Czech Mate - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Paddock Wood Brewing Co. visit their website
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Noxious26 on 06-24-2006

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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 35
Photo of Bunman3
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Fionn Macool's - very pleased to find a pub with the good taste to have Paddock Wood on tap. This is a very enjoyable Pilsener - clear, golden, with a nice floral/citrus/Saaz nose. There are plenty of layers to the flavours here. The biscuit malt provides a good base, there are grapefruit whispers, and a lovely, mouth-pleasing hop finish. This is easily one of my favourite Canadian-made Pilseners.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold with around three fingers of off-white head. Aroma is biscuit malt and floral, spicy hops with a touch of citrus tang. Taste is surprisingly complex, a hops forward pils with Saaz spice but also some light grapefruit with a lingering bitter finish. A touch of white grape and sour candy. Nice oily mouthfeel. Really complex and interesting for a pils, almost ale-like in terms of fruity notes which presumably derive from the hops. Purists might quibble a bit but in my view this is what a good pils should involve: Obvious pale malt but also some hoppy punch to add nuance. Nice work and perhaps Paddock Wood's best along with Loki.

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a sam adams pint glass.

Creamy and three finger fluffy white head, good retention and staying power. Brassy yellow clear body, almost pale amber, with little rising carbonation at all.

Nose is mellow citrus lemon and lime. Some classic grass like hop, bakery bready malts and candy store almost minty fresh. Really nice.

Taste follows the nose and a wonderful balance. Good sweetness, matching citrus and candy grapefruit. A little bit of baby aspirin. Mouthfeel, is dense but little carbonation, good malt backbone coating. Grass angle seems lost but so much imteresting and nicer flavors I dont mind.

Overall, very memorable, very different for this style also, quite enjoying this, would love more.

Photo of mick303
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a flared pilsner glass, with a big head of froth, which lingered, receding slowly, carbonation is initially quite lively, and remains quite strong. Colour is of a bright gold.

Nose is what I would expect of a pils, touch of crisp mineral smell.
Flavour is quite enjoyable. It has some nice balance here. It is quite refreshing and flavourful.
Mouthfeel is medium, with a good balance of bitterness. Goes down smoothly. Leaves a bit of a tongue-coating bitter finish.
Overall its an easy-drinking, flavoursome pilsner, without obvious flaws, refreshing and not over the top bitter. Enjoyed it.

Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 9/10/11

A clear light yellow with lots of bubbles of all shapes, sizes and speeds feeding a short lived thumbs width of bone white foam that leaves lace where it existed

S zesty lemon with some hops and grainy sweetness

T nicely hopped with a floral aspect that works well for it, a little sweet but not a bad example of the style

M refreshing zip to it, I wouldn't say it finishes clean but the aftertaste is tame and just a little bite

O I like the hop profile of this one it works within the style, pretty good beer that would make a good session

I thought I'd reviewed this before but maybe not, this would go well with some summer sun but a chilly fall evening seems to work to

Photo of Converge
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz Pint glass.

A - Just under a finger-and-a-half of puffy white head. Glowing golden-yellow hue. Not much head retention. No lacing to speak of.

S - Tons of piney hops and sour lemon scent. Lots of bitter citric aroma here. A little floral, but pretty earthy as well. Grassy.

T - Citric zest and clean, piney hops. A little drying tart feel on the finish. Overall really clean and easy to drink. The zesty hops add a nice crisp feel. Grainy malt backbone sits underneath the bittering qualities.

M - Light but prickly carbonation. Pretty dry, hoppy finish. Clean and light body, but not too light.

D - Surprisingly bitter and hoppy. Admittedly I am pretty unfamiliar with Pilseners, and I've never tried any Czech Pilseners, but this was pretty good. A solid dryness and bitter feel in the finish. Overall, a clean and crisp brew with a simple but enjoyable flavor.

Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, floral notes, hops, lemons, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and a bit of a floral spiciness. When I had my first smell of the beer it reminded me a bit of a Prima Pils, but unfortunately it doesn't taste like it smells. Maybe I've just got an old bottle, but it has an odd musty taste to it. It finishes with bready slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – I'd really like to try this one on draft to see how it compares. It definitely has some promise.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excellent Czech-style pilsner.

Cloudy straw gold with an overwhelming effervescence - different from my last bottle which was more reasonably carbonated . That variability is the only negative point towards this otherwise very well crafted beer.

Delightful hop aroma that really brings back Plzn memories. Well balanced and refreshing flavours including grain, bread and a hint of grassiness. The sweet finish has an underlying hop bitterness. Well done, Paddock Wood!

Photo of bryehn
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden colour with a moderate, soapy white head that settles as a collared film and leaves light, spotty lacing.

Has a very pleasant smell consisting of a mild soap tone, flowers and fresh grains. A subtle malt note, a hint of green tea and a honey-like sweetness balance out the body of the aroma.

The taste is hop-forward, clean and crisp. A slight malt sweetness is accompanied by a very solid dryness and a tart, almost sour finish.

The beer is light-bodied with a medium-heavy carbonation. An oily sensation comes through on the tongue before a slight syrupy aftertaste takes over

A refreshing, easy-drinking pilsner that doesn't take any risks, but delivers a really solid and clean taste. It pairs well with salads, grilled meats and snack foods.

Photo of cratez
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the Hyland Centre Beer Store. Pours a bright yellow hue with a sliver of white froth, some chill haze, and spots of lacing on the pint glass. Lots of bubbly carbonation in the body. Smell is lemony hops, plastic, yeast, flower petals, perfume, cookie dough, and honey. Very complex and aromatic, especially for a beer of this weight. Taste is soft cracker-like malts, sweet cereal grains, biscuit, touch of metal, grassy, lemony, and weedy hops, gentle Saaz bitterness to end. Medium mouthfeel is crisp upfront, creamy-foamy carbonation mid-palate, zesty and prickly hop bite transitions to a dry finish with more lemon on the cough.

Holy shit - this beer is LOADED with bold flavours and aromas. Paddock Wood proves that a session pilsner doesn't have to be boring. A top flight example of the style, and easily my second favourite pils after Victory Prima. I'll be grabbing much more of this now that it's available in London. Bravo!

Photo of IllNate
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poors a slightly hazy pale yellow, with a small amount of white head. Poor retention.

S - Smells strongly of pilsner malt and dms. Grassy hops as well.

T - Bitter hops, kind of acrid. Grassy and herbal hop flavoring. Some buttery corn as well.

M - Quite bitter for a pils, a pit puckering. Otherwise good body.

D - Drinkability isn't quite as high as what most are in the style.

Photo of tbeckett
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this a year or two ago for the first time. When I tried it first, it was one of my first craft beers from outside Ontario. I was very surprised by the flavour of this and confused as to whether I liked it so it will be nice to revisit.

A - Pours a golden/straw colour with minimal carbonation and a thin cap of white head.

S - Lot's of grassy hops. Lemon zest and toasted malts are present too. Slight soapiness as well.

T - Good blend of that lemony aspect with the grassiness of those hops and a bitter but not too bitter finish. That soapy element is there throughout too.

M - Medium bodied interestingly for this abv. Medium carbonation as well.

D - Definately a session beer. The weather isn't making this as refreshing as it could be but worth more than one.

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale straw colour with a thin layer of head that settles to small islands with no real lacing.

S - Classic pilsener style with grassy hops, earthy undertones and some slight bubblegum notes.

T - The grassy hops and sweet corn flavours are dominant, with a bit of wheat and sour lemon also coming through. The sweet corn flavours linger on the tongue.

M - A lighter bodied ale, but suitable for the style. Not overly watery but goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - This stuff is easily poundable and a great example of the style. The flavours come through nicely and make it an ideal summer drink or for when you want to give your taste buds a break from the powerful ales. Very tasty indeed.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very bubbly clear golden, short white head dissipated to a very thin covering
S - floral and grassy hops with a corn/grainy note, very crisp
T - somewhat different than the smell with a very buttery corn and grainy malt character, clean grassy hop note, slightly peppery
M - high carbonation, clean and crisp with a a dry finish
D - a great example of the czech pils characteristics, crisp and clean, hoppy, simple yet flavourful and easy drinking

Photo of Shadman
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I was hoping for more, but not overy exceptional looking pils. Bright, clear aMber clour, smallish head that head a cap for a decent time. some lacing.

Grassy, herbal, slightly sour

Taste fits the label well enough. Smooth grainy malts with a cracker/biscuit flavour. Impressive hop bitterness. Finish is quite hoppy, dry, and somewhat herbal in character.

Feel reminds me a lot like Pilsner Urquel. Lower carbonation ( the bitterness provides the snap ) and sort of slick.

A Canadian version of the aforementioned Czech 'classic' .

Found after finishing the second one, which had warmed a bit, a hint of dill. Thought I'd throw that in....cheers.

Photo of sasky7777
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A hop forward brew with grassy and spice aromas and some citrus. It is golden coloured (clearly unfiltered) with a white head. The malt is in the background to balance out the taste. I like the bitterness and aroma of the hops, and the overall balance of the beer. A session beer that is very drinkable.

Photo of kjyost
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on April 4 - 2010

A: Poured strongly into a snifter shaped glass, and the first thing I notice is that this beer is clearly unfiltered as some heavily flocculated yeast balls hits the bottom and is stuck in the head. And a beautiful beer. Golden with a bit of cloudiness is it with a gorgeous and large inch of white foamy head that slowly descended into a 1/4" cap that is still sitting there an hour later.

S: Initially quite nice, with a light spicy hop aroma and a bit of bready malt undertones. Over time a bit of a harsh aroma comes through. More on that in taste...

T: Initially comes in clean and crisp and pours wonderfully over the palate in the hot sun. A bit of hop flavour comes through. After a bit of time I begin to note a building off flavour on my palate. It is either DMS or oxidation, I am presently leaning towards the wet cardboard of oxidation although I am not sure. Perhaps it is the yeast I let fall into the glass. If that were the case, I have 3 or four more to try and I'll report back.
EDIT: 8/25/10 - this bottle much crisper & cleaner in terms of flavour. Increased from 2.5 to 3.5

M: A nice strong carbonation, which effervesces in the mouth giving the beer a little more bite than it would otherwise offer.

D: I could have drank the first half of this beer all day. The second half is still beside me, and hour later due to the off flavours... Average of 4.5 & 1.5? 3

Photo of chickenm
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin white head that quickly fades away. Grainy aroma with a little citrus. Flavor is malt, lemon, and some light hops. Great mouthfeel for a pilsner, smooth body and good carbonation. Overall it's a decent pilsner, quite drinkable and refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 355-ml bottle into a long tulip glass.

Appearance - bright gold with foamy white head. Active carbonation highly visible.

Smell - very fresh pilsner aromas, light and lively hop scents as well as a hint of green apple.

Taste - malty crisp taste, reminds me a little of Pilsner Urquell and some other fire-brewed malt flavoured beers. Nice lasting finish of snappy hops.

Mouthfeel - fairly even flavours but not smooth. The front of the tongue bears the brunt of this concoction and the bitters are tart on the palate.

Drinkability - overall this is a pretty impressive beer. If it was just a little sweeter and bready it would be a close match for Pilsner Urquell. That's a compliment since P.U. is a world-class beer.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light yellow, straw color. A little cloudy as well. Not much of a head even after an aggresive pour. Minimal lacing.

S- Grassy hops, not picking up much of a malt smell, but I'm getting some citrus notes, lemon i think.

T- Floral, fruity, citrusy. Great hop and malt balance. Very nice! this coming from a guy who doesn't enjoy pilsners that much.

M- What a great feel for a pilsner, extremly smooth, light body, med-high carbonation.

D- Extremly high. Definitely one of the best pilsners I've had. Will absolutely be picking up more of this.

Photo of prosper
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light yellow. Lighter than Urquell. Thin white head, disappears quickly.

Smells lactic or malic - fruity acidic. Not much else going on. Really, it smells like a sour.

Taste is better than the smell. Some tanginess, but it's definitely not sour. Not much malt character, though - I'd expect a 'green' grainy euro-pils malt, but I'm not getting it here, I AM getting a little more 'toasty' malt note. Also some spicy/fruity hops - they don't taste like the typical saaz hops, perhaps they're US-grown saaz. Finish is herbal-hoppy, and it's the highlite of this beer. Otherwise, it's not a typical lager profile, there's just too much tartness and ester qualities. On the plus side, there's zero DMS, sulfur, and maybe just a tiny hint of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is about right; it's not bone dry and spritzy, but not thick and chewy, either.

Drinkability - I dunno, this is too lemony-citrussy for my tastes. I'm not in a hurry to finish this one, let alone pour a second.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment. Though it's nicer if you let it warm up a little, where the breadiness and malt start to cover up the fruity yeast character.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a translucent hazed light amber, tall tight spongy white head with good retention. Chunky slices of lacing.

Bready malt, crisp grains and light grassy hops in the aroma.

Flavour contains mild malt, more metallic grains with a clean mild grassy hop finish.

Medium-full mouthfeel with light carbonation, almost the perfect combination for this style.

Great sessional pilsner, good balance although I do prefer a bit more of a hop zip, although it doesn't detract from enjoying this Czechmate.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light golden yellow color lager with a super large pale white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of Saaz hops with some nice floral malt. Taste is very refreshing with loads of dry Saaz hops presence and a nice lightly sweet malt backbone with some grassy and floral undertones. Body is average with great carbonation. Very well done and something I would like to have more often if ti was available close to my place.

Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled may 3/09.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a big fluffy white head. the head drops quickly but leaves plenty of clumpy lace behind.

aroma is nice. light caramel. hint of alcohol. earthy, almost musty character. white bread. bit of cracker.

taste is good. just under medium bitterness level. light alcohol. white bread. cracker. earthy. just a hint of toasty character. bit of orange peel.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-high carbonation seems a touch high. fairly light body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced.

Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to markaberrant for sending my way.

Pours a clear light yellow, straw, almost amber, thick and tall white head forms, drops a ton of lace spirals on the glass, slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass and layer, looks nice. Smell is nice, very hoppy, lots of grainy malt, biscuity, wheat, floral, light spice, slightly herbal and citric, toasty, really quite nice for a czech pilsner. Taste is similar, nice and malty, some sweet caramel at first, biscuits and toasty, some floral hops, lightly grassy and herbal, some citrus, spicy bitterness in the finish, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium to high carbonation, very balanced, real nice hoppiness. Very nice example of a czech pilsner. Thanks Mark!

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Czech Mate from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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