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Czech Mate - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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87
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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 56
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of prosper
2.56/5  rDev -34.5%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of IllNate
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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 (1,414 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Noxious26. A basic and quite acceptable and fresh pils. Malty and bit floral hoppy aroma, smooth drinking with appropriate carbonation. Satisfying and refreshing. Dry aftertaste. Medium yellow with a moderate white capping. More inoffensive than anything, but freshness appreciated. (292 characters)

Photo of chickenm
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: 3 weeks old

Pour puts a light gold lager in the flute with a rocky 2 finger cap which displays good retention and lacing.

Aroma finds the floral Czech hopping muted and delivers the thick malty and light grass aromas of a German Pilsner.

Wonderful rush of biscuity malts in the front are joined by a herbal-citrus rind bittering..this develops more intensly mid palate and is joined by some floral and botanical notes...the building hop presense produces a drying finish where the biscuit malts are predominated by the hop bittering..has bready after taste with a light metallic tone.

A decent miro pilsner (626 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.87/5  rDev -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. (772 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw with a few floaties. White head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S: Bready malt with floral & metallic hops, hints of minerals & lemon grass.

T: Good hop & malt flavour. Metallic minerals, floral, bready/biscuity, grassy, hints of lemon. Decent bitterness (it could use a little more).

M: Moderate body & carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable. (362 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (451 characters)

Photo of vanrassel
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (660 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (956 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,071 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,414 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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! (474 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (728 characters)

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Czech Mate from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.