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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,048
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 71 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Irrationalist, Apr 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

cbcrunch, Sep 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Skunkdrool, Feb 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

510a, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - The beer poured a very lighten golden color with a nice 1/5 inh head that slowly faded to a thin skin layer with solid lacing.

S - A faint aroma of pilsner malts but but not much else detected.

T/M- The flavor starts with a crisp grainy flavor with strong bready and cereal characteristics. The beer also finishes crisp with a lingering sweetness. I found the beer to be highly carbonated with little body and almost a metallic finish

D - Very easy to drink though the metallic finish is something of a turn off.

Overall, I would say Blue Paddle is pretty middle of the road for pilsners. Not bad but not great. I am glad to have tried it but don't think I'd come back again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-23-2011 19:03:07

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mwar, Nov 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

OldhouseRecs, Aug 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

MonkeyBread, May 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

KAP1356, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of whynot44
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light bodied Pilsner. Clear gold color with a moderate white head that retreats with just a trace of lacing.

The aroma is light malt and herbal hops.

Very light malt flavor, definite hoppy bitterness and flavor, especially in the aftertaste.

Fairly crisp and refreshing.

Not a real premium Pilsner but very drinkable.

whynot44, Jun 29, 2005
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4/5  rDev +13%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of stewart124
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw in color with a rocky white head. This leaves a nice lace along the glass.

The nose is very aromatic with notes of grain, grass, and noble hops.

Plenty of crisp maltiness in the taste with a grainy character. The hops are very pleasant and bode well for this pilsner. The grain bill and hops blend together perfectly for just the right overall character of pilsner malt and noble hops. Spicy hops and just a hint of lemon zest add a nice depth.

There is a sharp bite in the finish and a crisp clean feel on the tongue in the aftertaste.

This is a very nice version of a german pils. New Belgium continues to please.

stewart124, May 29, 2010
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3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a nice white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: toasty biscuit, pale malt, slight hops

T: slightly sweet up front, hops then appear showing bitterness, crisp, clean, dry at the end

M: thinner with high carbonation

O: nice bitterness for a Pilsener, uncomplex, refreshing

M_C_Hampton, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

PGVG, Jul 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

appetiteforparis, Dec 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Artjsantos, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Amp, Jul 21, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is from Tayner, iirc. Thanks!

Pours out of the bottle a light golden color with good clarity.
Thin white head that fades to a sheet fairly quickly. There is some light lacing at the top of the glass.

The aroma is of bready malt and some floral hops. Very "light" smelling aroma. Clean smelling.

The flavor is crisp and light. Sweet bready malts up front with some lightly bitter floral hops in the middle, followed up by more sweet malts. Light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is light, but a bit thin. Not quite enough carbonation for my liking for this style. Nice beer. Not bad, but there are some better ones out there.

Imstillthegman, Aug 12, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

MarkJBurch, Jul 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

dsshuck, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

ZachKelly, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

swgwilt, Sep 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

jharris0624, Nov 17, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite part of this was the fact that it was absolutely free and I could drink it while floating around a family friend's pool. I'm enjoying New Belgium more and more when I can find it and this one hits the spot on a hot summer day. Not my favorite style, but hits every mark in terms of comparable characteristics. Worth a try.

Backer2004, Jul 25, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

benloho, Jan 29, 2014
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,048 ratings.