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Czech Mate - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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Czech MateCzech Mate

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very good

35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 56
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
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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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 56
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of chickenm
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of mick303
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
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

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Photo of elricorico
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of cratez
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of Bunman3
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Czech Mate from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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