Venture Pils | Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by gatornation on 11-11-2013

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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Nick_V
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of BrianPlatz
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of ta_hagen
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ceanderson
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Arrowhead_MN
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of ddavison
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Twotonsandwich
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigAl18
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of JamesMN
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of jwessel
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good, slight hippiness bitter, perfect balance of sweetness, slight white head, quick aftertaste

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Photo of CraigP83
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great pilsner, a bit hoppy bit still easy drinking.

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Photo of jstark
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Savan
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpt_splding
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of nogophers
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of bigbeers84
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsp77
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Nice yellow/golden color....nice clarity...evident carbonation bubbles.

S-Very floral and fresh....also a light grainy malt impression blends perfectly...nice nose to this..

T-Definitely categorized right as a German Pils as it has a nice tight dry bitterness..light graininess adds some balance but this is a pretty hop forward pils...just a hint of DMS evident, probably from the Pils malt...

M-Good carbonation....medium bodied...crisp, dry on the finish with some hop bitterness lingering...

O-Pretty spot on for a German Pils....I prefer Bohemian style but this is right on the money for a German version. If you like a Pils with some good dry bitterness this is for you. Not saying the malt isn't well used but it is pretty hop forward as it should be for the style. I am rating for style not my personal preferences.

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Photo of TEdubbaD
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear straw golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and earthy malt driven aroma with good hints of sweet biscuit balanced by earthy hops. Pale pils malt with hints of straw, biscuit, grains, hay, wheat, crackers, and yeast. Solid hop balance with floral, earthy, and citrus hints. Noble hop hints along with some grass. Citrus fruit hints of lemon zest and orange. A very solid balanced pilsener aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a nicely bready and zesty pils malt taste with a solid presence of floral hops and citrus. Bready and fairly sweet pilsener malt with notes of biscuit, grains, straw, hay, wheat, crackers, and yeast. Good balancing hop presence with floral notes and earthy notes of grass. Citrus hop notes of orange and lemon zest. Pretty solid noble hop presence. Good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Euro Pilsener. Hoppier than typical for the style but it works well.

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