Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing
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Ratings: 810 | Reviews: 368 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Josievan:
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a transparent golden hue with a meager head and decent lacing.
Smell: Hops are the main aroma here, smell is not especially strong.
Taste: There's a refreshing bitterness from the hops. You can tell this is a true pilsener brewed using barley malt, as opposed to corn or rice. However, the hops certainly dominate the malt. Has that distinct New Belgium hop characteristic.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, with a slight bite. More hop flavor comes through with the finish and leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste.
Drinakbility: Light body and low ABV makes it easy to have a few. Plus there's enough flavor to keep one returning to this.
Notes: This beer is rather unexciting, but thats a moot point because excitement is not what a pilsener aims for. In terms of style, this beer definitely succeeds in the hop bitterness, refreshment, flavor, and drinkability categories. It seems to me this beer would make a great introduction to craft beer to a macro drinker.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2009 19:35:01 | More by Josievan
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3.74/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
16oz glass, at the New Belgium debut party in Alberta, at the Craft Beer Market in Calgary - I've arrived right on time, and it's already getting packed in here!
This beer pours a pale golden amber colour, with one finger of thinly foamy and puffy off-white head, which leaves a nice layered strata of weeping lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of mildly crisp and grainy pale malt, dry lemon, and somewhat metallic earthy, grassy, and leafy hops. The taste is lightly funky leafy and grassy hops, gritty pale malt, a touch of crispy cracker, stale lemon, and a stony flintiness.
The carbonation is a bit tight at times, but mostly just wanly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit edgy in its smoothness. It finishes on the dry side, still kind of zingy from the obvious noble hops.
An adequate and capable old-school pilsener, a bit soft around the edges, yet more or less drinkable, and duly thirst-quenching. A pleasant start to this cornucopia of a beer experience I have ahead of me this evening.
Serving type: on-tap
02-24-2014 23:33:58 | More by biboergosum
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.