Czech Mate - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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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
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
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
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
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
12-29-2010 03:46:07 | More by tbeckett
3.98/5 rDev +5%
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.
12-05-2010 17:06:48 | More by andrenaline
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
3.68/5 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
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
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
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
3.9/5 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4.03/5 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
4.2/5 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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
08-08-2008 22:38:47 | More by Derek
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
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
3.8/5 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
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
Czech Mate from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.