Czech Mate - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
appearance: pale straw in color. creamy white head, with good retention. nice clarity but not briliant. highly carbonated.
smell: nice mellow malt aroma. mild floral hoppyness.
taste: rich complex maltyness. perfectly ballanced by bitter yet not overpowering hoppyness. this is exactly what i want in a pils
mouthfeel: medium/full body. highly carbonated.
drinkability: this is a realy nice pils. a great everyday brew, rich complex well rounded & refreshing
01-29-2007 22:50:03 | More by aychbomb
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
Pale gold in colour with a thin white head. Head fades but leaves plenty of lacing.
The smell is a nice mix of floral and spicy hops. There is a bit of bready malt in there, but it leans heavily towards the hop. Very fresh aroma, pleasant.
This is a very crisp lager with a nice hoppy bite. Lightly fruity up front, with a long mix of citrus flavour that has a little bit of spice to finish.
Light in body, but with a certain roundness. Highly carbonated. Altogether quite refreshing.
This is as good as I've had when it comes to pilsners. A real quaffing beer that has a high quality feel in all aspects.
04-21-2007 04:12:30 | More by elricorico
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
09-08-2009 02:50:49 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
355ml bottle. Nice to see a Czech Pilsener sixer made 'locally'.
This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, softly foamy, and moderately bubbly off-white head, which leaves a crazy array of sedimentary rockface lace around the glass as it lazily abates.
It smells of crisp, crackery, and bready pale malt, with a soft cereal character, mildly zesty lemon, a bit of wafting black pepper dust, and sassy grassy (oh yeah!), leafy hops. The taste starts off with a nice, lightly bitter floral hoppiness, that gives way to some heady, grainy cereal and biscuit maltiness, let's say one redolent of a fresh box of Cheerios, before some bigger, brasher grassy hops round things out, amongst some interstitial aerosol pepper.
The carbonation seems a bit high at first, but slowly dissipates, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of touch and go in its smoothness, the hops being kind of funny that way. It finishes nice and dry, the lingering grassy hops and ground black pepper continuing to stand out.
One smooth, and pleasantly peppy pilsener, with an enduring gravitas and duly vibrant flavours, that would (ok, will) be very sessionable. I'd put this up against the (available and fresh) Bohemian greats any day, any time.
12-31-2008 02:12:06 | More by biboergosum
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
09-19-2010 16:33:21 | More by sasky7777
4.13/5 rDev +9%
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.
06-20-2012 19:10:06 | More by mick303
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
09-29-2012 21:52:30 | More by smakawhat
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
08-19-2013 23:29:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
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!
02-14-2011 04:22:09 | More by cratez
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
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!
05-03-2009 22:04:20 | More by Viggo
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
341ml bottle served in 16 oz pint glass.
Pours a clear golden yellow, which tips you off that this ain't no adjunct laden pilsner. Nothing but a thin ring on top. No lacing.
Smell is malty - bready with hints of sweet caramel and sour fruit. Very nice, but where is the hops?
Taste is completely different from smell - classic pilsner hop profile is there (soft, bitter and floral), with the complex malt playing a nice supportive role.
Carbonation and mouthfeel seems about right. This ain't no watery pilsner, the taste lingers nicely on the tongue, with no carbonic harshness.
Tasty and refreshing. Each sip restarts the cycle of flavours all over again. Goes down way too easy.
A delicious pilsner with a complex maltiness to it. A bit more hop aroma would push it over the edge.
On a side note - I also recently tried the Paddock Wood Organic Pilsner (not currently listed for review on BA). It is a lot less hoppier, but has a ton of bready malt character. A nice alternative, but if given the choice, I'd take the Czech Mate 9 times out of 10.
01-16-2007 00:47:42 | More by markaberrant
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
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
10-09-2011 19:41:41 | More by wordemupg
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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!
08-19-2011 22:49:25 | More by hopsolutely
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
From the pour alone, I can tell that this is going to be a good interpretation of a Czeck Pilsener. It certainly looks the part with its billowy white head staining to escape the glass, and the straw-coloured body with steady streams of carbonation rushing to help the cap in its efforts. With each sip a new ring is deposited, showing that this beer measures its age by each visit to the mouth. Twenty visits old and there should be nothing left.
The aroma is grassy, but not without spice. It's a rolling Czech meadow with wildflowers and herbs crushed underfoot. Somewhere in the distance a fresh loaf of bread is baking in preparation for the evening meal.
I partake of the bread as I life it to my mouth, and I'm taken to that meadow. The grass is verdant in my memory, and the herbs and flowers take something which could be one dimensional and transcend it to a thing of beauty. Aye, there's beauty in this drink, but also a refreshing simplicity. Its what I look for in a pils, and Paddock Wood have hit my nail on the head. They've even got the mouthfeel spot on, with its crisp carbonation, and its bready, but crisp finish.
I enjoyed this. I rarely reach for a pils, and in the long Canadian winter I have little inclination or opportunity to crack open a refreshing beer, but this is a good quaff. It transports me to some sunny day, and with the wind howling from the north, that's not a bad thing.
03-05-2009 17:04:02 | More by bobsy
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
11-01-2009 21:57:21 | More by Dawkfan
4/5 rDev +5.5%
341ml bottle poured in a pilsener glass. Bottle has a fairly plain label with a picture of a knight chess piece.
Clear, pale gold in colour. Off white head is fluffy and 1/4 on the pour. Recedes to a thin, patchy cap. Nice lacing down the sides.
Aroma is dominated by floral hops with hints of citrus zest.
Floral hops off the start with a subtle malt backbone. Blends seamlessly into a mildly bitter noble hop finish. Very clean, soft and subtle. Brief aftertaste is soft floral hops.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth and soft.
A very refreshing Czech Pilsener. I have to say that this is much more drinkable than any other Czech Pilsener I've ever had. The flavours are noticable enough to keep you interested, but none is so strong as to throw things out of balance or harm the wonderful silky softness. I would prefer a touch more malt spine. I'll definitely be looking for more of these next time through Saskatoon.
06-24-2006 04:07:16 | More by Noxious26
3.98/5 rDev +5%
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
11-20-2010 03:43:09 | More by joemcgrath27
3.98/5 rDev +5%
I recently lamented Wild Rose's Natural Blonde was a limited edition, but I think Czech Mate will ably satisfy my pilsener jones. It's easily as good and among the best you can get around here.
It poured into my pilsener glass golden with a thin, bone-white head. What the head lacked in volume, it made up in staying power and left sticky rings of lace on my glass. The smell was biscuity malt, a subtle grassy aroma and faint floral hops.
Although the hop smell was more floral, the taste was spicy noble hops all the way. The hops pushed aside a bready malt beginning and made for a bitter ending. High carbonation enhanced a crisp, clean, dry finish.
05-19-2007 00:23:52 | More by vanrassel
3.98/5 rDev +5%
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.
09-28-2009 02:23:11 | More by IronDjinn
Czech Mate from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.