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.
Stine (1713) - 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 (3584) - 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 (2974) - 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 (2434) - 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 (269) - - 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.
Chad9976 (1500) - 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 (8859) - 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 (1244) - Minneapolis, 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 (1640) - 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 (2963) - 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.