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Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (17008) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2015
Bottle at home... Amber.. Thin white lacing... Soft grassy fruits nose... Dry metalic fruits malts... Light bitter herbal malts

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (15613) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8791) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Keg at Taps, Kl. It pours golden-amber with medium white head. The nose is bitter-sweet, grassy, light tropical fruits and dough. The taste is crisp, bitter, grassy, citrus peel, light soap, toasted grain, dough and a touch of pepper with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate, prickly carbonation. Balanced, crisp and crushable. Very nice pils.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8549) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8492) - 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"...

Bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (6168) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours clear golden, nose is floral, lemon, toffee, taste is dull toffee, sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5713) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (5566) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours hazy if not cloudy pale yellow with a small bubbly white head, some retention and lacing - some particles. pils and lightly spicy grainy cereals, husks, lemon, herbal-grassiness. average carbonation - slightly foamy, light body - slightly watery, dry clean herbal-citrusy finish. malt-lacking - slightly above average pils.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (4353) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4234) - 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.


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