love to get this fresh again.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear amber-yellow pour with big two finger head with great retention and lacing. Floral, hoppy, herbal nose with hints of grass, lemon peel, bread, and a bit of caramel. First sip really caught me off guard. Wasn't expecting such a bold, flavorful beer. The taste is loaded with perfumey, citrusy, bitter fresh hops along with hints of pine and tangerines. All nicely balanced out with a solid caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated and subtly oily with a crisp, dry, bitter finish. Hugely drinkable. I'm kicking myself for only getting one of these. I'm hoping there's some left when I go on my next beer run. Another winner from Mikkeller!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured hazy dark orange. Decent carbonation, one finger of white fluffy head. Decent lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Honey, boozy pineapple, grapefruit, juicy pineapple. Closer to an DIPA aroma with a noticable lack of noble hop.

T - Honey, lot's of grapefruit, pineapple, light booze. Really juicy citrus hops. Malt body is there but not a significant contributor in any real sense.

M - Decent carbonation, medium to full body and a rich juicy bite of bitterness in the finish.

O/D - I quite liked this. Closer to a DIPA but it was nice. Smooth, drinkable, and flavourful.

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Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, mild golden color with a huge-ass head into my glass. Lots of lacing. Wow.

Lemongrass, grain and citrus in the nose. Definitely a big ass pils here.

Holy crap! A little too cloying for my liking. Bitterness is almost intolerable as well.

Lots of lingering citrus bitterness.

Wow. Drink this at your own risk. Mere lesser mortals would not make it past the first sip. I, on the other hand, have conquered this ale like many others. Go forth and be brave, young padawan.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
1.59/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a very hazy (to the point of opaque), very yellow, orange colour. It had an inch of yellowy head that never entirely dissipated. Smell is very much of citrus and hops, like a spring beer.
The taste was very hoppy and citrusy as well. It was very dry. A very strange lager indeed. I bought it knowing it was a lager. There was really very little information on the bottle, but since it was a lager, I thought I had some idea of what to expect. This is not it. They should really print SOMETHING on the bottle to give an indication as to its contents. This was really terrible. Mostly because I don't like this style of beer, but since I didn't receive any indication of the style, I feel compelled to rate it as beer in general. It was very bitter, very citrus. I didn't like it one bit. If you like bitter, citrusy beer, get it.

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Photo of foles
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had high hopes for this beer, and eagerly grabbed a growler of the stuff from the IBS in West Leederville. Pours a deep amber, slightly murky with a rich creamy head that crawls up the glass. Sllightly harsh crisp american hops on the nose, and the same on the palate. But lacking the citrisy fruitiness normally associated with cascade and amarillo. Crisp lager-like body, assertive bitterness. For me this beer is missing something. Its like a misplaced IPA. Wrong hop profile for a big pils, slightly harsh and muddled in flavour.

Decent but nothing more than a dry crisp boozy IPA for my money.

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Photo of quilty
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

st- 750ml

app- golden with slight rust and rose.

smell- floral and bright, with citrus, hops, and yeast.

taste- best i've had for this style, any pilsner really. perfect balance of malt and hop. it has amazing depth for a pilsner, with notes of candied lemon, perfectly-baked biscuit, and lager yeast, all in balance. crisp, dry finish.

mouthfeel- medium to full, with just the right abv.

overall- one of the best beers i've enjoyed in recent memory. perfect for all seasons and absolutely delicious and satisfying.

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

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color. Nice frothy head that lasted awhile with a fair amount of lacing.

S: Herbal, grassy lemon, biscuits, slightly floral, yeast, apple, pear.

T: Bready, yeasty malts on the back side. Hops up front. Dry and crisp. Correlates well with the nose. I was really impressed with this beer. I had it at my dinner at Schwa.

M: Crisp, dry, medium bodied. Pleasantly carbonated.

O: A nice fruity, crisp brew. Very drinkable. I wish I could get my hands on a few more.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy deep yellow with slight amounts of visible carbonation and a finger high fluffy white head. The beer had very good head retention but did not exhibit as much lacing on the glass as I expected.

S: The aromas were pretty much completely from the hops - spicy and a little floral + citrus. An extremely bold nose on this beer.

T: The flavors of this beer were hops forward with a malty finish - but maybe not quite as hoppy as I expected or wanted. There were hints of spiciness from the hops and the taste of alcohol was well masked. There was only a light amount of bitterness present in the taste of this beer.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation, this beer coats your tongue in a very pleasant manner.

O: Enjoyable and I imagine this beer would pair very well with a hearty winter soup or oven roasted root vegetables. I might have enjoyed just a little more hoppiness and bitterness in this beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy deep yellow in color and poured with a finger high frothy white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter-finger high head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spicy hops in the nose.
T: The beer has flavors of spicy hops along with notes of bready malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a little crispness and a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The beer has a light amount of bitterness and coats your mouth a bit.
O: This beer has some refreshing properties and hides its alcohol very well. It has a rather good balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a tight white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of lemon, grass, biscuits, honey, and orchard fruits are very present on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, bitter orange, grapefruit, honey, grass, pear skin, biscuits, minerals, and candy sugar are present in the mouth. The finish is dry, crisp, and bitter with a pleasant combination of honey, lemon, grapefruit, and pear skin flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, and dry. Carbonation is firm and active. Alcohol presence is subdued. Regardless of whether one considers this a malt liquor or an imperial pilsner, it feels great in the mouth.

O: I find this to be a near outstanding strong lager that capably straddles the line between a boutique malt liquor and an American imperial pilsner. Very drinkable compared to other beers of this type, this lager is bound to impress.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy dark yellow / orange color. The head is foamy white with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is very good and strong. Bready, grainy malts upfront with loads of hops that smell like ripe fruit such as peaches, mangoes and pears.

Taste is a spike of flavor. Little grainy malts followed by hops again with fruity peaches and pears dominating. Also some spiciness and earthy bitterness. It finishes extremely dry and a little astringent.

Body is medium to high and carbonation is also high.

Great imperial lager with a nice strong aroma and a spike of hop flavor ending very dry and mildly bitter. Interesting take on this new style.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crisp golden yellow color with a two fingered white, fluffy head with moderate carbonation.

S - weak, Weak, WEAK!! Light herbal, grassy lemon aroma with some light crackery malt.

T - Crackery malt and an extremely dry finish, lightly earthy, rather tasteless on non-eventful. Honey. For a pilsner, this is very malty and not crisp, but the ABV seems to be pretty well hidden.

M - Thick for a pils, a little syrupy, and smooth on the tongue.

O - Meh, had better, sorry to say.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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 +6.5%
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 DavidST
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +8.8%
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 +0.5%
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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Draft Bear from Mikkeller ApS
3.98 out of 5 based on 238 ratings.
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