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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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1,015 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 18
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-18-2001)
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Danflurry

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-15-2013 00:50:50 | More by Danflurry
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%

What an unexpected find at Pipe and Pint here in Greensboro today actually had it given to me it was part of the owners personal stash,anyways pours a vibrant yellow with not much head wich kept the rating at 4 I really liked the vibrant color of this brew.Aroma was like walking thru a meadow of flowers kinda sweet and grassy with a good toasted malt character.Taste was grainy and lightly sweet with a nice smacking of hops that hits nicely in the finish.One of the best American pilsners out there at least from my perspective I wish I had more!

07-23-2004 19:33:00 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +13%

Appearance – The head is huge and deep. It showed some decent retention as it laced the glass. The body is a pretty yellow with an orange tint.

Smell – Yep, that’s a pils. The soft, sophisticated floral hops mix with some spice and a light sweetness. So far, so good.

Taste – The grassy hops come out a little more in the taste along with a light sense of grain. The complexity is its strong point IMO. Everything works together quite well.

Mouthfeel – I know that many of the other reviews indicated a lot of carbonation here, but I don’t find it typical of the style and certainly couldn’t locate more than a moderate amount here (which is good, IMO). This Pils is light-bodied and very refreshing.

Drinkability - A good pils is one of the smoothest brews on earth, and this one hits the mark. Of all the times I’ve been prosted to the finish while living in Germany, pils is the only style I could do from a full glass. Make this a warmish and I could do the bottle. Yet another diverse accomplishment from this amazing brewery.

Update – I reviewed this a month after joining the site back in the fall of 2003 so thought it would be run to re-rate it with a 2004 vintage. I juggled a few scores around but still ended up with a solid 4.0. Good job, New Belgium. This is a hard style to nail.

08-23-2003 01:21:53 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -18.1%

Murky Piss Yellow with a thin skim and minute carbonation.

Strong aroma of chicken sate or chicken bouillon.

Taste is mild and light with just hints of hops and malts. Subtle lemon like finish.

Mouthfeel has a wonderful bitter finish. Hops are felt more than tasted. Salty. Biting and only nominally crisp.

Drinkability: This is dull and lacks the crispness and dryness that I desire in a Pilsener.

Very poor example of the style.

08-19-2006 03:13:15 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-06-2013 00:57:15 | More by Turbo
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +4%

Pours golden with a white head. Nothing great but not water with a yellow tint.

Lemon and soft biscuit in the nose. Honey comes out as it warms. Not a lot going on but what it does have is pleasant, though it does lack a noticable hop presence.

Taste is similar, with nothing really standing out, good or bad. Clean and balanced, doesn't taste like cheap grain. Light bodied without being thin and finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Pleasant but nothing to rave about.

02-07-2010 03:01:26 | More by brownbeer
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Tiernan

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-04-2013 04:58:20 | More by Tiernan
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Bitzer

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-07-2014 00:11:54 | More by Bitzer
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%

The Blue Paddle Pilsner pours from the bottle an opaque golden yellow with a half inch bubbly white head on top. Quite a nice hue with lots of active carbonation. Aromas of sweet crystal, pale malts along with a nice spicy, grassy noble hop presence with just a hint of lemon zest. Quite nice and refined.

First sip brings a nice creamy pale maltiness upfront a bit toasty with a light lemony citrus aspect. Mid palate brings a nice helping of spicy, grassy hops that impart a mellow bitterness on the way down. Flows down with a lingering toasted bread....quite a nice pilsner here IMHO. Enjoyable!

Mouthfeel has a solid body with a good creaminess that just flows down the back of the throat so easily. A well built pilsner that would be great for sessioning on hot summer days out by the beach. Ranks up there as one of my fave U.S. brewed pilsners. Thanks to mentor for the opportunity to sample this one!

10-28-2005 01:12:13 | More by orbitalr0x
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markallmon

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

03-31-2012 21:34:36 | More by markallmon
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

08-10-2013 05:51:13 | More by danthehopslamman
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-30-2014 01:43:30 | More by SD-Alefan
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -20.1%

12 oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a good sized frothy white head that goes to a film that laces the glass.

The aroma is earthy grains.

The flavor is sweet malts then a grainy hoppiness and a crisp and lightly bitter finish. There are some sour notes in there too. The mouthfeel is on the light side...a bit watery but fairly smooth.

Overall, not too exciting but a decent brew.

08-26-2005 05:38:38 | More by Beaver13
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%

Twelve ounce bottle is two months before "best by" date. Pours a crystal clear light golden body that is alive with carbonation. Two finger vanilla head hangs around a few minutes and deposits some attractive spiderweb lace.

Aroma features grassy and spicy hops with a hint of bready pilsner malt.

Light medium body is smooth and well carbonated.

Taste has a subtle crackery and bready malt base that has just a faint hint of sweetness. Grassy and spicy noble hops run the show and exhibit a solid bitterness throughout. Finishes clean, with a grassy hop bitterness in a long finish.

This is another solid American pilsener and one I will stock up when warmer weather rolls around. Very well crafted and highly drinkable.

02-05-2011 20:25:37 | More by merlin48
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dcevans

Texas

4/5  rDev +13%

11-27-2011 07:28:41 | More by dcevans
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JC333

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-26-2014 23:53:27 | More by JC333
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joshnovaski

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

09-07-2012 17:28:05 | More by joshnovaski
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Bright clear gold with moderate head and some sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple and pear, some grassiness, and spicy noble hops. Aroma is nice at first but then becomes muted.

Taste: Rounded semi-sweet malts with apple, straw and light citrus. Spicy noble hop finish that is somewhat bitter.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability: Not the most full flavored Pilsner around but quite elegant and drinkable. More than solid Pilsner overall.

10-08-2010 19:30:22 | More by bsp77
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-18-2014 16:32:55 | More by wattoclone
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

05-02-2013 01:02:00 | More by tyleeis
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blaze8

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

09-19-2012 14:16:07 | More by blaze8
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LvanB

Colorado

1/5  rDev -71.8%

06-03-2012 02:37:21 | More by LvanB
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Dello

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-09-2014 16:43:51 | More by Dello
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KevBearcat529

Ohio

4/5  rDev +13%

06-14-2012 00:54:57 | More by KevBearcat529
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briandaube

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-08-2013 02:02:53 | More by briandaube
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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
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