Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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 youre 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 youre 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 - thats the paradox! When your thirst is finally slaked, try another glass withthe best seafood dish on the menu. Yum!

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   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, theyve 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 its 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 Crouchers Pilsner as my favourite New Zealand lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14457) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2017
Duggfrisk 2016. Golden-yellow color with a white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, hop, pine. Flavor is fruit, malt, hop, pine, hay, grass. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
djoeye (4256) - Troms, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2017
Aroma; mildest citric hops, modest caramel malts notes. Look; palest yellow golden body, pearl head. Taste; grapefruitish hops, grain, depressed malts - bitter finish. Feel; thin. Overall; lack of malts made this a paradox of a pils, an unbalanced meh! [33cl.btl 4.0% BB:4.3.2017 L589 B@Gulating Troms]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jinroh (1363) - ESTONIA - SEP 10, 2016
Nice clear golden, foam is nice but disappears quickly. Aroma is soft, malt biscuits and some sour notes. Herbal hops. Taste reveals quite hopped up pilsner, feels more like a hoppy pale ale actually. Drinks easy and is quite refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skarecrow (495) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 27, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2017 330ml Bottle Hazy light brown with good head. Tropical fruit aroma with buttery note. Mild bitterness with buttery malt finish. OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westkyoto77 (628) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 24, 2016
Bottle from Yamaya. Clear blond with fluffy even head. Citrusy nose, some passionfruit and dusty malts. Quite zingy and even spicy. Went down a treat with a Thai green curry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (5327) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2016
Fra flaske p Mi2, Cardinal (Asko Rogaland lmesse): klar lys gylden med fint ok skum. En tydelig definert pilsner med god, trr bitterhet preget av gress og (litt for mye) kokte grnnsaker. M prves igjen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (8543) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2016
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours almost clear golden with a small white head. Grassy hop aroma . Taste is dry, clean and crisp pilsner, lingering bitter, a good pilsner On the hoppy side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (554) - 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 (9703) - 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 (5420) - 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.

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