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Mikkeller Keeper American Pilsner

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Mikkeller
Brewed at Sly Fox Brewing Company

Style: Pilsener
Copenhagen, Denmark

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vickvega82 (36) - Maine, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Pour a nice clear golden with head to spare. Smells abundantly of pine and citrus hops. It has an ideal amount of hops that taste just like they smell with just a hint of some malt on the finish to smooth the whole thing out. This is a great offering from Mikkeller and to me it is like Heady Topper lite. Very drinkable even right out of the can.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (1861) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Can. Pours a clear pale, light orange color with a big bubbly head that fades a bit but never completely goes away. Aroma is sweet honey, fresh grain, and dry grass. Tastes very grainy. Dry biscuits, citrus peels and grass. Bitter, dry finish. The dryness and bitterness are extreme but it’s still pretty decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (325) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Good. Pours beautiful golden color with a great nose. Nice taste but may stick around a bit to long.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (683) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUL 19, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured golden, clear, huge white and foamy head and lots of lacing on the glass (this beer look awesome on the glass). Aroma is actually kind of hoppy, also some malts. Taste is sweet but with a bitter finish, malts, grain, some citrus hops. Super drinkable, quite enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2226) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Can. Light grain and caramel for the malt, heavy pine and grapefruit peel for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with notes of coriander and a mix of light dried fruit. Head is average size, frothy, white with good lacing and good legs. Color is sparkling clear light amber. Flavor starts slightly sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is light to medium, a litlle slick with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. Nice citrus-y hops tops off this tasty Pilsener.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1591) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Can from CBX. Pour a crystal clear deep gold with a fluffy white head. Aroma is light grainy pale malts, bready with heaping amounts of pine and grassy hops. Flavor is similar with a solid light, crisp, clean, lengthy bitter finish. I like me a super hoppy pilsner. More of this style canned please.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rondphoto (1824) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Can @ John’s Grocery / Iowa City IA --- Clear golden amber color, thick foamy white head, swaths of lace. This looks delicious like any All-American beer in ads from fifty years ago. Wow. Aroma of light malt and citrus. Taste is three pronged - sweet malt opens things, followed by citrus hops that don’t take over, but are clearly there, then malt again as it moves to a lingering finish. And what is that? Light hops keep pulsing in until all disappears. A really solid light pilsner - challenges any of the best from Germany.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1682) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Can. Gold pour, white head. Good retention/lace. Aroma of grain, citrus/grassy hop. Taste is lightly sweet, bitter citrus, grassy. Palate is soft, slick, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7659) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2014
This brew is a clear golden color with a medium white head that evaporates steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grassy hops, fruit and biscuit malt. Light-bodied with flavors of herbal hops, toasted malt and citrus. The finish is mildly bitter with a grassy hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2890) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2014
12 ounce can
Normally I stay away from the hoppier Mikkeller beers as it is hard to tell how fresh they are. With this one being brewed not too far away at Sly Fox however and being a reasonable (for Mikkeller) $2.89 a can it seemed like a safe gamble. A well crafted pilsener may not challenge anybody’s perceptions but it shows that the Germans are not the only ones who can make a refreshing summer beer.

Aroma / Appearance - A surge of crisp white head takes over the glass for a few minutes. Eventually it begins to settle down into a bronze base with a warm polished feel like a roll of freshly minted US pennies. The same smell pervades the nose along with wheat, calm hops, and gentle malts. Put together it is a bit like the change drawer at a busy bank - a mixture of new and old coins laying in a pile.

Flavor / Palate - Low key malts start off with an inviting profile that eases into a gentle feel of Southern iced tea. The hop bill shares center stage with a dusty taste before the finish that hangs in the throat. A nice sessionable option would be great if it were cheaper although I know why it costs what it does. Even so I will probably skip it again in favor of supporting the local Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York breweries at the same or lower price point.


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