Moravian Rhapsody | Raleigh Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Raleigh Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wedge on 05-19-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
27
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
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0
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5
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 27
Photo of MacMalt
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 5/10/2016. Poured into Dinkel Acker mug. It pours a clear straw color with one finger of milk-white head and lacing, of good retention, and champagne-line bubbles ascending the mug through the pour. Not much of a smell; mostly yeast and grass with a hint of spice. The taste was much better than I expected: cereal malt, cracker, a very light lemon peel, and a touch of pepper at the finish. It is light, crisp, well-carbonated, and easy to drink with an ABV of only 5.1%. Overall, I was favorably impressed with this Czech Pilsener, enough so that I will seek out other Raleigh Brewing offerings the next time I'm in North Carolina.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Local brewery takes on the pride of Plzen, which is actually in western Bohemia, not Moravia, but who's counting? Straw colored head with persistant white head.

The yeast and hops seem on point for the style. Definitely a little sweet with light biscuit notes but relatively dry throughout, rendering it very drinkable. Light and smooth, this is simple yet good; it knows what it is and doesn't try to do too much.

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Photo of LF_Evan
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can

L: Straw yellow with a very slight haze. Minimal lacing, but active carbonation streams.
S: There's a hint of the subtle sulphuric note distinctive to pilsners, as well as a lot of sweetness, making this more reminiscent of a helles lager.
T: Hop acids are the first thing I notice, and they carry past the lager crispness. They don't taste like the noble family, at least not for flavoring. Not that I'm a stickler. These are plenty spicy, but have more lemony zest than I expected. Properly over hopped like it's Moravian inspiration.
F: Like a good Czech pils, it leaves the palate dry, with little residual sweetness.
O: They took the inspiration seriously, though I could go for an even chewier version of this. I need my Czech pilsners to stink with grassy hops. Still a good flavor and it leans to the south more than the typical approximations of the similar German style.

Pair with brazes potatoes, pork soup, beef goulash

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy pale gold with a big white head. The head remains around the edges and leaves bits of lacing here and there. The aroma is grassy, flowery and yeasty. The taste has a tangy malt sweetness with a flowery finish and a spiciness that I wasn't really expecting. There is also some cracker and hops at the finish. This beer reminds me a lot of a Belgian ale.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Bottom of can says 113015.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 3/4 inch white fizzy head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Sweet cracker malt with some honey notes.

T- Flavor is also sweet but not as much as the aroma lets on. More cracker malt but doesn't have that weak finish a lot of other pilsners have. Very easy to drink with just a kiss of hop bitterness.

M- Somewhat dry and crisp with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Although it's not brewed to style due to the level of sweetness, I really like this beer. Could totally see myself crushing these in the summer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is for the most part a simple Pilsner malt lager. Cereal malts, a twist of lemon but the mid palate has a sour malt that is distracting. The feel isn't as crisp as expected but it's not bad at all.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beers like this, especially from US breweries, are always going to get rated low even though they might be good examples of the style.

Not as clean looking as would hope but the grassy and hoppy nose are great. Taste is malty with some hops and a bit buttery, but the mouthfeel leaves a little bit to be desired.

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours light yellow that is somewhat clear with a 1 finger white head. Can see lots of carbonation. Nice lacing all down the glass. The smell is mostly grassy, some herbal & earthiness and funk yeast. Very faint malt in the aroma. The taste exactly like the nose, grassy, some earthiness, followed by some spice and faint grain that fades quickly. Light body with moderate carbonation. Overall light, crisp, not very complex, typical average pilsener. Would have again since its a local brew but I think I like Oskar Blues take on the pilsener better.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal-clear, straw yellow coloring with a fluffy, clingy, bright white head. Nose of toast, subtle citrus, and floral highlights. Flavors are toasted forward, with floral highlights, subtle biscuit and butter notes, and a roasted undertone. Smooth, light bodied, with a super clean finish. The aftertaste is biscuits and roast notes. Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid gold, but not much head on top, only some scant, white bubbles. Warm biscuity malt aromas with mild floral and spicy hops. Cracker-like malt sweetness, noble hops, pretty clean, though there is a very low estery quality coming through. Creamy and fairly crisp with a firm bitterness. Not a bad stab at the style at all. Mild all around and not super Saaz-y and snappy like my favorites are, but I love the biscuity character which is something that many American brewers fail to realize.

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Moravian Rhapsody from Raleigh Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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