evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light, golden yellow color, clear and bright as day with a small white head. Aroma is dry pale malt, with just a light touch of earthy hop zest. Very subtle. Taste is definitely malt-forward, very dry and very grainy. More earthy hops to give it a rounded, slightly bitter finish. Not my normal style, but definitely a well-crafted example of a pilsner.
johnnymusky (855) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from john the regular...thx man...nose is minimal...light malt and mild hops...taste is same...decent for style...sessionable...(#818)
csaso (2016) - Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap - average size foamy head, light gold color, well balanced with light malt and fair bible hops, pretty dry finish which was nice, good pils overall
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jackl (6779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ Red Cow, North Loop. Deep gold pour with a small head. Gentle straw, baked pastry, a bit of singed grass. Flavor is clean and well balanced. Sweet white bread, a touch of honey. Earthy haystack. Slightly peppery dry finish. Light and easy going, appropriately active carbonation. One of MN’s better pils.
kramer (5757) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body under a one finger frothy white head that left some sticky lace. The nose is floral and noble hops over a clean bready malt base. The flavor is nicely bitter up front, fading to a bready and doughy malt finish. There’s a bit of a light lemony note towards the finish, but the hops do a decent job of covering that up. Light bodied with fine fizzy carbonation. Decent pils, not the best.
Stine (1745) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, pale golden yellow. Abundant, fragrant aroma of lemon oils, straw and dried flowers, honeyed sweetness with no graininess; underlying touches of vanilla and lavender, herbal. Delicate flavor with less action than the aroma; straw-like bitterness, floral-tinted sweetness, appropriately tidy, no butteriness or husky flavors. Such a soft palate; this is buoyant and crisp, polished. Low, lingering bitterness, lightly peppery, in the finish.
theisti (3766) - Kansas, USA - SEP 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at The Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The pour is clear golden with a well formed one inch white head. The aroma is clean Pilsener cereal grain and a soft citrus lemon. Clean fresh nose. The taste is a nice balance between the cereal cracker grain and the fresh clean citrus hops. The palate is lighter bodied, active carbonation and a clean dry mineral finish. Solid, great with tomato soup starter.
Homer321 (3952) - Melboring, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can thanks to Kyle The Hoff. Lightly hazy pale yellow pour with a large white pillow head. Nose is a light citrus, almost saaz like. Lightly grassy but fruity as well. Soft bread. Taste is light lemon and crackery malt with a subtle malt sweetness. Balanced by a soft bitterness. Overall pretty nice but a tad fruity.
joet (2506) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of lemon, floral, earthy. Dim golden in color with white frothy head. Light medium body and spritzy feel. Refreshing and easy drinking. Probably a solid food companion.
eruizgarcia (298) - - APR 6, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A little more bitter than a typical Pilsner, and significantly hoppy throughout. Tastes like a lighter IPAD to me. Pretty good.
ChadPolenz (1622) - Lakeland, Florida, 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.