Travlr (11844) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source. Clear bright golden yellow color, thick whitebhead, solid lacing. Aroma of white and black pepper, hay. Taste is bitter lager. OK.
pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve been drinking Belgian style ales for over ten years now, and this is the closest thing I’ve encountered in many, many years to how Chimay white used to taste before the Chimay brewing company dropped its classic copper brewing drums and started using stainless steel ones for greater production value. Why pay for the overpriced, lesser quality of Chimay white when you can drink this? And I say that with a loving fondness of Chimay white, which I’ll always rank as one of my favourite beers, no matter how much its quality has gone down. Returning to the Paradox: as soon as you open its bottle, you know it’s well conditioned and very much ALIVE: it bubbled over, out of the bottle for me without any jostling in transport from the spirits shop to home. Poured into a Chimay glass with a massive white head. Those who think this beer is "bland" (as one commenter said just beneath me) hasn’t a developed pallet for Belgian styled pilsners, period--they need to develop one to appreciate what’s going on here. This beer is not at all bland; it has a crisp hop-highlight, smoothed over with a subtle Belgian yeast after-taste. The more your drink, the better it gets, just like a good Chimay white should. After reviewing this, I ran back to the store to get a few more, so I look forward to drinking this much more often. Thank you Renaissance for pushing the envelope with what a smaller brewery can do to kick the pants off the bloated, commercialized Chimay brewery. One thing Chimay pulls off that the Paradox cannot: higher ABV for the same crisp, clean taste. That’s hard to pull off. This beer is labelled as 4% by volume.
alectron (30) - - APR 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nicey drinkable, but a bit undecided & bland.
BungEye (24) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Considering the use of Riwaka Hops (as does Emersons Pilsener I am lead to believe) it was a slight disappointment. Being a fan of NZ Pilseners I held high hopes. Minimal earthy notes on the nose. Slight citrus tang. Big fizz (too much) when poorer to the glass. Big foamy head. Cloudy, straw colour with a strange pink hue (I asked others, it was pink). Prominent butter hit. Then biscuity malt. Nice clean bitterness. Zesty. Nice beer.
DylansDad (307) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle old stock, written off. Pop cap and the usual Renaissance carbonation volcano, luckily I was prepared. Aroma is Beautiful, delicious passionfruit and citrus just like it says on the label, and there’s no need to go looking for it, it comes to you. Taste is very full for a 4% beer, sweet malt tangy citrus and just the right bitterness. Very well balanced. Definitely try this again.
ALLOVATE (2410) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
’As soon as you flip the top off the bottle you know you’re in for something’ firkin explosive! This one did more to add a hoppy scent to my kitchen bench than it did to the mere 200ml that actually made it to the glass. Messed up once it was there; hazy with a sinking yeast pack inside a yellow gold body. Of course there was head but after the madness it settled to a meagre slate of white. More pine than a state reserve and as forestal as one on the nose with little twitches of manky aged lemon rind. Overly foamy mouthfeel with a tangy, cloying citrus sweetness that fills out the rest. Too much pine on the palate. Awkward all round. Pilsner? (33cL, no date stamp, Freo Doctor, Fremantle)
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another Renaissance beer that gushed out of the bottle otherwise this was ok, clear golden body with lasting white head, citrus on the nose with pleasant bitterness in the taste.
gam (3242) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
High carbonation very gassy gold pour aromas citrus passionfruit bright malt the flavours strong ibu citrus pip taste pasionfruit citrus hop biscuit maltiness some lemon soapy touch the finish lasting bitter sharp hops bright malt enjoyable pilsener to drink
Davros (1939) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows soft tropical fruit and honey. Nectarines, lychee, pears, floral notes. Also some cookie dough-like malt. Very nice.
Similar flavours, more of the cookie dough character and overt floral notes, along with some spicy hops.
Carbonation is much too high, annoyingly so.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not only have Renaissance branched out to - shock horror - a lager, but jove, they’ve nailed it. I felt the Paradox blonde ale was a bit underdone, but this one hits the pilsner spot perfectly. A bit of resiny hops on the nose carried up a bit of butterscotch and biscuit. In the mouth it’s a big bold bit of crisp lemon cheesecake, with a lovely dry lingering after taste.
Very impressive, and right from the first bottle I might be thinking this may replace Croucher’s Pilsner as my favourite New Zealand lager.