Mikkeller: The American Dream (Denmark: Premium Lager: 4.6% ABV)

Visual: Clear gold amber with and off white bubbled head an inch thick that leaves lace.

Nose: Apricot, graceful bitter hops. Pineapple, grapefruit and peaches. Lovely light and fruity.

Body: Grapefruit, very sharp. Oaken wood back. Surprisingly rough textured.

Finish: More grapefruit, growing bitter and hops. Dry malt. Mainly mixes citrus and bitter.

Conclusion: Bit of an odd one thus. It’s a lager, but the grapefruit hoppiness calls much more to the American Pale Ale style. This results in a nose that comes across very well with just enough sourness following it through.

The beer does feel torn between two worlds. The slightly gritty flavour means that it doesn’t drink smooth like a lager, but the body cannot hold the duration of an ale, for all it gives a good attempt.

You can feel the body trying to punch out. In some ways it reminds my of a lot of the Nelson Sauvin single hops I’ve been having recently, or at least what its trying to do reminds me of that.  The contrast results in a not amazingly complex but still drinkable lager.

I commend what Mikkeller are trying with this, but for me it doesn’t quite work out the kinks. Doesn’t make it a bad beer, but in trying to take from other styles it doesn’t gain as much as it hopes, and loses the advantages of its own.

Nice try though.

Background: Mikkeller along with Brewdog were my earliest introductions to the craft scene, and have been pretty damn solid along the way.  After drinking I found out that this is the highest rated Premium Lager on Rate Beer. Brewed at the Proefbrouwerij for Mikkeller,  Proefbrouwerij is a very high quality brewery that does brew to recipe for many brewers, and one that has been responsible for many tasty oddities.

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