Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
A Note on This Beer
Mikkeller Brewing is like the Russell Wilson of the craft scene. This crew is a big-time brewing MVP!
They started 15 years ago in Copenhagen, snagging Danish Brewery of the Year in their first year running. Since then, they’ve traveled all over the globe to collaborate with other famous breweries, racking up world-class ratings on BeerAdvocate and an arsenal of awards along the way.
Which is why I go a little bonkers every time I have the chance to snag cans of California Dreaming Czech Style Pils for football season — it’s like I’m kickin’ back with the Mikkeller brewers, toasting to another Seahawks victory!
Even if the Seahawks aren’t your team, I’m sure you can agree — football fans are choosy about their game-time brews. And, Mikkeller crafted this particular sideline sipper with Ale Yeast, so it delivers all the crisp, bready-goodness needed for me to stay fiery and refreshed all Sunday long.
It’s a delightfully drinkable combination of mild pine resin and lemongrass that leads fans like @Nick V. to declare, “Ugh, refreshing! Go Rams!”
While I can’t agree with Nick about the Rams, I can agree that this light-bodied brew is a total winner.
*California Dreaming is even more special because it comes from Mikkeller San Diego. Food & Wine’s Most Important Brewery from Europe teamed up with the 5X World Beer Cup Gold Medalists at AleSmith to form this super brewery down in SoCal!
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Subtle bitterness, the kolsch character definitely comes out. Lovely.
Crisp and refreshing beer with a tinge of complexity.
Tastes like California
Pretty crisp, would buy again
Fruitier than I expected, but nice and crisp and clean. Perfect for Sunday afternoon football.
Not very crisp for a Pilsner
More akin to a Belgian-style blonde ale than a traditional Pilsner. Aromatic notes of citrus fruits.
Good football Sunday beer.
Crisp and sessionable
Flour tortillas, squeeze of lime. Californication, RHCP, also mediocre. Californication, David Duchovny, the cream of the hop here, a solid 3.75 and improving with age.
Crisp, refreshing, exactly how I expected this to taste. Not too bitter, definitely crushable.
Sad excuse for a Pilsner. It is simply not! No beer made with kveik or a similar yeast should ever be called a Pilsner.
I like this. Is it a Pilsner? No. Is it in the style? For sure
Fruitier than expected, but still very clean and refreshing. Doesn’t actually scream Pilsner to me, but maybe that’s the ale yeast? Either way, it’s solid and delightfully easy drinking.
Has more of a soba ale, blonde ale character to it...Very refreshing no matter what you call it!!
better the second time. ale yeast in Pilsner was just enough difference to be interesting. still refreshing on a warm day of physical work