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Terrapin Sound Czech - Terrapin Beer Company

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-02-2010)
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Reviews by opwog:
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-21-2011 07:45:25 | More by opwog
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

04-13-2014 14:15:13 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 01:35:35 | More by Jadjunk
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

10-30-2013 00:33:58 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-13-2013 20:43:47 | More by Keith_R
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-08-2013 02:29:08 | More by CGMLS3
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-23-2012 05:32:29 | More by sendbeer
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-21-2012 21:46:15 | More by orangesol
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-05-2012 17:56:08 | More by Rhettroactive
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-20-2012 23:14:39 | More by ltdantheman
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:12:37 | More by Mantooth
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-09-2012 22:49:43 | More by PaulMc
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-31-2011 16:24:14 | More by MikeDATL
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-21-2011 04:03:01 | More by dowen44
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

11-14-2011 21:37:30 | More by jophish17
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 05:50:26 | More by mikesgroove
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 02:33:27 | More by Avagadro
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 17:02:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:44:00 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 19:34:28 | More by Reagan1984
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3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 18:33:37 | More by ArrogantB
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:52:36 | More by axeman9182
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 00:20:29 | More by billab914
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 18:12:13 | More by BEERchitect
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West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:56:52 | More by mtstatebeer
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Terrapin Sound Czech from Terrapin Beer Company
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