Czech Mate - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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2.58/5 rDev -31.9%
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.
10-26-2009 22:42:33 | More by prosper
British Columbia (Canada)
3.45/5 rDev -9%
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.
01-15-2011 01:14:04 | More by IllNate
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
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
08-26-2010 03:08:04 | More by kjyost
3.6/5 rDev -5%
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.
10-08-2007 03:07:49 | More by Sammy
British Columbia (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
07-22-2010 02:43:50 | More by chickenm
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
08-23-2011 19:15:39 | More by spinrsx
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
10-06-2010 04:31:09 | More by Shadman
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
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
05-03-2007 00:43:22 | More by pootz
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
08-15-2011 17:16:27 | More by bryehn
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
08-30-2011 02:55:08 | More by Converge
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
05-03-2009 22:13:34 | More by grub
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-20-2010 01:05:55 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Czech Mate from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.