Paradox Pilsner | Paradox Brewery

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Paradox Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A cross between a Czech and German style lager. We use an old world pilsner malt to provide a bready background and hop this beer with a blend of noble hops. Crisp and highly drinkable.

33 IBU

Awards – Bronze Medal, The Great International Beer Festival, 2015

Added by tobelerone on 10-03-2013

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by ClarkHimself:
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of tappangordo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deniro
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a can at Astoria Bier & Cheese. Doughy aroma, crisp grapefruit finish. Wonderfully clean and delicious. On the hoppier side of the style, but a lovely change of pace from Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k47k
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a clear straw color, very bubbly, with a huge fluffy white head. The retention is near perfect, and lacing is copious.
The aroma is very grassy and floral with fresh green herbs. Lots of khale and green pepper and clover. Behind it is a big bready backbone of slightly toasty white bread with a just tangible honey sweetness.
The taste follows the nose pretty closely. Upfront is mostly clover and sweet green pepper with some lettuce. It quickly transitions to a toasted white bread backbone with a touch of honey, before a final kiss of khale/spinach bitterness. Finishes lightly dry and is quite clean and crisp.
The mouthfeel is medium-light. Very carbonated, and it moves very quickly on the palate. Finishes a little dry and clean, and quite crisp.
Overall, a very solid pilsner. Worth buying for any fan of the pilsner style.

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Photo of shoretaxi
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a transparent golden bronzed yellow color with a slight carbonation seen rising to fill a quarter finger's worth of white foamy head. Barely any lace, but was there seemed to slide on into the beer.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet grassy hops, an ample amount of hop spice, sweet clingy biscuit-like malts and an enduring quality of lemon sweetness.
The flavor seemed to blend most of it together, leaning somewhat to the sweet side and then developing a keen spicy embrace as it warmed. Light biscuit/white bready sweet soothing aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied, perhaps just a touch closer to the lighter side. What a wonderful sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good, non-distracting as some of the hop spicy harshness hit on the back of my tongue.
Overall, very nice as a pilsener, almost seemed like a blend to me - between German and Czech as it seemed to smell more like a German one but tasted more like a Czech one. Still, I'd have again, whatever pilsener style it's supposed to be.

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Photo of edthehead
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a very clear and light yellow, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like light grassy hops, some minerality, and pilsner malt.

All around this is quite light- very tasty- but exceedingly light. There's not a ton of flavor, but it's definitely crisp and clean, with light herbal and grassy hops, slight fruitiness, and not much malt character.

This is super light, a little thin, but crisp, clean, and very drinkable.

This is a good American attempt at the style, but nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Golden straw in color, with a frothy 2-finger head and a slight haze. Notes of grass and lightly toasted malts on the nose. Light and inviting, with hints of grass, lemon zest, and bright malts in the mouth. Smooth, easy mouthfeel. A great Pilsner that helps illustrate the potential of the style

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Photo of Ela
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear medium to dark golden yellow in color with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint bronze colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with slightly less than moderate aromas of spicy + grassy hops. Light aromas of lager yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready malts with a really light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of spicy + grassy hops which impart a slightly heavier than light amounts of bitterness which lingers slightly and a light flavor of lager yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: I enjoyed the combination of aromas + flavors from both the German and Czech Pilsner styles. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a nice crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jstarr2517
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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Photo of tobelerone
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of T-34-85
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of utopiajane
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light straw color gold but not quite clear. Thinner soapy head that fell pretty fast and left no lace behind at all. Nose is good and breaddy with a light tropical breeze and some seductive citrus. Billowy grasses and as the beer warms it shows some earthy spice. Drinks a bit sparkling and bubbly with a lasting bitterness. The brewer said a cross between Czech and German style. The citrus finishes the beer and the cool bittering hop not the spice and I say that makes it German.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Onion, Woodstock, NY.
Champagne blonde with crusty white cap. 4
Soap and flowers. 4.25
Sweet shortbread, then more flowers, hay, and grass. 4
Long bitter linger with some chalk.
Round, halfway to medium, dry. 3.75

Execution. Real hop dose with good Saaz character. Maybe could be snappier, but that’s splitting hairs. “On point,” says James. 4

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Photo of American_Hawk
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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