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Czech Mate - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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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 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 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 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 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 vanrassel
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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 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 aychbomb
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of markaberrant
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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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Czech Mate from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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