Danish Dream
Mikkeller ApS

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 10.91%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
217
From:
Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  18
Gots
  18
SCORE
88
Very Good
Danish DreamDanish Dream
Notes: Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.
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bark from Sweden

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold with a tint of orange; the liquid is clear. The three finger head is off-white and airy. It sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is powerful hand hoppy: Citric peel, grapefruit juice, black currants, rubber, fruit candy and a hint of diesel smoke. Mild clean sweetness with a touch of butter.

The taste is bitter with notes of rubber, red currants, olive oil, green plums and citric fruits. Hints of dry white wine and spices. Medium body. The aftertaste is smoother with citric peels, floral notes, French loaf, bitter herbs and sour fruit drops. The long finish is clean and bitter.

The carbonation is fresh, the small bubbles long-lasting. The liquid is mid-smooth. No harshness.

A solid American craft-style lager!

Oct 23, 2014
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit hops, hints of caramel. This isn't a lager or a pilsner, it tastes like an IPA even with the low ABV. Label is Dream Pils. Expensive at $6.49 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Feb 29, 2012
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. This is labelled as Dream Pils for the Canadian market. From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy marmalade hue, tall rocky white head with impressive retention.

Aroma of sharp, citrusy hops, grapefruit rind and pith, musty grassy character, dry grainy malt.

Flavour is an explosion of American citrus hops, white grapefruit, the rind, and the pith, with some earthy pine elements. The malt base can't really be discerned through the one-sided hop slam, except for some dry grains near the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a creamy full texture, and short bursts of carbonation.

If a lop-sided one-dimensional hop-centric APA became a lager, this is what it would be. While I enjoyed the good dose of hops this didn't strike me as any remarkable, especially for a Pils made with American hops, there is no harmony or cohesion.

Aug 07, 2011
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light copper color pilsner with a nice big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of crisp dry hops with light floral malt and subtle sweet undertones. Taste is quite dry with nice crisp dry hops finish with some light grassy floral notes with light sweet notes as well. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed with nice hops presence though more grassy notes would have been even more beneficial.

Oct 14, 2010
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy amber the pours a big head that settles to a long-lived and substantial cap that surrenders lots of lace. A handsome beer.

A very fruity beer with big hops, but a lot of malt sweetness that offsets the bitterness of the hops. Somehow almost creamy in character, which is unusual. Appetizing grapefruit nose, that carries through to the taste, which also has sweet honey-like character.

A decent enough beer, but a couple of disconnects; I'm thinking there's no way this is a pilsner and my bottle reads Canadian Dream at 5.5% not Danish Dream at 4.6%. Maybe a naming/reviewing template mix-up?

Jul 04, 2013
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John_M from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmmm.... a 4.6% imperial pilsner. Something about that just doesn't sound right. No matter... on tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with decent head retention and a surprising amount of sticky lacing. The nose is pilsner like, but is a bit sweeter then I normally encounter in pils. There's something of a cherry honey aroma, with almost a candy overlay. On the palate, this is pretty amazing for a 4.6% beer. There is some light sweetness, but then it's blown aside by a massive wave of hoppy bitterness and straw. Finish is very dry and bitter; surprisingly so. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but once again I'm astounded by the amount of flavor in this beer. Drinkability is off the charts and is really hard to guage. The low alcohol is impressive of course, but this beer has such a massive amount of bitterness... I'm just not sure how much I could drink of it.

This was an absolute treat to try.

Jan 08, 2010
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good hoppy aroma. Murky golden coloured body with lots of white bubbly foam, that leaves levels of lace linings as it goes down. Average mouthfeel, a tad astringent. Very drinkable, god hoppy taste particularly for 4.6% a.b.v.Good bitterness, orange flavour. Above average carbonation.

Dec 03, 2010
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright orange, a little darker than your average Pilsner. The head recedes quickly but provides foamy cover for the whole glass. The aroma is hop forward with herbal, floral continental hops mixing with a citrusy edge and sturdy biscuity malts. Juicy, herbal, grassy, citric hop flavors show in the first sip. Balancing malt sweetness is right on their heels, providing excellent balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a full, creamy carbonation level. Moderate bitterness and floral, woody hop flavors make up the longish finish.

This is a kick ass Pilsner. It has a unique hop profile with more emphasis on citrus than the average Pilsner. Very complex and quaffable, near perfect balance. A must try.

Oct 06, 2013
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jul 11, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I have been exbeeriencing problems with some of my CAN backlog due to the unabating heat & humidity here in LanCANster, PA this summer. CANs have been pooching & even bursting in the face of the unrelenting, relentless heat & humidity. Sure, that was redundant, but you should feel the moist heat. As an asthmatic, it is like trying to breathe through wet cement. Ugh. The reason that I mention this is that I noticed this tallboy laying on its side recently. When I picked it up to find the cause, I saw that the usually CANcave bottom of the CAN was now, somehow, CANvex! This is a rare failure, but I put it right into the reefer to keep it cool until a proper Crack & Glug could be CANducted.

From the CAN: "Pilsner-style Beer"

The time has come! Nothing untoward happened on CANducting the Crack!, but I was as leery as Timothy as far as the Glug was CANcerned. I really needn't have been since it formed the most beautiful two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with the most excellent retention that I have seen in years. Color was a hazy/cloudy solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a grassy hoppiness that immediately made me think of a Czech Pils. Mouthfeel was soft, really amazing. Not thin, not watery, but just really soft on the tongue. Man, was this a hoppy beer! Very grassy with a touch of mint and hay and suddenly I was transported back to the early-1970s on my maternal grandparents' upper lot, surrounded by working farm before the developers completely revamped the landscape. I got to drive the tractor in the hay fields once & there is nothing like the smell of fresh-mown hay drying in the summer sun. My maternal aunt planted mint for tea one summer & it was highly refreshing, especially as iced tea. If you have never experienced fresh-mown grass, then I CANnot help you. This beer was evocative of all of these. Finish was dry, as it should be. It was highly refreshing on a hot, humid summer day. The only drawback/caveat is its price point, which for me, makes it a one-and-done. Ouch.

Aug 21, 2016
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse for their Mikkeller Tap Takeover. 3 down, 17 to go.

Pours a vibrant and clear deep golden colour, with a very thick head of sticky off-white foam. Lacing is full and solid. Light body, but very suitable for the style.

Nose is crisp with hops, but also redolent with a crisp savoury/sweet character like smoky pork belly. Some greenness, some citrus and a touch of mild mitigated sulphur. Nice. The smoky savoury character disappears after a while, and I wonder if it was just the comparison to the last beer.

Taste is milder, but very crisp and light and pretty pleasant. Some crisp leafy hops, a bit of light grain and a sparkling and light finish. Very drinkable and light, would make a great quaffing beer.

Very decent brew. It's a mild style, but as usual, Mikkeller has loaded it with as much character as the style can possibly support.

Aug 23, 2011
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whartontallboy from New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Nov 21, 2011
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wl0307 from England

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 30/04/2015, served chilled in a straight pilsner glass.

A: dark golden in colour with light haze, coming with a well-lasting layer of off-white froth and lively carbonation.
S: the aroma comes overwhelmingly hoppy, full of tropical fruits (guava, passion fruits, mango, etc.), aromatic grassiness, an assertive edge of sweet lemons, plus lactic sour-sweetness and gristy/biscuity pale malts.
T: effervescent, the foretaste is resinous and lovely tropical fruity (I wonder if Citra is used in this brew), highlighting zesty citrusness with a tannic tang on top of a mild malty backbone; soon turning clean/neat on the palate allowing plentiful hop bitterness to roam freely towards the finish… In many ways this beer is unlike any lager bier I’ve had, and really, with this level of flavours, there’s no need to remind oneself of what kinds of yeasts were used in the brewing process.
M&O: refreshing, medium bodied, the flavour profile is rich and colourful, accentuating hops of course. A well-crafted, high-octave hoppy session lager ideal for any occasion, in my opinion.

Sep 18, 2013
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Kirk from England

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Jun 22, 2013
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a slightly hazy golden honey colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like top then faded slowly to a good one finger covering which lasted throughout... lots of sticky lacing patches coat the glass all the way down...

Aroma - Spicy tart fruits (oranges (peel?), pears), lots of floral honey, sea saltiness, chalky notes, some soapiness, peppery and grassy hop bitterness, very herbal - some hints of basil, some tobacco notes, cut wet grass, some buttery traces, slightly rubbery, some graininess...

Taste - Lots of grassy and peppery hop bitterness up front followed by lots of herbal notes, light biscuity malts, again some floral honey sweetness, quite nutty, marzipan traces, juicy fruits (bitter oranges, pears, apples, grapefruit), a hint of saline, some alcohol warmth just coming through, faint tobacco...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little bite... medium bodied... very drinkable at only 4.6%

Overall - A superb brew and one that i wish i could get my hands on more easily... highly recommended..

Mar 23, 2014
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dgherm from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Jul 29, 2013
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SFLpunk from Vermont

4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dany (glouglouburp on RB) for this extra! 11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Cap dated 02/01/12.

Over-flowed on opening despite being refrigerated for more than 24 hours. Pours a vibrant golden orange with thick dollops of creamy off-white head. Hazy. Appearance score suffers due to over-flow.

Nose is packed full of citrusy, orange-y hops. Smells sticky sweet like an East Coast IPA. Palate is lean and crisp with crackly, drying carbonation. A fair deal of bittering hops, but a lot of flavor hops too. Big orange and lime, with some sticky weed-like chewy earthiness. After the hops let go, the finish is clean and dry. Bitterness leaves me salivating, but dry-mouthed at the same time.

Notes: A badass pilsner! Borderline IPA. Like a India Pale Lager.

Dec 06, 2010
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docta from Australia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller tap takeover at The Local Taphouse Darlo.
1st of twenty beers to taste this afternoon.
A great start.
Awesome clarity, and a a solid American Pale Ale.
Lovely flavor and aroma.
It is what it is in a good way.
Very sessionable and enjoyable.

Aug 23, 2011
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hunteraw from China

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Jul 10, 2013
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Canadian Dream is not red and white though I suppose it would qualify as amber - a more orangey-amber but close enough. (Originally sold as 'the Danish Dream' the colour scheme would have had to have been the same.) Its head is ultra foamy and impressively stacked; it paints the glass with thick brushstrokes, like a Tom Thomson landscape.

The aroma smells pungent, grassy, herbal, as if it were inspired by British Columbia. Some soapy lemon notes and vague florals are appreciated too, but the bouquet has more than enough of a ganja-like tinge that the Trailer Park Boys would definitely approve.

The taste introduces a dry, sweet cereal graininess that is more reminiscent of golden prairies. The malt has hints of toffee and biscuit that pair nicely with the candied citrus and grass flavours; the profile switches between the two as often and quickly as a hockey puck changes ends.

The beer has an earthiness that David Suzuki could appreciate; aftertastes of pine serum and grass endure on the finish. Ample carbonation works at Donovan Bailey-like speed to scrub the palate clean of alpha-acids, but those are John Candy-sized resins and don't budge easily.

Mikkel Borg Bjergsø produces more crap each year than Lorne Michaels; similarly, like just about any episode of Saturday Night Live, 90% of it is either failed or rehashed ideas, although, on occasion, you witness something so memorable that it keeps you coming back for more...

Mikkeller's Canadian(/American/Danish) Dream is nice but also forgettable, a reminder that beer, like anything else, can be a numbers game - brew every single recipe that comes to mind and inevitably a few will turn out extraordinary, more will flop, and most will end up somewhere in between. That broad, all-embracing median is exactly where I'd place this offering.

Jul 02, 2013
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thufflife from Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Aug 19, 2014
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 29, 2015
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden colour with white bubbles for head. Not much lace. Looks a pretty standard lager.

Smells grainy upfront, organise with barley and grass clippings followed by big citric hops; lemon and grapefruit with tangerine edge and some lavender. Really pleasant.

Taste is similar; fairly subdued with grain giving caramelised barley and chia. Midway is where the hops get going, citric with hints of sultana and some sweet brown sugar late. Not bad at all; tangy and bitter on the back and fairly light.

Fairly thin, bit of a textured pull. Pretty bland, could have used more body.

Yeah, a light, drinkable brew. Nice flavours but clean and crisp.

Sep 01, 2011
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metter98 from New York

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and poured with a finger high frothy white head.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of lemon citrus in the nose along with some grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops along with notes of bready malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very crisp and refreshing. It would be a good beer to drink on a hot summer day.

Jan 29, 2012
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thierrynantes from France

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : amber golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and hoppy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty caramel and hop flavors, leading to a bitter finish.
Overall : a good beer in the style Pilsener.

May 21, 2014
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