Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
A revamp of our original Paradox - which was a Blonde Ale - we have made some tweaks to the yeast of fermentation to bring you the new, improved, Paradox.

As soon as you flip the top off the bottle you know you’re in for something special. While the bright golden hue hints at a great quaffing beer, the explosion of passionfruit and citrus aromas - the signature of the Riwaka hop variety - leave you in no doubt you’re in for more than mere refreshment. On the palate the initial biscuity malt sweetness is soon joined by those zingy hop notes. This beer is flavour-packed, yet crisp and thirst quenching - that’s the paradox! When your thirst is finally slaked, try another glass withthe best seafood dish on the menu. Yum!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7682) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 25, 2015
Draft at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a clear light amber with a frothy white head and a little lace. The aroma is dry yeast, light hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with light hoppy, light pepper spice palate and a little citrus in the finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Not a bad Pilsner as far as Pilsners go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (3460) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle from local Yamaya. Nice mild tropical fruit nose, some grass, citrus, a bit spicy. Amber gold color. Fine citrusy initial, moderate bittering, balance in mid, some metallic notes in mid and final. Nice nose. Flavors are a bit less. Thins out slowly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2015
Bottle at home... Amber.. Thin white lacing... Soft grassy fruits nose... Dry metalic fruits malts... Light bitter herbal malts

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours clear golden, nose is floral, lemon, toffee, taste is dull toffee, sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6669) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear golden amber pour with a creamy off white head, aroma has a hint of tangerine and crisp malts, taste has some caramel, citrus, a hint of pine, refreshing pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john_henry (124) - - FEB 23, 2015
Great pilsner, with a definite hop edge over most. Very clean and refreshing, a great Pilsner

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGutNic (8) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 8, 2015 does not count
Tasted on tap at Fine Wine Delivery Co. Clear, golden colour. Not much of a head but it did last the duration in glass. Quite a yeasty nose, with lovely citrus aromas coming through, very barnyard rustic feel. Wonderfully smooth with a lasting finish, the flavours seem to intensify on the palate until it disappears, leaving you grasping for another mouthful. Very well structured and balanced. A great beer for those looking to begin the journey away from mass produced lagers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCritSean (5) - - FEB 8, 2015 does not count
Poured fresh on tap from Fine Wine Delivery Co. Pours a lovely translucent golden colour. On the nose is interesting as it is quite fruity, very different from any other pilsner I have tried. The taste was nice and crisp, with hints of passionfruit and citrus fruits, which finished nice and clean. I’m not usually one to drink pilsner, but this was one heck of a drop. Very sessionable as well with an ABV of 4%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlassBrass440 (315) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2014
Pours a hazy gold with lasting white head. Excellent hop aroma. Almost like it should be a pale ale. Label says passionfruit and citrus, but I get more of a herbal quality. Flavor is very light with a sharp bitterness more typical of a pilsner, but with more malt complexity. A paradox this is. A delicious, innovative, paradox.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4596) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 12, 2014
Paradox Pilsner bottle. It pours a deep gold with a big soapy head of foam and a bready malt aroma, lemony hop notes and an earthy pine bark-ish hop character. The beer is light bodied with some crackery malts and that pine bark bitterness I don’t terribly care if it’s for. OK.

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