Venture Pils - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -2.8%
Another in a great Minnesota sampling from Grant & Chaz.
Never heard of this brewery until Grant told me about it, interested to try this sample.
A -- Hazy pale gold with a massive, thick, dense white head. Can conditioned? I'd guess. I'm rating this good because the head lasts so long and leaves terrific lacing.
S -- Light citrus and spiciness in the nose. Mybe even a touch of pininess (northwoods beer?).
T -- Sweet, yeasty breadines right up front with spiciness following and a touch of citrus toward the end. Definite reins in the aftertaste, but nothing so harsh that it kills the palate.
M -- Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a light body.
O -- This is quite an interesting take on the Pilsner style. One of the better crosses of traditional style and current craft-brew trends I've tried. I'd grab this often if it had local availability.
07-02-2014 00:06:16 | More by steveh
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a coppery-tinged, golden straw in color and with near-excellent clarity, and some chill haze (very slight.) Shock-white head starts dense, and there's excellent head retention throughout.
On the nose there's a blast of intense Noble-like hop character, definitely true to stylistic tendency. Lighter malt character peaks through after the hops have had their say, at once earthy and grassy. Some "booziness", too.
As I'd grabbed this six from the store's cold-box it was still quite chilly when I got the package home, so I let it warm a touch after pouring. In that time the head has fallen to just a cap from its initial two-fingers, and the malt character has really begun to shine, and it reminds me a little of the last Helles I enjoyed: fresh sweetgrass and malted barley.
Lighter, crisp and with a nice astringency on the first sip, and a very dry finish, quite bitter and even slightly biscuity.
Quite light in body, brisk and refreshing, with no off-flavors*. Bitterness lingers almost perfectly (for my palate) and while I detected booze in the nose, there is none present as I finish this pour. It's just a crisp, dry, and refreshingly-bitter drink throughout.
A very nice rendition of the style, and as the style is my personal favorite, I'd absolutely love to see more Craft and True Micro brewers offer a Pils of this type of character and execution.
*I could not discern a date on the package, but this appears to be a very fresh package.
03-15-2014 23:19:15 | More by Chaz
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
Purchased after a New Years excursion up the shore. Poured into a NG pilsener glass.
A - clarity is perfect, pours a pale straw with two fingers of white head which slowly diminishes but leaves decent lacing
S - whole lotta lemon up front, some sweet and biscuity malt aromas, just a touch of skunk
T - Really damn good, lemon zest predominates though I get some other citrus flavors as well, mainly grapefruit, fairly sweet on the front palate, nice pale malts, modestly bitter/herbal with a slight peppery note in there as well
M - light bodied, carbonation is solid, finish wonderfully dry, a touch of warmth along with some hops resin in the finish
O - a really tasty and refreshing pilsener, I could drink this every night. Will probably pick up a case for camping/boating when I'm up in Duluth in May
01-09-2014 01:02:26 | More by johnkale
Venture Pils from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.