LA Lager | Mikkeller ApS

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LA LagerLA Lager

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 03-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

"L.A. Lager" (note the periods). "Burger & Bun Real US Burgers." My label matches the one in the photograph. Best before: 11/01/13. My girlfriend brought this from Europe for me. Ironic that I lived in Los Angeles for three years and never saw this anywhere. 5% ABV confirmed. 33cl brown glass bottle with U.S.A. themed label art and white unbranded pry-off pressure cap served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which is my favourite.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess. Spotty uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a peach/copper of average vibrance. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, I'm surprised it isn't clear given the style. But it looks interesting for a lager and I'm looking forward to trying it. It's not unique, but it's certainly atypical.

Sm: Peach and pear fruits. Passionfruit. Sweet pale malts, pilsner malt, and caramalt. A bit too sweet if you ask me. Some floral and fruity hop notes. Has a light funky yeast edge which I didn't expect. Some biscuit malt. A hint of grapefruit. Lightly resinous. Definitely on the hoppy end for a lager without every feeling overhopped. Some lime.

The funky yeast really intrigues me; it's certainly a different approach to the style. No alcohol is detectable. A pleasant, appealing aroma of mild strength.

T: It's aggressively hopped for a lager without letting any naked bitterness through. I get lots of diverse hop character: floral notes, prickly pear, peach, passionfruit, grapefruit, hints of tropical pineapple (without going overboard), and some resins. Sweet bready malts are abundant, along with plenty of pale malt and some biscuit malt. It also has a light dose of some of that funky/sourdough bready yeast edge, which cuts the sweetness nicely by the third act. Overall, the flavour profile tends towards the sweet end of the bitter/sweet spectrum.

It's got more depth and diversity of flavour than many IPAs I've had. Very interesting for a lager. Above average duration and intensity of flavour. Good complexity and subtlety. It's balanced and cohesive in a general sense, but it's not a gestalt build.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Overcarbonated. Has a bit of a bite. Largely smooth and wet, though it has enough coarseness to coax out a bit more depth of flavour. It's rather full-bodied for a lager. I wouldn't call it crisp or refreshing. Has a bit of a heavy presence on the palate considering the style. The texture draws a bit too much attention to itself. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't seem custom-tailored to it.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Drinkable, but not to the extent you'd want from a great lager. Ultimately, the interesting depth and diversity of flavour for the style make this an interesting beer, but the core features of a great lager - a refreshing feel, a crisp clean taste - are missing. I love the experimentation and always applaud Mikkel's attempts to push boundaries, but it's not a world class beer. Hides its ABV well.


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Photo of Iztok
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of BeerTruck
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. Says 'Burger & Bun' on the label, which is decorated with red and white pinstripes (giving the impression of old-style US fast food decor). What this means is anyone's guess.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A deep golden-amber colour with good carbonation and fine sediment. Produces a large head of fluffy white foam with great retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of intense aromatic hops with fruity notes of grapefruit and citrus, underpinned by sweet malt and dry yeast.

Tastes of plentiful aromatic hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit and spicy, peppery citrus, followed by subtle grainy malt and yeast. Decent bitterness upon swallowing, and quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and full-bodied (for a lager). Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Tasty, with tons of hop aroma. More of a pale ale than a lager in character (though not actually very pale). Good balance and flavour, with a nice bitterness. If only more lagers were made in this vein. Grab one if you see it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed deep copper hue, with a tall frothy cream coloured head that retains.

Sharp grapefruit hits the nose and remains the prominent character. Scratch that, the only character to be found in the aroma.

Cascade hops once again jump the queue in the flavour department, with only hints of grainy, biscuity malt far, far into the background. Sharp hops up front, things tend to mellow and round out towards the finish.

Light mouthfeel, with a slick texture and some moderate yet prickly carbonation.

This really just strikes me as an "well, what other style can we load up with Cascade hops?" type of beer, and while it's very one-dimensional and more of a pale ale than a lager, I'll fully admit it still works for me. I'm still digging on the hop content, it pushes the right button. Still, let's call this what it really is, an American Pale Ale brewed with lager yeast.

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Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of liamt07
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, thanks Chris. 12oz bottle into a tulip, best before October 26, 2013 on the cap. Apparently bottle conditioned.

Hazy reddish copper (American Pale lager I think not!), soapy white head. Great retention and lacing. Nose is hoppier than any 'pale lager' I've ever come across - this is way closer to a West Coast IPA than anything. Juicy fruits, resin, a bit of pine and some caramel malts. Perhaps a bit of pale malt, and some yeast notes. Taste confuses me, but develops a bit more lager character, perhaps a lagered IPA? Sweeter, earthier and still hoppy as heck, perhaps a bit of breadiness too. A bit watery but still incredibly drinkable, and full of flavour for what I still can't believe is a lager based on the aromatics and flavour profile. Bottle went way too fast. Need moar - thanks a bunch Chris.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from Beer Cartel, poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Has a copper-golden hue with a nice creamy looking off-white head of foam that spot laces well on the way down.

Smells of fruit salad, passionfruit is the most dominant smell, very fresh and defined and more than you would expect. A little bit of pungent pine at the end just adds to the experience.

Taste has a more sedate fruit salad and passionfruit flavour. Some bread comes through, but not a tonne.

Mouthfeel is good, body is on the bigger side of things, but the bitterness and a little dryness keep this very drinkable.

Real nice lager, you finish this thinking you got more than you bargained for or expected. Could drink plenty of this. Nice hop-fix and seems to hold up well as this tastes very fresh. Hard to top in its category.

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Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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

330ml bottle. The label simply displays the text: "Burger & Bun, Real US Burgers" with a background that evokes old-timey pinstripe, In 'n' Out imagery. Don't know how this pertains to beer, but I'll play anyways. Also, isn't this just the same thing as the original Euro Awesomesauce offering?

This beer pours a clear, somewhat glassy pale amber colour, with two fat SoCal fingers of airily creamy off-white head, which leaves leaves some decent sprocket pattern lace bands around the glass as it seeps away.

It smells of zingy, yet sweet, citrus peel, mild pine, and bready caramel malt. Wait, what? The taste is more mind and genre-bending goodness - crisp citrusy hops, further forest floor bitterness, sourdough breadiness, a bit of toffee, and some struggling biscuit truthiness.

The bubbles, they be a wee bit the low side of average, the body showing a decent medium weight, and equally smooth. It finishes with a lessening of the IPA (there, I said it, finally) fruity bitterness, and more of the fruity pale lager essence.

Well, I kinda like how Mikkeller goes all in and above and beyond when making a beer with foreign (to him, maybe) marketing and style parameters, almost to the point of outright parody. Voila exhibit A: a West Coast hopped-up beastly, bewildered lager, that would be great with a burger, you bet your ass. Huh. Awesome, indeed, no wanking about docking points for lack of style adherence this time, bra...

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Photo of AlastairM
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 20/2/12

A hazy copperish orange with some swirls of sediment that don't settle right away, large three finger head quickly falls to a thin film leaving some spider web lacing

S pine , spruce, passion fruit, guava and some toffee not what I was expecting but glad to have it, quite tropical and more pine then I see in most DIPA's

T a little toned from the smell in all areas but still very nice, is that lager yeast I'm tasting? a little lemon and lime come through, pretty solid stuff

M light and well carbonated with a little grit left behind in the mouth, rind aftertaste lingers faintly

O solid stuff for sure and I have a hard time thinking lager when I drink it

I had no idea with this one and it turned out pretty good, I could power session this for quite a while without getting board or wasted

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Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A west coast lager?

Pours a deep gold with a white head, good retention & lace.

The high alpha American hops are readily apparent in the nose and really come through in the flavour as well. Solid bitterness. The lager yeast is really neutral. Tasted blind, a few people might think this is an IPA.

Solid body seems bigger than 5%, yet it's nicely attenuated. Light hop acidity.

Overall it's an interesting brew and a really good drinker.

Thanks Sammy!

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from private Quebec order, good for 2 more years to expiry. Pours pale yellow with generous white retained head and lots of thick lace.Neutral aroma. Good bitterness and great drinkability. Good fall raking leaves beer. Tad above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of pine and a little bit of orange citrus notes as well as some bready malt. The flavor is similar. I get some juicy orange citrus notes as well as some pine from the hops. The bread from the malt keeps the beer from being too bitter, but there is still a nice amount. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice, full-flavored lager that strongly resembles and American Pale Ale. Another nice beer from Mikkeller.

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

Bottle from pixieskid and Simon in Paris, thanks guys, you are amazing!
Reviewed on my phone, so shortened...
Thought this was just a regular lager, and was wondering if I should try it, but then realized it is more apa style... so giving it a shot.
Pours a nice golden color with a finger of head, but the nose is what hits me. Nice ipa on the nose, no citrus, all pine... smells like pinesol. That's the power of pinesol baby.
Taste is a bit if a letdown based on the nose, but still nice. It is not overpowering. Very smooth, very drinkable... piney ipa.
I don't get the LA thing, and it not coming to the us, but whatever... its good. So incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of ADZA
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Mikkeller brew ive only just encountered but it comes in a brown 330ml bottle and has an attractive looking red/white striped label with burger and bun in red writing on the top of the label and it pours a orange,honey hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and some sticky lacing,it has a summer fruitiness smell about it with aromas of oranges,limes,passionfruit,toffee and sticky pungent piney hops,the mouthfeel is spot on with a light body and perfect carbonation and the aromas are definately there on taste with oranges,passionfruit,a tinge of toffee and finishes with a piney,lime hoppy bitterness and overall this brew is very easy to drink while still having a uniqueness to it and i would definately buy again cheers.

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LA Lager from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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