Yeast Series: Lager | Mikkeller ApS

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Yeast Series: LagerYeast Series: Lager
31 Ratings
Yeast Series: LagerYeast Series: Lager

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by drabmuh on 07-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by mfnmbvp:
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Listed as retired on BeerAdvocate, but I rather enjoyed the Mikkeller Yeast Series: American-Style, so I'm confident this beer has held up just as well. Acquired from the local Binny's on sale for something like $2.99.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a beautiful earthy rustic orange colored body with some chestnut highlights. Two fingers of creamy doughy beige head. No chunky yeast sediment visible. Looks amazing.

S - Lager yeast is more apparent to me at first, but then sort of fades into the background. Some green apple, caramel malt, and some alcohol fumes.

T - Taste is slightly similar to the Mikkeller Yeast Series: American-Style, but the lager yeast distinctions are more apparent here than the American style yeast was. Green apple, bready, caramel malts, and a bit of earth.

M - Creamy and smooth with some crispness present. Finishes dry with some bitter green apple stickiness lingering on the palate. Hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, there isn't a ton of complexity going on here, but it is a very nice way to showcase the lager yeast. Well-hidden 8.00% abv, and I'd say this beer has held up just fine. If you can still find this in your area, get it.

Mikkeller Yeast Series: Lager ---4/5.

 1,299 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong orange and grapefruit. The flavor is orange hops with some grain. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good beer that cold be called an India Pale Lager. Without looking at the label, I would have figured this would be an American Style IPA, not a lager.

 341 characters

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet pale and caramel malts with good amounts of citrus hops and lighter amounts of pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky pale and caramel malt flavors, more the former than the latter, kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of crisp citrus hop flavors with hints of herbal hops backing them up. The ending is the only way I would identify this as a pilsner as it's mildly dry and has a distinct crispness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I think this experiment makes things much more difficult to produce good beers than did the single-hop experiment. Still, an interesting concept and I look forward to trying the others in the series.

 982 characters

Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Grolsch pilsner. Poured yellow-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, subtle earth hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, skunk, earth, and earthy hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one was okay for what it was, an educational brew. There were quite a few earthy notes in this one that could be off-putting to some I am sure. The fruit tried to bring this one back down to a good level, but fell slightly short. It wasn't bad, just wasn't that great.

 702 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 of a series of 4 in Yeast Series; all tasted at same time.

Pours a deep orange amber with a firm white lasting head.

Nose is light elegant floral and light fruit. There is also the "sweet" nose of pronounced alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rich, bold, creamy but minimized by the absolutely huge semi-sweet giant whiskey front and midpalate that leads to a bitter pine finish - this is the overwhelming character of this beer. While only 8% abv, the alcoholic character is very pronounced. Flavors exist of pine, bitter cooked grapefruit and some burnt toast. Big pine bitter finish.

While part of a "Yeast Series," this beer is more extreme than beers that define themselves as extreme. Not particularly "drinkable" in my opinion, although interesting to try, especially with the other Mikkeller Yeast Series brews all of which are more drinkable than this one.

 862 characters

Photo of Samp01
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy rusty orange brown with a large lasting creamy beige head with very good head retention and lacing throughout. Aroma of malt, Belgium yeast, sweet fruity and alcohol esters fill the nose. Taste is sweet malt, Belgium yeast and fruity notes, brown candied sugar with some bitter notes. Palate is a medium to full body, sweet slightly creamy and sticky mouth feel with mild carbonation. The Finish is sweet malt, Belgium yeasty, fruity, ending with some sweet brown sugar and alcohol flavor. Overall a very good, flavorful, tasty and balanced brew. Well done.

 572 characters

Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Axic10
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy murky amber with about two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that settles after a minute or two.

Smell: Piney and earth hops, slightly soapy aroma.

Taste: Bitey bitter hop presence that carries throughout the entire taste finishing with a nice malty flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bite.

Drinkability: My favorite out of the two of the Yeast Series that I've had so far. I hope that the Hefe and Brett versions are what I'm hoping they are.

 535 characters

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second bottle of the series. Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber hue, like the American Ale version, with about 2 fingers of light tan head. Less rocky than the American Ale. Slow to drop, leaving nice lacing.

Aromas of clean, neutral yeast, like the American Ale, but much less fruity. Emphasis on the hops, citrus and pine.

Flavors of caramel and grainy malt, with a nice punch of piny and grapefruit hops. Finish is clean, with a brisk bitterness, with hops in the fade.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied. Same mouthcoating bitterness, but with slightly less puckering effect.

Overall a very nice American Amber/Red Lager. A bit like SA Boston Lager, but with the citrus and pine hops replacing the hallertau and tettnang hops.

 774 characters

Photo of GbVDave
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, reddish-amber. Sitting on top was about four fingers of the densest, tightest head I've seen in a while that domed way up over the rim of the glass. Retention was stellar and tons of lace were left clinging to the glass.

S: Earthy and sweet. Slightly dirty Lager yeast aroma coupled with some lightly sweet malt. Hops were a bit citrus-y and fruity.

T: See above. Like some of the others in this series, I found the flavors to be a bit on the harsh side.

M: Some peppery hops and drying alcohol blend with slightly sweet malt. Dry finish lasts forever.

D: I liked this better than the Belgian, but not as much as the Brett...

 702 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pokal at ChurchKey.

The last in my...horizontal??? the CK. It's been quite a ride. It pours a clear copper-amber topped by about two fingers of ecru froth. The nose is faint and barely there (yeah, both), comprising some light florals and wheat. The taste steps up a bit (not hard after the snooze fest my 'strils were just put through), holding a lotta wheat, some grass, some floral bitters, and a slight citrus tinge in the background. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a surprisingly creamy feel. Overall, not bad, a nice end to my afternoon experimenting with yeast.

 612 characters

Photo of Antnyd82
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours slightly hazy, honey amber color (I should add that all of these yeast ales from Mikkeller look pretty much the same), with very good head retention and considerable lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light wet tobacco and pepper. The beer is a bit better on the palate, showing some bread dough, light honey and pepper on a modestly sweet frame. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, though the beer delivers plenty of flavor and has a good finish. The beer is very drinkable, with the alcohol nicely integrated into the flavor profile. Touch of bitterness on the finish is nice.

Not bad at all.

 614 characters

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a burnt orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of hops, caramel and a strong malty component.

T: Tasted of malt, hops, caramel, and a touch of citrus. Not what you would call a classic American Pale Lager, but still pretty decent.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

 468 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Max's yesterday. Tried them all side-by-side

Orange/light amber with decent clarity, there's a dense, off-white head with decent retention, it falls off to a ring as it warms up. As with all the others, the nose is just too sweet. Caramel and citrus with a rather clean profile, I can't criticize the technique here. The palate is too sweet with the caramel and hoppiness really clashing. The bitterness is rather overwhelming. Clean, this is bitter on the finish. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, the bitter finish is a bit much for me. Not particularly impressive.

 591 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a slightly cloudy, orange/gold color with a small, white head of long-lasting, pillowy foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cut grass, floral notes and caramel.

T - This is very spicy for a "lager" with a bready sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer.

D - Interesting - very spicy unlike most lagers but it had that caramel and bready flavors that you can get in pilseners. Very tasty but obviously doesn't truly fit the style.

 514 characters

Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Writing a review for this beer is tough. How can you nit-pick and be critical about a style of beer when it wasn't exactly brewed for a specific style? This was a sort of educational piece for we the consumers to learn a bit about yeast's influence in a beer. This was the same base brewed for 5 different beers and the only difference is the yeast.

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing, poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a perfectly clear color of copper. 3 fingers worth of yellowish stained fluff appear with very good retention. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves thick patchy lace clinging to the glass. A swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

The aroma is sweet smelling with caramel malt and a very fruited aspect that is almost winey across the back of the nose. A bit of pungent alcohol is solvent in character. Herbal and lightly medicinal. As it warms, it picks up a note of grassiness.

The taste is herbal and spicy with hops. Solvent alcohol is noted fairly aggressively. The malt backing is toasty and somewhat like caramel malt which leaves some residual sugar that exaggerates the fruity hop inclusion. The aftertaste is a little rindy that lingers inside the mouth.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The 8% abv is not hidden at all but drinks fairly decent. This example just screams "high gravity" but finishes somewhat crisp and enjoyable. Having this once was enough for me. The educational value of this experiment is noteworthy, but the beer itself as a lager is average at best.

 1,565 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Put this head to head with the Belgian Ale from the series.

This one pours in an identical colour, a bright and slightly hazed reddish bronze colour, with a very fine head of slightly yellowish bubbles. Lacing is excellent, leaving intricate patterning down the glass in the pattern of Pascal's triangle. Lovely. Body is as thick as you may expect from an 8% abv beer, although this one certainly retains less body than the Belgian Ale. Still, it's a very good looking brew all up.

Nose is crisp and sharp, with a lot of hoppiness, and minimal malt characteristics. Compared with the Belgian Ale, which doesn't have a lot of hoppiness, I wonder how much of the sharpness is actually due to the clear crispness from the yeast. Still, it's pretty decent.

Taste is very clear for the most part, but with this brew it accentuates the alcohol character; the yeast really has trouble leaving enough body to match the ABV. Bitterness on the back from the hops, but this mingles with the fusel character to give quite a harshness on the back. Feel is light and crisp until the harshness makes itself felt.

This is definitely inferior to the Belgian Ale, which had its own drawbacks, but which was a more consistent beer overall. This one accentuates what a lager yeast does to a beer - it strips a lot of body, adds crispness and accentuates the other characters. But a lager yeast (or at least *this* lager yeast) really doesn't suit this style of beer.

 1,450 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer experiment from Mikkeller. The same wort fermented with 5 different yeast strains. They made their point but I would have used a cleaner malt bill to make this point. Most of the beers were big and heavy for the different yeasts and imparted too much of their own character to the beers.

The lager was interesting, aroma was dominantly sweet like syrup, hint of hops. Beer was smooth but heavy, late hoppy bitterness, almost an aftertaste. Drinkability is OK mouthfeel is OK. This beer is hazier than the others as well. Otherwise its red and forms a head of off white tiny bubbles that clings to the glass.

 621 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper and bronze amber hue with good bubbling and a soft froth that lasts through the whole 11.2 oz. bottle.

The aroma has some nice effervesant carbonation that tickles the nose a little. The carbonation enhances the citric and soft earthy hop aroma and lends subtlety to the caramel and crystal malts that give just some sweetness for balance.

The taste and mouthfeel make me think of an awesome IPA recipe, only brewed with lager yeast. You get the citric bitterness and a little sodden grass flavos enhanced so well by the lager yeast's carbonation. The mlats seem to be the subtle backbone of this beers overall flavor. dding sweet caramel and toasted bread crust to offset some hoppy bitterness. The alcohol might add a little dry heat at the most, but the 8% abv. integrates in flavor and palate very well.

So good I might try to session this IPA/hoppy lager, before realizing this beer is to strong for such endeavors.

 938 characters

Photo of mrfrancis
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a compacy off-white head. Little chunks of yeast are clearly visible in the bottom of the glass.

S: Aromas of pepper, toffee, caramel, tea, lemon, and orange are present on the nose. This doesn't smell lager-like at all, but it's far from unpleasant.

T: Notes of orange, lemon, lime, tea, black pepper, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and minerals are present in the mouth. The finish is yeasty and rather tart with notes of tea, lemon, lime, and caramel very noticeable.

M: Medium in body, firm, and dryish. Carbonation is crisp. This is where one is reminded that this beer was brewed as a lager.

O: This is an interesting effort, that is for sure. Like many Mikkeller brews, this beer does not really conform to style guidelines nor does it lend itself to easy reviewing. This still does not change the fact that this is an enjoyable, enlightening beer once you get over the fact that it can't really be categorized.

 954 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Yeast Series: Lager from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 31 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.