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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

955 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | 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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proc

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reminded me of many of the European lager/pils offerings. I was impressed with its very fresh taste and hoppy snap on the finish. A very nice interpretation of a pils. I wish it were available in my neck of the woods. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2002 08:35:09 | More by proc
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

02-07-2014 03:17:29 | More by OgreSanchez
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-30-2012 01:13:46 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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MarkJBurch

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-08-2014 01:46:11 | More by MarkJBurch
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briandaube

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

12-08-2013 02:02:53 | More by briandaube
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loren01

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden clear color, good bubbly head, good lacing
S: Peppery, grassy and slighly fruity (apple possibly)
T: Sharp hoppy flavor, bitter/dry finish
M: Light bodied, about right on with the carbonation
D: Not my style of choice normally but this is a very good beer in my opinion, would try again

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 23:13:11 | More by loren01
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PGVG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-07-2014 00:39:57 | More by PGVG
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dnichols

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received a single 12 once capped bottle from my BA buddy imacoug. I poured it into a Pilsner glass that had been chilled.

A: It poured a slightly cloudy yellow-gold body that exploded with a shower of bubbles. It had a enormous four finger head after an aggressive pour. The head was off white and sticky with medium to large bubbles. A thick sticky curtain followed the head down the side of the glass.

S: It had the aroma of dilute citrus and mandarin oranges along with light yeast and spicy aromic hops.

T: It had a nice creamy malty front (not sweet) followed and dominated by a dilute citrus bite that announced itself with a zingy zesty burst of hoppy flavor.

M: It is a light to medium bodied brew with a biting hoppy profile that is not sour and lingers without souring in the mouth after the swig if finished. It is moderately carbonated giving it a zesty mouth feel throughout.

D: It is a nice Pilsener that benefits from some time breathing before drinking. Its not my drink of choice but a nice brew when eating spicy food, pizzas and Mexican dishes.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 04:24:57 | More by dnichols
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KC9LDB

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-22-2011 00:01:53 | More by KC9LDB
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Grebdioz

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-28-2011 10:53:35 | More by Grebdioz
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Amp

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-21-2014 10:34:25 | More by Amp
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dsshuck

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-11-2014 21:52:51 | More by dsshuck
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium's Blue Paddle Pils pours a big creamy head over a clear yellow
brew. Carbonation is quite sedate, and the nose is pils yeast and light barley
malt. The flavor is tart malt up front with a sharp herbal hop finish. There's a bit
of citrus in the aftertaste, and there's good lacing left in the glass as the brew goes
down, a good sign of proper hopping. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, and
surprisingly full for such a light colored beer. While not the best pils I've ever had,
it's quite competent and I would certainly not refuse another. It's well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 08:29:54 | More by shadow1961
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watermelonman

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured to a very light and crisp looking lager gold. There was quite a bit of carbonation, but the head was very small. Regardless, it persists and leaves a nice lace. The taste is crisp, but not very exciting. It almost tastes like there's a hint of out-of-place citrus in there. The mouthfeel is very light thanks to the carbonation.

I don't think I'd go out of my way to obtain it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 03:20:21 | More by watermelonman
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a six pack of this at Central Market in Dallas, Tx and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A light gold color, bordering on straw, body with small bubbles floating in it. The head was pure white and decent sized having fine retention and sticking lace all the way down.
Smell: Pretty lacking I think I was forcing generic malt because there wasn't anything else I could smell.
Taste: A nice hop spice in the front with a hiding malt backbone and then finishing with a strong "Noble Twang."
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Decent.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 21:59:10 | More by treehugger02010
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Blue Paddle is a perfectly clear, light golden color with a dense, foamy head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. A small population of bubbles slowly rise from the depths of the glass. The nose isn't terribly distinct, bits of lightly toasted malts mixed with grassy, herbal, maybe citrusy hops. The taste to me is slightly better with the lightly toasted malt taking center stage with a more defined presence, slightly bready. The hops too seem more obvious with the grassy, citrusy notes being dominate - very citric on the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with a minimal carbonation that still seems a little creamy which makes for easy drinking. I'm not much of a Pilsner man but if I was I think this would be a decent one to reach for.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 19:47:55 | More by gmfessen
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-23-2012 06:13:08 | More by EvanWilliams
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-18-2014 16:32:55 | More by wattoclone
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acrawf6

Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark straw with a nice foamy white head.

Smell. Grainy maltiness with a small scent of a citris hoppiness at the end.

Taste. Cereal-like taste, slightly tart. nice maltiness, but i'm not so big on cereal taste. small hoppy character is present and gives a nice bitterness to it. aftertaste is just slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel. carbonation seemed quite low, but this has a good balance. nice body.

Overall a decent beer, nice example of the style. seems it would pair well with many types of food. quite drinkable, but wont knock your socks off.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 22:14:16 | More by acrawf6
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JMad

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer was a clear, pale, yellow with a thick soapy white head that left a lot of lacing. Smells of lemon with light pilsner malt, grass and hay. There is a smooth but solid bitterness, the taste consists of lemon peel with a light pine flavor and a biscuity background. The beer is light with prickly carbonation and a dry finish. I would choose this pilsner over any other that I have tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:20:24 | More by JMad
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kkrez

Colorado

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-15-2011 15:27:06 | More by kkrez
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TicoCali

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-23-2013 04:12:19 | More by TicoCali
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-25-2012 23:15:32 | More by tripledbrew
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zenithberwyn

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

07-04-2013 06:57:56 | More by zenithberwyn
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
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