Moravian Rhapsody

North Carolina
United States
Moravian Rhapsody Raleigh Brewing Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

Crisp, hoppy and refreshing; our Pilsener is brewed with traditional Pilsner malt, Saaz hops, and German Lager yeast. Clean bitterness is balanced by sharp graininess and a crisp finish. This lager is an excellent selection for those just getting into craft beer. 

Profile

ABV: 
5.1%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
40° - 45° F
Hops: 
Saaz
Malts: 
German Pilsner, Dextrin
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

At its best, the Czech Pilsner style is a real delight. One reason that many brewers don't brew one is because of the time involved and the technical challenges of making a delicate light lager. This is a good – but not great – example of the style, and a drinkable – but not exciting – interpretation.

The beer pours a brilliantly clear pale yellow with a fairly persistent white head. The aroma is lightly grainy with honey notes, and an increasing floral/herbal hop aroma as it warms – par for the course, but nothing too spectacular.

The flavor is where things get interesting, though not necessarily in a way that benefits the beer. It drinks a little heavy/sweet with a prominent, spicy hop flavor. The grain and honey in the aroma are echoed here, but the result is somewhat ponderous instead of refreshing. There's also a note – which, in fairness, may just be the hops – that is reminiscent of a hot, prickly alcohol sensation, which lingers into the aftertaste.

All in all, this is an OK beer that ends up coming across as more of a higher-gravity "export" lager than a classic Czech Pils. Try it for yourself – you may find that it suits your palate, but don't be surprised if you find that you're still looking for a light lager at the end of it.