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RATINGS: 643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium.

’Fad bamse’ is a highly hopped and dry hopped imperial pilsner with a light body and lovely crispyness from the lager yeast.
A Danish pilsner is typically characterized by an alcohol content of 4,6% vol., piss-yellow colour and a sexless, slightly bitter taste. But it doesn’t have to be like this…! Draft Bear is Mikkellers interpretation of a ’pilsner’, heavyweight-style. With its powerful hop notes, high alcohol content and lovely golden appearance, the only reference to the pilsner style is the clean taste of the lager yeast.
Ingredients : Water, malts (pils, carapils and amber), light candy sugar, hops (amarillo and cascade) and lager yeast.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABS (526) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet’s BU. Amber with an above medium amount of white, foamy head. Very hoppy nose. Some grapefruit, lemon, other citrus and some alcohol. Quite bitter, but some sweetness helps to balance it out. Quite thick and oily body. Low to medium carbonation. A bit dry. Lemon, orange and other grapefruit flavours. Also some sugar, resin. Hint of banana, pepper and other spices. Very good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zupe_zjedz (27) - POLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Mikkeller / Draft Bear / Imperial Pilsner -Degustowane podczas Beer Geek Madness

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (403) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - NOV 2, 2014
330 ml bottle from Mikeller Webshop.
Dark golden, clear body, with a big, frothy, dense head, that laces a lot.
Aroma of passion fruit and other fruits, grass, hay, some herbs, candy, some alcohol.
Taste with a lot of grass, citrus, pine, some tropical fruits, herbs, honey, alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium, quite oily, with a lively carbonation and it finishes bitter, dry, with pine, lemon zest, a lot of grass again and slightly alcohol warming.

Nice. Pretty intense, not only because of the noticeable alcohol, but also because of quite dominant grassy notes and a strong bitter, dry finish. Good drinkability though. Some nice tropical fruits and sweet candy notes for a good balance. Overall enjoyable, but not my favourite beer of this style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (751) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2014
Tap at Kaapse Brouwers. Slight hazy dark golden with medium white head. Lots is sweet malts with a roasted touch and some cocoa powder. Big piny hops with dry biscuits and bitter marmalade. Some plums and dried apricots. Medium to full bodied. Wow, this is really complex and deep, I get new things with every sip. Love it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (5849) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 21, 2014
Bottled 330ml. -from Svijet Piva Zagreb. Clear darker golden coloured, small to medium sized white head, quite nice soft hoppy fruity alcoholic nose. Intensive bitter grapefruity and fruity hoppy with notes of grass, honey and mild alcohol. Dry hoppy finish. Decent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8070) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled @ Finest Spirits and Beer Convention Bochum 2014: Trübes goldgelbes Bier mit wenig Schaum. Geruch grasig, hopfig, tropische Früchte. Geschmack fruchtig, grasig, tropische Früchte, gut!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6807) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Hazy golden orange color. Thin white head, leaving great thicker lace. Medium to bigger body, good full feel. Pretty creamy overall, whole feel and appearance has a sort of nitro-aspect to it (but it’s not pouring nitro). Smooth, creamy lighter carbonation. Light slick body, lightly dry in the finish. Great big bready doughy malt. Kind of crackery, kind of cake-like. Mild peppery, some decent piney hop but not as hoppy as expected judging from the description.. The American way of doing "hoppy imperial pils" is to just brew a DIPA with lager yeast it seems, but this respects the pilsner base, much more creative and thought out, I respect that. The hop doesn’t dominate the aroma, but provides for a pleasant moderate to bigger bitterness. Light to moderate sweet. Very balanced taste. Pretty fun stuff.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HoppyBudgie (756) - SOLA, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2014
Pours a slightly pale deep golden colour with a small steady creamy white head leaving a good lacing. Aroma of fresh ripe fruits, pine, flowers and a good soft sweetness. Good mouthfeel. Dry hoppy and fruity flavour with a soft sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (371) - ITALY - OCT 11, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours a beautiful orange with a thick off white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, light sweet fruits, orange marmalade. Taste is also malty and fruity developing into a good dry bitterness with vegetal notes. Still some sweet fruits in the finish along with a light alcoholic warmness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1011) - DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
Aroma: Very hoppy with notes of caramel. Flavor: Very grape-like bitter with slight sweetness and a dry finish. Color: Golden amber with a white head.


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