Mikkeller Rauch Pils | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller Rauch PilsMikkeller Rauch Pils

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Huhzubendah on 12-18-2012

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of thefreakinjman
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a yellowish color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a 2 1/2 inch head of creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A good-looking beer.

S: A solid, if slightly unusual aroma of hops, malt, and a smokiness.

T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), a little citrus (lemon), light malt, and the aforementioned smokiness. The smoke isn't overpowering and allows the other ingredients to emerge. A tasty and well-balanced flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a mostly smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Adding smoke to any beer is usually going to divide people, but this beer is much more accessible than most. A drinkable brew.

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Photo of Mike-Harms
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loved this smoked pilsner. You don't often see such a light varietal as Pilsner getting smoked, but this one really works out well. Definitely more of a campfire-smokebeer than a bacon-smokebeer, it keeps it's crispness and still has nice strong smoke notes. Good execution, and I want more.

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Photo of Bubbles
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. Bottle conditioned. I left a good inch and a half at the bottom to avoid pouring the sediment.

Pours a deep golden colour, with good clarity. Head is fluffy and persistent, forming a very decent crest of yellowed-white atop the beer. Lacing is streaking and solid. It's a great looking beer.

Nose is a pleasantly quaint mingling of mild beech smoke and green-bottle euro skunk. Once it's swirled a bit the skunk disappears, leaving a deeper, grainier note and a darker smoke character that starts to get a little earthy, with truffle and mushroom coming through. Hops are quite muted, although that pleasant green generic European aroma does waft around in the background for a while. It's very pleasant.

Taste is also very good indeed. For the most part, it's a very well-made pilsner, crisp and clean, with a direct vector of hops through the centre. Later there's a slightly more pronounced bitterness, which blossoms into a strange, smoky back palate bringing a slight cured meat sweetness to the mix as well. Finish is very crisp with a punctuation point of hops making a clean break from the smokiness. The result is the aftertaste is extremely bright and light, without any lingering effects.

Feel just what you want: clean and crisp and light. Perfectly suitable.

Overall, this is an exceptionally drinkable beer with twists to give it interest. While it uses the smoke to interesting effect, at heart it's just a damn good pils, and it manages to stay that way despite the strange places the smoke takes it.

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Photo of LAp
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, an impressive beer, and one that I think is sadly underrated (though a full bottle may be needed to justify that assessment). Sampled as a bottle shared with 3 friends in small tasting glasses. Pilsners are a style I stay away from by and large, but the smoke adds a nuance here that makes the beer something worth contemplating - and worth coming back too. Adding the smokey elements not to a beer that already has depth and body (like a stout), but to something light like a pilsner creates an engaging dissonance between the light body of the beer and the depth of the smoke profile. Overall, a great beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Smoke, pilsner and sweet grainy malts, dried meats, a bit of vanilla and lager yeast.

T - Smoke, smoked meats, pilsner and sweet grainy malts, lemon zest, mild noble hops, vanilla, and a bit of lager yeast.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey finish.

D - Good mix of smoke and pilsner flavors.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer is golden hued with a small white head. The aroma brings citrus, smoke, grain. Smells nice. The taste follows suit, with everything coming together nicely. The smoke character is assertive but not overbearing. Light in body and easy to drink. A hybrid rauchbier / pilsner, this was tasty and enjoyable. I am a fan of both styles, and would drink this again.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Nice stop, drop and wet mask imagery depicted on the typical cartoonish label.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, billowing tarnished white head, which leaves a broadly spanning swath of splayed broccoli floret lace around the glass as it slowly fades away.

It smells of meaty, sweaty caramel malt, middling acrid smoky notes, crackery, bready biscuit malt, and somewhat bitter leafy, grassy hops. The taste is more bready, cereal-like grainy malt, a somewhat faltering gamey smokiness, and some singed dry leafy/wild grass hops.

The bubbles are decently edgy, and well supportive, the body an adequate medium weight, and kind of tacky in their attempt at smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the crackery malt doing well to keep itself above the promised fray (real and imagined) of smoke.

A smoked beer that allows for the preservation of the underlying, well-rendered sassy Czech Pilsener, as the balance achieved here is quite commendable. Worthy enough for ash connoisseurs and newbies to the style alike.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fantastic, you never see smoky malt like this in a lighter beer. its always some massive thing, but this delicate and delicious pils is very impressive. it pours a slightly burn golden color with some haze and a finger or so of off white head. the nose is quite smoky for its color, some vanilla sweetness too, which comes out of nowhere, as well as some nice Czech malts. the flavor is all of the above, with the vanilla element being a real surprise, kind of uniting the dry malt with the rich smoke in a cleverly nuanced way. grainy but refined, bold but subtle, great bitter hoppy finish is also a shocker, and the yeast imparts some nice doughy whole grain flavors too. this is complex and yummy, which is now the mikkeller standard. fine carbonation puffs it up a little, and the body is still on the south side of medium. everything about this is fantastic, and I wish I had a 750ml instead of an 11.2oz. its top quality, the smoke in a lighter beers is genius. the label art is also high headed and hilarious.

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Photo of d_kizzle
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of wood smoke, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big wood smoke, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wood smoke, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes presence. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a very nice smoked Czech pilsner style. All around nice robustness and balance of pale/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink. Was expecting more smoke initially; but there is still a nice amount there, while still tasting true to the base style. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of babaracas
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque orange with one finger's worth of dense, creamy white foam. Sheet down the glass. Smell: wood smoke as in smoked cheese, grainy, mildly grassy. Taste: spicy, citrus, grain husk. Not much of the smoke character here. Drying finish. Interesting.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Mikkeller Rauch Pils from Mikkeller ApS
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