Venture Pils
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #69
Ranked #20,779
3.88 | pDev: 9.28%
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can
date stamped 032 21
L: slight haze on a pale golden beer; thinner foamy white head
S: pilsner malt, spicy/grassy hops
T: refreshing and flavorful: hops are earthy, grassy, spicy; malt is grainy and a bit nutty
F: light-to-medium body, ample carbonation, semi-dry finish
O: I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one as I’ve only had a couple others from this brewery and it’s a difficult style to do well in my opinion…but it was good! I’d buy it again.

Jun 14, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer off the single shelf from a beer store in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had grass and bitter hop. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with saaz hop base and subtle bitter citrus highlights. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Nov 26, 2019
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz pour at Guavas, the best restaurant in a 150 mile radius

Clear and golden with a small smattering of head that sticks around. Faint malt and grassy hops compose the smell, and translate into a bitter hop-filled pils. Very bitter for the style.

Nice amount of hops in this pilsner. Beyond that, it's good but doesnt stand out a whole ton.

Nov 05, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clouded deep golden color with a strong and sticky white head. SRM of 5. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aroma of sweet and syrupy golden malt and honey. A little resinous tropical fruit that gives notes of gasoline and sharpie. Some bready malts underneath (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with some light citrus, floral, and pepper upfront that is wiped away by golden, honey, malt sweetness. Strong flavor of golden malt and sweet bread. Finishes definitely sweet. (4.00)

Feel: Heavier mouthfeel. A little syrupy. Carbonation is decent but not strong enough to match the hops. A bitter astringency on the end (4.00)

Compared to Lift Bridge Mango Blonde 10/11/21: Pours a lighter color. More bread, golden malt, and bittering yeast. Less juicy mango.

Overall: This is an absolutely delicious beer. It's unique, sweet, and has a distinct ripened mango flavor. Not hoppy enough to be a German Pils. Much more sweet too. Drinks more like a hoppy American Blonde. This distinct syrupy mango flavor is worth coming back to this beer despite it not hitting the style. I don't see anyone else mentioning the syrup and mango flavor and if nobody else also mentions this I will be confused.
Compare next to Dakota or Wonderstuff

Jun 28, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours almost clear yellow gold with nice thin sustaining puck atop the beer with lines of lacing.

Nose of lightly spiced bread with lying on a grassy bed.

Taste is a little maltier than expected from nose, but it fades by mid-taste. Very light feel on this beer, but a herbal to grassy bitterness saves the day a bit. The bitterness never gets out of control, though the end leans ever so slightly that way. Light but sufficient carbonation.

Enjoyable beer to have chilled, but to not get too warm, for my palate. Could be a session beer for part of the day, at least, or an enjoyable break from heavier options.

Nov 29, 2016
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a bubbly, one-and-a-half finger head that leaves lots of lace.
Aroma is cracker, grain, spice and a touch of lemon.
Tats is crackery with some grassy notes, a touch of citrus and a nice cracking, slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and soft with just-right carbonation.
Clean, crisp, refreshing.

Jun 29, 2016
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Venture Pils pours a golden color with a small head. Weaker aroma, with hints of skunk. Taste is a little skunk, unusually sweet and a too bitter aftertaste. Good body and feel. Overall, a mediocre pils.

May 14, 2016
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow, good head.

Smell: Mild grassy aroma.

Taste: Lightly fruity, crackers, finishes dry and lightly grassy.

Overall: Venture Pils is another solid beer from Bent Paddle. Pretty much hits the pilsner notes without having as bold of flavor as some other US-version pilsners. Tasty and drinkable.

Feb 28, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head of foam. It smelled of hay, straw and toasted caramel. Sweet caramel taste with a mild bitterness.

Dec 31, 2015
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tempest from New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a clean doughy lager with an earthy grassy hop character and touch of toast. Grapefruit hops build in the finish for a beer that's refreshing and satisfying.

Nov 28, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

in some ways this comes across as more of a blonde ale than a lager beer, the yeast has less flavor, and the beer isnt as dry as many. i also found the malt to be so light as to hardly be really recognizable as german, which usually sort of makes the style for me. its really pretty approachable beer though, and it is well made, if a bit boring. its hard to place this beer in context with some of their more adventurous brews. it seems like a safety net type, a catch all beer for those not looking to be challenged. everyone needs a beer like that i suppose, and this is as good as any, but as a german pils, it left a bit to be desired. a little light in body too, even for the style, its almost like its been stripped down so much there really isnt a whole lot left to it. you do get a little hops on the back end though, which kind of saves it for me from a flavor standpoint. straw and hay in the hops there, a hint of lime, its very german in that regard, again saving it. overall not the most inspired or compelling beer these guys make, but it serves its purpose adequately. kind of surprised its being so well received in the twin cities...

edit: this is one of those beers that i think is better in a can than on draft, way more pils-like in this format, with some real nice yeast flavor to it, a wonderful crispness, and more substance than it seems to have on draft. raising up a couple of scores here in the ratings, its better in the can!

Oct 27, 2015
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear light golden yellow with 2 inch bubbly white head with good retention.
S: Crisp cracker malt, soft and light citrus, and a hint of white pepper.
T: Nice crisp cracker malt (a bit more body here than aroma was suggesting), very light citrus, white pepper, and a hint of earthy funk.
M: Light body. Crisp and refreshing. Mild funk bite.
D: A very nice example of style. Definitely would go well after a long day of paddling!

Sep 25, 2015
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden colour, finger of head, some retention. Nice grassy notes on the nose, hints of wheat and bready malts. Flavour is much the sender with grassy hop notes, bready malts, hints of honey sweetness and candied apple. A solid pils with loads of flavour and a nice bitter finish.

Aug 30, 2015
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pagriley from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into snifter

L - clear pale golden straw with 2 inch fluffy white head.
S - lightly floral with bakers yeast and fresh biscuit dough
T - Clean, bready with a touch of clover honey and a clean slightly bitter finish
F - lightly carbed and smooth

Overall a very well executed pils. A hoppier than standard, but in line with other american examples.

Aug 23, 2015
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale straw color with good clarity. Maybe a touch of chill haze but it goes away in only a few minutes. Voluminous white head is fluffy and long lasting. Heavy lacing left behind on the glass.

Mild floral hops on the nose. A hint of lemon. Saltine crackers. Pale malt around the edges. Grass clippings.

Very clean taste. Floral hops with a bit of citrus. Peppery spice. Raw malty dough with some yeast notes. Simple but very pleasant.

Nice smooth, mild mouth feel. Light body with crisp carbonation. Spiciness lingers. Dry at the end.

A really superb pilsener. Clean, straight forward flavors. Well balanced. Refreshing.

Aug 21, 2015
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy gold with underdeveloped head upon pouring. However, leaves a nice film throughout.
Smell: Classic pilsner aromas from bready malt to floral and vegetal hops. As the beer warms it really smells like the inside of a brewery - rich and fresh.
Taste: Light overall but not without a nice range of flavors mirroring the aromas. mild bready maltiness mirrored by an equally subtle herbal hops bitterness. Finishes dry. Refreshing.
Feel: Light bodied with nice effervescence.

Overall: A good hot weather session pilsner with great balance. What stood out to me the most was how the aromas became more attractive as it warmed, revealing those appetizing brewery smells. I'm used to thinking of pilsners as not very good-smelling, but that's not the case for this one. My only reservation is the price, considering there are some other fine full- flavored pilsner/lagers out there that come in a bit cheaper.

Jun 02, 2015
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JamesMN from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

No canning date. Get with the program Bent Paddle.

Appearance: Light straw body with a short cap of white foam. Nearly clear but with a slight haze.

Aroma: Super clean but not dry. Hint of wheat. One of the cleanest pilseners I've come across.

Taste: It's been a while since I've had a well crafted pilsener. Venture Pils walks that fine line between noticeable yeast esters and off-flavor. The malt bill is nearly undetectable except for some cracker flavor, which pairs well with the mild spicy bitterness from the hops. Classic pilsener yeast brings everything together providing a clean taste signature of the style. Crisp yet wet finish. Aftertaste of dry cracker malt flavor and very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, which is a bit heavy for the style, with the exact right amount of carbonation. Obviously session territory.

Final Thoughts: I've enjoyed getting to know Bent Paddle's offerings since they began distributing to the cities. I'm beginning to sincerely envy the citizens of Duluth who can get these offerings straight from the source. Who knew an american pilsener could be this good. Would I drink it again? Oh yes, I'm thinking this is the beer of summer '15.

Apr 14, 2015
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Stillyman11
12 oz can poured into a slender pint glass

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Grainy, light fruits, slightly spicy, floral hops.

T- Follows the nose, grainy, light fruits, floral hops, slightly spicy, good balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A nice Pilsner with good balance. An enjoyable, easy to drink beer. Worth trying if you enjoy Pilsners.

Jan 25, 2015
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Arrowhead_MN from Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually a fan of pilsners, having been scorned by macro brewed examples of the style. This beer totally changes my perception of this style and it's a great beer to win over and bud drinkers who are stuck in their ways.

Jan 25, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

I had this on tap.
The nose has light grains, a hint of apple and some canned corn which might suggest sanitation issues with the beer lines.
The beer pours brilliant straw with a 1/2" white foam cap.
The palate is crisp and dry but has a little more apple and canned corn than is necessary. Good hop accent on the finish with a nice balance between the hop and malt.
Light, crisp, and effervescent.

Sep 27, 2014
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steveh from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Another in a great Minnesota sampling from Grant & Chaz.

Never heard of this brewery until Grant told me about it, interested to try this sample.

A -- Hazy pale gold with a massive, thick, dense white head. Can conditioned? I'd guess. I'm rating this good because the head lasts so long and leaves terrific lacing.

S -- Light citrus and spiciness in the nose. Mybe even a touch of pininess (northwoods beer?).

T -- Sweet, yeasty breadines right up front with spiciness following and a touch of citrus toward the end. Definite reins in the aftertaste, but nothing so harsh that it kills the palate.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a light body.

O -- This is quite an interesting take on the Pilsner style. One of the better crosses of traditional style and current craft-brew trends I've tried. I'd grab this often if it had local availability.

Jul 02, 2014
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewed on 8/10/16, (original score 4.0).
Bent Paddle Venture Pils pours a cloudy yellow color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of spicy noble hops with some fruity American hops underneath...a little baking bread too. The taste is lighter than the aroma. The spiciness from the aroma is gone from the taste leaving only the lightly fruity American character. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with smooth texture, and carbonation that is light for the style. Overall, this is a weak example of a German Pilsener. If Bent Paddle had claimed on the label that this was an American interpretation of a German Pilsener I would give it some leeway. As it is, the label just says 'pilsener lager', so I will judge it as a mediocre pilsener.

May 07, 2014
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear gold with good sized, stark white head that leaves nice lacing rings.

Smell: Dried out apple, pepper, straw, hay, and a titch of citrus.

Taste: Light malt backbone of dry apple, straw and fresh cut grass. Nice peppery finish with some floral and citrus notes. Fairly hoppy and bitter like a good Northern German Pilsner.

Feel: Light body with moderately high carbonation. Crisp, dry and very clean finish. Perfect for the style.

Overall: This is a textbook example of a German Pilsner and it is executed very well.

Apr 20, 2014
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a coppery-tinged, golden straw in color and with near-excellent clarity, and some chill haze (very slight.) Shock-white head starts dense, and there's excellent head retention throughout.

On the nose there's a blast of intense Noble-like hop character, definitely true to stylistic tendency. Lighter malt character peaks through after the hops have had their say, at once earthy and grassy. Some "booziness", too.

As I'd grabbed this six from the store's cold-box it was still quite chilly when I got the package home, so I let it warm a touch after pouring. In that time the head has fallen to just a cap from its initial two-fingers, and the malt character has really begun to shine, and it reminds me a little of the last Helles I enjoyed: fresh sweetgrass and malted barley.

Lighter, crisp and with a nice astringency on the first sip, and a very dry finish, quite bitter and even slightly biscuity.

Quite light in body, brisk and refreshing, with no off-flavors*. Bitterness lingers almost perfectly (for my palate) and while I detected booze in the nose, there is none present as I finish this pour. It's just a crisp, dry, and refreshingly-bitter drink throughout.

A very nice rendition of the style, and as the style is my personal favorite, I'd absolutely love to see more Craft and True Micro brewers offer a Pils of this type of character and execution.

*I could not discern a date on the package, but this appears to be a very fresh package.

Mar 15, 2014
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johnkale from Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased after a New Years excursion up the shore. Poured into a NG pilsener glass.

A - clarity is perfect, pours a pale straw with two fingers of white head which slowly diminishes but leaves decent lacing

S - whole lotta lemon up front, some sweet and biscuity malt aromas, just a touch of skunk

T - Really damn good, lemon zest predominates though I get some other citrus flavors as well, mainly grapefruit, fairly sweet on the front palate, nice pale malts, modestly bitter/herbal with a slight peppery note in there as well

M - light bodied, carbonation is solid, finish wonderfully dry, a touch of warmth along with some hops resin in the finish

O - a really tasty and refreshing pilsener, I could drink this every night. Will probably pick up a case for camping/boating when I'm up in Duluth in May

Jan 09, 2014
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