Mikkeller ‘burger & bun’ L.A lager


imageWe actually picked this bottle up from a little family winery named Gundog, in the Hunter Valley NSW. So the question we were asking was why would a Danish brewery label their beer with a red & white striped US diner-style strip? Well, the head brewer opened up a US inspired burger bar in Copenhagen and called it “burger & bun” and brewed an American style lager for the grand opening. Let’s say we were satisfied with the answer.

Poured into a shaker glass and displaying a hazy copper orange with a thick 1 finger head which slowly reduced to a fine covering on top. Laced well. Off the nose we detect a malt driven aroma with hints of biscuit, grassy hops and a hint of citrus. Soft floral notes also open up after being glassed for a certain amount of time. Medium carbonation with a slightly dry mouth feel. Upfront we picked up soft grassy hops with a mild biscuit malt to balance. This leads to an earthy mid palate with a short, dry finish with a vibrant bitterness on the back end. 5% ABV is spot on. Wow, one of the best things about this is that it doesn’t drink like a lager at all. Nice weight, well hopped and all on a solid malt backing. Good offering.