Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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!

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, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (313) - Osaka, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2016 330ml bottle from Costco. Pours clear gold with a low white head. Great aroma of citrus, passionfruit, light biscuity malt. The malt is represented well in the flavour and balanced well with fruity hop. The feel is light and crisp with a nice spice. Really refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (8730) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 15, 2015
Bottle from Yamaya. Lemony nose, nicely hopped in a very new world way. Deep golden, clear, low head. Decent hop flavor, some biscuity malt sweetness. Body is rather full and a bit oily. Decent, though comes across more like a golden ale than a true pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4695) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 24, 2015
Medium golden color. Frothy white head. Straw, hay, honey and mangoes in the nose. The mouth lacks a bit of body, but generally refreshing and fruity. Lots of mangoes. Nice crisp bitter finish. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenkiGonzo (926) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle from Yamaya. Pale gold with a fine white head. A hint of tropical fruit, but mostly grassy hops. Very light beer with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4725) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle. Bronze and a bit lively upon opening. Pleasant slightly spicy and nutty flavour. A lot of body considering its relatively low strength. Lots of distinctive flavours floating around. Well worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (6740) - 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 (3202) - 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 (19720) - 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 (9251) - 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 (5795) - 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.

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