Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bent Paddle Venture Pils

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1298) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2015
I really appreciate a great pilsner brewed in the classic German or Czech traditions. Once in a while I encounter an American brewery that tweaks it a little and the results can sometimes be disastrous at worst and meh at best. Bent Paddle Brewing’s “Venture Pils” is definitely not one of those beers; it’s actually one of the better American-style pilsners I can recall. Genuine flavor, tasty, and easy to drink. That it comes in a can is the icing on the cake.

I poured a 12oz can into a pilsner glass. There was no freshness date. Thanks to Matthew L. for the can!

Appearance: Pale gold color with a nearly crystal clarity. Plenty of consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, white, frothy head which retains and laces pretty well.

Smell: Strong pilsner malt aroma with slight lemon and citrus notes.

Taste: Like any good pilsner, the eponymous malt is the first and most prominent flavor here. It’s a lightly sweet cereal taste, but not gritty or husky. There’s a distinct lemon character as well, which I’m assuming is due to the inclusion of American hops. Light lemon fruit and slightly dry, bitter lemonpeel (but not to the point of being peppery). Fairly low bitterness, but enough hops to give it balance. Not the most distinctive beer in the world, but certainly a good one if you ask me.

Drinkability: At only 5% ABV, Bent Paddle Venture Pils is exactly what you want in terms of body, flavor and drinkability. The mouthfeel is thin, but not paper thin; there’s still a decent medium body here. Crisp for sure with the perfect amount of carbonation. It’s very refreshing while in the mouth and leaves just a slightly dry aftertaste. Perhaps a tad big to truly session, though I could see this being ideal in the summer considering its availability in cans. 
Grade: 8/10

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