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Venture Pils - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 105
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 26.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gatornation on 11-11-2013

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 105
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

in some ways this comes across as more of a blonde ale than a lager beer, the yeast has less flavor, and the beer isnt as dry as many. i also found the malt to be so light as to hardly be really recognizable as german, which usually sort of makes the style for me. its really pretty approachable beer though, and it is well made, if a bit boring. its hard to place this beer in context with some of their more adventurous brews. it seems like a safety net type, a catch all beer for those not looking to be challenged. everyone needs a beer like that i suppose, and this is as good as any, but as a german pils, it left a bit to be desired. a little light in body too, even for the style, its almost like its been stripped down so much there really isnt a whole lot left to it. you do get a little hops on the back end though, which kind of saves it for me from a flavor standpoint. straw and hay in the hops there, a hint of lime, its very german in that regard, again saving it. overall not the most inspired or compelling beer these guys make, but it serves its purpose adequately. kind of surprised its being so well received in the twin cities...

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Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a clean doughy lager with an earthy grassy hop character and touch of toast. Grapefruit hops build in the finish for a beer that's refreshing and satisfying.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev -0.5%

I had this on tap.
The nose has light grains, a hint of apple and some canned corn which might suggest sanitation issues with the beer lines.
The beer pours brilliant straw with a 1/2" white foam cap.
The palate is crisp and dry but has a little more apple and canned corn than is necessary. Good hop accent on the finish with a nice balance between the hop and malt.
Light, crisp, and effervescent.

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Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Nice yellow/golden color....nice clarity...evident carbonation bubbles.

S-Very floral and fresh....also a light grainy malt impression blends perfectly...nice nose to this..

T-Definitely categorized right as a German Pils as it has a nice tight dry bitterness..light graininess adds some balance but this is a pretty hop forward pils...just a hint of DMS evident, probably from the Pils malt...

M-Good carbonation....medium bodied...crisp, dry on the finish with some hop bitterness lingering...

O-Pretty spot on for a German Pils....I prefer Bohemian style but this is right on the money for a German version. If you like a Pils with some good dry bitterness this is for you. Not saying the malt isn't well used but it is pretty hop forward as it should be for the style. I am rating for style not my personal preferences.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden colour, finger of head, some retention. Nice grassy notes on the nose, hints of wheat and bready malts. Flavour is much the sender with grassy hop notes, bready malts, hints of honey sweetness and candied apple. A solid pils with loads of flavour and a nice bitter finish.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear straw golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and earthy malt driven aroma with good hints of sweet biscuit balanced by earthy hops. Pale pils malt with hints of straw, biscuit, grains, hay, wheat, crackers, and yeast. Solid hop balance with floral, earthy, and citrus hints. Noble hop hints along with some grass. Citrus fruit hints of lemon zest and orange. A very solid balanced pilsener aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a nicely bready and zesty pils malt taste with a solid presence of floral hops and citrus. Bready and fairly sweet pilsener malt with notes of biscuit, grains, straw, hay, wheat, crackers, and yeast. Good balancing hop presence with floral notes and earthy notes of grass. Citrus hop notes of orange and lemon zest. Pretty solid noble hop presence. Good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Euro Pilsener. Hoppier than typical for the style but it works well.

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Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=pours a clear sunshine yellow color with a brilliant white head a bit of lacing and a fresh cap
S-noble hops floral hops and lemon bread malt
T-nice floral hops crisp noble taste with baked bread malts very tasty
M-crisp and pure hops tingle on the tongue a touch of sweetness
O-nicely done pils low abv highly drinkable a great pils when im in the mood for the style

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Photo of bsp77
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear gold with good sized, stark white head that leaves nice lacing rings.

Smell: Dried out apple, pepper, straw, hay, and a titch of citrus.

Taste: Light malt backbone of dry apple, straw and fresh cut grass. Nice peppery finish with some floral and citrus notes. Fairly hoppy and bitter like a good Northern German Pilsner.

Feel: Light body with moderately high carbonation. Crisp, dry and very clean finish. Perfect for the style.

Overall: This is a textbook example of a German Pilsner and it is executed perfectly. Nothing unexpected here, but if I want a local Pilsner, this would be my first choice.

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Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Stillyman11
12 oz can poured into a slender pint glass

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Grainy, light fruits, slightly spicy, floral hops.

T- Follows the nose, grainy, light fruits, floral hops, slightly spicy, good balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A nice Pilsner with good balance. An enjoyable, easy to drink beer. Worth trying if you enjoy Pilsners.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale straw color with good clarity. Maybe a touch of chill haze but it goes away in only a few minutes. Voluminous white head is fluffy and long lasting. Heavy lacing left behind on the glass.

Mild floral hops on the nose. A hint of lemon. Saltine crackers. Pale malt around the edges. Grass clippings.

Very clean taste. Floral hops with a bit of citrus. Peppery spice. Raw malty dough with some yeast notes. Simple but very pleasant.

Nice smooth, mild mouth feel. Light body with crisp carbonation. Spiciness lingers. Dry at the end.

A really superb pilsener. Clean, straight forward flavors. Well balanced. Refreshing.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear light golden yellow with 2 inch bubbly white head with good retention.
S: Crisp cracker malt, soft and light citrus, and a hint of white pepper.
T: Nice crisp cracker malt (a bit more body here than aroma was suggesting), very light citrus, white pepper, and a hint of earthy funk.
M: Light body. Crisp and refreshing. Mild funk bite.
D: A very nice example of style. Definitely would go well after a long day of paddling!

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Photo of pagriley
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into snifter

L - clear pale golden straw with 2 inch fluffy white head.
S - lightly floral with bakers yeast and fresh biscuit dough
T - Clean, bready with a touch of clover honey and a clean slightly bitter finish
F - lightly carbed and smooth

Overall a very well executed pils. A hoppier than standard, but in line with other american examples.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

No canning date. Get with the program Bent Paddle.

Appearance: Light straw body with a short cap of white foam. Nearly clear but with a slight haze.

Aroma: Super clean but not dry. Hint of wheat. One of the cleanest pilseners I've come across.

Taste: It's been a while since I've had a well crafted pilsener. Venture Pils walks that fine line between noticeable yeast esters and off-flavor. The malt bill is nearly undetectable except for some cracker flavor, which pairs well with the mild spicy bitterness from the hops. Classic pilsener yeast brings everything together providing a clean taste signature of the style. Crisp yet wet finish. Aftertaste of dry cracker malt flavor and very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, which is a bit heavy for the style, with the exact right amount of carbonation. Obviously session territory.

Final Thoughts: I've enjoyed getting to know Bent Paddle's offerings since they began distributing to the cities. I'm beginning to sincerely envy the citizens of Duluth who can get these offerings straight from the source. Who knew an american pilsener could be this good. Would I drink it again? Oh yes, I'm thinking this is the beer of summer '15.

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Photo of Chaz
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of steveh
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy gold with underdeveloped head upon pouring. However, leaves a nice film throughout.
Smell: Classic pilsner aromas from bready malt to floral and vegetal hops. As the beer warms it really smells like the inside of a brewery - rich and fresh.
Taste: Light overall but not without a nice range of flavors mirroring the aromas. mild bready maltiness mirrored by an equally subtle herbal hops bitterness. Finishes dry. Refreshing.
Feel: Light bodied with nice effervescence.

Overall: A good hot weather session pilsner with great balance. What stood out to me the most was how the aromas became more attractive as it warmed, revealing those appetizing brewery smells. I'm used to thinking of pilsners as not very good-smelling, but that's not the case for this one. My only reservation is the price, considering there are some other fine full- flavored pilsner/lagers out there that come in a bit cheaper.

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Photo of johnkale
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Arrowhead_MN
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually a fan of pilsners, having been scorned by macro brewed examples of the style. This beer totally changes my perception of this style and it's a great beer to win over and bud drinkers who are stuck in their ways.

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Venture Pils from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.