Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (12470) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8110) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7974) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7097) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4540) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3340) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3287) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2012
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3057) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2535) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2481) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle. Gold with a huge white head. High bead. Aroma of lemon/ lemon pudding, passionfruit. Taste has light sweet and slightly sour grain, tropical fruit, dry finish with lemon and some herbs. Perhaps a touch overcarbonated. Crisp and lean.

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