Mikkeller Rauch Pils | Mikkeller ApS

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47 Ratings
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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:
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Added by Huhzubendah on 12-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 14
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 Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toscanoigor
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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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 kniles38
1.89/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of mothmanscott
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep gold/pale amber amber producing a short 2 fingers of frothy, off-white, somewhat lasting head that leaves thin rings & strings of frost like lacing. Aroma is grilled meat (hotdog) smokey (beech?), pale & pilsner malt, honey, grain, faint lemon & grassy hops. Taste is smoke & smoked meat, pepper, pilsner malts, lemon & grassy hops. A malty, peppery, meaty smoke filled finish were the hop flavors become subdued. The smoke and bitter increase in the lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is moderate bodied with medium carbonation, dry throughout, bright, clean, crisp with a fine prickle. It was good but I was a little disappointed and that may not be the fault of the beer. I did not realized the brew was bottle conditioned and the lack of care during the pour may have altered the flavor & produced the hazy appearance by introducing too much yeast into the glass. Further I purchased this off of a discout shelf (albeit from well respected bottle shop) so it may have been sitting around awhile though I do not believe that was mishandled.

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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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Yury_Rudnev
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of rodlavers
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sandanders
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ascags
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BrickOneal
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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 Rosstheboss
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of gshackles
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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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Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick three finger head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice predominant aroma of smoked malts with hints of bread and bacon.
Flavor of smoked malts, grassy hops, pine, lemon and pepper. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
That is a tasty and balanced Pils, initially it was hard to imagine it would work it out, but they did it again.

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Mikkeller Rauch Pils from Mikkeller ApS
3.9 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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