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.