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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, munich and cara-pils), hops (saaz) and lager yeast.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
65
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
18.84%
 
 
Wants:
2
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For Trade:
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Photo of nickd717
1.97/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, labeled as "Czech-style pilsner" but I've heard this is called "Tjekket pilsner" abroad.

A - Pours a nice bright golden color with a substantial white head.

S - Aroma is sweet malt, floral hops, and a little band-aidy smokiness, which is pretty strange.

T - Flavor is sweet malt, floral/grassy hops, butter, and...uh oh...loads of band-aid/smoke on the finish. Not good. At first I thought, "Ok, I can drink this!" but before too long, I had to make this one a rare drain pour.

M - Nice, light and crisp.

D - Well, it was a drain pour, so not good.

This would be good without the band-aids! Maybe it just doesn't travel well. I'd like to try this again in case that was a bad bottle, but just wish these beers weren't so damn expensive.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So this has got to be my least favorite Mikkeller brew I've had thus far. I opened the bottle and poured it out. Everything looked great. Then I took a whiff of it and had to do another to make sure. To me this beer smelled exactly like a Medicine Cabinet. The flavor of the beer was like drinking liquified band-aids. I was severely disappointed in this beer. I love Mikkeller and everything they do. Except for this one. This was a waste of a few bucks in my opinion.

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Photo of Travlr
2.22/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Maybe my expectations were too high after tasting the real stuff in Prague and Lazhne Bodanic. This one was cloudy straw colored with a large white head that formed a plateau - so far, so good. Not much lacing. Almost no aroma. Tasted of wet plaster, neither malt nor hops dominated, it just fell flat. Disappointing.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sheesh! Ok This was poured into a pint glass...

A - Cloudy, murky, non-specific coloration; like a glass of beer comprised of a thousand different pilsner dregs poured into one glass at the end of a rough evening.

S - Slight hoppy scent from the Saaz, but not much of anything else.

T - Dishwater

M - moderate carbonation and a typical light pilsner body.

O - I was really disappointed by this Pilsner. Quite possibly one of the worst I've ever had. Totally unfulfilling. Sorry.

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Photo of RoninTK3
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy orange/gold with a lot of sediment floating around. Nice looking pils, but apparently you really can't judge a book by its cover.

S - Citrus fruits, a bit hoppy and bready. Floral notes.

T - The citrusy notes come through but so does an unpleasant grassy flavor. Even worse, this one has a smoky/rubber aftertaste that is extremely unpleasant. The band-aid flavor people keep mentioning is not a joke. Very disappointed.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Typical pilsner.

This was my second Mikkeller beer and a huge disappointment after the first. As someone that really appreciates a good pilsner, this one just doesn't fall in that category. It has no problem pleasing any of the other senses, but if it doesn't taste right it isn't worth drinking...

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Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world.

A: Five finger head of nice soft cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a nontransparent cloudy yellow.

Sm: Light cream, and... that's all me broken nose can pick up. All apologies, lads.

T: Flat cream, bland hops, a weak barley foundation, and not much else. A simple disappointment from Mikkeller. Decently built and balanced, but not up to Mikkeller standards.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too much so on each count. Sort of complements the flavour, but not really.

Dr: Easily drinkable, priced extremely high, and only of limited quality. I'll never have it again, methinks.

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Photo of bark
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is pale gold; the liquid is a bit cloudy. The high white head leaves massive amounts of lacing.

The smell is buttery with hints of yeast and dry minerals. Hints of rubber.

The taste is a bit yeasty with some diacetyl. The bitterness is unexpectedly light. Some dry ester-y fruity notes. The short aftertaste got a strange off taste of phenols (paint).

The carbonation is medium to strong. The liquid is smooth.

A bit too unclean for me. Not a very good interpretation of a Czech Pilsner.

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Photo of plfahey
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance-Medium to deep gold in color. Somewhat hazy, especially for a pilsner. Moderate frothy white head with medium size bubbles and decent retention.

Aroma-Zesty, spicy Saaz hops are up front in the nose, with some light grainy malt undertones.

Flavor- Initial flavor is clean, zesty saaz hops backed up by a malt character much larger then the aroma would suggest, with almost a bit of toast character. However, these flavors are quickly overpowered by phenolic characters, particularly smoky phenolics, and a hint of plasticy phenolics.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, high carbonation, not a bad start, but the phenolic characters in the finish leave the mouth feeling chalky dry.

Not a terrible beer, but the phenolic characters are out of place and overpower what could have otherwise been a very nice Czech pilsner.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a cloudy pale yellow with a rich and creamy white head.

Aroma of lemon zest, spicy hops, grain, and new leather.

The taste is quite salt and pepper bitterness along with that same new leather/burnt plastic note from the aroma. Not exactly what I was hoping for with this Czech Pilsner.

Lighter bodied, dry, and sharply carbonated.

A rare miss by Mikkeller and not a beer I would have again.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hm. Poured with a smallish white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy amber. Aroma is malt beery grain grass yeast minerals. Flavor is like aroma but with one flavor that I can't place really standing out - not really a beer flavor, something odd.... Body and carbonation are ok. Finish is like flavor and medium in length. Proly wouldn't get again, except to see if that odd flavor is still there and to figure out what it is.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 330 ml brown bottle. Obvious sediment swirling around in the bottle the moment it is picked up to pour. Pours out a cloudy straw hue, with a tall loose-bubbled frothy white head which settles to a chunky cap. Looks a lot more like a Wit or Hefe.

Soft grains with musty, dry, leafy hops on the nose, a hint of tangerine peel. Some grassy notes.

Biscuity grains up front in the flavour, dry mild leafy and herbal hops mid-range to the finish, with a fairly clean aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, somewhat slippery texture with a brisk level of carbonation that helps boost a fuller sensation.

I'm under the historical assumption that the whole point of producing the original Pilsener was to make a clear, transparent lager. Well, I suppose this is going more along the lines of the flavour profile, which it touches on the key points for the most part, however doesn't really stand out from amongst the plethora of other examples of the style. Well, it stands out for being cloudy.... This one goes on the tall "take it or leave it" pile of Mikkeller's offerings, I don't feel I'll be missing out if I never have another one.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is pilsener malt with some grassy and earthy hops. The flavor is more of the pilsener malt with some dirt mixed in. There is something a little off-putting about the flavor, I just can't figure out exactly what it is. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try it, but not one of my favorite Mikkeller beers.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Happy to try a new Mikkeller beer. Certainly the first Mikkeller lager I've had.

A: Definately more cloudy then I'd except. A straw color. Lots of head, not so much bubbles.

S: The smell was a bit strong on the alcohol for such a tame beer. A slight hop aroma is present to.

T: Pretty tasty. Different. Alomst has hints of lemongrass to go with a distinctive pilsner hop flavor.

M: A rich mouthfeel that keeps your palate coated.

O: My least favorite Mikkeller beer so far.

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Photo of cvfish
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - This beer poured a pale yellow color that produced a wispy white head that had little retention and left no lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were crisp grains, pepper, and earthy hops

T - The taste of this beer had the grainy beginning, moved to a light citrus and peppery middle, and finished with a bit of hoppy bitterness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer could be high, it's very refreshing and is exactly the kind of Pilsener I could drink, but the price tag on this beer is ridiculously high: lesson learned, only go for Mikkeller's extreme beers

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Photo of lsummers
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Initially I thought this pilsner was going to be great. Poured a fantastic hazy gold and smelled of slight lemons, grassy notes and clove. Definitely subtle though.

Taste wasn't as good. Tasted mostly of cereal with a touch of grassy hops and some peppery clove flavors.

Mouthfeel was sharp and fizzy. Felt very carbonated but didn't quite have the head to match.

Overall a great pils to try and compare if you like the style but otherwise I might not pick this one up again.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, color is a dark hazy gold. Nice head that slowly dissipates and leaves a ton of lacing. Very straight forward on the nose and taste. Easy going notes of bread and slightly salty biscuits, followed by a light hoppiness and a bit of smoke at the end. Does seem to off a bit of an off metallic taste to it as well. Nice smooth finish and mouthfeel. Nice for the style and a step up from a typical session pils yet the $4.99 a bottle will not have me revisiting it.

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Photo of PerHops
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one pours a very hazy, very pale golden color. Very active on the pour and leaves a soapy head that looks thin at first, but eventually develops more body. The smell is more complex than most pilsners I've tried. Some citrus and a little pine. Taste follows the nose, but finishes bisquity with a mellow if lingering bitterness. Not what I would expect out of a pils, but it makes sense that Mikkeller would make a pilsner like this. Not unbelievable, but good and outside the box. I would try again.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip. Light yellow-orange. Not much head, but leaves great lacing for a light beer.

S - classic bready pils smell, just enough hops to keep things interesting

T - crisp, straightforward pils. Not much else to say.

M - light body, plenty of carbonated zing.

D - very drinkable, enjoyable, well made lager, if unexceptional.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this jaun straight outta the bottle. A year or two past bottling date. One of the few beers inserted into my rotation less than 6 percent abv. This one clocked in at a rather low 4.6. It was a delicious Czech style Pilsner. Not as much bite or bitterness like a Stella iOS Pilsner urquell but full of flavor. Finished with a hint of lemon. Delicious brew. Said it was a belgian collaboration possibly belgian yeast which was sediment present in the bottle.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up from Sherbrooke Liquor Store in Edmonton.

It pours a murky yellow-brown colour similar to that of iced tea with about 1.5 fingers' worth of head. Personally I hate these iced tea looking beers - it's like an unpleasant combo of yellow and brown.The head smells hoppy - not like IPA hoppy, but an appropriate level for a pilsner.

The taste brings much of the same hoppiness with a trace of lingering bitterness on the tongue which sort of makes me just crave another sip. The aftertaste is clean; there are no cringe-worthy remnants from this beer that make finishing it a chore. The beer is heavily carbonated, although it feels pleasant in my mouth. The body is nicely balanced - it's a little thick on the tongue going in, but a lot smoother going down.

Overall, a great European Pilsner. It's just a pity that it's so hard to find.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is yellow in color and has a slight amount of haze and a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose along with notes of bready and grainy malts.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts along with some hints of peppery spices; these are accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness from start to finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves a bit of dryness in your mouth.
O: The beer is easy to drink but seems lack enough of a malty presence compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears cap has a best by date of 28/04/11, so it should still be in good standing. Brewery states De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hufte, Belgium
Thanks Todd.
Poured into pilsner glass. Exceedingly large bright white head, that shows a rockiness upon settling. Clean malt character with minimal sulfur noted. Slightly cloudy yellow gold and respectable number of bubbles rising. In time a duller pale malt appears, but it's quite mild.
Atypical flavor for style. Malt flavor more closely matches the second malt aroma than the anticipated former one. Hop presence builds through the drink at first with flavor (slightly green and grassy, a little earthy) and then a soft yet resilient bitterness. Finishes softly and tamely. A metallic quality appears mixed in with the hop flavors, not strong, nor necessarily displeasing.
Clean, but not crisp. Soft feel and pleasantly thin. Quite light and flavorful enough, but doesn't leave me begging for another.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale straw color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pilsner malt scent along with a standard Czech hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. Again, it has a pilsner malt and Czech hop character. It goes down easy with a mild bitterness and a clean finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It lacks a true pilsner mouthfeel. It's hoppy, but nothing too great. I enjoyed this beer, but there are plenty of better examples out there.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks alot to abrand for letting me try this brew!

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear yellow with a huge cloudy fluffy white head that's about 2 1/2 fingers.

S- Sweeter malts with a decent hop presence and a strange yeasty smell.

T- Almost roasted malts with some bitter hops and some citrus, almost orange flavor.

M- Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation and a pretty good bitter dry finish.

SkÅL!

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Photo of ADZA
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im stoked to be trying another mikkeller beer right now and just hope its as good as all his other ones i reviewed so far,it pours a pale straw colour with nice carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head with heaps of lacing,it has a herbal,spicey hop aroma to it with a tinge of citrus aswell,it has an above average mouthfeel for the style and spicey,peppery Saaz hops are dominant with a nice malty finish,i must admit after the reading a couple of the reviews after i bought this beer i was feeling let down about buying this brew and even tho it isnt his best brew it is a very nice beer and could drink more than one if only they wernt so exspensive,just like they say dont knock it till u try it.

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