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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

952 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | 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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Murrhey

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12oz bottle into a weizen glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger creamy white head with tiny bubbles and creamy lacing. Head lasts a while, eating down in the middle first. Amber color with high clarity, a bit of an anomaly for the Pilsners I'm used to seeing. Not a bad looking beer.

S- Some peppercorns, honey, fresh-cut grass. Nicely aromatic, but like most light lagers of its type, not complex or rich.

T- Sweet honeyed malts, some crispness from Czech (maybe) hops. A very refreshing flavor.

M- Creamy and wet feel at first with a crisp bite from the hops and carbonation. Finished slightly bitter and dry.

O- Is this a great beer? No. But a refreshing one that feels right considering it is 80 degrees outside.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 01:48:21 | More by Murrhey
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-15-2013 18:15:22 | More by Eaglefan344
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Travis_Faught

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-14-2013 16:39:16 | More by Travis_Faught
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elNopalero

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a clear golden color with fantastic clarity and great foaming.

There’s a light but sharp aroma that’s equal parts lemony and grassy, with a hint of toast hidden in the back. The flavor is light and crisp, with the touch of lemon and grass on it. It’s lightly bitter but just enough to give it some character, with a nice finish, I liked this one more than I had expected to.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 06:26:17 | More by elNopalero
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DrTSimon

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-13-2013 19:36:41 | More by DrTSimon
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

06-12-2013 01:56:59 | More by Eriktheipaman
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Honey colored and nearly translucent. Lots of visible effervescence and a one finger cap of off-white foam.

Aroma: Pilsen grain right of the bat. An earthy suggestion of hops. Not too much there but clean.

Taste: New Belgium tends to stay pretty much within style guidelines with their offerings and Blue Paddle Pilsner is no exception. Starting with a light hop bitterness and transitioning into a crackery/grainy malt blend, while striking a refreshing balance, this is a beer that delivers what is expected. The finish is decently crisp and there is a light lingering bitterness. Although it is difficult to truly impress my palate with a Pilsener, this one definitely comes close. At 4.8% ABV it is right near that sessioning range.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with lots of carbonation as is usual for the style. Easily drinkable and refreshing.

Final Thoughts: A well made Pilsner that will probably impress your BMC friends. As a hop head I'd love to see a version of this beer that uses the same malt base with some West Coast hops. That would be a beer that could turn some heads. For now though, Blue Paddle is a drinker-friendly and enjoyable take on a classic. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:09:14 | More by JamesMN
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buzzed

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-06-2013 01:59:49 | More by buzzed
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zdeck37

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-03-2013 02:56:47 | More by zdeck37
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randymanar

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

06-01-2013 19:53:21 | More by randymanar
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Tatuchris

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

06-01-2013 01:00:41 | More by Tatuchris
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runlikeakenyan

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-28-2013 00:47:56 | More by runlikeakenyan
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RedWeizen83

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-27-2013 19:39:07 | More by RedWeizen83
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Kromes

Georgia

3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a nice looking beer...clear gold color with a thick white head that leaves laces down the glass. It smells like a typical pilsner, sweet honey malts with a touch of herbal hop. Maybe a little waxy in the aroma. The spicy hop jumps out at first with grassy flavor and then the beer finishes with some grassy and floral hop and sweet malt. Finish has a nice spicy bitter bite. Overall a good pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 16:37:28 | More by Kromes
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Ljoreilly

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-26-2013 17:31:58 | More by Ljoreilly
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csfcmitchell

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-23-2013 15:54:52 | More by csfcmitchell
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-20-2013 16:35:32 | More by InspectorBob
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iHeartMNBeer

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-17-2013 04:54:40 | More by iHeartMNBeer
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-16-2013 02:14:21 | More by MinorThreat
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meetyouoverboard

Ohio

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-14-2013 21:48:27 | More by meetyouoverboard
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jsanford

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-12-2013 00:03:24 | More by jsanford
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lsummers

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-10-2013 05:08:25 | More by lsummers
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rph97

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-10-2013 01:02:29 | More by rph97
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Morockm

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-09-2013 21:42:56 | More by Morockm
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dalepryor

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-07-2013 20:16:42 | More by dalepryor
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 952 ratings.