Chad9976 (1314) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really appreciate a great pilsner brewed in the classic German or Czech traditions. Once in a while I encounter an American brewery that tweaks it a little and the results can sometimes be disastrous at worst and meh at best. Bent Paddle Brewing’s “Venture Pils” is definitely not one of those beers; it’s actually one of the better American-style pilsners I can recall. Genuine flavor, tasty, and easy to drink. That it comes in a can is the icing on the cake.
I poured a 12oz can into a pilsner glass. There was no freshness date. Thanks to Matthew L. for the can!
Appearance: Pale gold color with a nearly crystal clarity. Plenty of consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, white, frothy head which retains and laces pretty well.
Smell: Strong pilsner malt aroma with slight lemon and citrus notes.
Taste: Like any good pilsner, the eponymous malt is the first and most prominent flavor here. It’s a lightly sweet cereal taste, but not gritty or husky. There’s a distinct lemon character as well, which I’m assuming is due to the inclusion of American hops. Light lemon fruit and slightly dry, bitter lemonpeel (but not to the point of being peppery). Fairly low bitterness, but enough hops to give it balance. Not the most distinctive beer in the world, but certainly a good one if you ask me.
Drinkability: At only 5% ABV, Bent Paddle Venture Pils is exactly what you want in terms of body, flavor and drinkability. The mouthfeel is thin, but not paper thin; there’s still a decent medium body here. Crisp for sure with the perfect amount of carbonation. It’s very refreshing while in the mouth and leaves just a slightly dry aftertaste. Perhaps a tad big to truly session, though I could see this being ideal in the summer considering its availability in cans.
deyholla (7460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Stub and Herbs. Pours a clear yellowish gold with a white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has notes of grain and hay with a bit of grassiness. Flavor combines a dry grass and grain as well as a touch of hay.
Guerde (1200) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(can) Pours a clear gold color with a white head that settles fairly quickly but leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is quite unique in comparison to most pils I’ve tried, with prominent scents of lavender, green cardamom, granny smith apple, cut grass, and unripe apricot. Really liking the departure from the norm here. Little mustard seed too. Not much in the way of malt presence in the aroma, but that’s not a bad thing. Flavor holds more of the malt, with a bit of rounded doughy (not crisp and crackery) pils malt that’s followed with a nice hit of green banana, darjeeling tea, floral honey, and a pop of lavender towards the finish. The finish ties up all loose ends by ending crisp and minerally. Maybe a glimmer of apple skin towards the end. Mouthfeel is medium and carb. is perfect. I know this style doesn’t normally equate to higher scores, but the current overall rating of others doesn’t seem to align with the particular beer I’m rating. Well done Bent Paddle. I think the water in Duluth is inherently conducive for creating well-crafted pilseners (see Fitger’s Undertow for further proof).
Prufrockstar (1318) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can thanks to Bacterial. Clear gold pour, white head. Aroma: grass, corn, toast, grain. Lightly sweet, pleasant hoppiness, reasonably dry short bitter finish. Palate: light body, average carbonation, crisp texture. Overall: I dig this. Wish I could get local canned pilsners up here.
beastiefan2k (2693) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can. Macro yellow pour but a nice medium head that fades to moderate lacing. Aroma is nice bouquet of noble hops. Beautifully crisp malt and great freshness and slight sticky white bread. The flavor just doesn’t live up to the hype. A little less crisp the hop bouquet dies down. A moderate bitterness at lasts a bit longer than I want. There is just less flavor than the nose hints at. Thanks for sharing Chris.
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear yellow color with a large head. Grainy aroma with some floral hops. Dry, slightly floral and herbal flavor. Almost biscuity.
wilnatp (630) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Sweet malts and hops. Not my favorite and I probably won’t get again but a good pils.
arminjewell (7271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap at Beer Dabbler, clear golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of grass, bread, some cereal, hints of very slight honey with a touch of spicy notes as well. Taste had a mix of herbs, bread, biscuit, some honey into spice, touch of cereal and hay notes, finishing dry, clean.
Braudog (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at the brewery. It’s bright, bright yellow and impressively clear. There’s little to no aroma. I get a bit of a corn-starchy flavor, but there’s not a lot to this. Inoffensive, cleanly made. (#5669, 8/29/2014)
asheft (2623) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[on tap at Duluth Airport]
Pleasant Saaz hops aroma with some light caramel. Clear light copper under a lacy, pristine wispy top. Faintly "lagery" sulfur flavour behind smooth caramel malt and gentle, herbal noble hops. Clean finish that is almost crisp, but a bit on the heavy and sweet side *for the style*. Medium carbonation, medium body.