Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This crisp and delicate Pilsener murmurs herbal hop bitterness and honeyed haystacks for optimal drinkability.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear pale gold.
-Even though this is obviously well crafted, it fails to create much of an impression in this bottle.
-Carbonation is lightly prickling, emulating mostly German-style Pilseners.
-Not sure how old this bottle was... the citrusy hop flavors they talk about were really not "exploding"...


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
simardsam (179) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Jaune/blonde, claire, avec une petite mousse blanche. Nez de résine, d’houblons et d’ananas. Goût léger d’agrumes. Amertume légère en finale, qui est sèche. (Notes du Mondial 2014)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2605) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Drank from bottle at the Mondial de la Bière 2014 in Montreal. Blonde straw, small head. Aroma hops mid sweet, dry mid very floral. Dry citrus pine flavor, cut very well the thirsty sweet bitterness. I see myself on the beach in New Zealand with that!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (754) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2014
A pilsner for ale drinkers. Aroma and taste is fruitier than expected - which is a problem for the style - but an advantage for those that prefer their beers to be complex.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (917) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2014
I’m giving up hopes of ever finding a New Zealand Pilsener that does taste like a Pilsener. The fruitiness on this beer does have the lovely passion fruit, but too much of the cashew apple aroma and flavour, and I don’t like cashew apples. Very grassy-bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2014
From draft and bottle. Clear, still body, gold with a short white head. Minimally hoppy aroma for what they call a New World Pilsner: starchy popcorn (sans butter), pasty / yeasty notes, notebook paper staleness, saltine cracker malt with some raw graininess. Medium bitterness, tart, dry, medium-light body. What hop aroma is coaxed from the glass after it warms a bit suggests German Noble variety (lemon, spice) mixed with a NZ fruity pineapple / gum sort (later confirmed to be Riwaka). Overall it’s a plain Pilsner that suffers from a starchy / husky texture, the bottle I opened later was even rougher, carbonation was higher and more coarse like seltzer water. Not a flawed beer, just very simple, sitting in the low 3’s for me like many of their other products.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3427) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 11, 2013
The head is good, the body blond. It smells maltaromatic, sweet, bit grain, barley. The taste is maltaromatic, barley, grain, aromatic, bit bitter. Nice one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
rating from backlog. bangs with fruit, but i recall something missing. good anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14779) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 22, 2013
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.

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