Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 22, 2013
I’ve been drinking Belgian style ales for over ten years now, and this is the closest thing I’ve 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 I’ll 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 it’s 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) hasn’t a developed pallet for Belgian styled pilsners, period--they need to develop one to appreciate what’s 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. That’s 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, 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DylansDad (316) - 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 there’s 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 (2550) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (1792) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 13, 2012
Included as it is now made to a different recipe in a smaller sized bottle and claims to be a pilsner rather than a golden ale. Looks like a pilsner with a lovely straw golden colour and lively white head, plenty of carbonation. Also plenty of signature lemon and passionfruit, as it says on the label. To taste there’s an initial surge of bitterness and then floods of juicy tropical fruit. The bitterness lingers and really turns up the sides of the tongue. A quenching quaffer? I’m not sure. I might to quaff a few more. Tasty though, and one I’ll be happy to recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3351) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (602) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2014
A pilsner for ale drinkers. Aroma and taste is fruitier than expected - which is a problem for the style - but an advantage for those that prefer their beers to be complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
Bouteille de 33 cl. Arômes très invitants de houblon fruité (pêches, mangues). Robe blonde et trouble, belle dentelle tenant bien et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, la bière montre un caractère minéral assez présent et le malt n’est pas aussi bien défini que dans le cas des meilleures pilsners néo-zélandaises. Le tout est cependant compensé par un fort houblonnage fruité et aromatique. Finale très sèche et amère.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13458) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3390) - 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!

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