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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
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928 Ratings
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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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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prisoner1572

Illinois

5/5  rDev +40.8%

05-09-2012 17:39:04 | More by prisoner1572
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Ejayz

Iowa

5/5  rDev +40.8%

11-29-2011 02:56:00 | More by Ejayz
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smulford68

Ohio

5/5  rDev +40.8%

06-19-2012 17:49:51 | More by smulford68
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BrewCaveDweller

Nebraska

5/5  rDev +40.8%

11-23-2011 02:05:38 | More by BrewCaveDweller
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lokiikol

Maryland

5/5  rDev +40.8%

11-24-2011 21:20:26 | More by lokiikol
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inebrius

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of THE best American pils I've ever had. You could not taste the difference between this beer and most German pils blind. No way.

Standard pilsener hue under clingy foam fingers. Aromas of grass, dandelions and fresh donuts. Just a perfectly balanced malt and hop concoction so ultimately drinkable I wish I had a case of cases in the basement. Rivals the best out of Duetschland.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 02:33:42 | More by inebrius
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

05-02-2013 01:02:00 | More by tyleeis
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tanner1980


4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

08-31-2012 00:59:13 | More by tanner1980
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ggourde

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

05-26-2012 14:53:41 | More by ggourde
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bgfresh

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

11-10-2012 02:29:00 | More by bgfresh
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MrNuggets

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wish more American breweries made beer like this. It seems the the style is somewhat underappreciated around these parts. So maybe from now on I will only put in reviews for lager I feel are overlooked? A great was the show my displeasure with the shunning of such wonderful beers!

The beer is golden. Smells of grassy hops. Tastes like a pilsner. Feels like a pilsner. I could drink it all day.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 01:40:42 | More by MrNuggets
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freed

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a terrific beer. I love real pilsner's, and its hard to find a good pilsner in the states. The wonderful hop aroma and body to this pilsner really make it stand out from other pilsner offerings.

Golden color, great carbonation, nice aroma... anyone in the mood for sausage & mustard?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 16:49:13 | More by freed
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed with Pale, Munich, Carapils, and Aromatic malts. Hopped with Saaz, Liberty, and Magnum hops. 33 IBU.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear pale golden, forming a tall rocky white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is very nice with very fresh, wonderfully bready malt complex, delicately balanced by spicy noble hops and grain husk. Very crisp and clean ferment. Mouthfeel is excellent with a nice spicy and spritzy start but then followed by a very smooth finish and medium-light body. Taste starts with Saaz hops, with floral and slightly leafy character, followed by that wonderful trademark NBCC bready malt complex...the grain husk is at a perfect level, and the bitterness is exactly where it should be...providing a nice counterbalance to the malts, but adding a spicy and thirst-quenching finish. Very cleanly fermented with no perceptable off-flavors or alcohol.

This is an outstanding pilsener, equaling some of the finest European pilseners on tap. Probably the best American pilsener I've ever had, and it's only better on tap at the brewery. At $6.99/6'er, this is an absolute steal. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 01:34:51 | More by Mitchster
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markallmon

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

09-08-2012 03:23:33 | More by MN_Beerticker
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

11-06-2012 20:36:33 | More by RBorsato
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lovellfam5

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

04-12-2012 19:01:06 | More by lovellfam5
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CaverDave

New York

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

07-05-2013 22:07:01 | More by CaverDave
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful polished gold, generating a thick, pure white froth with a gentle pour. The head settles into an even coating, about 1/4" thick, lasting all the way through the glass. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles race up to feed the head, which leaves spattered trails of lace sticking to the glass. Perfect clarity.
The aroma is a gentle balance of soft, slightly bready pils malt and spicy, floral noble hops. I'm guessing german varieties, with perhaps a touch of saaz. Pleasant, up front, snappy floral hops, a bit spicy and herbal. Slight grass and lemon esters provide a gentle fruitiness. A bit of toastiness to the malt, definitely in the bohemian style with the softness.
The flavor starts with a soft, mellow pils malt, a sweetish, almost white bread character forming the base of this brew. Slight lemon and orange esters in the middle, with a touch of fresh-mown grass. The finish showcases a snappy floral hopping, with a suggestion of spiciness and some grass. A flavor reminiscent of sweet corn and white bread lingers in the aftertaste. A bit of lingering hop bitterness. Bright, shiny carbonation moves the beer rapidly across the palate, with an overall soft, even feel. Lightish medium body.
A very well made pils. The hopping is very nice, giving the beer a crisp, quenching feel. Exactly what I'm looking for on a hot day. One of the best american made pils out there. I could stand for a touch more hops, but it's damn good as it is. I don't know what you guys are drinking.
Thanks to BDitty for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 00:33:36 | More by UnionMade
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Herky21

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

09-14-2012 01:36:49 | More by Herky21
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mentor

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from the brewery and consumed very fresh. Reviewed from notes. Pours a three finger white fluffy clingy head of fine sticky bubbles. Crystal clear and very light straw in color with many streamers racing to the top. Smells potently hops. Noble, not quite Hallertauer, but I'd guess a hop derived from a Hallertauer parent. A bit of earthy, a bit of honey, and a tinge of tin. Malt is far below the hops and has a hint of cardboard. Otherwise, it's clean. Just a hop dragging down my nose. Tastes clean fresh malt with a heavy sort of saazy hop flavor. The hops lighten in the end to a clean, somewhat citrusy, finish. This hop experience is supported throughout by a bright honey flavor. A touch of grassy hop character stands up as the beer goes down the throat. Nice dry finish witha lingering tin-like hop aftertaste. The dry-mixed with the hops almost comes across as a flavor like a raspberry seed. Pretty amazing lacing on the inside of the glass. Md body and moderate-heavy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 06:51:23 | More by mentor
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jawaltz

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

07-05-2014 21:58:42 | More by jawaltz
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cadizkyguy

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Food City in Gatlinburg, TN on a recent trip to the Mountains. Freshness date, best before April 24, 2011.

Great smelling beer. That's the first thing I noticed upon pouring into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Appearance was secondly impressive, as it was a clear golden color with a small frothy head that left lots of lacing.

Quite refreshing. Watching Bears-Patriots game on TV, munching on some tortilla chips and cheese dip. Great pairing.

Kinda surprised by the low marks on this pilsner, given the style's on the mark for a german pilsner. I could drink this all afternoon. Too bad I only picked up one.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 21:34:19 | More by cadizkyguy
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Shapely bottle that pours well for a 2-finger sticky head

S- Smells like clean pilsner malt and sweet yeast

T- Taste brings the hops onto the scene. Wonderfully balanced and crisp, refreshing taste

M- Feel is light and crisp with decent carbonation

D- Drinks good and easy

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 01:09:22 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
Serve at 38°F, 4.8% ABV, and Best By 28OCT12.

A - Like a good pilsner should be, Blue Paddle shimmers a goldenrod color with brilliant clarity. A tall white head tops the beer and slowly falls down, decorating the whole glass in thick lace.

S - Blue Paddle is pretty subtle on the aroma, offering a very light rice-like note to the grainy pale malts which provide a simple base for the open floral noble hops. The scent touches on gardening; plants and earth, with an herbal quality that's inviting.

T - Quite flavorful indeed, Blue Paddle's bouquet features spicy and floral Saaz noble hops with a backdrop of mild grainy malt sweetness and soft water.

M - A smooth entry quickly leads to a dry, bitter burst on the tongue that's quickly washed down with a champagne-like carbonation level that finishes out clean.

O - Blue Paddle is a relatively bare-bones, simple beer, but certainly not without flavor! This delectable, incredibly refreshing beer is a quintessential summer session beer, gently offering bitterness and hop characteristics of a cleanly lagered pilsner; something a hop-head who doesn't want to get bashed across the face with resin would really dig. Blue Paddle is incredibly well-done.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:10:45 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.