Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfhyde (59) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DylansDad (586) - North Shore, Auckland, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Drank from bottle at the Mondial de la BiŤre 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCritSean (5) - - FEB 8, 2015 does not count
Poured fresh on tap from Fine Wine Delivery Co. Pours a lovely translucent golden colour. On the nose is interesting as it is quite fruity, very different from any other pilsner I have tried. The taste was nice and crisp, with hints of passionfruit and citrus fruits, which finished nice and clean. Iím not usually one to drink pilsner, but this was one heck of a drop. Very sessionable as well with an ABV of 4%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGutNic (8) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 8, 2015 does not count
Tasted on tap at Fine Wine Delivery Co. Clear, golden colour. Not much of a head but it did last the duration in glass. Quite a yeasty nose, with lovely citrus aromas coming through, very barnyard rustic feel. Wonderfully smooth with a lasting finish, the flavours seem to intensify on the palate until it disappears, leaving you grasping for another mouthful. Very well structured and balanced. A great beer for those looking to begin the journey away from mass produced lagers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4986) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenkiGonzo (1061) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (462) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - 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

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