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Moravian Rhapsody

February, 2016
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.

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