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Terrapin Sound Czech - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 32
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 32
Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Lounging in a mishmash of chairs crammed into the tiny Georgia Theatre dressing room, headliners waited for sound check. That time when thrumming guitar chords, tinkling keys and tinny high hats issued from the stage through the cavernous theatre. Before dancing feet crowded the wood floors and the walls pulsed with music, entertainers from B.B. King and the B-52s to The Ramones, The Police and Athens legends R.E.M. and Widespread Panic, played New Wave, rockm punk, country, jazz and the blues to an empty room that still smelled of the last show. Sound Czech is the third headliner in Terrapin's Georgia Theatre Sessions, a Czech style pilsner that will have you hoping to the music." Brewed in the style of a Czech-German style Pilsner. This is the third (of four) beers brewed exclusively in benefit for the Georgia Theatre as a one-off beer in late 2010.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a Terrapin Pilsner glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pale sudsy cream head over a medium hazy golden yellow body. Retention is average at best, and lacing is thin and spotty. Carbonation is moderate and relaxed. 3.5

(Smell) Soured pale and pilsner cracker malt. Thin, grassy hop aromas and a moderate acidity. The age is easy to identify in this style in particular, although it isn't particularly off-putting, just less clean and more sour than expected. Potency is light-medium. 3.5

(Taste) Light cracker malt with a thin sweetness and an arid pale malt, teamed with a moderately bitter hop profile but no remaining hop flavor. Some mild graininess and hint of lemongrass are very faint to near-imaginary. The majority of the flavor is dried out and arid, there isn't much residual sweetness left in this beer to enjoy. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is dry and thin. Carbonation adds some assertive spritely bubbles for a vivacious mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is low to none. Balance is bitter over sweet with a dryness prevailing over both. 3.75

(Overall) I wish I had the opportunity to try this beer at a younger age but from what is remaining, I can judge that it was in its prime a fairly simple, clean malt build with a bold, complex bitterness and hop flavor. I am surprised that I don't find this beer off-putting at over 3 years of age but it held up surprisingly well. While I don't recommend this pilsner in particular over fresher lagers based on age alone, I don't doubt that this beer was even more tasty in its prime time. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
Georgia Theatre Sessions: Sound Czech

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Photo of Mantooth
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber I purchased at 5 Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA, (highly recommended) into an Allagash tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy sedimented light orange/yellow with ample head and thick sticky lacing.

S: Belgian, yeast and ripened bananas, quite floral as well.

T: It's pretty floral but I'm also picking up some pineapple, nuts, and scented soap in the finish.

M: A little bright initially from the carbonation but ultimately creamy as all get-out with a dry slightly soapy finish.

O: A very sexy pilsner.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another i am finally getting around to typing, i really liked this one and I am a huge fan of the style and this was nailed

Poured a light pale yellow with a huge fizzy white head. I had to actually wait to pour the rest in the glass. . The head had a nice slow fade and left behind lots of lace. This color was very very bright and had lots of sediment in the bottom. Smell was very light and crisp. Smelled very lively. Nice light lemon and grass flavors, with a hint of yeast and grain. The taste was just great, smooth, big carbonation made it very refreshing. Very very hoppy for a pilsner with a nice pine resin flavor and hints of grapefruit, and pineapple and lemon. Big dry finish that was nice and bitter. This was awesome

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Photo of Avagadro
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw in color, with a frothy off-white head and moderate lacing. I am a touch disappointed by the amount of haziness of this brew.

S: Aroma is faint, but is that of bread and spicy hops.

T: Dead on. This has all of the aspects of a well made pils; bready body, spicy saaz hops, and a clean dry finish.

M: Light, effervescent, and refreshing.

O: While its is lacking in the aroma and appearance categories, this brew is very well made. There is a lot of debate as to whether a pils should cost $10 a bomber, but I think it shows enough talent to warrant the price tag. Plus, it's for charity. Nonetheless, if you like well-made pilsners, then this is for you.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served a lightly hazed, yellow body with a creamy though slender white head from a hefty pour.

Smell: Cereal grains and spicy, herbal noble hops with a low sweetness meandering alongside a light note of lemony citrus.

Taste: Lightly sweet pils malt with a unflinching grainy element to it. Faint breadiness. Spicy Saaz hops deliver a firm bitterness and small hint of lemon. Recurring raw grains past the midline. Spice-accented on the crisp, cleansing finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Very nice, refreshing pils. I'd be happy to see this in the regular line-up, minus the "for charity" price tag, natch.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is crisp and malty, slightly lemony, definitely appealing. It pours a clear straw yellow with a thick white head, not impressive - to me, but I prefer darker beers, and this is a pilsner. At least there are plenty of bubbles. Flavor is better - crisp, malty, mouth-filling with a hint of lemon, not complex but refreshing. Texture is smooth and fairly tingly. I’m sure that people who prefer pilsners will enjoy this one!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright whipped egg white head with excellent retention.
Pale straw color with slight haze. Some sudsy lacing.

Soft grass, pale malt, very nice aroma.

Everyone is a big fan of this beer here. I'm getting some fruit which is interesting. Very nice flavor. Crisp flavor, nice pale flavor. Lingering light bitterness is nice.  

Light, crisp and refreshing.

Very nice pilsner.  Should have bought 2 or 3 bottles.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bulbman for sending me this one. Nice yellow color, decent head. Smells like a pilsener, minerals. Taste is good, has a nice bite but I wonder what it was like when it was fresh? Overall this was good and I was surprised the alcohol was not higher because this was quite flavorful.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle, thanks to chefmikeanderson this one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Sound Czech vacillates between a lemon and goldenrod yellow in my glass, depending on how well lit it is. Around three fingers of fluffy white foam top the beer and leave a solid amount of lacing down the side of the glass. Retention is a bit ho-hum though. The nose is of bready pale malts and spicy noble hops. The taste follows suit, with the addition of a faint mineral quality to the sweet malty flavors up front. Bitterness is attention grabbing, yet restrained enough to fit in with the very smooth nature of the beer. The body is appropriately light for the style, but carbonation is a bit flabby/imprecise. The beer almost seems to fizzle out on my tongue a bit early, a bit more pop would further enhance the easy drinking nature of the beer. All in all Sound Czech is a fairly solid, faithful interpretation of a classic pils

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a nice fluffy white head to it. Decent head retention and nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is crisp with some pale, grainy, sweet, pilsner malts really coming through. I get a little bit of a tart, fruity, apple like flavor to it as well. The hops are pretty moderate but add a little earthy spice to the flavor. Very solid and well balanced pilsner aroma overall.

The taste shows a crispness right off the bat with some of the tart, fruity flavor. Midway it gets sweeter with the grainy, pilsner malts coming through. The hops come through in the finish and give it some balancing bitterness as well as a bit of an European hoppy, earthy, spice. Again well balanced and solid pilsner flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being above average, but pretty standard for the style. Drinkability was very good, it was a perfect choice to start with after working all day on the house. Definitely went down very easy, but also had some very nice flavors to it. I didn't expect such a classic tasting beer for some reason, but I'm happy it was. Overall a well balanced and very well made pilsner.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstanding Pilsner that borrows the intensity of taste from Imperial Pilsners but without the harsh drinkability of sulfury flaws.

Sound Czech pours with a brilliant-bright golden-straw color. A froathy/airy stark white head forms on the rim and persists well. Light lacing gives intermitten patterns on the glass as the beer falls.

Very rich bready/cracker-like maltiness gives a clean, sweet scent without overstating itself. Herbal, flowery/floral aromas balance the nose while contributing a spicy sensation of lemongrass and white pepper.

Flavors are rich, nearly making me think of Imeprial Pilsners. But the flavor backs off in its intensity and gives the same consistent line of breads and crackers that are found in the nose. Hop flavor is delicate and spicy while the finish develops a growing bitterness that slightly takes over as the malt flavors lead to a crisp and clean finish. Aside from bitterness, the aftertaste gives a mild bread linger.

Creamy and well carbonated early. The beer tapers at mid palate for an even fade towards a drying and fleeting finish. Stopping shy of oily or worty textures, the beer remains creamy, drinkable and dry in the end.

An absolute joy to drink. This is what Pilsners are meant to be, and without any punches pulled- this puts most brewer's attempts to shame.

Thanks DespainMakesBeer!

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, number ??? (not legible), served in a footed pilsner glass. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a large, fluffy, off-white head, lacing throughout. Aroma is straw, bread, a hint of lemon, and crisp noble hops. Flavor is straw, wheat, slightly toasted, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light, dry, bitter and a fair amount of carbonation. Very drinkable, Terrapin should make this a regular offering.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I grabbed a pint of the GA Theatre session #3 at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur.

A - A clear golden color, like a traditional Pilsner should be. A lot of head, and leaves a ton of impressive lace all over the glass.

S - You can smell the wheat and light malts that is true to the style. Very impressive.

T - A mild bitterness that goes down very smoothly.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Pretty smooth.

D - This is a very tasty pilsner. If you are into Pilsner's, you will love this beer. Terrapin does a great job hitting this style right.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Midway Pub in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with good amounts of earthy and grassy hops. Also present are moderate amounts of indistinct medium fruit aromas and diacetyl. As the beer warms the fruit fades and the diacetyl intensifies.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of indistinct fruit flavors that don't seem as if they belong. Mild amounts of earthy and slighty leafy hop flavors work their way into things midway through the sip, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. The fruit flavors are more intense than in the aroma until the beer warms up, at which point diacetyl becomes an issue.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I was let down by this beer and likely gained some insight as to why it took so long to be released (though there may be other reasons). The flavors were muddled and there were too many off-flavors as far as I'm concerned. I'd like to see another low ABV pilsner made by Terrapin but hopefully the next will have better results.

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Photo of gford217
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle pulled out of a fancy box. I guess that's what I'm paying for...

Anyway, the beer pours an extremely light straw, very little color, with a big fluffy white head that leaves good lacing on the way down to a clumpy cap.

Aroma is very nice for style, and pretty traditional, with light lemony hops, sweet cereal grains and a toasted bread note.

The taste is a tad sweeter after an initial Noble hop kick with some lemon grass and hay. The malt backbone is toasty but with sweet grains.

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This is probably my favorite of the Georgia Theatre beers so far, and it's certainly the best example of the style. It's a nice crisp pils that drinks very easy. Well done Terrapin.

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Photo of Thur123
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a clear straw yellow color with half a finger of thin white head  The smell is grainy with a cereal smell as well as a hoppy bitter edge that reminds me of lemon.

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The flavor is more traditional than expected .  Noble hop bitterness and a thin citrusy edge. Reminds me of staropramen a bit. This is a very tasty drinkable pilsner. Full of hay, cereal, and fresh grains with thin but flavorful noble hops. Very drinkable with a creamy mouthfeel. 

HAd on tap at the brewery. Woop

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Terrapin Sound Czech from Terrapin Beer Company
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