HUGE Large "Sound Czech" Pilsner | Russian River Brewing Company

50 Ratings

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SacoDeToro on 11-27-2006

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by bbb099:
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4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Moderate to clear pale golden color with a decent amount of foamy white colored head.

S - Herbs and spices up front with a nice malt aroma all around. Quite pleasant for a pilsner.

T - Light amount of grain and spices flavors. It's a lot more complex than the pilsners I am used to. Bits of citrus and toasted herbs present in the flavor as well.

M - Medium bodied. Average to low carbonation that brings out the flavors a little more.

O - A fantastic drinkable lager. Unique flavors that go down smoothly.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with me! Served from growler into a Victory 'Taste the Victory' shaker. Poured a pale golden yellow with a minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, and subtle spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, grain, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this brew really stood out to me. You could tell what style they were going for and they hit it pretty well, but everything was just a little too muted for my liking. I could see drinking this while sitting out by a pool all day, but if given it the option, it would not be my first choice if other options were available. Glad I got to try something different from the usual Russian River lineup but doubt I would have this one again.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

golden pour with loads of carbonation and a little head of white that seems to stick on top for just the slighest bit of time. aroma is light biscuit, hints of grain, touches of light banana an spice. taste is about the same but seems to be just a touch off for me. not the way it is supposed to work for sure. light finish leaves almost no aftertaste and it is over before it began.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear and golden with a bit of white froth on top.

Smell - Pretty subtle aroma. Spicy hops mixed with grainy sweetness. The freshly cut grass aroma that I find common in pilseners is very subdued here.

Taste - Bready and sweet at first, followed by flavors of citrus and raw grain. The grainy malt backbone becomes pretty pervasive after a while. Quite a bit of hoppy spiciness appears in the finish, drying the palate. Not the cleanest pils I've had, but not bad.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color (too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation). It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of pilsener malts.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops—which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers into the finish—along with with hints of pilsener malts.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pilsener is OK. It's a little grassy but lighter in body compared to the STS Pils.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of frasergrove
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1424IpA
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of johnbills
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on January 23rd, 2008.

Clear gold colored beer with not much head formation.

Scent is mild and fairly light. Light Nobel hop aroma and faint C type hop aroma. I would have expected more scent for a beer of this type.

Taste starts out dry and fairly bitter with a clean finish. This tastes a lot like Reality Czeck. Malt is a flavor that is mostly hidden here by the hops, this is all about the Nobel hop bite.

Good mouthfeel.

OK drinkability here but not up to German beer quality. An OK lawnmower beer but not worth shouting about.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Madskill
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River in August 2009.

A: Pours a dark straw color with a nice white head and good lacing as it goes down. Plenty of carbonation bubbles visible through the transparent brew.

S: Lots of Noble hops accompany a solid pilsner malt base.

T: The hops dominate atop a slightly-sweet and grainy malt base.

M: A little heavier than most pilsners, while still maintaining a nice, smooth mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable and very sessionable. This one and the Aud Blonde were nice surprises at RR--some very solid sessionable beers from what a great brewery.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Gregafree
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of avaldivia
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Russian River.

A: Poured a hazy straw color. Nice inch thick head. Little retention or lacing.

S: Good amount of citrus on the nose. Some spice though i can't really tell which spices. Some yeasty notes on the end like most pilsners.

T: Lighter on the hops than the nose would have you believe. Still a nice spice note. Yeasty and Biscuity.

M: Very light and crisp. A lot of carbonation.

O: not my favorite Pilsner, but a solid option. Have no problem ordering it again.

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Photo of MrFootstones
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled from the brewery last night. Poured into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a surprisingly cloudy pale chalky yellow color with a huge eggshell white head that slowly faded into a thick film that left tons of spotty lacing down the glass.
S: This is one wonderfully earthy smelling beer! I pick up scents of earthy spices, herbal earthy hops, and a sweet blast of lemon and citrus. It’s light overall and a bit minerally or chalky smelling as well.
T: Follows the nose with herbal, earthy and citrusy flavors followed by notes of clean pale malt and cracked dry grains. Flavors are light, and the finish is minerally and ‘green’ tasting.
M: Medium bodied with fine carbonation that creates a chewy mouthfeel. The finish is drying and refreshing but it could be a little bit ‘cleaner’.
O: Other than being pretty darn cloudy this was a solid pilsner that I will have no problem finishing a growler of. It could be a bit better, but I would definitely drink this again. Cheers!

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Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of cherche
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of GClarkage
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1/30/08- Had on tap at Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into taster glasses.

Appearance- Pale golden hued color with a 3/4 inch sparking clean white head. Nice chunk lacing left in the glass.

Smell- Large (Huge-Large), noble hop nose with notes of hay and grass. A bit of grain in the nose as well.

Taste- Hops aren't as bitter as thought with the nose. Kinda of laid back. Smooth drinking with somewhat fresh dried grassy flavors.

Mouthfeel- A touch watery and thin. Smooth, but not in the creamy way. Carbonation seemed a tad seltzery.

Drinkability- A decent czech pils, but plenty better ones out there. Nice try, but I'll stick with the other beers here.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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