Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   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 youíre 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 youíre 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 - thatís the paradox! When your thirst is finally slaked, try another glass withthe best seafood dish on the menu. Yum!

buzz_and_hum's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - MAY 23, 2012
Not only have Renaissance branched out to - shock horror - a lager, but jove, theyíve 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 itís 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 Croucherís Pilsner as my favourite New Zealand lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2014
Iím 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 donít like cashew apples. Very grassy-bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7797) - 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 itís 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 3ís for me like many of their other products.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3315) - 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 (262) - 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 (9999) - 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 (54) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Iíve been drinking Belgian style ales for over ten years now, and this is the closest thing Iíve 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 Iíll 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 itís 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) hasnít a developed pallet for Belgian styled pilsners, period--they need to develop one to appreciate whatís 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. Thatís hard to pull off. This beer is labelled as 4% by volume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alectron (30) - - APR 20, 2013
nicey drinkable, but a bit undecided & bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BungEye (15) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 10, 2013
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 thereís 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2012
íAs soon as you flip the top off the bottle you know youíre in for somethingí 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)

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