Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   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 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!

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Travlr (24667) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

cgarvieuk (24462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2015
Bottle at home... Amber.. Thin white lacing... Soft grassy fruits nose... Dry metalic fruits malts... Light bitter herbal malts

gunnfryd (14872) - 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.

Scopey (14708) - 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.

Stuu666 (13394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours clear golden, nose is floral, lemon, toffee, taste is dull toffee, sweet.

KyotoLefty (10254) - 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.

MartinT (9880) - 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"...


jmgreenuk (9447) - 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.

3fourths (9345) - 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.

gunnar (9087) - 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.

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